The Eye of the Dragon

This entry is part 13 of 42 in San Check

I never played the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks properly until later. All of my fingers were used up as temporary bookmarks as I read through each one, because I wanted to see where all of the decision led. Eventually I would map out the paths on paper to make it easier.

My previous analogy about book covers was based on real events. My mom saw I was really into these gamebooks and purchased The Eye of the Dragon by Golden Dragon for me.

I’m sure everyone has experienced that sinking gut feeling when you wanted a specific toy or some such and you get the knock off brand. Grandparents tend to be more notorious for this, since they are typically removed from your daily life.

But my mom wasn’t removed. She saw the books I liked. How could she get the wrong kind?

Not being a complete asshole, I thanked my mom and did my best to hide my disappointment as I slunk away to my room.

The Eye of the Dragon

Although the monster on the cover looked cool, this was not Fighting Fantasy and there was that stupid boy on the cover! He was in a toga and tennis shoes. What the hell?

I felt bad for having these thoughts, because I felt my dislike towards the book would hurt my mom’s feelings. So I sucked it up and gave it a shot.

I got to my room, opened it up, and thumbing through the pages my eyes were greeted by the interior art of Russ Nicholson.

I suddenly decided to play proper. As much as I wanted to get to certain entries based off my initial flipping of pages, I kept myself from any spoilers.

I spent weeks playing this book and I kept dying constantly and by the end of the summer I never got my hands on the Eye.

It was fucking awesome.

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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