NEW black & white edition now available

A more affordable, black & white edition of Volume One is now available to purchase. This softcover book features exactly the same content as the full-colour version, and is also the same 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback size. You can see from the images above (taken outside in the garden) that all of the colour maps and illustrations have been suitably adjusted to match the specific requirements of mono printing – I’m happy with how they present here, and know that this cheaper version of the book will please many who wish to play the adventure with a printed copy.

Beyond the Morning Mountains gamebook Kickstarter campaign launched!

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Your opportunity to grab an EXCLUSIVE pdf version of Volume One of Beyond the Morning Mountains is now finally here. This first volume in your long and arduous adventure across Quahnarren has just been launched as a Kickstarter-exclusive pdf featuring special BONUS TOKENS that will enhance your playing experience – and ONLY ever be available during this campaign.
If you have ever desired to individually shape, contribute to, or personally feature in a gamebook, NOW is the time to get involved and support this project. Reward opportunities will allow you to provide feedback of your journey in return for a RARE ITEM to be used within further adventures; or to name and/or have a character created in your likeness (strictly limited availability) in Volume Two of Beyond the Morning Mountains.
Head over to the project page at Kickstarter to pledge your support and join the adventure!

Volume One of ‘Beyond the Morning Mountains’ turns to 400

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An important milestone has just been reached: the layout of Volume One has now been completed, and with the guidance of the gamebook gods to help it finally emerge in finished form, the overall page count has arrived at that most significant of all numbers – 400!
Four illustrations still remain to be completed, and the links are not yet set, but the progress made recently means that it’s now in the home straight and rapidly reaching the finish line. The layout process has been quite lengthy, as I’ve reread the book again and updated a few written sections that didn’t exactly capture the moment that I had envisaged, and I’ve subsequently then picked up a few minor errors, various typos and general inconsistencies that had frustratingly avoided detection until now.
I’ve also finalised the bonus tokens that will only be available within the Kickstarter-exclusive Special Edition pdf – the campaign for which will begin sometime soon. Details of the exact starting date will follow in the next update.

December update and art preview

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As 2015 comes to a close, progress continues on Volume One of Beyond the Morning Mountains and its upcoming release is within sight! All writing is complete, the time-consuming editing and checking process is now done, and plenty of new illustrations have been finished.
After much thought I’ve decided to initially offer a special (and exclusive) pdf edition of the book via Kickstarter in early 2016. This campaign will allow me to reach out to a broader audience to review and help shape the final product, ensuring that the eventual printed version is without any obvious or detrimental faults. The inexpensive special edition will hopefully develop a supportive community of backers who are willing to assist me, as a lone creator, in making a high quality product that will provide many hours of enjoyable gamebook adventuring.
Above you can see a partial preview of a few new illustrations. The total of images to feature in Volume One has continued to rise throughout the development period as I balance the overall book and provide the level of visual content that I believe the project demands. As of now, the book will feature a total of 45 full-page illustrations – a significant increase over my initial aim of just 25.
There will be further updates in the new year as the Kickstarter campaign draws near and the layout of the book is finalised. Not too long to wait now for all aspiring Quahnarren adventurers!

Volume One of Beyond the Morning Mountains written!

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My first Tales of Quahnarren gamebook has now been written. Volume One of Beyond the Morning Mountains consists of 1000 sections and over 145,000 words, growing from what was originally planned as a ‘large’ project to an absolute behemoth – and it’s only half of the full adventure!
From the initial conception for a gamebook series, I was always prepared to simply write what I wanted, without technical or creative constraints hampering my ideas or plot lines. Volume One has steadfastly refused to be hobbled or simplified, repeatedly increasing in scope and detail as the writing process continued to evolve naturally. I’m really pleased with the construction of the finished text, as the opportunities for exploring this ancient land of Quahnarren are plentiful, engaging and often brutally dangerous.
Now I just have to complete the proofreading, editing and play testing; illustrate the remaining colour images; renumber all the sections; finish setting the page layout; create the hyperlinks for the pdf version; and check, check, check again. So, only a few more tasks before completion …