Friday, 14 May 2021

Advanced Fighting Fantasy: Combat Companion

Another week, another Arion Games release for Advanced Fighting Fantasy. This time it's the brand new Combat Companion by Graham Bottley, which is available now from DriveThruRPG.

This book contains a huge number of optional rules, new additions and new ideas to add to a new, or existing, Advanced Fighting Fantasy campaign, and will prove useful for both Players and Directors. Within you will find:

* Alternative Hero creation for novice/experienced characters

* Four new Special Skills

* Twelve new Talents

* New Critical and Fumble tables

* Ten Alternative combat rules

* Twelve new Combat Options

* Martial Arts rules and nine styles

* New Combat Magic school

* Seventeen new Spells

* Master and Acquired Magic weapons and armour

* New weapons, armour and equipment

* Mounted combat rules and new mounts

* Twenty Three Monster Templates

Don’t let those flashy spellcasters grab all of the glory! Buckle on your sword-belt, take up your trusty shield and find glory in battle!

You will need a copy of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy Second Edition Core Rulebook to make use of the rules contained within the Combat Companion.

Friday, 7 May 2021

More Monsters Emerge from Beyond the Pit!

Available now from Arion Games is the final set of Paper Miniatures for Advanced Fighting Fantasy, featuring the creatures from Beyond the Pit.

This set contains 'common' creatures, such as the Unicorn and Wraith as well as quite a few Titan-Specific creatures such as the Tusker, Whipperwolf, Yuemo and Zoalinth!

If you've not checked them out before, there are another 12 sets available from Arion Games, and they can all be found here.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Freeway Fighter - now on Viber!

Talk-A-Bot's messenger game of Ian Livingstone's seminal, post-apocalyptic gamebook Freeway Fighter is now available on Viber, the cross-platform instant messaging app.

Devastated by a killer virus, the world you once knew is a wilderness.

Life is lawless and dangerous. Survivors like you either live in scattered, fortified towns, or roam outside as bandits. YOUR mission is to cross the wilderness to the far-distant oil-refinery at San Anglo and bring vital supplies back to the peaceful town of New Hope. Even in the armed Dodge Interceptor you are given, the journey will be wild and perilous.

Will YOU survive?

Read the press release here, and to find out more, follow this link.

Friday, 23 April 2021

To Fighting Fantasy, or not to Fighting Fantasy?

In the region of your Earthly Plane known, slightly curiously, as the United Kingdom, today is Saint George's Day. 23rd April also just happens to be William Shakespeare's Death Day*.

Did you know that Fighting Fantasy author Jonathan Green is also an English scholar, with a fondness for the works of the Bard of Stratford? As a result, a fair few Shakespearean references appear in the Fighting Fantasy adventures he wrote between 1993 and 2010.

His first two books - Spellbreaker and Knights of Doom - were both influenced by 'That Scottish Play', Macbeth. For example, take the Bedlam Hags from the former, and the ghost of Sir Connor from the latter.

Shakespeare didn't make it into Curse of the Mummy**, but he was back in pirate zombie adventure Bloodbones, which features a sorcerer's cell on a desert island and a monster called Balinac.

Balinac, as realised by artist Tony Hough.

Howl of the Werewolf and Stormslayer are also free of the Elizabethan playwright's involve, but Night of the Necromancer probably has more Shakespearean references than any other gamebook by Jonathan Green, including numerous nods to Hamlet.

There is the name of the castle Valsinore (which is reminiscent of Elsinore castle in Denmark where Hamlet is set), the fact that the Hero can meet the ghost of their father, Lady Oriana is not unlike Hamlet's love interest Ophelia, and there's even a gravedigger called Yorrick!

Are there any other Shakespearean references that you've noticed in your favourite gamebook series?

* It may be his birthday too, but the only confirmed date at the beginning of his life is 26th April 1554, when he was baptised.

** Although Greek tragedy did.