Now we get into the next batch of books. I thought I'd include books in this group that aren't part of the main series. I've also included in this group the basic rpg books as two of them were published in the smaller book format, and then thought I might as well add out of the pit and titan as well.
Going forward, I will do two votes each round and eliminate two each round, unless you prefer one vote and one elimination. Books 41-50 and so on coming up from tomorrow.
It's a bit hard to compare gamebooks to the rpg books. I guess I'll go for Titan because to be honest, I've never done more than flick idly through it. For my second vote I'll go for Fighting Fantasy. It's a good read but Riddling Reaver is much more interesting.
Post by deadshadowrunner on Aug 1, 2020 18:56:46 GMT
I find Out of the Pit very dull. Reading about a whole bunch of monsters isn't very interesting. My second vote goes to Warrior's Way I guess. Can't really comment about it since I don't remember much of it, which is never a good sign.
1 You are in a dark corridor. You can go forwards (go to 2) or backwards (go to 3). 2 You walk forwards. After a while, you pause. Go to 1. 3 You turn around and walk forwards. After a while, you rest. When you finish resting, go to 1. 400 Eh? How did you get to this section? No matter, for the Deadshadowrunner has found you. The last things you see are a pair of sly eyes and a grinning mouth with sharp teeth floating in the darkness.
I'm on record as saying I was never a fan of the attempt to tie all the books together by creating the world of Titan. I viewed them as separate, stand-alone books/games. I had better vote accordingly.
Out of the Pit is useful if you are creating a scenario, Fighting Fantasy and Riddling Reaver can be referenced, but Titan is not necessary.
I also own a two player gamebook (or rather two two player gamebooks) called glade of dreams, where you either play a warrior or a wizard. Like clash of princes, also illustrated by John Blanche. I think these came out later though. I think the two player part is implemented better, but it's still just a gimmick.
I do enjoy out of the pit, in the same way I enjoy the monster manual. Or fiend folio, with some excellent illustrations by Russ Nicholson (especially the githyanki and githzerai, but that's another thread entirely, I'm sure).
Titan looks good as an idea, but reading it after a proper campaign setting (e.g. forgotten realms, even the first edition), it just doesn't read as well. Maybe the aff version is better?
I do have a soft spot in my heart for the introductory rpg, as I ran the adventures while in school. Shaggradds hives of peril would make a good stand alone gamebook dungeon i think, there's just so much you can do.