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Jeff Vogel's Published Columns

  1. 2-10-2012: Our proud founder, Jeff Vogel, has a big, fun article about the indie games business on Gamasutra. He pretends he's all smart and stuff, and it's free! Enjoy! 
  2. 10-18-2011: Jeff Vogel wrote an article up on Gear Diary about Indie game pricing. He talks about the factors developers consider when figuring out how much to charge for their games. Even if you don't agree with it, we hope you find it interesting! Read the article. 
  3. 5-27-2009: Jeff Vogel has a new article up on IGN RPG Vault about addiction based design. What are the exact design elements that give a game an almost druglike level of addictiveness, and are these qualities we can extract and use at will? And is it immoral to do so?
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Archived Game Reviews and Interviews

  • 5-3-2012: Another great review for Avernum: Escape From the Pit, this time from UK Site Dealspwn. "Avernum: Escape From The Pit harks back to the Infinity Engine days; an isometric RPG powered by story, exploration and imagination. We're home. 8/10" Thank you! 
  • 5-1-2012: Indie gaming blog Indiegraph has a short interview with Jeff Vogel. Find out what indie games he recommends this week! 
  • 4-30-2012: GameBanshee has given Avernum: Escape From the Pit a very kind review. "Fans looking to get into the Avernum series will do very well with Escape from the Pit, and while the improvements beyond the game engine and visuals are relatively modest, there's still a lot to enjoy even if you've played through the game once before already." Thank you! Read the whole review
  • 4-10-2012: Tech site theBitFix has an interview with Jeff Vogel, discussing Avernum: Escape From the Pit and Spiderweb Software. If you need a way to keep busy in the few remaining hours before the release of Avernum for Windows, it's worth a look
  • 3-30-2012: Gaming and tech site theBitFix has a great preview of Avernum: Escape From the Pit! Avernum is coming out for Windows and iPad in April!
  • 3-5-2012: Game Industry News has declared Avadon: The Black Fortress a nominee for Best RPG of the Year. Thank you very much!
  • 1-31-2012: Inside Mac Games reviewed Avernum: Escape From the Pit and gave it 8 out of 10. Thank you! Read the review
  • 12-30-2011: Appletell has given Avernum: Escape From the Pit its first review. The result was a maximum rating of 5 out of 5. Thank you very much! Read the review
  • 10-25-2011: The gaming site All Your Lives just gave Avadon: The Black Fortress a very kind review. In addition, they have a brief interview with our president and founder. Read the article
  • 10-6-2011: GameTunnel just released their September Independent Games Round-Up, and Avadon: The Black Fortress was their #1 game of the month. Thank you very much! Read the GameTunnel article
  • 9-29-2011: Another very kind review for Avadon: The Black Fortress, this time from site Ctrl-2-Crouch. Thank you! Read the review.
  • 9-23-2011: This episode of podcast Just Press Start includes an interview with Jeff Vogel, where he chats about Indie game development, RPG design, and the many, many spiders in his basement. 
  • 9-13-2011: Gamespot has given Avadon: The Black Fortress a positive review, saying that "if you want to immerse yourself in a fantasy adventure and don't mind letting your imagination take over where the graphics end, this RPG can be involving and satisfying." 
  • 8-30-2011: Zeboyd Games, a maker of awesome Indie RPGs for Windows and XBox Indie Games, has written a very kind review of Avadon. Thank you, and if you're looking for a cool, funny RPG, be sure to check them out!
  • 8-8-2011: IndiePub has an interview of Jeff Vogel, our founder, designer, and chief code monkey. He talks about life as an Indie dev and the general creative process. And the importance of a chair with good back support. Read the Interview
  • 6-27-2011: The reviews of Avadon: The Black Fortress HD for the iPad are starting to come in, and they're great! iPhoneLife magazine says, "Speaking of patience, Avadon is not conducive to a few minutes of play every now and then. The addictive qualities will confine you to the iPad for hours. If you have a cross-country flight or will be a passenger in a multi-state bus ride, Avadon will make an ideal travel companion to pass the time. 4/5 Stars." Thank you! Read the review
  • 6-14-2011: One of the great Macintosh magazines has weighed in on Avadon: The Black Fortress. Mac|Life says, "Offers a classic RPG experience. Engrossing narrative. Hours of enjoyable gameplay. 4/5" We're pretty pumped about this one. Thank you! Read the review. 
  • 6-7-2011: Rock, Paper, Shotgun says, of Avadon: The Black Fortress, "As simple as it looks, it’s one of those games that’s very easy to fire up for a few minutes, only to be magically transported without supper to 5AM the next day." Thank you! Read the review.
  • 5-31-2011: Great reviews continue to pour in for Avadon. Impulse Games says: "I felt this game was an all around great experience. The story was rich, the characters were developed, and the scenes were tasteful." Read the review.
  • 5-25-2011: Another kind review for Avadon: The Black Fortress, this time from GameBanshee! Read the review.
  • 5-12-2011: RPGFan just gave Avadon: The Black Fortress a fantastic review! 90%. Thank you very much! Read the review
  • 5-9-2011: Digitally Downloaded just gave Avadon: The Black Fortress 4.5 out of 5 stars. Thank you for the kind review! Read the review
  • 4-29-2011: The Veteran Gamers have put up a podcast interview with Jeff Vogel. He talks about Avadon, game design, parenting humor, and other points of interest. Also, he talks very quickly, so it should be worth your time. Listen to the interview
  • 4-18-2011: Inside Mac Games gave Avadon: The Black Fortress a very nice review. Check it out!
  • 3-15-2011: Gear Diary has given Avadon: The Black Fortress a very kind review. Thank you! Read the review of Avadon.
  • 3-9-2011: SubGamers has put up an interview with Jeff Vogel, where he talks about Avadon and Indie game development. Read SubGamers Interview With Jeff Vogel
  • 3-4-2011: Free Game Bot gives Avernum 6 five out of five stars. Thank you! Read the Avernum 6 Review.
  • 2-1-2011: GameBanshee.com just awarded Avernum 6 its "Independent RPG of the Year Runner-up" award and “RPG of the Year Runner-up” award. Thank you very much! Read About Avernum 6 Award.
  • 10-4-2010: Inside Mac Games has put up a very kind review of Avernum 6, as well as a short interview about our upcoming game, Avadon: The Black Fortress
  • 6-13-2010: There is a new interview up with Jeff Vogel at RPG Codex. It has more information about Avadon: The Black Fortress and our other plans.
  • 6-6-2010: The Netbook Gamer has given Avernum 6 a very kind review.
  • 5-11-2010: Game Banshee has an interview with Jeff Vogel up on their site. Lots on Avernum 6, the future of Avernum, and our upcoming mystery game.
  • 5-1-2010: We did a brief interview for CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog.
  • 4-9-2010: About This Particular Macintosh has given Avernum 6 a positive review.
  • 3-23-2010: We received a very kind review from The Gamer Studio.
  • 1-11-2010: There is a kind review of Avernum 6 up on iGame Radio.
  • 1-4-2010: The Active Time Babble podcast, #VI, 12/31/2009, at 1up.com has a long interview with Jeff Vogel. There's a lot of stuff about Avernum 6 and a few tidbits of information about the new game he is working on.
  • 9-23-2009: Read Inside Mac Games review of Avernum 5.
  • 6-25-2009: Jeff Vogel was recently interviewed by Thirteen News.
  • 4-21-2009: Read Gametunnel's review of Geneforge 5: Overthrow.
  • 4-21-2009: Read Honest Gamers review of Geneforge 5: Overthrow.
  • 4-15-2009: RPG Codex has an interesting new interview with Jeff Vogel.
  • There is currently a nice interview with Jeff Vogel and a review of Avernum 4 at GamerDad. (6-11-2006)
  • Read Inside Mac Games' interview with Jeff Vogel about Avernum 4. (10/24/2005)
  • Read RPGVault's interview with Jeff Vogel about Avernum 4. (10/17/2005)
  • Read Eboredom's interview with Jeff Vogel. (9/2004)
  • Read Indiegamer.com's interview with Jeff Vogel. (8/2003)
  • Read RPGdot.com's interview with Jeff Vogel about Geneforge 2. (4-29-03)
  • Stratosgroup.com's general interview with Jeff Vogel. (4-15-03)
  • RPGCodex.com's Geneforge 2 interview with Jeff Vogel. (4-2-03)
  • Here is rpgcodex.com's interview with Jeff Vogel. (11-11-02)
  • Read Gamedeveloper's interview with Jeff Vogel about our company.
  • Read rpgdot.com's second interview with Jeff Vogel about Avernum 2.
  • Read rpgdot.com's interview with Jeff Vogel about Avernum
  • Take a look at Gamesmania.com's interview with Jeff Vogel.
  • Read stratosgroup.com 's interview with Jeff Vogel.
  • Mac Central Online's interview with Jeff Vogel about our company and Avernum.
  • A general interview with Jeff Vogel done by Macgaming.com
  • Avernum interview with Mac Gamer's Ledge
  • A brief and general Games Weekly interview with Jeff Vogel..
  • Jeff's interview with the Glide Underground and the Smack Shack.
  • Nethergate Chats with Mac Gamer's Ledge and AOL.
  • Read Jeff's interview done with the Vault Network.
  • Read Jeff's interview with Gamespot/Gamepen.
  • Jeff Vogel's recent AOL Chat - This is a transcript of an AOL chat Jeff did. Great fun. Read the AOL Chat.
  • Read the transcript of Jeff Vogel's Game Zone chat.

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Avadon: The Black Fortress

  • Spiderweb Software forum regular and Avadon fan "The Turtle Moves" has been making a web site with highly detailed and annotated maps of the zones in Avadon. It is very cool! Take a look!

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Blades of Exile Open Source Project

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Blades of Avernum

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Geneforge

  • Geneforge cheat codes.
  • The official Geneforge FAQ. Commonly asked questions about Geneforge are answered on this page.

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Avernum 4

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Avernum 3

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Avernum 2 Pages

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Avernum Pages

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Nethergate

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Blades of Exile Pages

Below are some of the many Blades of Exile webpages. Some, but not all, are members of a Blades of Exile Webring. (All the members are linked to each other in a ring-like fashion). Some are updated more frequently than others. Most will have additional links to other pages we have not included here (only because we aren't been able to include everything).You'll find lots of information on these pages.

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Exile I and II Themed Pages

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Exile III Pages

  • Exile 3 for Beginners. An article about the first few steps a new player should take. Useful tips for new Exile 3 users on how to make quick cash early, how to find some spells, and some suggestions for early questing.
  • Walkthrough for the unregistered portion of Exile III: Ruined World
  • FAQs about our Exile III game.
  • Kenny Smith has set up an Exile 3 site with lots of hints and walkthroughs for many of the main quests.
  • Simon Yu's Exile III Page.
  • The Dungeon of Exile is a good site if you are looking for walkthroughs.Be warned it plays music, has banner ads and besides the walthroughs is still incomplete.
  • Hope Parkin's Exile 3 and Exile 2 pages.
  • Harehunter's Haven - Has tips and maps for the entire Exile Series.

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Covering Several or All of Our Games

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Other Interesting Links

  • Spiderweb Software's New Hackerproof Mailing List - Since our old mailing list was messed up and destroyed by a hacker, we're creating a new, safe one. You can read about it or join it.
  • Visit Studio Foglio to learn more about Phil and Kaja Foglio's art and comic books. Phil is a wonderful comic book and fantasy artist. We had the good fortune of having him do the line art for the character traits in Avernum.
  • About Jeff Vogel, the author of our games and President of Spiderweb Software.
  • Mariann Krizsan, loyal minion number 1 at Spiderweb Software.
  • Linda Strout, loyal minion number 2 at Spiderweb Software.
  • We have a site with funny stuff written by Jeff Vogel, our resident president and game designer. However, some of this stuff is pretty adult and immature, so you shouldn't go there unless you are 18 or over. Those with a delicate disposition or younger age should just stay here and sample our wonderful games. Irony Central.

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Miscellaneous

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