Saturday, 2 July 2022

Alice's Day 2022

It's three years since I attended Alice's Day in Oxford as a guest of the Lewis Carroll Society.

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland was the first ACE Gamebook, written before ACE Gamebooks were even thing, and it is still a popular seller. It regularly sells out at the UK Games Expo, and did so again this year. And even though it was first published in the UK almost seven years ago, new foreign language editions keep appearing.

If you've yet to experience my gamification of Lewis Carroll's seminal children's book, you can pick up a copy here. Just remember... we're all mad here!

Friday, 1 July 2022

Gamebook Friday: Christmas in July

Today is 1st July, which means it's the perfect time to download the PDF of Christmas in July, the summer season supplement for 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas. It introduces new monsters to the game as well as four new Player Characters that can all be used with more conventional games of the 'TWAS RPG.

When the north winds blow,
Bringing with them ice and snow,
If Midsummer’s weather’s numbing,
Then know that Fimbulwinter’s coming.

A copy of ’TWAS – The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas is required to use the contents of Christmas in July, and both are available from DriveThruRPG now.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Happy Asteroid Day!

I learned this morning that 30 June is Asteroid Day. It is held on the anniversary of the Tunguska event in 1908, when an asteroid leveled 2,150 square kilometres of forest in Siberia.

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

I remember reading a Primeval tie-in novel by Dan Abnett, called Extinction Event (2009), which had dinosaurs entering our world through an Anomaly at the site of the Tunguska event. A similar idea, that of a massive explosion causing cracks in time, also featured in the Doctor Who episode The Fires of Pompei (2008).

This was a concept I played with when I wrote NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! Without giving too much away, the reason there are dinosaurs running around Neverland is because the Chicxulub asteroid that casued the extinction level event that wiped out those ancient beasts also caused fractures in time. These fractures rippled across time, meaning that Captain Hook and his pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy and the sinking of the Titanic survivor Wendy Darling, as well as dinosaurs, mammoth, and sabretooth tigers, can all visit the island at the same time.

So, to mark Asteroid Day. why not pick up a copy of NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! or leave a review of the gamebook on Amazon? After all, every little helps!


Friday, 24 June 2022

Gamebook Friday: RONIN 47

RONIN 47, the seventh ACE Gamebook (to be published this summer by Snowbooks), now has a cover. And it's gorgeous!

Art and logo design by Neil Googe, colours by Len O'Grady, design by Emma Barnes.

I love how bright it is and the use of coloured text on the back, which you can see below.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Gamebook Friday: Le Pirate de l'au-delà

Available now from Gallimard Jeunesse is a new edition of the French translation of my fourth Fighting Fantasy gamebook Bloodbones.

What makes Le Pirate de l'au-delà different from the original English edition - apart from the fact it's in French - is that it features bonus content focused on the setting of the adventure. On top of that, it also features cover art by the awesome Paul Mafayon.

So, if you're a fan or a Francophile, follow this link to pick up some fantastic pirate booty now!

Friday, 10 June 2022

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks and OnTabletop at the UK Games Expo 2022

A week ago today, I was busy selling out of copies of The Wicked Wizard of Oz and NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! while stocks of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire and 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas were getting low too. That's right, it was the UK Games Expo 2022!

It was great to catch up with people again after three years, and special thanks must go to my friend Scott who helped look after my stand*, meaning I could actually get a look around and see all** that the Expo had to offer.

Scott - on brand as ever!

Highlights of the weekend included signing a first edition of my first book Spellbreaker, which was published 29 years ago this month, meeting GTG Vicki in person, Olly Mc and John Robertson's playthrough of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, cocktails and Japanese food on the Saturday evening, and being interviewed by OnTabletop at the Thursday press preview, which you can watch here...


* Even though he was actually on his honeymoon!

* Or at least some of.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

ACE Gamebooks at the UK Games Expo 2022

This weekend, I am at the UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. Unusually, I have three books that are new to the Expo this year - Beowulf Beastslayer, 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas, and Dracula - Curse of the Vampire - plus the 'TWAS RPG.

You will find me at Stand 2-T10 from Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th June, sandwiched between Ace Brushes and Atlantis Miniatures. So if you're coming along, do stop by and say hello.

Click to enlarge.

In other ACE Gamebooks-related news, the special collector's edition hardback of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire is now on sale. You can find out more here.

“This is the Rolls Royce of gamebooks!”
Chris Halliday, TTRPG designer and author