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Do we have a tag for printed interactive fiction books (gamebooks, choose your own adventure books, not requiring a computer)? If we do, tag Trying to find book I read from library about a lone person crash landing on an alien planet . If we don't, what should we call it?

This would be simlar to other media type tags like , , , etc, and would help the most for questions to help search for other questions that may ask for the same work.

More such questions I found:

Plus there's a couple of non-story-id questions about the Lone Wolf series:

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    Do we really need it? I would think story-id + book would be enough. – Null Jun 11 '15 at 15:44
  • Yes. "book" is really common, lots of story-id questions on our site are asking about books. Printed interactive fiction has a lot of different names (that poster didn't even give any common name) so it's hard to search for any keyword (as opposed to, say, Dumbledore who is almost always called that, so you can just search for his name). – b_jonas Jun 11 '15 at 15:49
  • But on the other hand, interactive fiction seems too specific. I've been a member for 9 months now and the linked question is the first one I've seen about interactive fiction. Of course, I might have missed a few but such questions seem pretty rare. – Null Jun 11 '15 at 15:54
  • @Null: there's more such questions, I've edited some into the post, and those are just what I could find easier – b_jonas Jun 11 '15 at 16:17
  • Fair enough, this would probably be a good tag to have then. – Null Jun 11 '15 at 16:39
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    FWIW, visual novel is the Japanese term for works along these lines. – user1027 Jun 11 '15 at 16:51
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    We already have a choose-your-own-adventure tag; are there kinds of gamebooks that wouldn't fall under that category? RPG gamebooks spring to mind, but do we have any story-id questions about them? – Jason Baker Jun 11 '15 at 17:15
  • @Jas Yes, that tag should work. – b_jonas Jun 11 '15 at 17:23
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We already have . I've gone ahead and added it to three of the linked questions:

Some of the linked questions already had the tag:

But the others I'm not confident if the tag should be added; not confident enough to edit, anyway:

  • The OP of Drawing of Yggdrasil does specifically call out a CYOA book, but only to point out what their desired book isn't I don't see anything else in the description to suggest that it's a gamebook
  • Series following a lone adventurer named Grey Wolf has an accepted answer which is not a CYOA book
  • I don't know anything about the "Lone Wolf" series, so I don't feel qualified to make the edit here
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There is already a tag which would seem to cover the majority of these sort of interactive RPG books.

I do appreciate that CYOA is actually a brand name rather than a catch-all term, but it seems pretty darned close

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    I think "Choose your own adventure" is pretty much a generic trademark by this point; maybe not in the strictest legal sense, but for all practical purposes – Jason Baker Jun 11 '15 at 17:59
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    I shall write a letter (in biro) to the publishers to see if they're happy with that. – Valorum Jun 11 '15 at 18:08

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