Friday, 3 February 2017

Gamebook Friday: The Wicked Wizard of Oz

If you backed the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Kickstarter back in 2015, you may remember how you pledged to receive a 400-reference gamebook but ended up with a 520-reference gamebook. This increase in length was in part a consequence of the rules system I developed for the book, and partly because of the epic maze I plonked in the middle of the adventure.
Having learnt from my mistakes with that previous project, when I pitched The Wicked Wizard of Oz you may remember that I announced that you would be backing the Kickstarter to receive a 500-reference gamebook. I also said that you would be able to play as one of four different characters, and a fifth bonus character if you pledged at the Wicked Witch reward level. And then this happened...
This afternoon I finally finished the manuscript for The Wicked Wizard of Oz, almost six months to the day after I first set fingers to keyboard. (I actually started writing the gamebook on Thursday 4th August 2016.)
Now all that there remains for me to do is re-number the entire adventure by hand - all 850 references of it! - and then re-structure it before sending it out to the proof-readers and play-testers.
But before I can do that I need to work out which sections have to relate to a specific number (as a result of being the answer to a puzzle, for example) and where all the illustrations are going to go.
Best get started then!


Jam said...

I knew you'd crack 800 ;)
Out of interest did you have to pad with an orphan reference or two? Remember that certain book that did in 1982? Hehe

Jonathan Green said...

There are a couple of very long sections that have been spread across more than one reference. So if the play-testing results in the need for a couple of extra sections being written, I can reclaim them from those.

Jam said...

Good way of tackling that Mr G. Divide and conquer to speak

Hervé said...


According to me, Dorothy is the diplomatic character; the Scarecrow has the wits; the Tin Woodman is strong & the Lion has dexterity, isn'it?

The Wizard looks like a cybernetic bad guy.

I'm so excited for this book ;-)

Jonathan Green said...

It's not quite as straightforward as that in The Wicked Wizard of Oz. You'll just have to wait and see... but it won't be long now! ;-)