A corruption mechanic is a common device of pen-and-paper roleplaying games in which player characters are prone to some form of physical, mental, or moral decay over time. They create a thematic game element that transcends the particular adventure or mission.
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a single-player RPG “choose your own adventure”-style gamebook recently released for the Amazon Kindle. More game than book, the reader controls an adventurer who descends into the dungeon beneath Firetop Mountain to loot the famed treasure of the titular Warlock. While a faithful recreation of the original, the implementation of the combat mechanics on the Kindle has introduced some problems.