The Deathlord of Ixia   2 comments

Project Aon has the next of the Lone Wolf books up here.

(For quick reference: These are books published in the heyday of CYOA books written by Joe Dever. Project Aon is converting them to electronic format, with permission. They are quite good about respecting copyright and have gone through great pains to contact every artist involved in each project so their art can be used.)

Whilst there has been attention paid in scholarship to the CYOA form, the Gamebook variation gets relatively little attention. I’d say there are mechanics worthy of attention, like structural modifications to fit the constraints of the format (allowing for a companion NPC in one branch but having to kill him off before the branch ends because a player who takes the other branch won’t have met said character), simulation gaming aspects (such as a section in one Fighting Fantasy book which effectively simulates a tank battle) and meta-gaming (if you play GrailQuest without cheating, in one part you have to eat soup to cast a certain spell).

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Posted June 29, 2006 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

2 responses to “The Deathlord of Ixia

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  1. I suppose digging up a post from well over a year ago is considered bad blog form or something, but I just wanted to say thanks for pointing my attention again to Aon; I had lost touch with what they’re doing over there. I played all the Lone Wolf books that I could when I was a boy and they were simply fantastic. I’m realizing now that a big reason why I play text games almost exclusively now is because I played a ton of gamebooks when I was a kid. I never got a chance to play Infocom games (ironically enough, as my Dad was a programmer who never owned a home microcomputer!). Gamebooks were my Infocom! Anyway, thanks again. Good stuff.

  2. I don’t mind — it is gratifying to see one’s older posts still being read.

    Also if you haven’t noticed from Project Aon yet, all the Lone Wolf books are now being republished. Joe Dever is revising them and is planning on finishing the second (aborted) series with new books.

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