Gamebooks are a form of self-contained interactive fiction; you play the part of the hero and make his-her decisions by turning to different pages and reading different sections of the book. The genre includes Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, Lone Wolf, Fighting Fantasy, and other series. Gamebooks are not just rule books, hints, cheats or descriptions of game systems; they are the games themselves. Gamebooks Roleplaying Games.
In all gamebooks, the story is presented as a series of sections of printed text. Branching-plot novel sections often run to several pages in length, whereas RPG and adventure gamebook sections are usually no longer than a paragraph or two. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: A gamebook is a work of printed fiction that allows the reader to participate in the story by making choices. The narrative branches along various paths, typically through the use of numbered paragraphs or pages. Gamebooks are sometimes called choose your own adventure books or CYOA after the influential Choose Your Own Adventure series originally published by US company Bantam Books. Gamebooks influenced hypertext fiction.
- Adventure game - An adventure game is a video game in which the player assumes the role of a protagonist in an interactive story driven by exploration and puzzle-solving.
- Interactive novel - The interactive novel is a form of interactive web fiction. In an interactive novel, the reader chooses where to go next in the novel by clicking on a piece of hyperlinked text, such as a page number, a character, or a direction.
- Interactive movie - An interactive movie, also known as a movie game, is a video game that presents the gameplay in a cinematic, scripted manner, often through the use of full-motion video of either animated or live-action footage.
- Visual novel - A visual novel is an interactive game genre, which originated in Japan in the early 1990s, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills. As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels.
- Narrative forms
- Demian's Gamebook www
A list of titles on the web, Gamebook, with reviews and descriptions of many different series.
- A Yahoo! Groups: Moloch's Gamebook Garden www
A forum for discussion of gamebooks in general. Yahoo! Groups: Moloch's Gamebook Garden.
- A Lairs.com Gamebooks www
A shopping site with descriptions of all the titles on sale. Lairs.com Gamebooks.
- The Herbie Brennan's Bookshelf www
The homepage of the creator of the Grailquest and Fire*Wolf series. Herbie Brennan's Bookshelf.
- A Ring of Thieves www
A free solo adventure in PDF form by S. Thieves. John Ross, using Risus: The Anything RPG for its simple resolution system. Ring of Thieves.
- Reviews Den of Gamebook Reviews www
Reviews for various gamebooks. Den of Gamebook Reviews.
- Discussion Yahoo Groups: Gamebooks www
Discussion list devoted to all forms of printed interactive fiction. Yahoo Groups: Gamebooks.
- Features Moloch's On-Line Gamebook www
Features Tomb Time by JH Brennan, On-Line Gamebook, and Doom and Gloom by Green Knight. Moloch's On-Line Gamebook.
- Fantasy Chronicles of Arborell www
Fantasy adventures set in the world of Arborell. Arborell. Features interactive gamebooks, companion novels, web serial fiction and an atlas. Chronicles of Arborell.
- An The Gamebook Engine www
An open source multi-platform engine for reading and writing gamebooks. Gamebook Engine. Also features Lone Wolf: Flight From the Dark. The Gamebook Engine.
- Make The Great IF Toaster Contest www
Make an interactive fiction game using any development system to create a toaster. Great IF Toaster Contest. The toaster should have a lever on it and a slide or dial to set the darkness to. The Great IF Toaster Contest.
- A Balrog, The www
A homage to the Amstrad adventure scene. Balrog, The.
- Interactive Rendezvous www
Interactive fiction with a speculative twist, Rendezvous, romance and adventure in a Canadian mountain wilderness. View novel online or download the hypertext book. Requires fee to access entire story. Rendezvous.
- Free Adventure Game www
Free on-web choose-your-own adventure game. Adventure Game.
- Contains ADnD Downloads www
Contains resources such as new spells, Downloads, classes, and feats. Accepts submissions. ADnD Downloads.
- Information Dominus Dracon Digitalis Delectare www
Information on digital games, Dracon Digitalis Delectare, motion pictures and utilities for this system. Dominus Dracon Digitalis Delectare.
- Features Steve Jackson's Abandon Art www
Features several artists from this gamebook series. Steve Jackson's Abandon Art.
- Articles Titannica Fighting Fantasy Wiki www
Articles on books, Fighting Fantasy Wiki, locations, characters, creatures, history, background lore, artists, and authors. Titannica Fighting Fantasy Wiki.
- Information Kinam's Kastle www
Information and links relating to this series. Kinam's Kastle.
- Message Yahoo! Groups: Joe Dever's Lone Wolf www
Message board and chat centered around this fantasy series. Yahoo! Groups: Joe Dever's Lone Wolf.
- Features Lost Worlds Roleplaying Game Center www
Features rules extensions to help players, Worlds Roleplaying Game Center, including new character previews. Lost Worlds Roleplaying Game Center.
- A Yahoo! Groups: Lost Worlds Combat Book Game www
A fan club, Groups: Lost Worlds Combat Book Game, forum and chat. Yahoo! Groups: Lost Worlds Combat Book Game.
- RPG The RPG Consortium www
RPG online community with discussion forums for different games and gaming styles. RPG Consortium. Includes archives of publications and reference materials. The RPG Consortium.
- News Pen & Paper www
News and reviews for current and upcoming roleplaying games. & Paper. Also features a RPG Database, release dates, message board, fonts, and gaming databases for Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars d20, Exalted, and World of Darkness. Pen & Paper.
- Alexa: Gamebooks Roleplaying
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Gamebooks Roleplaying
- DMOZ: Gamebooks Roleplaying
dmoz.org Directory: Gamebooks Roleplaying