Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies by Ian Livingstone; Icon Books, paperback
I sat at my desk, picked up my d6 and rolled a new character. Then I wrote down my starting stamina on the Adventure Sheet in the back of the book. 21. Not bad, really, but look at that: blue ink. I’d used a biro. Rookie mistake.
When filling out an Adventure Sheet, you always use a pencil. I remember saying those very words to my younger sister several decades ago, possibly slamming a desk ineffectually as I spoke (we’d been watching a lot of Dallas). Sometimes, you use a separate piece of paper, actually, so that you don’t spoil the book itself for posterity. Sometimes, you ask a parent to photocopy the sheets and then you’re really off to the races.