#FightingFantasy has exploded back into being in many forms over the past couple of years, and this evening I managed to listen to the audio story version of The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain: The Hero’s Quest. It was rather well scripted, with the vocal talents of Rachel Atkins, Tim Treloar, Toby Longworth and Harry Primus. (The former sounding in my opinion very much like the late Lynda Bellingham).
Each track is a new scene of the adventure on the CD, as we follow Vale Moonwing and her unwillingly aquired companion, Cassius Stormblade, through the mountain to defeat Zagor the Warlock. It is rather true to the gamebook from which it is based with crowd pleasing appearances from familiar monsters.
FoxYason Music Productions LTD have proven they can churn out a great audio adaptation of the popular Fighting Fantasy series’ first adventure, so it will be very interesting to see if they can bring on other gems including the ever popular Deathtrap Dungeon or hotly under-used House Of Hell.
We Titanese wait patiently in the wings…
A big thanks to Mr Kevin Abbotts for creating this polished imitation zigzag cover for my first up and coming amateur Fighting Fantasy fan adventure. Downloadable as pdf from jamsplace.co and fightingfantasy.net SOON!
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.
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).
This week was a tremendous one for Fighting Fantasy fanatics like myself. Andi Ewingtons comic version has had issue one released, a bunch of which (there are several covers) arrived to my workplace the other day and I managed to snap this brag pic.
So how has it turned out? In one word, fantastic! The comic is true enough to the gamebook published in 1985 and focuses on the post apocalyptic life of an ex car racer. Society has collapsed and vicious road thugs and motor gangs haunts the highways. Even this first issue has a couple of lovely Easter Eggs draughted in to the frames by the ultra talented Simon Coleby, and Len O’Grady on colours. I hear there are 5 of which I think I have spotted 4 (I refuse to do spoilers at this early stage). The first issue is basically about setting the scene and characted development. We get to see just how rough the world has become and it leaves you on a cliff hangar ending ready for issue 2. My only blast is it ended too soon for a monthly comic. It needs a couple more pages in it.
The front of the book also contains a foreward by Ian Livingstone CBE himself pictured below with an equally handsome Me. He writes about his inspirations behind the book and why he wanted to go more futuristic with book 13 in the Fighting Fantasy book series when his usual mediums are sword and sorcery epics.
Current production is at the cover art for issue four stage so if you love a good post-apocalyptic yarn, get on over to forbiddenplanet.com and order your copies TODAY!
Freeway Fighter Comic:
Pro’s – good production team delivering polished material on time.
- Con’s – bit too thin for a monthly comic. Half a dozen more page sides should do it.
It’s been a busy past few weeks in the world of Fighting Fantasy. Ian Livingstone is producing an eagerly anticipated 35th anniversary game book, and has recently held a competition in Twitter to have a random lucky fans initials featured inside the story.
The ever concerned Jonathan Green has assumed the title of Warlock, the name given to the runner of the fightingfantasy.com website, having recently bequeathed the honour from Jamie Fry. He has not only started preparation for a sequel book to You Are The Hero, but has now released tickets for the second dedicated Fighting Fantasy Fest. You can purchase tickets HERE! Yes…I’ll be there!
Andi Ewingtons exciting Freeway Fighter graphic comic take on Ian’s FF classic is now available for preorder at Forbidden Planet and you can reserve yours by clicking HERE! I saw a mention that if these prove successful then other FF comics may surface too!
Ok so if you havent seen season 7 episode 1 of The Walking Dead yet please click this link to navigate away as there is a huge spoiler ahead.
Seriously you don’t wanna ruin this for yourself!
Come on now here goes the spoiler, besides which I’ve just passed wind so click away!!
There. Lovely. So how brutal was that episode? Extremely of course and we now know why they kept Abraham alive. To make us hate Negan even more! And I think it worked wonders. But how many of you thought then thought
‘yaaay Glenns been spared!’
Yea, me too until Daryl stirred things up. Oh Daryl… you wally. That could’ve been anyone else as well. Despite how shocked you may be feeling right now, the prosthetics have once again proved to be on the mark and the writers seemingly inexhaustable. This episode is probably one of the strongest three of the series. Certainly the most tragic since we lost Hershal.It was really uncomfortable to watch. I guess this is how they wished to convey it though so full marks for achieving that. But where now from here?
My what a big stripey kitty!