Fight­ing Fan­tasy Fest

7 Septem­ber 2014,

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It’s been 32 years since The War­lock Of Fire­top Moun­tain turned Ian Liv­ing­stone and Steve Jack­son into su­per­star au­thors, and an en­tire gen­er­a­tion into game­book ob­ses­sives. That gen­er­a­tion got to­gether to cel­e­brate its un­fail­ing SKILL, LUCK and STAMINA in Septem­ber for the first ever con­ven­tion ded­i­cated to Fight­ing Fan­tasy. Or­gan­ised by au­thor Jonathan Green, it gath­ered writ­ers, ed­i­tors and artists from across the years for pan­els and au­to­graph ses­sions.

The crowd cheered Liv­ing­stone and Jack­son in the main hall and the pair talked wit­tily about the found­ing of Games Work­shop and their 1982 book deal, shared cu­rios like an ab­surdly man­gafied Ja­panese cover for Death­trap Dun­geon, and promised a new story star­ring Zagor the War­lock for the 40th an­niver­sary in 2022. There was a sur­prise ap­pear­ance by Geral­dine Cooke, the orig­i­nal com­mis­sion­ing ed­i­tor, while Tin Man, the games company turn­ing Fight­ing Fan­tasy into apps, pre­sented their new dig­i­tal ver­sion of Ap­point­ment With FEAR. The event also saw the launch of Green’s lav­ish hard­back his­tory of the phe­nom­e­non, You Are The Hero.

The event proved there’s still a lot of love after more than three decades for a se­ries which in­tro­duced many to the de­lights of both fan­tasy sto­ry­telling and role- play­ing games. http:// bit. ly/ FightNF

Eal­ing David Bradley dug out his bat­tle axe and a six- sided die to cel­e­brate the leg­endary se­ries of game­books

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