Sorcerer #1 & Sorcerer #2
Believe it or not, I recently went to church with my family and I ran into my old elementary school classmate, Charlene, who also now has a family of her own. While we quickly, yet nervously went through muted intros followed by the standard oohs and ahhs of viewing each other’s precious toddler during another guilt-ridden homily, I had remembered a simpler time when the 10-year old versions of ourselves were at recess at the Our Lady of the Visitacion school. I had caught Charlene reading Christine by Stephen King, which fascinated me to no end and obviously still does since I’m bringing it up again. Basically, I was amazed that anyone our age would be reading at all (MTV had just launched) and of all things, an author, whose only impression upon me was a couple of good movie adaptations in The Shining and Carrie, while the rest, such as Christine, were too silly to even consider. Yet, years later, I’ve now come to realize that King has opened doors for many other writers, such as Anne Rice, Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling, to come into the mainstream from genres usually chided for their content even before a word is ever read of their work. In many respects, Sorcerer #1 and Sorcerer #2 by Death=Head & Co. pays homage to a similar pioneer in the Wizardry franchise, which originally was created by Sir-Tech in the 80′s. A simple wireframe dungeon crawl role-playing game mixed with 8-bit graphics and elements of Dungeons & Dragons rules, Sorcerer #1 and Sorcerer #2 is everything you remember of the Wizardry series except the price: 2 for the price of nothing! While not for everyone, hopefully the new fools can appreciate what the old skool reminisces about. Price: Free.