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What are those roleplaying books where you have to pick what happens next?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Abaddon, Dec 27, 2009.

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  1. Abaddon

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    I remeber them as a kid.. you would read so much, and then be given various options... chose the right one, and the story continues, chose the wrong one.. and your dead.

    Each option told to to turn to a different page


    Anyone have a clue what i'm on about?
     
  2. Garonius

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    The most popular were Fighting Fantasy by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson.

    There were several other formats though.

    Started at 1: Warlock of Firetop Mountain and went up to about book 40 in the end, the early ones were the best though. And some of them particularly the first one were fiendishly difficult to the point of being almost impossible Creature of Havoc: 24 was mind numbingly hard having you decrypt a language and proceeding in a completely non linear fashion according to you noticing obscure clues that Sherlock Holmes might miss.

    Cb n y pu spfbk thjs lbngvbgf?

    Had you play a monster as well which was a novel twist.
     
  3. Abaddon

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    Thats it, thankyou so muchos!
     
  4. Garonius

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    I'm starring at books 1 to 40 right now, some are originals before they got popular, doubt they are worth much though, they were too popular to really be collectors items. And np.

    Played them as a kid, but then I always was a fantasy nerd, they lost impact once computers became common place and although some games were released RPGs kind of superceded them; now I play LOTRO so I guess RPGs are somewhat obsolete now even with many people going on line in WoW, Conan and Oblivion type worlds.

    Other books were by Ian and Clive Bailey and Mark smith and Jamie Thompson in different modern or fantasy genres to name a few, but they never really enjoyed the success of the original series.
     
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    I've started a game on CFC. The twist is that as many people as we like can start the story, an as people make different choices, the "dungeon group" will divide up, and the stories diverge.

    It will be pretty low maintennance, interested?
     
  6. Garonius

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    Well I can't play the actual books obviously as I've played them all, but I can RP if its new stuff. Put up a link when you've made the thread.

    Essentially it's role playing on line, you might be onto something there, quickly sets up web site. :D j/k
     
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    Yes Livingstone/Jackson and Lone Wolf saga. I still play it sometimes.
     
  8. Erik Mesoy

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    The category is called "gamebooks". When I was a kid, my local library had quite a lot in two general categories, Choose Your Own Adventure and Lone Wolf.
     
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    Goosebumps used to seem so good. I still have 28 of them on my bookshelf.

    Now they are good for a laugh at how absolutely mindblowingly horrible they are. The storylines were so stupid (I'm thinking of Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter in particular), and the Choose Your Own Adventure line resulted in numerous undeveloped (not even good enough to be called underdeveloped) deaths or near misses.
     
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    In college, an English teacher assigned as a parody of those books to read. It might around here somewhere.
     
  11. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    I haven't seen one since grade school.
     
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    They are always with you, in your heart.
     
  13. Mise

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    I had a Super Mario book like that. It was pretty stupid because it's like, I could just play the actual Super Mario game instead...

    Anyway they were just about the only books I ever read until about a year ago.
     
  14. Jawz II

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    The bible?

    Damn any holy scripture.
    You read the sci-fi, then pick out the parts that justify your actions the best and go with it.
     
  15. Azale

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    Child please...
     
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    Did somebody write his own? I and some my friends wrote some and borowing it between each other. My best one had more than 650 links.
     
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    hahahaha :D
     
  18. Babbler

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    Everybody knows the good book is one of the oldest choose-your-own-adventure books out there.
     
  19. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    Yeah Fighting Fantasy, Sorcery!, Choose your Own Adventures, etc.....
     
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    I remember that one. You ended up turning into one of the turtles at one point and had to choose whether to eat the blue slop or order a pizza. Turned out the blue slop was good and the pizza was horrible.
     
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