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Almost worth getting a the glorified camera to play the game.
very tempted. Never did any of the Sorcery! stuff first time around.
Asking for a friend
I can still remember the spell to beat the dragon
gain 1 LUCK point
These books in the 80's were banned at my school as everyone was constantly playing them.
Bought an iPad Mini last week and looking for decent apps/games (San Andreas and FFVI look and play very well) but this may top them.
Subthread : Best Fighting Fantasy Book? First one I played blew me away 'Deathtrap Dungeon'. My vote goes to City Of Thieves.
City of Thieves was ok but spoilt by an ending dependant on a TEST OF LUCK
House of Hell and Armies Of death for me
You'd see someone playing i.e. The Citadel Of Chaos and you'd just have to get the book asap. The Sorcery collection was the peak though, seemed more serious and hardcore?
I think Caverns of the Snow Witch was a fave. I was a massive geek for these. I especially loved the companion books- Titan and Out of the Pit.
that's consistently voted as the worst amongst the fans.
Although its nowhere near as crap as Starship Traveller.
Best one: Citadel of Chaos, House of Hell, or City of Thieves, Rings of Kether
It was also the first one I got and it hooked me on the series.
Too difficult to be good
it's weird apocalyptic atmosphere that kept me going back and back to it.
The worst was the one set in space closely followed by the Mad Max style road wars one.
Off to Google the rest :D
I thought it was like 12 books, the Sorcery collection and that was it!
Plus 4 sorcery and several novels, encyclopedias etc
where you were a monster and you couldn't understand what people were saying to you - but at some point you managed to crack the code and could translate people's gibberish.
I don't think I could finish it properly and just ended up cheating. I probably felt ashamed at the time.
My parents have probably put it in the attic now. I'll dig it out and brush off the mould.
according to erm..something I read once somewhere.
Definitely NOT on the online fan forum
Difficult but very rewarding
which coupled with some truly disturbing bad ends lent it a truly nightmarish quality. Definitely one of the best.
My shame has lifted. Well, the shame associated with that book anyway.
that if you had the McGuffin you could find secret passages by turning 20 pages on from any paragraph beginning with "You find yourself". The paragraph hiding the exit to the dungeon starts "You emerge into".
which meant I had to draw out a character sheet to fill in each time I read through them. Have to wait until 12th March for the Android version.
Was searching for it on android. Search brought up Steve Jackson's Mortgage Calculator. The less exciting sequel maybe...
at the start of an adventure.
Throw a 1. Um clearly that was a test. Throw a 3. Test again. Throw a 6. Yeah that's my real go, scribble it in the book :D
resorting to treating it as a choose your own adventure book, utilising your entire bookmark collection so you could go back to correct a mistake after you inevitably died?
What do you mean I'm no longer welcome at FF club???? :(
I collected them for years. I'm about four off the full set which I always planned to sell for £££ and have duplicates of all my favourites. City of Thieves, House of Hell (fucking impossible)and Armies of Death for me.
Bought a load 2nd hand a few years back. The only one I don't have is this, which was £25 when I last looked
Fiction series written by Ian Livingstone, really dark, possibly the bleakest fantasy I'd read before A Song of Ice and Fire
this is relevant to my interests
FF rip-off books called?
I just remember one where you got to choose your skill at the beginning, one of which was 'heroic leaping' :D
Sword of the Samurai.
There was a ninja/samurai riip off though. If anyone can rememer what they were called, please remind me!
something of the Usurper I think....
Actually maybe it was just 'USURPER!'
Warbringer! was my favourite
most of them were pretty awful
I tried writing my own when I was about 9. The first test your luck could see you being pitched off a mountain by an angry goat.
where you got to be a pirate and had to outdo your best mate in order to claim the title of most horrible piece of shit floating on the seven seas. Great stuff. There was another one about a vampire which was suitably noir and very satisfying.
Also the absolutely batshit ones, like Black Vein Prophecy and Spectral Stalkers.
Even had the tie-in game on the... Amstrad 464 (?)
The battling system in these was miles better than FF, I remember that much.
Was called something like "An appointment with Fear" and was all superhero-esque and cool. Must have preferred it to the more generic fantasy type ones as I can't really remember any of them (though to be fair I don't think any of the fantasy ones I read were renowned as the best ones).
Out local library had a fairly limited selection of them, else I would have played a lot more.
Going to buy it regardless of how you reply!
Basically lets you go back to any previous point if/when you die (and re-fight any battle), but that's no different to how you could play the original books I guess.
Not even Theo is in this thread. Think about that.
Do one of those FF book threads again? That was excellent time-wastage.
but I got rid of my big ol collection of green spines ages ago :(
If I find any good uns knocking around a charity shop I'll try and remember.
My wife found me playing it :(
how do i cast this fucking spell. The first one. how does it work???
Am on a fantasy retro tip now- thanks.
Might have to dig out 'Talisman - The Magical Quest Game' from the attic...
runs off to google.
very playable, even with folk who aren't fantasy nerds.
Several expansions too, all reassuringly expensive.
I'm driving him to the bus stop every morning and he's going to play Talisman with me on Wednesday!
the kids refuse to play with me. Don't really know any fantasy nerds. :(
Relic is rethemed Talisman.
There are some cracking more modern board games that do the adventure board game thing a bit more slickly than Talisman (and without sodding roll to move), e.g. Eldritch Horror.
last night. Happy to report the combat system is great, felt like 1985 all over again.
Someone should make one for Heroquest, it's not that different.
Vik can fuck right off.
The got around a lot of the need to 'cheat' in the FF books by having 'Page 14' where you always went when you were dead. You then resurrected but could ignore anyone you'd already beaten.
They often had really clever maps and other pull outs that were used in various bits of the game.
Of the FF books, Forest of Doom and Island of the Lizard King were the two I remember best. Scorpion Swamp was a favourite because of the mapping you were encouraged to do. I remember finding Appointment with F.E.A.R. pretty much impossible. I probably should have tried it again before I gave them away last year but I didn't really have the time.
they should do a World Cup FF game
will start getting on with it tonight.