Quest foot for­ward

D&D re­vives its End­less Quest ‘choose your own ad­ven­ture’ books, and brings some kick-ass art to the party

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In the 1980s, the End­less Quest se­ries of ‘choose your own ad­ven­ture’ books of­fered young­sters a muchloved step­ping stone into the Dun­geons & Dragons uni­verse – plus they were a handy fall­back if you couldn’t get a game group to­gether.

Now they’re back, with Septem­ber see­ing the re­lease of four new books, each with 24 po­ten­tial end­ings, writ­ten by vet­eran board game and RPG de­signer Matt For­beck, and pub­lished by Stu­dio Press.

The in­ter­ac­tive ad­ven­tures put you in the shoes of four of the most pop­u­lar char­ac­ter classes in D&D (the fighter, the rogue, the wizard and the cleric) and are aimed at ages eight to 12. How­ever, older gam­ing fans may also be tempted by both the lure of nos­tal­gia and the in­clu­sion of high-class art­work, cre­ated by some well-known artists.

And that’s no co­in­ci­dence. As D&D’s lead de­signer Jeremy Craw­ford told Adobe Cre­ate last year: “Art for our books is vi­tal. Art is the read­ers’ first win­dow into the world we’re invit­ing them to ex­plore. We’re able to con­vey that in­vi­ta­tion to a world of fan­tasy in a split sec­ond.”

Artists con­tribut­ing to the new hard­back books in­clude Aleksi Bri­clot, Craig J Spear­ing, Cyn­thia Shep­pard, Kieran Yan­ner and Scott M Fis­cher. And with in­ter­est in real-world gam­ing on the rise, as our Games Work­shop stu­dio pro­file on page 38 at­tests, we ex­pect these first four ti­tles to be just the start of things to come. Find out more about the books by vis­it­ing

In the End­less Quest books, you don’t just read a tale: you be­come the hero.

In To Catch a Thief, you must find the baby grif­fon stolen by Xanathar, leader of the Thieves’ Guild.

Into the Jun­gle sees you on a quest to find leg­endary ad­ven­turer Ar­tus Cim­ber be­fore the frost gi­ants do.

Big Trou­ble’s sto­ry­line has you hunt­ing for your miss­ing lit­tle brother, helped by a wizard who lives in a fly­ing tower.

The new ranges of book re­vives the End­less Quest se­ries, which was first re­leased in the 1980s.

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