#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.
Well author Jonathan Green has turned me into a proof reading force of nature. Today I played through Tinman Games’ adaptation of The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain. Low and behold, I found this little nugget, seems to be missing the word ‘follow’.
Then this evening I sat down with David Walliams autobiograpgy Camp David, and discovered line two say ‘he’ instead of ‘her’.
Back to The Warlock though, I finally progressed to the place where Zagors Crypt contain a book and look who’s second on the list 😉 Im beaming with pride yet again and feel im official Fighting Fantasy merchandise myself haha.
Ive been avoiding reviewing this far too long as my laptop was elsewhere at the time of launch. I am a huge fan of Fighting Fantasy books and have been so since 12 years old.
When the crowdfunding campaign was launched for the production of this version of The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain I knew id be in safe hands with Tin Man Games at the helm. They had released several text based versions of a few FF titles but nothing of this calibre. I HAD to back it, earning myself a TinMan pinny in the process. Did they deliver? Of course they did! TinMan overlord Neil, whom I met breifly in 2014 was a big fan like me so could only ever do it justice.
The mountain dungeons look incredible, the avatars of the monsters look like they have sprang right out of a copy of Out Of The Pit (the FF bestiary) and Russ Nicholsons artwork looks as good as it ever did. To make gameplay even longer, TinMan have cleverly integrated several subplots and and army of new monster and characters… including more than one hero character.
I cannot recommend this game enough. Gaming nerds from the 80s who dabbled in Dungeons & Dragons or Warhammer will especially love the floorplan/miniature feel, but anybody will enjoy playing this game at all.
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!!
So there are mutterings of a second Fighting Fantasy Fest heading towards reality in the year 2017. This would make it a nice 35th anniversary event for the series. I cannot really say anymore at this time other than all you other fans out there should keep an eye on the creators Facebook walls. The biggest gripe people speak about is how do they make it worth going to this time. We had the chat from the creators, publishers, illustrators , we had book stall and game stalls, the incredible Legend Photography , and Ian and Steve held an auction with all sorts of goodies from their personal collections.
For me it wouldn’t matter too much. It’d be a great chance to catch up with my hero’s, many of which have become good friends. Writers/ illustrators and of course fans that couldn’t make it last time would be great to see . Getting a few more raries signed is always a good thing. I noticed a poll Ian Livingstone posted on Facebook recently. Also I noticed “Grumpy Wizard” pic and a related McCaig cover.
Clues…. ? Maybe it’s nothing, but I believe it may not just be FFF2 making fans happy next year if it all comes true, and this year still has FF magic to come when Tin Man Games release their 3D app version of The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain.
Ian Livingstone and me at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014
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.
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.
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