Better than "Choose Your Own Adventure"
July 2, 2006 2:21 AM   Subscribe

Project Aon is the internet-based revival of the Lone Wolf series of fantasy gamebooks, first published in 1984 and now in the process of being released online (with the authour's blessing); also available is an atlas, colouring book, and graphic novel. There is also a new traditional RPG being published in dead-tree form.
posted by DataPacRat (18 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've enjoyed the books for 20 years, still have them, and when I discovered this site, actually swore out loud in glee.

And remember, in the first book, if you want to get that Crystal Pendant (used in several of the later books), pick Sixth Sense as one of your starting disciplines...
posted by DataPacRat at 2:23 AM on July 2, 2006

I'm pretty certain the mongoose rpg's been out at least two years ...
posted by kaemaril at 4:52 AM on July 2, 2006

I never read the originals but this looks great - glad you posted it. Thanks.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:55 AM on July 2, 2006

I *did* read the originals. The needle just broke off my Nostalgometer. Thanks.
posted by BackwardsCity at 6:04 AM on July 2, 2006

What BackwardsCity and the OP said... I practically grew up on these books and their non-interactive counterparts. I completely dug the rich setting that these books were based in. Thank you so much.
posted by nihraguk at 6:37 AM on July 2, 2006

Still got Chasm of Doom on my bookshelf...
posted by PenDevil at 6:53 AM on July 2, 2006

Awesome. I had exactly one of these that was rescued from a Toys R Us bargain bin. It was great except there were some vital pages missing towards the end of the adventure, forever forestalling my quest.

Forestalled no longer!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:54 AM on July 2, 2006

Oh, man, these were awesome. Does anyone else remember the paired books where you and a friend would duke it out in a dungeon or on what I recall as planes?
posted by boo_radley at 7:58 AM on July 2, 2006

FYI, datapacrat: "author" is one of those words we don't put a u in. Happy Canada day weekend.
posted by Hildegarde at 8:01 AM on July 2, 2006

boo_radley: There were a couple of dungeon-combat ones; however, I'm fairly sure that the planes one you're thinking of is Ace of Aces.
posted by DataPacRat at 8:06 AM on July 2, 2006

boo_radley: see also Combat Heroes. These stuck in my head more than any other Dever books.
posted by teleskiving at 9:05 AM on July 2, 2006

kick ass! i loved these books in the fifth grade.
posted by sergeant sandwich at 12:07 PM on July 2, 2006

Loved these. Also, Steve Jackson's Sorcery! series
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 12:43 PM on July 2, 2006

boo_radley writes "Oh, man, these were awesome. Does anyone else remember the paired books where you and a friend would duke it out in a dungeon or on what I recall as planes?"

If you mean "planes" as a D&D geek would think of them, TSR had some books that were two-person Choose Your Own Adventure deals; results were generated by each person picking a number and then referencing a table on the back of the book to get a quasi-random number. Most of the ones I had were D&D, but there were also Marvel Super-Heroes ones...
posted by graymouser at 12:47 PM on July 2, 2006

Similar to Ace of Aces was Lost Worlds, where you were fighting an opponent (Knight with Sword, Cleric with Mace, Dragon, etc.). Not much movement, no real setting, just maneuvering and fighting. A very cool concept. Is that what you were thinking of, boo_radley?

I found the first three Lone Wolf books at a Half Price Books. Very cheap. Still haven't tried them -- I (for once in my life) get enough face-to-face gaming. But it's good to have them, just in case.

Looks like no one has linked to Demian's Gamebooks Page, aka, yet. A great site, filled with lots of good info.

Personally, I prefer the Middle Earth Quest ones. Movement was less linear and combat was more complex. I'd also like to try Highway Warrior.
posted by jiawen at 1:02 PM on July 2, 2006

no discussion of gamebooks should be without a link to home of the underdogs' repository of gamebooks in pdf format.
posted by juv3nal at 3:21 PM on July 2, 2006

Anything tagged "vashna" gets ++ from me. Good memories.
posted by patgas at 7:19 PM on July 2, 2006

Great links! Thanks for this post. I'd never seen these before, and I suppose I'll have something to do during the family BBQ this year besides time the awkward silences.
posted by voltairemodern at 9:03 AM on July 3, 2006

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