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Welcome Traveller. By a stroke of good fortune you have found your way to the realms of Arborell and the one true home of the Dragon Windhammer. Within these pages can be found everything needed to begin your exploration of these lands, and what follows here will make those travels easier. If you are new to this interactive gamebook series I invite you to read the introduction given in the link below. It is my hope that you will enjoy the journey...

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Last Updated 1 March 2016
 
 

The Chronicles of Arborell returns to Patreon

For the past two decades it has been my objective to make freely available all the titles developed for this series, and have found a great deal of satisfaction in the success that the books have achieved in doing so. Circumstances now require that I reassess what I can do with the Chronicles and how this series can be developed into the future. What I am sure of is that the Chronicles must stand on its own merits and to that end a number of major changes must now be implemented.

The first of these changes relates to how the Chronicles is made available to readers. To this point in time the books have been provided only in PDF and HTML formats. From this date forward, and where it is applicable, all new titles will be available in PDF, HTML, Kindle and in either soft or hard cover printed editions at a price point appropriate to the format purchased. How all this is to be delivered is currently being negotiated but these same formats will also be made available on all the current series titles as well. Each will be developed into quality commercial editions and made available through a number of online providers.

In conjunction with these changes the Chronicles will also be making available the opportunity for readers to become Patrons, and in doing so minimise the costs involved in keeping up with the series as it is released into the future.

To become a Patron requires that you join Patreon.com, a quick and straightforward process that allows a reader to register as a Patron and then organise a monthly pledge amount. Patreon.com has been chosen for this purpose because it provides an effective mechanism for interaction between Patrons and the Author, and delivers a secure environment to distribute exclusive content to all Patrons. If you are interested in doing so pledges can be made for the amount of $3 a month. It must be mentioned also that all pledges can be stopped at any time the Patron wishes.

To be a Patron requires a $3 pledge on a monthly basis, and for this support the Patron receives a set of ongoing rewards. Patrons who make the $3 monthly pledge will receive.

  • The gratitude of the author. A small thing but heart-felt nonetheless.
  • Access to the Patrons only Activity Feed at Patreon.com, the source of all exclusive Patron-related news and author interaction regarding the Chronicles. This will include regular updates on the progress of the Chronicles and a monthly Author Development Blog that will cover a range of topics and additional information about the world of Arborell.
  • Your name listed on a Register of Venerable Patrons page at Arborell.com memorialising your generous ongoing support for the Chronicles.
  • Free PDF Editions of all new commercial releases to be made available through the Patreon.com Activity Feed.
  • Pre-release access to all digital titles from the Chronicles of Arborell through the Patreon.com Activity Feed. Patrons will get everything a week early.
  • Access to original content currently not available to the general public, that includes but is not limited to, the new Advanced Legends of the Deep Guild micro-adventures. This includes induction into the Deep Guild of Das Vallendor at the rank of Novice Brother, access to exclusive Advanced LDG series adventures comprising extensive dungeon maps, 100+ section references per adventure and special achievement goals that allow advancement to higher ranks within the Guild. To start Patrons can now download the new Advanced Legends of the Deep Guild rule-set, Career Manifest and a complete adventure, The Tombs of Hallad'Mortain.
  • And to end off the year properly a report from the author outlining the year's achievements and projects planned for the year to come.

I would ask that you consider becoming a Patron of the Chronicles of Arborell. For a small amount you can help ensure that this fantasy series continues into the future, and as a consequence of your generous support obtain additional rewards that will remain unavailable to the general public. It is my hope that you will take this journey with me, and in doing so enjoy all that the Chronicles of Arborell has to offer.

 
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Release of Guidelines for the 2016 Windhammer Prize

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the competition guidelines and timetable for the 2016 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction are now available.

This contest is proudly sponsored by arborell.com and continues in its ninth year as a means to promote the gamebook genre, and to provide exposure within a competitive environment for aspiring gamebook authors. In particular this prize values creative and original works of gamebook fiction. The challenge given to those who wish to participate is to develop a full gamebook experience whilst meeting stringent requirements regarding length and original content. This competition is open to all gamebook writers and requires no entry fee or other costs.

All prospective entrants should be aware that the prize pool for this year's competition has been updated and more information regarding these changes can be found at the link given below.

For changes regarding the prize pool and all other information on this competition please visit the Windhammer Prize homepage. May Glory and Renown follow all who enter.

 
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Notification of Results For the 2015 Windhammer Prize

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the 2015 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction has been won by Felicity Banks for her alternate historical adventure, After the Flag Fell. Merit awards have been won by Philip Armstrong for his quirky fantasy adventure, Sabrage, and Richard Penwarden for his fantastical western, Gunsmoke Along the Fey Frontier. Also this year Commendations have been awarded to Tides of Chrome by Steffen Hagen, Droidchangers: Fight or Die by Andy Moonowl and Alchemist's Apprentice by John Evans. Congratulations to all who have found success.

Sixteen entries were accepted for the 2015 competition, the high quality of those entries a testament to the talent and originality of the authors who took part. It proved again gratifying to see the wide range of genre and subject matter that encompassed this year's competition. In a list of well written and innovative gamebooks alternate histories and fantastical worlds sat comfortably alongside hard-metal sci-fi and real world adventure. Amongst these entries magic found its place once again and brooding horror lurked at every turn. All things considered a truly excellent range of new gamebooks this year.

More information regarding the 2015 Windhammer Prize, and all the download links for entries, can be found here.

 
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Honour Amongst Thieves Now Available

Honour Amongst Thieves, the next companion novella for the Windhammer Core Gamebook is now available. This 100 page novella continues the adventures of the Tak Lovar as he uncovers the true extent of his Guild's folly and confronts the deadly consequences of the creation of the Shadowch. Given a new mission the Historian is joined by other men to recover a powerful talisman, and with it in hand find the one who must wield it. If Mankind is to survive the Shadowch must be destroyed.

This new addition to the Windhammer Companion Series is freely available at this link and from the Chronicle's download page.

 
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Release of Guidelines for the 2015 Windhammer Prize

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the competition guidelines and timetable for the 2015 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction are now available.

This contest is proudly sponsored by arborell.com and continues in its eighth year as a means to promote the gamebook genre, and to provide exposure within a competitive environment for aspiring gamebook authors. In particular this prize values creative and original works of gamebook fiction. The challenge given to those who wish to participate is to develop a full gamebook experience whilst meeting stringent requirements regarding length and original content. This competition is open to all gamebook writers and requires no entry fee or other costs.

For more information on this competition please visit the Windhammer Prize homepage. May Glory and Renown follow all who enter.

 
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Notification of Results for the 2014 Windhammer Prize

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the 2014 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction has been won by Paul Struth for his outstanding post-war gothic horror entry, The Sacrifice. Merit awards have been won by Philip Armstrong for his trans-dimensional sci-fi adventure The Puttbuster Initiative: Spacetime Golfcrush and Chan Sing Goh for his detailed historical adventure, The Empire's Edge. Commendation awards have also been awarded to Problem? (A Troll Adventure) by Andy Moonowl, Tales of a Captain: To Recruit a Daemon by Stefano Ronchi and The Tomb of Aziris by Sam Beaven.

May Glory and Renown follow all who entered.

 
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Legends of the Deep Guild Now Available

The Chronicles of Arborell is proud to announce the release of five new micro-gamebook adventures for 2014. These five PDF adventures; Finding Dannam Tull, The Druhlstone, The Callas'Elanna, Grievous and Old Bones and Moonlight are available also in a single compilation PDF edition entitled Legends of the Deep Guild.

Based on legends recorded by the Deep Guild of Das Vallendor these micro-gamebooks chronicle the greatest missions of the Brethren who delve the deep ruins of Arborell. What makes these micro-gamebooks different from previous releases is the use of a standard rule set. Designed as a two page download for easy printing the rule set applies to each of these adventures.

All are free to download as PDF documents from the Chronicles of Arborell and require only a pen and two dice to play.

 
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Chronicles of Arborell Website Update

The Chronicles of Arborell website is currently being updated to this new presentation format. Due to the size of the website (over 1200 individual pages) this conversion process will take some time, and it has been decided to implement these changes in a series of stages. Until such time as the Chronicles have been completely updated readers will find both new and old formats intermingled within the pages of Arborell.com.

 
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