#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…
Had a lovely day today. Walked Magic up to the shipyard and plotted some gps gaming areas, did a bit of work at the community garden and this evening took baby Cassia to her first swimming lesson with Vic. She enjoyed most of it until her gums started hurting. Poor baby, teething must be so painful.
Also managed to get rid of my copy Trolltooth Wars Graphic Novel. Well, the creators never replied so clearly they thought it wasn’t worth their asking price either. Sold it at a much worthier price as well. Oddly enough, the same price they think a small bit of card’s worth! Good riddance to it and their filthy not-so-flawless-as-they-think customer relations skills.
My good friend Dave Sharrock has released his first gamebook in recent times which will get its own review here when I next get a window. Jam out!
Lots of lovely hits to my blog recently. I see there are many playing Lair Of The Lunatic which is wonderful and I hope you’re enjoying it. Not much to report here other than I now own a copy of Doctor Who And The Fescan Threat. Certainly the largest single gamebook I have ever laid hands on at 2001 references and its as big as an Argos catalogue. Seek and acquire.
So nothing else to report. In the meantime here’s my latest FF meme. Corny as cereal flakes.
While it’s all quiet on the Western Front I just have time to say to everyone Jonathan Green will be launching another Kickstarter soon to fund his new adventure gamebook, Neverland. This will be another classic tale based adventure with the Green twist.
Dave Sharrock has also produced a physical gamebook under the Woven Paths label. It looks mighty big next to a Fighting Fantasy book so should be well worth checking out HERE.
Time for some job hunting. Jam out!
Getting settled in sounds quite a relaxing term but it’s anything but settling. The first two weeks have been a whirlwind of fatherly duties, dog owner duties and job searching. My best two bets at the moment are in a care home or in a distillery. Universal Credit is the most pathetic and barbarically cruel system ever devised by the so called ‘Government’ and their rules are if people can’t afford bills because they have no money left, charge them more. Bloody spazmo’s its no wonder the country’s gone down the pan.
Still, on a lighter note we have made two great new friends and they have been kind enough to make us dinner and take us out on their boat. Baby Cassia and I have such a lovely bond. Her smile still melts me every time x
Today I relocate to Scotland, to live with my fiancee and beautiful baby girl Cassia. I can’t wait for our new life to begin. However without a job to go into this is a step into the unknown, but so worth it when it’s to be with the woman of your dreams and dream come true.
Jennifer Rush put it best, nailed it even.
We’re heading for something
Somewhere I’ve never been
Sometimes I am frightened
But I’m ready to learn
Of the power of love
Fighting Fantasy seems secure for another year after the announcement at FFF2 last weekend. With five releases of some classics and a brand new quest by Charlie Higson, mentored by Jonathan Green. Intriguingly titled Gates Of Death, this sounds like a nice juicy horror which is my favourite genre. There are of course many more fan written amateur adventures on sites such as fightingfantasy.net including my own attempt Lair Of The Lunatic.
With a strong fanbase the series continues to thrive and the last new official story Port Of Peril by Ian Livingstone managed to hit the top 20 kids bestsellers list. Scholastic must be proud, although I’d love to know how many sales were to middle aged men fans from the 1980s like us 😉