Monday 18 June 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: DestinyQuest 1: The Legion of Shadow - Michael J Ward

Release Date: 17/05/12


You have no memory of your past. With only a sword and a backpack to your name, you must discover your destiny in an unfamiliar world full of monsters and magic. As you guide your hero through this epic adventure, you will be choosing the danger that they face, the monsters that they fight and the treasures that they find. Every decision that you make will have an impact on the story - and, ultimately, the fate of your hero. With hundreds of special items to discover in each book, you can completely customise your hero. You can choose their weapons, their armour, their special abilities - even the boots on their feet and the cloak on their back! No two heroes will ever be alike, which means your hero will always be unique to you. Welcome to a new world. Welcome to Valeron. Welcome to DestinyQuest.


For those of us with a certain age you’ll have fond memories of Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy that started with Warlock of Firetop Mountain and with these memories comes nostalgia alongside a want to recapture those days. So into this arena steps Michael J Ward with a modern retake on these classics.

What you get within this, the first book of the series, is a story that works its numerous ways through the quests where what you’ve done prior can effect what you’ve undergone before. Add to this fun maps to follow alongside a writer who has a whole host of additions alongside a simple, easy to follow combat system and its hours of fun within. For me I loved revisiting this genre and will eagerly await others in the series, the only thing that I’d perhaps recommend would be a laminated pull out for the stats in order for you to keep up with whats what, and also perhaps pull out maps to help make things easier. That said, it was fun and I absolutely loved getting back to my roleplaying roots. Great stuff.

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