|I am a Kai Lord. 'Nuff said.|
Of particular excellence is the Magnamund Companion, a classic example of Gold Age gamebookery. Though, given what PA is offering, we may indeed be headed towards a Platinum Age...
Here are a few images from the Companion:
|A timeline of Magnamund|
|Instructions for building you own Kai Monastery! And then burning it down!|
|Instructions for building ships! And ramming them into each other!|
|A cut-out view of the Monastery. You didn't know the Secret Kai Language was Italian, did you...|
|Awesome color maps of all parts of the continents, uniquely split by what I guess boils down to a giant, salt-water river...|
What's particularly cool is Joe Dever's making all of this freely available while still working away on re-publishing the gamebooks in hardcover Collector's Editions as well. The Lonewolf world has gone through several RPG iterations, both from Mongoose. The first was a big d20 tome, The Lonewolf RPG, and the second, after the release of 4e deflated a lot of planned d20 lines from independent publishers, a return to the gamebook's original mechanics: The Lonewolf Multiplayer Gamebook. This line also has the benefit of being entirely illustrated by Rich Longmore of LotFP Carcosa fame.
This first is still easy to get relatively cheaply; the second not so much (in that I'm not willing to pay over $30 for a 72-page book). If anyone out there is interested in unloading the Multiplayer Gamebook volumes for reasonable sale/trade, just drop me a line!
Oh, and it looks like yet another RPG version is on the way, published by Cubicle 7...