Latest News Tuesday 1st September 2015
Welcome to the month of Reaping
Quick update. I did attend Comic Con on Saturday as planned and what fun I had. Unfortunately Lew was unable to attend due to illness so maybe I will get to meet him another day. To make up for it I met loads of famous people and got to guest assist The 7th Doctor Who - Sylvester McCoy and either side of me was Chris Barrie and Robert Englund none the less.
I need some help. I have had a question from a fan who needs help solving Blood of the Zombies.
"I have been playing blood of the zombies and have come up against zombie Kong I have a shotgun and Amy has the pistol giving us a +7 on our attack score however considering as the highest you can role on the dice is 12 it is impossible to get higher than 20 so it seems impossible to get past zombie Kong. Can you be honest with me and tell me is it possible to get a better weapon or can that part not be completed."
Solutions please to mailto:email@example.com
Latest News Wednesday 26th August 2015
Not quite news but a few stories to tell. I am attending Comic Con in Bournemouth on Saturday as a member of the Crew. I got the gig through a fellow fan, Fred Knitty and it also turns out that Lew Stringer will be there. Lew is famous for Derek the Troll in the original Warlock magazine. I'm not supposed to but I hope to get a sneaky autograph from him for the collection. This week I had friends around for supper, seeing that there two boys (8 and 12) were bored I asked if they liked reading and had they heard of Fighting Fantasy. Not surprisingly they hadn't but all the same they became very interested in all the books and my wider collection. I ran through the basics and got them hooked. I gave one The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and the other chose Caverns of the Snow Witch. Both sat down with dice, a piece of paper and a pencil and began playing the books. I am pleased to say that both requested to keep the books and of course I agreed. The moral of the story is that it is never too late or you are never too old to enjoy a classic Fighting Fantasy gamebook. I personally think that there is still mileage in visiting Schools to market the books as I am sure some parents would welcome reading over electronic games, however I would not want to cross Ian Livingstone over his digital agenda.
Latest News Tuesday 18th August 2015
Dragonmeet 2015 is being held on Saturday 5th December at the IBIS HOTEL EARLS COURT & ILEC CONVENTION CENTRE in London.
The guest list is yet to be confirmed but it is hoped that Steve Jackson, Ian Livingstone and Jonathan Green will be in attendance. At the very least The Warlock will be manning a Fighting Fantasy stand with books for sale and hopefully if the Titan Gods work in your favour, there will be book signing sessions as well.
More updates soon or go to the Dragonmeet website to find out more.
Latest News Tuesday 11th August 2015
The build up to the Fighting Fantasy Quest card game by Greywood Publishing continues
This image has been released by Jamie Wallis to keep our interest. It is an image never seen before of a WIGHT by Russ Nicholson. The images to be used are not actually new as they were drawn for the original release of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain but have never saw the light of day until now.
Latest News Wednesday 5th August 2015
If you have not done so already you simply must obtain a copy of YOU ARE THE HERO: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks by Jonathan Green. It is packed full of facts, pictures and stories to keep you entertained for hours. Here is a quote by Ian Livingstone from the book...
"Writing Gamebooks is a lot harder than people might imagine. The first job is to come up with a good plot, then the 'boss' adversary has to be created and all the creatures to be encountered along the way. Next is the map and devising imaginative ways of luring people down passageways to their 'death'. That was a lot of fun and used to make me laugh to myself as I wrote the paragraphs. People assume we use some sort of template and fill in the boxes. It is anything but that. I always constructed the flowcharts by hand, crossing off the 400 paragraphs as I wrote. Then the manuscript, which I wrote by hand, had to be checked for accuracy, difficulty, balance, numbers and consistency. It was, and still is, very challenging to write a gamebook, but at the same time very rewarding when it's done"
Have you ever tried to write your own gamebook? Give it a try and send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The template you should use can be found here and if you need help in getting started read our advice here.
Latest News Tuesday 28th July 2015
This week Fighting Fantasy is pleased to announce another great map by our regular contributor, Jim Fleet. This time he has produced one for City of Thieves. Whilst you are looking at this one why not check out the rest of the Maps available. If you cannot see a map for a book why not have a go yourself and submit it to email@example.com for it to appear on this website.
Latest News Monday 20th July 2015
Did you know that the first ever book, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain written by both Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone was first published in 1982 and the last book, Curse of the Mummy written by Jonathan Green at number 59 ended the original series of green spines in 1995. This book is one of the most sought after Gamebooks in the collection. But that is not all.
In 2005 Eye of the Dragon by Ian Livingstone was published after a 10 year hiatus. Bloodbones by Jonathan Green followed in 2006. Bloodbones was actually destined to be book 60 in the original series but that was never realised and didn’t see the light of day for a decade. Jonathan Green then followed up with 3 more books: Howl of the Werewolf (2007), Stormslayer (2009) and Night Necromancer (2010). The last book in the series thus far is Blood of the Zombies by Ian Livingstone and published in 2012, it marks the 30th Anniversary of the series. Have you read all 65 titles yet?
Fingers crossed this is not the last and rumour has it a new book will be released to mark the 40th Anniversary in 2022! If you cannot wait until then, start your adventure now and get reading the best and most famous gamebook series ever.
Latest News Sunday 12th July 2015
Lands of adventure!
The world of Titan is an extremely dangerous place. Mankind and its allies huddle in fortified settlements, for beyond castle walls the wild lands stretch across three continents. Out in the wastelands, Orc tribes war with each other for dominance, Savage monsters roam at will in search of food. Evil sorcerers ready their inhuman armies for battle. No one, surely, would venture out into such inhospitable places - unless the rewards were so great a hero couldn't possibly refuse.
Part story, part game, Fighting Fantasy is a book with a difference - one in which YOU become the hero! Armed with two dice, a pencil and an eraser, you can set off on a perilous quest. YOU will need to decide which route to follow, and which monsters to fight using the elaborate combat system. You may not survive your first journey. But with experience, skill and luck, each fresh attempt should bring you nearer to your great goal.
MAY YOUR STAMINA NEVER FAIL!
Latest News Sunday 5th July 2015
A new map has been submitted by fan Jim Fleet. This one is a little different in that it is in space. Ever wondered what the journey in Starship Traveller looks like, well look no further than this map. If you have Maps of completed Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks then please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to get featured.
Latest News Wednesday 1st July 2015
In Titan the month of Fire has started and today, the third day of the Allansian week, is Fireday. This is fitting since it is deemed to be one of the hottest days this year.
By way of an update, Tin Man Games are continuing to work on the Warlock of Firetop Mountain app and Greywood Publishing are planning to launch the Kickstarter campaign for the much anticipated Fighting Fantasy Quest card game, starting with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, followed by Deathtrap Dungeon, Forest of Doom, House of Hell and City of Thieves. Fingers crossed as well that the Kickstarter backed Trolltooth Wars Graphic Novel is well underway for release later this year.
Whilst we wait for all this to be released it is worth passing the time by downloading the new Inkle app, Sorcery! 3 - The Seven Serpents.
Latest News Sunday 21st June 2015
The Warlock struck lucky on Saturday. On one of his adventures hunting down the tomes of Jackson and Livingstone he managed to locate no less than 38 books in his haul. It is rare to achieve such a feat especially since a few rare gems were discovered. In particular, Allansia, that is much sought after amongst fellow adventurers and treasure collectors. Amongst them were books of another world by a fellow teller of stories but it would be remiss of me to mention the author here out of respect and loyalty to this brand. Nonetheless, these books and some of the original Fighting Fantasy books will become available to the marketplace once the inventory has been completed in pursuit of the ultimate collection.
Latest News Sunday 14th June 2015
Congratulations to Jonathan Green who won the 'Honorable Mention' award at this years Games Expo for his book You are the Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy.
Latest News Thursday 4th June 2015
News has reached the Warlock that Pure Evil Miniatures are planning to release up to 20 figurines using Kickstarter later this year. The first time they appeared without announcement was last year at the Fighting Fantasy Fest. Only 7 were planned but it seems that greater plans are afoot. Those we know about are Shape Changer, Lizard King and Panther, Bloodbeast (below), Creature of Havoc, Zanbar Bone, Brain Flayer and Zagor the Warlock. The others are unknown at this stage and we will bring news of those when we can.
Latest News Monday 1st June 2015
It's been a while but they are back. The first in a new set available, a brand new quiz to test your skill and knowledge. Try your luck with these 20 questions about The Citadel of Chaos. Why not try the other quizzes already available if you're up for the challenge.
Read archived news here.