When I started this blog almost two years ago, I wouldn't have thought I would be making posts about gamebook news. Now it seems like I can't keep up. So, this is what's going on in the gamebook world...
anticipated gamebook, Blood of the Zombies. It will be published by Wizard Books on the 9th August 2012 and will be available for £7.99 but if you want it at a lower price and earlier than 9th August, you can pre-order it from Amazon for £4.71 or you can pre order copy autographed by Ian Livingstone himself from Forbidden Planet for £6.99. If you want to see the man himself, Ian Livingstone will be in the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, Shaftsbury Avenue, London WC2H8JR on the 4th August between 3pm and 4pm to sign your copy. Good times!
I'm going to be there. It would be nice to finally meet Ian and if you are around, it will be nice to see you :).
Mr Livingstone will also be making an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the 11th August at 2pm. Tickets are from £4.50.
A few weeks after the physical book release, Tin Man Games will be releasing Blood of the Zombies electronically.
5th annual Windhammer competition opens for entries on 1st August
You can't spend all of August blasting away zombies with a shotgun however, as you have a short gamebook to write. For the fifth time, the Windhammer competition will be open for submissions on the 1st August and there is still time to get a gamebook of 100 paragraphs or fewer in for the closing date of the 7th September. If you are thinking about entering (which you should do), have a read of my previous blog post on Windhammer and my interview with Wayne Densley.
The competition is a great way to show your talents and get lots of feedback. I always love reading the gamebooks and also the feedback I get as it is very constructive and informative.
So get on it! I'm looking forward to reading your entry.
Assassin in Orlandes out on the PCAs someone is too poor to own an iPhone or a decent Android, this is wonderful news. You can now get Tin Man Games' Assassin in Orlandes for the PC! There is now no reason not to get it. I certainly did. And I love it. It was everyhing I was anticpating and more.
Adventurer now in its second draftAdventurer - the Role Playing Game is now in its second draft and it is doing very well. My latest job is the enviable one of writing the treasure tables. I feel like a fantasy Santa Claus. Look out for the public playtest!
The new gamebook blogsThere seems to be gamebook blogs springing up all over the place. Here are three that have appeared since my last post on gamebook blogs:
YOU CHOSE WRONG - a brilliant blog showing us all the most entertaining deaths that you can experience in interactive fiction.
Adventure Gameblog - this is a gamebook playthrough blog by Ed Jolley, also known as Greenspine in the Unofficial Fighting Fantasy forum. He has gone through all of the Fighting Fantasy books before and now he is doing it again through the medium of blog.
Jake Care's Gamebooks - In this blog, Jake, who is passionate about gamebooks will share his views on gamebooks and will write some gamebooks for us.
There are a couple of gamebook themed kickstarters, if you're in to that kind of thing. The first, is Trial of the Clone, a gamebook by
Gamebook themed kickstarters
The other is the AFF 2nd edition publication of Blacksand which will have new material in addition to the old edition's information.
Destiny Quest rumours
The Heart of Fire is coming out in November and Michael J. Ward is teasing us with new careers for the book. There are six now and it looks like there are two factions - the true church and the Wiccans. I am looking forward to this :).
Gamebook fans groupThe brilliant LupLun has set a gamebook fans group up on Goodreads. The gamebooks Yahoo group aside, there aren't many places where people can discuss ALL gamebooks. There are plenty of vibrant places to discuss certain series but few places to discuss gamebooks in general. Joining Goodreads itself is a brilliant idea so first do that and then join the gamebooks group.
Heroes Rise: The ProdigyI gave it a great review last week so if you haven't already bought this from Choice of Games, do so now.
Twitter (it can do far more than tell you what Stephen Fry is eating in Belgum). It is full of interactive stories and allows you to write your own. Why not check it out.
TrollsZine! 5 is out
You can get it for free from RPGNow. It's a brilliant read, as always.
Fighting Fantazine 9 is outYou can get it for free from the Fighting Fantazine website. As always, it's greeeat!
The site hosting the gamebook creation program ADVELH is down but you can still get it from this site http://www.geste-maldoror.com/xhoromag/Xhoromag.htm.
Tin Man Games!
Tin Man games is releasing its Judge Dredd gamebook early next week. There's a trailer and everything!
Tin Man games is also releasing a string of interactive romance novels called strange loves. Check them out!