Tuesday, November 25, 2008
a lesson in when *not* to be Lawful Good (Gamma World - Endless Quest)
From page 1 of "Light on Quests Mountain", a Gamma World Endless Quest Adventure Book:
1) If you think that it is too late to do anything to help Chark and you choose to run for your life, turn to page 93.
2) If you choose to charge the ferocious dog-men in hope that, by some miracle you can save your monkey friend, turn to page 140.
*** SPOILER ALERT!!! ***
Well. if you do the right thing and help your friend...let's just say that you should *not* be LG in this situation.
And to think this is on the first page of the freakin' book! Nice lesson there for our youth....ha!
Now, let me state that the book really starts a few pages later, and that first page is a teaser of sorts, to make you want to buy the book, I guess. At any rate, I recall flipping this one open, reading that passage and immediately turning to page 140, to save my "monkey friend." Hey, my favorite AD&D character *was* a Paladin, for Pete's sake.
And so my first adventure thru this cool little book lasted exactly 2 pages....reroll!
Anyway, I still love all of these Endless Quest books, especially a few of the D&D ones and this Gamma World romp. I have tons of them, including a couple Top Secret themed ones and a Star Frontiers adventure too. They are mostly fun, even now 25 years later.
I prefer the choose your own adventure books that actually involve rolling some dice and generating some sort of character. The "Lone Wolf" series is great, and the "Fighting Fantasy" books and the "Sword Quest" ones are cool too. I have a one-shot of the "A Crossroads Adventure" series(?) that has the D&D stats and hp outlined pretty much exact.
I know a lot of folks in the RPG community have talked about these types of books in their blogs, etc, especially Reis O'brien over at http://geek-orthodox.blogspot.com/ ...very cool and fun blog.
So, back to my latest jump to Back in '81...err..'83 in this case. My Gamma World itch is needing a major scratch. I've been dorking around with my "pile of nerdliness" and have some fun stuff to go thru yet.
I've got a freakin sweet find from U-Con (Ann Arbor) that feeds the Gamma World geek in me a five course meal....or at least the dessert first. I'll have to babble about that pretty soon here.