Friday 26 February 2021

Steve Jackson's Sorcery! is coming to Nintendo Switch!

Inkle, the developer behind the superb digital adaptation of the Steve Jackson's Sorcery! series, will be bringing the game(s) to Nintendo Switch later this year.

Here's what had to say about the Sorcery! games:
"Jackson's source material - a four-part spin-off of the Fighting Fantasy series - is still a delight, and Inkle gives the adaptation's predominantly text-based choose-your-own-adventure proceedings a real sense of presence, through some satisfyingly chunky map exploration, enhanced combat, and other nifty tricks."

And here's what thought:
"Beautifully realised and with a compelling if familiar narrative... this gripping tale has us well and truly hooked."

While Inkle originally released the four-part epic in installments, the Switch version, which is being handled by Polish publisher No Gravity Games, will include all four chapters in a single package. 

Sorcery! Parts 1-4, as the game will be known on Switch, is due to arrive in the third quarter this year.

An epic adventure through an open world of monsters, traps and magic. Infiltrate the Fortress of Sorcerers, and create your own unique story where every decision you make is remembered, no matter how small. Cheat death, uncover ancient mysteries, and recover the Crown of Kings – if you can. Spanning four interconnected games, players weave their own unique tale of adventure, daring, luck and cunning from a million words of dynamic content and tens of thousands of decisions. Each part can be played separately, or strung together, with consequences of decisions that span the whole series.

Tuesday 23 February 2021

And the winner of the FF World Cup is...

City of Thieves!

Recently, FF fan Rob Hatton has been running a series of polls to determine which Fighting Fantasy gamebook people think is the best. After a number of rounds, 60+ solo adventures were whittled down to just two - Ian Livingstone's City of Thieves, and Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon.

Both books were originally illustrated by Iain McCaig, and after a titanic struggle, which looked to go either way for much of the match, City of Thieves ended up taking a small lead over Deathtrap Dungeon, and managed to hold its rival at bay long enough to take the top spot. The final score was 193 votes to 180.

You can find out more by visiting the Fighting Fantasy (and other gamebooks) Facebook group.

Friday 19 February 2021

Gameblast21 in aid of SpecialEffect

is the UKs biggest annual charity gaming marathon weekend in aid of The Gamer's Charity SpecialEffect, of which Fighting Fantasy co-creator Ian Livingstone is a Vice President.

This year, Fighting Fantasy fan Giro Maioriello is going to be undertaking a Fighting Fantasy Challenge for GameBlast21. This will take the form of a 24-hour marathon, during which he will play through the digital versions of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks published by Tin Man Games and available on Steam.

Sunday 14 February 2021

Which Fighting Fantasy adventure do you LOVE?

We're not talking about the ones you quite like, we're talking about those you are absolutely besotted with. The adventures that you play over and over again, despite knowing every encounter inside out. The books you could never imagine parting with. The titles that you own multiple copies of, and will buy anything that is released that is even remotely connected to them.

Is one of these classic adventures your soulmate?

Or perhaps one of these newer titles has stolen your heart.

And while we're on the subject of things that you love, which is your favourite cover painting? Who is your favourite artist? Who is your favourite author?

Why not confess to your secret crush in the comments below?

Wednesday 10 February 2021

The Port of Peril - the Bulgarian edition

Available now from GENY-Gamebooks, is the Bulgarian language edition of Ian Livingstone's The Port of Peril, the English edition of which was published to coincide with Fighting Fantasy's 35th anniversary in 2017.

The cover features Iain McCaig's cover art for the limited edition UK hardback release, while the internal illustrations first appeared in the Brazilian edition.

The book also includes a brand new map of Allansia, with all the place names translated into Bulgarian, naturally.

If you would like a copy of the Bulgarian edition of Ian Livingstone's The Port of Peril, either because you can read Bulgarian or because you are an avid collector of all things Fighting Fantasy, you can buy it here.