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Island of the Lizard King
Or is that a brand?
Or are ones by their stable of fantasy writers ok?
I used to love these books.
I think i still have it.
with the green spine?
because I completed various of the component parts, but I never got it all right in the same route through.
It was clearly the best one, though.
Mad Max ripoff
couldn't be solved as there was no "turn to page 400".
and it sucked too.
Most of the sci-fi ones were shit, especially 'Space Assassin' and 'Robot Commando'. But 'Rebel Planet' was dead good. Those weird crested aliens! The social commentary! The wanky extended metaphors!
How many of these have you read?
Blood Sword>Fighting Fantasy?
What was the slightly more advanced series which had a list of spells in the back?
for the more mature nerd. I think I read all of them, plus these, plus Lone Wolf. Choose Your Own Adventure was rubbish though...
were the co-founders of Games Workshop...
I have no idea how they're still in business!
I think it was just one of them actually.
Even with the rental prices in city centres AND the huge rise in online fantasy gaming! CRAZY!
but then what does that mean? What does any of it really mean at the end of the day?
They were a couple of cool dudes, that's for sure.
"In 1975, Steve Jackson founded the company Games Workshop with Ian Livingstone, and the two created the line of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks published by Penguin Books.
Jackson now works at Lionhead Studios, which he founded with Peter Molyneux. He is also an honorary lecturer at Brunel University in London, teaching the Digital Games Theory and Design MA.
He is often mistaken for Steve Jackson, an American role-playing game designer. The US Jackson also wrote three books in the Fighting Fantasy series, which only adds to the confusion."
The American Steve wrote Scorpion Swamp, Demons of the Deep and Robot Commando. Demons of the Deep is OK, but the other two are SCHITT.
1. Demons of the Deep
2. Slaves of the abyss
3. Robot Commando
4. Masks of Mayhem
5. Scorpion Swamp
a load of these from a car boot sale the other day.
Not as good as i remember them to be, haha...
Can't say I've 'played' any for years.
Incidentally, did anyone actually bother playing them properly, with dice and shit?
I did occasionally, but normally I'd just roar through them with 18 bookmarks or so, so I could go back if I died. This is why I collected bookmarks.
I just used to end up with all my fingers stuck at different places in the book. Sometimes I would run out of fingers. Bad times.
bookmarks would be a good idea after one too many finger slippages.
only after I had allowed myself to re-roll the dice until I had maxed out all the attributes
then I realised I only really liked the pictures and the death sequences so would just look at those until I finally just cheated and looked at the last entry.
I still own a few. The best Fighting Fantasy is clearly Deathtrap Dungeon. I also like House of Hell because I like horror films and it has good baddies.
Fuck off, dice!
12? That'll do sir!
I always cheated. I nver even used dice. I am a sham, and an embarassment to the nerd community.
Also Mr Chuff, I can't believe you cheated on this thread - I bet you used to play the books with no dice at all and took it as read that you just beat all the creatures you had to fight.
I personally would never do such a thing. Never.
I have a twelve sided die with your name on it
on the way to Cannock though, can you? That's why I was grateful for those pages with random numbers on that they started putting at the front of the book that you were supposed to prod at with a pencil with your eyes closed. It lended an element of technique and finesse to proceedings.
you'd stab at the page with your pencil as if you were really letting the goblin have it.
THE CITADEL OF CHAOS
when I was about 13 I actually wrote my own Fighting Fantasy book, along the same lines as City of Thieves. I wrote about 70 pages, I think I probably still have it somewhere!
amazing flashbacks to my childhood reading this thread!!!! My nephew has recently got into them, perhaps i should do some borrowing..
Not all of them are by Steve and Ian. Lots of them are in fact by other authors who were asked to contribute.
1. Warlock of Firetop Mountain
2. Citadel of Chaos
3. Forest of Doom
4. Starship Traveller
5. City of Thieves
6. Deathtrap Dungeon
7. Island of the Lizard King
8. Scorpion Swamp
9. Caverns of the Snow Witch
10. House of Hell
11. Talisman of Death
12. Space Assassin
13. Freeway Fighter
14. Temple of Terror
15. The Rings of Kether
16. Seas of Blood
17. Appointment with F.E.A.R
18. Rebel Planet
19. Demons of the Deep
20. Sword of the Samurai
21. Trial of Champions
22. Robot Commando (by FAR the shittest one)
23. Masks of Mayhem
24. Creature of Havoc (the best one!)
25. Beneath Nightmare Castle
26. Crypt of the Sorcerer
27. Star Strider
28. Phantoms of Fear (written by Robin Waterfield, who also did a popular translation of Plato's 'The Republic' which is used by EVERYONE)
29. Midnight Rogue
30. Chasms of Malice
31. Battleblade Warrior
32. Slaves of the Abyss
33. Sky Lord
34. Stealer of Souls
35. Daggers of Darkness
36. Armies of Death
37. Portal of Evil
38. Vault of the Vampire
39. Fangs of Fury
40. Dead of Night
41. Master of Chaos
42. Black Vein Prophecy
43. Keep of the Lich-Lord
44. Legend of the Shadow Warriors
45. Spectral Stalkers
46. Tower of Destruction
47. The Crimson Tide
49. Siege of Sardath
50. Return to Firetop Mountain
51. Island of the Undead
52. Night Dragon
54. Legend of Zagor
56. Knights of Doom
58. Return of the Vampire
59. Curse of the Mummy
60. (we're onto the new editions now so these aren't actually official 'numbers' any more) Eye of the Dragon
62. Howl of the Werewolf
Thanks. I can tell you the plots of all of them if you want.
I was so excited!
I liked 'The Way of the Tiger' quite a lot, but Fighting Fantasy will always be king.
Creature of Havoc WOULD have been the best if they hadn't fucked it up. Slaves of the Abyss gave me nightmares. Return of the Vampire, Beneath Nightmare Castle and Moonrunner were all genuinely nightmarish and brilliantly designed. So what was the icy one? It had an organ in it, and birds made out of snow that sang
I do <3 Slaves of the Abyss and Beneath Nightmare Castle. The horrid birds floating around in the abyss... the boss in Beneath Nightmare Castle made of bits of other people's arms and legs... And the icy one was (I THINK)Towers of Destruction, also one of my favourites!
You and I have the same taste in FF Books! It's a good moment for humanity.
I have just bought 'Howl of the Werewolf' from Waterstones. Fun!
brings back fond memories. Chasms of Malice i had, and it was really crap. But the rest of the ones i had were amazing
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Steve Jackson
& Ian Livingstone Russ Nicholson Peter Andrew Jones 1982
2 The Citadel of Chaos Steve Jackson Russ Nicholson Emmanuel,
Ian Miller 1983
3 The Forest of Doom Ian Livingstone Malcolm Barter Iain McCaig 1983
4 Starship Traveller Steve Jackson Peter Andrew Jones Peter Andrew Jones 1983
5 City of Thieves Ian Livingstone Iain McCaig Iain McCaig 1983
6 Deathtrap Dungeon Ian Livingstone Iain McCaig Iain McCaig 1984
7 Island of the Lizard King Ian Livingstone Alan Langford Ian McCaig 1984
8 Scorpion Swamp Steve Jackson (USA) Duncan Smith Duncan Smith 1984
9 Caverns of the Snow Witch Ian Livingstone Gary Ward
& Edward Crosby Les Edwards 1984
10 House of Hell Steve Jackson Tim Sell Ian Miller 1984
11 Talisman of Death Jamie Thomson
& Mark Smith Bob Harvey Peter Andrew Jones 1984
12 Space Assassin Andrew Chapman Geoffrey Senior Christos Achilleos 1985
13 Freeway Fighter Ian Livingstone Kevin Bulmer Jim Burns 1985
14 Temple of Terror Ian Livingstone Bill Houston Christos Achilleos 1985
15 The Rings of Kether Andrew Chapman Nik Spender Terry Oakes 1985
16 Seas of Blood Andrew Chapman Bob Harvey Rodney Matthews 1985
17 Appointment with F.E.A.R. Steve Jackson Declan Considine Brian Bolland 1985
18 Rebel Planet Robin Waterfield Gary Mayes Alan Craddock 1985
19 Demons of the Deep Steve Jackson (USA) Bob Harvey Les Edwards 1986
20 Sword of the Samurai Mark Smith
& Jamie Thomson Alan Langford Peter Andrew Jones 1986
21 Trial of Champions Ian Livingstone Brian Williams Brian Williams 1986
22 Robot Commando Steve Jackson (USA) Gary Mayes David Martin 1986
23 Masks of Mayhem Robin Waterfield Russ Nicholson John Sibbick 1986
24 Creature of Havoc Steve Jackson Alan Langford Ian Miller 1986
25 Beneath Nightmare Castle Peter Darvill-Evans Dave Carson Terry Oakes 1987
26 Crypt of the Sorcerer Ian Livingstone John Sibbick Les Edwards 1987
27 Star Strider Luke Sharp Gary Mayes Alan Craddock 1987
28 Phantoms of Fear Robin Waterfield Ian Miller Ian Miller 1987
29 Midnight Rogue Graeme Davis John Sibbick John Sibbick 1987
30 Chasms of Malice Luke Sharp Russ Nicholson Les Edwards 1988
31 Battleblade Warrior Marc Gascoigne David Gallagher David Gallagher 1988
32 Slaves of the Abyss Paul Mason
& Steve Williams Bob Harvey Terry Oakes 1988
33 Sky Lord Martin Allen Tim Sell Les Edwards 1988
34 Stealer of Souls Keith Martin Russ Nicholson Terry Oakes 1988
35 Daggers of Darkness Luke Sharp Martin McKenna Les Edwards 1988
36 Armies of Death Ian Livingstone Nik Williams Chris Achilleos 1988
37 Portal of Evil Peter Darvill-Evans Alan Langford David Gallagher 1989
38 Vault of the Vampire Keith Martin Martin McKenna Les Edwards 1989
39 Fangs of Fury Luke Sharp David Gallagher David Gallagher 1989
40 Dead of Night Jim Bambra
& Stephen Hand Terry Oakes Martin McKenna 1989
41 Master of Chaos Keith Martin David Gallagher Les Edwards 1990
42 Black Vein Prophecy Paul Mason
& Steven Williams Terry Oakes Terry Oakes 1990
43 The Keep of the Lich Lord Dave Morris
& Jamie Thomson David Gallagher David Gallagher 1990
44 Legend of the Shadow Warriors Stephen Hand Martin McKenna Terry Oakes 1991
45 Spectral Stalkers Peter Darvill-Evans Tony Hough Ian Miller 1991
46 Tower of Destruction Keith Martin Pete Knifton Terry Oakes 1991
47 The Crimson Tide Paul Mason Terry Oakes Alan Craddock 1992
48 Moonrunner Stephen Hand Martin McKenna Terry Oakes 1992
49 Siege of Sardath Keith P. Phillips Pete Knifton Les Edwards 1992
50 Return to Firetop Mountain Ian Livingstone Martin McKenna Les Edwards 1992
51 Island of the Undead Keith Martin Russ Nicholson Terry Oakes 1992
52 Night Dragon Keith Martin Tony Hough Tony Hough 1993
53 Spellbreaker Jonathan Green Alan Langford Alan Langford 1993
54 Legend of Zagor Ian Livingstone Martin McKenna Jim Burns
& Martin McKenna 1993
55 Deathmoor Robin Waterfield Russ Nicholson Terry Oakes 1994
56 Knights of Doom Jonathan Green Tony Hough Tony Hough 1994
57 Magehunter Paul Mason Russ Nicholson Ian Miller 1995
58 Revenge of the Vampire Keith Martin Martin McKenna Les Edwards 1995
59 Curse of the Mummy Jonathan Green Martin McKenna Martin McKenna 1995
for 2 quid in a car boot sale. I'll list them, because I have stopped caring about my life.
28 - Phantoms of Fear - fantastic, like a very long trip
55 - Deathmoor - fucking hard. Has a reference to Super Mario Land. Stolen from secondary school
18 - Rebel Planet - Can't remember. Probably shit
9 - Caverns of the Snow Witch - Fit as
47 - The Crimson Tide - Giggle
19 - Demons of the Deep - Agreed, great
45 - Spectral Stalkers - Weird and really confusing
4 - Starship Traveller - Shit
31 - Battleblade Warrior - Shit
11 - Talisman of Death - Shit
57 - Magehunter - Didn't even begin to make sense
54 - Legend of Zagor - Can't remember
5 - City of Thieves - Quite good
36 - Armies of Death - Love the title
10 - House of Hell - Good fun. Set in PRESENT DAY LIKE
35 - Daggers of Darkness - Retardedly hard
11 - Talisman of Death again for some reason
8 - Scorpion Swamp - wank
There were two others that were great, but I can't remember what they were. One was set in an ice palace and had brilliant enemies made out basalt and shit. The other was technically impossible unless you changed one word somewhere. You were a monster and had to work out what you were. Brilliant
was fucking ridiculous. I didnt understand it either.
Deathmoor, Oiram and Igiul. Top. Scorpion Swamp was SHIT. Magehunter is the only one I still haven't completed. But you are wrong over Rebel Planet! A lot of the sci-fi ones were a bit shit, but not that one.
Daggers of Darkness was also shit.
I would have already got the special whistle because I would have read every single page out of sequnce already
Unfortunately the light at the end of the cave wasn't a light at all but in fact a cimerian wolf vulture's beaming eyes. It picks you up and feeds you to her young. You are dead.
turn to page 400
with "moonlight shadow" with Mike Oldfield