Coming Soon: The New PerilousJack.com

For several months now, SmackJeeves has hosted my interactive sprite comic Perilous Jack and the Frost Potion, under the domain name PerilousJack.com. But Frost Potion is only the first chapter of a longer tale. It’s time for PerilousJack.com to grow! The second chapter of the tale, Perilous Jack and the Magic Beans, is nearly complete, with the following chapters close behind. Along with Magic Beans, I’ll be rolling out an all-new PerilousJack.com, to better showcase all of Jack’s adventures.

The new PerilousJack.com will devote an individual page to each chapter of Jack’s adventures, with synopses, trivia, screenshots, and links to the sprite comics. There will also be pages dedicated to his special appearances, such as How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of ZLORK and the board game Numerian Nine.

Here’s a few screenshots from the new site:

Perilous Jack and the Frost Potion

The Perilous Adventures of Jack the Dragonslayer is a series of Choose Your Own Adventure™-style sprite comics hosted on SmackJeeves.com and featuring sprites ripped from the Final Fantasy™ and Super Mario Brothers™ video games. The stories, characters, settings, and illustrations are mine, but the sprites used to create the illustrations are the work of the talented designers at Square Enix® and Nintendo®.

Perilous Jack and the Frost Potion is Volume One of a five-part series called The Abduction of Princess Vasilisa. In this volume, Perilous Jack returns home from an adventure to discover that Princess Vasilisa has been abducted by a Cloud Giant!

Giant (Fire)

But before he can face the giant, Perilous Jack must fight his way past the guardian of the giant’s castle – a Pyrohydra.

Hydra (Pyro)

But as everyone knows, when you cut off a Hydra’s head, two more grow in its place. Hercules used a torch to seal off the cut necks of the Lernaean Hydra, but that trick won’t work on a creature of flame . . .

Only a Frost Potion can help Jack past the guardian of the castle. And the only Frost Potion for miles is in a monster haunted labyrinth, under the guardianship of the terrible Bull God. A most perilous adventure!

You can read the sprite comic here. When you’re finished, check out the flowchart below (Spoiler Alert!)

Frost Potion Flowchart (Detail)

Flowcharts are practically required if you’re doing a Choose Your Own Adventure™ – style story. There’s no better way to avoid dead ends and illogical loops, plus they look nifty. I did this in Visio.

The full-size flowchart for Perilous Jack and the Frost Potion is here.

How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of ZLORK (Part Three of Three)

Here’s the second half of How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of Zlork, with captions explaining the simple method of crossing.

The Flaming Chasm of Zlork receives brief mention in my novel Tattered Faces Volume One: The Alchemist, which I’ll be done with any day now.

Zlork contains images ripped from various Super Mario Brothers™ and Final Fantasy™ video games. Credit for the original sprites goes to the talented artists at Nintendo and Capcom. Please support the hard work of game designers by purchasing authentic games. Beholder is a copyright of Wizards of the Coast. Human Torch is a Marvel character, yo.

For more of the Perilous Adventures of Jack the Dragonslayer, click here.

How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of ZLORK (Part Two of Three)

A few weeks ago I posted some teaser images for my Rube Goldberg-esque sprite comic entitled How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of Zlork. Here’s a more detailed look at the artwork, with captions explaining the simple method by which one crosses the first half of the Chasm. I’ll post the artwork for the second half of the Chasm in a couple weeks.

The Flaming Chasm of Zlork receives brief mention in my novel Tattered Faces Volume One: The Alchemist, which I’ll be done with any day now.

Zlork contains images ripped from various Super Mario Brothers™ and Final Fantasy™ video games. Credit for the original sprites goes to the talented artists at Nintendo and Capcom. Please support the hard work of game designers by purchasing authentic games. Beholder is a copyright of Wizards of the Coast. Human Torch is a Marvel character, yo.

For more of the Perilous Adventures of Jack the Dragonslayer, click here.

How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of ZLORK

How to Cross the Flaming Chasm of Zlork is a Rube Goldberg machine featuring Perilous Jack and sprites ripped from Super Mario Brothers ™, Final Fantasy ™, BattleToads ™, and (I think) Castlevania ™.

The gallery below is just snippets from the whole image. As soon as I figure out the best presentation for the whole image, I’ll post it here, with labels corresponding to each numbered segment so you can follow the action.

If you like sprite comics and want to see them continue as an art form, please support the talented game designers who created the sprites in the first place by only buying authentic games.

Zlork also appears briefly in my novel Tattered Faces Volume One: The Alchemist.

For more of the Perilous Adventures of Jack the Dragonslayer, click here.