This week I couldn’t have been luckier in the world of Fighting Fantasy. Last week I discovered I had pride of place in the You Are The Hero part 2 backers page. Saturday I was lucky enough to aquire a free copy of Ian Livingstone’s latest adventure Port Of Peril. Today I’m thrilled to inform that I have won a free NomadGames Fighting Fantasy Legends pack on android and a signed FF book. Jammy Jam or what? Would love to thank NomadGames for the wonderful prize and hope to see them at the Fighting Fantasy Fest in Ealing if they’ll be there.
Enter the Jam!
So today my copy of You Are The Hero part 2 arrived much to my excitement and delight…and then I woke up. Got you reading though right? There are still several weeks to go before SnowBooks get these sent out to Jonathan Green and I’m picking mine up at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 anyway. But I’m sure we will be able to expect a lot of interesting articles especially what never quite made it to YATH one, and stories behind all other related FF ventures over the past three years, from comics to book and apps to video games. Here’s the promotional video.
Nomad games have done a terrific job on Fighting Fantasy Legends and you can purchase all three games – The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos and City Of Thieves – on both Steam and the Android market for around £5-£7. Great value.
So Mr Lain and I are on a Fighting Fantasy book hunt today. We have managed to discover early releases of Scholastics Forest Of Doom and Citadel Of Chaos. There has been a lost of disappointment in old school fans of series where art is concerned, me included. Some redeeming news is that the artwork in the two aforementioned books is so similar to the originals it seems the new artist has drawn over them in his own style. While this will appease a few, it may annoy the purists. You will doubtlessly see what I mean when the Facebook group errupts into debate again.
Gark from Citadel Of Chaos reimagined
Hark! What is this?
Hot of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series new release it continues into the digital realm once again with a set of brand new games by the boffins at Nomad Games with Fighting Fantasy Legends. They are also currently running a competition whereby a lucky winner will recieve a free copy of their new game. All you have to do is like and share their posts for a chance to win so why not check them out on Twitter and Facebook today!
Take a look at @Nomadgames’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Nomadgames/status/889047492142223362?s=09 and watch this promotional video for more.
Whilst many of us have still to get our hands on a copy of the Scholastic reissues of Fighting Fantasy, the gang have been circulating enough plot points and pictures to do a personal mini review here. We find that the illustrations are not really what us fanboys turned men (and women heheh) are used to. They are very angular and cheap looking which has come as a downer. The good news is Ian Livingstone’s new adventure is true to his usual form, with an enjoyable yarn in which you need to find a multitude of items to take along the way.
(The Ghoul in Warlock Of Firetop Mountain by Vlado Krizan. That’s a skeleton not a ghoul. “Semi decayed man…”? Theres nothing left of him grrrr!!!)
(Foiled again! Photos by Kevin Abbotts and Paul Berry)
People are already having trouble with the gold foil in the bookspines. They haven’t had their copies more than a day and its beginning to fray and peel already. All in all, production and design of the iconic book series’ new look is quite a hash. Personally I’m only interested in the new adventure and hope their are more thus I shall only invest in the limited edition of Port Of Peril at this point partially due to Iain McCaigs incredible cover for now.
I very much doubt scholastic will care to actually give their audience what they want with their daft ‘we are selling to kids of today art’ approach …(this is bum cum, the cover and internal art are no different to some tacky Choose You Own Adventure books of the early 80s they’ve just gone for the cheap option) …while alienating a 30 year fan base of thousands. My gut reaction is this could all fizzle out soon like it did for Wizard books only much faster and that would be a great shame given the writing of the new adventure is on par. I hope not, but I’m listening out…
Recently found another gps game app on Google Store called Sighter. It ses to bee like Munzee but based solely of taking photos of the place you’re tracking. I’ll give it a whirl tomorrow. Need to come up with a couple of new game formulas seeings how the last one looks undoable. 46 days left before my new life begins up in Scotland. I’m so excited to see my Vic and little Cassia again. Im even ready packed for FFF2. Talk about commitment. Done a little Euromillions lotto syndicate with the lads at the workshop just for today. Roll on tonight, we’d love to all leave work 😉
So far this past few months I’ve been made a daddy, had a book dedicated to me, have my name featured in a videogame and visited Scotland for the first time. The next few months will see me meeting my childhood heroes, my name featured in another book, moving to Scotland and being with my family happily ever after.
Two years ago this would’ve been just an impossible dream. When things got bad for me to the point of #depression a few years ago , I hung in there and started changing my life. Now I’m one of the proudest and happiest men alive and its largely thanks to my wonderful partner.
I love you Victoria 😉 xxx
The artwork for the limited edition of Port Of Peril has been released. From the quills of Iain McCaig illustrator of many Fighting Fantasy pictures comes this lovely sandy toned setting from the titular Port… Port Blacksand. So far two familiar faces have been spotted. Spotted by Ben Parkinson on Twitter…Mungo, the doomed sailor from FF7 Island Of The Lizard King, can be seen in the bottom right hand corner. In the middle distance to the left we also see a FF6 Deathtrap Dungeon Easter egg represented by the elf maid with a boa constrictor.
This thrilling limited edition of Ian Livingstone’s Port Of Peril is going to be a rarity as only 500 are meant to be printed. They will be available at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 in Ealing on the 2nd Spetember. Yes, I am going too 😉
Legendary Living Dead film creator passes into the hereafter. His first three Living Dead films set standards for what Hollywood would call the Zombie genre, (dammit they’re ghouls , zombies don’t eat people-see Night’)
These films would forever be ripped off, sometimes to great effect (Zombie Flesh Eaters), sometimes to bad (Zombie Nation) other times hapily parodied (Shawn Of The Dead).
Finally my geocaching trackable has come back onto the radar after an almost 12 month hiatus.
Sister O’Brother , aka Roamin’ Catholic, was picked up by a geocacher named Eskil while in Scotland and subsequently taken to Germany. There was an 11 and a half month wait before she resurfaced on the trackable map. Not only did Eskil fail to register this trackables movements, they also appeared to have boycotted reading her mission to reach the Vatican. Now in the capable hands of U.S. geocacher TheLF (who provided the photo above), she is enjoying a little Florida sunshine before they move her along. She has at least been clearly looked after, but how she ended up there is a mystery. Welcome back online Sister!