|How was he supposed to know about the boulder?|
"Oh, really, I'm dead after opening that nondescript door. I guess I'll just pop right back to the previous paragraph and open the other one."
"I've fought this combat four times now and lost. I'm just gonna pretend I beat this Razaak guy."
How many times has that thought, with minor variations, rattle around in our heads? And how many times do we act on them? If it's me then the answer to both questions is 'All the time.'
Do we feel guilty about this. I mean, surely it's cheating isn't it? We're not playing by the rules.
Well, I've decided to throw away my guilt and tell the world that 'cheating' in gamebooks is more than OK - it should be encouraged.
However, with a gamebook, it's just you and the book. And the book doesn't care about what you do
with it. Sure, the author might care, but they're not there and they will probably never find out what you are doing with their book. So, if your die 'tips over' onto a 6 when you roll for skill, you haven't upset anyone. You're happy because you have a skill of 12 and there's no one else around to mind. And will it affect you badly in the long term, because you cheated then? No, it doesn't. You're not playing a gamebook to get fit, you're playing it for entertainment purposes. If you have a skill of 12, you're probably going to be more entertained because that skill 10 wyvern that just ambushed you about 20 paragraphs in won't kill you off before your adventure has even begun.
Who cares if you read all the paragraphs in numerical order or every paragraph ending in 5? If that's what makes you happy, that's what you can do.
|There's a reason why Brad Pitt's face is blocking your|
view to Edward Norton's face in this scene.
It's basically like I'm watching Fight Club the second time round (and if you don't know what I'm talking about, stop reading this immediately and watch Fight Club twice before you go back to your cave).
If you want a gamebook version of Fight Club, you should read The Evil Eye by S.J Bell.
Gamebook people have caught on with this. Early Tin Man games versions of their apps did not haveJon Green's Fighting Fantasy books from the 90s with the ones from the 00s, you will find out that they are less hard, because, as Jon said once, that his motives became less about beating the cheats and more with entertaining people.
options to heal or go back to previous paragraphs, but they quickly worked out that it is what gamebook people want. If you compare
In a funny way, if loopholes are too obvious, then it kind of destroys the desire to exploit them. For example, I found a really cool way to level grind in Fabled Lands. I would play as a warrior, complete some easy quest, and, when I was established, I would buy a boat, get the best crew I could and sail up and down.
|It is a big and beautiful world.|
So go ahead - flick through the book, fudge dice rolls, pretend you have items when you don't, give
yourself a few more life points and use that five fingered bookmark like it's going out of fashion (so if you're playing Crypt of the Sorcerer, you might as well just read paragraph 400) - It's not hurting anyone, so if it makes your experience richer, then cheat away!