It’s begun. The April A to Z has kicked off and I will begin our gamebook journey with amateur writers. Why do amateur gamebook writers make gamebooks great? They keep the fandom entertained when there is a dearth of official books. It is also great to be an amateur writer for many reasons – you can hone your writing/gaming skills, you can get great feedback about your book and you can go through the pleasurable process of creating something.
What was the first gamebook you read (that wasn’t your own)?
THE CAVE OF TIME
What is your favourite gamebook?
HEART OF ICE by Dave Morris (Stuart – nice, mine too.)
What gamebooks/interactive fiction would you recommend to a newcomer to the genre?
Summarise what a gamebook is to a newcomer in 100 characters or fewer.
INTERACTIVE FICTION: THE READER CONTROLS THE STORY BY MAKING DECISIONS THAT CONTROL THE FLOW OF EVENTS
Why are gamebooks great compared to games or books?
THEY’RE A COMBINATION OF A STORY AND A PUZZLE WITH AN ULTIMATE GOAL FOR THE READER TO STRIVE TOWARDS
Where did you come up with your ideas for gamebook stories?
GAMEBOOKS THAT I’VE READ; MYTHS, LEGENDS AND HISTORY
Where did you come up with your ideas for gamebook game systems (in this case additional rules for FF)?
INFLUENCED BY OTHER GAMEBOOK SYSTEMS AND ALSO THINKING ABOUT THINGS THAT THE READER WOULD FIND NOVEL OR FUN
When it comes to writing a gamebook, what’s the most important thing that you do?
MAKE IT FUN; TRY TO PRODUCE SOMETHING THAT I WOULD WANT TO READ
What inspired you to write an amateur gamebook?
MY LOVE OF THE GENRE
What has writing a gamebook taught you?
WRITING CREATIVELY IS BOTH FUN AND CHALLENGING!
What have you got coming up in terms of your gamebook projects?
“DEVIL’S FLIGHT”: 300 SECTION SPACE / HORROR ADVENTURE (THINK OF THE MOVIE “ALIENS”
Do you have any websites/blogs/Twitter feeds?
NOT AT THIS TIME
What do you think the future of gamebooks is?
ONLINE APPS SUCH AS WWW.GAMEBOOKADVENTURES.COM