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2022-09-26 6:30:21 PM  
I used to obsessively use a notebook keeping track of pages with little slips of paper bookmarks so I could go back and read EVERY possible ending.
 
2022-09-26 6:59:53 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: I used to obsessively use a notebook keeping track of pages with little slips of paper bookmarks so I could go back and read EVERY possible ending.


I cheated a lot as I recall and would go back for various endings.

Sadly I haven't gotten any better with the ocd ish thing. I think I re loaded all the Black Mirror possible endings 30 years later.
 
2022-09-26 7:02:14 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: I used to obsessively use a notebook keeping track of pages with little slips of paper bookmarks so I could go back and read EVERY possible ending.


I just kept using my fingers. Then once I thought I'd gotten everything I would read it through. There is one secret ending to be gotten that way.
 
2022-09-26 7:02:35 PM  
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2022-09-26 7:07:19 PM  
I thought CYOA books were boring, until I found some that you could take a Dungeons & Dragons character through, with stats and scripted attacks for enemies.  THEN that sh*t was fun.
 
2022-09-26 7:11:19 PM  
My biggest issue with CYOA was that sometimes the choices were all idiotic and the results from the choices seemed to be fairly arbitrary.  Still had a number of the books though.

Also had one of the Wizards, Warriors, and You books.  Which was like a CYOA and an RPG together.

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I think I had this one.
 
2022-09-26 7:25:22 PM  
We had almost all of these when I was a kid, I picked up one of the games and it's okay, definitely hits all the nostalgia buttons

A part of me will always long to be exploring the Third Planet from Altair
 
2022-09-26 7:43:05 PM  

Sporkabob: My biggest issue with CYOA was that sometimes the choices were all idiotic and the results from the choices seemed to be fairly arbitrary.  Still had a number of the books though.

Also had one of the Wizards, Warriors, and You books.  Which was like a CYOA and an RPG together.

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I think I had this one.


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2022-09-26 7:48:07 PM  

Sporkabob: My biggest issue with CYOA was that sometimes the choices were all idiotic and the results from the choices seemed to be fairly arbitrary.  Still had a number of the books though.

Also had one of the Wizards, Warriors, and You books.  Which was like a CYOA and an RPG together.

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I think I had this one.


Logical choices usually resulted in horrid deaths or boring endings.
 
2022-09-26 8:00:37 PM  
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2022-09-26 8:32:56 PM  
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2022-09-26 9:35:11 PM  
I installed the ITC Benguiat font on to my Kindle, and now all my books look like CYOA books. Though, without any choices. I recall reading that font was easy on my eyes.
 
2022-09-26 11:10:25 PM  

Sporkabob: My biggest issue with CYOA was that sometimes the choices were all idiotic and the results from the choices seemed to be fairly arbitrary.  Still had a number of the books though.

Also had one of the Wizards, Warriors, and You books.  Which was like a CYOA and an RPG together.

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I think I had this one.


For me it was the Goosebumps one.

I can't say I distinctly remember the books particularly well, but I remember a choice that was similar to this:

Do you run through the open door? Page 64.
P 64; the murder alien grabs you by the pants and buttfarks you into oblivion.
Do you run through the razor blade and rusty farm equipment shack on half broken floor boards? Page 86.
P 86; You find you best friend with a chainsaw hand and a shotgun lending you a hand to his chopper. You get away.

/some parts embelished for effect
//eventually I just started reading the books strsight through with a piece of paper handy, getting merc'd for no reason, so dumb. At least give me more than 1 page of ending.
 
2022-09-26 11:39:08 PM  
Really nice read. Thanks to subby. This kind of work is why I read mostly nonfiction these days.

There are enough real stories that, with the help of a talented writer, can become amazing narratives and morals and metaphors. If the writer embraces some level of truth at all, then every story and character has a realism fiction can't match.

Really enjoyed reading this. Thanks again subby.
 
2022-09-27 12:06:26 AM  
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2022-09-27 2:14:49 AM  
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2022-09-27 4:40:36 AM  
My favorites when I was a kid.

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2022-09-27 8:53:28 AM  
I used to check them out from the school library a lot, but I can't remember any of them.  I got Secret of the Ninja from the book fair in 5th grade, and still have it.  I'll probably give it a go when I unpack all of my books.  I remember dying a lot, but I also remember how extremely long the intro was, which was a bit of a turnoff, since I was putting so much time between reads.
 
2022-09-27 10:14:06 AM  

skyotter: I thought CYOA books were boring, until I found some that you could take a Dungeons & Dragons character through, with stats and scripted attacks for enemies.  THEN that sh*t was fun.


The Fighting Fantasy series -- Dungeons of Dread, City of Thieves, Forest of Doom and others -- did this and did it REALLY well. The books tended to be more open-ended than linear, so you could wander a city or forest or whatever trying to solve your quest?

Even better? They're now available as a mobile app. The app is free, with one freebie book (I can't vouch for the freebie), and the classic books are around $4 a pop. The apps handles all the dice rolling and stat tracking for you.

I got a few this summer for vacation and had a blast. They hold up well and do a fine job of scratching the D&D-style itch.
 
2022-09-27 10:37:23 AM  
Nice try, subby.  Like I'm gonna read a 68 page article.
 
2022-09-27 1:32:25 PM  
I have some old GURPS Conan "Solo" modules, which are very much a combination of RPG and CYOA.  While a fun idea, the replayability is a bit weak since a lot of the choices are basically just choosing which stat/skill you want to use to get out of the situation.

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2022-09-27 7:46:08 PM  
I received them as a birthday gift when they first game out. There was a box set with the first three: The Cave of Time, Journey Under the Sea, and By Balloon to the Sahara. 

I would say those books lead me to Dungeons & Dragons. I had heard the game was very similar to the book in that you chose what your character does.
 
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