What is your favourite gamebook/solo?
The Fighting Fantasy series. They are great adventures and they stand on their own. After that I’d recommend looking into Tunnels and Trolls and it’s solo adventures.
Summarise what a gamebook/solo is to a newcomer in 100 characters or fewer.
The interactive aspect makes them great compared to books; you obviously control a large part of the story’s outcome with your decisions but then there are also the random elements such as the fall of the dice. This means that you can read them several times often with completely different results. In comparison to most games, you can play gamebooks on your own, which is great for satisfying that gaming itch on short notice.
TrollsZine was started at the TrollBridge in 2010, the online Tunnels and Trolls discussion forum (http://trollbridge.proboards.com/index.cgi), of which I have been a member since 2008. I submitted an article to the second issue and a solo adventure to the third. After that TrollsZine went on hiatus for about a year at which point I stepped in as co-editor of TrollsZine #4 and am now sole editor of issue #5 and beyond.
It’s FREE! Everyone that submits to TrollsZine, from writers to artists, understands that their work will be offered free of charge to the gaming community. Given the quality and quantity of material in TrollsZine, it’s quite an amazing deal.
We are looking for a wide variety of Tunnels and Trolls related material including solo adventures, game master adventures, monster descriptions, articles on house rules , short fiction, humor pieces, and of course art. Original art is typically the hardest to get, but we do have some very talented artists in our community. If anyone would like to submit to TrollsZine they should contact me through the TrollBridge.
We always need help with editing submissions.
Coming up with an idea for an adventure that holds my interest over the long process of writing, editing, playtesting, art production, and layout design. It is a lot of work, especially for one person, so I have to really love the concept to get it all done.
What have you got coming up in terms of your gamebook/solo/competition/Trollszine projects?
Let’s see, TrollsZine #5 is due to come out in May, I am working on publishing a game master and solo T&T adventure from different authors later this year, and (hopefully) another solo adventure of my own. This will be the second in the solo sandbox series I began with “Crypt of the Wolf Prince” in 2011.
That is is the RPGnow Flying Buffalo storefront where you can get TrollsZine.
My blog is The Lone Delver athttp://danhemsgamingblog.blogspot.com/ which covers all aspects of Tunnels and Trolls gaming with a focus on solo adventures.
My Tunnels and Trolls solos and related material are sold through my company Lone Delver Games and are available as PDF through RPGNow (http://www.rpgnow.com/index.php?filters=0_0_0_0_0&manufacturers_id=3094) or print-on-demand books through Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/danhem35).