“Château de Rudenko”

Written by James Burke

AGAIN? NO. SERIOUSLY? IT’S GOT TO BE THE SAME ONE. It’s not? Look, I’ve been running for days. I’m not tired, it’s just the castles — they’re all the same! Identical turrets with narrow sawtooth battlements, minimal ramparts with thin arrow loops, and each structure features a distinct lack of plumbing. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guard here. (Or anybody for that matter.) What sort of economy supports this scale of production and such lax protection? It’s supposed to be a fortress, not an invitation to royal abduction. All I had to do was grab the flag.

I did find the builder. Hailing from the deep forests of Shorewood, Minnesota, is Andrey Rudenko, who, unlike my brother ...

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