Friday, 31 May 2013

Gamebook Friday: Stormslayer

I've been busy, busy, busy of late, working on various projects, but there haven't been that many new releases to talk about. So today I'm going to revisit a book I wrote back in 2009* - my sixth Fighting Fantasy gamebook, Stormslayer.

Here's a review written by somebody who only discovered the book for the first time a couple of months ago. And, as you'll see, it's one I'm particularly pleased with...

If you don't already know, a gamebook is something like a "choose your own adventure" book, but more like a solo Dungeons & Dragons adventure. You create a character with stats and equipment, then wander through the book exploring the world and solving challenges. You fight monsters (dice are required) and accumulate treasure, in the hopes of beating the final villain at the end of the book.

Stormslayer is a great example of the genre, with lots of interesting wrinkles. The quest has you making your way to four different areas in the hope of acquiring powers of the elements--fire, earth, air and water--all in the hope of eventually facing off against an evil weather-controlling wizard.

There are lots of items and different abilities to find, as well as "minigames" and wrinkles like a day-of-the-week system. In addition, the writing is well executed, with memorable characters, epic battles and a subtle humour throughout. Recommended!

You should be able to pick up a copy of Stormslayer by clicking this link here.

* Is it really that long? Four years already?!?

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