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The Renegade Wizard (Gamebook 1) (Adventure Begins Here: Gamebook) [Kindle Edition]

Ashley P. Martin
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Deep within his subterranean lair, an evil wizard is plotting his revenge on the kingdom. Bounty Hunters, professional assassins and even the knights of the realm have proved powerless against the wizard, leaving only YOU to stand against him.

Use skill and luck to overcome the ancient evils that lurk within the mysterious Temple of the Morrigan, facing fiendish monsters, avoiding deadly traps and solving cunning puzzles to unlock its hidden secrets.

Your travels will take you through forests, caves, mountains, underground dungeons and more. But can you succeed where all others have met their doom and defeat THE RENEGADE WIZARD?


ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE BOOKS are more than just story books. They are adventure gamebooks played using dice. Each book in the series involves a quest that the main character needs to win. There are numerous paths that can be taken in order to fulfil the quest, however each path contains different puzzles, items to be found and monsters to be defeated. The gaming system is sophisticated enough to provide the player with choices of how they are going to allocate the limited resources available to acquire equipment such as weapons and armour while being simple enough to allow the reader to start playing the game very quickly. The game system also uses a skills based system which allows the player to choose whether they will focus on magic, combat or stealth. Download and print out an adventure sheet on which to track progress throughout the game, for example recording items that have been acquired.

If the main character is defeated before completing the quest, the story will end in a gruesome death scenes. For example:

"The cockroach sinks its fangs into your leg. Your wounds are so great that you collapse and, as you lie dying from loss of blood, the cockroaches lay eggs in your motionless body. When they eventually hatch, they consume your dead body from the inside. Your adventure ends here."

"An undead priest stabs you with the dagger and blood spurting from the wound, you collapse to the floor. Your body is dragged to the altar and the undead priest uses foul magic to reanimate your corpse. You end your adventure as a mindless zombie in eternal service of an undead priest."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Pure Indigo Limited (31 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077DH2PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fun from start to finish 7 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I spent many a happy rainy afternoon reading fighting fantasy books as a kid in the 90's. Having purchased this book on the kindle, it took me right back - dying in horrible and interesting ways multiple times! It has a simple system for fighting, your hero has a choice of three classes which have unique opportunities in the dungeon, and it never tries any overly complicated story lines.
It is very hard not to get killed, and to stand any chance you need to know about and collect magic equipment along the way. Many people reviewing this book say that is a problem - for me that added to a game book not meant to be taken seriously, and allowed me to play again and again.

Awesome book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having a great time with this 8 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
We're thoroughly enjoying this in our household - and it seems to work especially well on a kindle. We have it downloaded onto two machines now, one for me to play with my younger son and another for his sister who has insisted on making her own female character, complete with name and back story, to play alongside Toby. It takes a little bit of juggling, but it seems to work really well adding another player into the mix. Sometimes the female hero chooses to go a different way, leaving Toby to struggle on his own and then meeting up with him later (we supply the dialogue and thought processes as to why she let him go into that scary cave/room/door alone!. Sometimes she chooses fight alongside him, in which case the two heroes are satisfyingly victorious. We're having a great time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable adventure 31 Jan 2013
By Cimi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This Fighting Fantasy book was given to my son as a present. On a rainy night I picked it up from his room and decided to give the adventure a try. I am no fan of computer war games so I did not expect much from this book. To my surprise, I could not actually put it down (only to roll the dice), and I was busily fighting various creatures well into the night. Having got killed twice I learnt my lesson, and in my third adventure I collected plenty of Healing Potions and used my Hero Points wisely to finally defeat the Renegade Wizard. The mathematician in me was also thrilled to encounter the Monty Hall Problem on my way through the mines. Ashley Martin's upcoming adventure book, the Dragon's Deep is definitely on my Christmas wish list!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent Kindle Gamebook. No more and no less 24 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall theirs a few things that can be said about this book but their isn't much that really needs to be said. Its a decent gamebook targeted at the audience who read fighting fantasy books growing up.
Its not remotely fresh or new, and the plot could not be more cliche (a wizard has gone rogue and evil, and only you can stop him!) but its competently executed and generally pretty fair (especially as the Hero Point mechanic lets you reroll any die roll, avoiding the luck screw element of many other gamebooks). The encounters aren't anything special but do at least require a little thought. The path through the adventure is mostly linear, but their are a few turnings where you might have a chance to find useful items. Theirs a small class system which is interesting(WIzzard, Warrior or Rogue, which translates to some small tangibly related perks), though one of the classes is clearly better than the other. The fighting is a little better than fighting fantasy, while still being fairly simple (take turns rolling to hit defence, attacks deal fixed damage based on what they are minus armour. Health points are low enough that this actually means swift meaningful combats).
It will probably take you a few attempts to beat the book, partly because theirs a small trial and error aspect (nowhere near as bad as some fighting fantasy books, thankfully)
Overall this is a decent but not exceptional book. Its about as good as a mid range Fighting Fantasy, on par with something like Stormslayer (not as good as Howl of the Werewolf or Night of the Nercomancer, but a helluva lot better than Blood of the Zombies or Bloodbones) its not something I'd recommend every person race out and buy, and its certainly not worth buying a kindle for, but if you own a Kindle and you have the hunger for a fighting fantasy like book, this is definitely worth checking out.
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