Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Warhammer Wednesday: Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020

The Age of the Imperium is at hand in Humble Bundle's newest bundle!

Guide mankind (or their foes) in games like Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Collection, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, and Blood Bowl 2 Legendary. Plus, your purchase will support SpecialEffect and a charity of your choice!

One of the games that comes as part of the most basic level is my very own Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion, so this is probably your very last chance to get hold of Tin Man Games' app adaptation of my Path to Victory gamebook.


So don't delay - download the Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020 today!

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Beowulf Beastslayer LIVE!

This evening, at 7:00pm, Beowulf Beastslayer (my fourth ACE Gamebook) is going to be the subject of a live readthrough by Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp.

So if you've ever wondered how Beowulf Beastslayer plays, check out the Event page here on Facebook, and don't miss the chance to pick up a signed copy of the adventure too.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Thought for the Day

"After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
~ Philip Pullman

Saturday, 11 July 2020

ACE Gamebooks are coming to North America

I have exciting news. If you love interactive adventure gamebooks and you live in North America, you will be pleased to hear that from this autumn Winged Hussar Publishing will be publishing ACE Gamebooks in the USA and Canada.

Here's the full statement that appeared on Winged Hussar's Facebook page today:

Winged Hussar Publishing is happy to announce they have signed an agreement with Jonathan Green to publish and distribute ACE Gamebooks in the US and Canada though Simon & Schuster starting in the Fall of 2020.

ACE Gamebooks is a series of gamebooks created by Jonathan Green and published by Snowbooks in the UK since 2015. A feature of the titles in the series is that they take classic works of literature and give them a dark twist, often combining steampunk elements. Some of the titles take inspiration from more than one work of classic literature, such as NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!, which uses elements of both J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Other titles will include: Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, The Wicked Wizard of Oz, Beowulf Beastslayer, 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas, Dracula - Curse of the Vampire.

The first book released will be Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland starting in the Fall.

Look at our websites and for more information when it is available as well as special offers on books and gaming.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Gamebook Friday: Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland

The other day I stumbled across this review of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, originally posted back in August 2018, on Nerds Like Me:

"What particularly drew me to the book was the art – illustrated by Kevin Crossley, the art is luxuriously detailed, and deliciously dark to fit the subject matter, but it manages to skilfully mimic the illustrations from the classic releases of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland whilst changing small, sinister details to bring it in line with the tone of the book. These are very pretty books, inside and out...

"Story wise, this is a little Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland meets that horrifying Return to Oz movie, but where Burton’s Alice seemed cagey of going too dark and seemed flimsy because of it, Green charges head first into the bleak and grim and the book is so much better for its commitment to the tone. It’s incredibly sinister, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers, but it’s the kind of sinister that gives a sort of pleasurable chill as you read – and the ante is upped because if you make the wrong choice then you could very well find yourself dead. There’s a higher level of involvement and thus a high level of investment...

"Rating: 5/5 – this is a perfect example of a expertly-crafted game book. Even aside from the complexity of constructing a normal Choose Your Own Adventure book, the added game mechanisms could easily have catapulted this into a jumbled mess, but instead it works so well and runs so fluently that it really is an exceptional example of its genre."

If you've not picked up Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland for yourself yet, you'll be pleased to hear that it is back in print and that you can buy a signed copy direct from the author.

People who missed out on the original Kickstarter have been making the most of the opportunity to secure a signed copy for themselves, which you can do here...

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland - Back in Print!
(£13 including UK P&P)
520 section ACE Gamebook
Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland bookmark

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Warhammer Wednesday: Inferno! classic reprints

Black Library have released the next batch of classic Inferno! reprints. Each issue is a facsimile of the original magazine, available to print on demand for two weeks only, and you can purchase them as a single collection that will get you issues 26-35!

The period covered by this collection just happens to be the time when I was at my most prolific, in terms of making contributions to Inferno! magazine. Of these ten classic issues, six contain short stories or comic strips by Yours Truly, and they are...

Inferno! #26 - Firestarter! – Necromunda short story

Inferno! #27 - The Nagenhof Bell – Warhammer short story

Inferno! #28 - The Executioner’s Tale – Warhammer comic strip

Inferno! #29 - Bad Medicine – Necromunda short story

Inferno! #32 - The Miner’s Tale – Warhammer comic strip

Inferno! #34 - Mark of the Beast – Warhammer short story

To order the collection of ten issues*, or just the edited highlights, follow this link.

* These issues are available to order until 6:00pm GMT on Saturday 18th July 2020.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Tie-in Tuesday: Robin of Sherwood back on ITV4

Some of you may remember that back in 2016 I wrote a novelisation of the unmade Robin of Sherwood TV movie The Knights of the Apocalypse.

If you're a fan of the seminal '80s sword and sorcery TV series, or even if you've never seen a single episode before, you might be interested to know that the show is being repeated, from the beginning, from 13th July on ITV4.