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!