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Fabled Lands 1: The War Torn Kingdom [Paperback]

Dave Morris , Jamie Thomson , Russ Nicholson
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1 Dec 2010
A choose-your-own-adventure style gamebook that gives the reader a choice of different quests and adventures. The book is open-ended and provides an almost unlimited number of plot lines. You can be a warrior, explorer, priest, wizard, thief or bard. The books in the series are inter-connected, allowing you to travel all across the Fabled Lands.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Fabled Lands LLP; 2nd edition edition (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095673720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956737205
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Gamebook 20 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
The Fabled Lands series is the nearest thing to a sandbox/open style gamebook that you'll ever get.

Most gamebooks have very tight and focused storylines allowing for slight deviations here and there. In my opinion the most popular of gamebook series (Fighting Fantasy) was also the weakest as its books were often structured around the 'one true path' option to complete the game and so the choices within it were somewhat illusionary as they would not lead to success. I believe the Lone Wolf series delivered the best traditional story based gamebook as there were often multiple paths to success.

Fabled Lands did/does something different though...

Within this game you create a character from a number of character classes (warrior, ranger, wizard, priest, etc) with obvious strengths and weaknesses and begin exploring with no real initial plotline setting you on your way. This can be very intimidating to people used to playing the more traditional gamebooks that set you upon a very tightly defined path. If you persevere plots will be uncovered (but don't have to be taken) or the land can simply be explored. It really is open to what the player/reader wants their character to do - and they literally can walk away from the plots that normal gamebooks would use. Additionally, as the series expands the lands and therefore the books all link together therefore allowing the whole world to be explored by your character. Be careful though as some of the lands in the later books are extremely dangerous and an inexperienced character will likely perish (the game does allow you to create tougher characters if you're starting your career in later books though).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Obsession 28 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
The RP game-book series that defined my childhood finally returns.

What is there to say...the Fabled Lands series makes a change from typical Fighting Fantasy game-books by allowing the player to literally choose their own adventure. From sailing the oceans trading goods and fighting pirates, to following the main quest arcs each book has to offer, to exploring the most hidden of secrets within the world, each book has so much to offer.

The art is amazing (and I hear it's been improved some for the new print run), and writing is sublime, and a number of robust systems allow to game to make lasting changes to the world. There are hours and hours of play to be had with these books, and no experience is ever exactly the same.

I'd recommend this for any parents with young children/teenagers, or either sex. The books are fun, entertaining and promote good reading skills and critical thinking. The perfect Christmas solution to a world of expensive and largely un-stimulating video games
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book series 28 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
I loved this book series when I was younger, and i'm about to re-buy them, since my dad cleared out his loft and binned them all!
I've got the apps for the books, but there's something really nice about holding these books, they're really something else. The fold outs, the artwork, just everything about them.

Well worth a purchase, and if it means theres more chance of the latter books being published, all the better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wandering free 7 Oct 2012
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This is the first in a great series of interconnecting gamebooks that allow you to choose where you want to go, and what you want to do. This area of the gameworld is relatively safe until you leave the beaten track where you can find some more unusual encounters! Watch out for the 'gob-gobbler' that has been eating people, and the ghosts that demand a feast from one of the villages to appease them! There are a lot of Quests in this book which are easy to find, some of them simple and some of them require you to travel to some of the other books to complete! This series is like Skyrim (TM) in gamebook form! The other reviews go into more detail about this cracking series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing start to an amazing series 15 Aug 2012
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Other reviewers have given the overall idea for this book and series, so let me simply say that all the 5 star reviews are more than warranted. The first book in the series is actually one of the best, so there's no reason not to start here to see how you like the series. The first book has great introductory character, as well as some cracking quests to start you off. A classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of Gamebooks 24 July 2012
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Fabled lands is an engaging, epic and unique gamebook experience that I would recommend to anyone.

I stumbled across this series by pure chance. Being a fan of Fighting Fantasy books as a kid, (and not having played a gamebook for over 15 years) I decided on a whim to purchase the first Fabled Lands book in the series, The War Torn Kingdom, and was blown away.

What the authors have done here is essentially recreate a free-form roaming RPG with no pre-defined structure. You are free to choose what adventures you take part in, where you go, and what morality of character you want to play. It is the closest thing you could get to an open-world RPG in a book. Unlike the Fighting Fantasy or even the Lone Wolf series, you are not forced in a particular direction or to undertake specific tasks - you can simply do what you want to do.

This is an excellent, truly unique series and I cannot recommend this classic enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous fun, very compelling; many, many hours of gameplay
Fabled Lands is not like any other gamebook series.

Game mechanics are simple enough - you create your character by choosing from six professions: Warrior, Mage, Priest,... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by Gresty Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE GENIUS! A MUST BUY!!!
Having just found out that the Fabled Lands books are being re-released I had to write this review to share my excitement! Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2010 by Colin C
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the nostalgia buffs
I bought these re-issues to add support to the possiblity of books 7-12 being published at some point in the future. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Eddie Riff
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing single player game playing book
This is not your regular single player adventure game book. It's a unique book that allows you to play multiple quests, but also trade, own a house and (if you're lucky) even a... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by The Builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously fabled
As a child I was an avid Lone Wolf fan. I loved the fact the books all linked together. I didn't really get the Fighting Fantasy ones. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by J. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-issue of the best RPG Books Ever
Have the original releases of all of these books and they are nothing short of phenomenal. Collect all the books and you have a fantasy world of gigantic proportions and amazing... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The legendary gamebooks of 1980 something... :P
I admit this series is good, but it gets exponentialy better the more books you buy.

Its like a giant world where you have the freedom to do any number of quests,... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by MagmaFires
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite offline RPG
As a young lad, I was raised on a healthy diet of gamebooks - largely the fighting fantasy series (which is also getting a series of reissues at the moment). Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by James Velvet
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