So I've been thinking about what I'd like to do with this blog, and I've decided that one of the things I'd like to do is use this space to highlight other people in the space that have come to my attention, either through being remarkable contributors to the genre or just through being awesome people.
It's my pleasure to say that Stuart Lloyd is a bit of both. As one of the most active members of the gamebook community online, he is an avid enthusiast and a talented writer himself, being winner of the 2010 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction with his excellent adventure, Sharkbait's Revenge.
Stuart is currently working on several other projects, including a full-length gamebook, an entry for the 2012 Windhammer Prize, his weekly, "Gamebooks Update" newsletter, and a new, original RPG called Adventurer designed for supporting solo-adventures. As I've had the same idea myself a number of times, I personally, can't wait to see it :)
Stuart's blog, http://virtualfantasies.blogspot.com/, is also one of the best places to keep up on current activity in the Gamebook scene. He frequently posts about newcomers, new publications coming out, and new blogs showing up, along with reviews and articles about gamebooks, making his blog effectively a one-stop-shop for keeping up with everything gamebook.
To boot, he's an awesome, friendly dude. Say hi; no one on the internet will be nicer.
Stay tuned next week for a highlight of the Windhammer Prize and its architect, Wayne Densley, along with a look at Wayne's epic, ongoing gamebook series set in the original world of Arborell, a world of dark, sweeping fantasy.