What is an adventure game?
The book is an adventure game. Adventure games (or role playing games) can be played by two or more players. One player is the Goblin King (or Queen!), and all other players are characters.
Once you and your friends are gathered around a table, the Goblin King will help each of the players to create a character to play the game as. This is great fun, as you and your friends have to answer the question: “Imagine you were in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. What would your character be like?
For example, you could say: “I am going to be a goblin called Flozzle, who is sneaky and is always trying to get the better end of a deal!”
With the help of the Goblin King, you will fill a character sheet for your new character, which records his or her traits and flaws, as explained later in this book.
Once all characters have been created, the Goblin King will start telling a story, set in the Labyrinth and the players will play as the main characters in that story!
So, for example, the Goblin King could say something like: “You and your friends are making your way through a walled maze section of the Labyrinth when you come across a goblin stumbling around with his helmet on backwards. Nearby you can hear faint but nasty laughter. What would you like to do?”
Then it’s up to the group to discuss which way to go and, once you agreed, they will tell the Goblin King and he or she will continue the story, telling the group what happens in the direction they have taken. This way the story of the adventure you are on will develop and you can meet other characters, weird creatures, explore new and familiar parts of the Labyrinth, face challenges and solve riddles on your way to accomplish your mission.