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The Dungeon of Abkadev

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Deep within a mountain dungeon of this or some other realm lies a tome so powerful that few who have gazed upon it have lived to tell the tale. A dungeon created by an eldritch mind so devious, it is unknown even to you: the erudite apprentice of an equally eldritch mind.

In this solo adventure gamebook, you take on the role of the wizard M'Nop's capable apprentice. Your task is to infiltrate the maze-like dungeon of the mad wizard Abkadev. Face cannibal guards, fungi of every deadly description and more as you work your way to the heart of the dungeon and the Tome of Vyzx!

This is my first "One Hour Dungeon" - a series of short 100-passage gamebooks that feature the plot of a winner of the One Page Dungeon Contest remixed in gamebook form with an adaptation of a classic gamebook rule system.

The Dungeon of Abkadev is based on a 2016 OPD grand prize winner of the same name. It's an old-school dungeon crawl, so of course the Fighting Fantasy rule system was chosen! In particular, DoA uses a close adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy rules found in the Citadel of Chaos by Steve Jackson.

The original map by Maezar was closely adhered to, although it isn't exactly the same. Of course, some details were fleshed out, and a couple rooms just couldn't fit into the 100 passages. Though the writer was not so cruel as to stock the dungeons with the instant-death passages early gamebooks were rife with, there is an emphasis on particularly nasty death scenes, however. All totally avoidable providing you're smart, prepared, or lucky!

This gamebook has everything you need to play a classic gamebook dungeon crawl except a pencil, paper, two six-sided dice, and your imagination!

Here are some details:

  • 40 pages, 15000 words
  • roughly 10mb file size, 90dpi
  • printable 8.5 x 11 inch PDF
  • download for free or pay what you think it's worth

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Kim H June 27, 2018 3:54 pm UTC

In section 95 you fight a giant roach and when you defeat it you get seven gold and turn to section 66. In section 66 you also roll for gold for the pile of gold treasure. I assume the 7 gold in the previous section is wrongfully plaaced there, isn't it?
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Lancelot S June 27, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Hi Kim! I say keep the 7 gold pieces in addition to the amount rolled in section 66. I'm not sure what my reasoning was at the time, but IIRC the 7 gold was on/in the creature's body (video game logic) while the rest was in a pile. Changing or clarifying that part is a great suggestion, though. Thank you!
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Kim H May 21, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
How can can I get the A4 version of the PDF?
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Lancelot S May 22, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
I recall when i started the layout there was some issue with producing both versions. It's definitely something I'll consider returning to in the future, though. Thanks for the input.
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Kim H June 13, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Thank you for considering. How are you progressing with the next installment?
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Lancelot S June 17, 2018 8:33 pm UTC
Thanks for asking! I haven't planned on doing a sequel, I included it as part of the reference to the map I used (which had it's own fictional unplanned sequel).

I am working on another gamebook, however. No ETA as of yet, but I'm shooting for this fall (2018).
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Kurt R September 14, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Hello, I tried to open this with Foxit Reader and Phantom PDF and they both crash when going to page 3.
It does work in Acrobat, though.
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Lancelot S September 15, 2016 6:54 pm UTC
Thanks for downloading! I downloaded Foxit Reader, but didn't see that behavior using Mac OSX 10.11. I didn't try Phantom, but am I right in thinking they use the same PDF renderer?

Since you mentioned it happens on page 3, my guess is that it has something to do with the digital text boxes. I really added those as an afterthought, so I would be happy to upload a PDF version without them if it helps you. As a side note, I also added some links to web pages on page 2 and 39, IIRC. Have you had any problems with those in Foxit? If so, I'll remove those also.

Thanks again, I hope you like the gamebook!
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Kurt R September 18, 2016 2:50 am UTC
Pieter, I would appreciate the version without the form fields, I have not have any issues with pages 2 or 39.
Thank you, can't wait to dig into it.
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Kurt R September 19, 2016 4:54 am UTC
The new version works great!!
Thank you so much.
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Lancelot S September 20, 2016 12:56 am UTC
I'm very glad to hear the new version works well for you!
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Kurt R September 21, 2016 2:08 am UTC
On page 3, there's the word "ony" but I think it's supposed to be "only"
Second paragrapgh.
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