Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf - The Boardgame and the Kickstarter

Some time ago, I stumbled upon the Lone Wolf Boardgame Kickstarter project which was recently funded (they are always already funded or at least ended when I find them). Luckily, I could preorder it which seemed to be a useful way to
a) instrumentalize my current euphory to spend money for the board game
b) give my support to the project team and especially the inventor and main artist of the game, the original Lone Wolf illustrator Gary Chalk
c) get the game after release without having to remember it a year later

Unfortunatley, this was the first Kickstarter project I experienced by myself (although I have not funded it, it felt like this). The main problems seemed to be in the communication between the project partners, Graywood Publishing and Megara Entertaintment, as well as some errors in creation. By accident, the game board was produced in a too good quality, so it raised the shipping costs as the games weight increased significantly. I could live with all this and I was not sorry to wait longer for the game, especially with this quality and the beautiful illustrations by Gary. But the thing that was really sad to see was the conflict emerging between Graywood and Megara. This was neither necessary nor helpful but it was a mess to watch this helplessy. Some of the project posts just consisted of washing dirty linen in public. Guys, I really hope you will come together one day and talk this out. You made a wonderful game and set a monument for a beloved artist. Being in contact with you was always a pleasure. I finally got my game and the quality is the best I have seen for a board game so far. Be proud of it!

Lone Wolf

Do you know Lone Wolf? It is one of the most famous adventure book series ever and was pretty popular among fantasy interested teens in the late eighties resp. early nineties. I loved them. I played them hundred of times. They were the best. I also tried some other books, obviously by the founders of the genre but I didn't find them as intriguing and fascinating as the books about Lone Wolf. Long story short: Lone Wolf is the last survivor of the order of the Kai lords which may be described as medieval jedi-eske warrior monks with super powers. Lone Wolf got to end his training by himself, revive the order of the Kai Lords and find Dark Lord Gnaag to end his tyranny and take revenge. 

Ok, writing this it sounds pretty standard. There may be several reasons why I judge this as great nevertheless. 

1. There was no Harry Potter and no Star Wars Prequel (nor Sequel) and no Lord of the Rings (nor Hobbit) Blockbusters, so finding revenge by killing someone called Dark Lord was not sooooo omnipresent as it may seem today.

2. I was around 12 years old, so this was prette much the beginning of my journey through fantasy literature and roleplaying games.

3. The quality of those 12 books (1) , written by Joe Dever and majorly illustrated by Gary Chalk, was higher than my 2 lines sum up could ever be. Telling you there is a Dark Lord to be killed is a lot less interesting and intruguing than surviving 12 interactive and brillantly written books full of deadly traps and mysterious encounters in order to kill the Dark Lord finally by yourself. 

By the way, there is a pretty new release of the books, if you are interested. I can totally recommend them. OR you could play the interactive eBook, which seems to be half book and half RPG. Looks good aswell. 
AND I have seen there are new books (in form of conventional fiction), co-written by the grandmaster Joe Dever himself. I should risk a look myself, I guess. This is also true for the games that have never been translated to German.

Oh, yeah, AND you can read my post on the Lone Wolf Boardgame. Soon.

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(1) As I notice right now, there are 28. In German, there are 12. Wow.