I have fond memories of Lone Wolf. As a kid I didn’t have a GameBoy or other portable gaming system and I had to share our PC and Famicom (and TV!) with the rest of the family. But I could take my Lone Wolf books with me everywhere.
This is GameClub: Intermission, where we play some short games together and talk about them.
GameClub is like a book club for games. We get together and play a game over a specific period. From the start to the finish. Sometimes there are awards that gets displayed on your profile.
For our first Intermission experiment, I wanted to go ultra old school. We’re also going quite literal on the “bookclub for games” idea: Gamebooks!
Joe Dever, the author of the Lone Wolf gamebooks, decided years ago to allow his books to be published on the Internet and downloaded for free. It’s called Project Aon.
As a result of this, there are now a few digitally augmented ways to read/play Lone Wolf books nowadays. I messed around with Android apps for this while traveling recently, and I thought it would be a fun first foray for Gameclub: Intermission.
So! Your Intermission Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to finish the first book in the Lone Wolf gamebook series, Flight from the Dark, by Sunday (29 September).
Depending on how fast you read, it should be possible to do this in 1–3 hours.
How to play
Thanks to Dever’s generosity with his community, there are now several digitally augmented ways to enjoy his work. My preferred method currently is an Android app:
The app is free, and they raise funds for development through donations and in-app purchases that unlock “bookmarks” (save points). When you unlock a bookmark you can use it across all the books, and there are a maximum of 4 bookmarks.
It is completely possible to play the books without bookmarks. If you die, getting back to where you made the wrong decision is usually pretty easy. I played the first two books without bookmarks and then decided to buy one to support the app.
Alternatively, you can play on the Project Aon website directly: https://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Books
There is also a PC app available called Seventh Sense. I haven’t tested it yet, but it looks decent: https://www.projectaon.org/staff/david/index.php
There are hordes of other ways to play… If you’re interested in the ebook versions (including Kindle!), let me know and I’ll post the links here. You can be totally old school and visit your local library and take out the book. If you want to spend money, you can try out the Worldweaver versions of the books for Kindle.
Please feel free to tag anyone you think might enjoy taking part in this challenge!