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  • belta 27 Feb 2009 21:05:06 306 posts
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    i bloody loved those books. been years since i played one. do they still publish them?

    /plans trip to charity shops
  • superfurryanimal 12 Mar 2009 19:14:02 1,023 posts
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    I have loads. from no.1 - 32.
    And I live in Blaydon.

    /take that!
  • corimi 12 Mar 2009 19:15:30 1,311 posts
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    I was just thinking about how awesome the Steve Jackson Sorcery! series was the other day :)
  • superfurryanimal 12 Mar 2009 19:21:12 1,023 posts
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    Sorcery was hard.
    My fave was City Of Thieves and Trial Of The Champions.

    I used to cheat like a bastard, holding many choice option pages open until I would drop the book and have to go back ages. Caverns Of The Snow Witch rocked as well.
    I also still have the roleplaying game book, Titan, and Out Of The Pit. Lovely art work.
    There was a two book set written by Steve Jackson, that was intended to be read as a simultaneous co-op.
  • lucky_jim 12 Mar 2009 19:37:20 5,349 posts
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    I'm sure I read once that Steve Jackson, author of Fighting Fantasy books and Steve Jackson, co-founder of Lionhead are one and the same (although Eidos's Ian Livingstone isn't that Ian Livingstone).
  • corimi 12 Mar 2009 19:50:50 1,311 posts
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    Boo, I thought Ian Livingstone WAS that Ian Livingstone. Right enough, there's no mention of it in this history I was just looking at.

    Apparently there were two Steve Jacksons writing FF books at one point though. They should have just got better names.

    EDIT:
    Wikipedia says yes to both:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Livingstone
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jackson_(UK)

    Those are two of the nerdiest careers I can think of. Bet they got picked last in PE.
  • angerisagift 12 Mar 2009 19:55:53 1,947 posts
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    Lone Wolf > Fighting Fantasy

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  • corimi 12 Mar 2009 19:57:00 1,311 posts
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    Lone Wolf was only lone because he had no friends :p
  • superfurryanimal 12 Mar 2009 21:25:04 1,023 posts
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    "The Way Of The Tiger" books made me the ninja I am today.
  • Deleted user 12 March 2009 21:35:43
    superfurryanimal wrote:
    Sorcery was hard.
    My fave was City Of Thieves and Trial Of The Champions.

    I used to cheat like a bastard, holding many choice option pages open until I would drop the book and have to go back ages. Caverns Of The Snow Witch rocked as well.
    I also still have the roleplaying game book, Titan, and Out Of The Pit. Lovely art work.
    There was a two book set written by Steve Jackson, that was intended to be read as a simultaneous co-op.

    Yes! Loved City of Thieves. Also cheated like a bast.

    Apparently there was some adult one written a few years ago that was nominated for a booker or something. You had to navigate your way through childhood in the 70s to adulthood.

    In one early choice at the beginning answering that Ilya Kyriakin was your favourite Man From UNCLE character instead of Napoleon Solo, would ensure you were set on a path to be a Dungeons and Dragon playing geek who would never have any luck with women.

    Didnt sound as fun as City of Thieves to me. Probably because for me it would lack the fantasy element.
  • Dante_Cubit 12 Mar 2009 22:10:01 1,931 posts
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    Talisman of Death was the shit.
  • the_dudefather 12 Mar 2009 22:18:00 9,417 posts
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    Curse of the mummy and Deathtrap dungeon rocked faces

    The monster guide they did was pretty cool too, still have it somewhere

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  • Murbs 12 Mar 2009 22:24:29 22,579 posts
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    superfurryanimal wrote:
    "The Way Of The Tiger" books made me the ninja I am today.

    Yay! Although one drove me mad as I spent the first god knows how many sections picking my council. What was that all about? Overlord! I believe it was called?
  • Deleted user 12 March 2009 22:29:05
    angerisagift wrote:
    Lone Wolf > Fighting Fantasy

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    NO

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  • corimi 12 Mar 2009 22:44:14 1,311 posts
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    Ah nostalgia overload...
    http://homepages.tesco.net/~parsonsp/html/fighting_fantasy.html
    Don't think I read any after about 40 though.
  • MisterFahrenheit 16 Apr 2009 12:11:42 29 posts
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    Has nobody mentioned the fact that a load of Fighting Fantasy books have been reprinted by Wizard Books over the last few years and you can find the buggers in most bookshops now? With a handful of (rubbish) new ones too, including Eye of the Dragon by Ian Livingstone, who actually is that Ian Livingstone. They've incorporated the Sorcery! books into the main FF series as well, but that's just a bit weird.
  • Feanor 16 Apr 2009 18:46:09 14,185 posts
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    House of Hell was my favourite.
  • Khanivor 16 Apr 2009 19:21:29 41,253 posts
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    Way of the Tiger - awesome books.
  • angerisagift 16 Apr 2009 19:43:27 1,947 posts
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    ruggedtoast wrote:
    angerisagift wrote:
    Lone Wolf > Fighting Fantasy

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    NO

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    YES IT IS!

    Although, 'Creature of Havok' was awesome. Oh and what about 'Sorcery!', FF spinoff. That was cool beans.

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  • angerisagift 16 Apr 2009 19:52:33 1,947 posts
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    corimi wrote:
    Lone Wolf was only lone because he had no friends :p

    And thats what made him so cool to a 10yr old loner like me!

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  • Wastelander 16 Apr 2009 19:58:00 1,848 posts
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    Okay, you guys might know this...
    I had one of these books as a kid, 100% sure it was a Jackson/Livingston but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called.

    Only thing I really remember were the illustrations. Pretty sure it was below a castle or a dungeon of some sort (but then again, they ALL were!) one of the illustrations was I think a blindfolded beggar with his hand out, and another was of a thin sad girl lying on the floor.

    I'd love to find it again. Any ideas?

    I've looked through the covers and don't think I see it there, it definitely had the dragon topper so must have been in that series.
  • Razz 16 Apr 2009 21:16:07 61,653 posts
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    OMFG! Other people like Fighting Fantasy too?!!?!?!? :D :D :D

    I have 54 of the 58 books up in my attic. :)) I spent my childhood reading them countless times. I re-read Freeway Fighter earlier this year, it's still my favorite book of the series. but loads of love for Starship Traveller, Creature of Havoc, Forest of Doom, Strider, House of Hell and crypts of the Sorcorer... Fuck it I love them all! Those especially though. ^_^ God! I want to read another! I might just go through them again from Number one! \o/

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  • bigshot316 16 Apr 2009 21:19:57 24,517 posts
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    Fuck me I just had a huuuge nostalgia rush!!! Thanks! :-D

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  • Razz 16 Apr 2009 21:23:08 61,653 posts
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    Yeah, that's why I still keep them in the attic, looks like it's going to be a while before they're worth anything. :/

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  • Grunk 16 Apr 2009 21:24:49 4,718 posts
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    Did anyone ever actually usse the dice to determine the outcome of battles?

    And how did you get to the end of creature of havoc? I never managed it.

    Masks of mayhem was pretty tricky, and I was never sure if I actually did finish it properly
  • Razz 16 Apr 2009 21:27:53 61,653 posts
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    Hahaha! I never did that. I've never played a FF book properly. I use 3 bookmarks as "save points" so I can afford to make mistakes. If I fuck up totally I give up though. But with 3 save points it rarely happens.

    Creature of Havoc, I have no idea I haven't played it in a while. Sounds like a plan, I might dig that one out next.

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  • Edwannawonga 16 Apr 2009 21:38:49 330 posts
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    I remember trying to play one properly and always died after 5 or so pages in. I was so damn crap with the dice :'(

    I remember a fight with a cyclops in a labyrinth or something and I always chose the option to punch it in the groin but it kept going around in some loop where I kept punching him in the groin. I suppose his hit points or mine would've depleted if I'd been playing properly :\
  • superfurryanimal 17 Apr 2009 03:35:53 1,023 posts
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    Cheers for that link Corimi!

    Robot Commando and Freeway fighter !!
    I had forgotten about them. fantastic.

    These books got me through many a lake district holiday as a young 'un.
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