Happy new year, gamebookers! It's been a great year, both in the gamebook world and in the world of real life!
I haven't personally updated for a while. Peter Agapov has made some great posts recently that really explore gamebooks to their core, so I suggest you definitely give those posts a good read through.
What have I done recently?
Most of my projects this year have involved finishing things that I had started a while ago.
I decided to write the reboot of Coils of Hate because I read it when I was 10 and thought it was a great idea. I later realised that there were a few problems with it, so I decided to clean it up, using the best bits and adding a few bits to help. You can get it for free from RPGNow.
This is a Tunnels and Trolls solo using the new Deluxe rules which is for any class and any level (it also includes rules on how to do that). This book is all about a quest where you can make your own magic weapon with whatever powers you want. The weapon will also get more powerful as you go up in level, so it is designed to stick with you throughout your life. You can get it for PWYW from RPGNow.
Advanced Fighting Fantasy adventures
I finally finished off and cleaned up all of my adventures to fit all of the rules with the expansions. You can find all of them for free by clicking the link above.
Advanced Fighting Fantasy collection of stuff
This is a collection of all my house rules for Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2nd edition. You can get it for free by clicking the link above.
A secret project
I can't talk about it. It's a secret. I'll tell you when it's out.
What do I want to do in 2018?
1) Complete a gamebook I am working on with Jeffrey Dean. It's gonna be a long one.
2) Actually write Rulers of the NOW - a book I wrote a sample for in 2012 for the Windhammer competition and over the years, I have made tons of notes and collected lovely pictures for it and now I need to write it. It's going to be a very long one.
3) Relearn how to use underlines on Blogger. I've managed to open a window showing the source for this page four times. This will be the hardest to achieve.
What happened to all of my posts?
Several things happened this year in RL. I left my day job and now I get my income from various random sources, which, while more liberating, means that I had to work harder to get the work done. This is combined with the fact that I finally run out of posts from my stockpile that I built up from 2010 (I had 20 years worth of thoughts on gamebooks and gaming before that). I have other thoughts, but I need to write them down. I also need to revisit old thoughts and refine them with my experience of writing gamebooks since then.
In the future...
There's a gamebook Kickstarter coming out in early January, so save your pennies. There will be a post about it in just over a week. Keep your eyes peeled...