2012
12.08

…Four demons spawning!

During the 1980s there were a number of interactive fiction authors that rolled off the tongue of gamebook and CYOA fans everywhere, such as Livingstone, Jackson, Packard, Montgomery and Dever. Another author who joins that list is the amazing J.H. Brennan, or Herbie Brennan as he is better known. We are extremely excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Herbie in 2013 on bringing his epic four-book series, Sagas of the Demonspawn, to digital platforms!

Fire*Wolf, exiled from his Barbarian village, has inherited both his unkown father’s name, Lord Xandine, but also – unwillingly – his role as a sorceror. He must also face his father’s enemies. He will need all his skill, and his father’s spells, if he is to survive and successfully combat the most dreaded foes on earth: the Demonspawn!

Standing in the ruins of Belgardium, Fire*Wolf knows that his most dangerous adventure is only just starting. Only you can decide whether he will be triumphant or perish.

Sagas of the Demonspawn was notable at the time mainly for introducing a couple of new things to the gamebook format. Firstly the character creation system is a lot more complex, more akin to table-top RPGs with multiple stats and a more complex combat system – even spells. Secondly the book is written in a third person past tense, which is very different to other gamebooks – “a participation novel” as Herbie writes in the preface to the first book, Fire*Wolf. Incidently the asterisk in the middle of Fire*Wolf’s name represents a Barbarian guttural that has no English equivalent!

Another feature of Demonspawn is the ability to carry over stats from one book to the next. How we handle this within the apps as well as the other mechanics of the series is still yet to be decided – the ink is still drying on the contracts! We’ve got our gamebook probability expert, Andrew Drage, currently analysing the gamebook structure and we’ll no doubt let you know our plans for the series later in 2013. Herbie is very excited to be working with us and see the return of his classic series!

We know gamebook fans will be stroking their chins and wondering about a certain ‘other’ famous Herbie Brennan series from the 80s as well. All we can say is keep following the Twelve Days of Gamebooks and we’ll have some more reveals in the days to come!

To find out more about Sagas of the Demonspawn check out the entry on Demian’s Gamebook Web Page!

If you want to find out more about Herbie Brennan and check out many of his other books, then he has his own site herbiebrennan.com.

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  1. All I can remember from the Demonspawn series (which I still own somewhere) was the fact I COULDN’T WAIT TO PLAY IT AFTER THE GRAILQUEST SERIES, but unfortunately the very lengthy and impractical combat system made it pretty much unplayable. Hope this will be addressed in the digi version.

  2. We’ll definitely be looking at modifying the combat system – the first two books are really, really hard! We’ll try and keep the core mechanics as similar as possible while speeding up the gameplay.

  3. Wow, I always had a very special place in my heart for the demonspawn series. They have a different feel from most other 80′s gamebooks and it was the first serie I played in which you carried over your character to the next book. It would have been the best news of the day by far if you hadn’t hinted at the other serie that shall not be named now, and is my favourite gamebook series ever. TinMan, you just never stop amazing me.

  4. I never played this one but I loved Grailquest. Herbie is a very funny writer. Will definitely buy it when its out.

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