This past year has been a good one for Fantasy Gamebook! This blog got started for one thing, taking a detailed look at Dave Morris’ amazing Heart of Ice adventure. Tin Man Games then released my Catacombs of the Undercity gamebook as the fifth entry in their Gamebook Adventures series on iTunes to good reviews. Finally my entry, Sea of Madness, won first prize in Wayne Densley’s 2011 Windhammer competition for short gamebook fiction.
However, it has been exceedingly tricky at times trying to balance fun stuff like gamebooks with real-world concerns like employment and studying, and the number of posts on this blog has suffered as a result. For 2012 there will be some changes, with posts being shorter, but hopefully more regular. In order to do this, I’m going to have to introduce a bit more structure to the proceedings, with posts organized into a cascading series of categories as follows:
Wherein I talk about a bunch of tangentially-related gamebook stuff that caught my eye over the past week or so.
Where I explore some facet of gamebook lore in more detail.
Whether it be boardgames, RPGs, or CRPGs, I briefly review or offer examples of play.
Be they paper or PDF, I offer a few thoughts on whatever texts I’m currently wading through.
Ah nostalgia! Wherein I look at childhood influences that inspired a life-long lurch into the realm of fantastical endeavours.
Music, film, or (rarely) television; I post on what my eyes and ears are currently distracted by.
A close favourite I’ve previously dallied with here.
That’s the plan anyway. Whether it actually happens is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish...