For some reason I left this up for a few days before finally writing this comment. This was a nice quick play, and for that it did really well. I'm still certain I missed a few things and might come back to find the rest of them, but what I did find, I enjoyed. The choice of who you take onto your team is really great. Don't really have anything bad to say, except maybe show what your teammates stats are somewhere. 99/100
By the way, thanks for your review of 'Riders'. I somehow missed that and it made for very good reading. People such as yourself help us writers because you tell us *why* a book was good and *why* a book was bad or average.
I do still work on this series infrequently. The next installment isn't very lengthy, but it is quite technically complex as it involves alternative dimensions with the ability to switch between them, so keeping everything making sense is taking some careful writing.
The next installment is the penultimate episode, but I have also planned out and written a great deal of the final episode since I began that before I decided there needed to be another episode after Return to G15-275 and before the final adventure.
There is also a secret 10th episode that I have started - but that is a secret so don't read this sentence.
I mention these two upcoming installments to make the point that I would like to finish off the series and haven't given up on it yet.
I should have some time to spare for writing gamebooks after June, but I've made promises before and proven to be a big fat liar.
"Where are you?" He whispered harshly and noticed his son on the floor. The tone that came next was almost welcoming. "Ah, there you are. It is time, so put your toy away and come here." The little boy kissed his teddy, got to his feet so he could place it in the crib, and his father lifted the axe up high over his head...
This was a weird gamebook. I don't like the linearity and need to get lucky on dice at one point very much, but it was engaging and fun to have to find the right items. I also really liked the Trial of Champions reference. Nice sarcastic ending too. 98/100
This was quite enjoyable! Thanks! On a side note, I was hoping to talk about it in my class (I teach 11/12 year olds) for inspiration for them to create their own stories, but unfortunately the language is inappropriate for school (eg You're fucked).
Maybe I can just talk about it instead without showing the website.
I'm sure Tammy will be very pleased that her gamebook would have inspired written creativity, a compliment in itself. It's a shame the bad language factor can't be remedied in some way to make it more appropriate for educational purposes. But this website is open to more adult-orientated gamebooks written by adults who were - and still remain - huge FF fans, for many adult browsers. However, I believe some titles posted to the left (and in Downloads Section) prove more 'pupil-friendly' as regards language and content.
As for content, including horror, war, violence, and so on, I'm afraid that is part of the gamebook mission/ adventure which in truth makes it part of the fun, the world background, the plot concept. 'Every hero needs a villain', as mentioned in Mission Impossible II. That's probably why John Craven (of Newsround fame) disapproved in supporting the gamebook craze back in the 80's. However, when I was at school, it was necessary to study history - including war and battles. I recently volunteered at one school and there was still a colourful drawn poser pinned to the classroom wall, depicting artillery, ranks of soldiers, and yes: those wounded and killed. There is certainly a wide variety of horrific material to which children mustn't be exposed, but occasionally I feel it doesn't hurt to show them the ugly side of the world, help prepare them for it. Of course, there's a vast difference between a 4 year old and a 12 year old, their ability to accept and tackle difficult subject matter. Sometimes it's difficult knowing where to draw the line.
On a side-note, I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's writing, in particular his Sharpe novels. However, again there is the language factor (that Sean Bean enjoyed displaying all too often in the televised series!) that might be deemed inappropriate for schools, primary and secondary.