It is an exciting time, gamebook friends, with no less than five gamebook kickstarters this summer. So have a look at them and get your pledges ready!
I’ve listed the kickstarters in reverse order of finishing date because I wanted some kind of order, but couldn’t decide on what would be best, so I just went with this one. Enjoy!
The Good, the Bad and the Undead
Deadline: End of August
Status: Not started yet
Ashton Saylor volunteered himself to write this western based gamebook which was an idea from Dave Morris. Dave lost hope on getting it done, but now that Ashton is on board, it looks like it will LIVE! (mwahahaha). The kickstarter will launch at he beginning of August, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for the time being. You can read a demo story for it here.
The Midnight Legion: Operation Deep Sleep
Deadline: 29th August
Status: Almost $3000 backed (out of $14500)
Aaron Emmel is a writer and artist who is producing this sci-fi gamebook series. In this book, you wake up with no memories of your previous mission, but they gradually return to you as the story unfolds. Aaron has clearly done his groundwork, using the bits he wants from Lone Wolf and Fighting Fantasy to enhance the experience. $28 gets you one book and $50 gets you three. Have a look at his fabulous art and story!
Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland
Deadline: 3rd August
This is a project by Jonathan Green of Fighting Fantasy fame (but he has done a lot more!). In this gamebook, you guide Alice as she returns to Wonderland and you help her explore the fantastic place. £15 gets you the ebook and £20 gets you a paperback.
Deadline: 3rd August
Status: Backed (a lot!)
This is Paul Gresty’s second gamebook that he is writing, has put on Kickstarter and is working with the Fabled Lands crew on. If you are new to gamebooks, the Fabled Lands series was a wide open sandbox gamebook series that was originally planned to be 12 gamebooks long. Unfortunately, it only reached 6 gamebooks before being cancelled in the mid 90s (the time when gamebooks went into hibernation for almost two decades).
This project was funded in around 45 minutes, so you will be guaranteed anything you back for. A lovely book is 35 Euros (around £25), but it will be a high quality hardback. I’m looking forward to this one!
The Frankenstein Wars
Status: Finished and backed.
I am looking forward to this one. Paul Gresty (Arcana Agency) and Dave Morris (everything) have teamed up with Cubus Games to create an interactive app that is fabulous in every way – the look, the story, the sound. The original idea is Dave’s – Victor Frankenstein’s technology has been stolen and it has been used to create an (almost) unstoppable army. Your job is to stop it.
The project raised its target on Kickstarter in a campaign with almost as many highs and lows as the book is going to have. I’ve never been as gripped as I was since I watched Distrcit 9 (good film). If you did not back it, keep an eye on the project for when it comes out.