Calling all 80s gamebook fans and fantasy nerds!
Tickets for the the second dedicated Fighting Fantasy Fest are still on sale but time is running out. Click here if you wish to drop by this day long event organised by gamebook guru Jonathan Green, with guests of honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, plus an army of the series’ authors and illustrators.
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!
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.
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 😉
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!
Ok so im a couple of days late because I didn’t think I could really be bothered to talk about this. However, scholastic have released the cover art of Ian Livingstone’s brand new FF book, Port Of Peril. I first started reading FF during the greenspine era around 1988, and as such have been weened on the realistic lifelike strokes of such artists as Les Edwards, Ian McCaig, Jim Burns and a whole load more. The new cover art is somewhat more cartoonish, with bold colours rather than blended and angled lines rather than curved. Such is the style of the artists Robert M Ball who has taken on the project. They somewhat remind me of the old Tunnels & Trolls book coverart.
A lot of fans, myself included will take time to adjust to this entirely new look with the FF facebook threads being something of a debate on the matter. After a bit of research however I have found out kids today are favouring this new art format over the old. At least with one cover artist all the books will look consistently designed. Another nice touch Ian himself let slip is there are no more greenspines they have been upgraded to a very eye catching gold foil, as have the dagger logo and title. Who doesn’t like gold right? Apart from maybe the crap Cybermen off Doctor Who!
So as a purist, I’m going to miss the old cover art and swallow a rather bitter pill. But as for the series, I think its got a tough challenge ahead levering kids off of video games but if it works then the future of FF and likelihood of more new adventures will be in good stead. It’s a good time for us to all test for LUCK.
I need to try and remain unbiased for this one as I was a play tester once again for Jonathan Green’s latest fairy tale/ steampunk/ gamebook adventure The Wicked Wizard Of Oz. This adventure sees us flying back over the rainbow in an extremely clever way, in that you can play as a regular goody Dorothy Gale, The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Lion or maybe two bonus characters the Wicked Witch Of The West or the Wonderful Wizard himself!
The basic premise is that an automaton “Wizard” has become self aware and is wreaking havoc through Oz with an intention of bursting into Kansas as well. Due to the sheer number of references needed to cater for six different heroes…the adventure doesnt seem to be as long as most Jonathon Green works such as Alices Nightmare In Wonderland, but he utilizes what is left very well giving us plenty of foes and places to explore and tasks to complete. One of the things I love about this book is that your hero gets to meet up with others along the way. Each hero has special abilities and The Pen Is Mightier choices will get you out of sticky situations when used appropriately.
Once again the incredible pen work of Kev Crossley is weaved into the pages to bring the world of Oz to life. Even upon seeing his preliminary sketches I was taken in by the dark steampunk styled sketching of tje four main heroes. These are not dancers and singers anymore, just mean looking action heroes.
To summarize this is Jonathan’s most ambitious project to date. Arriving just a month after estimated release, it was proofread by playtesters and professionals alike in order to get it perfect as can be. Now available on Amazon, I would recommend it to any fan of Baum’s classic tale or game books alike, in order to experience the evolution of a typical 400 reference static hero book into an 850 reference multiple choice hero book. Click HERE to get yours.