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CYOAs as Early Hypertext

Greg Yardley [PersonRank 1]

Wednesday, March 9, 2005
15 years ago

As someone who spent *way* too much time with both the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books as a kid, I feel compelled to point out that Jackson and Livingstone wrote much of the Fighting Fantasy series – not the CYOA series.

Of course, the Lone Wolf series of adventure books were more exciting than both of the above series combined – and thanks to the incredible generosity of the author, Joe Dever, they're now available for free download at <a href=" projectaon.org\">Project Aon</a> – projectaon.org/.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Actually, CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventures) has become a generic term to describe this branch of IF (Interactive Fiction). I was referring to the generic term. By the way, I read the Jackson/ Livingstone books in German, so I'm not familiar with any of the two specific "brands" "Choose Your Own Adventure" or "Fighting Fantasy".

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

... I updated the post to make things perfectly clear.

Greg Yardley [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

Oops, too pedantic. Bad tendency of mine. :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Actually, I've been into something of a heated trademark discussion on this before. Basically I chose "Create your own adventure" as slogan for QML, and someone said this could bring a lawsuit onto me. Google Groups reveals the details from 2002 groups-beta.google.com/group/c ...

Juan [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Many consider Rayuela, the novel by Julio Cortázar, an early form of hypertext. Published in 1963

When did CYOA appeared?

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