The year was not 1979. The place was not Racine, Wisconsin. In a playfully naughty mood, S. John Ross undertook ... ENCOUNTER CRITICAL,: A Science-Fiction Fantasy Role Play Game ... from another past!

The ToaSK Music Playlist!

Of course, Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom is 100% groovy text, without a soundtrack of any kind, but if it could have one, this is the one it would have (provided by Hank Riley and the Saturday Night Dragon Slayers, direct from the spring of 1979 through a handy time-travel device I seem to have mislaid since):

  • Alan Parsons Project - Fall of the House of Usher (Pavane), HyperGammaSpaces
  • Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Suptertzar
  • Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla, Don't Fear the Reaper
  • Camel - Lunar Sea, Preparation
  • Cat Stevens - Trouble, Tea for the Tillerman
  • Cream - Deserted Cities of the Heart, I Feel Free
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - Tombstone Shadow, Effigy
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - Everybody I Love You, Find the Cost of Freedom
  • David Bowie - Subterraneans, Moss Garden
  • Deep Purple - Drifter, Mandrake Root
  • Dire Straits - Six Blade Knife, Once Upon A Time In The West
  • Eagles - Bitter Creek, Journey of a Sorcerer
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Bitches Crystal, A Time and a Place
  • Frank Zappa - My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Momma, Blessed Relief
  • Genesis - Dusk, Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
  • Grand Funk Railroad - Flight of the Pheonix, Got This Thing on the Move
  • Grateful Dead - China Doll, Black Peter
  • Heart - Dream of the Archer, Dreamboat Annie
  • Iron Butterfly - Real Fright, Am I Down
  • James Gang - Ashes The Rain and I, Got No Time or Trouble
  • Judas Priest - Exciter, Hell Bent For Leather
  • Kansas - Magnum Opus, Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel
  • King Crimson - Ladies of the Road, Lady of the Dancing Water
  • Led Zeppelin - What Is And What Should Never Be, Battle of Evermore
  • Molly Hatchet - Long Time, Dreams I'll Never See
  • Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V), Brain Damage
  • Rick Wakeman - The Last Battle, Catherine of Aragon
  • Roger McGuinn - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), Ballad of Easy Rider
  • Rush - A Farewell to Kings, By-Tor & the Snow Dog
  • Schoolhouse Rock - Verb: That's What's Happening
  • Stillwater - Fever Dog, Love Comes & Goes
  • Styx - Castle Walls, Mother Dear
  • Supertramp - Crime of the Century, Even in the Quietest Moments
  • Yes - Turn of the Century, Madrigal

Some of these I heartily approve of ... others wouldn't be my first choices, let's say. But when Hank Riley is doing the choosing, I'm really only allowed to watch over his shoulder. Plus, a lot of 'em really grew on me over the course of coding the adaptation.

A tantalizing view of the high-quality cartography in Encounter Critical


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