AICN’s Russ Sheath remembers Fighting Fantasy books and talks to film maker Sean Riley about plans to bring the iconic adventure series to a Kickstarter project!!
Russ Sheath here...
If, in the early 80s, you were reaching the end of your time in a galaxy far, far away and looking for a new obsession - there’s a chance you happened upon the Fighting Fantasy series of books.
After that, we go to £15 for a key shaped USB Key with a copy of the film and extras, and then every reward from £25 upwards includes a copy of the key.
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Nov. 27, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST
The BFG, and The Demon Headmaster were alright I suppose, but this made me love reading. I'm not sure if I read it wrong, or there was a page missing from Warlock of Firetop Mountain, but I could never complete it. Deathtrap Dungeon was gold, as was Appointment with F.E.A.R. and The Forest of Doom. I remember shitting myself reading The House of Hell one night.. I also remember they made maps of the fantasy world which was frequently visited (Titan) and a bestiary if I recall right? Does anyone remember the Grail Quest books as well? They were fun.
Nov. 27, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST
Or am I one of the few that is old enough to remember these?
Nov. 27, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST
Yes I am here donkey_lasher, i'm 40 and read many of these books as a teen including the two-player FF books. I currently still have (in poor condition due to the amount of re-reads and page turns!).. warlock of firetop mountain, citadel of chaos, forest of doom, starship traveler, deathtrap dungeon (my all time fav), island of the lizard king, scorpion swamp, house of hell, creature of havoc, phantoms of fear, vault of the vampire, black vein prophecy, the crimson tide, return to firetop mountain and island of the dead. Also really loved grailquest books, and especially the 'way of the tiger' ninja books, all in the same vein as the fighting fantasy series. Those ninja books i've read countless times, their re-occuring characters across the series really made them epics, what a shame Mark Smith and Jamie Thomson never finished the series and left a big cliffhanger. I even have the books that came BEFORE fighting fantasy - 'choose your own adventure' books. I really really would love to see a Deathtrap Dungeon movie but doubt it will ever happen. will keep an eye on this docu though!
Nov. 27, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST
I'm 45 and remember them well. A friend and I used to play them all the time. I still have the first 25 books or so, the British editions with those sickly green spines, as well as the companion books. Deathtrap Dungeon was one of the best, as was Island of the Lizard King. There was also a cool Mad Max-type one called Freeway Fighter and a few sci-fi books, of which Starship Traveler was the best. The artwork was usually great, especially Iain McCaig, whose name I immediately recognized when it popped up in 1999. I used to try to draw maps as I played in order to keep track of where I was. It could be easy to get lost at times. There was even a double-book adventure where you played against an opponent who had a book of his own. every now and then your paths would cross and you'd have to fight. Man, I haven't thought about this shit in ages. Good times, good times...
Nov. 27, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST
Sounds fascinating. I enjoyed a few of the FF books as a kid, and the fact they''re also going to look at the foundation of GW as well makes it too intriguing to resist
Nov. 27, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST
Way of the Tiger was excellent also. But I never read Fighting Fantasy. Much respect for the genre.
Nov. 27, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST
Remember you had to roll a dice to see if you'd won a battle? How many kids EVER rolled the damn dice!?
I'm a financial backer – would love to see this film made. FF was a big part of my youth and helped to fire up my imagination. If you can find a bit of money to help this project get off the ground then please make a pledge!
Nov. 27, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST
and putting several numbered bookmarks at critical choice points so that I could backtrack if I didn't like the way things were going.
Nov. 28, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST
These books and D&D were important parts of my youth when I was between 10 - 14, also loved the artwork. Even now I will check out WoTC and GW just to look at the art and ideas. Will fund some money to this.
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST
By that time Steve Jackson and Ian Livingston had passed most of the duties off to lesser writers. (Although Mark Smith and Jamie Thompson did a few which were good: Sword of the Samurai and Talisman of Death.) SJ's Sorcery! four-parter was the best of the lot. And of the rival series in the UK, I always loved Smith/Thompson's 'Way of the Tiger'.
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST
Midnight Rogue and Dead of Night.
Nov. 28, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST
For my generation the FF books were just amazing. BTW, The Way of The Tigers may be getting a reprint next year - along with book #7!
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