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.
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.
Having been exposed to much literature recently has reawoken a deep desire to write my own book. I have often toyed with the idea of doing my own interactive story or an autobiography, both of which appeal to me right now. I think in all honesty the former would be a better idea as it’s others work of this kind I have dabbled in, most recently proof reading and play testing Jonathan Green’s upcoming book, The Wicked Wizard Of Oz. (Available for pre order on Amazon)
I’ve chosen this option, and ideas are beginning to pop in my mind and I can see the story’s structure taking shape. Im making notes and next I shall plot out the sequences. The big question is, do I bother with a combat system? Many fans of this genre fess up to not bothering with associated dice rolls and prefer to assume they been successful in any opposing sequence encountered. Lighter books of this genre such as Choose Your Own Adventure and Time Machine don’t bother with this mechanic. It will surely make it easier to write as well.
That said, its time for lunch soall the best, Jam out!
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!
Good news to all those people who couldnt make Fighting Fantasy Fest back in 2014…and those who did! Well the truth is, Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 has been confirmed with this picture riding round the web promoting the event.
After the awesome atmosphere and success of the first FFF, im poised, ready and waiting for the ticket launch and hoping to meet all my fellow fanatics and heroes of this ever popular book series. Eventbright was chosen as the last ticket vendor so keep an eye out and join the ‘Fighting Fantasy and Other Gamebooks’ Facebook group to keep ontop of the arrangements.
As many of you know I am rather keen on game books. Not least those of the author Jonathan Green. Im delighted to share with you his latest game book project which you can help fund on kickstarter. It offers many rewards for backing the project from a signed copy to even being an official playtester. Here is the link to the page and the project will be live on Saturday 3rd September at 1pm UK time click here .
This will be one of Jonathans most ambitious game books to date, you can play as one of four characters, Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodsman, The Lion … each with their own unique abilities strengths and weaknesses. As with his previous book, Alices Nightmare In Wonderland, amazing illustrator Kevin Crossley is on board to bring the world of Oz to life in a much more dark and tough looking way reminiscent of a steampunk theme.
Check it out today and tweet about it on twitter using #wickedoz .
So we wave bye bye to August and hello to september. Dads lyin hospital having his prostate seen to and my vodafone sim appears to have expired. Or theyve cut me off. Either way, I needed some form of internet readily available for the launch of Jonathan Greens latest kickstarter project, The Wicked Wizard Of Oz. So naturally I now have a contract with EE and have a sexy new Huawei P9 to go with it. Huawei phones truly are value for money and the cameras are amazing on both the front and back.
However, im currently reading another novel. Yes! Two inside a year chalk it up. This one is the chilling horror The House On Cold Hill by Peter James. I was instantly hooked at chapter one, and reckon all fans of the genre would be too. Seek and aquire a copy today. Mine was £4 at ASDA.