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Java Fabled Lands is a faithful copy of the Fabled Lands Storybook Series of Adventures ...

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Java Fabled Lands (JaFL)
(formerly known as FLApp)

Why the namechange?

The authors asked me nicely. When it first came out, 'app' simply meant application; since then, mobile apps have become ubiquitous, to the extent that the former name actually has a ring of official-ness. Hopefully this leaves room for an actual official Fabled Lands App?

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Fabled Lands App

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Fabled Lands?

Fabled Lands was a gamebook series originally published in 1995-6. There were 12 planned volumes, but only 6 were ever published, because the gamebook market had virtually imploded.


Gamebooks? What?

Um, do you remember Fighting Fantasy? No? What about Choose Your Own Adventure? A few heads are nodding. The basic concept is an interactive story, written in the second person, cut up into short numbered sections; at the end of each section you're given a choice as to which section comes next, based on your 'action' within the narrative. A gamebook adds some RPG-ish rules to the mix. Essentially it's a solo role-playing game with a lot of reading.


But what does this mean for us today?

This project is an adaptation of the six published books for the computer. Note the word 'adaptation': I've tried to stay as close as possible to the original text, handling all the rules and leaving the player free to read and enjoy without the (sometimes tedious) record-keeping. The player is faced with something very much like a web-page, and other windows displaying a map and the character's abilities.


Looks interesting. How do I try it?

Easy, just download the latest version: this contains all the books that have been converted. You'll need to have Java 5 (or later) on your computer: refer to the README.txt file in the zip-file you've just downloaded.


I keep dying. This is too hard.

Try starting in book 5 and traveling east, into the easier books. That way your character will be more able to tackle anything that comes your way. Don't forget to save occasionally: that way you can reload if things go pear-shaped. If you've got some spare cash, it's worthwhile to buy some blessings. A luck blessing gives you a second chance in most situations.

http://flapp.sourceforge.net/
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