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Dragonsword of Lankhmar


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Dragonsword of Lankhmar (box front)
(box front)
Dragonsword of Lankhmar (book one cover)
(book one cover)
Dragonsword of Lankhmar (book two cover)
(book two cover)
Series:1 on 1 Adventure Gamebooks #5
Alternate Titles:You Are Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (book one title)
You Are Thieves' Guild Assassins (book two title)
Translated Into:Voleurs et assassins (French)
Author:James M. Ward
Illustrators:Keith Parkinson (covers)
Mark Nelson (interior)
Release Date:February, 1986
ISBN:
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0394552407 / 9780394552408
Length:158 pages per book
Summary:Fritz Leiber's famous thieves are after a fabled treasure, but their quest is hindered by the efforts of a series of greedy assassins.
Demian's Thoughts:
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This is an interesting change of pace. For one thing, the writing has a lot more flavor than I expected from its usually very minimalist author. More importantly, the gameplay feels different. While earlier books have set two relatively evenly-matched teams with similar goals against one another, this one instead gives one player control of heroes on a quest while forcing the other player to try to guess the location of the heroes in order to block their path with villainous foes. Whenever one set of bad guys is defeated, another one takes their place, and whenever the villains fail to locate the heroes, bad things tend to happen to them. This is actually entertainingly cartoony in feel. Had I played this in person rather than by e-mail, I would certainly have yelled "curses, foiled again!" on several locations. Yes, I admit that I am a ham. Anyway, while I didn't find the gameplay quite as engaging as that of Battle for the Ancient Robot, I did enjoy this set quite a bit.
SilentGunman's Thoughts:
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Of all the gamebooks in the One on One series, I think this one is the best. I agree with Demian in that the writing seems to be more fleshed out and sharper. Maybe it's because Fafhrd and Gray Mouser are established characters. By using characters we already know, it takes pressure off the writer. Here, he just writes the story, instead of creating the entire gamebook from scratch. It seems to be a good method, because Dragonsword of Lankhmar is far better than the first 4 in this series!
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