(FF) is a series of interactive gamebooks for kids, originally published in the UK between 1982 and 1995, created by Steve Jackson
(no, not that
Steve Jackson) and Ian Livingstone
. In a nutshell, they were Choose Your Own Adventure
books with simple dice-based gaming rules built into them. The books primarily focused on fantasy themes
, but sci
, and modern-day horror
tales were all covered as well. Containing art both fantastic
, they were many a young lad's gateway drug into more complex nerdery
For example, you'd have your normal choice to take the blue door by turning to page 32 or the green door by turning to page 85 that any reader of a CYOA book would be familiar with, only to encounter a Giant Space Walrus or what have you. You'd then roll dice to decide the resulting combat using an extremely basic system, based on the critter's stats listed in the book and the stats you had randomly rolled for your hero at the start of the adventure. If you were defeated, the book ended there; any wounds you took carried on through the rest of the book.
Many of the artists used would go on to do a great deal of work for Games Workshop
and elsewhere - some of my favourites were:
- Martin McKenna
- John Sibbick
- Iain McCaig
- Peter Andrew Jones
- Russ Nicholson
After a hiatus following Puffin Books' dropping of the line, FF returned in 2002 under the stewardship of Wizard Books
, who began re-releasing the original books with new covers, as well as commissioning brand new efforts
Expanding on the original, there was a series of games
developed for the ZX Spectrum & Commodore 64. A PlayStation edition of Deathtrap Dungeon
, and recent video game releases have been made of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
and Talisman of Death
. A brand-new, full-fledged RPG
(i.e. not gamebooks, but more complex and akin to Dungeons & Dragons), spun out of the old Advanced Fighting Fantasy system, has recently been released as well.
- Previously on the blue
. Also, a post
on the similar but unrelated Lone Wolf series.
- A full list
of all Fighting Fantasy books.
- A loving fanzine tribute
to the series. Other fan sites: Fighting Dantasy
, Turn To 400
, and Fighting For Your Fantasy
- SVG walkthroughs
of all the books. Never hold your thumb on a page again!
- An illustrated history
of Fighting Fantasy and Games Workshop. Previously
on the blue.
- The Wayback Machine has kindly preserved this old FF FAQ
. Or you can check out the Fighting Fantasy wiki
- A fabulous site
featuring a price-guide
, cover art
galleries, collector's info, and a whole lot more.
- Create your own gamebooks
! And along those lines, play books created by others
- Buy original Fighting Fantasy art from the amazing Martin McKenna here
- A new book
is due out in August.