Does anyone have Blade of the Young Samurai?Demian's Gamebook Web Page wrote:You are a young samurai sent by your emperor of Nippon to retrieve the three magical items that your now missing father searched for years ago.
What details does the book give about the Empire of Nippon? How many characters and factions are in the book? How easy would it be to adapt some of the plot-elements, characters and background information to tabletop play?
Are there any maps of Nippon (or locations within Nippon)?
Demian's Gamebook Web Page also has this mini-review:
So it seems that this is a different thing to Kara-Tur. I've been told that Kara-Tur was originally going to be located on the World of Greyhawk, but got moved to Forgotten Realms, and that there is a Greyhawk map with Nippon on it, so if this is different from Oriental Adventures, that would be a good thing.Demian's Gamebook Web Page wrote:After a weak start, this book turns out to be a fairly satisfying fantasy quest containing some interesting locations and characters. The book's setting is a bit mysterious, though; it has little to do with the traditional Dungeons & Dragons game and was written before the Oriental Adventures expansion came out for AD&D. Also mysterious is how page 133 was accidentally left blank after the eleventh line of text. This problem was corrected in many copies of the book by the inclusion of a glossy sticker containing the missing text, though the error can't have been caught before the book was released, since I've managed to find an uncorrected copy showing no signs of a sticker.
So I would be especially interested in seeing how the world of Blade of the Young Samurai is different from Kara-Tur.
The printing issue with page 133 sounds like a bit of an problem. I'll have to contact anyone selling this book to make sure that page 133 is not stuffed up.
If anyone knows of a place online that has the missing page 133 text, I'd be grateful if they could point me at that missing text (or copy and paste it into this topic) as having access to the missing text would make it a lot easier to snap up a copy of this Nippon book.