As it’s been a while since I’ve done a pure computer game, I decided to do another blast from the Macintosh past. This time the game is The Fool’s Errand, designed and created by Cliff Johnson, and originally published by Miles Computing. It’s a puzzle game that should hopefully appeal to you pencil puzzlers out there. I also talk about the follow-up games At the Carnival and 3 in Three, as well as the sequel, The Fool and His Money.

I also give the final winners of the Politika games, and talk about some recent appearances on other shows.

Show Notes:

  • It’s official: The show is vintage
  • Appearances on Gaming Uncensored and Michael and Evo’s Wingin’ It.
  • Life changes
  • Listen to Gaming Uncensored!
  • Description of The Fool’s Errand
  • Description of At the Carnival
  • Description of 3 in Three
  • Brief coverage of the Philips CD-i games
  • Where to get these lovely games
  • Coming up: The Fool and His Money
  • Attend the UK Games Expo!
  • Who gets the Politika games?
  • Closing


Final thoughts:

As I was focusing primarily on the computer games, I inadvertantly forgot a few elements of Cliff Johnson’s recent career. After the Philips games wrapped up, he was a consultant to Disney Online, and designed the $100,000 puzzle for David Blaine’s book The Mysterious Stranger.

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6 comments so far


Excellent, just excellent! Thank you….

January 9th, 2007 at 11:45 am

๐Ÿ™‚ Nice job, Jim. I well remember the The Feol’s Errand from my days of owning one of the first color Macs. Not sure if I EVER finished the thing, to be honest. I was working in a Waldensoftware at the time and I managed to snag a promotional copy for free, which was sweet.

Hey are you ever going to get around to Metagaming or early Steve Jackson Games on the VG podcast? Just curious.

January 15th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

[…] So gear up with the latest episode of Vintage Gamer that featured an old puzzle game called The Foolโ€™s Errand that was designed and created by Cliff Johnson. This episode also covered At the Carnival and 3 in Three games. […]

January 17th, 2007 at 10:32 am

Gnome: you’re welcome as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

Walt: The Metagaming games have been on my list for some time. My original intent was to do Warp War, but have had some trouble coordinating with a buddy of mine to play it. Rather than co-opt our fun, I think I’ll look at another one instead. But that’ll be after the next two, which unless something goes wrong are pretty set in stone.

Oh, and now’s your chance to finish Fool’s Errand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 19th, 2007 at 8:35 pm
Kevin Boury

I discovered this game in abou 1990 or so on my boss’ computer. Didn’t get much work done for weeks!

Nope, never finished it!

January 29th, 2007 at 9:34 pm

[…] by: Jim   in Computer games I’m a bit tardy on this, so I apologize. In Podcast 27 I covered a great old Mac puzzle game called The Fool’s Errand. Well, about three weeks ago […]

November 14th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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