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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Fabled Lands players! A call to arms

The new edition Fabled Lands books are now on sale. In the USA you can get them from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and in the UK from Amazon.co.uk. (Continental European customers, check your local Amazon.) It's taken a lot of work to get these new copies ready in time for Christmas, but the real work starts now. Because it's not enough to have the FL books available to buy, we need to get the word out to the multitude of role-playing or gamebook or fantasy enthusiasts - to every potential FL reader, in fact.

This is where you can help. When Dragon Warriors was re-released by Magnum Opus Press, it found a devoted but unfortunately rather tiny market among longtime DW fans who were loyal enough to want to own deluxe hardback editions of the books. And God bless you Legend players, every one. But we're not following that niche strategy with Fabled Lands. That's why we didn't publish new edition FL as expensive hardbacks for hardcore fans. In real terms, the 2nd edition FL books are actually about 20% cheaper than the original 1995 editions. We wanted them to be affordable so that they can attract a whole new bunch of readers - not only adult fans of the original books, but a whole new generation of players also. The iPad and paper-&-pencil RPGs will build on this.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:
  1. If you already own the original books then you probably don't want to buy them all over again. But have you got friends who are into fantasy adventure games? Give the books as gifts.
  2. If you got the FL books as scanned PDFs - well, shame on you :) but we're still glad to have you as a fan, and now you can atone by buying legit copies.
  3. We need reviews! Fabled Lands has built up an impressive star rating on Amazon over the years, but a new edition sets the counter to zero. So you can help out by getting a review up there. (And thanks Alberto, Matthew, James and A.Seegert - your early reviews are really appreciated!)
  4. Listmania works too. Create a list of your favorite books on Amazon - "10 great role-playing gamebooks" or "10 fantasy classics" or whatever. Including FL books on your lists raises their profile.
  5. If you have a blog of your own, post a link. If you don't, pester the blogs you regularly read with news of the FL 2nd edition.
  6. Tweet about us. Maybe mention a cool thing that happened to you during an FL adventure - that's a great hook to get new readers to take a look.
Did I mention that we need reviews? Seriously, most fantasy RPG books like Dragon Warriors sink into oblivion because the small group of true devotees fail to spread the word of their enthusiasm to a wider audience. So if you enjoy adventuring in the Fabled Lands and want to help us try and continue the series, tell everyone you know. Tell them right now. The FL revival starts here!

92 comments:

  1. So, if any of you are also memebers of the yahoo group, can you post this up there, or maybe post a link to this? Please? We need the fanbase mobilized for this one! If we can sell enough, we can get the next 2 done, and then hopefully finish the series off!

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  2. Davide Ferreira1 December 2010 03:11

    I bought the 4 books, altough only 1 was readily available at amazon uk. I admit this series is good, but it gets exponentialy better the more books you release.

    Btw, was there any correction of typos or new entries in the books? i would be nice to put a few extra entries for us "veterans" who have seen the old books from one point to the other. Suprise us :)

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  3. I'd love to review the other 3 books, but Amazon.co.uk still doesn't list them. Do you guys have an ETA on their availability here in the UK or other sources for them?

    Davide, where did you buy the other 3 books?

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  4. Hi Alberto, I just did a search on Amazon.co.uk for "fabled lands morris" and I'm seeing them as 8, 9 and 10 on the list.

    Amazon have used a slightly different naming convention for the other books, "Fabled Lands 2: Cities of Gold & Glory" etc. (That's because they're British and being pointlessly obstructive comes naturally - the reason I buy my stuff from Amazon.com.) And they don't list that Thomson guy as an author. I don't know why, I told them to but then, I also sent his name and photo to an online ninja assassination site and nothing came of that either.

    Ignore that it says, "Not in stock" as the books are print on demand, so as soon as Amazon get your order they will get sent copies from the printer.

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  5. Davide, you're not surprised enough at seeing the books back in print? But yes, we did take the opportunity to correct the broken links. No extra entries in these first four volumes, but if the series keeps going you might even see whole new books!

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  6. user@example.com1 December 2010 05:05

    Ordered. Yay! Amazon's telling me that 2-4 won't arrive by Christmas, but that's because they have no date listed for when they'll have them in stock. I'm not too worried about getting them by then anyway, but it would be nice.

    For the record, I found Fabled Lands via the Let's Play on the Something Awful forums, then spent an enjoyable month or so playing around with them (at work, during breaks) via the java app.

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  7. Ah thanks Dave, followed your advice and have ordered the remaining three!

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  8. The yahoo group is buzzing about it, and I posted a poll about how many copies each group member would pledge to buy. I am buying multiple copies as gifts, kind of the "gift that keeps on giving"----as the later releases come out in January, so too do the Christmas presents!

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  9. I have just made a comment on (apparently) the biggest French-speaking forum on gamebooks:
    http://gamebooks.forumactif.com/les-autres-series-f7/reedition-de-la-serie-fabled-lands-et-fin-de-dragon-warriors-t2054.htm
    My recommendations (for non-English speaking countries) is to explain what FL gamebooks are
    and to mention that:
    - all books can be played independently from each other. For example, someone interested by Japan can buy only "Lords of the Rising Sun" at the beginning, then buy later other books if he has liked.
    - most paragraphs are short; don't forget that's an advantage for people not fluent in English.

    I have added the link to my Sambahsa adaptation of "Lords of the Rising Sun", for it gives an idea of the content without revealing the plots (since not many people speak Sambahsa...)

    Olivier

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  10. I ordered all 4 books off of Amazon, though I have originals in print. I'm going to start picking them up again to play since now I will have these fresh, inexpensive copies.

    I just posted my review on Amazon for Book 1 reprint, and will post reviews for the other 3 books sometime soon, after I get my hands on them (which will be this afternoon according to tracking info).

    Long Live General Marlock! ;)

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  11. i'd like to see a reprint of the way of the tiger, with a sequel to vol.6... is this going to happen ?

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  12. Pliz Dave & Jamie, I have a question from a French-speaking fan (that proves that my post has been already read..)

    Will the illustrations by Russ Nicholson be wholly included in these reeditions ?

    Merci !

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  13. Bah, at last Dave's plan has come to fruition, my name has finally been excised from the records! Though I notice it's still there on book one. Though book one doesn't have a cover pic. Hopeless fools!

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  14. Oh, and all the Russ pix are included in the new edition, yes.

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  15. If you mean no cover pic for Book 1 on Amazon.com, it shows up on the product page. Just not in the search list, which is weird.

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  16. No, I mean Amazon.co.uk. Amazon.com everything seems fine.

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  17. It's really heartening to see all the FL enthusiasts getting behind the new editions. Thanks you, one and all!

    Oh, and that query about Way of the Tiger? We certainly have big plans for WotT, and Jamie is in discussions with Mark Smith right now about the best way to move those forward. You'll hear it here first.

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  18. The FL books are at 12,000 in Amazon sales rank today and Warlock of Firetop Mountain is at 84,000.

    Chris

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  19. "Oh, and that query about Way of the Tiger? We certainly have big plans for WotT, and Jamie is in discussions with Mark Smith right now about the best way to move those forward. You'll hear it here first. "

    thanks a lot Dave for this wonderful piece of information as I'm a big WOTT fan; I'm just a little surprised the answer came from you and not from Jamie himself, who didn't care to reply to a query regarding his own series

    anyway kudos to you Dave, I also hope to see a reprint of Golden Dragon as well in the near future ;)

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  20. Is there a way for Dave or Jamie to keep us updated with sales totals from each company?

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  21. Well, Anon, Jamie is very busy at the moment. He has to run the WOTT and DW negotiations *and* he's writing the second book in the Dirk Lloyd series, which looks set to be Fabled Lands LLP's monster hit of 2011. So it's understandable if he isn't checking this blog every half hour :-)

    Mike, I don't know exact sales totals but I am sure we will get told them eventually, at least when it's time for royalties to be paid!

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  22. Congratulations for having made all this possible guys, it's fantastic to see FL back in print!

    I have just checked amazon.it, it still doesn't show them, but knowing Italy is something like the 10th world about these things I assume I'll have to wait a long time... but I'll get them, one way or another! :)

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  23. As for WotT, we'll have to see. Mark Smith has lots of kids and a full time job, but we'd like to finish the series off one day. Depends on how many of the reprints we manage to sell, I guess. Won't be happening for a while anyway, as it takes to long to get the books ready for printing, but hopefully next year.

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  24. Hi,

    I dont use Amazon as they don't accept payments with PayPal, so is there any other way to purchase the FL reprints that allows me to pay through Paypal ? Or will I have to wait for the series to be available on ebay stores maybe ?

    A fan from France

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  25. Order through http://www.barnesandnoble.com

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  26. I originally heard about these books from a boardgame podcast. I hope they get a second mention now that they're in print.

    Would it be possible to have wallpapers of the cover artworks? They look so nice...

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  27. Davide Ferreira1 December 2010 13:12

    Sorry about the delay, its true, only the first book is immediatly available at Amazon uk, the other 3 "may" arrive after christmas.

    I asked about the "extra" sections because it would be nice to have a secret quest spawning all the 12 books, but that is just wishfull thinking from someone who enjoys the series.

    Keep up the good work and may we see the biggest gameworld ever with all the 12 books.

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  28. Davide - I'm still hopeful Amazon will surprise everybody and deliver in time for Christmas. There's only one way to find out...

    And Anon, great idea about the wallpapers. We would need Kevin Jenkins's permission, as they are his copyright, but he's a very obliging gentleman - so we'll see.

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  29. I don't like ordering books of a series one by one, I'll wait for at least the 8 first volumes to be available and then order the lot through my bookstore

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  30. Anon, you may be in for a very long wait! Are you also waiting for Mass Effect 3 to come out before you buy the trilogy? :-)

    Everybody else, remember that the only way to have any hope of the series being completed is if these first books are selling well. You can have a very extensive adventure with just one book, never mind 4, and by ordering these first 4 volumes you are helping the chances of there being further books.

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  31. Fabled Lands isn't like a series of novels with a linear, continuous storyline. Consider the books as game add-on discs that give you more gameplay material, but you can have a self-contained experience with just one book. It's not like the books end in a cliffhanger and you'll be disapointed because you don't know how the story "ends".

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  32. >>>and by ordering these first 4 volumes you are helping the chances of there being further books.

    You do have a point, alright I'll do that. ;-)

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  33. Thanks - you won't be disappointed, I think, as those four books provide hours of play, dozens of quests and probably hundreds of random encounters and mini-quests. And it's all very sandboxy in that there are no storylines that you absolutely must follow as in other gamebooks. The experience is more like a role-playing game. (And I mean a *good* role-playing game, where you have freedom of choice and action, not one of those ones where a tinpot dictator of a GM makes you jump through the hoops of his story.)

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  34. They seem to be shipping at the moment on the Barnes and Noble site, as I received email confirmation a moment ago mentioning that it has been shipped.

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  35. Thanks for the heads up, Mike. I'm pretty sure Amazon will ship just as swiftly as B&N, despite their "not in stock" tag. I know that some folks have already got copies and officially the titles only published yesterday, so anyone who orders now should get them well before Christmas.

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  36. If only every amazon site were as quick as US one... Italian obviously isn't, but it's quite new so it isn't so strange.

    I'm trying my best to order my copies, and I'll do everything I'm able to in order to catch them before Christmas... if i have to kidnap Santa Claus to put them under the Christmas tree I'll surely do it! :)

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  37. Alright I'll do this, but if you guys don't publish 7-12 i'll be miffed

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  38. Picked my copy up today from my shop, very impressed though I do miss the colour maps of the originals. if I can get some more stock in Before Xmas i'll be recommending it in store, as a lot of people won't find or buy unless they actually see the books.

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  39. Tremendous news, I'll be (re)buying the lot. Just chipping my two pence into hoping you can finally finish the series.

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  40. Hey sorry if this question's already been answered, I just placed my order for all four through Amazon US. They've run "out of stock" for Book 1 but I'm reading from the comments that as soon as an order is placed, the printer sends copies to Amazon?

    Would be great to get it before Christmas - and just after my university semestral exams conclude! I was first introduced to this series as a kid fourteen years ago, and missed it much =)

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  41. So strange to be talking to Anonymous, at times he seems almost schizophrenic :-)

    Books 7-12 will happen if it is profitable for Fabled Lands LLP to fund them. It's a business; the shareholders have to make money. I am hoping we sell enough to make that happen, and the early signs are that we are selling more copies than anyone expected. (A lot more - just look at our Amazon sales rank!) But we need new readers. Just selling copies to people who liked the series first time round will not do it. Help us spread the word.

    The color maps are right here:
    http://www.sparkfurnace.com/fabled-lands/fl-extras/

    Sebastian, I cannot guarantee anything but I know of people who ordered from Amazon and *already* have copies. So ignore that "won't ship immediately" stuff. Of course, if you live in Tierra del Fuego you may still have to wait a while. Anyway, good luck with those exams!

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  42. I posted a review... mostly of how Fabled Lands ruined a portion of my brother and my trip to Ireland back when we were teens. How did it ruin our trip? By being so good that we refused to go out of the house and enjoy the Irish country side. *Laughs* I was talking about the books with him a few months ago (when I found the pets had destroyed our old copies) and did a quick google search for Fabled Lands and learned that they were going to be reprinted. :) We've been looking forward to it ever since. I really hope the reprinting is a success!

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  43. Sorry for an off-topic question, but is there any chance of a revival of the Blood Sword gamebooks?

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  44. So Jamie, who's better to work with, Dave Morris or Mark Smith?

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  45. Anonymous person - that depends on who I am working with. When it's Dave, it's Dave, when it's Mark, it's Mark. :-). How diplomatic is that then!

    Though having said that, Dave is actually at least 500 years old and is a blood sucking vampire. So it is safer to work with Mark.

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  46. Just ordered n°1 to 4 !

    I'm also looking forward to a reprint of the old Golden Dragon series, just so it brings back childhood memories :)

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  47. I've ordered Books 1-4 and I'm already giddy and febrile with excitement as I await delivery; but I wondered: "In real terms, the 2nd edition FL books are actually about 20% cheaper than the original 1995 editions..." Dave, I remember you arguing that the Pan MacMillan editions had sunk into the wine-dark sea because they were underpriced, so what's the new business-model?

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  48. The new business model is that they are using print-on-demand and utilizing online sellers. In stores, there would have to be a 50% bulk discount rate, which would leave the series uncompleted indefinitely.

    Dave, I guess my copies aren't shipping yet, as an update said that I had to wait a week before they start shipping. I thought so, but you never know if any retailer has them in stock.

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  49. Lets hope that the fact they are running out of stock shows that sales are hot!

    I suggest everybody who is active on role playing / board gaming forums etc puts up a post and links to the new books, we could get a lot of new players that way.

    Dave - one thing I noticed is how confusing the 1st edition entries are on Amazon - I suppose there is no way you can request those older editions to be either removed or to have a lower profile than the new books?

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  50. I have another question. Could you tell me what grade reading level these are at? Next year I'm going to be opening a cafe and library in Japan and wonder how difficult it would be for high school level ESL students.

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  51. "Could you tell me what grade reading level these are at?"

    The English used is very simple for the most part. I think they would be great for learners.

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  52. " I suppose there is no way you can request those older editions to be either removed or to have a lower profile than the new books?"


    You cannot forbid them from selling any book unless a court orders them to. I believe they would welcome any information that could be used to differentiate between editions, though. That makes life easier for the customers and helps sales.

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  53. "Though having said that, Dave is actually at least 500 years old and is a blood sucking vampire."


    Oh yeah? Paul Mason called you a "Lovecraftian tentacled monster" here:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gamebooks/message/4508

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  54. I have discussed above the English level a little. I have suggested to mention, in non-English reviews, that most paragraphs are very short, so that's not an impediment for average-level non-native speakers of English.

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  55. Øystein Evensen5 December 2010 07:22

    I have the PDFs :(
    But I also have all the original versions, and the two American editions, AND all the new editions, plus I've given some as presents. Am I excused?

    On a side-note, I see that the sales rank on Amazon is about 17,000 on average on Amazon in the UK and 130,000 in the US. This is far better than FF on average. I know there are more of the FF-books, but you said earlier that you only had to sell a fraction as well as FF, so the prospects for a continuation of the series looks good....?

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  56. As far as I know, the pdfs are legal.

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  57. I have the PDFs (plus three of the originals), but it seems to me that the least I can do in return for free access is buy the reprints. Which I've done, all four so far. Looking forward to getting them, but the wife will probably make me wait until Xmas day to play with them!

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  58. "but the wife will probably make me wait until Xmas day to play with them"

    I slap my wife, she seldom bothers me anymore

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  59. I bought the 4 books. Once all 6 are out I'll buy 2-3 more sets and donate them to the libraries nearby.

    Ahh, can finally afford to do stuff like this now that I'm not a longer a starving student.

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  60. I ordered all 4 of my books for myself and I think I might order a couple more as gifts. My only concern is that as gifts I'd prefer to give book 1 and maybe even book 2 to go along with it, however per Amazon (US) the book 1 appears to be the only book out of stock and not able to arrive until after Christmas. For myself I don't care when I receive my book 1 as I already own all the originals. Though I will say, it will be nice to have these new books as cheaper play copies since my 6 originals are still unwritten in, and I plan on keeping them that way.

    Does anyone know if you can buy these books in stores like Barnes and Noble or is it online only? Worst case scenario, I'll buy book 2 as a gift and just suggest they pick up the first book when it is made available again.

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  61. They are online only, although for some reason, Branes and Noble pulled the first book from its listing, even though I ordered it. Books 2-4 have shipped out. I called the Barnes and Noble customer service line and they mentioned that there must be a problem with the publisher, even though the others were sent out. I hope Dave or Jamie could contact Barnes and Noble to rectify the situation, as I would like The War-Torn Kingdom to go along with the others. The old book is still listed, however.

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  62. Purchased the first four books, left a review for each with a very brief teaser. Here's hoping that you draw enough buyers in to reprint books 5 and 6, as well as to complete the series. Now to wait patiently until my copies arrive; the suspense is killing me :P

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  63. Purchased them too; unfortunately, amazon is so full of orders at the time that it will be impossible (at least without miracles) to get them before Christmas.

    Just to know: have you already received the first selling dates? I hope the books are selling well, and amazon rating makes me think FL is becoming popular again... :)

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  64. Mark: The Court of Hidden Faces and Lords of the Rising Sun are scheduled to ship in January, possibly February if need be.


    Kingfede: If you order from Barnes and Noble you will receive them before Christmas, as I received books 2-4 already. They seem to be having trouble with Book 1, though. It IS listed now so I will reorder the first book.

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  65. What are the changes between the old and new editions?

    I already have FL 1-6 but might consider a new set if there were enough changes!

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  66. ordered all 4 of the books. can't wait to get my copies!

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  67. Agagooga: Game-breaking errors such as incorrect paragraph references, missing and unused codewards changed AND they are 20% cheaper than the original copies sold for in 1995 or so.

    Plus, if 10,000 copies of each of 1-6 are sold, books 7-12 will be released. At the very least, please blog, text, tweet, Myspace, Facebook, etc as many people as possible and convince them that the Fabled Lands series is the epitome of gamebook excellence - besides Heart of Ice, of course.

    The misconception is that these books are similar to the Choose-Your-Own Adventure or Fighting Fantasy series, when in fact, they are nothing of the sort.

    Also post good reviews on EACH of the following websites for ALL of the books:

    http://www.amazon.com

    http://www.amazon.co.uk

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com

    Especially the latter, as there aren't ANY reviews on that website, which is where I have ordered them from. I am preoccupied at the moment but plan on having reviews up for all six by February or March.

    It is now our time to shine as we as a collective group bring forth the completion of the series. Do not forget that there is a series of iPad apps being developed by Megara entertainment, a role-playing game in the works from Greywood Publishing, comics and novels, as well as the return of other classic series!

    And Dave, I can't wait to see what is in store for the Robot Factory- the television program. It was rejected because the executives wanted magical, time-travelling robots? :-) :-) :-)

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  68. Good evening,
    Just to let you know that today late in the afternoon I bought through Amazon.uk the first four books, it seems that are the only available ones in this moment.

    Greetings from Sevilla, Spain.

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  69. Francisco, I am told the books will get distributed in Spain eventually, but I'm glad that you were able to get them from Amazon UK in the meantime.

    And everybody - I am hearing stories of people who have got their copies already, so here's hoping that you all get your orders in time for Christmas.

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  70. Just catching up today as I've been away all this week...

    First, Graham asked: "Dave, I remember you arguing that the Pan MacMillan editions had sunk into the wine-dark sea because they were underpriced, so what's the new business model?"

    In a nutshell, Fabled Lands LLP are the publisher so their cut is more than 20% of the cover price compared to the 8%-10% Jamie and I used to get as authors. Hopefully this will tip the balance.

    Campbell said: "I suggest everybody who is active on role playing / board gaming forums etc puts up a post and links to the new books, we could get a lot of new players that way."

    Yes indeed! Spot on.

    Guillermo said; "Paul Mason called [Jamie]a Lovecraftian tentacled monster..."

    A tentacled monster that feeds on beer rather than madness, luckily. Perhaps more of a Howardian tentacled monster, in fact - just like Barry Windsor-Smith's depiction of him:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_XbLgpv9SBYY/TBXQkaerKhI/AAAAAAAAEkE/Bs6GrHAzz0o/s1600/Dweller10.jpg

    Paltogue said: "I have the PDFs (plus three of the originals), but it seems to me that the least I can do in return for free access is buy the reprints."

    Bravo. The PDFs bring nothing to Fabled Lands LLP and so do nothing to ensure future books, but if they help to bring new players into the fold then they have done some good.

    Anon said: "I slap my wife, she seldom bothers me anymore."

    Dangerous talk even in jest, sir. I foresee a painful reckoning if she ever sees your blog comments.

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  71. Magnus Johansson12 December 2010 06:30

    Yes!
    Fabled Lands are being re-published.
    I only just learnt of this a week ago, but I have ordered the books. I can't wait to finally read #1-3.
    Hopefully there is enough interst so that #7-12 are also published. ...and Blood Sword...and The Way of the Tiger...

    Cheers from Sweden,
    Magnus

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  72. Hello.
    I was looking for a book on lost cities by Nigel Pennick and came across some random reference to Fabled Lands. So I checked it out.
    I am in my mid-thirties and I was a fanatical Lone wolf fan in my younger days. By the mid 1990's I had moved onto other grown up things.Well, you have converted me. Big time. I have book 1 and I am waiting for the next 3 to arrive.
    Do I try to kill the King, or go to his side and kill the General's brother? That;s where I am.
    Oh it's very good.
    So if you wanted to branch out into new fans and attract people who had never heard of FL before, you are doing it.
    Here one is!

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  74. Davide Ferreira17 December 2010 09:44

    Just got my 4 books :) well before christmas, hehe.

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  75. Jonathon, welcome aboard! LUB and Davide - enjoy your Christmas in the Fabled Lands!

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  76. Books arrived today! My Christmas has just become much happier! :)

    I've got a question/proposal: why don't you put a downloadable version of the adventure sheets on the blog? I'd be very useful, IMHO.

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  77. Can any1 give me further information about this? (Doesn't matter that christmas is "over" already :-) ) I just read that Fabled Lands isn't dead on some websites, but the only info i found out is that the first four books are getting sold again? what's with the other two books a lot of webpages and blogs are talking about?

    Might be a problem that I'm from Germany and I'm owning the first four books on German. Do you know if there's any chance to get the other ones (like 5 and 6, but also the LAST six ones if they ever get written) in German as well or is this impossible?

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  78. As said before, the Mantikoreverlag aims to rerelease Sagaland. The first book will be available in June 2011 and they are planning to do the whole series.
    It will be renamed "Die Legenden von Harkuna" and the first book will be called "Königreich des Krieges".

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  79. Wow firstly boy am I glad I found this site where I can at long last communicate with my favourite authors (so I hope you get this message!). I can honestly say that I think the Fabled Lands series was one of THE best things to come out of the 90s - pure genius Dave and Jamie. Thanks for writing them - they gave me months and months of pleasure all those years ago. I always wanted the series to be completed though as although you can do an awful lot in the first 6 books, there is equally a lot more that you can't do without 'the missing links' of books 7 to 12. I had virtually given up hope of ever seeing books 7 to 12, but now I have renewed hope. Please, please release books 7 to 12! I know it needs to be profitable as you guys aren't a charity, but I would personally pay a small fortune to you both if I were able buy them. You can't put a price on something as unique and brilliant as the Fabled Lands! Anyway I think I've made it clear now that I'm a fan. I'll do my bit now and add a 5 star review to amazon.

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  80. German Amazon lists all 4 books as "in stock". I was just browsing through my old RPG shelf when I found the old versions 1 to 4, 5 and 6 have never been translated into german. I'm more than happy to know that the english reprints are also available in Germany, saves time and transportation fee.
    Those Fabled Land Books got me into the whole RPG stuff in the first place so i'm very excited about book 4 and 5, and hopefully one lucky day we'll all have the complete series of 12 at home! Thank you

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  81. Excellent, brought the first four. FYI heard about this re issue through rpg.net,

    Cheers guys

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  82. Just to let you know that I've posted up a review of Fabled Lands - The War-Torn Kingdom on my blog: http://trollishdelver.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-fabled-lands-war-torn-kingdom.html

    5 Stars :)

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  83. Hey Scott, thanks! Getting reviews out there is by far the best way to spread the word. We've had some great reviews on Amazon, but of course by the time people get to Amazon they already know about the books. So it's reviews on blogs that help most of all.

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  84. AAAAAH! I was so incredibly excited when I saw this. I owned 4-6 when I was young and would play them for hours and hours, I adored them! Unfortunately I never owned 1-3 and it never occured to me until recently to look about online for them, I'd been playing the FLapp and it got me back into it. Now seeing that I can buy 1-3 makes me incredibly happy, and ontop of that to see that there is even a chance of you guys doing 7-12 makes me squee. I wanted to give you guys a big thank you for even considering coming back to this series, and for writing it in the first place! I know you've kept a lot of people over the years entertained and inspired with one of the most unique series ever.
    I think i'll recommend them to EVERYONE I know that would even remotely listen to me, as well as posting them on forums and so on.
    Now that I'm done sucking up and having my favourite-gamebook-authors-fangirl moment, I wonder if you'd perhaps be able to post up a downloadable and printable copy of the adventure/character sheet? I seem to remember mine got pretty wrecked after three or so playthroughs no matter how good my erasers were.

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  85. Okay, I've downloaded the single Adventure sheet and the 4 maps however there is no second sheet for the codewords and ship's manifest. Any idea where we can get that one or if one is even available?

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  86. So a couple of years later, did the series sell the 10k copies needed for part 7-12? Did they even sell enough for 5 and 6 to be reprinted?
    This is my favorite gamebook series too, and I am so curious what could have been for the later half of the series to be written with open world gaming beeing more popular then ever (thanks to The elder Scrolls series and general MMO popularity).
    To anyone reading this I can also recommend the Destiny Quest book, which will have a followup coming out later this year: its excellent too, although it lacks the exploration feeling of Fabled Lands.

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  87. Seconding the above post - were enough books sold to justify further editions? Are you planning to write the other six, even in online format? It's excruciating to work through the books to level 16 (no, really) and have no challenge left in the game; nowhere to turn to when the Furies descend. Please let us know; we'd adore continuation, even as a side project. We're dying for more.

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    1. I didn't even realize it was possible to get to 16th rank!

      The print books alone aren't selling enough to justify continuing the series. We did have high hopes that a series of apps would tip the scales, but the new app series we announced in 2011 (and expected to appear in mid-2012) never happened.

      We haven't given up, but we need to find a way to make FL pay for itself. Maybe there just aren't enough gamebook fans out there, but my gut feeling is that apps and/or videogames could be the series' salvation.

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  88. Just ordering the whole set from Amazon. Fabled Lands had an extraordinary impact on my childhood. I used to walk home from school trying to imagine what a Fabled Lands video game might be like. But most of all I just hope that the reissues find enough support that you can finally continue the series! I'll make a post about it on facebook thankyou thankyou thankyou for the affordable reissues.

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    1. I'd love to see a Fabled Lands videogame too!

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  89. Are we over 50% on our way to book 7 with the sales?

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