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SAMPLE REALITY · A History of Choose Your Own Adventure Visualizations
"Every six months or so it seems as if the entire Internet discovers for the first time that people are making data visualizations of the Choose Your Own Adventure books that were popular in the early eighties. Computer scientist Christian Swinehart’s stunning visualizations are only the most recent to capture the imagination of scores of old fans, academics, and data fanatics.

Here then is a brief history of these CYOA maps:"
cyoa  chooseyourownadventure  visualization  maps  mapping  interactive  fiction  if  interactivefiction 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Daring Fireball Linked List: Fighting Fantasy Game Books
"Of all the various Choose Your Own Adventure-type books, the Fighting Fantasy series, created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, was by far and away my favorite. I read/played them all, obsessively. They felt more like games than any of the others (and included a simple D&D-esque dice-based combat system), but were also much better written, better typeset, and better illustrated. Rather than going by pages, they went by numbered entries, generally with more than one entry per page. Most of the books had exactly 400 entries, so the gameplay was vastly more complex than any of the regular CYOB-style books. I’d love to see info-graphic diagrams of their decision trees a la the work by Christian Swinehart I linked to yesterday."

[more: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2009/11/13/fighting-fantasy-flowcharts ]
games  gaming  cyoa  chooseyourownadventure  johngruber  reading  children  text  fightingfantasy  writing  books  interactive  fiction  if  interactivefiction 
november 2009 by robertogreco
cyoa [Choose Your Own Adventure visualizations]
"To get a sense for the distribution of pages within the actual cyoa books, I’ve prepared a dataset of 12 books. They earliest date from 1979 and at the later edge are a handful from 1986. They are laid out chronologically (or according to series order for books released in the same year) with the oldest at the top left and more recent books below. Each book has been arranged into rows of ten pages apiece."
visualization  books  cyoa  chooseyourownadventure  infographics  reading  design  games  play  gaming  interactive  fiction  if  interactivefiction 
november 2009 by robertogreco

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