I’ve done a little bit of proof reading and play testing for Mark Lain in the past, including the mini’s in Destiny’s Role book 0. Book 1 on the other hand is an absolute epic by comparison. Here we have a single adventure a whopping 500 references long with three artists on board, Alan Langford for the gorgeous cover, the ineffable Malcolm Barter on cartography and Mike Tenebrae for the internal illustrations. Having backed this on Kickstarter my likeness has been included in a very prestigious place in the book. Must admit, Mike did exceptionally well as I’m not easy to photograph let alone draw.
Anyway back to the story. The premise is to hunt down and destroy the Redcap and her witchly associates before her power becomes far too strong she can take over the land. And boy is it a tough ride. You need to make sure you get as many objects and provisions as possible as you will be in so many situations where these will be useful, not to mention the combats in Mistress Of Sorrows come thick and fast. You’re surely guaranteed not to complete it first time. I stopped counting at my twelfth death, most of them in fights.
Mark has clearly researched a lot on the subject matter, and evidence of this is none so obvious if you manage to get to Covan. This particular part of the book is my favourite area and the descriptive of events therein has writing in a style suitable enough for a film screenplay. This surpasses the authorship of other gamebook writers that have been in the game for years, just like Victoria Hancox did with Nightshift.
Whilst I managed to complete the quest and slay the Bigbad, she took me with her and I succumbed to her final hex. (So didn’t manage to meet myself lol) I hear a third book is in the works as well, so soon after Mistress Of Sorrows and I’m deliberately holding back credit so I can be part of that Kickstarter also when it comes about. If you don’t own Destiny’s Role books, it’s high time you did as you’re missing out on the cream of modern gamebooks crop. 10/10
I’m proud to announce my good friend and author Mark Lain has launched a follow up to his Destiny’s Role gamebook on Kickstarter. With a colour cover art by the legendary Alan Langford and interior art by modern illustrator Mike Tenebrae, you can help fund this amazing interactive project by CLICKING HERE.
Revered author Jonathan Green invites you to take part in the funding of the fourth book in his ACE Gamebook series, Beowulf Beastslayer. Illustrated by the hugely popular artist Russ Nicholson, this adventure will see the reader take on the role of the legendary warrior Beowulf. The reader will make the choices in the book of how the story progresses: which goes to fight, which treasures to take etc.
Beowulf Beastslayer illustration by Russ Nicholson.
To take part in the funding of this exciting project, backers who donate from £5 onwards will be rewarded with items such as prints of the illustrations, their name credited in the book, special edition hardbacks and much much more.
Author Jonathan Green shoots for a hatrick in his third exciting ACE gamebook adventure, Neverland – Here Be Monsters. After the success of funding Alice’s Nightmare In Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard Of Oz, this newly launched Kickstarter project is already 40% funded in just 10 hours.
The book, part story part game, will see you play a survivor of the doomed Titanic ocean liner. When you come to, you find yourself washed up on the shores of a strange island packed with rampaging monsters a swashbuckling pirates. But what’s this…? Peter Pan?
Once again Jonathan weaves a popular child classic into a steampunk-style yarn, beautifully illustrated once again by the inks of popular artist Kev Crossley.
Having been exposed to much literature recently has reawoken a deep desire to write my own book. I have often toyed with the idea of doing my own interactive story or an autobiography, both of which appeal to me right now. I think in all honesty the former would be a better idea as it’s others work of this kind I have dabbled in, most recently proof reading and play testing Jonathan Green’s upcoming book, The Wicked Wizard Of Oz. (Available for pre order on Amazon)
I’ve chosen this option, and ideas are beginning to pop in my mind and I can see the story’s structure taking shape. Im making notes and next I shall plot out the sequences. The big question is, do I bother with a combat system? Many fans of this genre fess up to not bothering with associated dice rolls and prefer to assume they been successful in any opposing sequence encountered. Lighter books of this genre such as Choose Your Own Adventure and Time Machine don’t bother with this mechanic. It will surely make it easier to write as well.
That said, its time for lunch soall the best, Jam out!
Been rather flattered this week. Ive recieved a dedication in a book but I cant really speak about it right now as its still in production stages. I feel rather proud. Today is my first day off work, as im using up the leave I have left over. Vics got sky now, the internet isn’t working but the tv plans active. Means I should get Walking Dead back, but for tonight im looking forward to #HotFuzz at 9pm
Theres much to do while im off. Painting, laying a carpet, check up at docs. If only I could win the.lottery I can get out of all that
Good news to all those people who couldnt make Fighting Fantasy Fest back in 2014…and those who did! Well the truth is, Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 has been confirmed with this picture riding round the web promoting the event.
After the awesome atmosphere and success of the first FFF, im poised, ready and waiting for the ticket launch and hoping to meet all my fellow fanatics and heroes of this ever popular book series. Eventbright was chosen as the last ticket vendor so keep an eye out and join the ‘Fighting Fantasy and Other Gamebooks’ Facebook group to keep ontop of the arrangements.
This time last year, my work collegue lent me the M. R. Carey book, The Girl With All The Gifts. Last night we was lucky enough to go and see the film adaption. Although an amount of the book content had been left out, this film presented us an hour and fifty minutes of fun with a screenplay fairly loyal to the story. Horror fans should enjoy this film which sheds a new light on the cause of “undeath”, although as in 28 days later, these ghoulish creature are living infected rather than decaying ressurections. The titular Girl, played by the talented young Sennia Nanua really delivers the character I had visualised in the book. The ever amazing Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton co star, this film is real girl power! With some incredibly well timed sequences and the odd jump scare, I recommend you see this film if not at the cinema then as soon as its on DVD but the book itself is far more superior!
Sennia Nanua (middle) with co stars Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton