Sunday, April 1, 2012
April A to Z B is for blogs part 2 - an interview with Brian T. Ronk
What is your favourite gamebook?
I would have to go with Michael J. Ward's Destiny Quest - The Legion of Shadow. A number of Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventure titles come in at a close second, though.
What gamebooks/interactive fiction would you recommend to a newcomer to the genre?
Most gamebooks have a few "right" endings. It's fun to play through a number of times to see how the story unfolds when you pick a different choice.
Where did you come up with your ideas for Hero's Tale?
Years ago, Hero's Tale was actually a game idea similar to Sierra Entertainment's Quest for Glory series. It never went anywhere further than ideas. From it, an idea for a novel emerged, and that is currently one of my main projects.
When it comes to writing a gamebook, what's the most important thing that you do?
Do you have any other sites besides http://heros-tale.com/ ?
Not at this time.
What do you think the future of gamebooks is?
I think physical books in general are going to slowly go away. But, I don't think they will disappear completely. The desire for a physical book is too strong. I love having a physical copy myself.
Ebooks will allow gamebooks to grow. There will be things you can do with an ebook that you can't with a physical book. I wouldn't surprise be to see future ebook gamebooks that are similar to Tin Man Games GA titles. Where everything is built in. You won't have to roll dice or keep track of stats. All that will be done for you.
To play Brian's game or to read more about his novel, go to his webiste - http://heros-tale.com/.