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DarthSte
12-01-2017, 20:37
Inspired by this new area of the site I have dug out a stack of my old game books, as I youngling I read/played a number of these books, and don't think I ever beat any of them.
My all time favourite was The Citadel of Chaos, which had a great grittiness to it. I went on to play my first pen and paper role playing game with a group based in this game universe using books such as Out of the Pit and Titan as source material. (The GM killed me off really early, because as irl I'm a vegetarian, I refused my character to eat a giant owl... I think I was only about 10 at the time).
So, the books that I've just come across in a big old box are:
- 2 - The Citadel of Chaos
- 3 - The Forest of Doom
- 4 - Starship Traveller
- 6 - Deathtrap Dungeon
- 8 - Scorpion Swamp
- 11 - Talisman of Death
- 13 - Freeway Fighter
- 14 - Temple of Terror
- 32 - Slaves of the Abyss
I have decided to read/play Freeway Fighter first, it has a big red car with machine gun turret on the cover with a couple of glam looking road warriors. The blurb describes a post Apocalyptic world with violent bandits and small fortified towns, and a mission to travel with vital supplies to the town of New Hope...
Putting on my best fingerless gloves and backcombing my mullet, I roll for skill, stamina, luck and my Dodge Interceptors Firepower and Armour... and turn to 1...

DarthSte
13-01-2017, 06:13
Okay... so running out of fuel has got to be the most mundane way to lose in a game book...

dalezzz
20-01-2017, 17:23
Hah I loved those books ( still have most of them somewhere) the rpg you played was it using the dungeoneer rules? I loved them at the time ( perhaps I still would , I'll have to root them out :D )
citadel of chaos is the hardest one of your collection iirc , never did complete that one

con incidentally they are redoing freeway fighter , search it up on facebook , at least that's were I saw it

Harry
20-01-2017, 17:27
Deathtrap Dungeon my favorite on your list.

Love the Dungeoneer rules....still make for a great game.

DarthSte
20-01-2017, 17:30
Ah cool, I'll look out for that on FB thanks.

I'm not sure which ruleset was used... could well have been Dungeoneer...

Harry
20-01-2017, 17:35
Or there was Steve Jacksons Fighting Fantasy that canme before Dungeoneer .... ...also work very nicely.

blackcherry
22-01-2017, 21:34
The Fighting Fantasy books were brilliant!

I remember reading a Mario choose your own adventure book oddly. Most of the endings involved you dying really gruesomely. As a kid it really threw me, given it was Mario themed.

Sotek
15-02-2017, 23:13
I vaguely remember one of those Mario books. Pipe Dreams I think it was called. Quite difficult and weird.

I lived and breathed Fighting Fantasy when I was a kid. I love dead of night and legend of the shadow warriors.

StygianBeach
16-02-2017, 17:29
They were fun back in the day, but I ended up cheating my way through because I would always die too easily.

My favourite was either Firetop mountain or Return to Firetop mountain. I cannot remember which title is correct.

Teh Real New Girl
16-02-2017, 18:07
They were fun back in the day, but I ended up cheating my way through because I would always die too easily.

My favourite was either Firetop mountain or Return to Firetop mountain. I cannot remember which title is correct.

I ended up cheating too!

There was iirc the warlock of firetop mountain and then return to firetop mountain

Both great books. I died lots but made a map that I still have

dalezzz
21-02-2017, 08:25
So the other day i rooted out a few of these books and let my kids choose one (they are 7 and 4) they chose Demons of the Deep , bit of a tricky one if memory serves me right but not too bad . Anyway read it too them and let them make the choices and roll the dice , it was excellent! We had a great time even though we died at the end , but it was funny how scared they were they might make the wrong choice all the time :D

Going to root out some more i think , trying to think of the "easier" ones mechanically ,so no armys of death , even though it was my fav and no Citadel of Chaos because no has ever finished it ever:p
Island of the Lizard king and Forest of Doom spring to mind as "easier" books ...at least i remember them being , maybe i was just lucky :p any other suggestions? I still have almost all of them somewhere .

Teh Real New Girl
21-02-2017, 09:04
Yeah forest of doom was one of the easier ones.

Have you played the Shamutanti Hills? Can highly recommend that series.

dalezzz
21-02-2017, 16:08
yeah got them too , not sure the kids are quite ready for that epic just yet though :) actually didnt those books get made into a game on steam? (and presumably other places) anyone try it?

Teh Real New Girl
22-02-2017, 14:39
yeah got them too , not sure the kids are quite ready for that epic just yet though :) actually didnt those books get made into a game on steam? (and presumably other places) anyone try it?

I had it on android and it was good but the books better.

askaval30
23-02-2017, 16:38
after several years scouring Ebay and used bookshops just a couple of months ago I finally finished my collection of all 59 Puffin-era books. My inner child is happy now, my wife puzzled and my bank account lighter.

Great series and even factoring in nostalgia they were a great read, ranging from corny to unnaturally difficult (There are several I could never finish... House of Hell anyone?).

Incidentally the idea of reading them to my girls is brilliant! will have to try that out.

dalezzz
23-02-2017, 18:02
after several years scouring Ebay and used bookshops just a couple of months ago I finally finished my collection of all 59 Puffin-era books. My inner child is happy now, my wife puzzled and my bank account lighter.

Great series and even factoring in nostalgia they were a great read, ranging from corny to unnaturally difficult (There are several I could never finish... House of Hell anyone?).

Incidentally the idea of reading them to my girls is brilliant! will have to try that out.


Thats some good work getting all the books , there was a few I never got back in the day . Don't think I ever finished house of hell either .... in fact the more I think about it the fewer of the books I actually did manage to finish!

Teh Real New Girl
23-02-2017, 21:01
I was recently reading out loud the Shamutanti Hills to my friend whilst he underwent chemotherapy to take his mind away from it. He finished successfully on the first play through!

Sotek
23-02-2017, 22:58
Scorpion swamp is good, you need to map it though. Keep of the lich lord is great too since the baddie appears in different locations depending on how you get there. Not too hard.

It's interesting that fighting fantasy are generally quite low magic compared to current trends in fantasy.

DarthSte
01-03-2017, 12:01
http://www.fightingfantasy.com/fighting-fantasy-fest-2

Oh?

dalezzz
02-03-2017, 11:40
http://www.fightingfantasy.com/fighting-fantasy-fest-2

Oh?

Hah! Ive just seen this and came here to post the link as well :) wont be going though sadly :(

Spell_of_Destruction
19-04-2017, 04:51
I was recently reading out loud the Shamutanti Hills to my friend whilst he underwent chemotherapy to take his mind away from it. He finished successfully on the first play through!

Shamutanti Hills was a fun but pretty straightforward book which did a decent job of settling you into the style of the Sorcery books. The only significant issue with it from a technical standpoint is the incredibly challenging manticore at the end which makes the book nearly impossible to finish as a non wizard (although that also applies to Sorcery as a whole but I would have thought that if any of the books should work as a standalone it would be the first).

John Blanche may be the marmite of illustrators but I think he did a fantastic job of capturing the setting in Sorcery. Some of his artwork (the illustration of Khare springs to mind) was even reused by GW later.

The Binman
23-05-2017, 20:54
For any of you UK based Fighting Fantasy fans you may be interested to hear that Ian Livingstone is appearing at the UK Games Expo this year.

http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/guests.php

I might just take Deathtrap Dungeon along to get it signed. :)