Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gamebook Yahoo groups

Yahoo groups has been around for ages and to me they seem a little 'old fashioned' but although there are many abandoned groups that have been overrun with spam, they are still buzzing with life and, in some cases, they have over a decade's worth of fan made material in their files sections.  Here are some gamebook themed Yahoo groups and whether you should join them.

Gamebooks

Still very active and contains lots of great files to have a look at.

Should I join this group? Very much so.

Gamebook Collectors

It is very rarely updated but it looks like people still check it.

Should I join this group? Only if desperate.





Moloch's Gamebook Garden

A file-less and rarely updated group that may still have life in it.

Should I join this group? Only if desperate.

Titan Rebuilding

The new group once Rebuilding Titan was overrun with spam.  It is still very active and chock full of resources.

Should I join this group? Very much so.

Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks

A quite active group with  several useful files.

Should I join this group? Very much so.


Advanced Fighting Fantasy

A spam ridden group with 3 files of questionable use - one is one equipment carrying, one is a list of items, similar to the one found in Dungeoneer and one is a new character creation system including other scores such as wits and magic, which has been rendered obsolete by AFF2.

Should I join this group? Only if desperate.
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Fabled Lands

A very active group with tons of files including notes on the unpublished books 7-12.

Should I join this group? Very much so.

Book Seven

This refers to Fabled Lands book seven where people have written their own version.  It has not been active for over a year but you can take a look at the fan made book seven.

Should I join this group? Only for the files.

Chronicles of Arborell

A very active group that Wayne Densley updates regularly and the community talks about the news.  There's only one file but you can easily get everything you need from www.arborell.com instead.

Should I join this group? Very much so.

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf

Has not been updated in over a year and it has no files but someone might respond if you send out a message.

Should I join this group? Only if desperate.

Lone Wolf d20

Another spam ridden group with 2 files - the Magnamund Companion (which you can get from Project Aon anyway) and a class construction engine.


Should I join this group? Only if desperate.


Radio Free Trollworld

A Tunnels and Trolls group that still has messages posted.  It also has a few files including a solo.

Should I join this group? Very much so.

Blue Frog Tavern

Another quite active Tunnels and Trolls group full of nice files.

Should I join this group? Very much so.

Russ Nicholson

The legendary gamebook artist has his own Yahoo Groups fan page with files including the history of Fighting Fantasy books, an interview with Russ (Not my interview) and Russ's biography.  There are also several pieces of his artwork in the photos section.  No one seems to post there any more.

Should I join this group?  Only for the files and photos.


Rebuilding Titan

Although the message section has been overrun with spam, there are plenty of useful files for you to download such a maps, monsters, the history of races and Deathtrap Dungeon 3 along with its solution and a review.

Should I join this group? Only for the files.


Do you know of any other gamebook related Yahoo Groups?  Leave a comment!


2 comments:

  1. Hmm, some of these look very interesting. By the way, after I read the part about "Book 7" I decided to google around a little bit and I also found a fan version of Book 9 of the series.
    http://www.scribd.com/asathanantham/d/36246488-The-Isle-of-a-Thousand-Spires-1

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  2. Many thanks for finding that, Kay! I shall be having a look at it.

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