Friday 28 September 2018

Return to Kharé - Cityport of Traps

Inspired by inkle's adaptation of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! books, Fighting Fantasy fan Minh Trần Duy has created a digital 3D model of that infamous Kakhabadian den of thieves and monsters, Kharé, also known as the Cityport of Traps.

And while we're talking of traps, don't forget that Sunday 30th September is the deadline for entries in our Trial of Champions competition, which is the day after Ian Livingstone and Charlie Higson are appearing at the Bath Children's Literature Festival.

Friday 21 September 2018

Fighting Fantasy at the Bath Children's Literature Festival

The Warlock has summoned you to his mountain lair this day to remind you that Ian Livingstone and Charlie Higson will be visiting the Bath Children's Literature Festival, in just over a week's time, to talk about writing Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

The event is taking place on Saturday 29th September 2018, from 5:30 - 6:30pm, at the Guildhall and is suitable for everyone aged from 9 to 99, or even 999.

Tickets are £7 each and can be booked here.

Charlie Higson is also one of the voices you will hear if you pick up a boxset of four new Fighting Fantasy Audio Dramas, available to pre-order now.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Fighting Fantasy Audio Dramas ready for pre-order!

Exciting news! The Fighting Fantasy Audio Dramas Boxset is now available for pre-order, ready for release in late November or early December.

The Boxset contains adaptations of Steve Jackson's The Citadel of Chaos and Creature of Havoc, as well as Ian Livingstone's The Forest of Doom and Deathtrap Dungeon, and features the voice talents of none other than David Warner (as Yaztromo), Charlie Higson (as Baron Sukumvit), Lisa Bowerman (as Evelina of Dree), Andrew Wincott (as Balthus Dire), and Games of Thrones' Richard Rycroft (as Throm the Barbarian).

The audio dramas also feature the return of Rachel Atkins (as Vale Moonwing) and Tim Treloar (as Cassius Stormblade).

Extras confirmed for the Boxset release include:

  • Cast interviews - featuring every cast member involved in the production, including two extended interviews with FF scribes Charlie Higson and Jonathan Green!
  • The Writer's Tale - scriptwriter David N. Smith reveals his thoughts on the writing of the Boxset scripts.
  • The Making Of.... - a documentary detailing the process of bringing the Boxset to life.
  • The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Original Demo - hear the original six minute demo pitch that started the whole thing off!
  • Music Suites - featuring all-new score for the boxset.

And if you are new to the range, Fighting Fantasy Audio Dramas are having a limited run flash sale of their first release, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: The Hero's Quest.

Friday 14 September 2018

Tin Man Games Round-Up

As reported here yesterdayTin Man Games' adaptation of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's seminal Fighting Fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (Goblin Scourge Edition) is now available for the Nintendo Switch, from the Nintendo eShop.

And the first reviews coming in could be described as fantastic!

Don't forget, Tin Man GamesFighting Fantasy Classics is also available, via Steam, and the Classic Complete Collection bundle features 9 FF adaptations.

One of those is Ian Livingstone's Trial of Champions, which is also the subject of our latest Fighting Fantasy competition.

Thursday 13 September 2018

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition released on Nintendo Switch today!

It's the day gamers and Fighting Fantasy fans have been waiting for - Tin Man Games' update of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition is now available for Nintendo Switch, bringing some old school gamebook RPG action to one of the newest handheld consoles!

Inspired by the gamebook by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone - which is 36 this year! - the tunnels, caves and dungeons of Firetop Mountain have been massively expanded, appearing both familiar and new to die-hard fans of the Fighting Fantasy series.

This is a major achievement for the Tin Man team, as this release marks both their first time releasing on console and their first time releasing for Nintendo! The game looks beautiful and plays beautifully as well.

It even features Russ Nicholson's classic art from the original edition of the gamebook.

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition comes complete with all existing DLC and will include over a dozen unlockable hero characters. Each comes with a unique miniature, evoking the nostalgia of classic tabletop games.

For each character you take into the mountain, both story and combat will – of course – unfold in different ways. Different narrative options will unlock and you’ll enjoy the strategic challenge of a fresh set of attacks and abilities with each hero you play as.

And if you’re sick of fighting on the side of good, fear not! You can also play as one of Zagor’s evil minions – Slime Beast, Giant Rat, Skeleton Warrior and more – in a combat-heavy, story-light ‘Gauntlet’ game mode.

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition is available now, for £29.99 USD, from the Nintendo eShop. Zagor is looking forward to taking on the many new adventurers brave enough to enter his lair!

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Pre-order The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for Nintendo Switch today and save 20%

Are you as excited about the imminent release of Tin Man Games' adaptation of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain on Nintendo Switch this Thursday?

If so - and why wouldn't you be? - you may like to know that if you pre-order the game today, you can save 20% on its recommended retail price.

To find out more, simply follow this link.

Friday 7 September 2018

The Edifying Art of Les Edwards

Anyone who remembers Fighting Fantasy gamebooks from their original run with Puffin Books in the 1980s will already be familiar with the work of fantasy artist extraordinaire Les Edwards.

Les produced the cover art for no fewer than eleven titles, including such classics as Demons of the Deep, Daggers of Darkness and Return to Firetop Mountain.

He also produced the cover art for Keith Martin's two blood-sucker adventures, Vault of the Vampire and Revenge of the Vampire.

When Wizard Books republished the Fighting Fantasy series in the new millennium, Les was asked to produce a new piece of cover art for Steve Jackson's House of Hell and Creature of Havoc.

He even got to revisit the artwork he originally produced for both Ian Livingstone's Caverns of the Snow Witch and Crypt of the Sorcerer.

“I enjoyed doing them,” Les said, when asked how his work for Fighting Fantasy differed from other illustration jobs. “I always liked using that kind of material as it wasn’t anywhere as commonplace as it is now. We seem to have Fantasy-like material wherever you look now.”

Les sold the original paintings of his FF art long ago, but you can still purchase prints of said pieces direct from his website.