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The Lone Wolf Series, Online. [Apr. 28th, 2005|08:20 pm]
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As mentioned by thedeadfisharmy, there is a series of books by Joe Dever in which you, the character "Lone Wolf," travel on quests.


The first book played to an enjoyable end, despite the fact that I didn't encounter any 'start over' forced ending traps. In a video game, I'm just the opposite . . . having to start over unnerves me. In a book, it engages the mind a bit more, and I think the traps are necessary for a larger level of accomplishment.

I understand that the unsuccessful battle, by their method, of a creature results in one of the 'start overs,' but that gets into . . . Wizzerds N Warrierz!

I'm not big on wizards, warriors, or the like. RPG is not really my bag. This is why I love the CYOA series . . . the 'hit-points' are removed, and I prefer the stripped-down nature of that series.

Yet, I never read Dever's work.

I'm going through the work, sans hit-points.

I plan to go back and try the full effect at some point.

I'm about to start the 2nd book, and I notice that there's a crap-load of them online.

Shut Up!

I cast the spell of Coolness on myself.

My Coolness level increases by three points.

People start to call me because I'm so popular.


[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-04-29 02:00 am (UTC)


I was soooooo wrong about the Lone Wolf books.

In book 2, you have some choices with random numbers.

Some of them result in a resounding 'end.'

The 'back' button is sooooo much better than using fingers and thumbs to back-step if need be.

Oh, this modern world!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-04-29 08:42 am (UTC)

Dungeons & Dragons Started in LA?

"Joe Dever, the creator of the bestselling Lone Wolf adventure books and novels, has achieved world-wide recognition in three creative fields--as an award-winning author of international renown, as an acclaimed musician and composer, and as a games designer specialising in role-playing games.

On graduating from college in 1974, Joe Dever became a professional musician, and for several years, he worked in the music industry in Europe and the United States.

While working in Los Angeles in 1977 he discovered a then little-known game called 'Dungeons & Dragons'. Although the game was in its infancy, Joe at once realised its huge potential and began designing his own role-playing games along similar conceptual lines. These first games were to form the basis of a fantasy world called Magnamund, which later became the setting for the Lone Wolf books."

Man . . . these books are pretty sweet.

They generally don't lend themselves to fantasy cheese, especially when you get details like this one guy . . .

He was one of the guides in the third book. He had a bone-tipped arrow go through his neck.

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From: zboson
2005-04-29 03:45 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a well-used magickal technique called "pathworking". You are transported into a mindspace shared by other readers who have vividly imagined the space as it is described, such that it can be said to "exist" independently of any of the readers (also it can become psychologically and experientially "real" to you). You can move freely within it up to a point - you are bound by its parameters (which differentiates it from an unbound space).

Pretty powerful stuff, actually. Sounds intense. I think you could probably get really into this.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-04-29 06:30 pm (UTC)
The current video-game RPGs are rather involved.

They feature this "pathworking" as an actual online world that does exist outside of our reality. It is quite independent of the world, as it exists on servers.

People spend days building up characters. Their accumulated wealth and skill can sometimes be transferred to other real-world users, and sometimes (though, usually not legal) they sell it for cash.

I remain in love with the unique viewpoint challenge. When a writer uses "you" outside of quotation marks, it becomes a challenging task to keep the reader involved in the story.
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[User Picture]From: anima
2005-05-04 06:33 am (UTC)
I haven't checked out those books yet. I just wanted to say that Napoleon Dynamite rocks. Has your coolness spell worked?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-04 06:35 am (UTC)

Is there any such word as pentultimate?

I don't know, but I think I got a couple calls the next day.
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