Latest News 30th April 2014
Issue #13 of the unofficial Fighting Fantazine is released today for free. Hard copies can also now be purchased. Check out my column on page 86.
Latest News 27th April 2014
A new 300 paragraph Amateur Adventure, State of Mind by Michael Hartland has been added.
"You are about to undertake a perilous mission that will take you through the bustling city of Anghelm and across the dangerous lands of north-western Khul....."
Latest News 24th April 2014
Lots of good stuff going on in the world of Fighting Fantasy social media. Don't miss out on the latest conversations and updates from around the world - live! Check out pictures of fans collections and see the latest artwork they are sharing. Join like-minded adventurers and follow us on Twitter @fightingfantasy and like us on the official Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks Facebook page. You might also want to check out the unofficial Facebook group for other Fighting Fantasy exchanges.
Latest News 21st April 2014
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone will be attending the UK Games Expo this year in Birmingham on Saturday 31st May 2014. They will be giving a talk at 2pm on the early years of Games Workshop. Afterwards it has been arranged that they will do book signings. Watch this space for more updates on this.
Latest News 14th April 2014
Tin Man Games’ fifth Fighting Fantasy digital gamebook app, Starship Traveller, written by Steve Jackson, and first published in 1983, Starship Traveller makes a digital return with all new artwork, game features and soundtrack. It can be downloaded now from the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore!
Sucked through the appalling nightmare of the Seltsian Void, the Starship Traveller emerges at the other side of the black hole into an unknown universe. YOU are the captain of the Traveller, and her fate lies in your hands. Will you be able to discover the way back to Earth from the alien peoples and planets you encounter, or will you and your crew be doomed to roam uncharted space forever?
Latest News 8th April 2014
The Warlock has very little to report at the moment as he is waiting for quite a few things to come to fruition. Tin Man Games are tweeting vigorously about the imminent release of Starship Traveller but news has not reached these shores and the American market seems to be getting a better look in than us at the Appointment with F.E.A.R app. The Fighting Fantazine is still outstanding as is the long awaited and the much overdue You are the Hero book by Jonathan Green.
You are welcome to contribute your news for me to share, a letter or send me your Fighting Fantasy related amateur adventures, artwork, short stories or Maps. If you are on Twitter do not forget to join us @fightingfantasy for more updates. The Warlock will be posting random tweets over the next few weeks to test your Fighting Fantasy knowledge.
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone have both been confirmed as guests at UK Game Expo 2014 in Birmingham on Saturday 31st May but the time is yet to be confirmed.
Latest News 31st March 2014
If you agree that Ian Livingstone is a 'Champion of Innovation' then join the Warlock and vote for him now to win that category in the Games Industry Innovation Awards. He is up against tough competition but truly deserves it, show your support now! Voting closes on April 9th.
Steve Jackson should also be proud that his Sorcery! app on Android has made it to Editor's Choice on Google Play. Well done Steve.
Latest News 30th March 2014
Another great map submitted by Jim Fleet, this time of Freeway Fighter.
Latest News - 24th March 2014
The Warlock is proud to present his latest acquisition. It is an original preliminary pencil drawing by esteemed Fighting Fantasy artist Les Edwards for the cover of book 50, Return to Firetop Mountain by Ian Livingstone. Zagor is waiting. Dare YOU Return to Firetop Mountain!
Latest News - 13th March 2014
A little teaser from Tin Man Games. Starship Traveller is the next planned app release, no actual date yet but imminent. The artwork is certainly not what you'd expect compared to other Fighting Fantasy apps that have featured original pictures.
Latest News - 12th March 2014
The Sorcery! app for Android and Kindle is out now.
Latest News - 10th March 2014
12th March release on Android and Kindle Fire
Further to the last update, Inkle have announced that on Wednesday 12th March 2014 the Sorcery! app will launch on the much awaited Android (Google Play) and Kindle Fire (Amazon Appstore) platforms.
Latest News - 2nd March 2014
Whilst we are waiting for the release of Fighting Fantazine #13 to read, check out this youtube video from TheRogueDM who narrates a walkthrough of issue #11. The latest news from Inkle is they have announced that Sorcery! 1 - The Shamutanti Hills will be released on Android this month much to the delight of fans. You will have to wait a few months longer though for Sorcery! 3 - The Seven Serpents on iOS, which Inkle themselves say will contain improvements on the previous two.
The Warlock has dusted off this article for you to enjoy from issue 160 of the SFX Magazine from 2007 that contains an interview with Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson.
Latest News - 22nd February 2014
Today we have a new short story, Crosshilt and Stormfire by Alex Hormann, Thanks Alex. Don't forget you can submit your stories to email@example.com for others to enjoy on this site.
Latest News - 18th February 2014
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone have both been confirmed as guests at UK Game Expo 2014 in Birmingham. It will be held in the Birmingham Hilton Metropole at the National Exhibition Centre between May 30th and 1st June 2014. It is not yet clear exactly which day(s) they will appear or what time, so come back on a regular basis to find out more.
Latest News - 16th February 2014
In case you missed it, here is the link to the first part of the Sorcery! 1 Yogcast and now the first Sorcery! 2 Yogcast is out as well. Between these alone they have achieved over half a million views between them. There are more episodes in the series to watch on the site that continues each story with 100,000's of views each. You can also follow their journey through The Forest of Doom as well.
Latest News - 8th February 2014
The Warlock likes to occasionally remind Fighting Fantasy fans young and old of the all the related books and collectables you can find out there in the big wide world. His alter ego has an established good old-fashioned website that is www.fightingfantasycollector.co.uk full of goodies to make even the hardiest treasure hunter envious. Although not updated in while, it is timeless and is still considered the place to go as a key reference. So, if you have ever wondered what all the different book covers look like, or curious as to what else Fighting Fantasy produced then look no further.
To compliment this, The Warlock, as the self-confessed curator of all such things also maintains a Collector’s Price Guide he publishes annually to help you in your quest of collecting and cataloguing all your Fighting Fantasy finds. You can also use it to value your collection. If you should have something in your collection that the Warlock hasn’t yet discovered please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
May your stamina never fail!
Latest News - 3rd February 2014
More artwork (skulls and zombies) added in the gallery by Alex Forknell and two more maps by Jim Fleet, namely Island of the Lizard King and Armies of Death. Want to see your adventure, map, story or art published on this site? If yes, e-mail the Warlock email@example.com and have your talent shared.
Latest News - 27th January 2014
The latest edition to the Advanced Fighting Fantasy series published by Arion Games landed on my doorstep over the weekend following the successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Beyond the Pit is the follow up to the original Out of the Pit published in 1985 (28 years ago!).
It contains another 250 monsters, quoted as "dangerous and intriguing denizens of Titan" on the back page. Thanks to Andrew Wright for all his efforts in putting this together.
Good luck with your adventures and here's to number 3 as there are still many more to catalogue.
Latest News - 19th January 2014
This week we have a new Armies of Death map from Jim Fleet and an amazing amateur adventure from 7 year old Sophie Frost (with a little help from her Dad) entitled 'The Roar of the Dragon'.
Latest News - 13th January 2014
If you have 16 minutes to spare and have an interest in the Steve Jackson Sorcery! app released by Inkle, then head over to Yogcast where the staff share their playthrough on Youtube.
Not been able to complete a Fighting Fantasy adventure and your dice rolls unfavourable? Well, look no further as your worries are over. A fan has posted Solutions on the Fighting Fantazine blog for all those looking for a way out.
Latest News - 5th January 2014
I hope all of you survived the festivities and fuelled enough to cope with another year of Fighting Fantasy goodness? Don't forget to send the Warlock your amateur adventures, Maps, artwork and stories to share on this site for other fans to enjoy. Please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication.
I for one am patiently waiting to receive two Kickstarter projects that funded last year. In fact YOU ARE THE HERO funded just over a year ago. Jonathan Green has eluded to the fact it has grown from an original word count of 30,000 to over 90,000 words and counting. It is currently with Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone for editing and fingers crossed will be with us soon (!). I am also reliably informed that BEYOND THE PIT is immanent and is only a week or so away from publication.
Latest News 31st December 2013
Happy New Year. According to Titan lore, Orcs and other non-humans occasionally celebrate the New Year, usually by sacrificing and eating a lot of other non-humans in a debauched feast of monumental proportions! In Khul however, humans only stop celebrating on the fifth night, whereas in Port Blacksand you might get executed by Lord Azzur! The Warlock is staying in to brew plans for next year.
Latest Update 29th December 2013
Two new Fan drawn Maps have been added to the site. Eric Steele has sent in Freeway Fighter and Forest of Doom.
Latest News 25th December 2013
Season's Greetings from the Warlock!
'tis the season to be be jolly, fa la la. Enough of that, with the season of Locking coming to an end, it will be time to celebrate Year's End in the Titan calendar and at which time I hope you will support your local Tavern, mine is a Skullbuster if you are buying. In the meantime head over to the Tin Man Games blog to discover what we can expect in the year. I feel great things are in store with the new game engine, take a look, you won't be disappointed!
Latest News 17th December 2013
Following hot on the heels of the Android release, Tin Man Games are proud to present the release of Island of the Lizard King by Ian Livingstone on iTunes.
Catch up with what Ian Livingstone gets up to and read his latest interview in Starburst magazine and watch his presentation, 'The power of play' at TEDx recently in Zurich.
Latest News 15th December 2013
We have a winner!
Congratulations to Davey Lambert who answered correctly to the quiz on 28th September 2013 with;
1. One Against Many; Warlock Issue 12
2. Wolfman; Warlock Issue 8
3. Dragonman; Warlock Issue 6
4. Orc Hero; The Trolltooth Wars – A Fighting Fantasy Novel
He wins a signed copy of Stormslayer. Well done Davey!
Latest News 10th December 2013
- Read about how Jonathan Green got on at Dragonmeet 2013 in his blog.
- The Kickstarter project for the latest Advanced Fighting Fantasy installment, Beyond the Pit, funded.
- Jonathan Green has announced that the release of You are the Hero has been delayed until next year.
- Tin Man Games have released more information on their blog about the next Fighting Fantasy app, Starship Traveller.
Latest News 7th December 2013
The world famous Fighting Fantasy interactive gamebook series continues! Ian Livingstone and Tin Man Games present Island of the Lizard King!
Out now for Android on Google Play.
Coming soon for iOS on iTunes.
Latest News 4th December 2013
The 7th Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the original Puffin series and the 4th electronic Fighting Fantasy title to be released byTin Man Games, Island of the Lizard King uses the same gamebook engine as The Forest of Doom and will be available on Android (Google Play/Amazon) in the next two weeks, shortly followed on iOS, hopefully before the Apple shutdown. Come back soon and find out more!
Latest News 1st December 2013
Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson at Dragonmeet 2013
Ian and Steve will be attending Dragonmeet at Kensington Town Hall, London again this year on Saturday 7th December 2013.
They will be giving a talk in the Council Chamber at 11:00 followed by a signing at the Arion Games stand at 12:15 with Graham Bottley. Fighting Fantasy books will be for sale.
Tickets available from Cubicle 7.
Latest Update - 28th November 2013
Win a signed Fighting Fantasy book!
The Warlock has only recently just discovered that the Fighting Fantasy artist Chris Achilleos issued his own series of Trading Cards based on his artwork. This discovery has led him to several of the cards that have familiar covers from the series on them. Above are four images of the cards he has recently acquired.
To win a signed Fighting Fantasy Book, e-mail the Warlock with the original name of the artwork and exactly what the title of each Fighting Fantasy publication it adorns, including its number (if applicable). Closing Date is Saturday 7th December 2013.
Latest News - 21st November 2013
NEW KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
As a follow up to the 250 monsters already recorded in 'Out of the Pit', Arion Games are unleashing another 250 Fighting Fantasy monsters in 'Beyond the Pit'. Currently only available through a Kickstarter campaign which has 13 days left to go at the time of writing this article. The project will fund at £3,000 and is currently peaking at £2844, being this close with over a week to run it is highly likely to happen with a potential of some stretch goals. Prices start at £22 so head over to the site now and back this brand new publication.
Latest Update - 18th November 2013
Fighting Fantasy fan, Jim Fleet has sent in a new map for Forest of Doom. If you have one you have made yourself or have other material you would like to share with the Warlock for posting up on this site please email@example.com
Latest News - 7th November 2013
The sequel to the first part of the critically acclaimed Sorcery! Saga by Inkle is available on the App Store now!
The Cityport of Kharé is a town of thieves, traps, monsters and secrets, standing on the brink of revolution. Can you make it across the city – and will you save it from destruction?
Sorcery! Part 2 can be played on its own, or as part of the ongoing saga.
Latest News - 3rd November 2013
Bit late to the party but Ian Livingstone was at the On! Fest in Bulgaria on 21st September 2013 where he was giving a talk on gaming in general. However, it turns out that Bulgaria has a Fighting Fantasy fan contingent and they got the opportunity to meet Ian and get books signed at short notice according to this site, Legacy of Kreya. He also came away with this poster, although it has Fighting Fantasy books on the cover and personalized for Ian, I am not sure if this is a one-off or even what the words say otherwise. So if any Bulgarian fans are reading this please get in touch with the Warlock firstname.lastname@example.org and help identify the words. Thanks!
Latest News - 17th October 2013
Part 1 Updated!
To celebrate the launch of Part 2, Part 1 (The Shamutanti Hills) has been updated with new features from the sequel:
Female avatar – play the adventure as either a man or a woman
All-new 3D spell-casting system – much easier to find and discover spells, and looks stunning
Fist-fighting mode – some fights just have to be settled with your fists…
Save-game integration with Part 2 – seamlessly transfer your saved game to continue any of your saved games
Enter the Cityport of Traps! (Due November)
Sorcery! Part 2 continues the story, inside the walled Cityport of Kharé. New features include:
- An entire city’s worth of content to explore – over 400 locations, 300,000 words, and nearly 10,000 options, with every one remembered
- Explore every street, go down into the sewers, and even inside buildings with new interior location Maps
- Gamble your gold on Swindlestones, a game of lies and deceit. Can you out-swindle the citizens of Kharé?
- Lose your very soul to one of the City’s many Gods
- Fifteen new monsters to fight, with swords or fists
Find out more here
Deathtrap Dungeon is back! Download it from STEAM and re-live those memories (charges apply)
"Built by a mad baron to bring notoriety to his town, only the brave or foolish would dare to enter Deathtrap Dungeon. Fabulous riches await the victor. Many adventurers have tried - none have come out alive… As Red Lotus, the alluring assassin, or Chaindog, the savage warrior, you must battle your way to the heart of the dungeon and slay..."
Despite the clunky graphics, this hard to beat PC game from 1998, also released on Playstation One, is not to be missed if you didn't play it first time around.
Latest News - 10th October 2013
Fighting Fantazine 12 is out now!
The latest issue features:
* an interview with Fighting Fantasy writer Robin Waterfield
* an interview with Nathan Penlington about his interactive performance
* a new 206 reference adventure Starhunt: Void Slavers by Ian Brocklehurst and illustrated by Angela Salamaliki
* "The Fact of Fiction" looking at Vault of the Vampire
* a look at the geography of Kharé
* Librogame - a brief look into the history of Italian Gamebooks
* the regulars such as Fighting Fantasy Collector (yah me), Chronicle of Heroes, Fighting Dantasy, Omens & Auguries, and The Arcane Archive.
Latest News - 1st October 2013
Inkle are beginning to gear up for the release of Sorcery! 2, which is just coming out of alpha this week and going into beta testing. It's taken them a little longer than they'd hoped, because they've added quite a few new features. They're expecting to release the new game at the very end of October, but before that, they're doing a major update of the Shamutanti Hills, with a totally revised spellcasting system that's much easier to use - and rendered in glorious 3D. (Fans wanting the original challenge should just leave the settlement without a spellbook.) They're also going back and adding the option to play as a female avatar, and I've attached a picture of her to the the right.
Latest News - 14th September 2013
Whilst we wait for issue twelve of the Fighting Fantazine I think you'll agree we are all waiting patiently for the Inkle version of Sorcery! - Kháre: Cityport of Traps to arrive on our digital devices sometime soon. Equally, I am sure you are also eager to see a new release from Tin Man Games. I had reported earlier that Appointment with F.E.A.R will be re-imagined to compete with the Inkle offering but not it seems until next year now. However, to keep things flowing they are still planning to release Island of the Lizard King and Starship Traveller in the more traditional style whilst you wait. It is also reported that Starship Traveller will contain all new artwork.
Latest News - 1st September 2013
Fighting Fantazine #11 in print
When I say in print, I really mean in print. Alexander Ballingall, Editor of the Fantazine has pulled it out of the bag this time. He rounded up some keen troops who were willing to club in and get issue #11 printed and that's just what he did. It has a glossy cover, weighs in at just over 100 pages and even has its own ISBN number!
I believe a limited number were commissioned and the cost for a one-off is justifiable but if it is to be repeated for a future edition then the cost may need to be reviewed (NZD $16.99) but it will need more supporters.
This fanzine, now covers much wider content than Fighting Fantasy, certainly is a worthy contender for wider circulation. If viable I could see this in a newsagent near you? News on issue 12 out soon. Find out more.
Latest News - 22nd August 2013
Latest News - 4th August 2013
Derek the Troll is returning to a comic strip near you!
The good or bad news is that only those that invested in Jonathan Greens Kickstarter project 'YOU ARE THE HERO' book will get to see the new strip by Lew Stringer later this year. Way back in 1984 Derek first appeared as a feature strip in Warlock magazine and was often seen giving Reviews of books and the like throughout as well. He was well loved by all the fans and I am sure you cannot wait to see more after all this time. Head of over to Lew Stringers blog and find out more.
Latest News - 27th July 2013
Tin Man Games have announced some big news about the future of Fighting Fantasy digital titles.
Frequent readers will know that Tin Man secured the rights to and released Blood of the Zombies, House of Hell, followed by the recently released Forest of Doom. Appointment with F.E.A.R will be next (due in October), with an interesting twist that unlike the original it will not require dice.
In order to respond to the competition (Inkle) and make the best use of technology available, Tin Man have great plans for classic titles such as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos, Deathtrap Dungeon, City of Thieves and Creature of Havoc.
However, in the meantime whilst these changes take place two new titles have been announced, Starship Traveller and Island of the Lizard King. Where Forest of Doom was kept true to the original, these two will follow suit later this year after Appointment with F.E.A.R.
Latest News - 23rd July 2013
Steve Jackson has given an interview to the website 'Amazing Stories', where he gives some background to the new Sorcery! app and reminisces about the history of Fighting Fantasy. Despite being told that Inkle had released Shamutanti Hills on Android, this does not seem to be the case and await to hear when it will be released. Keen Fighting Fantasy fan, Paul Harvey has sent in his artwork for you all to enjoy in the gallery, his are the first two and last 6. Paul is also writing an amateur adventure, so fingers crossed he finish's it and shares it with us.
Latest News - 13th July 2013
Good news for all you Android phone users - Inkle have finally released Sorcery! The Shamutanti Hills app. Kharé, Cityport of Traps is reported to be released in the Autumn. Also hard at work as usual is Tin Man Games who will be releasing Appointment with F.E.A.R shortly with two titles yet to be announced for release. According to the Twittersphere it is possible that The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is on the cards as well.
Spotted on ebay.com is a very expensive original artwork by Les Edwards. It is the original painting for the cover of Revenge of the Vampire and is currently for sale at a princely sum of $4995.00 if you are interested? Too expensive for The Warlock I am afraid!
Finally, Fighting Fantasy fan Mirkel Simon Ruckels has kindly submitted a review of Creature of Havoc. If you would like to review a gamebook please e-mail The Warlock email@example.com and it will get published.
Latest News - 7th July 2013
The Warlock is still on the hunt for Fighting Fantasy items and has an ambition to become the owner of the ultimate archive of Fighting Fantasy collectables. Finds are few and far between these days, except for finding better copies of the books. However, despite already having a desirable collection he finds that someone has something he does not. Just when he thought that the list was complete, along comes the poster to the left.
The Warlock kept his eye off the ball and this beauty went unnoticed on ebay until it was brought to his attention. It changed hands for £52 and he hopes the new owner is very proud. The original owner found it at a market recently! Ian Livingstone doesn't even remember it.
The Warlock will be adding it to the list, hoping one day to own one. To catch up with a checklist and price guide for all Fighting Fantasy related books and collectables why not check out the 2013 version of the guide right now to see how much you have and yet to find, catalogue your collection or even value it.
Why not share your collection with The Warlock or ask him questions by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News - 3rd July 2013
YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter update
Jonathan Green is forging ahead on the project and is having some fun along the way including regularly meeting Ian and Steve.He has also secured original artwork by Iain McCaig whom is fitting that in around producing concept art for the new STAR WARS movie!
Jon is appealing for backers to get in touch with outstanding surveys and for the Acknowledgements page, that will feature the names of all those lovely people who backed the project as either a Cyclops, a Werewolf, a Vampire, a Companion, a Ghoul, a Minotaur, a Dragon or a Warlock. He still hasn't heard back from 6 people who fall into these categories. To be specific, that's 2 Cyclops, 2 Werewolves, 1 Vampire and 1 Dragon. So, if you want to make sure your name appears in the book, please get back to him as soon as you can.
And while we're on the subject of still outstanding surveys, there are 3 Trolls and 2 Ogres who've yet to fill in theirs and get back to me. If this applies to you, please can you complete your survey asap or you might not get your reward when the time comes, or (even worse) your name may not appear in the book!
Latest News - 25th June 2013
Out today is LA SANGRE DE LOS ZOMBIS the new Spanish version of Ian Livingstone's latest gamebook, Blood of the Zombies. Find out more here http://www.darkgame.org/libros/lasangredeloszombis.html
Latest News - 12th June 2013
It’s time to return to Ian Livingstone’s Forest of Doom!
Tin Man Games’ third Fighting Fantasy digital gamebook app, The Forest of Doom, arrives on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad today, following a recent Android release on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android.
Smart phone and tablet users can now take part in one of the classic gamebook experiences that introduced a whole generation to fantasy role-playing games back in 1983! Proudly displaying an animated version of Iain McCaig’s iconic cover of the Shape Changer, the app allows readers to risk the unknown perils of Darkwood Forest with a desperate quest against time to find the missing pieces of the legendary Hammer of Stonebridge.
Ian Livingstone, co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy series and author of The Forest of Doom, said: “For those people coming back to Darkwood Forest after a 30 year absence, I hope the experience is as enjoyable as it was the first time around. The forest has certainly been brought to life in this brilliantly executed digital version by Tin Man Games.”
Fans will also be able to read Ian’s historical notes on the thinking behind the concept of The Forest of Doom and the naming of its principal character, the grand wizard Yaztromo. He continues: “For those of you entering Darkwood Forest for the first time – good luck! Might I suggest you are nice to Yaztromo. He’s my friend.”
Tin Man Games has taken the classic Fighting Fantasy solo adventure and transformed it into an interactive digital experience, using their critically acclaimed gamebook engine. With animated page-turning, dynamic links, an automated adventure sheet to show changing stats and display magical treasures, the reader can also roll physics-based 3D dice to bravely battle the creatures found within Darkwood Forest.
The Forest of Doom app makes good use of the latest smart phone and tablet hardware, using the increased screen space of tablets to read horizontally or vertically. A retro mode has been included for nostalgic Fighting Fantasy fans, which displays Malcolm Barter’s classic black and white illustrations, while those readers who want full colour can see those same images beautifully rendered by John-Paul Bove, notable colourist in recent Transformers comics.
Darkwood Forest is a tricky place to find your way around, so a new game engine feature is the addition of a map that auto-updates as you travel from location to location. Neil Rennison, creative director for Tin Man Games, said: “We listened to the fans who wanted more mapping within the Fighting Fantasy apps and we felt that it was a perfect addition to The Forest of Doom. Looking to the future, we plan to make more of this feature for upcoming FF titles.”
Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom is now available to download from the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android. It costs $5.99 USD/£3.99/ 5,49 €.
Latest News - 6th June 2013
Tin Man Games have worked their magic once again by releasing Forest of Doom. This is the third installment following the success of Blood of the Zombies and House of Hell. Forest of Doom has been unusually been released on Android first instead of iOS which is due out soon, but no firm date has yet been given. The amount of times Fighting Fantasy gets contacted about the release on Android, it is the iOS fans who are left waiting this time, including the Warlock himself! One of my favourite books by Ian Livingstone and can't wait to catch up with Yaztromo once more.
Latest News - 9th May 2013
How are you all getting on with the new Sorcery! app? According to fans on Twitter, most that have played it say they can't wait for the next installment and the team at Inkle are working hard to make that happen. This is a favourite quote supplied by Jon Ingold, Creative Director at Inkle,
"Sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time writing a review when I should really just be pointing at a game and demanding that people play it. This is one of those times. Steve Jackson's Sorcery! is an absolutely marvelous fantasy storybook adventure. Lushly illustrated and expertly told, it should not be missed by anyone even remotely interested in the genre."
The gameplay and graphics are very different from the Tin Man Games adaptations of other Fighting Fantasy books, so if you haven't seen what all the hype is all about, check out this Youtube video
to find out more.
Latest News - 2nd May 2013
Don't forget that the first Sorcery! app by Inkle is now out on iTunes. Send your Reviews to email@example.com and let us know what you think.
Issue #11 of the Fighting Fantazine is out and available for download here. Alexander Ballingall has excelled himself as ever and pulled a mighty edition together worthy of any high street newstand near you. The on-line magazine now caters for other Gamebooks in the genre for a wider audience to enjoy. Stuart Lloyd has joined him as Editor.
Exclusive News - 22nd April 2013
Clear your diaries for Thursday 2nd May 2013, the Sorcery! app is officially on its way!
Inkle have exclusively announced to fightingfantasy.com that the much anticipated Steve Jackson Sorcery! app will reach us on Thursday 2nd May. The first installment, The Shamutanti Hills, will be available on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Books 2-4 will follow and it is anticipated that it will be developed for Android as well some time in the future.
Latest News - 21st April 2013
The Warlock (a.k.a Jamie Fry) has released the 2013 Fighting Fantasy Collector Checklist and Price Guide. It is available for viewing or download here. Or if you prefer a copy direct from the Warlock himself or give him feedback, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News - 29th March 2013
Another update from Inkle. Due for release in May, the first installment of the Sorcery! quartet, The Shamutanti Hills will entrall all those who grace its paths. I am for one looking forward to it due to the fact it is going to be very different from previous apps of the same genre. You will be circumnavigating the world by means of a 3D map and partake in unique dynamic fight scenes. To find out more read here and if you haven't seen the trailer for it yet then go here for a 7-minute YouTube spectacular.
Latest News - 19th March 2013
Inkle have been busy with the new Sorcery! app, The Shamutanti Hills, by releasing new screenshots before its release in the spring. See more here.
Latest News - 2nd March 2013
Just under a year later, since winning 'The Something Unreal' event at 'The Gadget Show Live', Commando Kiwi have finally released "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters on the iOS platform. Head over to their Facebook page for more information.
Fellow competitors, Indigo Jam, have also released Deathtrap Dungeon. However, the intention to release on iOS didn't work out and they have released it onto PC instead. The download is available from their website.
These are not be confused with any original gamebook adaptions being released by Tin Man Games. Look out for a Blood of the Zombies quiz coming soon.
Latest News- 3rd February 2013
Remember the Hill Giant and the Sightmaster Sergeant of Analand? The last time I posted anything substantial regarding the forthcoming Steve Jackson Sorcery! app by Inkle was back in September last year. Jon Ingold, the Creative Director at Inklehas provided us with these exclusive new images for The Shamutanti Hills app by illustrator Eddie Sharam (the moving gif images) to compliment the original artwork by John Blanche as a teaser of what is to come in April.
Will this app beat Forest of Doom by Tin Man Games to our tablets and phones or will you get this first instead? Either way both are worth the wait and I am sure new and old fans alike will enjoy both. In the meantime enjoy House of Hell.
Latest News - 31st January 2013
Number 10 in the original series of Fighting Fantasy books, House of Hell is a classic and a favourite for many but many a time has the book met criticism as well for its darker side. Equally, it stands out as one of the few in the series in the horror genre and not set in the original setting of Allansia. Play it as it was intended and stay true to the original system or use the many features within the app to enhance your experience. Once again Tin Man Games have worked their magic, following the success of the new release that is Blood of the Zombies and bought this original classic back to life in the different formats a new generation can enjoy alike, Download now.
“Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life! The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember…”
Latest News - 29th January 2013
Following hot on the trail of the Android release, House of Hell by Tin Man Games will be released on the iOS (Apple) platform tomorrow. The digital wizards at Tin Man Games have placed a trailer on their blog as a teaser. Also to become available on Nook.
Latest News - 14th January 2013
The good news is that YOU ARE THE HERO funded at £21,421 which is well over the originally planned £15,000 target. It didn't quite reach the £23,000 stretch target Jonathan Green set to get it into hardback format. Well done everyone for contributing. Now just the wait until the end of the year!
In the meantime we have apps to look forward too. First up is not far away. Tin Man Games report that House of Hell has been submitted to Apple and it's just a short waiting game before it gets released. To keep you going these screenshots should make up for the wait and give you a taste of what to expect..
Latest News - 6th January 2013
Happy New Year to new and returning Fighting Fantasy fans. Here is to another fantastic year of Gamebooks.
No new paperbook releases are planned at this time, however expect to see plenty of the Gamebooks released into electronic formats by Tin Man Games (see previous posts) and don't forget the Sorcery! series being released by Inkle as well. I think the best ever news ever is that whilst I said no new books are coming out, we do still have YOU ARE THE HERO to look forward too by Jonathan Green at the end of this year. As I type it has less than 5 hours to go and will end at 3pm GMT (10am EST) today, Sunday 6th January 2013. The book has funded at £15,000 but it is now past £19,000 and the ever ambitious Jon has set a late stretch target of £23,000 to turn the book into a hardback release. This is certainly something I would like to see happen - Good Luck Jon. (Follow his blog to find out the latest). Tin Man have also contributed, so if you add £10 to your pledge you can get the first 7 Gamebook Adventures as well!
Just a heads up as well, the magazine SCIFI NOW #75 (out now) has another full page on Fighting Fantasy.
Latest News - 29th December 2012
Issue 10 of the Fighting Fantazine has been released this week. Its content over 104 pages includes all the latest news, an inteview with Paul Mason, a 235 paragraph adventure - Hand of Fate, 30 years of Fighting Fantasy by Ian Livingstone, 30 reasons why we love Fighting Fantasy, A History of the Development of Gamebooks and much, much more from the regulars of the gamebook world to keep you busy reading for hours.
Latest News - 24th December 2012
Those of you that didn't attend Dragonmeet 2012 this year or missed Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson give an hour long presentation (like me as I was still selling Fighting Fantasy Books) can see the full footage on the GMS Magazine website. As reported before it is here that they announced the Kickstarter project by Jonathan Green (see below). The project, to bring us a 'Coffee Table' book called YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, has 12 days to go and has nearly reached £10,000 of the £15,000 goal. I have funded, have you? I for one certainly want to see this happen, so go on and make myself and many more happy, buy yourself a gift now.
Whilst you are sitting around this holiday watching the video, you should also read the interview GMS Magazine has conducted with Jonathan Green about this project and his career. On top of all this goodness is the announcement made by Tin Man Games, 'On the Twelth Day of Christmas, The Warlock gave to me..... The Warlock of Firetop Mountain'. Tin people will be very busy releasing this and 6 other Fighting Fantasy titles in 2013, not to mention House of Hell as well is just around the corner.
It has been a very busy 30th Anniversary year for Fighting Fantasy and long may it continue.
Merry Christmas from The Warlock!
Latest News - 9th December 2012
Jonathan Green has launched his new project on Kickstarter. The name of his project is YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. Only 3 days in and Jonathan has already secured over £4,000 of his £15,000 target.
Some of you will already know that he is a huge fan of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (the series that began with Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in 1982) and has written seven titles in the series to date. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and he wanted to mark the occasion by writing the definitive history of Fighting Fantasy.
He has already interviewed Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone (as well as various authors, artists, editors and some well known fans of the series) and has some cool rewards lined up for backers.
Please check out the Kickstarter page and pledge your support if you can (even £1 could make all the difference between the project being funded or not) and pass it on to your friends.
Latest News - 2nd December 2012
A very successful day for Fighting Fantasy was had at Dragonmeet 2012 yesterday at Kensington Town Hall in London. Over 90 books were sold on the day, 36 of which were Blood of the Zombies. My son, Charlie, can been in the first picture just after we set-up and the next picture is Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in full signing mode, with a long line of fans waiting to see them in the background. I am the bald one stood up behind them. My Warlock t-shirt I ordered for the event never did arrive.
Fighting Fantasy author Jonathan Green came to see us, as did artist Tony Hough. Thanks to Neil Rennison of Tin Man Games who attended as well and lent me his Blood of the Zombies banner and iPad stand that was very popular with passers by. Lots of postcards (again donated by Tin Man) and posters were given away as collector's items. We also had the pleasure of Gamebook blogger, Stuart Lloydpop by for a chat.
Sadly, the Fighting Fantasy documentary Kickstarter project 'Turn to 400' did not get funded despite all the efforts of Sean Riley and those who supported it. Just over £15,000 of the original target of £40,000 was funded and we are awaiting news as to what the next move is regarding this. Meanwhile at Dragonmeet it was announced that Jonathan Green will be starting his own Kickstarter project. He is to launch a campaign to fund a book he is writing called 'The History of Fighting Fantasy'. This is an exciting project and I am sure we are all looking forward to supporting this and seeing the fruits of his labour sometime next year.
Latest News - 20th November 2012
Join me and over 60,000 others in watching 'Numberphile' on YouTube. James Clewett shows mathematically how the power of 400 applies to Fighting Fantasy.
Latest News - 17th November 2012
It has been confirmed that at Dragonmeet 2012, Ian Livingstone will be giving a talk at 12pm to discuss Fighting Fantasy and Blood of the Zombies.
Latest News- 15th November 2012
Fighting Fantasy to attend Dragonmeet 2012 - Saturday 1st December 2012 - Kensington, London.
Not only is Ian Livingstone attending again this year but he will be joined by Steve Jackson this time as well. Both will be joining The Warlock at their very own Fighting Fantasy table where they will be signing books. Blood of the Zombies will be for sale, signed of course, among other original titles. Come along and join us.
Latest News - 4th November 2012
"Turn to 400" is a documentary film which tells the story of Fighting Fantasy. MmBroadcast is using Kickstarter to raise the funding. The campaign began on Halloween, 31st October 2012 (and only lasts a month!) - please get involved and contribute. They need to raise a whopping £40,000 to get started, so dig deep and help keep Fighting Fantasy live on.
Latest News - 29th October 2012
Bit of a mixed bag to report on today. Tin Man Games can be congratulated on obtaining the Gold Award from Pocket Gamer with a 9 out of 10 rating and reaching no.1 in the iPad RPG chart with the new Blood of Zombies App. A free iOS app has been released by Mark Stoneham called the Gamebook Companion that acts as a virtual adventure sheet, ideal when playing your Fighting Fantasy books or similar. Don't despair if you don't have any dice or a pencil, or no longer fret about ruining your book by writing in it as this tool enables you store all your stats and more in one place.
Most exciting news of all is that MmBroadcast, the company responsible for bringing us the Fighting Fantasy documentary taster will shortly be releasing a UK Kickstarter project to fund the documentary. They have created a Facebook page - Turn to 400 in the build up to the 30-day project which starts on Halloween. Dig deep into those pockets and fund a film about your favourite subject, use it or lose it!
Latest News - 23rd October 2012
Latest News - 19th October 2012
Blood of the Zombies is now available for download from the Apple app store (iOS) and Google Play (Android), both at £3.99. No doubt it will become available on other platforms as have other Adventure Gamebooks released by Tin Man Games.
It doesn't stop here, Tin Man are releasing House of Hell (hopefully this year), Forest of Doom and Appointment with F.E.A.R in 2013. They also plan to release other titles such as Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos and Deathtap Dungeon as in the future. Tin Man has also set up fightingfantasyapps.com for all related apps.
Tin Man Games have released this promotional video to help you make up your mind.
Every fan should own this app, so what are you waiting for, go slay those Zombies. And whilst you are, don't forget to tweet your achievements and death endings, let the Warlock know how you are getting on.
Latest News - 10th October 2012
Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies is almost here for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android smart phones and tablets!! It will be available onWednesday October 17th, first appearing in New Zealand and then making its way to the various Apple iTunes and Google Play App Stores around the globe!
Latest News - 9th October 2012
A review of Blood of the Zombies by fan Ed Reilly,
“A new Fighting Fantasy adventure by Ian Livingstone is always a cause for celebration and this one is no exception. In many ways, Blood of the Zombies is Ian's own version of House of Hell in that you must navigate your way through a castle full of adversaries (in this case, zombies).
At times, I found myself missing the sheer variety of monster encounters in the standard Fighting Fantasy books. However I did appreciate Ian's inclusion of a pretty female companion who helps you. (I'm sure the male readership will agree with me!) I couldn’t understand why Gingrich Yurr would turn himself into a zombie. There are several coded references to Fighting Fantasy history and Ian makes his customary cameo in the art. The cover and interior art are striking, a particular favourite being the chainsaw zombie (which I sincerely hope wasn’t Amy!)
The return of the green spine is the icing on the cake. So, all in all. a most enjoyable adventure. Let us hope that both Ian and Steve return for one last great adventure in Allansia to enrich the Fighting Fantasy mythos.”
Latest News - 7th October 2012
A few tantalising details about the new version of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! have surfaced.
The developers at inkle say: "We've almost finished our first pass at adapting Book One: The Shamutanti Hills. (Just the final descent into the caves of the dread MANTICORE still to do.) The new version contains every word of the original, alongside about three times as many new words to go with!"
Have they cut anything? "Absolutely not. We're going deeper; making things more detailed."
So dedicated players of the original book will be at an advantage? "Perhaps. But we've talked about adding a couple of traps just for people who can remember the originals. Will we do that? Well. That would be telling, wouldn't it?"
Sorcery! is due out on iPhone and iPad next year. Sign up to the mailing list here www.inklestudios.com/sorcery
Latest News - 25th September 2012
Hot of the press are these Blood of the Zombies iPad images courtesy of Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventures. They signal the final submission to iTunes and therefore it will not be long before you can all download the gamebook to your devices for some interactive Zombie slashing.
Exclusive News - 18th September 2012
Sorcery! coming to iPhone and iPad in 2013
Steve Jackson has teamed up with software company inkle, developers of the rave-reviewed Frankenstein app, to bring all four Sorcery! books into the twenty-first century in a series of four cutting-edge iPhone and iPad apps. Find out more in this press release. More news on this too follow.
Latest News - 17th September 2012
Love Fighting Fantasy art? Well, issue #88 of ImagineFX magazine is out now. It contains 10 glorious pages of pictures from generations of some of the best Fighting Fantasy artists, in particular that of Iain McCaig nonetheless. Blood of the Zombies artists, Greg Staples (cover) and Kev Crossley (internal), command over 3 pages between them to show off how the cover and illustrations made it to the page including the trials and tribulations of the commission. A sneak preview of the iOS version artwork by Tin Man Games is also shown.
Latest News - 10th September 2012
Congratulations to three lucky winners. In August we ran a quiz based on The Warlock of Firetop Mountain to celebrate the 30th Anniversay of Fighting Fantasy to win a signed copy of Blood of the Zombies. The winners were, Matt Gilson, Jaldar Vyas and Charlie Mortenson. Welll done!
Ian Livingstone will be joining fellow author Charlie Hisgson at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday 6th October at 4pm to talk Zombies. Expect to see the iOS and Android versions of Blood of the Zombies to be released at the end of this month.
Latest News - 26th August 2012
How is everyone getting on with Blood of the Zombies? Too hard? Well today might be your lucky day as Ian has announced on Twitter that the first print run of the book has sold out already and the first re-print is already in circulation. Why is that important you ask, well Ian recognised your initial stats were a little low to start the game with and therefore has changed it from 2d6+12 to 2d6+20 instead. Those of you playing what is now the collector's edition can apply the new stat if you play the game again. Ian also confirmed your stamina can also go over its initial level. Anyone worked out the magic number yet? If you would like share your thoughts on the book or have drawn a map of your journey, e-mail The Warlock on mail.fightingfantasy.com with your stories.
In case you missed the Radio 2 interview earlier this week, listen now to Steve Wright chat with Ian Livingstone. For the record the app will not be released on Monday.
Latest News - 14th August 2012
Tin Man Games have announced today is the day that they become the official iOS and Android app developers for Fighting Fantasy following the end of the licence held by Big Blue Bubble. Blood of the Zombies will be the first to be released in September followed by House of Hell. Read more here.
Latest News - 5th August 2012
Yesterday I went to London to visit the Queen, nope wait, see the Olympics, nope Ian Livingstone nonetheless for the book signing launch event of Blood of the Zombies at the Forbidden Planet megastore. I felt he was more important and that took priority over all that the city offered.
I went up with Neil Rennison of Tin Man Games, who gave me a sneak preview of the new app on his iPad and it is developing nicely, you should all be very excited and will not be disappointed, no pressure Neil. He is the tall one in the picture on the bottom left, incidentally stood right next to him is none other than Fighting Fantasy artist - Tony Hough (and Daughter).
In the centre is the first book signed by Ian. Every book he signed he gave it a number, I managed to secure Zombie No.50! In the short hour Ian had to meet the fans he managed to meet 74, not to mention all the extra books they brought with them for him to sign as well. Most of the Icon Books entourage were there too. Finally, in the bottom right-hand picture is uber fan - Stuart Lloyd (Lloyd of Gamebooks) enjoying his day out. The book is tough, can you slay them all?
Latest News - 2nd August 2012
BLOOD OF THE ZOMBIES has been published today! Get your copy now, available from Amazon (click the banner to your lower right) or Waterstones. Don't forget the launch on Saturday 4th August.
Latest News - 28th July 2012
Icon Books present Ian Livingstone's brand new Fighting Fantasy book, published on the series' 30th anniversary in August 2012, Blood of the Zombies. Ian will be signing copies of the book at the Forbidden Planet store in London on Saturday 4th August between 3-4pm.
Latest News - 27th July 2012
Illustrator of Blood of the Zombies internal artwork, Key Crossley has released another picture for you to enjoy from paragraph 189.
Latest News - 17th July 2012
Icon books have released a video on Youtube of Ian Livingstone talking about his latest gamebook, Blood of the Zombies and Eurogamer.net talks to Ian about the long journey he has been on to get it finished.
Issue 9 of the Fighting Fantazine is now ready for download.
Latest News - 14th July 2012
"I’ve really enjoyed writing Blood of the Zombies having been inspired by Fighting Fantasy fans everywhere. It is very gratifying to meet so many people who grew up reading The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, remembering it so fondly. I hope that today’s 10 year old, or the 10 year old of the 1980s, will consider my new book a worthy addition to the series - assuming they survive the zombies!" said Ian Livingstone.
Ian will be signing exclusive copies of his new zombie-slaying adventure at Forbidden Planet London Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue on 4 August 2012, 3-4pm. "We’re delighted to be hosting the launch for Blood of the Zombies and welcoming Ian back to Forbidden Planet," says Danie Ware, who runs social media and marketing at the iconic store.
Blood of the Zombies will be published by Wizard Books on 9 August 2012. ISBN 9781848314054. RRP £7.99
Latest News - 8th July 2012
Blood of the Zombies is now less than a month away from publication. Ian has been travelling a fair bit, including a trip to Sydney, Australia promoting the new gamebook, especially to give a sneak preview of the Tin Man Games iOS app version of the new book. On 26th May he went to the UK Games Expo in Birmingham with Jonathan Green, Steve Jackson and Neil Rennison (pictured left). On the 19th June he was in Sydney, Australia at the Gamestech Conference. He was also at the Games Horizon Conference in Newcastle on the 27th June.
Last week he opened the very successful Games Britannia Video Festival event in Rotheram where he also hosted an interactive Fighting Fantasy session using Inklewriter, an on-line tool that allows you to write interactive stories. On the 11th July Ian will be in Brighton at the Develop Conference and he is confirmed to attend the Edinburgh Interactive Festival on 11th August. I am sure he has many more sessions booked so keep coming back to find out more. In the meantime follow us on Twitter @fightingfantasy, or Ian @ian_livingstone, and if you are on Facebook 'Like' Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Latest News - 20th June 2012
On the left of the top menu you will now see we have added a Forum. Be part of the Fighting Fantasy community and interact with other fans, share stories, share your collections and give us feedback. Also registration has been opened again so that those wanting to receive e-mail from the site can now do so. Please see log-in area at the bottom of the grey column to the right.
Exclusive News - 15th June 2012
Original logo, green spine, the Blood of the Zombies cover has arrived
We are delighted to give the world the first look at the cover of Ian Livingstone’s Blood of the Zombies. It was painted by renowned comic book artist Greg Staples who is best known for his work on 2000AD, particularly Judge Dredd. Ian wanted a cover that had a future-retro look.
Blood of the Zombies will be published in the first week of August.
You saw it here first, now pass it on, tell your friends, tweet it (follow @fightingfantasy) and blog it or 'Like' us on Facebook - Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. The Zombies are coming to a book shop and app store near you soon.
Latest News - 11th June 2012
James Milne, a trainee English teacher at Bishop Challoner School in Birminghm, UK has kindly let us have access to new teaching aids he has developed to encourage reading and Tammy M. Badowski has come up trumps again with another amateur adventure - Grekgun.
I thought it also prevalent to acknowledge a few blogs that pay homage to Fighting Fantasy, so first up is the Fighting Fantasy blog that contains playthroughs of the gamebooks and Gamebook Geek. If you want to be featured in this news feature next time, e-mail your details to email@example.com
Coming soon will be issue 9 of the Fighting Fantazine and much awaited details about the forthcoming gamebook - Blood of the Zombies.
Come back soon and may your stamina never fail!
Exclusive News - 25th May 2012
Tin Man Games secures the iOS and Android Fighting Fantasy Licence
This much awaited news has been hard to keep quiet and has taken all my resolve to do so. Tin Man Games, who are already responsible for 9 digital Gamebook Adventures, including the forthcoming Judge Dredd app, are proud to announce that they have secured the licence to bring Fighting Fantasy to IOS and Android, yes you heard it right, Android as well. Tin Man Games will bring out Blood of the Zombies first to coincide with the launch of the book for the 30th Anniversary in August this year. This will followed up by House of Hell and I am sure they will bring us many more titles. Neil Rennison, the Creative Director of Tin Man Games will be joining Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson this weekend at the UK Games Expo 2012 to make this announcement.
The Zombies are coming.....in August 2012!
Ian Livingstone has written a new Fighting Fantasy gamebook in which YOU decided the title of the book!
As we announced in January, Fighting Fantasy is going to be thirty years old this year and Ian Livingstone has written a new gamebook to celebrate this historic event.
In this adventure YOU are kidnapped and sold to a deranged megalomaniac who wants to build an army of undead to exact terrible revenge on those once mocked him. He hates everybody except for his scientists and servants. The scientists were instructed to develop a mutated gene in human blood which would be injected into innocent victims, turning them into Zombies. The madman's henchmen kidnapped hundreds of people who were locked up to await their fate. YOU are about to be injected with Zombie blood. The Zombie army is almost complete, ready to be unleashed upon the world in a frenzy of killing and wanton destruction. YOU have to avoid being transformed into a Zombie. YOU have to kill all the Zombies, dispose of the madman and escape from the castle. To do this you will need a lot of firepower to take down the hordes of Zombies. But don't kill everybody as there is one person who needs to be rescued...
The book was nearly written but Ian couldn’t decide between two titles he had thought up for it. So he decided to use the wisdom of the crowd and hold a vote on the Fighting Fantasy website. Fans were asked to vote for either Blood of the Zombies or Escape from Zombie Castle.
The response from the fans was fantastic, thank you, with nearly 1,000 votes cast in two days. We can now reveal that Ian’s new book will be called:
Blood of the Zombies
Wizard Books will be publishing a special edition of the book in August, and Ian is hoping to have iOS, Android and perhaps a Kindle version out at the same time too. We will be announcing more news in the coming months ahead of publication.
Latest News - 30th May 2012
Find out how the weekend went at the UK Games Expo 2012 by catching up with Jonathan Greens write-up of his visit with Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson, Advanced FF author Graham Bottley, FF artist Tony Hough and Mr Tin Man himself Neil Rennison who had the pleasure of hearing Blood of the Zombies being announced as the latest Gamebook Adventures title to be released on iOS and Android. Welcome on board Neil and the rest of the team at Tin Man Games!
Latest News - 24th May 2012
Fancy your chances, then test your luck with another quiz and try the Stormslayer one now.
Latest News - 21st May 2012
Ian Livingstone attended the 2102 KAPOW! Comic Convention last weekend where he met up with Fighting Fantasy artist, Kevin Crossley, whom is shown here proudly showing off another one of his incredible illustrations for the forthcoming new title Blood of the Zombies. Read about what Jonathan Green got up to at the show on his blog.
Latest News - 18th May 2012
The illustrious Fighting Fantasy author, Jonathan Green, has written for SFX magazine again. He has written an article for the SFX Book Club around The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and all will be revealed in issue 225 of the magazine due out in July. Laughting Jackal have announced that The Warlock of Firetop Mountain has been released in North America as a download for the new PS VITA. A new review of Creature of Havoc by Ed Reilly has also been added to the site.
Latest News - 13th May 2012
"This book has legendary status and fully deserves it". This is a quote from a review by fan Darren Saunders of Deathtrap Dungeon. Have you got one you want to share or why not try your hand and write one. Send all your submissions to mail@fightingfantasy,com and you could see your review published.
Latest News - 10th May 2012
On Twitter? Want to see your name in print? Ian Livingstone is giving one lucky winner the chance to have their name feature in the forthcoming gamebook Blood of the Zombies. Tweet #bloodofthezombies to @ian_livingstone and he will pick one of you at random.
Latest News - 9th May 2012
Video footage of the Something Unreal event at Gadget Show Live is now available to view on the Train2Game Blog that also contains an interview with Ian Livingstone.
Latest News - 6th May 2012
Out this month is Issue 102 of the essential guide to Classic Games Retro Gamer . It contains an 8-page interview with Ian Livingstone where he talks about the history of Fighting Fantasy, his new gamebook Blood of the Zombies and get's nostalgic talking about his time in the games industry and in particular the electronic Fighting Fantasy titles released. In case you missed it, SFX magazine have released a Fantasy special that contains a 12-page Fighting Fantasy article written by Jonathan Green for the 30th Anniversary entitled The Legacy of Firetop Mountain.
Latest News - 4th May 2012
Attack Dogs by Kevin Crossley. Another superb teaser illustration from the forthcoming Blood of the Zombies.
Latest News - 1st May 2012
Welcome to the month of 'Winds' in the Titan calender. I think it should be more like 'Rains' in this modern age.
A great time was had at the Gadget Show Live, Something Unreal event in April that saw four Train2Game indie developer teams compete for a licence to release a Fighting Fantasy title on iOS. The lucky winner was Commando Kiwi who will now go onto develop and release The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters. Lots of other new events are coming up that Ian and Steve will be attending over the coming months to launch the new gamebook, Blood of the Zombies.
The Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG The Crown of Kings (Sorcery!) Campaign as adpated by Graham Bottley is now avaliable from Arion Games via the Cubicle 7 store. Big Blue Bubble have put the five Fighting Fantasy iOS titles on sale due to the licence running out and are not being renewed. No news on any replacements as yet. Worldweaver have announced that House of Hell is the latest title to be released on the Kindle.
The infamous Fighting Fantasy artist Russ Nicholson, responsible for the internal art of the original The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, is selling his artwork on-line. Russ is also responsible for the poster art promoting the movie, DEATH, in which Ian Livingstone has a debut cameo role as a Postman.
Finally, I bring you the trailer for the forthcoming documentary by MmBroadast celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Fighting Fantasy.
May your stamina never fail!
Latest News - 15th January 2012
News of the latest gamebook written by Ian Livingstone is not far away. He is using Twitter to rouse interest and the word on the street is that he will be sharing the title(s) soon but the twist is he will be giving you the opportunity to vote for the best title from a few choices he will be publishing soon. Your chance to influence history!
Latest News - January 2012 - 304 A.C. Year of the Fox
Happy new year and welcome to the January 2012 news update on the world's greatest Fighting Fantasy website. It is the month of Freezing in Allansia and the start of a very busy year for Fighting Fantasy since it is our 30th Anniversary. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was published 30 years ago on 27th August 1982 (see image for original cover).
It is the intention that on the 27th August 2012, Ian Livingstone will release his new gamebook but you are going to have to wait a little longer to find out what the theme is and the title. Keep visiting the site for teasers.
We are all looking forward to more Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG releases from Arion Games following in the footsteps of the last three. Expect to see the Sorcery! title Crown of Kings adapted first and then followed by Out of the Pit II, Blacksand, Dungeoneer and Allansia as well.
A lot of you are wondering what has happened to the House of Hell movie? Well, negotiations are still taking place to make it happen and hopefully I will have some news for you on that soon.
At the end of last year Worldweaver released City of Thieves on the Kindle (US only, UK to be confirmed) and they have announced House of Hell as the next title followed by Creature of Havoc.
You have also been asking about the next release on iPhone, however no plans are in place at the moment for anymore to be released. The good news is that a few interested parties are working with us on bringing the books to Android (fingers crossed). No news as to whether or not the books will be released on the Nook platform though.
Also to look forward too is the Laughing Jackal release of Forest of Doom in the PSN mini format.
Traffic to the website has risen, Facebook likes are up and we have gained a hundred or so more Twitter followers, so I must be doing something right! I re-opened the registration part of the site and gained a few hundred more followers only for it to be abused again so I have shut it down until I work that through. I will endeavour to mass mail every legitimate member to keep in-touch.
I have lots of amendments to do on the site this year. I will be selling signed books through the site and running more competitions. I will also be integrating more of the original material into the site as well. Look out for issue 8 of the Fighting Fantazine at the end of this month where I will be interviewed at length.
Please continue to send in your artwork, letters, amateur adventures, Maps and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you haven't already, read about the trip to Dragonmeet last year and other archived news from 2011.
May your stamina never fail! The WarlockSeasons Greetings from all at Fighting Fantasy
Due to a technical fault I have been unable to send a festive e-mail to all registered users. It appears once again that instead of genuine e-mail addresses we have been blessed with time wasters and one has corrupted our account.
Anyway, hope you all have a great holiday and may you all have some great adventures. Make sure you keep your stamina stoked for the 2012 30th Anniversary and leave enough for the new adventure!
Latest News - 19th December 2011
As the Warlock of this realm I command that you take a look at the epic amateur adventure by Zeca Teixeira that is The Ranger of Grewlant. It is simply epic and is a definate read this holiday. He is also a talented artist. Warning as it is a large file! Check out Vatos by Tammy M. Badowski as well. Alfred Drake has once again worked his magic by producing two new maps for the site - Creature of Havoc and Curse of the Mummy (spoiler alert). I also have to mention the self indulgent interview that amateur adventure writer Robert Douglas has conducted with himself!
Latest News - 15th December 2011
I have managed to track down the interview with Ian Livingstone at Dragonmeet 2011 as my version was rubbish. Thanks to the interviewer, James Wallis, for putting me in touch with www.yog-sothoth.com whom has kindly provided me with this link to the whole interview. Ian talks about his career right from the start with Steve Jackson. It is an hour long and Fighting Fantasy has a slot about 19 minutes in.
Latest News - December 2011
Merry Christmas minions.
Welcome Allansians to the month of Locking. I have just finished writing my article for Fighting Fantazine 8 which is due out early next year and will also include an interview with yours truly. Also watch out for more news, another competition, more amateur adventures and art submissions.
Until then, good luck with your adventuring. The Warlock
Latest News - 28th November 2011
The Warlock visits Dragonmeet
I had the pleasure of starting my day with Ian Livingstone on Saturday to collect more signed books before heading off to Dragonmeet together. On arrival we parted ways and met again at his interview with James Wallis at 11am as scheduled. The room was full and the hour passed very quickly. Ian covered his career from the very start when he and Steve Jackson set up Games Workshop, right up to his involvement in the electronic games industry today. He spent at least 15 minutes discussing Fighting Fantasy and in response to a question I had pre-prepared, he excited the audience by confirming the plans to launch a new book next year for the 30th Anniversary. He still wouldn't release the title, nor theme but did add that the release date will be August to coincide with the exact date The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was released in 1982. Afterwards he sat at the Arion Games stand with Graham Bottley, where he proceeded to autograph books for adoring fans. Some had brought their own, others bought one of the new titles Graham had for sale that day.
Fighting Fantasy at Dragonmeet
From L to R: Graham Bottley, Jamie Fry, Ian Livingstone and Jonathan Green
Around Lunchtime, after Ian had left, I managed to grab a good chat with Graham and found out more about the plans for the Advanced Fighting Fantasy re-releases. He confirmed firstly that the Sorcery! title Crown of Kings RPG will be released in either December 2011 or in January 2012. Most importantly he announced that next year we will see the release of Blacksand!, Dungeoneer and Allansia, even Out of the Pit II. Jonathan Green was also at Dragonmeet. I sat in on his panel interview where Fighting Fantasy got a mention a few times and had chats with him throughout the day. Jonathan was the guest of Tin Man Games, promoting his new Gamebook Adventures title Temple of the Spider God for iPhone and iPad. I think if asked by Ian to write another Fighting Fantasy title Jonathan would jump at the chance.
All in all a great day was had and showed the Fighting Fantasy brand is still well loved and followed.
Hiding, 303A.C. Year of the Rabbit
Welcome Adventurers to the October 2011 Editorial update on the world's greatest Fighting Fantasy website.
This month we are delighted to present 5 more great amateur adventures and 22 new drawings have been added to our Fighting Fantasy Gallery. A new House of Hell map has been added as well. Keep it coming in!
Well worth waiting for is the launch this month of Fighting Fantazine No.7 where you will find dedicated fans waxing lyrical about Fighting Fantasy including an amateur adventure, news, Reviews, interviews and numerous informative and fun articles.
I promised I would run a competition this month for you and that I will do, but you will need to wait a few days longer. Come back soon and click on the Competitions tab above to find out more and keep your eye out on Twitter @fightingfantasy or the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks Facebook page for an update.
May your Stamina never fail!
The (new) Warlock!
Reaping, 303A.C. Year of the Rabbit
Welcome Adventurers to the September 2011 Editorial update on the world's greatest Fighting Fantasy website.
The first instalment of the legendary 16m selling Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks has at last made it to PlayStation minis on the 17th of August 2011 (SCEE) and the 23rd of August 2011 (SCEA), when Laughing Jackal released the PlayStation minis version of the controversial Fighting Fantasy: Talisman of Death. A brand new trailer showing the game in action can be seen here.
This PSN-exclusive version of Fighting Fantasy: Talisman of Death features a Tarot Card character generation system, and the classic dice-rolling rule set you know and love, with optional all-new Battle and Test Your Luck systems for bold adventurers to explore. The intuitive Inventory system and an all-new Log Book help you to easily track your progress through Orb's magical world, making this the perfect way to relive this classic series.
Following on from the success of Fighting Fantasy: Talisman of Death, Laughing Jackal are delighted to announce their next Fighting Fantasy conversion for PlayStation Minis will be Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. First published in 1982 Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was the first book in the Fighting Fantasy series, and introduced millions of readers to the world of Titan, which would be the setting for many of the Fighting Fantasy books to come.
Due to the feedback they’ve been receiving from fans of the series, Laughing Jackal have made several changes to the game since Fighting Fantasy: Talisman of Death including: The Log Book now remembers which book you were in (Character, Item or Page) The user can now return to the top of the page by pressing the up button when the first option is highlighted A ‘Good’ generic alignment portrait has been added to Character Bios A new mini game has been added to the end of the quest. But Laughing Jackal can’t reveal any more on that last point for fear of spoilers. However, what I can say is that the next title after this is hopefully going to be Forest of Doom.
This month we are delighted to present more great amateur adventures such as the excellent 71 paragraph adventure Orc Heart by Geraint Price and the 60 paragraph adventure Ticket to Blacksand by Tammy M. Badowski. We are also delighted to present new art by Daniel Silva to our Fighting Fantasy gallery, so checkout the first 6 pictures in the Gallery for the his brilliant new artwork. Keep it coming in!
Worldweaver, who bought Warlock of Firetop Mountain to your Kindle screens have announced plans for 2012 to release, City of Thieves, Creature of Havoc and House of Hell. More too follow on this when it is becomes available.
Finally, it is with great pleasure to announce that the original internal art for Rebel Planet, Star Strider and Robot Commando (see right) by artist Gary Mayes, will become available for sale over the forthcoming months. Over 80 pieces will be for sale, in various sizes including the page fillers. Initially, pieces will be released on eBay, then through a new on-line shopping environment on this site. In the meantime if you wish to express an interest in obtaining a piece of Fighting Fantasy history, e-mail us at email@example.com. Also expect to see soon a new entry for Gary in the Artist Biography section and an interview.
I have also added a new 'Competition' tab to the top menu so that I can launch a new one very soon.
May your Stamina never fail!
The (new) Warlock!
Watching, 303A.C. Year of the Rabbit
Welcome Adventurers' to the August 2011 Editorial update on the world's greatest Fighting Fantasy website.
The Official Website is under new management and will continue to build on providing quality news on Fighting Fantasy and the many projects currently in development, such as the House of Hell Movie, Sorcery! and Fighting Fantasy iApp's, Kindle e-book and Talisman of Death on PSP minis, however we are also keen to provide fans with more new content, new amateur adventures, short stories, amateur art and more.
May your Stamina never fail?
The (new) Warlock!
For those enquiring about submissions all amateur adventure contributions remain the authors own intellectual property, and we will be more than happy to add them to the Official website to share with other fans. If you wish to contribute, voluntarily advise or correct entry continuity, missing alphabetical creatures, spelling, grammar or link errors if on the growing Beyond the Pit, Lexicon or the site itself please do so to mail at fightingfantasy.com. A big thank you to the Fighting Fantasy's community for their assistance.
Fighting Fantasy.com has been designed to build a library of information regarding the Fighting Fantasy genre in general and it is our hope that it will become a regular port of call where you can read posts, contact other Fighting Fantasy fans, read new amateur stories and Gamebook adventures and become part of it's growing community development. If you can recall the days of the brilliant Warlock magazine, we want this site to develop through your input as much as the Fighting Fantasy magazine also did during its 13 issue publication.
CONTRIBUTORS: In order for the site to develop long term what we need is your assistance. What we'd like from all our visitors at the site is contributions on any of the topics below. Please read our submissions area if you would like to contribute in any form. You will get full credit for all your work. We would like your help with the following:
ARTWORK: This site will be dedicated to posting any of your illustrated pictures or scanned images associated with the Fighting Fantasy legacy. If anyone can provide the site with any drawings, scanned illustrations or book covers, Maps, etc, The Gallery will be a special place for them.
ADVENTURES: Are you considering developing a game book? Have you the skills necessary to write or devise a Fighting Fantasy, or Advanced Fighting Fantasy adventure? Have created one and would like to see it posted here for others to read? Do you want to see a particular Fighting Fantasy adventure in the future that sadly was never devised? If you can answer YES to any of the above questions then contact us for more information.
Reviews: If you would like to post your Reviews or comments about any particular Fighting Fantasy game books, the Advanced Fighting Fantasy game, Fighting Fantasy novels or handbooks, then send them to us! All contributions should be a good length (describing the story, what you liked or disliked about the book as well as any general comments and comparisons that you have with other books). If you would like to also provide a personal rating out of 10 in comparison to other Fighting Fantasy books I can then post a rating system in the future. I know most people believe they're all good, but some of them are a lot better than others, and the lower ratings will reflect that.
Solutions: Solutions to game books could provide a way to help other readers who have found a particular adventure tough. For most people, this is easy to accomplish - but for others it is less so. If you would like to provide detailed information on how to finish an adventure, solve the puzzles, crack the codes then send your Solutions to us. They need not be extensive or exhaustive (it's up to you whether you want offer a bare minimum of help to a complete walk through or a lot more), but bare in mind not to give to much of the plot or story away otherwise there is no point in playing the book for the other readers. Last and most important, don't give away the ending. It is always easy to read the ending anyway but bare in mind some readers won't have.
Advanced Fighting Fantasy: If you have created characters, places or events during your Fighting Fantasy adventures, or have even started a campaign we would be delighted to hear from you. If you have devised your own campaign world and setting for Advanced Fighting Fantasy and would like to see it on the web again let us know about it.
MULTI-PLAYER: The creation of an adventure is a tough process and requires a lot of time and patience. Not only have you got to consider the plot, setting, size and timescale in which to play it, but also the players, the events that will happen and characters they'll encounter. For this reason, many people miss out on the brilliance of fantasy role-playing (particularly if they can't find any other experienced players). We are especially looking for individuals who are skilled in this area. If you are currently playing another more popular role-playing game and have devised your own adventures, post us a general outline and plot. Provide details of events, encounters, creatures and characters met along with any Maps and epilogue.
We want this website to inspire you to take quill to scroll and become a haven for your ideas and suggestions that you can like to share with other fans. We are especially looking for Fighting Fantasy contributions concerning new rule articles, new monsters, new Sorcery! spell ideas, and anything else you would like to see upon the site. We want to know how you think we could improve existing adventures or the rules, so feel free to write up an article and send it in. Articles are a great way to share adventure ideas with other players.