Being a gamebook fan, I'm very curious about this. How did Andy and Ralph divide the writing? Was the whole thing joint, did you take sections each, or was it planned jointly and written by Ralph? There's a distinctly different approach to the structure of the pathways before and after page 24.
We brainstormed the story/plot and pathways together. It's on paper somewhere. I then had some health issues so was out of it with meds side effects when we then met up to work on the book thereafter so I have no memory of who did what then. Andu then wrote a breakdown draft which I used to write the prose on the finished pages. Both stages were quite challenging. The pages were sent out for playtesting. My admiration for writers on these types of books has went up. They are not as easy to do as they look.
Andu had contact with the interior artist. I have never met him on or offline!
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2019 21:07:37 GMT by The Doctor
Ah, that's interesting. I thought the prose had a fairly uniform style throughout so it felt like you'd written the last draft, with that steadily rising tone in the melodrama of the voice making it nicely tongue in cheek. Very fitting. I can see you were being ambitious with the path branching in the first two segments (to p9 then p24) and then went quite linear with branches off for deaths to make the core adventure quite tough. There were some good twists on the route you'd expect players to take late on based on decisions that went the opposite way earlier. It's great. Stylistically fits right in with Dave Morris' books.