So the time came I finally got a day off work and two days after it’s release I get to view the film Bohemian Rhapsody, a Queen biopic. So how was it?
I have a feeling a lot of die hard Queen fans are going to get irritated by a lot of inconsistencies, most notably are the chronology of the songs as the film passes by. We Will Rock You for example if we are to go by this film was released in the 80s. Bzzzzt… Wrong! Next they may be annoyed by Ben Hardy being cast as Roger Taylor and looking not very like him at all. Rami Malek isn’t the best Freddie Mercury look alike I’ve seen either, with John Blunt looking much more like him in the TV movie about Freddie’s life. All this could distract the pessimists among us but what did they get right? For a start Gwylim Lee couldn’t look more like Brian May if he tried. Malek got a lot of Freddie’s moved spot on. The Live Aid section towards the end of the film simply makes you feel it’s that incredible day in 1985 again.
Pic1 Rami Malek vs Pic2 John Blunt
So at the end of the cliché, I as a lifelong Queen fan adore this film totally despite the little discrepancies and will rate it a respectable 8/10 .
Yep it’s official, Fighting Fantasy Fest 3 is happening next year. Why Ian Livingstone himself just confirmed it on Twitter
Saturday 31st of August 2019 will see the third dedicated Fighting Fantasy Fest held in Ealing. Will I see you there? For updates visit fightingfantasy.com !
Despite some vindictive little pillocks who can’t take responsibility for their own actions’ best interests to put a spoke in out works, we are still doing rather well. We have had a ball settling into abode and can look forward to a lovely open fireplace just like the good old days. I’ve rediscovered an old 400+ ref FF game I threw together years ago. With a little tweaking I can get that up on Mr Archer’s Fighting Fantasy site. I’ll come celebrate that tonight hopefully.
In the meantime here’s a charming little website based in the wee toon.
Not long now before Jonathan Green’s epic new gamebook Neverland – Here Be Monsters comes to fruition. Once again I’m one of several playtesters and it’s going very well. Kev Crossley is on board again as illustrator which keeps the Ace gamebook series nicely routine. More soon, Jam out!
You know the ones. Hand gels, air fresheners, disinfectants, all these things that proudly boast on the label they destroy 99.9% of all germs including pathogens and viruses. Ever so often I go through a phase of buying these products only to fall ill with the common cold, respiratory infections, tonsillitis or flu.
So what the actual Hell is going on. Well all the while we wash our hand with soap and water, we are removing germs and pathogens anyway so long as we rinse and dry our hands properly. The bacterial hand washes also do but they take away the good bacteria that coats our skin as a first defence protective barrier against the bad. This creates a completely clean slate for the bad to cover us much easier before generating more good, then when we touch our faces or eat with our hands they’re given a free ticket to make us ill. Stick to soap and water unless otherwise instructed or you work in the medical sector.
So when else is it ok to use these things? Well keep all your surfaces clean in the home but wear gloves to keep that all important good bacteria safe. Use the air fresheners in rooms that won’t be in use for a while to cleanse airborne pathogens. (Bedrooms in the day, Lounge at night etc)
In the meantime, remember to stay clear of that antibac hand gel and use good old soap and water.
From the quills of Mark Lain comes this delightful quadrilogy of not just one but FOUR playable adventure stories. A must for all gamebook readers!
@FightingFantasy – Gates Of Death. The second brand new Fighting Fantasy adventure game book released after Port Of Peril in 2017s Scholastic relaunch of the series. So how was it for me?
Me after finishing Gates Of Death by Charlie Higson
After an excruciating wait from Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 up until today I finally managed to tread through the latest adventure set in Allansia. Charlie Higson of The Fast Show fame had been a fan of Fighting Fantasy for years, and has graced us with Gates Of Death, his debut epic for the series. He was invited by FF co-series creator Ian Livingstone to guest write, and has made history as the first guest writer to have his own name on the front cover of an FF book. The celebrity essence may lend the series some pulling power.
Now, you may already know that I cannot stand the internal art scholastic has chosen for these books.
Little better than cheap grayscale slap dash comic styles, and this book is no exception. It’s a shame because the beautiful realistic illustrations in the classic series is what attracted me to FF in the first place. Thankfully, Higson’s writing hits the nail on the head and saves the book with fast paced scenarios and cleverly interwoven snares for readers to get netted up in. Multi FF author Jonathan Green is said to have coached Higson and this is apparent as Gates Of Death contains a couple of similar elements to Greens work Night Of The Necromancer, although this may be coincidence.
One thing I noticed is the fighting aspect is really kept to a minimum. You could always use an alternative to get yourself out of a rut with opponents. I think I completed the adventure with only four actual melee combats. There is plenty of magic to be found and used in this adventure, three pairs of magic shoes for example. I guess he likes giving you plenty of chances to win as you only need one pair!
FF is now meant to be aimed at a younger demographic than before, although this book introduces the words ‘bum’ and ‘farting’ into the FF vocab. Not to mention a mutant with two faces on it’s bottom actually illustrated! While it’s clearly meant to bring humour it seems to cheapen the feel of the serious quest.
Overall this is a grand adventure, much better than the ho hum badly named Port Of Peril (which barely has anything to do with the Port in question, you’re there longer in this book) …and a wonderful debut for Higson to the series. He could easily do some more. 7.5/10
Me and Charlie Higson at FFF2 – 2017