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 Mod
    Jun 11, 2015 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, 2015 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 Mod
    Jun 11, 2015 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, 2015 at 16:17
  • Fair enough, this would probably be a good tag to have then.
    – Null Mod
    Jun 11, 2015 at 16:39
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    FWIW, visual novel is the Japanese term for works along these lines.
    – user1027
    Jun 11, 2015 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? Jun 11, 2015 at 17:15
  • @Jas Yes, that tag should work.
    – b_jonas
    Jun 11, 2015 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

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 Jun 11, 2015 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, 2015 at 18:08

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