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Party of One: Leda $6.00 $4.80
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Party of One: Leda
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Party of One: Leda
Publisher: Expeditious Retreat Press
by Adrien W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/25/2014 14:43:28

I really enjoyed playing this gamebook and agree with a previous reviewer that you'll be paying a low price for a top-quality , well-written adventure book that gradually introduces you to the character of Leda , lets you vicariously know her friends , her family and her life as an apprentice wizard (on a sidenote I think it could be a source of inspiration for players looking to portray apprentices or th apprentice/master wizard relationship since it details day to day activities, and more adventurous events alike with sympathy and depth of writing) as you play along and make decisions that really feel like you're playing a D&D game (small but meaningful number of dicerolls to make outside of combat, some opportunities for learning spells and using skills the way you would around the table top although I wish there had been a couple more).

Leda's relationship with her familiar and how it's portrayed is also worth mentioning since it often seems neglected in novels or modules with mages This gamebook will probably appeal most to readers that enjoy following their characters through heroic and everyday acts alike , from exploring ruins and caves to preparing for a party and meeting for lunch at the tavern.

I really felt that the writing was evocative and in my view you could tell that the writers took pains to make Leda a believable and fleshed-out female character , with some scenes showcasing aspects that aren't often seen in a D&D session but should (family reunions , social relationships with the character's family , how fashion choices might affect the character's standing with others etc) . There were several typos and the occasional odd wording or choice of words but altogether this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the game at all when you consider all the work and depth that went into making the gamebook.

Where the book really shines I think is in describing the psychology of the characters and the web of relationships they have , making them memorable and easily portable into your own games as NPCs (Leda's master and her family especially but also the people she encounters for whom stats are provided) . I hope we'll see a sequel , the sooner the better and compliments to the authors.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Party of One: Leda
Publisher: Expeditious Retreat Press
by Patricio C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/13/2012 16:51:28

This book could be a jewel for those who like novels and long storytelling but not for those who are looking for role-playing, the book is really a novel with interactive elements but perhaps I misunderstood the nature of this product. When I started reading I saw the main character block and it is very similar to any found in a RPG adventure, so I was looking for my first roll, then I made my first decision and felt a big pleasure, I thought a lot to make it thinking that a bad decision would bring a nasty consequence but reading further I realized it was a linear story and whatever decision I took always I would be in the same line in no time. I made the experiment twice, I made one decision and read the outlet, and then retried and I got the same result with only a little irrelevant happening or not happening to just get in the line again. If you enjoy novels then this one will appeal you but I just got bored after reading 10 more pages and only making three or four irrelevant decisions, I just think I wasted my money since my interest was a RPG with more decisions and rolls and more character development not just a plain novel. I will give it a 3 because still it might be a fun novel to those who look for that genre but not for me I was looking for a RPG and supposedly this is a place in which we look for that otherwise we look for the fiction section.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Party of One: Leda
Publisher: Expeditious Retreat Press
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/16/2012 15:19:46

Possibly the most fun - and one of the longest! - of solo adventures I've played. It also runs well as a one-on-one adventure with one GM and one player! The characters are well defined and one is actually given real choices that seem (but aren't) unlimited. We have hoped for a sequel for years, and maybe if sales pick up - a LOT - we'll finally see another "Party of One" adventure.

WAY underpriced at $6.00! This price should be at least $10, if not more.

*jeep! and God Bless! --Grandpa Chet



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Party of One: Leda
Publisher: Expeditious Retreat Press
by Alan L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/04/2003 00:00:00

Do you remember those old Choose Your Own Adventure books that were virtually omnipresent in the mid-1980's? If you remember them fondly (I still have my collection somewhere), then this book will be right up your alley. If not, then you can skip this one and avoid tearing your hair out.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Party of One: Leda
Publisher: Expeditious Retreat Press
by James S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/13/2003 00:00:00

I was a huge fan of the old Choose Your Own Adventure books (and their countless spinoffs) when I was a kid back in the 80s and I'm happy to see that someone else was as well.

The biggest compliment that I can pay to this is that it doesn't suck and the writing is actually entertaining rather than a dry narration that drags you from point A to B. Put please was it really necessary to have a character with such a gag-name as "Thakko?" (THAC0 for those that don't get the joke)



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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