Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Adrift on the Sea of Madness...

Wow! When not battling word-heavy assignments or rising Bangkok floodwaters, I received the most welcome news that my Sea of Madness adventure has won Wayne Densley's 2011 Windhammer Prize for short gamebook fiction! Cue celebratory beers here at Fantasy Gamebook HQ where we are ever-increasingly surrounded by a deluge of stench-laden black klong-water.

As I talked about before, this year's Windhammer competition saw a lot of high quality entries and everyone who entered deserves a congratulatory pat on the back. There was also a record number of adventure downloads and votes, so thanks also to all you readers and voters who were able to enjoy a glut of interesting and adventurous gamebook fiction.

In a bid to resurrect this blog now that I've completed my studies for this semester, I plan on following this post with a series of similarly-themed entries:
  • Talking about all the entries in this year's Windhammer Prize, to give you an idea of the quality and variety that was present.
  • Looking at five things that helped Sea of Madness win this year, when previous attempts like Hills of Phoros or RAMPAGE! had failed.
  • Exploring the planning process behind Sea of Madness as a counter-point to the Adventure Game series I write for Fighting Fantazine on DIY gamebook adventures.
  • Finally, DestinyQuest the review is nearly done!
Onwards and upwards, away from the floods...


  1. Congratulations! I loved Sea of Madness (but did not vote for it - shows what I know, however) and I'm looking forward to next year's Windhammer.

  2. I'm also looking forward to your future articles :).

  3. Congratulations Andrew, a great job.

  4. Congratulations on the win! Sea of Madness is a great adventure that blends sandbox-style exploration with a focused set of goals. The seafaring gameplay, plot, and choice structure all fit together very well.

    I can't wait to see what you thought of Above the Waves!

  5. Thanks guys! I've started ruminating on some things I did a bit differently this year, and I'll then move on to doing capsule reviews of all the entries in due course. Looking forward to it! :-)

  6. Hey Andy - well done! Looking forward to printing it out, grabbing a pint and rolling some dice.