As its name suggests, Outlaws of Kaan was to be set in north-west Allansia, but the proposal was rejected and parts of it were recycled in Spellbreaker and Howl of the Werewolf. Jonathan Green notes that he called the city "Kaan" (rather than "Kaad") after "misreading" the name on the map in Out of the Pit, and that no-one corrected his "mistake".
“ It was I who approached Puffin. It went along the lines of, as a naïve, spotty teenager with a bad haircut, I wrote a letter to Puffin telling them that they had to let me write my own series of adventure gamebooks all based in my own fantasy setting because they would be just great ... blah blah blah. Surprisingly, rather than tell me to go away and come back again when I'd gained some maturity and humility, the Gamebook advisory editor at the time - Marc Gascoigne - wrote back saying that Puffin only published gamebooks in the FF series and the FF setting but that if I would like to submit a proposal for a book this was how I should go about it ...
Time passed and having finished my A-levels, with a long summer ahead of me before heading off to university I had a go at writing a proposal. It was called Outlaws of Kaan and, to be honest, it was pants! Marc Gascoigne kindly read it and made helpful comments and by Christmas I was writing a second draft.
Future of the BookEdit
Given parts have been reused in subsequent gamebooks, it is not likely that this adventure will ever be published.
- ↑ A triumph of hope over logistics (see Comments) - "It was called Outlaws of Kaan and was set in northern Allansia. Elements of this proposal ended up in Spellbreaker, and one even made it into Howl of the Werewolf in the end." - Retrieved 2013-09-17
- ↑ A triumph of hope over logistics (see Comments) - "I had misread Dave Andrews lettering on the map in the original Out of the Pit but what's interesting is, at the time when I was pitching Outlaws no-one corrected me as to the town's name." - Retrieved 2013-09-17
- ↑ Interview with Jonathan Green at the Internet Archive record of Advancedfightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2013-09-17