Oct 09

So it’s that time again for some honourable mentions. This time it’s my brother’s birthday so, in a strange sort of way, this is a little present to him. Don’t worry, I also have a proper present for him!

I used to love these role-play books when I was a teenager. Although I am pretty sure I always kept a finger at the previous page so if my choice lead to death, I would never actually have to start over again. They kinda break our rules as they are part of a franchise but again, the covers are just amazing!

Just a big thank you to everyone who visits the site and those who have helped out! We’ve had people from all around the world visit us here. You’ve made sharing this strange hobby all the better! Enjoy!

To go deeper into dungeon turn to page 7
To use your staff of Awesomeness turn to page 10

Can you turn out that light, I'm trying to sleep hereClick for full image

Excuse me, he asked you to turn out that light!Click for full image

Thank you for turning off your light!Click for full image

God, you've turned it on again!Click for full image

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.23 out of 10)

Tagged with:

22 Responses to “Honourable Mentions 2”

  1. little mi Says:

    Happy birthday your brother!

    I like the Demons Claw Book 3 with the knobbly headed monster. He just wants to be loved!

  2. CSA Says:

    He does look quite unhappy.

    1.To set up Knobbly Head on a date with Snake Thing from Kingdom of Wyrd, turn to page 64

    2.To end his misery by decapitation, turn to page 70

  3. SI Says:

    Well that adventure could be standing on the monsters prize mushroom! That’s probably why he is screaming 😉

  4. SI Says:

    Hmmm … oh closer inspection my hand seems to turn into a womens hand in the third picture. Or maybe there’s something I’m not telling you guys about my other hobbies!

  5. FéaröfMusic Says:

    My goodness. Book 4, is that a lizardy-rat-zombie? Book 3 looks rather Cthulhu-ish. The unifying theme seems to be yellow eyes and green complexions. How did I never own these?

  6. anon Says:

    Are these all from different stories?

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    @anon: not stories, games. You read a paragraph or so then get a choice of which page to go to next depending on what you think ought to happen. When you get to whichever page you chose you read a paragraph or so and then get a choice of which page to go to next and so on. As a result, a generation of people recall getting really achy hand-tendons from holding four pages open at once.

    This series seems to be slightly different, as it claims to be multi-player. I can imagine all sorts of reasons that didn’t catch on.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If anon understood, turn to page 19.

    If anon asks Tat to explain it once more, turn to page 32.

  9. anon Says:

    Well, these game books, essentially RPGs, presumably have stories in them, hence the choice of the word. It just looks like there’s
    * Book 1 of The Battlepits of the Krarth,
    * Book 2 of The Kingdom of Wyrd,
    * Book 3 of The Demon’s Claw, and
    * Book 4 of Doomwalk
    depicted i.e. that there isn’t a single playable experience depicted here but four parts of four separate scenarios belonging to Blood Sword world/series/cycle.

    If Tat Wood and DSWBT still did not understand, read comments 6 and 9.
    If Tat Wood and DSWBT now understood, leave comments 10 and 11.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  11. Tat Wood Says:


    But not a sequential narrative, which is most people’s base-line definition of a ‘story’.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The series went downhill with the sequels BLOOD SPOON and BLOOD EGGBEATER.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    Four covers without a single bloody sword in sight.

  14. anon Says:

    Blued. Sored.

  15. fred Says:

    Honey, I shrank the heroes AND embiggened the monsters.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    My version of choosing my own adventure is clicking the “Random Terrible Cover” link.
    And it lets me see lots of bloody swords.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—Wyrd!

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Bloodsword! The exciting series where you get devoured by a different giant monster in every book! For vore fans of all ages!

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Loving “Quentin Durward” in the background. Cool story, Sir Walter, but check out THESE covers! Do you even fight monsters, dude?

    @fred: Good point. I guess that’s why they’re multi-player books, you’d need a herd of adventurers to take one of those monsters down.

    @Tor: Yep.

    @Bruce: See how many different ways you can die, and how quickly!

    Perhaps the swords being sooo tiny, there wasn’t room to make them bloody. Or perhaps the lone hero gets eaten so quickly there’s no time for his sword to get bloody.

    I often ran out of fingers when reading CYOA books. Used to give up and tear scraps of paper to make bookmarks.

  20. Emster Says:

    Much wilder covers that the kid-centric CYOA books I read as a kid, my brother and I would have loved them.

  21. Jonathan Oliver Says:

    Well these are splendid. Oliver Johnson is a mate of mine. Now a senior editor at Hodder.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Jonathan: Glad to hear someone came out well from these! I’m sure your friend had no say on the covers, so no one’s held that against him.

    @Emster: IKR? These would have been so much more interesting than following some teenage boy through adventures. Stuff would have happened! You would have died a cool death.

    Wiki sez the artist was Russ Nicholson, and there were 5 volumes from 1987-88. They actually sound pretty good.

Leave a Reply