Friday, 26 May 2023

Gamebook Friday: World Dracula Day

Today is World Dracula Day, which commemorates the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula on this day in 1897.

In honour of the day, I am running a Flash Sale of the yellow hardback 125th anniversary edition of Dracula: Curse of the Vampire. There are only 10 copies of the book up for sale at just £60 each, plus post and packing.

If you do want to buy one, please make sure you select the correct post and packing charges for your location.

Post and Packing


Dracula: Curse of the Vampire is an interactive gothic horror novel, in which YOU decide which route to take, which perils to risk, and which of the terrifying creatures you will meet along the way to fight. Play as Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray, and Dr John Seward… or even Count Dracula himself. But be warned – whether you succeed in your quest or succumb to the curse of the vampire will be down to the choices YOU make.

 

But do not tarry, for the dead travel fast.


Thursday, 25 May 2023

UK Games Expo 2023

One week today I will be at the NEC in Birmingham, setting up for UK Games Expo 2023.

This year I am sharing a stand with Sir Ian Livingstone. We are in Hall 2, at Stand 2-T21, sandwiched between Parable Games and Atlantis Miniatures.

Click to enlarge.

The expo opens on Friday 2nd June at 9:00am and closes at 4:00pm on Sunday 4th June.

This year I am helping Darren W. Pearce run the Write Like a Pro workshop on Sunday 4th June from 12:30-1:30pm.

Here's what the UKGE website has to say about it:

Join two professional writers Darren W. Pearce and Jonathan Green - both industry veterans of many years experience - to talk about modern adventure design and how to approach the art of adventure writing, as well as working with established IP holders.

The workshop is being held in The Boardroom, NEC Piazza 3. To find out more, click this link.

Friday, 19 May 2023

Gamebook Friday: Russ Nicholson

I was very sorry to hear this week that Russ Nicholson passed away last Wednesday after a short illness. 

As some of you will already know, Russ wasn't well enough to draw any new illustrations for the Heorot RPG, although the book is chock full of his artwork anyway.

It was a dream come true, and a real pinch me moment, to have him collaborate with me on Beowulf Beastslayer, as it was his illustration of a Ghoul that drew me into The Warlock of Firetop Mountain when I picked up the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in 1982.

I also had a wonderful time with Russ and his wife Jacqui at MantiCon in Germany in 2019. He was a great raconteur and a lovely man to boot. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

RIP Russ.

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Cover Reveal! Moon Knight: Age of Anubis

I am delighted to be able to share with you the cover for my forthcoming Marvel: Marvellous Missions gamebook, Moon Knight: Age of Anubis, after it was posted on the official Moon Knight Twitter account (@moonknight) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/moonknight) today.

The illustration of our hero is by Xteve Abanto.

When N’Kantu, the Living Mummy, escapes his sarcophagus and steals an artifact that turns swaths of mankind into zombies, Moon Knight steps in to save the day… Assisted by an eager Egyptologist, Moon Knight chases N’Kantu from the streets of New York to an ancient temple in Egypt, where the two uncover an evil ritual that will begin a battle between gods over the power of life and death.

Moon Knight: Age of Anubis, will be published in the US on 5 September 2023, and in the UK on 23 November 2023, but you can pre-order it now.


Happy Wizard of Oz Day!

L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published on this day in 1900, meaning that today is the 123rd anniversary of the book's publication.

This gives me the perfect excuse to remind you that the second ACE Gamebook was The Wicked Wizard of Oz, which is still available in PDF format here, and will be available in print again soon. 


The book is also available in Czech, French, German, and Italian.


Friday, 12 May 2023

Gamebook Friday: Live Readthroughs Catch-up

As you may already be aware, there are currently two Twitch channels* broadcasting live readthroughs of my gamebooks.

The first is Edra Tales, with host Ken Boyter, who is playing through Secrets of Salamonis, the 40th anniversary Fighting Fantasy gamebook I co-wrote with Steve Jackson. If you have missed it, you can catch up here.

The second is Babel 17, with host Julian Sparrow, who is playing through my latest ACE Gamebook, RONIN 47. If you want to watch that, click here.

In other news, three weeks today I will be attending the UK Games Expo, where you will be able to buy RONIN 47 as well as my other ACE Gamebooks.


* That I know of!

 

Saturday, 6 May 2023

Coronation Weekend Sale on now!

No matter what your personal feelings about the Coronation or how you are choosing to spend your extra Bank Holiday Weekend, you may well be spending more time with friends and family, and so what better time to play some discounted RPGs or gamebooks? Click on the image below to find out more.

Friday, 5 May 2023

Gamebook Friday: La Nuit du Nécromancien

Out now from Gallimard Jeunesse is the new edition of La Nuit du Nécromancien - or Night of the Necromancer, if you don't read French.

The original French translation used the same cover as the English original - the painting of a Death Cultist by Martin McKenna. However, the new edition features a secondary antagonist on the cover, the Lich Queen and her corrupted court of undead, as imagined by Regis Torres.

So Night of the Necromancer joins Bloodbones in this new format, which leaves me wondering which book will be next...


Thursday, 4 May 2023

Heorot - Roleplaying in the World of Beowulf Beastslayer

Yesterday, I published the PDF edition of the Heorot RPG on DriveThruRPG, and today's it's one of the platform's Picks of the Week!


You can download the PDF yourself, via this link.


Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Write Like a Pro at the UK Games Expo 2023

The UK Games Expo 2023 starts one month today, on Friday 2nd June. I shall be there as usual, selling my latest ACE Gamebook, RONIN 47, and generally enjoying the buzz of the event.

However, this year I am going to be helping Darren W. Pearce run the Write Like a Pro workshop on Sunday 4th June from 12:30-1:30pm.

Here's what the UKGE website has to say about it:

Join two professional writers Darren W. Pearce and Jonathan Green - both industry veterans of many years experience - to talk about modern adventure design and how to approach the art of adventure writing, as well as working with established IP holders.

The workshop is being held in The Boardroom, NEC Piazza 3. To find out more, click this link.


Friday, 28 April 2023

Gamebook Friday: Alice in Bulgaria and Dracula in Hungary

The Bulgarian edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland is now available to preorder courtesy of GENY-Gamebooks.

I love seeing how overseas publishers either commission their own cover artwork, or use different examples of Kev Crossley's illustrations, or even just the same cover as the UK edition.

The Hungarian edition of Dracula: Curse of the Vampire is almost ready to go as well. In this case, Chameleon Comix used the same cover are as Snowbooks did on the UK edition but with a slightly different arrangement of image and text.


Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Secrets of Salamonis on Mythical Tales From Edra

If you enjoy live readthroughs of adventure gamebooks you will want to join Ken Boyter this evening, at 6:00pm on the Mythical Tales from Edra Twitch channel, as he will be performing a readthrough of Secrets of Salamonis, the Fighting Fantasy gamebook I wrote with Steve Jackson.

And then the following evening, Julian Sparrow will be back on his Twitch channel at 9:30pm tackling RONIN 47 for the second week in a row.

In both cases, it is YOU the viewers who get to help decide which way to go, which monsters to fight, and which perils to risk. And if you have yet to purchase a copy of the aforementioned adventures yourself, simply click on then images below to rectify that situation.

Saturday, 22 April 2023

Short Story Saturday: Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu is an anthology of short stories inspired by the works of Stratford's most famous son and the literary endeavours of cosmic horror master H. P. Lovecraft.

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu includes stories by the likes of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Graham McNeill, James Lovegrove, Jan Siegel, Andrew Lane, Jonathan Oliver, and John Reppion. So, if you've not already picked up a copy, do so today and treat yourself to what one reviewer called "a fun concept, that delivered on its premise."

And if you have read the book, a review on Amazon is always much appreciated.


Thursday, 20 April 2023

RONIN 47 Readthrough - live tonight!

Tonight, at 9:30pm BST, you can join Julian Sparrow on his Twitch channel as he performs a live readthrough of my most recent ACE Gamebook, RONIN 47.

Not only that, but you can get involved, as The Chat will help to decide Julian's fate! So set an alarm and join Julian tonight, Thursday 20th April 2023, for a good dose of mecha-vs-kaiju gamebook action!

Saturday, 15 April 2023

Jonathan Green is attending Fully Booked in Taunton Today!

I am at Fully Booked today, Saturday 15th April 2023, from 10:00am - 3:00pm, at Taunton Central Library. And best of all, entry is entirely FREE! 

I will be there with my ACE Gamebooks, so, if you're in the area, why not come along and say hello, or, even better, buy a book?


Friday, 14 April 2023

Gamebook Friday - Moon Knight: Age of Anubis

Today's big news is... I've written a Marvel: Multiverse Missions gamebook, as announced on the Aconyte Books website today. Here's the cover blurb.

When N’Kantu, the Living Mummy, escapes his sarcophagus and steals an artifact that turns swaths of mankind into zombies, Moon Knight steps in to save the day… But is hampered by an eager Egyptologist whose choices seem to influence his personalities and strengths. As Moon Knight and the Egyptologist chase N’Kantu from the streets of New York to navigating traps, tricks, and riddles within an ancient temple in Egypt, the two uncover an evil ritual that will begin a battle between gods over the power of life and death. Only the Egyptologist holds the key to unraveling the dark plot… everybody’s lives are in their hands!

The placeholder cover features a picture of Moon Knight battling Ghost in a blizzard.

I was approached to write the third title in the Marvel: Multiverse Missions series last September, having previously supplied technical assistance on the first two books, You Are (Not) Deadpool and She-Hulk Goes to Murderworld.

I was delighted when I was offered multiple super heroes to choose from to be the focus. I subsequently wrote up three different proposals and the one which everyone liked the most, including Marvel, was Moon Knight: Age of Anubis. This makes it the second gamebook I've written inspired by the mythology of Ancient Egypt - the first, of course, was Curse of the Mummy.

The book will be released in the US on 5th September 2023 and in the UK on 23rd November 2023.

Friday, 24 March 2023

Gamebook Friday: Fully Booked

Spring is here and summer is on its way, which means that you can expect to see me at a number of events over the coming months.

First up, next month, is Fully Booked. Billed as 'A Book Festival in a Day!' it is taking place on Saturday 15th April 2023, from 10:00am - 3:00pm, at Taunton Central Library, in Taunton*, and entry is FREE! 

I will be there with my ACE Gamebooks, so, if you're in the area, why not come along and say hello, or, even better, buy a book?

* Funnily enough.


Thursday, 23 March 2023

Lion El’Jonson, Primarch of the Dark Angels

Ideally this would have been posted on Warhammer Wednesday, but the news only dropped five hours ago (as of writing). If you've not seen the reveal from Games Workshop yet, the big new - HUGE news, in fact - is that the Lion has returned!


Why do I mention this on my blog? Because it was I, under the guidance of game design legend Jervis Johnson, who wrote the Dark Angels background for the original Codex: Angels of Death, the last paragraph of which revealed that the body of Lion El'Jonson was hidden deep with the Rock, the Dark Angels' base of operations and all that was left of their devastated homeworld Caliban. So to see the Primarch enter Warhammer 40,000 some 27 years later is really quite cool.


Friday, 17 March 2023

Gamebook Friday: Extra! Extra!

Ever since I crowdfunded the first ACE Gamebook, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, back in 2015, I have tried to offer backers on Kickstarter something extra. In the case of Alice, this was my first deck of themed playing cards (which, along with bespoke dice, went on to become a feature of the series), and the first themed All Rolled Up*.


The Wicked Wizard of Oz had bookmarks that allowed you to play as different characters, including two bonus characters - the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wizard himself.

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! had some rather cool extras, if I do say so myself. Not only was there a cloth map of Neverland, there was also a soundtrack album, of sorts.

I upped the ante with Beowulf Beastslayer, offering backers miniatures of Beowulf and Grendel, who have been joined by Grendel's Mother, since the Heorot RPG also funded on Kickstarter.

'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas offered backers the chance to purchase some Krampus Kards, rather than the traditional Christmas cards.

High level backers of the Dracula: Curse of the Vampire Kickstarter received their books in a wooden coffin, along with a stake pencil, wrapped in black tissue paper bearing the seal of the House of Dracula.

My most recent ACE Gamebooks Kickstarter, that funded production of RONIN 47, gave people the chance to buy some posters of Neil Googe's awesome artwork (coloured by Len O'Grady), as well as the usual art prints.

I'm still deliberating as to what the next ACE Gamebook will be, but rest assured that I will look for some unusual angle when it comes to what rewards I can offer to those people who support my crowdfunding projects.


* The last project to feature one of these was TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas.