'''הארצות הקסומות''' הוא שמה של סדרת [[ספר משחק|ספרי משחק]], אשר נוצרו על ידי הסופרים [[דייב מוריס]] ו[[ג'יימי תומסון]] והופצו במקור על ידי Pan Books, חברת בת של [[Macmillan Publishers]] הבריטית. הספרים אוירו על ידי ראס ניקולסון, ארון פוטייר וקווין ג'נקינס.
הסדרה ניגשה לז'אנר ספרי המשחק מזווית חריגה. בעוד שספרי המשחק הנפוצים כדוגמת [[Fighting Fantasy]] (אשר
שווקה בארץ בשם [[כישוף!]], כשם 4 הספרים הראשונים שתורגמו מהסדרה), [[Lone Wolf]] (אשר לא תורגמה לעברית) ו-[[Choose Your Own Adventure]] תיארו סיפור ליניארי ביסודו, אשר מקדם את הדמויות מתחילת הסיפור עד לסופו לאחר מספר מוגבל של צעדים, נקטו כותבי '''הארצות הקסומות''' בגישה שונה דמוית [[משחקי עולם פתוח]].
כל אחד מספרי הסדרה תיאר אזור גאוגרפי מסוים בעולם הארצות הקסומות, והשחקנים יכלו לנוע ביניהן במגוון אופנים. (אם היו ברשות השחקנים הספרים המתאימים) הסדרה איפשרה לשחקנים להחזיק ולסחור בחפצים ואף בנכסים משמעותיים יותר כדוגמת נדל"ן או כלי שיט.
היום, ניתן להשיג את כל 7 הספרים בחנויות הספרים השונות בעולם.
== סקירה ==
בספר 1,200 מקטעים.
. The Lone and Level Sands''===
''The harsh deserts of western Ankon-konu''
This book was never published, but it would have been set in the Desert of Bones, in Ankon-Konu. This presumably would have been the Fabled Lands' equivalent of the [[Sahara]]. Notes from David Morris indicate the region is home to genii and inspired by the Thousand and One Arabian Nights. It also featured the Blue Grasslands, which according to information in the first six books is populated by blue-skinned nomads - descendants of the Uttakin featured in ''The Court Of Hidden Faces'' - and tribes like the Golden men and their flying arks. Other locations would have been the City of Stargazers, and the Country of the Hidden Ones - judging from information in the first six books, and the names on the map, it would have been similar to the [[Himalayas|Himalayan]] countries of [[Nepal]], [[Tibet]] and [[Bhutan]].
The phrase 'the lone and level sands' appears in Shelley's poem ''[[Ozymandias]]''.
===''9. The Isle of a Thousand Spires''===
''Chrysoprais and the Sea of Stilts''
This book was never published, but it would have been set (as the subtitle implies) in the western locations of Chrysoprais and the Sea of Stilts.
Chrysoprais presumably would have been very similar to [[India]]; the names on the maps have an Indian flavour (for example, the Crimson Fort rather than the [[Red Fort]]). Also, a few clues are left in the first six books regarding the culture of Chrysoprais - for example, in the [[Japan]]ese-inspired land of Akatsurai featured in ''Lords of the Rising Sun'', there is a religion following the "Sage of Peace" which is clearly based on [[Buddhism]]. If the player fails in a quest relating to the Sage of Peace, they can travel west to "the saint of Vulture Peak" (found in Chrysoprais) to seek redemption and enlightenment. This suggests that people in both Chrysoprais and Akatsurai worship the Sage of Peace; in real life, [[Buddhism]] originated in India and later spread to [[Japan]].
===''10. Legions of the Labyrinth''===
''Philosopher kings of the west''
This book was never published, but would have been set in the western lands of Atticala. Atticala was clearly inspired by [[Ancient Greece]]; the map of the Fabled Lands reveals this, as many of the towns have Greek-sounding names and are symbolised by [[Architecture of Ancient Greece|Greek architecture]].
The name "Atticala" is also similar to "Attica", a region of Greece.
===''11. The City in the Clouds''===
''Danger in the heart of a vast metropolis''
This book was never published, but was to have been set in the city of Dangor in the mysterious "Forbidden Realm." It is not known how the book would have been structured to fit within a single city - all other Fabled Lands books were spread over an entire landscape, with many cities and towns in between.
Very little is known about Dangor, except that it is situated at the top of cliffs hundreds of metres high called "The Golden Cliffs." Dangor's [[harbour]] is apparently at the very top of these cliffs, with the rest of the city. In ''Over The Blood Dark Sea'', the player can read the account of a Sokaran sailor in the [[library]] of Dweomer. He recounts of how his ship waited for three days at the bottom of the cliffs, while a mountain climber took their documents to the port authorities above. When all was found to be in order, "grapples were lowered and secured and the whole vessel was winched up to the docks a thousand feet above."
Dangor may have been inspired by the near East, as it is symbolized by what appears to be a near Eastern palace on the map.
===''12. Into the Underworld''===
''The ultimate journey''
This book was never published, but it would have been set in the [[underworld]] of the Fabled Lands. Whether the authors intended for this to be a series of caves and caverns or a literal [[Hell]] (or both) is uncertain; there are many entrances to the twelfth book throughout the first six. Some of these are through caves and tunnels, while others are through magical gateways, by falling off the edge of the world (in both of these instances the player is told that they will arrive in "Hell"), or even board a ship in a celestial harbor.
A series of magical gateways found throughout the books allows the player to travel instantaneously to the many cities of the Fabled Lands, including those in books that were never published. One of these was called "Erebus" and sent the player to the twelfth book. In [[Greek mythology]], [[Erebus]] was a god associated with the underworld.
== תוכנות ==