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Timothy R. Norris
TSR -- United States
Complexity Level : Basic (No Game System)
Format : Paperback
Genre : Adventure
Genre : Fantasy
Genre : Science Fiction
Licensed Property : Conan
Licensed Property : Novel Tie-In
Product Family : Dungeons & Dragons
Target Age Group : Older Children
Writing Style : First Person
Writing Style : Present Tense
Writing Style : Second Person
Abenteuer ohne Ende (German)
Aventura sin fin (Spanish)
Avventure infinite (Italian)
Dungeons & Dragons Aventura Sem Fim (Portuguese)
Dungeons & Dragons Äventyrsböcker (Swedish)
Endoresu kuesto geemu bukku [エンドレスクエストゲームブック] (Japanese)
Poreditsa Bezbroy priklyucheniya [Поредица Безброй приключения] (Bulgarian)
Les Quêtes sans fin (French)
Silsilat arwa' al-mughamarat [سلسلة أروع المغامرات] (Arabic)
Você É o Herói (Portuguese)
These books were one of the most successful American series to follow in the footsteps of Choose Your Own Adventure and were the first of many interactive book offerings to be published by TSR. Each adventure is based on one of TSR's role-playing games or other licenses, with most taking place in one of the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons but others using the settings of Gamma World, Star Frontiers, Top Secret or even the worlds of familiar pulp literary characters Conan and Tarzan. Despite their role-playing origins, the books completely avoid game mechanics, with no dice-rolling or character statistics to be found. There is, however, a certain touch of role-playing to be found in the fact that each book casts the reader as a specific character with a defined past rather than following the more common gamebook tradition of attempting to keep reader identity as generic as possible. More complex gameplay was later introduced in the Super Endless Quest books (which were quickly renamed the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Gamebooks) while simplified stories for younger readers were released in the Fantasy Forest line.
The Endless Quest books were released in four distinct series; the first thirty-six books were released by TSR during the eighties and featured fairly large type and a format identical to that of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. This format was carried over to two spin-offs (the gimmicky Endless Quest Books: Crimson Crystal Adventures and the romance-oriented HeartQuest books) as well as the Lazer Tag Adventures series.
A second set of Endless Quest books was released in the nineties by Wizards of the Coast. These books differed from their eighties predecessors in several notable ways: their text was smaller and they featured text sections numbered independently from the actual pages (thus following the layout scheme used by Fighting Fantasy rather than Choose Your Own Adventure though still retaining the rules-free simplicity of the latter series). Moreover, the settings for this second series were based on a different set of games (mostly Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings, but also the Gamma World and Amazing Engine RPGs, the DragonStrike board game, and the never-released WildSpace board game). Finally, the volumes themselves were not assigned official numbers, though they are numbered (starting with thirty-seven) in the list below for convenience.
The series was relaunched by Mirrorstone in the 2000s with limited success. This reissued series included one book from the eighties series (Claw of the Dragon), alongside a rebranded book from the Crimson Crystal Adventures series (see Endless Quest Reissues).
The final release of the series by Wizards of the Coast consists of four original titles (not officially numbered, but listed as books 50-53 below). These books, which were printed in full color, are all based on the Dungeons and Dragons game.
In addition to the above releases, two books from the eighties series (Villains of Volturnus and Captive Planet, both based on the Star Frontiers RPG) were made freely available over the Internet several years after their original publication. These versions (which could only be read in a web browser) were released by a fan website with permission from Wizards of the Coast. These books have been since taken off the Internet due to the rights to the game having been acquired by a different publisher.
Endless Quest series from Dragon #95
Thanks to Jim Oaks for the image!
1 Contre 1 Gamebook Advertisement (English translation)
This is an unofficial translation (by Demian Katz) of the French interactive ad from the back of several Donjons & dragons, niveau avance books.
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