Friday, September 13, 2019

LAST KID RUNNING _____ Here are some excellent photos from my interactive fiction launch event at the Asian Festival of Children's Content 2019


Check out this pic (above) from my LAST KID RUNNING gamebook launch event at the recent Asian Festival of Children's Content. Thanks to everyone who came down, and got a copy. Thanks also to William Hooi for this awesome pic. Those are my fellow Penguin SEA authors with me, Neil Johnson and Barbara Moxham and Leila Boukarim Haig Ghokassian.

It was truly a landmark event because this is the very first piece of interactive fiction / gamebook that Penguin Random House has published in this part of the world.

SYNOPSIS:

Welcome to the Scramble
Last Kid Running series (Book 1)
by Don Bosco
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 9789814867207

LAST KID RUNNING is a thrilling gamebook where YOU decide how the story unfolds.

You are Runner X, one of six contestants on the hottest reality show streaming on the mobile web.

The enigmatic Dr Yamato has turned an old building into an exciting running space, filled with crazy Augmented Reality challenges.

But be careful, nothing is what it seems. Can you outrun and outsmart the others? Will you survive Dr Yamato's technological trickeries? Do you have what it takes to be the LAST KID RUNNING? Gosh, read and find out!

Word is getting around that I had so much to say, I kept ignoring the "Time's Up" cues, and the organiser even had to try to drag me away. Is this true? Completely. You should have been there.


That evening, five minutes before the event started, that was when I got my hands on a copy of the book for the first time. Thrills! And now the books have gone out into the world already. I know some young readers have actually even finished reading it and are off to look for more gamebooks to enjoy. And I know of at least one young reader who's already busy writing her own gamebook. Wonderfulness.

This was the first slide of my talk, gives you a good idea what I was going on and on about:


Here are some photos below of Welcome to the Scramble, the gamebook itself, so you can have a quick browse. You can click on the pics to zoom in, and BTW AILeEn stands for “Artificial Intelligence Learning Engine”:





The books are currently being shipped to retail outlets all over. You should be able to get hold of a copy soon.

I can now properly start work on Book 2. Next few years are going to be interesting. I'm really thrilled to be a Penguin Random House author, and incredibly grateful to the whole team for the support they've given this series so far.

Welcome to the Scramble!

— D

Here are a few more photos from the event!














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I'm a featured speaker at this virtual event!
Will be sharing some insights from developing the
LAST KID RUNNING series.












Collect the whole series!













Thursday, August 29, 2019

100 WRITERS _____ See you at the Asian Festival of Children's Content 2019, and check out these other book launch / storytelling sessions by my friends


Note: This post is part of my 100 WRITERS project.


It's time once again for the Asian Festival of Children's Content! I've always enjoyed myself at this event. Here's a post about what I did at the AFCC back in 2015. And here's my post for 2016. And this is 2017.

For 2018, though, I did post this introduction to the event, but I posted my event photos on Instagram, not on this blog. I shared this crazy video that LocalBooksSG did for me, and this is me with fellow speakers Cynthea liu and Kristi Wientge, and this is me with a bunch of really cool illustrators guys: Josef Lee, James Tan and Favian Ee.

As for this year (it's happening next week, actually), I will be moderating a panel discussion about something very close to my heart: science fiction! From Asia!

Session info:

Southeast Asian YA Science Fiction and Fantasy: We Do Exist! (Panel)
Joyce Chng, Gabriela Lee, Koen Setyawan 
Moderator: Don Bosco

What is Southeast Asian YA science fiction and fantasy? Who writes them? This panel of writers will share their  experience and journey in writing science fantasy fiction for young adults inspired by the Southeast Asia region. 

B1, Multi-Purpose Room 5 Sep 2019 (Thu) 12:00pm – 1:00pm


To join us, you'd need to get tickets, details here:

https://afcc.com.sg/2019/page/tickets


I'll also be launching my new book Welcome to the Scramble, Book 1 of the Last Kid Running gamebook series. You can read the synopsis here. This book launch event is free and open to the public, you won't need a ticket to attend.

Book launch details:

BOOK LAUNCH ALERT!
See you at the "Books by Penguin Random House" session, part of the Asian Festival of Children's Content.

WHERE: B1, Multi-Purpose Room, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street

WHEN: 6 SEP 2019, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

FREE ENTRY



Don't stop here, keep on scrolling down this post, below you'll find even more information about other exciting sessions by my friends at the AFCC. Do stop by and say hi! We'd love to chat with you.

I wish all of you happy writing and illustrating! See you soon.

:)

— D



















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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

LAST KID RUNNING _____ How to create your own interactive text games


The book launch event for my new book Welcome to the Scramble (Last Kid Running series, Book 1) is happening next week at the Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore. You're invited! Free entry, yay. Details here.

In case you don't already know, Last Kid Running is a gamebook series, which means it's an interactive story. You play as the main character and you make choices along the way, in response to what's happening in the story, and you just keep going and see how well you do, and whether you can be the winner in the awesome AR game that's the main action in the book.

Some people have been asking me about how I developed this and organised all the branching plotlines. I used an awesome open source software called Twine, you can get it here. Some weeks back I also wrote a simple Twine how-to guide for StoryCode SG, which I'm duplicating below for your convenience.

I really enjoy writing interactive stories! Hope you have loads of fun with this too.

— D





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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN INTERACTIVE TEXT GAMES
(Original post)

StoryCode SG’s quick guide to using Twine
by Don Bosco




Do you like zombies?

Do you like funny stuff?

Do you enjoy interactive text games?

Here’s one I made recently, called Zombiehead Yaargh!, it’s funny and features a zombie hunter, and you can play it for free here.

Even better, you can join our coming StoryCode SG game jam session, and prototype your own text games.

Wow, cool!

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Ever since I joined StoryCode SG some years back, I’ve been occasionally organising fun storyhacking sessions around my creative obsessions. More people, more fun.

We did a bunch of comics-making workshops. (Info and photos here and here and here.)

We had a fiction writing workshop. (Here.)

This time around, I’m pretty buzzed about interactive fiction, or hypertext story games, or whatever you call them. I’ve made one for kids called Toy Mystery: Secret of the Chatter Blocks. (Free ebook here.) And I’m working on another one now called Last Kid Running.


As you can guess, we’re now looking forward to hosting some game jam sessions where the local StoryCode community can join in the fun and prototype your own story games!

Event details coming soon.

But how does one make an interactive story game?

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The basic tool I use is Twine. It’s free, easy to use, and there’s a huge Twine community online. You can download the app, or use the online version at https://twinery.org/.

For total beginners, I’ve created a quick guide below to show how to get started.


Tip: if your screen is too small, download the image above so you can zoom in and read the details.

Your Twine game is automatically packaged as a HTML file, which can be played in any browser, or embedded somewhere online.

It takes just a few minutes to explore the basic features, and then you’ll be up and running, fleshing out your own game ideas.

Which may or may not include zombies.

Twine can also incorporate music, graphics, etc. And various scripts. Confession: I haven’t gone on to this advanced stuff.

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Here are some interactive text games that I’ve found inspiring.

+ 80 DAYS by Inkle
An ambitious text adventure experience.
https://www.inklestudios.com/80days/

+ LIFELINE
Acclaimed game that works on your Apple Watch. You interact with an astronaut.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lifeline/id982354972?mt=8

+ A DARK ROOM
Play it for free online, or buy the app.
http://adarkroom.doublespeakgames.com/

+ FIGHTING FANTASY: THE GATES OF DEATH
A new book in the classic FF series, this one written by Charlie Higson.
https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Fantasy-Gates-Death/dp/1407186302

+ BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH
Did you know this Netflix phenomenon was designed with Twine?
https://www.wired.com/story/black-mirror-bandersnatch-interactive-episode/

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So don’t be a zombie. Come alive quick, join our StoryCode SG Meetup group for updates. See you soon!

https://www.meetup.com/StoryCode-Singapore/

Remember to play ZOMBIEHEAD YAARGH! here.










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Thursday, August 22, 2019

LAST KID RUNNING _____ Here's the front cover! Also: book launch event at the Asian Festival of Children's Content


So thrilled to share this cover. Launch event details below. More soon!

— D







BOOK LAUNCH ALERT!

See you at the "Books by Penguin Random House" session, part of the Asian Festival of Children's Content.

WHERE: B1, Multi-Purpose Room, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street

WHEN: 6 SEP 2019, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

FREE ENTRY


For more event info, scroll down and look for it: https://afcc.com.sg/2019/page/book-launches



Book info:


Welcome to the Scramble
Last Kid Running series (Book 1)
by Don Bosco
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 9789814867207


LAST KID RUNNING is a thrilling gamebook where YOU decide how the story unfolds.

You are Runner X, one of six contestants on the hottest reality show streaming on the mobile web.

The enigmatic Dr Yamato has turned an old building into an exciting running space, filled with crazy Augmented Reality challenges.

But be careful, nothing is what it seems. Can you outrun and outsmart the others? Will you survive Dr Yamato's technological trickeries? Do you have what it takes to be the LAST KID RUNNING? Gosh, read and find out!






Me with Penguin editorial team & fellow authors 









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