VFAQ (Very Frequently Asked Questions)
About the Internet Editions
About Project Aon
Q: What exactly are or were the Lone Wolf books anyway?
A: Joe Dever's most popular series of gamebooks, set primarily in the mythical world of Magnamund in the universe of Aon (hence our name). You, the reader, play as Lone Wolf, a warrior-monk whose potential as a hero emerges from the tragic defeat of his teachers and kinsmen, known as the Kai Lords. These are solo adventures that can be read and interpreted at your leisure, bringing a unique experience to the reader. The most similar books to these that found a mainstream audience are the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy series. In Lone Wolf, however, you do not only make key decisions in the text, but also choose your equipment and unique abilities, which may help you to survive through encounters that have both strategic and random elements. Lone Wolf books are also relatively unique in that the books can be read and played individually or as part of the larger series, where you can use skills and items gained from one book in another book.
Q: Alright, I'm interested. What do I do to start an adventure?
A: Visit The Books
and choose your book! We also advise you to read the Project Aon License
, which basically states that you are entitled to use these internet publications for personal use only, that redistribution in any form isn't permitted and other legal issues which hopefully do not concern you.
We recommend that you start with the first book, Flight from the Dark
. Read through the official Game Rules pages as well as the Readers' Handbook
we supply to gain the best understanding of how to proceed through the book. Don't worry, we're not talking Dungeons and Dragons
rule books here; you should have a good understanding of the system within half an hour or so. Alternatively, you can click on the "Table of Contents" and peruse some of the first sections if you want to get some of the flavor of the book before reading the rules (this may spoil a little bit of the adventure though).
To keep record of your items and abilities, you may find it convenient to use the StatsKeeper
program we provide, especially if you have a large screen. Alternatively, you can always use good old pencil and paper. We designed an Action Chart which is found in the Internet Editions, which basically keeps record of the same items and abilities, and can easily be printed for your convenience. Both the StatsKeeper
and Action Chart can be accessed from each book.
About the Internet Editions
Q: Exactly which books are you providing?
A: We will
- Kai series (Lone Wolf books 1-5)
- Magnakai series (Lone Wolf books 6-12)
- Grand Master series (unabridged*, Lone Wolf books 13-20)
- New Order series (Lone Wolf books 21-28)
- World of Lone Wolf (Grey Star) series
- The Magnamund Companion
- The Skull of Agarash graphic novel
- The Lone Wolf Poster Painting Book
- The Lone Wolf Club Newsletters
- Freeway Warrior series
- Combat Heroes series
* The Grand Master books were abridged in the United States. We will be publishing the original unabridged UK editions.
We will not
We are not publishing these books because the author and copyright holder Paul Barnett (who wrote the books under the pseudonym John Grant) has not given us permission to do so, but we would be happy to do so if that ever changes. However, they have been republished
in new omnibus editions.
Q: Are there any notable differences between the original and internet editions of the books?
A: Yes. One of the advantages of an HTML format is that rather than simply reprint the pages, we can post each section individually, and allow the reader to jump to the appropriate section by clicking on a link within the text. This circumvents the need to flip through the other sections to get the one you need. There are some disadvantages, however. These include the limited page layout capabilities of HTML.
Furthermore, we have made corrections and clarifications to the text when appropriate. Sometimes these changes are minor, as in a spelling correction. Other times, these involve a reworking of a section's choices, or something similarly substantial. We also include clarifying footnotes for issues that cannot be resolved with a simple correction. These clarifications, as well as all corrections (even minor) are noted in appendices for each book. Rest assured that we have taken every possible measure to give a pure yet comprehensive representation of the text.
Q: What is this "abridgment" that I keep reading about, and how did it affect some of the Lone Wolf books?
A: The abridgment was an unusual decision by the American publishers to reduce the total of numbered sections for Books 13-20, which would also reduce the number of pages in each book. It would seem they did this to keep the prices of the longer Grand Master books down in the belief that putting the prices up might cause the sales to drop.
In every Lone Wolf Grand Master book, there is a section where Lone Wolf can choose between two major paths; for example, in The Plague Lords of Ruel
, you can approach Mogaruith either through the mountains or through the forest. The abridged edition dropped the route through the mountains entirely. Similar editing happened in books 14-20. Since this removal required the editors to re-number most of the sections, it also led to an increased number of broken section links.
Project Aon is publishing only the complete, unabridged versions.
Q: Why is there no cover art included in the Project Aon editions?
As far as the covers are concerned, there are several reasons why the original full-colour cover artwork for each book is not currently distributed as part of the Project Aon editions:
- Each book has had many covers; some of the UK editions alone have had 3 or 4 different covers each! Add in the American covers, and those from other countries, and we really have too many to choose from.
- If we wanted to distribute the cover artwork, we would need to contact the cover artist who painted it. Since there are so many, this would be a problem.
- The covers actually look rather out of place when using Project Aon's current page layout.
If we ever manage to get PDF versions of the books available for download, it is likely we would add in a cover for each, but we consider it's probably best not to worry about it right now. We hope this doesn't lessen your enjoyment of the books too much.
Q: Can you publish these works in other languages?
A: We have been given permission to publish the Spanish translations
and few translations in Italian
. We will make an announcement if we are granted permission to publish further languages.
Q: I found an error in the books. What should I do?
A: Please report it
to us. We are trying our best to prevent errors, but we need your help. To save yourself the trouble of reporting something that we already know about, you may want consult our errata lists
Q: Can I download all of the books at once?
About Project Aon
Q: Posting full texts over the internet? Are you sure this thing is 100% legal?
A: Absolutely. . . as long as you agree to the Project Aon License
. (No, you don't have to sign anything, just understand that you are not allowed to redistribute any of the material here or use it for any reason other than your personal enjoyment.) Joe Dever now has full rights to the works we are publishing, so it is by his generosity--and the generosity of the other authors and illustrators that have granted rights to us--that we are able to provide this free service legally.
Q: What's the catch? What are you guys getting out of providing this service anyway?
A: It's a labor of love. We are all fans working on this project completely on a volunteer basis, and are determined for potential fellow-fans out there to have the opportunity to read what major publishers are denying them. You won't find any ads popping up while you're reading the books either. Welcome to Lone Wolf heaven!
Q: You guys rock! How can I help and be a part of the project?
A: Welcome aboard! Seriously, everyone is welcome to contribute as much or as little as they can. If you have a willingness to help, we need you. Or, if you have a little extra money, we have some minimal costs that you could help share. Visit the Help Us
section for details.
Q: When is the next book going to be published?
A: Due to the volunteer nature of Project Aon
, the work often slows down as volunteers have less time to devote to the project. This makes the interval between book publications very inconsistent. Therefore, if we gave you a time estimate, we would probably be lying. To keep ourselves honest and to avoid disappointing you, we don't give out estimates.
We will, however, tell you in what order to expect the remaining unpublished books:
- California Countdown
has already been made in preparing these unpublished titles, if you think you can still contribute, let us know
We appreciate your enthusiasm, and we want to see the next book published as much as you do--there is great satisfaction in seeing the end product of hard work--but we can't give any definite dates as to when the next book will be published. If you really can't wait, volunteer to help
Q: What's your logo supposed to be?
A: Our logo depicts a phoenix--a bird from Greek mythology who was adorned with brilliant reddish-violet and golden plumage. It was said to live for 500 years in the deserts of Egypt. At the end of it's life it would burn itself to death on a funeral pyre. A new Phoenix would then rise from the ashes of its predecessor to begin the 500 year cycle anew.
The Phoenix has become a symbol of rebirth and immortality because of its dramatic life cycle. It is in this sense that we use the newly risen Phoenix as our logo; we strive to see the work of these artists reborn and granted immortality.
Q: Is there still a way to complete my collection? The online books are great but I miss the musty paper smell.
A: The primary reason we are providing this service is because Lone Wolf had gone out of print. For a number of years, Mongoose Publishing
reprinted some of the books, and now Mantikore Verlag
is publishing books 18–28 in English.
Some other languages have books in print.
If your mind is set on owning the original editions and you only have a few books left to find, you may be able to, but finding them could be a grueling process. If you are still determined to do so, online auction sites and book sellers are good resources for used books.
Q: What other ways can I get involved with other Lone Wolf fans?
A: One way is through Project Aon's Forum
. There are also other opportunities to contribute to the Lone Wolf fan community. Visit our Links
page to other Lone Wolf related resources, especially the other community sites
Q: Do any of you know Joe Dever's e-mail address? I'd love to thank him personally and ask him some questions.
A: There is a very small number of us who do know how to contact him, but we cannot give out his e-mail address under any circumstances
. He is a very busy man and unfortunately has very little time to respond to fan mail, especially at the volumes he would receive if his e-mail address was made public. This does not mean that he doesn't care for your input or that you cannot reach him at all; he still checks fan sites from time to time and enjoys hearing reader input.
If you have a proposal that you think he'd be interested in, you can send it to us and we'll forward it. There are more reliable channels to reach him if you're truly serious, but we'll try to help.
Q: What's the deal with Mongoose Publishing?
Q: How can I develop software for Project Aon or based on the Project Aon editions?
More information is available in the Sanctum.
In brief, we are delighted to support development on any platform, as long as book content is hosted on AON (A staff account can be requested for this.) This tends to prevent developing on the iPhone, since our understanding is all content must be hosted on their site - which would contradict the AON license. (There is also a commercial license already taken for the iPhone.)
Q: I have a question about the rules for the books. Where can I go for clarification?