Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 Talks

Eleven days ago, almost 400 Fighting Fantasy fans descended on the University of West London to celebrate 40 years of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, with Sir Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson, and a host of other creators, including authors, artists, editors and filmmakers.

If you were unable to attend in person, you might have been been able to watch the talks that took place on the day via the FFF4 Live Stream. But it you didn't, or you would like to enjoy them all over again, you can do so by visiting the Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 page on www.fightingfantasy.com.





Thank you to everyone who did attend, or joined us via the live stream, and we'll see you again in 2024 for Fighting Fantasy Fest 5!

Friday, 9 September 2022

Fighting Fantazine #17

It may have been five years in the making, but Fighting Fantazine Issue #17 is here at last. In fact, it was released on the 40th birthday of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!

Edited by Alexander Ballingall, the magazine features a cover by FF alumnus Tony Hough that teases the brand new FF adventure Barbarian Warlord, written by AFF author Andrew Wright, with illustrations by Johan Tieldow.

Barbarian Warlord is a fantasy epic unlike any other, but one that could only be published in a fanzine. Read it for yourself to find out why!

There is also the 'regular' Omens and Auguries news feature, the Arcane Archive, The Fact of Fiction, this time featuring The Keep of the Lich-Lord, and an interview with Dave Morris, one of the co-authors of the forty-third FF gamebook.

To top it off, there's the Rogue's Guide to Kharé and Kakhabad, and the second part of the AFF adventure, The Hunt for the Black Whale.

Fighting Fantazine Issue #17 is available as a free to download PDF but can also be purchased as a physical print copy. To find out more, visit the Fighting Fantazine website.

Thursday, 1 September 2022

40th Anniversary Fighting Fantasy titles released today!

Today, the Warlock is delighted to announce the release of the two new Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, published to celebrate 40 years of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!


Secrets of Salamonis, by Steve Jackson

Do YOU have what it takes to become a hero? Travelling to the ancient city of Salamonis to make your fortune, YOU must decide whether to join the Strongarms guarding the merchant caravans that criss-cross Allansia, or study at the famous Halls of Learning. Will you enter Bu Fon Fen in search of Cauldronweed, or rid King Salamon's Mine of the pests that plague it? Will you bring Cardinal Zyn to justice, or set off in search of the horn of the Black Unicorn? And just who is the Shivering Man, and what does he have to do with the mystery of the screaming sky? It is down to YOU to uncover the secrets of Salamonis!


Shadow of the Giants, by Sir Ian Livingstone

When an ancient artifact is discovered inside Firetop Mountain, its evil magic unleashes terrifying Iron Giants upon the world. In a race against time, YOU must find the only person who knows how to defeat them. Where does he live? Will he help? Will YOU survive?


Don't forget, Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone will be signing copies of their new 40th anniversary Fighting Fantasy titles at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, on Saturday 3 September 2022 at the University of West London in Ealing.


Saturday, 27 August 2022

Happy 40th Birthday, Zagor!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, by Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone.

Who knew, back in 1982, that four decades later, brand new Fighting Fantasy gamebooks would still be published, the series having sold in its millions all over the world? This achievement has been marked in a number of recent publications, including Fortean Times magazine and Tabletop Gaming magazine.

The latest titles to be released - Secrets of Salamonis by Steve Jackson, and Shadow of the Giants by Sir Ian Livingstone - will be available for sale, next Saturday, at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4.

I must be said that Zagor is looking very good after 40 years. To celebrate this landmark occasion, FF author and historian Jonathan Green, and publisher Snowbooks, are preparing a newly updated and revised edition of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, and this time it's going to be interactive!

So here's to Zagor the Warlock and his creators, Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone, and to the next 40 years of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks!

Happy 40th Birthday, Zagor!

Friday, 19 August 2022

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 - The Schedule

There are now barely two weeks to go until Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 takes place at the University of West London in Ealing, on Saturday 3 September 2022.

The programme has been finalised, which means that we can now reveal the schedule for the day.

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A few tickets are still available, but they won't be for long. If you haven't secured yours yet, click here.

 

Friday, 12 August 2022

Marvel's Multiverse Missions launching at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4!

In something of a coup for Fighting Fantasy Fest, the first place you will be able to get hold of physical copies of Marvel's much-anticipated Multiverse Missions gamebooks in the UK is at FFF4 on Saturday 3 September.


Both books have been written by renowned game designer Tim Dedopulos, while the mastermind behind the new series is none other than Aconyte Books' Publishing Director, and Fighting Fantasy alumnus, Marc Gascoigne. Marc will also be attending Fighting Fantasy Fest again this year, and taking part in an author panel as well as signing books for fans.

FF consultant editor and author Marc Gascoigne

Unfortunately, previously announced guests Jamie Thomson, Malcolm Barter and Gary Mayes, are no longer able to attend FFF4.

Friday, 5 August 2022

Exclusive FFF4 Zagor Figurine

Here's just another reason to attend Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 on Saturday 3rd September - a new and exclusive 75mm figurine of Zagor the Warlock created by Blue Giant Studios*, who will also be attending the convention.


The Zagor figurine will be on sale at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 and Paul 'Pandemonium Miniatures' Cooke will be giving a demonstration of how to paint the model during the course of the day.


*Formerly Atlantis Miniatures.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

The Podcast of Firetop Mountain

There are many podcasts, Twitch streams and YouTube channels that regularly discuss Fighting Fantasy gamebooks or play through them, but the latest is definitely one that fans of the premier gamebook series are going to want to check out.

The Podcast of Firetop Mountain is a new venture by Alison Cybe and co-host Stuart Lloyd. Each episode, they take a deep dive into one of the FF adventures, starting with fan-favourite, Sir Ian Livingstone's City of Thieves.

You can listen to The Podcast of Firetop Mountain via YouTube or Spotify, as well as many other places. Next up is Steve Jackson's House of Hell, which premieres on Tuesday 9th August. So make sure you bookmark The Podcast of Firetop Mountain today.


Friday, 29 July 2022

YOU ARE THE HERO - The 40th Anniversary Edition!

YOU ARE THE HERO - The Ultimate Edition! An interactive history of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, 1982-2022, coming soon to Kickstarter. Sign up to be notified when it goes live here.  

Yes, you read that right - interactive! Just like your favourite Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. The book will include content from YOU ARE THE HERO Parts 1 and 2, as well as new material covering the last five yars.

So please sign up to the Kickstarter preview page and spread the word to help ensure this is the best YOU ARE THE HERO yet!


Saturday, 23 July 2022

Your last chance to preorder your FFF4 T-shirts and badges!

Six weeks today, the doors will open on Fighting Fantasy Fest 4.

Many people will be collecting their Fighting Fantasy 40th anniversary T-shirts* and badges on the day. If you have yet to preorder yours, you have until 12:00pm on Friday 29 July 2022 to do just that!


Mock-up images of the 40th anniversary T-shirts and badges.
(Artwork not final.)

The front of the T-shirt features Zagor the Warlock, by Russ Nicholson, and the Fighting Fantasy logo, while on the back are listed all the solo FF adventure gamebooks that have been published over the last 40 years - 77 in total! The badge will be an enamel pin badge.

Whether you have ordered your tickets for Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 or not, you can order your T-shirts and badges by clicking on the 'Tickets' button on the Eventbrite page and scrolling down to the Add-ons section.

But remember, you only have until 12:00pm on Friday 29 July to do so - so don't delay!

* If you have already ordered a T-shirt, you will have received an email explaining how to specify the size you require.

Friday, 22 July 2022

Are YOU tough enough to survive attacks by Allansia's most dangerous and deadly assassins?

Tin Man Games have confirmed that the next Fighting Fantasy gamebook to receive the Fighting Fantasy Classics makeover will be Assassins of Allansia, written by Sir Ian Livingstone.

After accepting a challenge to survive on Snake Island, a nightmare unfolds when a bounty is placed on your head. Beware the ruthless assassins hellbent on hunting you down - but who are they? Where are they? Trust no one...


First published in 2019, this new digital version of Assassins of Allansia uses Karl Kopinski's cover that appeared on the limited edition hardbacks launched at Fighting Fantasy Fest 3, and interior illustrations by Krisztián Balla, that featured in the Hungarian edition of the book, published by Chameleon Comix.


Features include:
  • Make the gamebook as easy or as hard as you like and even turn on a special 'Free Read' mode to play the book like an old-school cheater!
  • Map feature makes it easy to keep track of everywhere you have explored during current and previous playthroughs.
  • Unlimited Bookmarks allow you to revisit difficult sections as many times as desired.
  • Licensed artwork form Karl Kopinski and Krisztián Balla.
  • Automated Adventure Sheet that keeps track of your stats, inventory and knowledge gained during your journey.

So don't delay, and download Assassins of Allansia today. Just remember... trust no one!

Thursday, 21 July 2022

21 July 2022

Today is 21 July 2022 or, as some of you will know it, Freeway Fighter pandemic day!


Having witnessed how a pandemic has affected the human race on your Earthly Plane over the last couple of years, the Warlock could quite easily believe that Sir Ian Livingstone was having some kind of prophetic vision when he wrote Freeway Fighter, predicting how people would react when faced by a threat of an unstoppable illness.


You can enjoy his vision of a world given over to lawlessness in which petrol has become increasingly unobtainable, in one of several ways. First there is the seminal Fighting Fantasy gamebook, first published in 1985 and featuring cover art by celebrated SF artist Jim Burns*. Secondly, you can relive the adventure via Viber, and thirdly, as part of the Fighting Fantasy Classics app. And fourth, there is the graphic novel prequel to Freeway Fighter published by Titan Comics in 2017.



* Not once, but twice!

Friday, 15 July 2022

Iain McCaig 'appearing' at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4

Have you booked your ticket for Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 yet? If so, you're in for a treat. If not, you might want to hurry up and purchase yours today, as the latest guest to be confirmed for the event is none other than Iain McCaig.


Iain McCaig is a legend among Fighting Fantasy artists, having painted the original covers of such seminal gamebooks as Ian Livingstone's The Forest of Doom, City of Thieves, Deathtrap Dungeon, and Island of the Lizard King.


Iain will be 'appearing' via the magic of Zoom, broadcasting live from his home in Canada on Saturday 3 September 2022. As anyone who attended Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 back in 2017 will know, his masterclass was one of the standout sessions of the day.

Iain is a world-renowned and award-winning character designer and visual storyteller, who has worked on such blockbuster films as Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Jungle Book, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, as well as the recent TV series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

For this very reason, due to the potential for copyright infringement, Iain's talk will not be livestreamed or recorded to be posted online later. The only way to experience it is in person at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4. So don't delay, get your ticket today.

Friday, 8 July 2022

Encyclopedia Arcana

The latest Advanced Fighting Fantasy crowdfunding project from Arion GamesEncyclopedia Arcana, launched yesterday on Kickstarter.

Encyclopedia Arcana is the first volume in a new range of books for the 2nd Edition Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG and has been written by Andrew Wright, the author of such popular titles as Beyond the Pit, Demons of Doom, and Rough Guide to the Pit.

This new 200 page tome brings you:
  • A complete treasure generation system
  • New weapons and adventuring gear
  • Weird food and drink drawn from the lore of Titan
  • New skills and spells, including the magical school of Demi-Sorcery!
  • Over 360 new magical items Artefacts of power including holy, unholy and demonic relics
  • Seven new Hero Archetypes
  • The Ultimate Equipment List
  • The Ultimate Magical Item Index
  • The Ultimate Spell Index
  • And a bonus Titan-based Fantasy Name Generator


Encyclopedia Arcana is perfect for new or existing campaigns, as well as novice or experienced Directors, and will rapidly become a well-used book at your gaming table. It has also already been written, proofread, laid out and illustrated, with classic artwork from the original gamebooks by such luminaries as Russ Nicholson, John Blanche and Iain McCaig!

So, you know what to do...


Sample page layouts.


Monday, 4 July 2022

40th Anniversary Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks' covers revealed!

Today, the Warlock is delighted to reveal the covers of the two new Fighting Fantasy gamebooks Scholastic are publishing this September to celebrate 40 years of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!


Secrets of Salamonis, by Steve Jackson

Do YOU have what it takes to become a hero? Travelling to the ancient city of Salamonis to make your fortune, YOU must decide whether to join the Strongarms guarding the merchant caravans that criss-cross Allansia, or study at the famous Halls of Learning. Will you enter Bu Fon Fen in search of Cauldronweed, or rid King Salamon's Mine of the pests that plague it? Will you bring Cardinal Zyn to justice, or set off in search of the horn of the Black Unicorn? And just who is the Shivering Man, and what does he have to do with the mystery of the screaming sky? It is down to YOU to uncover the secrets of Salamonis!


The colour cover art and black and white internal illustrations for Secrets of Salamonis are by Italian artist Tazio Bettin, who has recently produced covers for Black Library books, including the reissues of the Bloodquest graphic novels, and is the current artist on the 2000AD strip Sinister Dexter.

Goblin Wolf Riders, by Tazio Bettin.

Shadow of the Giants, by Sir Ian Livingstone

When an ancient artifact is discovered inside Firetop Mountain, its evil magic unleashes terrifying Iron Giants upon the world. In a race against time, YOU must find the only person who knows how to defeat them. Where does he live? Will he help? Will YOU survive?


The colour cover art and black and white internal illustrations for Shadow of the Giants are by UK artist Mike McCarthy, whose design work for the Fable series of games for Lionhead Studios brought him to the attention of Sir Ian Livingstone.

Humluk the Ogre, by Mike McCarthy

Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone will be signing copies of their new 40th anniversary Fighting Fantasy titles at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, on Saturday 3 September 2022 at the University of West London in Ealing.