I only released the last news a few days ago, so this one will be short, but I thought I'd make a December one as well, just to keep up my one a month rate.
I'll also take this chance to wish you all a happy new year and that I hope 2023 will be a happy and prosperous year for you all.
Here's the news:
Arion Games festive sale
Arion Games is the company that releases Advanced Fighting Fantasy material.
With December well underway and both Christmas and New Year fast approaching, it is time for the annual Arion Games festive sale.
As in previous years, we have put every Arion Games pdf at DTRPG at a 40% discount for the rest of the month. In addition, we will also have FOUR brand new adventures for four different games. These will be sent free to every customer who has bought something of ours during December.
(Don't buy anything from Arion games that costs $999/£830. They are the free festive games.
The plan is to send two out next week end to all December customers to that point, another the following weekend and another the weekend after, so if you want to get all four for free, make sure you have purchased something by then!
Release - The Seeker of Valenreath
If you seek adventure, then enter the fantasy realm of Lorelos and embark on a quest to find an ancient relic. You are a Seeker and must choose one of multiple paths you can take to reach your goal. You will need one six-sided dice, a pencil and an eraser to keep track of your attributes, record your discoveries and determine the victor in battles. You will use a unique, 1d6 combat system to do battle with Orcs, Goblins and many other formidable foes. Your success will oftentimes be decided by your strategy and the roll of one six-sided dice, be it combat or the execution of a task or skill of your choosing. You may come across puzzles to solve and riddles to decipher. Use alchemy to overcome the many challenges you will face and discover items and potions to aid you in your quest. You will journey through the mysterious Faewood or the marshy Fens of Lorelos, before embarking on your perilous ascent of the Blackspire Mountains to find the entrance to the ancient ruins. The many challenges that you will face and the characters you will meet on your journey, are contained in this adventure gamebook of over 350 pages and 1000 paragraphs. There are multiple paths to achieve your goal and each playthrough will be different depending on your choices and selected abilities. Containing 50 hand-drawn illustrations, your friends and foes are revealed in 22 full page illustrations with many secrets to discover.
The Seeker of Valenreath: Amazon.co.uk: Makin, Matthew D: 9780645661507: Books
Release - Gamebook Collectors' Guide
Mark Lain has made a Collectors' Guide for 1000s of gamebook related items with cover art from Michael Sheppard.
The Lindenbaum gamebook competition
Here is a chance to to win prizes with a gamebook writing competition! You need to write a short gamebook of up to 100 sections and 25000 words in length. The deadline for the competition is Febrary 14th 2023 at 5pm GMT.
Full details are at Lloyd of Gamebooks: 2022/2023 Lindenbaum Prize announcement
Adventures in social media
I was reminded of these blogs in the Fighting Fantazine forums.
Ludicrously Niche is a blog that covers lots of 80s and 90s memorabilia. It also has gamebook blog posts, including the broken gamebook series where the author points out the errors in different gamebooks.
Deathtraps and Dungeons is an amusing blog where the writer goes through all of the Fighting Fantasy books. They have just released number 16, Seas of Blood.