Hello, I'm the author. Yes, it really was written in late 1995, several years before Ultima 9 came out. I was frustrated with how long Ultima 9 was taking to develop, so, knowing nothing but the byline ('Ascension'), I wrote my own release, pouring (among other things) my frustration with the delays into the design. Lord Finnish is based on the bombastic style of my friend Matt Heck, the Zog doll is my friend Zach Archer (he really did say most of those things in real life), and the 'About the Author' screenshot is my friend Kathleen. The OS X port was done by my friend Alex Eddy, and has an easter egg in it that you simply must see - hold down CTRL and type EGGS while playing the game. Add
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The game claims to be part two of the ChesterLand adventure series, though it mercifully bears no resemblance to part one, a "Hello, World!" exercise in a Roguelike wrapper. Curiously, immediately following this claim, the author asserts that the entire thing was coded from August through November 1995 -- four years before Ultima 9, its namesake, was released, and likely well before its name was known to the public (or perhaps even to Lord British!) Since there is no reference to "Descension" within the game, it is possible that it was merely another stupidly-high-numbered spoof of the early Ultima games generally, later re-released with a slicker introduction sequence once its numerical designation became relevant as the main series "caught up" to it. Add