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Update #17

Jeff McCord on Reddit (AMA): Talking about the history of "Sword of Fargoal"

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We’ve had a fun experience answering many questions about the history of ‘roguelikes,’ and talking about Sword of Fargoal from the C64 days. My IAmA (AMA) on Reddit has gotten 166 up votes and seems be a lively conversation!

Join in and throw in your own questions to me there, and I will do my best to answer them as I get to them (plus I will post any new times on the AMA that I will be live online again).

Check us out on the official Reddit AMA!

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      Creator Shaun O'Connor on October 9, 2012

      The Reddit makes for some entertaining reading! Have a look, its worth your time!

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