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R.A. Montgomery Has Died

CYOAR.A. Montgomery, an author and the publisher who founded the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, has died. He was 78-years-old.

Before this popular series became a fixture in his life, Montgomery worked in journalism and education. In 1975, he launched his own company called Vermont Crossroads Press.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “When, in 1977, Ed Packard submitted his choose-your-own-adventure book for young readers, Sugarcane Island, Montgomery leapt at the chance to publish a book that incorporated role-playing principles. But he didn’t stop there — he launched a series then called The Adventures of You and went on to write the follow-up himself. When Montgomery went through a divorce and sold his stake in the press to his ex-wife, he took his series, renamed the Choose Your Own Adventure series, to Bantam.”

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Choose Your Own Adventure Aims To Raise $130,000

Chooseco, the official publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure books, hopes to raise $130,000 on Kickstarter to finance a new cartoon app.

CEO R.A. Montgomery and publisher Shannon Gilligan launched the campaign for “Choose Toons,” a project that would adapt Choose Your Own Adventure books for 5 to 7 year old readers in a new format. Here’s more about the project:

Our first episode is based on the title Your Very Own Robot, where YOU put together a robot named Gus out of discarded parts from your parents’ robot lab. Gus gets you into a lot of trouble. This first episode has 20 story branches with11 possible endings, with more than 30 minutes total of animation … $130,000 will fully fund one 32-minute app in what we plan to eventually develop into a series of cartoons. This amount funds the animation, voice acting, and programming of the choice points within the app. The script is already complete. We developed the demo seen in our video ourselves and our Vermont-based team has experience writing scripts, working on film projects, and developing software.


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Choose Your Own Adventure Books on Tablets

Twenty classic Choose Your Own Adventure books have arrived in a tablet edition, available to download in the iBookstore and Amazon Kindle. AppNewser reminds us that these books were also adapted for the Atari in the 1980s.

What was your favorite Choose Your Own Adventure? This GalleyCat editor fondly remembers reading a few of these new eBooks as a kid, including Secret of the Ninja, Space and Beyond, and Island of Time. Series founder R. A. Montgomery introduced the new eBooks:

[We tried] to duplicate that sense of moving through a story.  That comes in the paper format by jumping around.  We finally settled on some icons that required swiping and that seemed to help emphasize moving around the story.  We also added a map feature, which I find neat.  You can hop anywhere in the book from the map, or return to the branch you are on … Choose Your Own Adventure is the eternal challenge of making choices.  It is the same whether it’s in a paper book, the iPad, or in a game with lots of text.  Its power remains the same. Don’t forget that books, movies, television and now computers have never destroyed the excitement of ideas.