That title almost rhymes with “Desperately Seeking Susan” while cleverly tying into the content of the post. If only it weren’t for that vestigial “geon crawler.” That bit really harshed my mellow.
Anyway, I’m currently in the process of tracking down the last few games I need to flesh out my research material for the site’s Roguelikes page. I actually own most of these already, at least the ones that have been published, but I was surprised to learn that two of the games I thought I owned are not in fact in my possession. And then there are a handful I’ve only heard about recently. So! I am looking for the following games: Azure Dreams (both for PlayStation and Game Boy Color), Time Stalkers, Dragon Crystal and Fatal Labyrinth. Also, some people claim the quest mode of Ehrgeiz qualifies as a roguelike, although I have my doubts, but I would like to give it a try.
If anyone would like to donate these games to the cause, please drop me a line. Perhaps we could trade! Or maybe you could claim a tax write-off. I dunno. Normally I would simply eBay these, but the combination of going to Japan and my girlfriend losing her job right before we left for Japan (but after we’d already committed to the trip by giving my credit card number to various hotels and airlines) has had an astringent effect on my wallet. Ever paid rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco all by your lonesome? It’s not something I would recommend to anyone who earns less than, say, $80K a year. As someone who earns considerably less than that, my favorite hobby these days is to load up my bank account info and die a little on the inside each time.
I suppose I should open the floor again to suggestions on ways I could monetize this site and temporarily boost my income until the girlfriend graduates and can track down full-time work. Difficulty: Method must not be soul-crushing. (Google Adsense is tremendously soul-crushing.)