Friday, 17 June 2022

Artist Gary Mayes to attend Fighting Fantasy Fest

In another first for Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, sci-fi artist Gary Mayes will be one of the guests attending on the day. Gary is the artist who illustrated the Fighting Fantasy science fiction titles Rebel Planet, Robot Commando and Star Strider.


Gary is currently working with Mark Lain on the graphic novel adaptation of Rebel PlanetSo, why not come along to Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, on Saturday 3 September 2022, and make the most of the opportunity to get Gary to sign his work in person for you? Tickets are still on sale here.

Friday, 10 June 2022

More Fighting Fantasy gamebooks are heading overseas

News today of two more translations of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. First up is Rhianna Pratchett's Crystal of Storms, which is being released in Hungary by Chameleon Comix as Viharkristályhoz.


As well as boasting new cover art - featuring one of everyone's favourite, wheel-shaped critters - the Hungarian edition also has new interior illustrations by István Lakatos, which remind the Warlock of John Blanche's artwork for Steve Jackson's Sorcery! series.


And then we have Le pirate de l'au-delà, which is the French title for Bloodbones, by Jonathan Green. This isn't a new translation but it is a new edition, to match the other Fighting Fantasy gamebooks Gallimard Jeunesse have released over the last couple of years.

Friday, 3 June 2022

Steve Jackson's Sorcery! is coming to Switch

Steve Jackson's Sorcery! The Complete Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

If you've not played inkle studios' adaptation of Steve Jackson's seminal gamebook quartet, the release of the quadrilogy on Switch will provide you with the perfect opportunity.

Journey through hills, forests, cities, dungeons, and even time in the magical world of Sorcery! where every choice matters. Fight, explore, solve puzzles, and most importantly, survive and craft your own unique story! Each part can be played on its own, or you can load your character from one part to the next, carrying over equipment, stats, and narrative choices.

Features: 

 - Freedom to explore
 - pick your own path and make your own choices, thousands of them
 - Progression that counts - load your progress from the previous part and continue your journey
 - Spellbook full of wonders - a plethora of weird and wonderful spells that can affect the narrative in wild and unpredictable ways
 - Swindle with the best of them
 - Play Swindlestones, a game of cunning and deceit, for profit or for information
 - God(s) be with you - multiple deities, each with their own quirks and powers
 - Life of the city - hundreds of characters to interact with
 - Slay the night - fight hundreds of unique monsters
 - Storytime - adapted from the best-selling gamebook series by legendary game designer Steve Jackson
 - Music to my ears - listen to a beautiful soundtrack by the "80 Days" composer, Laurence Chapman


Friday, 27 May 2022

International Gamebook Day 2022

Three months today, Saturday 27th August, is International Gamebook Day. It is an online event that celebrates all things gamebook-related, featuring interviews with creators from all over the world. This year, International Gamebook Day also just so happens to be Zagor the Warlock's 40th birthday, so you can expect some Fighting Fantasy themed material in particular on the day.

And a week later, on Saturday 3rd September, Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 is taking place at the University of West London in Ealing, at which Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone will be talking about their new books, Secrets of Salamonis and Shadow of the Giants.

But before then, we have the UK Games Expo, which kicks off a week today, on Friday 3rd June, at the NEC in Birmingham. Although Sir Ian is no longer able to attend himself, Olly McNeil - of Steve Jackson's House of Hell LIVE! fame - has kindly agreed to step in for the Friday night live reading of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and help guide the audience, and The Dark Room star John Robertson, to a successful outcome or an untimely death. May his STAMINA never fail!

Friday, 20 May 2022

Fighting Fantasy at the UK Games Expo 2022

Unfortunately, following a recent operation, Sir Ian Livingstone is no longer able to attend the UK Games Expo this year. However, fortunately, Olly McNeil - of Steve Jackson's House of Hell LIVE! fame - has agreed to step in for the Friday night live reading of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and help guide the audience, and The Dark Room star John Robertson, to a successful outcome or an untimely death.

2022 marks the 40th Anniversary of the publication of this groundbreaking interactive adventure gamebook. The player takes the role of an adventurer travelling to find the treasure of a powerful Warlock hidden deep within Firetop Mountain. People from a nearby village advise that the treasure is stored in a chest with two locks, and that the keys are guarded by various creatures within the dungeons. The player must then navigate the dungeons beneath Firetop Mountain, battle monsters and attempt to locate the keys.

You can also read an interview with Sir Ian Livingstone if you pick up a copy of the UK Games Expo programme at the event.


Friday, 13 May 2022

Get on the road with Freeway Fighter

The latest release from Tin Man Games, for their Fighting Fantasy Classics app, is Sir Ian Livingstone's Freeway Fighter - surely the most suitable FF gamebook to add to their library in this year of all years!

You can download the app now for your PC, Mac, Android and iOS device. Check out Steam, Google Play, and the App Store now.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 Tickets

Tickets are on sale now for Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, and are strictly limited to 400* in total.

The Convention of Firetop Mountain is returning to the University of West London, three years since FFF3, on Saturday 3rd September 2022, to celebrate 40 years of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks series co-created by Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone.


Everyone who purchases an adult ticket will receive:
  • A uniquely numbered 40th anniversary ticket (strictly limited to 400 in total)
  • A souvenier programme and autograph book
  • A pair of Fighting Fantasy dice
  • Access to the event, including the Traders' Hall and Artists' Alley, and all signing opportunities
  • Access to all talks and panels
  • Access to a special screening of Martin Gooch's new film Argh and the Quest for the Golden Dragon Skull, featuring Sir Ian Livingstone!


Attendees may also pre-order an exclusive Fighting Fantasy 40th anniversary T-shirt and enamel pin badge, ready for collection at the event.

There are also a limited number of Young Adult and Children tickets. (Please note that anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder.)


Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone will be attending as Guests of Honour, and other guests include authors Rhianna Pratchett, Jamie Thomson, Peter Darvill-Evans, and Jonathan Green, artists John Sibbick, Malcolm Barter, Tony Hough, Mel Grant, and Rob Ball, and original commissioning editor Geraldine Cooke.

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 is likely to be a very popular event and entry is by pre-paid ticket only*.

If you've been before, you will know what to expect and will doubtless be keen to attend again. If you've not been before, then this is the year to attend your first Fighting Fantasy convention!

So, don't delay and make sure you secure your place at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 now!


* Tickets are limited to 400 adult tickets, plus 50 Young Adult tickets, and 50 Children tickets.

Friday, 22 April 2022

The Warlock Returns - Issue #6

Available now from Arion Games is Issue #6 of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy fanzine The Warlock Returns.


This issue contains more new material from fans of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy Roleplaying Game and Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, including:

* Denizens of the Pit - A dozen dangerous creatures

* Jungle - Poisons and Diseases from the jungles of Titan

* Advanced Fighting Fantasy Online - The online AFF experience explained

* Cantrip Spell Cards - For use with your magic users

Scorpion Swamp - The Masters - Setting setup

* Stellar Adventures - Space Ranger solo game

The Legend of Gareus - Comic Strip and Agony Aunt page

* New Races - Black Elves and the Bird People

Director Advice Articles - Suggesting rumours and plot hooks

Plus the results of the Warlock Returns charity auction


Friday, 15 April 2022

Who knows what monstrous creatures lie in wait in the Citadel of Chaos?

Citadel of Chaos is the latest release from Arion Games for the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG.

Based upon the classic gamebook by Steve Jackson, this epic adventure will take you deep into the eponymous Citadel to face (and hopefully defeat) defeat the evil Balthus Dire. 


Deep inside the Citadel of Chaos the dread sorcerer, Balthus Dire, is plotting and scheming the downfall of the good folk of Salamonis. His battle plans are laid, his awesome army is gathering, and attack is surely imminent.

Summoned by a desperate plea for help, only YOU and your companions can undertake a mission which strikes at the very heart of Balthus Dire’s nightmare world.

The Citadel holds a dark and dangerous peril for anyone foolhardy enough to venture through its gruesome gates. And yet venture you must, for your mission lies at the heart of the Citadel. Many dangers lie ahead and your success is by no means certain. Powerful adversaries are ranged against you and often your only choice is to kill or be killed!


This massive adventure contains a lot of new information about the Citadel and its inhabitants, detailed areas, encounters and enemies, pregenerated heroes and a lot more. Likely to take a good many sessions to play through, this new adventure will give your players an experience they will never forget!

Citadel of Chaos contains Prologue ideas to get the Heroes to the Citadel, a four Act adventure with 85 Scenes,  Black Sorcery - a new Magic style, additional lore, and pregenerated Heroes.

You can pick up Citadel of Chaos and the whole Advanced Fighting Fantasy range here.


Thursday, 14 April 2022

Fighting Fantasy co-creators pen two new books for the series' 40th anniversary

As announced by The Bookseller yesterday, Sir Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson have written two new titles in the gamebook franchise for Scholastic UK, marking the series’ 40th anniversary.

Shadow of the Giants by Sir Ian Livingstone and Secrets of Salamonis by Steve Jackson will be published in paperback this September, to mark 40 years since the release of the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.


The plot of Shadow of the Giants features an ancient artefact discovered inside Firetop Mountain, whose evil magic unleashes terrifying Iron Giants upon the world of Allansia. It is Livingstone’s third new Fighting Fantasy book since Scholastic starting publishing the series in 2017.

Secrets of Salamonis is Steve Jackson's first new title for 33 years, since the publication of The Trolltooth Wars in 1989. Having arrived in the City of Salamonis following a run of a bad luck, the adventurer must turn to the Salamonian Adventurers’ Guild, who will offer the player quests such as defeating the Ratterpillar.


Sir Ian said: “I am incredibly proud that The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is 40 years old and continues to entertain children and adults around the world. I am delighted to be celebrating the 40th anniversary with the publication of my new Fighting Fantasy gamebook, Shadow of the Giants, and hope readers will enjoy the new challenge.” 

Steve Jackson added: “It’s been a little longer than a two-day hike needed to reach Firetop Mountain in the first book. Forty years, in fact. And during that time 20 million books in 26 languages have turned Fighting Fantasy readers around the world into armchair adventurers in search of great treasures. May their stamina never fail!”

Make sure you follow the official Fighting Fantasy blog for more news regarding Shadow of the Giants and Secrets of Salamonis in the months to come.

Friday, 8 April 2022

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 & You Are The Beer-o present... The Fourester of Doom!

Tickets will be going on sale soon for the third Fighting Fantasy pub quiz. It will take place the night before Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, on Friday 2nd September 2022.


We will be returning to The Forester pub in Ealing, for the appropriately named The Fourester of Doom pub quiz.

As with previous years, all profits from the event will be donated to charity. So watch this space for more news about when tickets will go on sale for The Fourester of Doom as well as Fighting Fantasy Fest 4.

Friday, 1 April 2022

Perils in the Lands of Titan

Available now from Scriptarium is Périls dans les contrées de Titan, a collection of ten scenarios for the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG. Many of the adventures contained within the book have previously been published in English, but some are unique to this new French language title.

Included among the scenarios are Deathtrap on Legs by Paul Mason and Steve Williams (which originally appeared in Issue #7 of Warlock magazine), Ring of Seven Terrors by Graeme Davis (from Issue #9 of Warlock), and The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur by Jonathan Hicks (first published by Arion Games in PDF format).

The adventures take place across all three major continents of the world of Titan, and vary in both length and difficulty. If you would like your own copy of Périls dans les contrées de Titan, you can purchase it direct from Scriptarium's own online store.

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Ian Livingstone on the Galaxy's Greatest: 2000 AD at 45

As well as marking 40 years of Fighting Fantasy, 2022 is also the 45th anniversary of the publication of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, 2000 AD.

This weekend, an online convention - Galaxy's Greatest: 2000 AD at 45 - is taking place to celebrate this momentous occasion. One of the many guests taking part is Fighting Fantasy's very own Sir Ian Livingstone.


Sir Ian will be talking about the great games inspired by the comic's characters and settings, on Sunday 27 March at 4:50pm, and will be joined by Andy Chambers (a freelance writer and games designer who was formally Senior Lead Designer at Games Workshop) and Duncan Molloy (Head of Rebellion Unplugged).

The panel will be streamed online and for free on 2000 AD’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as Rebellion’s dedicated Twitch stream. But you will also be able to watch at your lesiure later via YouTube.


Friday, 25 March 2022

Arion Games release more Return to the Pit paper miniatures

Today sees the release of the latest set of paper miniatures for Advanced Fighting Fantasy, featuring the creatures from the book Return to the Pit.

This new set of John Kapsalis miniatures includes such horrors as the Dread Demon, the Flesh Eater, the Flying Skull, and the Forsaken One. 

If you are missing any of the previous sets, you can pick them up now from Arion Games via DriveThruRPG, along with the whole range of Advanced Fighting Fantasy products.


Friday, 18 March 2022

Wächter der Lüfte: Ein Fantasy-Spielbuch

Great news for German-speaking fans of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks - Rhianna Pratchett's Crystal of Storms is now available in German, courtesy of Ueberreuter.


Tritt ein in eine Welt voller dunkler Magie, schrecklicher Ungeheuer und tödlicher Gefahren, eine Welt, in der DU über den Verlauf der Geschichte bestimmst!

Im Ozean der Sturmwinde, wo Unzählige ihr Leben gegen die Ungeheuer der See lassen mussten, liegt die geheime Himmelswelt. Hier, im Herzen des schrecklichsten aller Sturmwinde, ist die Luft still und süß. Hier befinden sich die schwimmenden Inseln von Pangaria. Und hier lebst Du. Seit die Insel Nimbus nach einer plötzlichen Explosion vom Himmel gefallen ist, bist Du der letzte Sturmwächter. Nun liegt es an Dir herauszufinden, was geschehen ist und Pangaria vor weiteren Unglücken zu bewahren! Doch entscheide weise, denn hinter jeder Ecke lauern tödliche Gefahren.

Mehr als ein Buch! Mehr als ein Spiel! – Ein interaktives Abenteuer für mutige Helden ab 10 Jahren

Friday, 11 March 2022

Sir Ian Livingstone at LarpCon 2022

Last weekend, the brave and the bold headed to Coalville in Leicestershire to quest for treasure, face wandering monsters, and meet an actual real-life knight - Sir Ian Livingstone!

The event was LarpCon 2002, which this year was themed around the 40th anniversary of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series. Sir Ian met all manner of fans - some less human that others, by the look of things - and was even given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 UK Larp Awards.



One lucky attendee even went home with a glorious 36" sword - crafted by Irregular Props and signed by Sir Ian - which was the first prize in this year's charity raffle in aid of the National Autistic Society. 


If you attended this year's LarpCon, please share your experiences in the comments below and tag us in your photos on Facebook (Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks), Twitter and Instagram (@fightingfantasy).

And don't forget, Fighting Fantasy will be making an appearance at events throughout the year, including the UK Games Expo, and will have its own, dedicated, 40th anniversary fest in September. Click this link to find out more.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

World Book Day 2022

Today marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day - a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March, funded by publishers and booksellers.

Of course, 2022 also marks the 40th anniversary of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. So, this World Book Day, we would like to know, which is your favourite Fighting Fantasy adventure published since Scholastic Books took over the series, and which is your favourite 'classic' Fighting Fantasy adventure?

Please post your reply in the comments below.

Friday, 25 February 2022

LarpCon 2022

Next weekend, LarpCon 2022 is taking place at the Whitwick & Coalville Leisure Centre, in Coalville, Leicestershire, from Friday 4 - Sunday 6 March.

This year the event will be celebrating 40 years of Fighting Fantasy, and Sir Ian Livingstone himself will be in attendance.

To find out more, including how to book your ticket for the event, click here.

Friday, 18 February 2022

Blast from the Past! Stormslayer

As people in the UK batten down the hatches in the face of the wrath of Storm Eunice, the Warlock thought it would be timely to transport you back to a time when the weather could not only be fought but defeated.

Stormslayer was published in 2009 as the fourth title in the newly-revamped Wizard Books Series 2, as they have since become known. Written by Jonathan Green and illustrated by newcomer Stephen Player, the adventure was originally pitched as Eye of the Storm. However, the publishers decided that a name change was required, so as to avoid there being any confusion between the new gamebook and the still relatively recently published Eye of the Dragon.

The first FF adventure to be set in Femphrey in the Old World, Stormslayer had the weather mage Balthazar Sturm interfering with the climate in order to wreak his revenge upon those he saw as having passed him over for greatness in the past. Green describes the adventure as, “an attempt to write a book that was more like the original adventures and also one that didn't rely on Demons, Chaos or Undead for the villains. It was to be more elemental altogether.” As with the other titles published as part of Series 2, Stormslayer featured a set of three pre-generated characters.

Simon Flynn, publishing manager of Wizard Books’ parent imprint Icon at the time and the person responsible for the relaunched Fighting Fantasy series, wanted to find a new artist whose style might appeal to a younger audience. He settled on the San Francisco-based Stephen Player, who had previously illustrated some of Terry Pratchett’s books, amongst others. However, he only received the commission after he had submitted a test piece based on an encounter the hero has during the course of the adventure with an ill-tempered Giant.

“It was one of my all-time favourite jobs so far,” says Player of his sole Fighting Fantasy commission. “As a fantasy illustrator there is nothing I like better than drawing monsters. This was an orgy of monsters and mayhem; never a dull moment. I also love working in black and white line; you can put all your time into the design and atmosphere and it also means the process is shorter with no time for boredom to set in.

"Jon Green's imagination is so fertile, the locations, events and creatures in Stormslayer so exotic and varied. It was like illustrating the climactic moments from twenty-five different books.

“There were also new challenges. How to keep the poses different and fresh when so many figures are advancing towards the viewer was one issue I had to wrestle with. Illustrating a collection of objects and weapons in an interesting manner was another.”

Stormslayer has been translated into French and was published by Gallimard Jeunesse in 2013 under the title Le Maître des Tempêtes (which translates as 'The Master of Storms').


While Stormslayer has yet to be republished by Scholastic Books, the similarly-themed Crystal of Storms by Rhianna Pratchett is still available.