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In: Fun13 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!