2012
12.20

…A Quest for the Grail!

GrailQuestLogoIt’s an absolute privilege for us to have landed the license for one of the most beloved gamebook series from the 1980s,  Grail Quest by Herbie Brennan! As we hinted at the other day with our Sagas of the Demonspawn announcement, Grail Quest is the second of two of Herbie Brennan’s gamebook series that we will be adapting for digital platforms. If you’ve not heard of Grail Quest before, you take on the role of Pip, an apprentice to Merlin the wizard during the times of King Arthur in the Realm of Avalon. Whilst sharing lots of similiarities with other gamebooks of this era, the Grail Quest series is known for it’s (very British) sense of humour and the fact that Herbie liked to experiment with new gamebook mechanics – anyone remember Dreamtime? We love all of those things so we’ll be keeping the Grail Quest experience as authentic as possible, whilst also bringing the gamebooks up to date on digital devices with our added Tin Man spice!

The first book, Grail Quest: Castle of Darkness, should make an appearance around the middle of 2013. In the meantime, if you want to find out more about the series check out Demian’s Gamebook Web page.

As a treat for Grail Quest fans we asked Herbie to write an entry for the blog about his memories of the series and his hopes for the digital versions. Here’s his response. Enjoy! :D

I have been asked by the gentlefolk at Tin Man to write down my recollections of the GrailQuest.

There was a Vampire Carrot.

There was a Poetic Fiend.

There was a Phantom Grunweasel (dum-da-dum-dum.)

Beyond that, it’s a bit hazy. This is like the GrailQuesters who email asking me the answer to the puzzle in Section 76. How would I know? (It’s been more than 30 years, Man.)

So what can I tell you?

In Italy, they translated  Phantom Grunweasel(dum-da-dum-dum) as Ghost Grunweasel (dum-da-dum-dum) which doesn’t have the same ring at all.

In Japan the publishers asked for my home address so they could send me a present. Then the bottom fell out of the gamebook market and they didn’t.

I’ve never forgiven them.

But that’s enough insider information. The important thing is… the GrailQuest is going digital!

I’ve wanted this for years. The Phantom Grunweasel (dum-da-dum-dum) has wanted this for years. The Poetic Fiend has written a celebratory haiku:

Winter sunshine

GrailQuest comes

In electronic glory

The Tin Man rejoices

As does Herbie

Please don’t write in to point out this is not a proper haiku. It’s the Poetic Fiend we’re talking about.

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.

We have another treat in store when we open Door 11 tomorrow of Twelve Days of Gamebooks!

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  1. :O

    This is awesome.

  2. Having lived in the colonies all my life, I’m not familiar with Grail Quest.

    Still…”Dreamtime”? Color me intrigued!

  3. The 12 year old me is SO excited about this!

  4. Never heard of this, but I love stories that revolve around the Arthurian legends, so count me in. Besides, the sense of humor seems right up my alley.

  5. Applecart is very excited, just keep me away from those carrots…

  6. WOW, lots of good stuff coming in gamebookland

  7. Found Deathtrap Dungeon in a charity shop this week and started me reminiscing about GrailQuest. Actually, all I could remember was the hero’s name – Pip – then I did a search and all these memories came flooding back…. E.J., Merlin, the Poetic Fiend, section 14!!! I think GrailQuest was directly responsible for the 12-year old me seeking out things like Terry Pratchett and and Douglas Adams, so massive thanks to Herbie Brennan and I can’t wait to see the digital version :)