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The Sword of the Bastard Elf - Travel Edition

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Kicked out of home at the cruelly young age of 60, you're left to fend for yourself in the wilds surrounding Bilgeton. You are the Bastard Elf: embark on an epic quest in search of your human father and his fabled couch upon which you might crash, or blow that off as soon as something better comes along. Can you survive in this strange and vicious fantasy realm?

The Sword of the Bastard Elf is an epic single player gamebook adventure of ludicrous size and scope - more than 300,000 words long, split into 1825 sections, it offers an obscene number of ways to play and a huge amount of replayability. All this comes with a cost - the printed book is absolutely huge and incredibly heavy, certainly not something you'd want to lug around with you all day.

Enter The Sword of the Bastard Elf - Travel Edtion. While still obscenely long at 816 pages, it's been re-formated to a more sane size which could conceivably fit in your luggage or go on your lap in the train. It's been painstakingly redesigned to fit in the half-letter size format (8.5*5.5") without sacrificing many of the things that made the original special : all the gameplay and words are still here, along with nearly all the illustrations, but much of the white space has been stripped out and the fluff has been excised to make room. But as long as you weren't planning to dungeon master the RPG on the train it won't make a lot of difference to you. Also it's a bit cheaper.

You can get a couple of things to help you in playing this book : a deck of item cards (regular cards or a print & play/digital reference version) or a special pre-printed card book with a lot more information about the items you'll pick up and the world you're stumbling around in when you play this game.  A bit later on there'll be a Bestiary with even more info, hints and tips and useless jokes. But you don't need any of that stuff to jump in - all you need is a couple of dice and your two rock-hard fists!

Warning: This is not for little kids! While there's nothing overtly sexual or extremely horrible going on here there are some very weird characters, something called a phalloknight, lots of codpieces, an unpleasant dragon and some violent situations which could put anything younger than a teenager off gamebooks forever. Also they won't get the really good jokes.


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This title was added to our catalog on September 11, 2018.