At GenCon last year I picked up a book called DUNGEON CRAWLERS 1ST LEVEL by Edward J. Russell. Written in the classic Choose Your Own Adventure-style, you are given choices throughout as to what you want to do. Dubbing his version a Pick Your Path book, I found it a fun homage to the classics, reminiscent of the Dungeon and Dragon’s Endless Quest books.
In this one, you’re a new graduate from adventuring school, looking for a job. Rather than specialize in a single profession, you chose to multi-class, taking skill with the sword as well as the ability to cast a few limited spells. You take a job to find a lost girl pitting you against brigands, traps and kobolds along the way. Making a wrong decision can lead to failure or even death, but all are fun regardless.
The artwork throughout isn’t the same quality of the books it emulates, but I enjoyed their inclusion none-the-less. If you’re looking to relive the fun of the adventure game books of old, this one is well worth a buy. He’s since written a sequel, DUNGEON CRAWLERS 2ND LEVEL, which I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet.
Article by Matt Cowan
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It’s funny. The word “kobold” brings me back to my D+D days like no other word can. Anyway, I took a peek online and saw that his Level 2 just came out last month (as you know) but it was a few years between volumes.
He’s written a few novels that he also had for sale at the Con, but I didn’t end up buying them.