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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Fabled Lands Publishing; 2 edition (20 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190990516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909905160
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm equally drawn to both stories and equations, to both literature and science. Over the years I've written novels, textbooks, comics, gamebooks and television shows and I've designed videogames, boardgames and role-playing games. And co-authored a paper on the propagation of light delivered to the Institute of Physics. What can I say? I thrive on variety and I'm always looking for a fresh challenge!

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Dave Morris is a videogame designer, comic book creator, scriptwriter and top-selling author. He has written more than two dozen choose-your-own style gamebooks, including the acclaimed Fabled Lands series and a Kirkus-star-winning interactive version of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. His graphic novel epic Mirabilis: Year of Wonders is being serialized in both print and digital editions.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 14 Oct. 2014
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Originally published during the eighties, the heyday of adventure gamebooks, the ‘Bloodsword’ series calved itself a small niche in the market by creating a gamebook system that could be played by both the traditional single player or by a multi-player group more in the style of the role playing board games that inspired gamebooks in the first place. This amalgamation of the two styles obviously creates some problems, but the versatility of the construction of the ‘Bloodsword’ adventures allows it to capably juggle two versions of gameplay. However, the amalgamation in this first book of the series is not as smooth as in the later adventures making the flaws of the system more apparent.

Initially you will need to find three friends to play with you if you wish to engage in the multiplayer method. This involves everyone being available at once which can easily result in the storyline becoming broken and, thus less effective; and the passing around of the book which can be a little clumsy and annoying. As a soloist, though, much of the enjoyment of the adventure can be lost as it really does rely on having all four character types to gain the most enjoyment out of the story and scenarios. Fortunately there is the option to play solo but directing an entire team. After several attempts playing as a single character, where the adventure feels quite unsatisfying, this seems to me to be the way the book works best.

The most obvious flaw in providing two systems of gameplay within one adventure comes from the combat system. That is not to say that the method of combat within the ‘Bloodsword’ series isn’t well thought out or enjoyable to participate in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Riff on 22 Sept. 2014
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This is the odd man out in the series, as it functions (almosts) as a stand alone introduction. My advice; take the plunge and buy books 1 and 2 now and treat yourself to a really great read. If you liked the Sorcery! series or Lone Wolf then you are very likely to enjoy this even more grown up and better written (in most people's opinion) gamebook saga.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Stefan J Knight on 26 Oct. 2014
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Fantastic to see the series back and available. Enjoying the story. Nice change to be able to flick through the pages like the old days of the 80's rather than push app buttons.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morgan L (UK) on 16 Oct. 2014
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This has been a tough review to write.. as its not about the quality of the writing. This stands out as the first book in one of the finest gamebook series in history. My problem however is with the quality of the reprint.

When you reprint a book, you are typically aiming for collectors.. fans of the book who cant get the over-priced originals, or new fans to the genre who understand that small demand niche books cost more

The cover quality is below par, I have seen better quality on a printer manual, and is not much thicker than the pages themselves. Already the book looks tatty and cheap and will look awful on a bookshelf and hence is just hidden in my old book drawer.. and only after one (incomplete) play through. The pages and the clarity of the text is top notch however!

I would have personally rather paid 3-4 times as much and had a hardcover book that would stand the test of time.

EDIT : Still not the quality I would have liked for a reprint, but did not stop me buying the whole series again due to the writing. I still cannot, out of nothing but loyalty, give 5 stars. If you want a durable book that needs plenty of thumbing, and yet will still look good you may want to see if a hard back copy gets produced.. but if you want to play this awesome series, get them now!
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The best gamebook series ever 22 Aug. 2014
By Scouser70 - Published on Amazon.com
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The best gamebook series ever! Great to see if back in print. It can be played multiplayer with each player controlling a character or solo. Or one person can control all four characters - warrior, sage, trickster and enchanted. Combat is enhanced by tactical maps, which in these revised editions are much easier to use than the originals from the 1980s.

Overall great fun if you are looking for something closer to an RPG than a straightforward gamebook. Even if you don't want to geek out on the gameplay the story is epic, which develops over the five book series. First four books are all available. You are going to want to buy them all.
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Ouf of this World content but sub-par publishing quality 23 Sept. 2014
By Nicholas Lim - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong, the content of this book is out-of-this-WORLD!! It's has an incredible game and story - exactly what I remembered many years ago. However, sadly, I lost my originals over the years and this reprint isn't what it is before. The paper quality isn't up to par and when you line up the books (current volume 1 to 4), you'll notice that the cut of the books are not consistent. Some books are taller whereas some others are broader. Most definitely it isn't the copies I have as I had bought 2 sets of each :)
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