ⓘ Murder in Irliss. In 1978, Jeffrey Dillow and Craig Fisher designed a single-player role-playing game called High Fantasy. In 1982, Reston Publishing released M ..

                                     

ⓘ Murder in Irliss

In 1978, Jeffrey Dillow and Craig Fisher designed a single-player role-playing game called High Fantasy. In 1982, Reston Publishing released Murder in Irliss, a 149-page adventure written by Jeffrey Dillow for the High Fantasy system.

The solo scenario adventure. is set in the kingdom of Irliss, where Prince Rand has been assassinated. The player takes on the role of Faren, Captain of the Guards, who is given the task of finding the murderer.

The player starts the adventure at Scene 1 out of 605; the choice the player makes at the end of each scene determines the path taken through the book, ultimately leading to success or failure. It is replayable because the guilty party changes every time. There are actually five murder mysteries with different clues - the player chooses one of five "fatestones" at the start of the adventure; each fatestone leads the player down a different path through the adventure, each leading to a different murderer.

                                     

1. Reception

In the August 1982 edition of The Space Gamer No. 54, David J. Arlington noted the relatively high purchase price $10.95 in 1982, but highly recommended the adventure, saying, "If the high price doesnt put you off, you should purchase this just to see how well a solo adventure can be done when done properly. Its by far the best one Ive played yet."

In the December 1982 edition of Dragon Issue #68, Robert Plamandon played this adventure more than once - "with wildly different results each time." He concluded that the High Fantasy adventures "show that an interactive novel approach to solo adventures is more than workable - it’s the best way to write them."

                                     
  • where added. The High Fantasy series included Adventures In High Fantasy, Murder in Irliss Wizards and Warriors, Goldchester, When Magics Meet and The