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To attack the dragon, turn to page 79 [CYOA thread!]

QuothQuoth the RavenMiami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
edited March 2011 in Social Entropy++
Reading is awesome, but sometimes the lack of interaction is boring. You want agency. You want choice. You want...

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These books have been around since the late 70s/early 80s. The official series isn't being made anymore, but someone out there is probably still churning these puppies out. And of course, a lot of people jumped on the bandwagon.

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And some very NSFW stuff as well, because no genre can withstand the prurient touch of the erotica brigade.

But the nerdiest of all?

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You chose skills! You got weapons! It was like D&D except you could do it alone instead of begging your mom for a ride to a friend's house or a tiny store that smelled like, well, you times ten I guess.

So, SE++, tell me about your love of CYOA books. And if you are bored, check out the CYOA-style story that VanityPants and Traikan and I are writing.

Quoth on
“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    wait

    you're not actually doing a CYOA?

    in that case

    >click back button

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  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Member of Twin Club Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Give Yourself Goosebumps was so great.

    I loved the one where you get locked in a museum at night. So cool.

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  • nateknatek Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I can't wait until page 79!

  • Lord DaveLord Dave Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    eat lamp

    Denny's is for winners.
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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Snowbeat wrote: »
    wait

    you're not actually doing a CYOA?

    in that case

    >click back button

    if you go to the LINK i posted, then you can vote or post suggestions in the comments

    so it's more MSPA than CYOA i guess

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • MonkeyfeetMonkeyfeet Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The choose your own goosebumps were way scarier than regular goosebumps. Because some serious shit can happen to you. I remember in that Carnival one I had the top of my head cut off. That was terrifying to think about my brain being sliced in two.

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  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Quoth yessssssssssss

    but the best CHYOA is

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    and it always will be

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    i remember i had some books that lured me in by being all "hey check it out, female protagonist and you get to do magic or maybe fight with a sword!" and then it was all "which of these cute boys do you want to kiss?!"

    :(

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • DeaconBluesDeaconBlues __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2011
    Answer the question quoth.

    Answer the question...

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    You can totally play through the Lone Wolf books on your computer. I made it to the end of book 3 some months ago and have taken a break.

    I'd recommend it to anyone that likes CYOA books.

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  • BugBoyBugBoy once a boy always a bugRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Monkeyfeet wrote: »
    The choose your own goosebumps were way scarier than regular goosebumps. Because some serious shit can happen to you. I remember in that Carnival one I had the top of my head cut off. That was terrifying to think about my brain being sliced in two.

    the one that always scared me had an anatomy model that chased you down the stairs

    and the door at the end was electrified
    Spoiler:

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  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer I'm Speed Racer and I drive real fast. I drive real fast, I'm gonna last.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't think I've ever read one of these for real

    but I like the idea of them

  • VanityPantsVanityPants Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Hey, I am mentioned in this post! I am internet superstar.

    I do not think I ever got a "good ending" in CYOA books. Somehow I always ended up dead or trapped in some pit.

    I am apparently not very good at adventures.

  • DivideByZeroDivideByZero Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I quickly progressed through every CYOA book in my local library. Then chanced upon this series with a similar format but TIME TRAVEL.

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    TIME TRAVEL + DINOSAURS, turn to page 133 and WIN

    ...then I read the two Lone Wolf books that my tiny-ass library carried about 30 times each.

  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Here's the link to Seventh Sense.

    http://www.projectaon.org/staff/david/download.php

    Once you get it running you can download the books you want and roll out. I pay with saves turned on because I'm a pussy.

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Answer the question quoth.

    Answer the question...

    it was always the wrong one, and then he double-crossed me :(

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • BoredGamerBoredGamer Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
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    I've still got two of these on my bookcase.

    They are awesome.

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I gave Rank one of these based on the X-Men

    I hope he runs it on the forums someday

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  • BugBoyBugBoy once a boy always a bugRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
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    here it is

    the terror of my youth

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    only one way out, holy poopsmith

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    watch goosebumps on fox kids network

    viewer beware

    you're in for a scare

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  • BoredGamerBoredGamer Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Man goosebumps was fucking terrifying as a child.

    Why on earth did they let us read that stuff? That was some scary shit.

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    i was unfortunately slightly too old for the goosebumps stuff

    i had already gotten into stephen king books by that point

    they taught me uncomfortable things about sexuality

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    there was a fighting fantasy book that was my absolute favourite thing when i was a kid but i honestly cant remember the name

    it had a bunch of gemstones in it, you kept a tally of the number of facets for secret pages

    you started shipwrecked on the foggy shore of an island

    uhhhh i wish i could remember more

    oh at one point there is a graveyard full of wights

  • BugBoyBugBoy once a boy always a bugRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    the other goosebumps bit I really remember involved blue lemonade

    if you drank it, it turned out to be poison and you died

    if you didn't you failed the test to be a secret agent or something and you also died

    there was no way to win

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    oh man I love these

    Like RPGs before I played RPGs.

  • DivideByZeroDivideByZero Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yess, UFO 54-40!
    Spoiler:

    Huh. Way more sexual imagery on that cover than I remember.

  • AlphariusAlpharius Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Why has no one mentioned fighting fantasy yet???

    Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone <3<3<3

    edit: ninja'd you win this round...

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    the warlock of firetop mountain is one of the earliest books i can remember reading

  • DichotomyDichotomy Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    found one of these in my parents' basement last year entitled "The Mona Lisa Is Missing"

    well shit, I thought, let's find some art

    my first run through, within three minutes, I had caught the crooks and found the mona lisa

    it was not very thrilling

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    i believe rl stine also wrote some fighting fantasy books

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Quoth wrote: »
    But the nerdiest of all?

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    shit yeah i read this one

    however my favorite was

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    i like how it says 'can be played' on the cover

    as if somehow you were going to survive for more than three pages the first time you read it

    which also can be played online

    wouldnta known that if it hadn't been for someone on these here boards

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    vault of the vampire, Sorcery!

    god damn this and dinotopia was my childhood

  • BoredGamerBoredGamer Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Dichotomy wrote: »
    found one of these in my parents' basement last year entitled "The Mona Lisa Is Missing"

    well shit, I thought, let's find some art

    my first run through, within three minutes, I had caught the crooks and found the mona lisa

    it was not very thrilling

    Congratulations. How soon can you be in Paris?

    I think we've found us a new Louvre guard.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    BoredGamer wrote: »
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    I've still got two of these on my bookcase.

    They are awesome.

    I think I had four of them

    Plus a couple of RL Stein CYOAs.

    And the CYOA forum was where I jump started my forum career.

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  • DichotomyDichotomy Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    now this needs to get to 79 pages and solar needs to post there

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  • BugBoyBugBoy once a boy always a bugRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    woah woah woah

    where the hell did that desert weasel come from

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  • DepressperadoDepressperado Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I had a bunch of those white and red fantasy CYOAs they were the best, one you were a wizard's apprentice and there were orcs and a castle and

  • AlphariusAlpharius Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Beasteh wrote: »
    vault of the vampire, Sorcery!

    god damn this and dinotopia was my childhood

    I think you may be my long lost twin

    Check out my 40k blog: WarHamSandwich
  • TrippyJingTrippyJing Moses supposes his toeses are roses. But Moses supposes erroneously.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Horseshoe wrote: »
    Quoth wrote: »
    But the nerdiest of all?

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    shit yeah i read this one

    however my favorite was

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    i like how it says 'can be played' on the cover

    as if somehow you were going to survive for more than three pages the first time you read it

    which also can be played online

    wouldnta known that if it hadn't been for someone on these here boards

    HA. I survived for FIVE pages.

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