Got Lone Wolf?

In: Fun

13 Oct 2003

Anyone remember or even actually heard of the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks? That was my first ever contact with the world of medieval fantasy which made me the big fan of the fantasy genre that I am now. I remember that it was back when I was in primary school (or elementary school if you prefer) that my then best friend introduced me to this thing called gamebooks and hey, you know, Lone Wolf is the best. It wasn’t long before I bought my first Lone Wolf gamebooks. I even remember clearly I bought Book 4: Chasm of Doom and Book 5: Shadow on the Sand – that was about 13 years back.

I don’t think I really loooked back – I’ve most of the Lone Wolf gamebooks up to the Lone Wolf Grandmaster series, when I outgrew gamebooks and converted to reading fantasy novels. I never left Lone Wolf though as I continued to read the novelized version of Lone Wolf called the Legends of Lone Wolf series. Unfortunately, the series was prematurely terminated at book 12, which left me high and dry. I even wondered if something had happened to the author. To this day I don’t know what happened, but I surmise it’s due to publisher difficulties. It was an excellent series – I like to think that it was the reason behind my good English result at the GCE ‘O’-levels.

Well, so that was quite a bit of personal history that isn’t very interesting, so I’ll cut to the chase. For Lone Wolf fans, you’d be interested to know of Project Aon if you don’t already. I came across the site recently with my StumbleUpon toolbar. Project Aon offers free online versions of the Lone Wolf gamebooks (currently up to book 14) and there are plans to include the Freeway Warrior series (also a good gamebook series!) also by Joe Dever. There’s even a StatsKeeper script that keeps track of your stats, inventory, experience points and stuff like that. Don’t worry about the legality – the books are donated free by Joe Dever himself. As for the books themselves, they’re full reproductions of the books only you have the convenience of clicking a link to go to, say, section 333, instead of having to flip the pages.

A big thank you to Joe Dever for his generosity and to the Project Aon staff for their dedication!

5 Responses to Got Lone Wolf?

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caiuschen

October 13th, 2003 at 9pm

Wow, that’s awesome. I would borrow these books from the library all the time… sadly, I made up my stats occassionally due to lost records and probably cheated. Gaining new magna kai (?) powers was quite exciting for me, heh.

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Mark Ferry

December 2nd, 2003 at 7am

I loved the books. On a whim I decided to go browsing through the Lone Wolf sites tonight. Gosh, the memories :)

Gamebooks were my introduction to roleplaying and I never quite left them behind.
*sigh* at some stage I’d like to finish my Lone Wolf collection, but two of those later books still elude me. (25 & 26)

Good to see Project Aon has advanced somewhat since last I looked. Perhaps I should get off my arse and contribute to it or something…

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Punning Pundit

July 21st, 2004 at 1pm

Bad Ass!
redemption in a blog: Got Lone Wolf? I wish I’d been playing wit h these fot eh las few days……

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Punning Pundit

July 21st, 2004 at 1pm

Bad Ass!
redemption in a blog: Got Lone Wolf? I wish I’d been playing wit h these fot eh las few days……

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Punning Pundit

July 21st, 2004 at 1pm

Bad Ass!
redemption in a blog: Got Lone Wolf? I wish I’d been playing wit hthese for the last few days……