I remember choose-your-own-adventure books, and I loved them.
I've always been an avid reader, but when I discovered R.L. Stine's "Give Yourself Goosebumps" series I also became a gamer.
I had played early video games on Atari, Nintendo and computers in my youth, but I had never before experienced the level of control that choose your own adventure books provided until I stumbled across "Give Yourself Goosebumps." The non-linear form of gaming that the series was based upon let my imagination soar. However, video gaming won the battle, and choose your own adventures slowly disappeared from the market.
In my teenage years I had also dabbled in role-playing games such as White Wolf's "Vampire: The Masquerade," but it didn't provide my imagination with the same level of stimulation as choose your own adventure books. That may have been because I'm a bit of a loner. So, when I heard about Joe Dever's "Lone Wolf" series - my attention was grabbed.
Dever was one of the pioneers of gamebooks, and he developed a series that blended storytelling with art and choice. The "Lone Wolf" series was published in the 1980s, and sold millions of copies. It stopped printing in the 1990s, but Project Aon was given permission to distribute the works on the Internet -that's where I found "Lone Wolf." For more information visit www.projectaon.org.
After finding myself enraptured by the story of the last Kai in a way I hadn't felt since I was a child, I did more research to find that technology had allowed gamebooks to transition to 3-D. In November of 2013, BulkyPix and Dever teamed up to bring the "Lone Wolf" series to Android and Apple products.
"Lone Wolf: Blood on the Snow" is an enhanced gamebook which features 3-D graphics and a combat system. Act 2 of the series, "Lone Wolf: Forest Hunt" was released on April 3, and two more acts are slated for future release. Act 1 is only 99 cents, and a season pass can be purchased to get access to the other acts as they are released.
For more information, visit lonewolfthegame.com or search for "Joe Dever's Lone Wolf" on Facebook.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Movies At The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts To Begin Saturday: For the first time, movies will be projected digitally at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Wednesday during the screening of "Her." Admission is $5. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.
JCC To Host Annual Earthfest Celebration: Jamestown Community College is set to host a variety of events in celebration of Earth Day.
The Earthfest celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Held outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center or in the student union, the event will feature live music by Matt Maloof, a display of live birds by falconry expert Mike Dupuy, a "Nature Art and Literature Corner" of works by faculty and students, educational displays, ecofriendly products, food and a tree seedling adoption. It is free and open to the public.
JCC To Present "The Belle of Amherst" Beginning Wednesday: A one-woman show based on the life of Emily Dickinson, starring Christina Rausa, is coming to Jamestown Community College.
"The Belle of Amherst" is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Scharmann Theater, 525 Falconer St. in Jamestown and Thursday, April 24, at the Cutco Theater in Olean. Admission is $5 for general public. For more information call 338-1187.
Seneca Allegany Casino Adds Melissa Etheridge To Summer Rush Lineup: Melissa Etheridge is set to perform a solo acoustic show at the Seneca Allegany Events Center at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Tickets go on sale Monday at noon. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecacasinos.com.
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Kev Rowe: 6 p.m., Landmark Restaurant, 516 W. Fourth St. in Jamestown.
One In Christ Holy Week Gathering: 6:30 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Ryan Melquist: 9 p.m., Yesterday's, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.
Lazlo Hollyfeld and Aircraft: 10 p.m., Mojo's, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
The Stan Barton Trio: 7 p.m., Christie's Downtown Pub and Grille, 229 Pennsylvania Ave. in Warren.
Sammy Slicker Band: 8 p.m., Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown.
Small Town Revolution: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.
Alex Kates: 9 p.m., Yesterday's, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.
Ryan Melquist: 9 p.m., Steener's Pub in Greenhurst.