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A gamebook is a work of fiction that allows the reader to participate in the story by making effective choices. The narrative branches along various paths through the use of numbered paragraphs or pages. Gamebooks are sometimes informally called choose your own adventure books or CYOA, which is the title of one particular long and popular series by Bantam Books. Legally, Choose Your Own Adventure continues to be a trademark in current use.

There are three types of gamebooks. The first is the branching-plot novel (an example of this is the Choose Your Own Adventure series of gamebooks), which require the reader to make choices but are otherwise like a regular novel. The second type is the role-playing game solitaire adventure (an example of this is the Tunnels and Trolls series of gamebooks), which combines the branching-plot novel with the rules of a role-playing game, allowing the game to be played without a Gamemaster but requiring the purchase of separate manuals. The third type is the adventure gamebook (examples of these are the Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf series of gamebooks), which combines the branching-plot novel with a simple role-playing system unique to the book (or series). In all gamebooks, the story is presented as a series of text sections. Branching-plot novel sections often run to several pages in length, whereas RPG and adventure gamebook sections are usually no longer than a paragraph or two. At the end of a text section, the reader is usually given a choice of narrative branches that they may follow. Each branch contains a reference to the number of the paragraph or page that should be read next if that branch is chosen. The story continues this way until a paragraph or page which ends that branch of the story. In most RPG or adventure gamebooks, there is usually one "successful" ending, and the remainder are "failures." Branching plot novels, on the other hand, tend to be more concerned with narrative resolution rather than winning or losing, thus often have several endings with may be deemed "successful".
Gamebooks are typically written in the second person with the reader assuming the role of a fictional character. The titles are usually published in series containing several books, although individual gamebooks have also been published. While the books in many series are stand-alone narratives, others continue the narrative from the previous books in the series.

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Gamebook: Paul Auster's City of Glass
Topics: anp, neon, hao, perer, crime, quinn, tht, author, rue, avon, neon lit, crime fiction
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by David Prata
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A version of white plume mountain collating and reconciling the information presented in four different incarnations across three editions. Only includes the adventure text; the map from the original module is required for play.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, adventure
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 1 - The Castle of Darkness
Topics: wizard, score, dice, life, roll, ansalom, merlin, points, damage, pip, life points, wizard ansalom,...
Gamebook: Nintendo Adventure Books 1 - Double Trouble
Topics: mario, iggy, mushroom, koopa, luigi, bowser, doom, glom, turn, turtle, mushroom kingdom, chain...
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by Jason Zavoda
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Sometimes referred to as the "Zavodex", this incredible work seeks to provide an index of all Greyhawk related products.
Topics: rpg, greyhawk, roleplaying game, reyhawk
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by Joey Lindsey and Paolo Greco
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A collection of community created RPG material
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game
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This project is dedicated to developing the areas outside the Flanaess in a Gazetteer-like fashion. Further, all articles will be added to the Oerth Journal as of OJ 26, which allows for about 6 months of writing and research time for authors.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, greyhawk
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by Johnn Four
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short adventure seeds you can drop into your campaigns or flesh out into larger adventures
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 01 - Find the Kirillian
Topics: turn, phatax, prince, ship, interplanetary, jewels, quizon, stun, tavro, planet, prince quizon,...
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by Lientz, Gerald
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Gamebook: Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 1 - Murder at the Diogenes Club
Topics: turn, holmes, colonel, watson, sylvester, hamilton, irish, numberand, clue, stuart, numberand add,...
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Detailed within are various magical items and artifacts from the World of Greyhawk Campaign Setting converted to 3.5 Edition Dungeons & Dragons.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, greyhawk
Gamebook: Narnia Solo Games 1 - Return to Deathwater
Topics: turn, cheekimeek, dwarfs, cave, key, return, stream, zephyr, mouse, pirates, check key, zephyr...
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by Amthor, Terry K; Barrett, Kevin
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Gamebook: Middle-Earth Quest 5 - A Spy in Isengard
Topics: turn, saruman, move, elf, ores, exp, pick, wizard, messenger, fight, nan curunir, cursed vale, isen...
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Gamebook: Narnia Solo Games 3 - Leap of the Lion
Topics: turn, ifyou, lion, haadreh, temple, watchers, narnia, norian, return, guards, golden rule, red...
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Hundreds of ideas for your urban campaigns and settings to keep the PCs nervous, wary and excited, as they should be.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game
Gamebook: The Cretan Chronicles 1 - Bloodfeud of Altheus
Topics: honour, altheus, turn, shame, protection, zeus, patron, ship, disfavour, athens, honour points,...
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Scan of the manual for the Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth Game by Mattel
Topics: manual, dnd, dungeons and dragons
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 3 - The Gateway of Doom
Topics: life, dice, score, ghastly, roll, door, points, merlin, spell, damage, life points, ghastly...
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Gamebook: Zork 1 - The Forces of Krill
Topics: bivotar, juranda, krill, sword, syovar, ellron, zork, turn, palantirs, trail, great underground,...
Gamebook: Nintendo Adventure Books 2 - Leaping Lizards
Topics: luigi, mario, mushroom, princess, morton, iggy, toad, koopa, turtle, wooster, princess toadstool,...
Gamebook: Middle-Earth Quest 6 - Treason at Helm's Deep
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Topics: turn, ifyou, herulf, ores, dunlending, gamling, exp, damage, eorling, ore, character record, ifyou...
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by Bob Stine
texts
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Juvenile fiction
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, fiction
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 2 - The Den of Dragons
Topics: dragon, score, dice, brass, roll, dragons, merlin, life, map, explore, life points, brass dragon,...
Gamebook: Narnia Solo Games 4 - The Lost Crowns of Cair Paravel
Topics: turn, snowfoot, dragon, ifyou, crowns, dwarfs, firesteam, narnia, cair, dwarf, inner strength,...
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Gamebook: Freeway Warrior 1 - Highway Holocaust
Topics: turn, endurance, combat, skill, cutter, convoy, total, random, roadster, possess, close combat,...
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by David Prata
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An adaptation of B3 Palace of the Silver Princess. This AD&D adventure combines both versions of the original module with the World of Greyhawk legend of Queen Ehlissa and her Marvelous Nightingale.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, adventure
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Gamebook: Sagas of the Demonspawn #1 - Fire Wolf
Topics: wolf, doomsword, baldar, xandine, sword, spawn, dice, sorcery, wilderness, chamber, life points,...
Gamebook: Marvel Super Heroes 1 - The Amazing Spider-Man - City in Darkness
Topics: karma, electro, feat, andrews, leap, goblin, turn, adventure, webbing, green goblin, agility feat,...
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Gamebook: The Crystal Maze
Topics: turn, rob, team, crystal, adventure, android, seconds, roll, add, exceeds, team member, roll equal,...
Gamebook: Narnia Solo Games 2 - The Sorceress and the Book of Spells
Topics: turn, key, space, sorceress, move, crone, narnia, octopus, asian, add, check key, inner strength,...
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 02 - The Galactic Pirate
Topics: marko, biodroid, turn, klagon, interplanetary, blast, spy, khen, mcevoy illustrated, interplanetary...
Gamebook: Nintendo Adventure Books 3 - Monster Mix-Up
Topics: mario, toad, koopa, luigi, turn, bowser, soopa, king, monster, paratroopa, soopa paratroopa, mario...
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 4 - Voyage of Terror
Topics: score, life, dice, return, roll, points, golden, fight, enemy, throw, life points, enemy life, sea...
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 7 - Tomb of Nightmares
Topics: nsd, corridor, grott, score, life, merlin, door, dice, retrace, spell, life points, enemy life,...
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 6 - Realm of Chaos
Topics: abilities, pathwalking, score, pathwalker, roll, curse, life, dice, corridor, glastonbury, life...
Gamebook: Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 2 - The Black River Emerald
Topics: turn, holmes, oxy, mueller, muskrat, rafferty, clue, bingley, add, pick, check clue, black river,...
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 8 - Legion of the Dead
Topics: select, score, life, dice, legion, map, enemy, points, throw, kills, life points, enemy life, young...
Gamebook: Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 3 - Death at Appledore Towers
Topics: turn, holmes, milverton, lestrade, watson, checked, clue, silversmith, butler, appledore, checked...
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Gamebook: GrailQuest 5 - Kingdom of Horror
Topics: score, roll, life, dice, merlin, enemy, south, dwarves, damage, strikes, life points, city plan,...
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Gamebook: Star Challenge 4 - The Exploding Suns
Topics: nebula, hive, sunworm, turn, bront, destroy, stellar, space, energy, vend, attack team, captain...
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Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 03 - Robot World
Topics: robot, robots, turn, cyberg, giant, interplanetary, spy, computer, colonists, teleport, giant...
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Gamebook: Star Challenge 1 - Planets in Peril
Topics: nebula, slee, turn, polaris, cube, cyborg, creature, scarp, robot, space, crystal cube, lights...
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Gamebook: Star Challenge 3 - The Cosmic Funhouse
Topics: nebula, ifyou, turn, kron, warp, alien, cosmic, funhouse, completed, pulser, cosmic funhouse, blue...
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Gamebook: Sagard the Barbarian 1 - The Ice Dragon
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Topics: ratikkan, sagard, medigian, hit, dragon, traders, golem, fight, sword, ice dragon, hit points, ice...
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Gamebook: Zork 3 - The Cavern of Doom
Topics: bivotar, juranda, syovar, cavern, grum, leblong, dragon, tunnel, turn, great underground, frobozz...
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Gamebook: Zork 4 - Conquest at Quendor
Topics: bivotar, juranda, syovar, logrumethar, magic, jeearr, helm, healer, deserve, magic bead, magic...
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Gamebook: You can be the Stainless Steel Rat
Topics: sword, turn, sadie, wiu, prof, sadistic, roars, creature, jungle, jewel, special corps, hairy...
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Gamebook: Zork 2 - The Malifestro Quest
Topics: bivotar, juranda, elves, syovar, malifestro, demon, magic, sible, max, asks, wizard escape, snow...
Gamebook: Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 4 - The Crown vs. Dr. Watson
Topics: turn, watson, terrence, sir, marshall, mcdonald, billiard, mycroft, clue, holmes, sir terrence,...
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by Jurgen Mayer
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This module is intended as a starting adventure for a group of 1st level characters, or a funnel for 0-level characters. the monsters all come with arough hit dice guideline, and you have to quickly stat them yourself. Feel free to adjest their capabilities and the damage output of the traps to the power of your party.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, adventure
Gamebook: Marvel Super Heroes 6 - The Uncanny X-Men - An X-cellent Death
Topics: wolverine, rogue, storm, nightcrawler, jesse, turn, gyrich, sentinel, centis, ninja, mass field,...
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 06 - The Star Crystal
Topics: tro, metrobot, turn, star, spy, interplanetary, warp, helper, metrobots, cicelea, star crystal, spy...
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Gamebook: 2000AD - Diceman 3
Topics: vou, diceman, vour, anp, goto, alien, dice, rrrrr, nort, von, rrrrr rrrrr, von sievers, physical...
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 04 - Space Olympics
Topics: andromeda, turn, gresh, olympic, sled, clones, athletes, spy, headcraft, interplanetary, energy...
Gamebook: Star Challenge 2 - The Android Invasion
Topics: androids, android, nebula, turn, ifyou, warp, groot, blast, alien, captain, captain polaris, lights...
Gamebook: Marvel Super Heroes 2 - Captain America - Rocket's Red Glare
Topics: viper, agent, hydra, bronder, shield, hoffman, fury, blacklash, karma, nitro, agent bronder, agent...
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Scan of the manual for the Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game by Mattel
Topics: manual, dnd, dungeons and dragons
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 05 - Monsters of Doorna
Topics: turn, scanner, monster, phatax, setali, spy, signal, setaii, kayjay, stun, spy center, scanner...
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by Gus LaRu
texts
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A outdoor encounter area and small dungeon complex designed as a supplement for low level ASE exploration and with a focus on the Orbital Gods.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, osr, adventure
Gamebook: Marvel Super Heroes 8 - Daredevil - Guilt by Association
Topics: turn, karma, feat, result, boomerang, kingpin, wiley, sense, karen, adding karma, karma point,...
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 07 - Rebel Spy
Topics: turn, valeeta, callisto, spy, glorid, qubex, delbor, interplanetary, bantam, hempel, interplanetary...
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Gamebook: 2000AD - Diceman 2
Topics: vou, thb, anp, diceman, armour, warp, volgo, killjoy, dice, ukko, armour rating, warp rating, pat...
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by David Anthony Craft and Jane Stine
texts
eye 682
favorite 3
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Juvenile fiction
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game, fiction
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 10 - Planet Hunters
Topics: planet, turn, gradak, scanner, venya, spy, hunters, interplanetary, sarvala, ooo, planet hunters,...
Gamebook: Real Life Gamebooks 1 - Madame Guillotine - The French Revolution
Topics: wounds, wiu, pistol, swordsmanship, aristos, wagon, mob, adventure, comte, adventure ends, real...
Gamebook: Sagas of the Demonspawn #3 - Demondoom
Topics: wolf, spawn, points, life, skill, turn, damage, gegum, roll, dice, life points, current life, charm...
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Gamebook: Barbarian Prince Rules
Topics: roll, hex, characters, combat, party, wiles, event, endurance, encountered, wit, characters...
Gamebook: Real Life Gamebooks 2 - The Last Invasion, 1066
Topics: harold, wounds, king, ride, saxon, norman, wiu, duke, william, housecarl, adventure ends, shield...
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by Matthijs Holter
texts
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This is the third release of Archipelago, a story/role-playing game where each player controls a major character. Player take turns directing and playing out a part of their character's story, leading them towards their selected point of destiny, while other players interact with and influence that story.
Topics: rpg, roleplaying game
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 11 - The Red Rocket
Topics: turn, robot, spy, orbyn, interplanetary, reeta, scanner, sargasso, robots, blowup, sargasso sea,...
Gamebook: Be an Interplanetary Spy 12 - Skystalker
Topics: daxon, turn, skystalker, zillio, spy, illustrated, interplanetary, planetoid, device, mcevoy, seth...
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by Hill, Douglas Arthur, 1935-
texts
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Gamebook: Have Your Own Extra-Terrestrial Adventure
Topics: rimeq, mala, fedpol, ship, boole, exter, bomb, eyes, nullity, swamp, red eyes, nullity bomb, yellow...
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Gamebook: Freeway Warrior 2 - Mountain Run
Topics: turn, endurance, kate, clansman, roadster, combat, skill, pistol, freeway, clansmen, total score,...
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2000AD - Diceman 1
Gamebook: Sagas of the Demonspawn #2 - The Crypts of Terror
Topics: wolf, turn, spawn, doomsword, roll, guards, voltar, stats, shaman, return, life points, check roll,...