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About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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35 Responses to Sarnik

  1. alan tuggle says:

    What the heck happened? I can’t find Sarnik anywhere! Not on, not searching for it, not anywhere. Does it just not exist?

  2. Dougal says:

    Well, considering that I posted the link 4 years ago, it’s not too surprising that it’s not around anymore.

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, it went down around August (or maybe October? I can’t remember) last year. Luckily for me, I’d downloaded it beforehand.

  4. Someone says:

    Oh no! It was free wasn’t it? If it was free, could you email it to me at

  5. Anonymous says:

    can someone also sent the the game to me. I really like that games.

  6. Anonymous says:

    forgot my email:

  7. A guy says:

    Hey guys, if you could send me this game also, anyone, I would be very, very grateful. Thanks in advance if anyone does. Thank you so much. My email is

  8. Anonymous says:

    can some one send sarnik to me at

  9. Anonymous says:

    yeah, e-mail me it too plz, I really liked and my comp screwed up and I lost it, Or give me anoda site to play it on.

  10. Anonymous says:

    lol, for got mine too,

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey can someone also email it to me when I took my comp to get fixed they deleted it

  12. Evan says:

    Could someone also email it to me at Thanks

  13. evilboi says:

    can anyone send it to me 2 at

  14. Anonymous says:

    i am still waiting for a file through e-mail!! r u gone send it or not?

  15. Anonymous says:

    can u send it to me as well thnks.

  16. Anonymous says:

    sorry forgot my email

  17. mattgr2004 says:

    Can u please email it to me also my email is

  18. Danny says:

    Sorry to bother you, but can you send me the game? My email is

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

  19. Jo says:

    If you still like to play it online, go here: and click on Sarnik.

  20. David Lambert says:

    This is Dave Lambert, author of Sarnik. I’m happy to read that people liked the game and are trying to find it even now. I decided to take the game offline a few years ago. After getting married and having kids, I didn’t have the free time anymore to maintain the game. IE’s popup blocker presented a big problem – I felt that a number of people wouldn’t want to allow the popup windows or would even know how to do it. I thought it would be best to pull it, rather than frustrate the target audience of kids.

    Note – the version at previous post #20 ( isn’t my vision of the game. If you want the final version that was posted at my web site, please email me at Thanks for playing.

  21. Dougal says:

    Hi Dave, thanks for updating us on the disappearance of Sarnik. Since the original URL is no good anymore, I’d be happy to update with a new link, if there’s some place you’d like me to direct the traffic?

  22. Jason Magnus says:

    Sarnik is an awesome game… I was wondering where it went to! I remember being directed to the website of the author/creator of the game, David Lambert, and getting access to it there. I’ll be e-mailing him (post 21) to get it again! Thanks for posting!

  23. David Lambert says:

    Right now, I have no web presence. Would you like to host it?

  24. Dougal says:

    I’d love to be able to, but my server is a little under-powered as it is, and I’m afraid it would melt down under the additional load.

    If that changes, though, I’ll let you know.

  25. Peter says:

    I have a remake of David Lambert’s great game at my website.

  26. jesse says:

    can someone mail this to me at i really love that game.

  27. David Lambert says:

    Hello, this is Dave Lambert. A major bug was brought to my attention a few days ago, and I want to report the workaround here. I remember another bug from a few years back, and I’ll talk about that too.

    Bug #1
    Able to skip battles
    You’re about to start a battle. Some text is displayed with the “Continue” link in the narration area of the interface. Normally, you would click “Continue” to start the battle. But you can skip this if you save the game, and then load it. The “Continue” link disappears and the game acts like you’ve won the battle. No experience points are awarded and no loot is available from the battle.

    Bug #2
    Characters share the same purchased item
    Multiple characters purchase the same ranged weapon from a store and equip it. During a battle, if one character fires the weapon, the ammo is reduced as expected. However, the ammo is also reduced for all other characters that have that weapon equipped. The problem is that when a character purchases an item, a reference to that item is placed in the character’s inventory – not a copy of that item. So in effect, characters share the same purchased item. I’m sure that this bug has other side effects beyond this, but there is an easy workaround. Immediately after shopping, save and load the game. The reload corrects the character inventories. I can’t believe that I missed this bug! If you’re the type of person to play the game in short intervals or save/load often, you’ve probably never noticed.

    I’m not planning to patch these bugs, so let’s go with these workarounds. Thanks for playing.

    Dave Lambert

  28. Sarnik Fan says:

    hey i need help on version of sarnik. i would also like the final version to be sent to my email. can someone put a guide up on for sarnik?

  29. David Lambert says:

    For post 29: The site owner’s name is Peter Hurford and I couldn’t quickly find his email. You could sign his guestbook and request that info: ( ).

  30. Anonymous says:

    hey, could some one send me the giude book for sarnik, my comp is retarded and deleted it. thx.

  31. Anonymous says:

    could someone send the game and the guide book to me? i cant figure out a few things. thx.

  32. anonymous says:

    Can someone snd me a Sarnik at I’d appreciate it’s a great game! Thanks!

  33. BrandonC says:

    I would be more then happy to use my spare bandwidth to host the game. I have a cheasy godaddy server account, but I’m not really using any of the bandwidth so… drop me a line at and we can work out the details.

  34. Dan says:

    Anyone know where we can find this game now?

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