Greetings travelers, and welcome to the next immersive stop in the Otherworld. Today, we’re going to spending time in a book that will absolutely draw you in. This, of course, is in part because you are the adventurer in today’s tale. If you enjoyed Choose Your Own Adventure books growing up, or are just eager to try one out, you’ll certainly enjoy Ruin of the Dead.
Lee Brown has a penchant for stories where the reader is in control of their fate. In Ruin of the Dead, a Choose Your Own Adventure book revolving around divinity and doom—and the first book in a planned trilogy—the focus is on the reader-slash-player embodying a cleric in service of the goddess of Justice. After a long pilgrimage, the very artifact that you have journeyed to pray upon has been stolen by dark forces, and it is up to you to determine the steps necessary to serve your order, and be seen as a champion to your goddess. Brown had his work cut out for him, having to not only write a great story, but also to develop a branching path with an interface that was tidy, and he’s managed to do both to great effect.
HALF GAME, HALF STORY – ALL ADVENTURE
You are about to embark an adventure which will define you.
What starts off as a peaceful visit to a cathedral of your faith turns into a thrilling journey to battle various evils that guard a mysterious thief. Can you retrieve the stolen holy relic in a race against time before he escapes.
Part Fighting Fantasy, part Jason Bourne where you get to read the action.
You must make the vital decisions of your journey.
WILL YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS IN THIS ROLE-PLAYING ADVENTURE.
WILL YOU DEFEAT THE EVIL THAT STANDS IN YOUR WAY.
WILL YOU BE THE HERO.
Paper, a pencil, and 1 six dice is all you need to make this journey.
A genre loved by young and old alike
A great way of encouraging children from screens and reading books
Perfect for the lone adventurer that loves fantasy realms
When it comes to Choose Your Own Adventure stories, the book usually asks more of both the writer and the reader, but Brown keeps things simple and elegant, ensuring that the player doesn’t have to do too much on their end. Just a bit of paper, a pencil and a six-sided die, or a computer to keep your notes and do some randomization checks is all you need. If you think you have what it takes to fight against the undead and savage lizardfolk that threaten peace and order, give Brown’s fun adventure a try. Check out Ruin of the Dead, Book 1 of the Cleric Trilogy on Amazon today!
Images provided courtesy of Lee Brown.