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Language:English
Publishers: Timothy R. Norris -- United States
TSR -- United States
Categories: 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
Translated Into: 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 two distinct series; the first thirty-six books were released 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. The final thirteen books were released in the nineties and differed from the predecessors in several notable ways: their text was smaller, 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), the settings 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), and the volumes themselves were not assigned official numbers, though they are numbered (starting with thirty-seven) in the list below for convenience.

Several years after its original release, one book from the eighties series (Claw of the Dragon) was reissued in print form by Wizards of the Coast (see Endless Quest Reissues). A further two books from the same time period (Villains of Volturnus and Captive Planet) were made freely available over the Internet by a different publisher (though these versions can only be read in a web browser).

Collection

The Endless Quest Collectors Set #1
The Endless Quest Collectors Set #2
The Endless Quest Collectors Set #3
The Endless Quest Collectors Set #4

Gamebook

1. Dungeon of Dread
2. Mountain of Mirrors
3. Pillars of Pentegarn
4. Return to Brookmere
5. Revolt of the Dwarves
6. Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons
7. Hero of Washington Square
8. Villains of Volturnus
9. Robbers and Robots
10. Circus of Fear
11. Spell of the Winter Wizard
12. Light on Quests Mountain
13. Dragon of Doom
14. Raid on Nightmare Castle
15. Under Dragon's Wing
16. The Dragon's Ransom
17. Captive Planet
18. King's Quest
19. Conan the Undaunted
20. Conan and the Prophecy
21. Duel of the Masters
22. The Endless Catacombs
23. Blade of the Young Samurai
24. Trouble on Artule
25. Conan the Outlaw
26. Tarzan and the Well of Slaves
27. Lair of the Lich
28. Mystery of the Ancients
29. Tower of Darkness
30. The Fireseed
31. Tarzan and the Tower of Diamonds
32. Prisoner of Elderwood
33. Knight of Illusion
34. Claw of the Dragon
35. Vision of Doom
36. Song of the Dark Druid
37. Dungeon of Fear
38. Castle of the Undead
39. Secret of the Djinn
40. Siege of the Tower
41. A Wild Ride
42. Forest of Darkness
43. American Knights
44. Night of the Tiger
45. Galactic Challenge
46. Bigby's Curse
47. The 24-Hour War
48. The Test
49. Sands of Deception

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