Book: Witches and Bandits and Swords (Oh My) by Dominic O'Reillycategories: Book, Humour, Adventure, Game, Humor, Witch, Bandit, Fight, Magic, Barbarian, Hero, Sword, Fantasy
Dominic O'Reillyabout this book: Witches and Bandits and Swords (Oh My) is a fantasy adventure gamebook where you, the heroic (and, might I add, very good looking) reader take on the role of a seafarer stranded in a land on the brink of war.
Waking blearily in a strange hut, your goal is to rescue your shipmates from murderous pirates and to recover your ship's valuable cargo. In your way stand gruff soldiers, talking rabbits, forgetful witches and a massive barbarian with a rather odd sense of humour.
At £0.77/ $0.99 for a novella length ebook, Witches... is good value for money (although I say so myself) while the FIVE STAR review from BIG AL'S BOOKS AND PALS has possibly been the highlight of my fledgling writing career. In their own words,
"SO Much Fun... Prepare to have a big grin on your face."
I wrote the book as an exercise in experimentation, thinking that an ebook would be the perfect medium for the gamebook adventures I remember playing as a kid. The ability to follow links with a single click, in particular, means there's no need to dog ear your copy by flicking back and forth through the pages to find your goal. Having not seen too many examples of the genre in ebook format, I also enjoyed setting out on my task with an open mind.
The book was a joy to write, even though it posed great challenges. For example, how to present information when the reader can reach the same point through different paths, and ensuring the right level of difficulty so that the reader is challenged but never cheated. Formatting the ebook on the other hand, is something I still have nightmares about, and I begin to see why there aren't all that many e-gamebooks around...
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