Progress with the second part of my playthrough of Hand of Fate is currently a bit slow because of other things requiring my attention. Still, I thought it would be appropriate to make a post today, because this is the 20th anniversary of the discovery of second-hand FF books that got me back into gamebooks (covered in a little more detail here).
To mark the occasion, here’s a photo of my gamebook shelves.
Over 70 of these are still on the ‘Yet to be played for the blog’ list. And then there are all the ones I failed…
It’s not the best picture I’ve ever taken, but it gives some indication of where that casual browse has led me. And I’m sure that some of my readers would be able to identify a significant number of the books shown even from a shot with such poor definition.
The lower two shelves are double-banked, though around 80% of the back row of the bottom shelf is taken up with non-gamebook-related books. Then again, my copies of Warlock, Proteus and other magazines with gamebook content are elsewhere (most of them on a bookcase below and to the right of these shelves), so that balances things out.