The history of adventure game books is 30 years old this year, and to celebrate that fact a friend of mine has organised a Kickstarter to finish his book on the subject.
I’ll leave a full description to Jonathan over on KS. I just thought I’d tell you why I paid for a copy.
Firstly, it’s an odd purchase for me. It’s not a game, nor a model, nor even funny dice; it’s not a nice selection of new paints, a T-shirt with amusing geek humour or anything remotely “useful” for actually gaming. That makes it a bit of an odd one for me. Most of the stuff I buy which can remotely be described as for my hobby is directly useful. However, this promises to be that rarest of items: an account of modern gaming history that I don’t already know.
There aren’t many books on the subject of recent gaming history, and sadly all the ones I have read have been fairly poor. I’m sure I missed a few, but this has been largely because I was so put off by the feeble efforts of the ones I have wasted hours trawling through. Mostly the authors seemed to know less than I did from simply being a customer at the time. You Are The Hero promises to be different as the author is not only a professional writer, but is also the author of several game books himself. He does proper research (increasingly a rather splendid novelty), rather than just using Wikipedia and guesswork and knows the business from both sides of the fence. These are all Good Things.
What I am hoping and expecting to end up with is an interesting and well illustrated read with lashings of nostalgia and some choice pieces of evocative art from my early days in gaming. I’m hoping to find out some amusing anecdotes along the way. So I’ve pledged my $30 for a copy. I’m even wondering where my battered copy of Warlock is lurking, and my pristine copy of Titan. Perhaps I’ll have one more bash at nabbing the old geezer’s loot…
Does anyone else remember the heyday of the game book? Does anyone play them regularly now?