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Fun, Interactive Reading ExperienceApril 8 2015
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Long before online POV role playing we had Dungeons & Dragons tabletop gaming and Find Your Fate books ! The idea is simple but brilliant. Basically, you read a story about a character that is you. As the story progresses, you are asked to make decisions, some as simple as which direction to go and others as perilous as who to engage in combat. Based on your decision, you are told to flip forward to a designated page to continue reading. As a kid I loved the idea that I controlled my characters actions and every time I read the book I could make the story different. There are a few dead end choices (i.e. your character is killed) but most of the time you have an opportunity to correct your mistakes although it takes you on a longer and usually more dangerous path. The fun part is there is no one correct path but several possibilities to succeed as well as fail. Now the best part, although Find Your Fate books came in a variety of licenses (Indiana Jones for one) and generic adventure environments (jungles, space, undersea) this one is part of a series based in the GI Joe universe !! What boy growing up in the eighties didn't want to be a Joe ? To literally "Live the adventure !" In each volume you are a new Joe with your own unique codename. So rather than being Duke or Snake Eyes, you get to be yourself as a Joe agent and work alongside and against your favorite characters. Face off against Destro, Major Bludd, The Baroness and even Cobra Commander himself. One book in the series even includes Serpentor ! Even in my adult years I find these books to be entertaining and not nearly as predictable as you would suspect. Used or new, it's worth it for the content. I even made my own adventure using dio pictures of my Joes and a custom made Joe (to represent my character) with a new story using the books as a template. Great nostalgic fun !!