Ultima Vol 1 – Cabal of Zole the Mage

Japanese Ultima 3 week continues with the first in a series of 3 gamebooks published in 1988 by Futabasha. I’ll take the word of The Ultima Collector’s Guide that this is based around the storyline of Ultima 3 but I have no idea how closely it follows the plot. Confusingly for us Westerners, it is printed in reverse with the cover and page 1 being at what I would usually consider the rear of the book:-

Ultima Vol 1 - Cabal Of Zole The Mage

For those too young to remember, gamebooks were something of an 80’s craze and typically worked by giving the reader a choice to make at the end of each passage. Each choice would give the number of another passage which they would turn to and so on. Some form of stats and dice rolling was usually involved as well but most people I knew ignored this and assumed they won every roll. I read dozens of these things as a kid with my favourites being Fighting Fantasy, Lone Wolf, Steve Jackson’s Sorcery and Grail Quest.

Unfortunately I can’t read this one, as much as I would like to, given the language barrier. It does have plenty of full-page black and white drawings scattered throughout at least which I created a gallery of below:-

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I’ve scanned in the full book which is available in the downloads.

3 thoughts on “Ultima Vol 1 – Cabal of Zole the Mage

  1. Again, this is new to me. Thanks as always Pix. I suppose I’ll read it when I get better with japanese. Right now this books has too many Kanjis for me to be able to read it.

    You won’t have the mangas too by any chance. I would love to see the untranslated mangas of Ultima

    • At least you can attempt to read them by the sound of it. I’d love to see translations of these books but it would need someone fluent in both languages.

      As for manga’s, there are still a few more days left in Japanese Ultima 3 week given that I didn’t start until Tuesday so you may be in luck.

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