Golden Sword of Dragonwalk is a Twistaplot gamebook by the prolific R. L. Stine. It was published in 1983, nine years before Stine’s Goosebumps series began. I sped through the first few choices, skim reading and this was the end of my pathway:
“In a few days, Grandma Carmen’s once quiet neighborhood is overrun by evil. Dragons roam the sidewalks, chewing up the hedges and swallowing pedestrians whole. Sorcerers change babies into toads…” (18)
Well yes, only children and rather silly adults would enjoy such nonsense. Being rather silly myself, I started again from the beginning. On page 5, I find a Morton’s Fork with one choice sending you directly to page 8 and the other having you read page 11 before sending you to the same page 8. You then have to choose which order you will fight the big dragon, middle dragon and little dragon. Six paths to choose from. Here are my choices and their results in the order I chose them.
- middle, big, little – I’m DEAD but it seemed to give a clue to fight the big one first, so I try again.
- big, middle, little – I’m DEAD but the wizard says never fight the big one first. Sigh.
- little, big, middle – I kill the little one. I kill the big one. Then this happens:
“… the look in the dragon’s eyes is not one of anger, but of grief. With its two companions gone, the middle dragon has lost all its fight. It offers no resistance as you plunge the Golden Sword through its heart.” (29)
Thanks Mr. Stine for making me a murderer.