"The Captain of the Patrol demands that you surrender your sword, and says 'Climb up behind Elvira there'. She points to one of the younger woman. Will you obey (turn to 155) or refuse (turn to 142)?"A player's decision may depend on his character's stats, such as stamina, which are tracked (by the player) on the included Adventure Sheet. The game continues until the player is either stopped, killed, or completes the quest. With about 400 paragraphs each, a book will keep you busy for a few hours. According co-author Steve Jackson (the British one, not the American guy, though the American Steve Jackson visited London and wrote the eighth book in the FF series, Scorpion Swamp), the publishers sat on the project for a year before green-lighting it. The series was eventually finished in 1999, with worldwide sales exceeding 15 million copies in 23 different languages.
'Fighting Fantasy' as an App-Game Genre
Those of a certain age who played games in the 1980s or 1990s may recall the Fighting Fantasy (FF) books. Published beginning in the 1980s, they weren’t the first gamebooks but they were the most well-known and became the embodiment of the genre. The series consists of 59 books, each a standalone single-player role playing game, where the reader has just two dice, a pencil and an eraser to complete a quest. The paragraphs in the book present challenges for the player. For each challenge, the player must make a decision that determines the story’s progression. For example, from the Fighting Fantasy "Talisman of Death", paragraph 152: