Anyone ever read Choose Your Own Adventures?

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  • adventurechris 8 Nov 2010 16:55:06 3 posts
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    I recently discovered that there's a ridiculous number of other kinds of books that weren't called CYOAs. Gamebooks, they call them. Apparently Lone Wolf was a big one, anyone know of any others?
  • Jeepers 8 Nov 2010 16:55:55 16,576 posts
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    Yes: Go to page 7
    No: Go to page 23
  • Alastair 8 Nov 2010 16:57:36 23,562 posts
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    The American CYOA book that I had was arse in comparison to the Warlock of Firetop Mountain. Which I would consider crediting as one of the most influential books of my childhood.
    The Lone Wolf books were pretty good too. I also had ones set in Ancient Greece - I think the name ofthe hero was Altheus.
  • Biggy316 8 Nov 2010 17:00:38 25,277 posts
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    I used to love Fighting Fantasy Books and Lone Wolf.

    I never ever once actually played properly though- and I bet not a single person ever did!
  • Biggy316 8 Nov 2010 17:01:20 25,277 posts
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    I also had a bunch of Marvel Super Heroes ones as well, and Famous 5 and Secret 7 books.
  • RyanDS 8 Nov 2010 17:01:36 12,757 posts
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    My pleasure.

    http://www.projectaon.org/
  • Dirtbox 8 Nov 2010 17:03:21 91,099 posts
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  • TechnoHippy 8 Nov 2010 17:03:53 15,038 posts
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    The Avenger Way of the Ninja ones were great.

    My favourite FF one was Talisman of Death, House of Fear was pretty good as well.
  • craigy Staff 8 Nov 2010 17:04:17 9,445 posts
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    Turn to page 89...


    You fall down a pit. You are dead.
  • thedaveeyres 8 Nov 2010 17:04:57 13,853 posts
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    I loved Lone Wolf, Way of the Tiger, Fighting Fantasy (of course), Sorcery!, Be an Interplanetary Spy and Freeway Warrior.

    Happy days!
  • consignia 8 Nov 2010 17:05:17 1,472 posts
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    I had a bunch of Sonic and Mario game books when I were young. The Sonic ones were well boring, but the Mario ones quite fun to flick through.
  • RyanDS 8 Nov 2010 17:06:38 12,757 posts
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    I had a couple of Asterix ones as well. They were great, with special code tools and everything.
  • mrpon 8 Nov 2010 17:07:13 35,219 posts
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    Got some free with coupons on the back of Weetabix. Thought they were the mutts nuts when I was a nipper.
  • Dirtbox 8 Nov 2010 17:07:36 91,099 posts
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  • Kensei 8 Nov 2010 17:11:39 267 posts
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    Wow... that was my childhood right there :) Read/Played all of the ones you guys mentioned (except the Mario and Sonic ones)
    I still have the Asterix & Obelix dice somewhere.
  • FreakyZoid 8 Nov 2010 17:33:20 130 posts
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    No, nobody else ever played them, you are the only person. The ones you didn't hear about went out of business pretty quickly because their only market (you) were not buying them.
  • adventurechris 8 Nov 2010 17:38:08 3 posts
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    How do you stick your fingers in all the pages if the book has dice and stats and such?
  • speedofthepuma 8 Nov 2010 17:41:40 13,425 posts
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    ryandsimmons wrote:
    My pleasure.

    http://www.projectaon.org/

    Wow.

    I want that on my kindle.
  • richarddavies 8 Nov 2010 17:46:09 6,710 posts
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    I read craploads of these as a kid. You've all got better memories than me though cos i'll be damned if I can remember the title of one of these. I remember bein a kid though I did cheat. I'd always have my finger on the previous page incase I die so I could go back and choose the other option.
  • iokthemonkey 8 Nov 2010 17:54:47 4,662 posts
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    D&D-spoof Tunnels and Trolls used to do ''Solo Adventures'' that were the same thing - they were ace. In City of Death there was an old hag you could offer to shag and - if you did - she cast a specialised version of the game's growth spell on you, giving you +2 Charisma... :D
  • convercide 8 Nov 2010 17:59:52 6,425 posts
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    I loved them, although can't remember many.

    There was a tedious one where the protagonist (i.e. you, the reader) was climbing a mountain.
  • iancognito 8 Nov 2010 19:31:57 2,476 posts
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    Test your luck. If you are lucky... think that was fighting fantasy. Later there were more advanced ones where you had to remember spell names.

    Way of the Tiger - useful to travel through the mountains to learn kwon's flail.

    CYOA weren't quite as good I think.
  • MrSensible 8 Nov 2010 19:36:07 26,517 posts
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    /Turns to page 7
    /Doesn't like result
    /Goes back and turns to page 23 instead
  • Deleted user 8 November 2010 19:38:41
    The DS versions of the Lone Wolf books from ryandsimmonds link are great. As are the Fighting Fantasy books on the iPhone (I'm including The Shamutanti Hills from Steve Jackson's more complex Sorcery spin-off in that).

    I was a big fan of Fighting Fantasy when I was a kid, CYOA always seemed pretty crap in comparison. I think we need a fanboy war.
  • warlockuk 8 Nov 2010 19:46:58 19,492 posts
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    I still have some on my shelf. The ones by Edward Packard were my favourites.
  • warlockuk 8 Nov 2010 19:51:48 19,492 posts
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    Blimey, looks like EP set up a company this year selling CYOB-style thingies for iPad etc...
  • Cappy 8 Nov 2010 19:55:10 14,082 posts
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    I wish I could see them all again, City of Thieves, Deathtrap Dungeon etc.

    You never seem to see them these days. Obviously in the hands of kids they had a high mortality rate but you'd expect to see the odd one knocking around charity shops or at boot sales.
  • warlockuk 8 Nov 2010 20:03:20 19,492 posts
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    You do see 'em about the place. There are a load on eBay...
  • RyanDS 8 Nov 2010 20:06:31 12,757 posts
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    Cappy wrote:
    I wish I could see them all again, City of Thieves, Deathtrap Dungeon etc.

    You never seem to see them these days. Obviously in the hands of kids they had a high mortality rate but you'd expect to see the odd one knocking around charity shops or at boot sales.

    I have 22 of them on my helves. All bought in the last 12 months from charity shops. I have decided to try to collect them all. (It's easy on ebay, they are all there for 1 each, but that is cheating)
  • Deleted user 8 November 2010 20:27:59
    Cappy wrote:
    I wish I could see them all again, City of Thieves, Deathtrap Dungeon etc.

    You never seem to see them these days. Obviously in the hands of kids they had a high mortality rate but you'd expect to see the odd one knocking around charity shops or at boot sales.

    They rereleased them all recently.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deathtrap-Dungeon-Fighting-Fantasy-Livingstone/dp/1848310773/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289248048&sr=8-1
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