Author name: Pingo

The Horror of the Lighthouse – second gamebook in the series!

Another solo adventure gamebook, The Horror of the Lighthouse, is now available at DriveThruRPG, written and created by J. Pingo Lindstrom (me). For total openness: I am the one controlling the GamebookNews.com website as well – so I am publishing news about my own book here. Ellen Wittgrave (from the first book, The Secret of …

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NEWS: The Secret of the Catacombs

A NEW Solo Interactive Gamebook is JUST RELEASED, exclusively at DriveThruRPG. Published by PenguinComics.com, written and created by J. Pingo Lindstrom. For total openness: I am the one controlling the GamebookNews.com website as well – so I am publishing news about my own book here. Ellen Wittgrave, a renowned historian known for her relentless pursuit …

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Kickstarter: You are the Hero – 40th Anniversary Ed.

YOU ARE THE HERO – An Interactive History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks is available to backers of this Kickstarter in four different formats, eBook, paperback, standard papercase hardback, and deluxe collector’s edition hardback. It will be printed in full colour. The standard hardback edition will look like the previous hardbacks in the series. However, the …

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The Zaltec Gamebooks, by Yehuda Shapira

The Zaltec gamebooks are graphical solo RPGs with both puzzle and combat elements.   Rather than narrated passages, the books are mostly comprised of illustrations, with bits of text here and there. The mechanics of the game are more akin to playing an old-school point-and-click game than reading a linear story. Progress is made both through …

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Gamebook News

Is GBN dead? Not quite. Since we did not receive the funding we wanted from Kulturrådet (Sweden), we have no means to pay writers, and hence update the pages. What about a Patreon then? That takes time to run as well. Sadly, the Patreon donation process is not as automatic as one wants it to …

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New Gamebook Zine

Gamebook releases are coming thick and fast, so it seems a great time for The Gamebook Zine – a free upcoming magazine dedicated to gamebooks, interactive fiction and related materials – to hit the shelves. The magazine’s first issue (Spring, 2021) will be released digitally on Itch.io, DriveThruRPG and as a printed magazine via Lulu …

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Kickstarter: ALBA – open world post-apocalypse sci-fi

Would you be interested in a piece of interactive fiction that claims to be “the biggest gamebook ever written”? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that ALBA – a post-apocalypse science fiction gamebook – is currently on track to fund on Kickstarter. ALBA seems to tie into several different sci-fi genres, promising an open-world …

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RETRO: Point-and-click – Zak and Dave on love adventures!

New year – new adventures! But first, a look back… Digital interactive fiction is mostly remembered as text-only adventure games, but the physical gamebook might have more in common with the digital point-and-click game-type – since it has a slightly more controlled narrative, illustrations and similar story lines. A point-and-click game features a graphic scene …

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