This is the 6th time I've particpated in GameBlast. Find out about the previous events here.
Who are Special Effect?
Special Effect is a charity that helps with the creation custom game controllers that allow people with special needs to enjoy computer and video games. You can read more about Special Effect here.
What is GameBlast?
GameBlast is an annual 24 hour marathon streamed charity event that takes place over the last weekend of February every year. The aim of GameBlast is to raise money for Special effect. This year GameBlast21 takes place over the weekend of 26th-28th February 2021.
GameBlast wants you! GameBlast is open to anyone who wants participate.
GameBlast participants typically challenge themselves to complete some gaming objective over a 24 hour period and ideally this is streamed. This doesn't have to be a single 24 hour event, it can be broken up in any way you see fit. Challenges do not need to be related to video games, Any kind of game will do. In fact anything you do raise money will do. If gaming isn't your thing, feel free to do anything you want to raise money.
FF is a series of gamebooks in the choose your own adventure style. Originally published in the UK during the early 80's, they became something of a institution, selling tens of millions of copies. The original run went for nearly 60 books! I own around the first 30. Even now though, new FF books are still being published and 2 new gamebook were released in 2020.
But the next gamebook I read was a FF title; Starship Traveller. FF is mostly known for it's fantasy books, but back when I was about 11 or 12 I was mostly into fantasy, Starship Traveller was the obvious choice.
Now that I'm looking carefully at the cover for the first time in decades, it looks awfully like that robot is being attacked by a trio of tricked-out American Football players...
12th January 2021
Just over 6 weeks to GameBlast21
Due to the Covid-19 global pademic, it was agreed by all that we would not do a tabletop RPG this year - as we've done for the last 4 years, since meeting up in person is not a not a wise move. So we will all be doing our own thing this year.
For myself, I am keeping to the tabletop theme - sort of and I will be playing Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. The classic British choose-your-own-adventure gamebooks that began in the early eighties.
While I do own nearly 30 of the books in paperback, I'm sure that watching me read through them would be really boring. Instead I will be playing thtough the Fighting Fantasy Classics that are available on Steam, there are 10 of them to play through.
I plan to attempt each book once, playing until I succeed or fail. Which gives me a time of just under 2 ½ hours to complete each book. Although if I fail (Most likely!) I may be playing for less time. If I still have a few hours left I may retry them or another the other digital game books availabe.