Latest Update Wednesday 27th April 2016
Fighting Fantasy Fact
Straight out of the Jonathan Green's `You are the Hero: History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks', did you know that.........
"Over the years, many people have doubtless wondered about the origin of the name Zagor (pronounced so that the ‘Za’ rhymes with ‘bay’, rather than with ‘baa’). It was Livingstone who came up with the name having been inspired by the moniker attributed to the crossword compiler whose work appeared in Owl & Weasel, Games Workshop’s original gaming fanzine, Zailin.
But who was Zailin? Who else, other than Ian Livingstone? Livingstone devised the puzzles while his then girlfriend was the one who actually typed them up. Zailin was an anagram of their first names, Ian and Liz!"
Latest Update Saturday 16th April 2016
Fighting Fantasy Collector checklist & price guide 2016
New and revised content for 2016. This sixth edition is bound to please die hard Fighting Fantasy Gamebook fans and collectors alike. Checklists, price guides, footnotes, articles. Everything you need to complete and value your collection. Start your inventory now and may your collecting stamina never fail! Click this link to read it on-line. You can obtain a download version in pdf by email email@example.com.
Latest Update Sunday 10th April 2016
Ever wondered what Allansia looks like. Well here it is in map form. The original cartographer is Leo Hartas and he did this one for Trolltooth Wars. Leo illustrated many maps for Fighting Fantasy Books.
Apart from a book setting, have you ever attempted to map Titan over a wider area? Send your artwork to the Warlock for a feature - firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Update Friday 1st April 2016
Over the years the Fighting Fantasy logo has seen many faces. I am sure you'll all agree the original circular logo with the dagger is the most classic. It certainly has seen a few changes and I am sure there are a few other variations but for those that do not know, Fighting Fantasy has been around since 1982 (in print anyway) and this collection is the most popular ones known across the generations.
Latest Update Monday 21st March 2016
Bit of trivia from YOU ARE THE HERO. Steve Jackson may have been the first person to come up with the phrase 'role-playing game'. In early 1976, he wrote a review of En Garde! for Owl & Weasel (Games Workshop's original gaming fanzine). This was a 3 Muskateers quest game which used a gamesmaster. Struggling to find an effective way to describe how the Dungeons & Dragons experience differed from other games, he described it as a "role-playing game".
Latest News Wednesday 9th March 2016
If you haven't seen them yet you must have had your head buried in the sands of Titan. Arion Games have published the second edition of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy game system in paperback form since 2011 and for the first time you can now get one of them on-line. The first to be released in .pdf format is the Heroes Companion (requires the core rulebook) and available from RPG.NOW as a download.
Latest News Tuesday 1st March 2016
Freeway Fighter: The Comic Kickstarter project underway
A sequel to Ian Livingstone's Freeway Fighter is to be brought to life in comic format through a Kickstarter project supported by Jonathan Green based on a script written by Andi Ewington and Ian Livingstone. Find out more and keep up date on the progress by joining the Facebook group.
Latest News Sunday 28th February 2016
For those that missed SKILL, STAMINA; and LUCK on Radio 4 yesterday, here is the podcast on-line http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b071h083
Latest News Monday 22nd February 2016
SKILL, STAMINA and LUCK
Listen to musings of Fighting Fantasy History on Radio 4 this Saturday at 8pm
Sat 27 Feb 2016 20:00 BBC RADIO 4
Latest News Thursday 18th February 2016
Congratulations to William Zaphirato for winning the competition with his drawing and description of a Mist Wraith for Beyond the Pit. A copy of Blood of the Zombies is on the way to him.
Latest News Wednesday 10th February 2016
An epic adventure in a land of monsters, traps and magic. Journey across the deadly Shamutanti Hills and through the Cityport of Kharé, home to thieves, corrupt nobles and deadly mutants, as you attempt to recover The Crown of Kings. Armed with your sword, and over fifty spells with weird and wonderful effects, embark on a journey of a thousand choices where every one is remembered and will change your story. This is Parts 1 and 2 of a four-part series.
Latest News Saturday 30th January 2016
A re-imagining of the Fighting Fantasy adventures as a rich new digital tabletop RPG with miniatures and multiple character paths.
For The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Kickstarter backers, Tin Man Games are releasing extra material as a bonus on Humble for Android users. In addition to Kickstarter, in just a few days they will also be releasing Steve Jackson's House of Hell on to Steam as well!
They have also commissioned new art from Russ Nicholson and can reveal that one of the images will include Sindla, Titan’s Goddess of Luck, and a brand new monster that has made Firetop Mountain its home since the dwarves left. This latter creature was once bound by the dwarves to work the forges, so it may be a little bit angry!
They’ve also commissioned some new digital miniatures, one of the stretch goals, which include Haldar Eriksson, Ophelia Lapwing and Vignor Firestorm. Fighting Fantasy fans will recognise these heroes as the pre-generated player characters that accompanied the Wizard series 2 edition of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain paperback. Check out Balrum Axecleaver as well.
The Scale of Firetop Mountain in game, with scalable interior, will be something never seen before that will surely enhance what is looking to be an exciting release. This is not all, following negotiation with Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, Tin man are introducing a new Allansian character. Find out more here.
Latest Update Sunday 17th January 2016
The Warlock would like to hear from budding artists.
Choose a creature, monster, humanoid or other Fighting Fantasy character from the Beyond the Pit A-Z and draw a picture using your own style. If it has a picture, do not copy it, re-imagine it and come up with something fresh.
To be in with a chance to win a Fighting Fantasy Gamebook, entries should be sent to email@example.com by midnight on Sunday 31st January 2016.
Latest Update Sunday 10th January 2016
CAMEOS AND RED HERRINGS
In YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks Jonathan Green reflects on cameos.
"For those who are sharp of eye, there's a great deal to take from the myriad illustrations that appear in the Fighting Fantasy book. Take Iain McCaig, for example: "I left both clues and red herrings in the drawings, little things that the astute puzzle-hunter would pick up on. Occasionally, I also snuck things in just to see if anyone would notice, like the image of the howling prisoner with the severed hand in Deathtrap Dungeon, which is actually a portrait of Ian Livingstone." Following McCaig's lead other artists began to put Jackson and Livingstone into their pictures."
Where else have you seen the legends immortalised in the Gamebooks or where else have you been duped by an image? e-mail the Warlock with your finds. firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Update Friday 1st January 2016
To start the new year off as we mean to go on it is with great pleasure that we bring you the first quiz of 2016, House of Hell. Thanks once again to Tammy Badowski for her efforts. Why not try the others if you have time to spare and if you have one you would like to submit, e-mail the details to the Warlock for publication to email@example.com
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