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Crimson Cloak Publishing launches a new Role-Playing Game book series, The Crimson Cloak Quests
The Chalice of Jupiter by Lynne North is the first of the CRIMSON CLOAK QUEST books, designed as family role-playing fun to rival video games for children with an enquiring mind and an adventurous nature.
The scene for the first book is an ancient ruined Roman city, where participants will seek an old and priceless treasure: the Chalice of the title.
Enter, if you dare, the Roman city of Veradum. Amidst the ruins and dangers that await you, you are seeking the priceless Chalice of Jupiter; but many others have tried to find this precious treasure before you. Indeed, many have died trying. You begin your quest with little to help you, but if you make your choices with care you might be the lucky one. You will face many strong adversaries, determined to end your quest almost before it begins. You need to roll your dice well to ensure you embark on your quest with as much Vigour, Agility and Psi as possible. During your adventure, you will need every bit of all three to achieve your goal, believe me. Will you find the Chalice of Jupiter when so many before you have failed? Indeed, will you even survive? Are you brave enough to embark on this quest? Decide now, because once you begin there will be no turning back ...
A handy tool for parents wishing to wean children off video games and involve them in more family-friendly pursuits while encouraging their reading skills, the book involves a series of scenes leading to choices which progress the adventurer through the story. The player will jump to the relevant story section, according to the directions given, during their Quest. Psi, Agility and Vigour-points and other useful items are initially assigned, to be lost through bad decisions or simply used up in game play, or gained at different points of the story, giving the book a familiar feel to gamers. The game can be played alone or with other participants, involving the whole family at gatherings such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. All that is needed are a pair of dice to throw when a random factor needs to be introduced and a pencil for scoring. After each scene, the player moves forward or backwards according to their decision or the throw of dice, being directed to another numbered scene according to the designated outcome. Eventually each player will either reach a sticky end, or achieve the ultimate prize. Can you beat the odds to succeed in your quest?
The book's subject matter and family orientation has earned it a place in museums in St. Albans in the UK, alongside more erudite works on Roman artifacts and remains, where it is hoped it will encourage visiting children to take an interest in historical matters generally, and provide entertainment for families visiting the town's antiquities. It is also under consideration by other Roman museums in the UK.
Crimson Cloak Publishing handles anything except erotica. It has a strong children's book section, offering a range of fiction and non-fiction works for juvenile readers. Children's submissions are assessed for educational value and seek to subtly underpin good moral values and a healthy lifestyle. Titles include children's picture and chapter books: Lynne's humorous fantasy book, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, ZAC'S DESTINY (a sword-and-sorcery novel for children) and CAUTION: WITCH IN PROGRESS, a very different humorous fantasy, are also published by Crimson Cloak, along with several short stories. The second CRIMSON CLOAK QUEST, PIRATE'S PERIL, is in preparation ...
THE CHALICE OF JUPITER retails for $11.99 or $3.99 for kindle/ebook version, and would make an ideal gift for anyone of nine years of age and older.