Dicing with Dinosaurs

This entry is part 12 of 42 in San Check

The Green Futures of Tycho William Sleator

I often judged a book by its cover when I was younger. I would not have traveled in time with Tycho, if I had not been intrigued by the painted scene on this book.

Of course, after enjoying the book, I just looked for the author’s name. I then joined Barney in the race for the Interstellar Pig, got lost in the House of Stairs and spent a lot of time in the shed with Harry in Singularity.

That’s an odd thing, to say I was there when I followed the protagonist of a book. When reading, we are not part of the story at all. Tycho is going to create multiple futures without us and Barney is going to discover the true nature of the Piggy regardless of our help. They don’t need us. Their path is set.

Having exhausted all of William Sleator’s books at the library, I turned my attention to the revolving book rack between the proper bookshelves where one of the paperback covers caught my attention. It sounds completely cheesy now, but right at the top it proclaimed, “A Fighting Fantasy Gamebook in which YOU are the hero!

I walked home underneath the summer sun with all of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks they had.

Delve - San Check - TOC
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  1. You know, for kids!
  2. Digger, Please!
  3. Semantic Railroads
  4. Mapping Progress
  5. Honeymoon Adventure
  6. No One Games in a Vacuum
  7. House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!
  8. WotC’s Poisoned Apple
  9. Oh Shit Run – An Outside Perspective
  10. Greyhawk Campaigns
  11. Nostalgia Vomit
  12. Dicing with Dinosaurs
  13. The Eye of the Dragon
  14. What Did You Do Over the Summer?
  15. It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!
  16. Emergent Death or Why Losing Is Fun!
  17. How to Train Your Delvers (More WotC Snark)
  18. WotC’s Babel Fish
  19. More Nostalgia Vomit
  20. Fantasy Fighting
  21. Fighting Fantasy
  22. The Delvers 1985
  23. From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters
  24. The Daedalus Complex
  25. There Is No Cow Level
  26. Double-decker Bologna Sandwich!
  27. It is Not a Secret Door if You Tell Me
  28. All Apologies
  29. Be the First to Solve the Mystery and Claim the Dungeon Treasure!
  30. Dungeon Treasure & Hidden Treasure
  31. You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination
  32. The Answer to the Mystery at The Delvers
  33. The First Keeper
  34. Sandbox Apophenia
  35. Nearly Enough Dice – Interview
  36. The State of The Delvers
  37. Vicariously Join Two Girls and Their Mom Around the Gaming Table
  38. Cassette Cover Art
  39. Bastion of the Boglings
  40. WotC Piss and the Last Boy Scout
  41. Campaign Timeline
  42. B4: The Lost City


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