Jonathan Green is a veteran author of both Steampunk and adventure gamebooks. Last year, he combined these two loves of his into the marvellously presented Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland funded through Kickstarter and published by Snow Books. This year, Green turns his attention to Oz in an adventure gamebook where you take on the role of Dorothy Gale as she returns to Oz. Here’s the plot synopsis:
THE WICKED WIZARD OF OZ is set after the events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy finds herself transported back to the marvellous Land of Oz and hunted by the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys. But how can the Witch be back? And why has Dorothy been brought back to Oz? There’s only one way to find out.
Joined by her friends – the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion – Dorothy sets off for the Emerald City. Surrounded by enemies on all sides, will you uncover the secrets of THE WICKED WIZARD OF OZ?
The Kickstarter project is (at the time of writing) over two-thirds funded with 18 days to go. Based on the success of the author’s previous Kickstarters, I’m sure that this one will be another sure-fire hit. The project delivery date for The Wicked Wizard of Oz is estimated to be May 2017.
One really nice element that Green has introduced in these last two gamebooks is the manner in which the games are played. Depending on preference, the reader can use dice, a deck of playing cards or simply read through the text without using cards or dice. This really appeals. I was a fan of gamebooks back in the 1980s … heck, I still am! and there were a number of times I played through books while sat in the back of the car … or on a bus and dice became a bit of a hindrance. Playing a game meant for dice without them felt like cheating, so having a legitimate rule mechanism in place for that style of play is brilliant for the easily-guilted among us!
If you are a fan of the world of Oz and Lewis Carroll’s adventures there – or of Steampunk – or gamebooks – or adventures in general I would highly recommend giving this one a look-see. I bought Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland for my wife last year and it was her first gamebook. She jumped on board The Wicked Wizard of Oz as soon as she saw it.
Head on over, check it out, pledge and we’ll see you in Oz.
Source: Press Release / Kickstarter
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