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(Guardian)   "I realise now that my cheating on Choose Your Own Adventure books was the precursor to my shameful, much struggled with tendency these days to take a quick peek at the end of a book if I can't bear the suspense any longer"   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 126
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2009-08-12 12:08:49 PM
It is dark, and you are likely to be eaten by a grue
 
2009-08-12 12:11:04 PM
I'm the exact opposite of submitter. I'd be more likely to attack someone for ruining the book for me than I would ruin it myself.

/ITG
//more like Library Tough Guy
 
2009-08-12 12:11:09 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

One of my favorites.
 
2009-08-12 12:12:51 PM
Didn't Family Guy cover this?

"Yeah, Peter, I seen it."

/Found some of those books packed away in my things a while back. Still entertaining as an adult.
 
2009-08-12 12:18:41 PM
I had one FF (I forget which) that was a misprint and pages 250-350 or so were actually duplicates of pages 150-250. You could get a little way into the story by choosing the page you could actually read, but not far enough. I think you were a cop-type character in some future land.

I wonder what happened to them. My mom probably threw them out.

Nah, my mom never throws anything out. I'm sure I'll find them when I'm executing her estate when I'm 60. Then they'll be fresh again. What fun I'll have!
 
2009-08-12 12:18:46 PM
www.fantasticfiction.co.uk

Would hit it with my Whistling Mace.
 
2009-08-12 12:19:22 PM
My own favorite, for what it's worth:

www.billmansworld.com
 
2009-08-12 12:24:14 PM
www.gamebooks.org

This one was my favorite one. I picked it up when I was 8 or 9 and loved every second of it. I'm not going to reread it though, I don't want to kill the nostalgia.

/hotter 'n hell
 
2009-08-12 12:24:15 PM
There are about half a dozen of these books rotting in my mom's basement. I loved those things.

When I was younger I thought up a novel way to make these types of books: electronically, with replaceable modules. Tom Hanks stole my idea, the bastard.
 
2009-08-12 12:24:42 PM
Thankfully, for those of us who grew up on low-tech limited interaction CYOA books, the porn industry has created a line of CYOA DVDs.

Finish on Bella's:

Tits * Ass * Face
 
2009-08-12 12:25:53 PM
If its a good book the ending shouldnt matter.

/journey not the destination etc
 
2009-08-12 12:28:42 PM
After I got into CYOA, my parents gave me a copy of Maze. It's got so many layers of symbolism that I never managed to get it all figured out- I just read it start to finish. I just now learned that it's available online so maybe I can finally solve it.
 
2009-08-12 12:29:47 PM
TheOriginalEd:
/journey not the destination etc



That's what I tried to tell her. That and I got mine, get yours.


I'm so lonely.
 
2009-08-12 12:30:06 PM
WFern: My own favorite, for what it's worth:

Was Al Swearengen in the book?

/one of the few classic CYOA books I never read.
 
2009-08-12 12:30:08 PM
Any Pie Left: I always liked these stories. Time was, when Hypertext was a new idea and you built documents in Hypercard, they thought "hyperfiction", an interactive computer-based written book form, was going to revolutionize literature. Didn't happen.

I actually did a big project on CYOA books in college as part of a hypertext class. Pretty cool. We had to map out the whole thing - they're complicated! I actually scored a few for people in the calss bc my mom's elementary school was about to trash their whole collection of them (sad!). I actually did my project on the very first one in the series - they hadn't quite hit their knack. There were aliens, dinosaurs, cavemen, and wizards as possible ending scenarios. They covered all their bases. Eventually they did do pretty much the same thing with computer games (MUDs and MOOs and whatnot).

/I feel like a nerd.
//An awesome one.
 
2009-08-12 12:31:29 PM
Tunnels and Trolls solos FTW! You could build up some characters in solos, then meet up with your buddies and play a full GM adventure with the same characters. City of Terrors was my favorite... I still remember the old witch who, if you boned her, would permanently increased you charisma by enlarging your penis.

img134.imageshack.us
 
2009-08-12 12:32:34 PM
I used a Choose Your Own Adventure book as a template, to write a text based adventure game for my PC. I think the story I wrote had to do with trolls and caves, or something.

I wrote it in BASIC ... either for one of the Apple II's at my school, or for my Sinclair ZX 81. I can't remember.

I wrote my own story over top of each page in the book, and so used the book's own decision tree as a template. If a decision made the reader turn to page 48, then I wrote my program to jump to line 48.

I thought it was cool how it resulted in a fairly rounded adventure, without my having to figure out the decision tree myself so I could just concentrate on the story ... no loose ends, a number of win and lose endings.

I think I was the only one that played it, once or twice, before I threw the tape cassette with the program on it into a shoe box.
 
2009-08-12 12:34:15 PM
I found the CYOA books to be annoying.

My preferred series was this (new window):

i478.photobucket.com

I'm now going to have to check if I am missing any... as they were hard to find in stores.
 
2009-08-12 12:34:41 PM
img39.imageshack.us
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Fark YEAH

CYOA, LONE WOLF!

Lone wolf was one of the best CYOA series, because it was more then, do you turn left or right. You built a small character, with stats and powers, you could get items in the books, and bring them to the next book, your character leveled up from book to book. Fantastic stuff, I own most of them now in paper back, but you can read them online for free at Link (new window)
-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Do you click on the link?

Or

Do you continue farking?

I also recommend Fighting Fantasy, and oddly if you can find them, the Lord of the Rings and Narnia COYA books.
 
2009-08-12 12:35:00 PM
Savage Bacon: Yay! CYOA thread!

My personal favorite series: Joe Dever's LONE WOLF! WOOOOO!



/hot like psychic assault
//let's face it, Kai disciplines = Jedi powers


Then you'll love this shiz: http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Books
 
2009-08-12 12:37:39 PM
Savage Bacon: Yay! CYOA thread!

My personal favorite series: Joe Dever's LONE WOLF! WOOOOO!



/hot like psychic assault
//let's face it, Kai disciplines = Jedi powers


Dude.....You just made my month. F*&king lone wolf. Hell Yes.
 
2009-08-12 12:37:50 PM
The CYOA books were fun. And WEIRD. There was some pretty "new wave"-ish sci-fi stuff happening in a lot of them. They were a little bit freaky for children's books.
 
2009-08-12 12:40:37 PM
I loved the Lonewolf series by Joe Dever.

For you die hard fans, You can download for FREE (Legal) the first 18 books of the lonewolf series in a PDF format and play on your computer. This was done by mongoose publishing to promote the series.

http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home

Also, Joe Dever is re-writing alot of the books and are currently being re-released. 13 books so far has been re-written.

http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/catalogue.php?PHPSESSID=c0da77b8617a1ceb5cfae 3 565783c89b
 
2009-08-12 12:45:06 PM
TheOriginalEd: If its a good book the ending shouldnt matter.

/journey not the destination etc


You are a Stephen King fan, no? I am.

As long as we're throwing in our $.02 on our favorite CYOA, here's mine:

preamp.us
 
2009-08-12 12:45:36 PM
And then Infocom latched onto the concept and the golden age of computer games was born.

West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

> Kick mailbox
Kicking the mailbox reveals nothing. However, your actions were reported to the U.S. Postmaster General, who dispatches goons to arrest you and throw you in jail.

Play again (Y/n)
 
2009-08-12 12:54:15 PM
www.gamebooks.org

This was my favorite CYOA. EVER. Within the first couple of pages you might turn into a monster or a bat... based solely on what kind of outfit you are wearing.
 
2009-08-12 12:55:45 PM
Raharu: Lone wolf was one of the best CYOA series, because it was more then, do you turn left or right. You built a small character, with stats and powers, you could get items in the books, and bring them to the next book, your character leveled up from book to book.

Far from unique to Lone Wolf...This could also describe the Sorcery! books, Middle Earth Quest, Tunnels and Trolls, Star Wars Adventures, etc....Fighting Fantasy books didn't let you use the same character from one book to another, but you did have stats/powers/etc. Lone Wolf did have some pretty damn good writing though. (Actually I shouldn't use the past tense because new Lone Wolf books are still coming out.)

/comic-book guy
 
2009-08-12 01:00:12 PM
A few other CYOA series I enjoyed:

homepages.tesco.net

/go Pip!

homepages.tesco.net

/i mean, come on, you get to play a freakin' ninja!
//Kwon kick!

/both hot
 
2009-08-12 01:02:25 PM
I just looked up one of my favorite choose your own adventures from when i was a kid. Apparently it was written by R.L. Stein, who went on to become famous with his other kinds novels. Neat.

www.gamebooks.org
 
2009-08-12 01:06:07 PM
danfrank
Cave of Time was pretty bichin, but the flat-out scariest was for sure

i87.photobucket.com

Must've been turned into a mouse a dozen times before I got it right.
 
2009-08-12 01:10:00 PM
Savage Bacon: A few other CYOA series I enjoyed:



/go Pip!


Awesome, I had remembered the Lone Wolf series, but forgot about Pip! Thanks for that one!
 
2009-08-12 01:11:56 PM
RedThree: Kareeshus: What were those D&D type choose your own adventures called? Fighting Fantasy? With the dice and the character sheets & stuff?

Those were way better. All the fun of role-playing games and you didn't even need any friends.

I never held my fingers in the pages myself - was easier to make a tree diagram on a sheet of paper. They didn't work if the book had sequences where you could go backwards though, like in a maze.

Yeah. the spaceship captain one was the most 'gamey' and the Deathtrrap Dungeon ones were HARD AS BALLS (assuming you have hard balls), but satisfying (again, hard balls).

/owns every one, FF were the best


Bolded for THIS. Wasn't that beast at the end something like Skill 12, HP 24 or some damn thing?

/FF book "House of Hell" actually game me nightmares. Ya'rly.
 
2009-08-12 01:12:36 PM
LarryDan43: Savage Bacon: A few other CYOA series I enjoyed:



/go Pip!

Awesome, I had remembered the Lone Wolf series, but forgot about Pip! Thanks for that one!


Had some of those as well. Kinda fun books, less dark (IIRC) than Fighting Fantasy were.
 
2009-08-12 01:22:09 PM
I used to read them when I was really young, only one thing sticks out in my mind:

"You see a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is charging toward you and your friends. Do you:

A) Try to dodge
B) Try to run between his legs"

I pick A.

"You fail. The T-Rex is much faster than you and catches you in his jaws easily. The last thing you ever see is your friends watching in horror as the razor-sharp teeth clamp down upon your torso."

Yeah that didn't scar me for life.
 
2009-08-12 01:24:33 PM
House of hell was too hard to win. Evar.
 
2009-08-12 01:37:22 PM
Man story of my reading habits...

There was a choose-your-own-adventure that I used to love and I can't seem to remember what the heck it was called. You had this weird pet thing that sniffed out truffles and ended up dragging you off into this labyrinth and you had to escape all the wacky hijinks that ensued, like minotaurs and other things.

I wish I could figure out which one that was...
 
2009-08-12 01:38:33 PM
Link (new window)

This CYOA online is pretty funny. Don't have sex with your mother in the past and father yourself, tho, if anyone really needs to be told that.

We had CYOAs as a kid, and they were pimp, but another series came out about a year later. It had a book of three-letter spells separate from the actual storybook, where you could choose to use spells as an option by turning to a certain page. The book tried to trick you by throwing in fake spell names as an option, along with having unpredictable spells that could crazily end your game. My brother had one about a Manticore, and you had to kill it in the end by choosing the correct choice on different pages.
 
2009-08-12 01:47:19 PM
read a book in one minute.


http://www.rinkworks.com/bookaminute/classics.shtml
 
2009-08-12 01:48:13 PM
I always wondered what that particular font was called.
 
2009-08-12 01:56:52 PM
elskipo: Cave of Time was pretty bichin, but the flat-out scariest was for sure...Must've been turned into a mouse a dozen times before I got it right.

I remember that one too!! It scared my 9-year old arse for sure.
 
2009-08-12 02:00:52 PM
Tom_Slick: I've always thought choose your own adventure for adults could revolutionize the trashy novel industry. The books could then appeal to men and women.

If you want chet to become a stable boy turn to page 23, if you want to chet to become a spy turn to page 93.


Sounds like romp.com. Apparently it doesn't exist anymore though.
 
2009-08-12 02:02:31 PM
gadian: Princess Toadstool got a hell of a background.

Hell yeah she does! Who doesn't wanna break off a little sumthin-sumthin in that fiiiinnnne piece'a ---

Oh, we're talking about those books? Yeah, I loved those things growing up. Then I discovered ASCII pr0n and never looked back. :)
 
2009-08-12 02:06:43 PM
Avenger! Teeth of the Tiger kick!
Lone Wolf! (though if you happened not to have read book 2 and got the Sommerswerd, you were bollocksed)

I also must have read\played almost all of the Fighting Fantasy books. The only one I could never do was Creature of Havoc. To this day I swear they misprinted it or something so it was unwinnable.
 
2009-08-12 02:24:17 PM
Deadwood was my favorite too. I probably read over a dozen of them (how many were there?), but absolutely loved that one. I vividly remember that bad guy with the bad teeth.

I also recall at least one ending of that where you due of exposure in the wilderness. I was pissed.

Crazy I can remember that about 25 years after the fact.

/off to buy an old copy or online copy...
 
2009-08-12 02:27:57 PM
BIGNICKEL: House of hell was too hard to win. Evar.

AND it gave me nightmares. Ya'rly. I'm surprised my parents let me have that book in the house.
 
2009-08-12 02:28:37 PM
Loved those books. I used to by them from the school book safe they would hold in the library. I would get all excited when they handed out the order books.
 
2009-08-12 02:35:46 PM
schpaetzle: Loved those books. I used to by them from the school book safe they would hold in the library. I would get all excited when they handed out the order books.


If you wrote your sentence while drunk, go to kitchen, drink coffee

If you wrote it sober, go to school again as you didn't pay attention in English class

If english is not your first language, go find a decent language school

If you decide to get all huffy and angry about this post, go to here (new window)
 
2009-08-12 02:41:46 PM
OH shiat! I LOVED FIGHTING FANTASY!
I had a teacher in middle school who son had collected most of these. His son was going to throw them out, but his dad thought I would like them, since he knew I liked fantasy novels. Those books were some of the most fun I had in 93-94. These were my favorites:
Appointment with F.E.A.R -you play as a superhero, and choose which set of powers to start with
House of Hell- This book will fark you up for life!
Taslisman of Death- Fun, Conan-esque adventure
Freeway Fighter- Good, for a Mad Max ripoff
Forest of Doom- The best part is the variety of spells availible.
Rings of Kether- A little Star Wars, a little Blade Runner...
Death Dungeon/Trial of Champions- Gladiator meets Labyrinth. David Bowie's crotch sold separately.

I heard they have been reprinting them...do want again! ( I lost mine when moving years ago)
 
2009-08-12 02:43:17 PM
FuryOfFirestorm: OH shiat! I LOVED FIGHTING FANTASY!
I had a teacher in middle school who son had collected most of these. His son was going to throw them out, but his dad thought I would like them, since he knew I liked fantasy novels. Those books were some of the most fun I had in 93-94 81-84


Fixed for me and age. :)
 
2009-08-12 02:56:16 PM
Cool, a CYOA thread. I got two things.

First, I had this book as a kid that I'm unable to find. It was NOT a CYOA or a Which Way book, but it was the same genre. The plot was that you accidentally got locked in a museum and scray things started happening. I don't know what series it was from, but the art on the front was a eerie looking astronaut coming for you. Never been able to figure it out because I don't know the series or the title.

Second, for all you CYOA fans, I highly recommend the recently-(re)released board game "Tales of the Arabian Nights (new window)" by Z-Man Games. It's basically a CYOA set in ancient Arabia. It's interactive storytelling; more a play-to-experience as opposed to play-to-win.
 
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