If you've been reading this blog for a while, you have heard me mention Fighting Fantasy
from time to time. But it occurred to me that the casual reader may not know what Fighting Fantasy or thought that it was only something that was around when they were a child.
To put it simply, Fighting Fantasy was (and still is) the definitive solo adventure gamebook series, created by those demigods of the gaming industry Steve Jackson
and Ian Livingstone
. In other words, it's a book in which you are the hero and in which you have to battle terrible monsters, figure out fiendish conundrums and make challenging choices. Inspired by games like Dungeons & Dragons
, and yet so much more than that, it was the first such series, the best-selling and the longest lived.
The first FF adventure gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain,
was published in 1982 by Puffin Books and the most recent, Howl of the Werewolf
, was published in September 2007 by Wizard Books
. That means that, in terms of solo adventure gamebooks alone (so ignoring those which appeared in other books and magazines, advanced rules and novels) there have been 62 published to date.
And Fighting Fantasy is still alive and well today, 26 years on! Last year a special 25th anniversary edition of Warlock
was published and its success proved that there is still a dedicated fan base out there as well as a burgeoning new readership.
To keep up to date with all things FF, and to discuss old favourites with other nostalgia lovers, as well as the new crop of classics in the making, why not pop over to the Fighting Fantasy Forum, here
Labels: Fighting Fantasy, Howl of the Werewolf, Wizard Books