When I was still in secondary school, this series of gamebooks was popular – tough to get hold of one but tougher to let go. I recall once I managed to get a copy from my friend and for a whole one week, I “locked” myself going through the various scenarios in the book. It was an exciting moment when I fantasized about myself as the Kai Grand Master and fighting the enemies with my sword and magical spells.
With the advent of the PC computer games, gamebooks lost their glitter when we can interact more fluidly on the computer than on the books. Of course, less imagination was required but it was easier to “see” the enemies on the screen than trying to imagine one. The closest that I came to the Lone Wolf series was the Diablo 2 PC game and it had me hooked on hours and hours of role-playing.
That brings me to Project Aon which I discovered “accidentally” when I was “researching” on the Lone Wolf book that I am currently “playing”.
The entire Lone Wolf series (well almost entire) has been digitalised by the hard work of die-hard Lone Wolf fans and is made available for free by Joe Dever. And the best part of this is the book is downloadable as HTML files and instead of turning the pages to the next action, I now click on the hyperlink and it brings me to the next HTML page.
All illustrations have been carefully re-created in the HTML pages so that none of the glitters of the series is compromised. The download file is small – it comes in zipped or tarball format or is viewable on-screen (for those who have the internet to spare).
Re-living the good old “gaming” days!