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KICKSTARTER: Steam Highwayman III: The Reeking Metropolis

Explore London’s many secrets in the next intriguing volume of Martin Noutch’s open-world Steampunk Adventure Gamebook Series. Steam Highwayman III: The Reeking Metropolis is the third title to be released in his impressive series of connected gamebooks, where each can be played as a stand-alone adventure, but together, by use of codewords and interlinked passages, …

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INTERVIEW: Legendary Kingdoms ~ Book One released

The Legendary Kingdoms series from Spidermind Games is easily one of the most exciting gamebook projects to be announced recently: a massive, 6-book series of interconnected adventures – similar to the structure of the acclaimed Fabled Lands series – combining the best of interactive fiction with the narrative immersion of a full-party RPG campaign, into …

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Legendary Kingdoms

Legendary Kingdoms is an epic open-world fantasy adventure gamebook series from Spidermind Games, where you lead a party of adventurers (of your own design, or by choosing four of the six pre-generated characters) in a world that intelligently adapts to your actions. You can proceed to explore this enormous setting, which is divided into six …

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AUGUST ROUND-UP: newly released and coming soon

It’s time for another round-up! In this edition we’ve got details about a forthcoming pulp-style multiplayer game; more Cthulhu; classic solo adventures forming part of the return of an early RPG system; the third book in a well-received sci-fi series; a steampunk update; and a new fantasy game/novel featuring golems, dragons and magical weapons.   …

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Steam Highwayman Volume II: Highways and Holloways

The solo-roleplaying steampunk gamebook series Steam Highwayman continues with Volume II: Highways and Holloways, the second book from creator Martin Noutch. Now seeking funding on Kickstarter, Highways and Holloways uses passages, codewords and items interlinked with Volume I: Smog and Ambuscade to create an adventure that doesn’t finish at the end of the book. Set …

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REVIEW: Steam Highwayman: Smog & Ambuscade

Martin Noutch’s impressive Steam Highwayman series is highly reminiscent of the open-world Fabled Lands gamebooks, incorporating similar player mechanics regarding structure, progress and navigation, and employing the same multi-book interconnection with other forthcoming titles. Similarly, you’ll also find the familiar codewords and tickboxes used to track progress, and it even replicates the two-column text format …

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APRIL ROUND-UP: new and upcoming

Tunnels & Trolls Adventures Hot Pursuit has been expanded as per Golden Dust, Red Death – it’s now a full-length adventure, with more to discover, battle and outsmart. The price has been raised for the new content, but you get it all for FREE if you’ve already bought it! New dangers and rewards lurk in …

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ROUND-UP: recently released and upcoming

There’s been quite a bit of activity in the last few weeks regarding games and books that GBN has been following, so here’s a quick round-up of a few that have recently become available: Dust and Salt Prime Games’ text-based tactical adventure game, Dust and Salt, is now available on Steam. A compelling medieval story …

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KICKSTARTER: Steam Highwayman Volume 1

Steam Highwayman Volume I: Smog and Ambuscade is a new steampunk gamebook from Martin Barnabus Noutch – the first volume in a series of six books exploring the world of the Steam Highwayman: a world of airships and steam-carriages amid a steam revolution where the actions of the privileged breed social inequality and injustice, and …

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REVIEW: The Lords of Benaeron

Jeffrey Dean’s impressively elaborate and skilful world-building has already been on display throughout the preceding volumes of his ‘Road Less Traveled’ series: both Westward Dystopia and Spire Ablaze have delivered detailed story-driven adventures overflowing with an assortment of interesting and complex characters, memorable environments and unique situations. Book 3: The Lords of Benaeron continues his …

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The Serpent King’s Domain – UPDATE

Paul Gresty, the author of the forthcoming The Serpent King’s Domain – the long-awaited 7th book in the Fabled Lands series – has recently posted an update on the Fabled Lands blog regarding his progress towards completion of this new book. It’s shaping up as a lengthy and detailed adventure with the current draft consisting …

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The Lords of Benaeron now available

Jeffrey Dean has now released the third book in his fascinating ‘Road Less Traveled’ series of post-apocalyptic gamebooks – The Lords of Benaeron. Lead a rebellion to victory in The Lords of Benaeron, a hybrid gamebook that combines a traditional branching-path narrative with a sweeping cityscape rife with opportunities for open-world exploration! Tackle stealth missions, …

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