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3rd Jun '16 2:58:36 PM JM1982
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* WeSellEverything: You can run into various merchants and shop owners who employ this trope. Ian Livingstone is particularly fond of this trope, and these stores will inevitably have one or more seemingly-useless trinkets that turn out to be an important PlotCoupon.
19th May '16 4:13:12 AM gravious
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** The Dark Elf Naas freely admits he has his own agenda as a servant of evil, however as a NobleDemon he has a strong sense of honour and will work with the player character when it is in his interests to do so.

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** The Dark Elf Naas in ''Master of Chaos'' freely admits he has his own agenda as a servant of evil, however as a NobleDemon he has a strong sense of honour and will work with the player character when it is in his interests to do so.
16th May '16 9:23:42 AM VVK
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* DragonTheirFeet: Occurs in several books.
** In one book, after you kill the evil sorcerer, a Dark Elf who was ''also'' trying to kill him arrives just in time to fight you to the death.
** A particularly odd semi-example in ''Night Dragon''. After you kill the titular evil dragon, its ''skull'' grows spider's legs and tries to kill you. Okay, it's not actually ''the'' Dragon, but still. [[note]]The head growing spider legs is a ShoutOut to Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' -- the accompanying illustration makes this very clear.[[/note]]

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%% * DragonTheirFeet: Occurs in several books.
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** A particularly odd semi-example in ''Night Dragon''. After you kill the titular evil dragon, its ''skull'' grows spider's legs
an example, and tries to kill you. Okay, it's not actually ''the'' Dragon, but still. [[note]]The head growing spider legs without them this is a ShoutOut to Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' -- the accompanying illustration makes this very clear.[[/note]]Zero Context Example.
16th May '16 9:19:19 AM VVK
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Notably subverted during one encounter in "Beneath Nightmare Castle".

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%% * ChildrenAreInnocent: Notably subverted during one encounter in "Beneath Nightmare Castle".Castle". %% Zero Context Example - and sounds suspiciously like Not A Subversion too.
11th May '16 3:03:23 PM starofjusticev21
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* CoolSword: Lots of the fantasy books had one you could find. Some, like ''Slaves of the Abyss'', ''Stormslayer'' and to a lesser extent ''City of Thieves'' even let you start with the one in that book.

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* CoolSword: Lots of the fantasy books had one you could find. Some, like ''Slaves of the Abyss'', Abyss'' (which lets you insta-kill your enemy if you ever roll double-6's for yourself), ''Stormslayer'' (which gives you extra skill and damage against dragons), and to a lesser extent ''City of Thieves'' (which looks awesome but has no effect on gameplay) even let you start with the one in that book.
27th Apr '16 9:56:47 AM DaibhidC
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* ScrewYouElves: An unusual variant in that the Elves did this to ''themselves''. One group of Elves believed that, since OurElvesOurBetter, they should lead the other races to actively fight the forces of evil in Titan. The rest of the Elves balked at this, considering it tyranny. The dissident Elves and their prince tried to force the issue by trying to assassinate the Elf king and take power over the Elven nations themselves. The rest of the Elves fought back and nearly defeated the dissident Elves, until the dissidents fled underground. These dissident Elves eventually became the Dark Elves.

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* ScrewYouElves: An unusual variant in that the Elves did this to ''themselves''. One group of Elves believed that, since OurElvesOurBetter, OurElvesAreBetter, they should lead the other races to actively fight the forces of evil in Titan. The rest of the Elves balked at this, considering it tyranny. The dissident Elves and their prince tried to force the issue by trying to assassinate the Elf king and take power over the Elven nations themselves. The rest of the Elves fought back and nearly defeated the dissident Elves, until the dissidents fled underground. These dissident Elves eventually became the Dark Elves.
6th Apr '16 5:35:17 AM radams
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* DungeonCrawling: Many of the books, particularly the earlier ones. Ian Livingstone seems reluctant to write anything else.

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* DungeonCrawling: Many of the books, particularly the earlier ones. Ian Livingstone seems reluctant to write anything else.else - the ''Forest of Doom'' is just a dungeon whose walls are made out of trees.
6th Apr '16 5:31:55 AM radams
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** This trope comes into play in virtually every book in a different respect: often, there's no way of judging what will or won't harm you except for having played the gamebook before.
** In ''The Forest of Doom'', you can easily miss one or both halves of the hammer that you're supposed to retrieve. If you do, you have to start over again, as there is no way to backtrack to get them, and there is little to no indication of where the parts are -- both are easily missed, and one requires success in two other specific previous encounters to even find it.


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** Most of the books require you to collect several MacGuffins (the keys in ''The Warlock of Firetop Mountain'', the hammer parts in ''The Forest of Doom''). There is usually little to no indication of where they are, and getting one often requires success in two or three previous encounters, with no indication at the time that those are important. If you miss one, you have to start over again, as there is no way to backtrack. Players were intended to play the book many times and map the whole thing, as a way to give the books FakeLongevity.
30th Mar '16 6:53:00 AM Arivne
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** The spin-off series ''The Cretan Chronicles'' has a system where at certain points you canadd 20 to the section number to attempt a nonstandard action. If no such action is available, you are penalized for trying to be ahead of your time.

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** The spin-off series ''The Cretan Chronicles'' has a system where at certain points you canadd can add 20 to the section number to attempt a nonstandard action. If no such action is available, you are penalized for trying to be ahead of your time.
30th Mar '16 6:52:34 AM Arivne
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** Some of the more ambitious gamebooks hid options from you; the notoriously NintendoHard ''Creature of Havoc'' has several items or options that you aren't prompted to use but you have to deduct or add to a reference number to get a new reference number to use certain items (for example, a pendant that can find secret doors that requires you to add 20 to the reference number you are on at the time to use it). Notably, one of these options ''have'' to be used in a section that ends in your death to win the game.

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** Some of the more ambitious gamebooks hid options from you; the notoriously NintendoHard ''Creature of Havoc'' has several items or options that you aren't prompted to use but you have to deduct or add to a reference number to get a new reference number to use certain items (for example, a pendant that can find secret doors that requires you to add 20 to the reference number you are on at the time to use it). Notably, one of these options ''have'' ''has'' to be used in a section that ends in your death to win the game.
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