Hi.

well they have their devotees, however sinse unlike interactive fiction you often need to write your own character ststats etc, some people don't want to put in the work (which is imho a shame).


There are actually people writing more ameter books, for instance the chronicles of arborell runs a competition for one each year. I've always considdered entering and in fact do have ideas, but thus far I've just been too busy with work on my phd, games, doing stuff for audiogames.net, reading a lot, all the things on stage I do and (when I have time to write), more conventional forms of writing.

Hopefully at some stage I'll get the time to sit down and bring my idea about, sinse I certainly do have one.

I agree on the death business, though some ameter books have done a good job with this.

Trials of alabas toom on the ffproject site for instance, has a room near the end called the pit of death which has you descending down various poles, slides and ladders to the bottom of a large pit.

there are four or five 50 50 choices with an instant death at each. The clever thing however is that throughout the first part of the book, if you explore, you will find litle hints on which choice is dangerous and which isn't. So for instance I recieved a hint about a box crashing to the ground, so when presented with a choice betwene an elivator or a staircase in the pit of death, I took the stairs.

And of course, even if you miss a hint, you are not doomed sinse you stil have a chance of survival.

then, there is also saving, ie by noting down a certain section of the book (or by noting the page if it's an html one). Though only supported by some books this can be a way of avoiding instant death choices being quite as dangerous, particularly in the longer, 500 or 1000 section books (windhammer from the chronicles of arborell actually has rules to support this).

Beware the Grue!

Dark.
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Hey Dark,

Thanks for all those thoughts.

Picking up the old Choose Your Own Adventure books was quite the surprise.
I had no idea how badly they were written. They just spiral all over the
place and some of the deaths are so obscure and unexpected. In my opinion,
ensuring that each choice is informed and conflicted is so important.

Are game books popular here? I wonder how many of us who read and play
them would love to write their own. I know I've thought about it many
times.

Thanks for the Cerepoc link.

Cheers,

Neophyte.


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