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The Return of CYOA

Inspired by Ben Abraham’s instigation of the recent Far Cry 2 Permadeath playthroughs, TheAutumnalCity and I have decided to go old school and jump into the seminal and nostalgic Lone Wolf series of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure (CYOA) books.  In the summer of 2007, Project Aon made the entire series of 28 Lone Wolf books freely available online.  That coupled with some stat tracker software and a heady air of nostalgia has made this foray into CYOA-land all the more enticing.

Travis and I both played/read these as kids and I’m excited to go back and see how they’ve held up.  We’ve agreed to play a book a week and post our summary/thoughts on either Sunday evening or Monday morning.  We’re not quite going to stick to Ben’s strict permadeath rules as there are some deaths in CYOA that you just can’t anticipate.

Over the next few weeks we’re going to explore the nature of the CYOA as a game and literary format.  This oft-dismissed hybrid deserves some serious reflection and failing that, at least it’ll give us some hilarious situations.

Let the games begin!