Here it is. Hope you enjoy 😉
To download PDF and play Lair Of The Lunatic CLICK HERE
Here it is. Hope you enjoy 😉
To download PDF and play Lair Of The Lunatic CLICK HERE
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.
It’s true, even Fighting Fantasy is having a set of audio dramas produced. These will probably make great listening for the kids at bedtime or even on long car rides. On the Fighting Fantasy Audio Drama page on Facebook they say:
“The first release is in September 2017 and is titled: ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: The Hero’s Quest’.”
Violet Addison adds, “It’s official. Production is now complete on our first full-cast audio drama! “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: The Hero’s Quest” is coming soon…”
“The process of manufacturing the CDs is now underway. We already have lots of padded envelopes to send them out in!”
Once again, exciting times ahead for the fans of Fighting Fantasy.
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!
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.
Ok so the time has come. The comic style graphic novel of Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy book, The Trolltooth Wars, has finally arrived in my hand after a disappointing two years overdue. With much controversy surrounding the raison d’etre, I thought I’d give a review.
Before we crack on with the book itself, we shall look at the extras that came with the pledge I chose. To begin with, the four badges. Three of which contain logos which are neither intricate or large. They are rendered nicely enough but clearly badge 4, the Fighting Fantasy logo pin is the best amongst them.
It’s likely that these little badges of the black tower, skullbat and owl have been made bulk possibly on an ebay offer to save money. You can usually get them done in bulk amounts for under twenty pounds sterling. (I’m trying to work out what I have recieved in terms of value as well.)
Next we have a collection of six digital prints. The card is of a sturdy quality and the winner for me is Malcolm Barter’s long awaited vision of Yaztromo. Malcolm illustrated Ian Livingstone’s Forest Of Doom in which this characters name first appeared but he wasn’t realised until a few books later by another illustrator.
The other prints are of course just larger versions of what one will find in the book so frameable if there is such a word but not entirely as treasurable as the Yaztromo portrait. Nice to see the crow back by the way 😉
The bookplate. I have a bit of a gripe with this. The illustration is fair enough but it was described as number on Kickstarter from #2-#200. While this has been carried out, it has only been crudely hand written on the back of the plate in liquid tip pen.
This makes the whole thing seem very cheap and in my opinion it should have been part of the front like a certificate design. The best thing about it was the paper it was printed on. Something lacking, a nice frame of gold foil motif.
So that brings me on to the book itself. Lets start with the size of it. I had thought this would have been around A4 size like the recent Freeway Fighter comics. I’m not sure where I got this idea from but the actual book is more in the A5 region. As a result we with impaired vision don’t get much ease on the eyes sometimes having to squint at the speech bubbles, and Gavins artwork feels somewhat contained in the smaller frames.
Speaking of the artwork. When you’re use to the likes of Russ Nicholson, Iain McCaig, Martin McKenna etc, this seems dummied down a lot. This is probably to appeal to the younger audience as well and it does indeed look somewhat cartoon. The picture below of the Chervah cooking for Darkmane is just far too twee, especially with bunny foo foo watching. Urgh!
Oh yea and the packaging all this arrived in was little more than a flimsy cardboard folder which meant the books have all been scuffed.
So whats my final verdict. In all honesty I think I squandered too much money into this reward, with about £40 worth of product back in return. It certainly did get me worried when PJ announced he was taking his partner on holiday right after the kickstarter funded. Then we had two years of waiting, which gave way to rumours he had spent the funds and trickled out bits on a Sunday night with Gavin as and when they felt like it. This was an amateur attempt at project not properly planned and in return we get an amateur product. The artists deserve the most credit as they have put most effort in but after an unforgivable wait many backers are considering returns and asking for refunds. It’s a bit of FF matter that only die hard Fighting Fantasy fanatics or curious people should bother with, otherwise just buy the origional novel off of Ebay to avoid getting ripped off.
Pros: good art, story adapted to comic style well
Cons: was 2 years overdue, seemed overpriced due to size. Anybody want to buy a piece of card for £30?
For a probably more thorough review try checking out MalthusDiresFightingFantasyReview website in the link bar.
Update: Though I consider the comic, badges and art are certainly a pass albeit long overdue for £80, it seems a certain person on the TrolltoothWars team has taken the criticism rather unprofessionally that they decided to resort to name calling on Twitter. It shows where the lack of professional approach came from in this project and I hope they enjoyed their holiday with my thirty pounds for a bit of card with an owl drawn on it. If it’s worth that you are welcome to buy it back from me to prove it. Trolling paying customers is never a good thing. Not as flawless as you think you are..?
**update – they didn’t so I flogged it. Don’t miss it at all .
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.
So anyway I offer this guy £40 to end his eBay auction early. He said, “no thank you I’ll leave it for bidders as I will get much more”
I managed to put the final bid on……it was £29.50. Enter the Jam!
I’m now the proud owner of a pristine copy The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain board game. (Got another one but the box is a bit scuffed) I’d love to meet Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson so they can sign it. Hopefully they’ll be an FFF2?
Tin Man Games of Australia will be releasing the Steam app of this game soon too. As a backer of this crowd funded venture , my name will appear in Zagors crypt! Speaking of Tin Man… Jonathan Green will be launching a Kickstarter project soon, with a game book based on The Wizard Of Oz! The Wicked Wizard Of Oz will be launched on Kickstarter on the 3rd of September, and you can find the public group of the same name on Facebook!!
Technically I dunno if I’m allowed to share this yet but it’s been done so by a couple of others and a plugs always good for business so here it goes!
Fighting Fantasy Quest is planned to hit Kick-started soon, a tabletop version of what appears to be based on The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain … the first ever Fighting Fantasy book of the long running and globally successful series of role play game books created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
For more about this exciting new project CLICK HERE!
I’m beginning to reap the benefits of backing #TinManGames recent Kickstarter project, #TheWarlockOfFiretopMountain , as my Tinny badge has arrived through the post today. That’s a good postal service for this time of year. Regardless, this is a very exciting project, especially as my name will feature in Zagors crypt. #FightingFantasy has come such a long way in the past two years, and becoming part of it makes me feel as enduring fan as ever.