Still Around

Just a quick blog post to say we're still around and working on issue #17!
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Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 2017 - May it's STAMINA Never Fail!

Fighting Fantasy Fest returns to Ealing for the largest dedicated Fighting Fantasy convention yet, featuring Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, as well as a host of other guests. Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 will feature talks, gaming sessions, comics, signings, a Fighting Fantasy exhibition, and a trading hall, as well as a cosplay competition.
Entry is by pre-paid ticket only and price of entry includes a collectable programme and autograph book. There are 200 Early Bird Adult Tickets available at a cost of £35 each. (Once these have sold out, the price of entry will rise to £45.) There are also 50 Child Tickets on sale at £20 each. (Please note that children must be under 14 years of age on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and must be accompanied by a paying adult ticket-holder.)
You may also pre-order a separate Adventurer's Backpack, at an additional cost of £25, containing unique merchandise, such as a Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 lanyard and event-exclusive t-shirt.
Please note that there will not be any ticket sales on the day.


Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - May it's STAMINA Never Fail!

Every felt that Fighting Fantasy should have had conventions like Dungeons & Dragons did in the 1980s? Well now is finally your chance to experience an event like no other!

As part of launching his new book about the history of Fighting Fantasy, You are the Hero, author Jonathan Green has organised the first Fighting Fantasy convention in London this September.

Creators Steve "Creature of Havoc" Jackson and Ian "Deathtrap Dungeon" Livingstone will be present, alongside a host of other Fighting Fantasy which includes Russ "The Citadel of Chaos" Nicholson, Chris "Temple of Terror" Achilleos, and Tony "Night Dragon" Hough.

Arion Games, Tin Man Games, and inkle Studios will also all be present.

Sadly, being in New Zealand, I am unable to attend. But I wish all those who do a fantastic day.

If you are within easy distance (or slightly inconvenient distance even!) then mark Sunday, September 7th on your calendar and book your tickets now!


Site News

The website is back up and operational!

Store Online!

To celebrate the release of issue 13 of "Fighting Fantazine" tomorrow, the store is now online. For now it offers the chance to buy printed copies of issues 10, 11, & 12.


Latest News

Issue #13
This is almost done and ready to go. Expect it soon!

The Web Site
In anticipation of the next issue, the web site has been given a going over.

French AFF
A Kickstarter/Indiegogo-style fundraiser is going on on the French equivalent, Ulule. This is for a French translation of Titan by Scriptarium as well as a new module and maps. Follow this link to join in and contribute!

Also, Scriptarium have issue #3 of Draco Venturus out.


In Print - Part 4

With copies of issue 11 in printed form winging their way out the door, I've updated the website with PayPal buttons to make ordering a copy easier!

In Print - Part 3

Copies of a printed version of issue #11 are now available for order. Costs are (for 1 issue):

Australia     NZ$23
Asia            NZ$30
UK/US/Europe & everywhere else   NZ$31

Payment is via PayPal. Pay to and don't forget to included the postal address where you would like the magazine sent.

If you want to order more than one copy, get in touch with me about postage costs.

In Print - Part 2

Time for an update in the print situation!

We reached the 20 physical copies wanted to go ahead with an order (@ US$17 per issue).

I've found local printer (here in NZ) who can do 20 copies for US$17 per issue...

BUT! If I order 50 copies they'll drop to US$11 per issue and if I order 100 copies it drops even further to $US9!!

All would need P&P added to the cost to cover packaging & postage.

So I need expressions of interest to gauge whether or not I should risk a print run of 50 or even 100 copies. Get in touch other wise it won't happen!
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A new forum for the magazine and gamebooks in general can be found here:

In Print

We've been investigating the possibility of print copies of the magazine.

Here's how it breaks down. The magazine will be offered via print-on-demand website MagCloud. This means that if you buy an issue it'll cost you approx. US$23 plus postage and packaging.

That said, as the publishers we can do a bulk order of at least 20 copies of an issue which would result in a price of US$17 (plus P&P).

So the plan is (with issue #11 being a trial run):

When a new issue is released (or a back issue made ready for printing) we'll ask for people who'd like to join the bulk order at the cheaper price (with a deadline to joining). After that bulk order, anybody wanting a copy will have to order it via MagCloud for the higher price.

As we've said, issue #11 will be a trial run to see if the bulk order idea actually works. If YOU want in on a cheaper copy, you need to email us with your postal details (where you want your copy sent) and once we've 20+ copies wanted we'll place the order and let everyone know via email what the costs are. If you want in, send your details to us: editor at fightingfantazine dot co dot uk
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Still Alive!

Hi all,

just a quick line from myself to let the interweb know that the magazine is still a going concern. In fact, issue #11 is getting on to 3/4 done and I still aim to have it out late March/early April if everything goes according to plan. Will post the cover and contents soonish!

Coming Soon - Issue 10

We're into the home stretch now and I'll still hopeful the issue will surface before Christmas! In the meantime, here is the contents:

*The mini adventure Hand of Fate by Kieran Coghlan and illustrated by Robertson Sondoh Jr.
*The first part of an interview with Paul Mason, author of five Fighting Fantasy books
*"Ian Livingstone presents Thirty Years of Fighting Fantasy" - David Walters recounts a talk given by Ian Livingstone in August 2012 
*"30 Reasons Why We (Heart) Fighting Fantasy" - a selection of fans outline 30 reasons why we still like Fighting Fantasy 
*"The History and Development of Gamebooks" by Demian Katz is a potted history of the gamebook genre 
*"Sometimes, Two Dice, a Pencil and an Eraser are NOT All You Need" has Stuart Lloyd looking at the various ways gamebooks have tried to be interactive with the reader
*"Orb is Coming Full Circle" - David Walters looks at the world of Orb from beginnings to resurgence 
*Chapter 5 of "Aelous Raven and the Wrath of the Sea-Witch" by Ian Brocklehurst 
*Part 6 of "Everything I Need to Know I Learnt from Reading Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks" by Ed Jolley 
*More gamebooks news in "Omens & Auguries" by Guillermo Paredes 
*"The Arcane Archive" reviews Blood of the Zombies, Crown of Kings - The Sorcery! Campaign for AFF and TrollsZine! issue #5. 
*Dan Satherley's column looks at Temple of Terror.
*Jamie Fry ("The Warlock" of the official site) rounds up events in the Fighting Fantasy world from his perspective.

Coming Soon - Issue 8

Welcome to the first blog post of 2012, the anniversary year. There is a lot of anticipation in the wind since Ian Livingstone made it known he was definitely writing a new Fighting Fantasy adventure for the 30th anniversary of the range. Meanwhile, issue 8 (I can't quite believe it either, 8!) of the Fantazine is coming together. I'm still aiming for a late January release. In the meantime, here is a list of contents to whet your appetites:
  • The mini adventure Vengeance at Midnight by Alexander Ballingall
  • A new mini AFF adventure, The Tower of Credos by Graham Bottley
  • An interview with Ross Brierley, one of the team behind the Laughing Jackal PSP versions of the gamebooks
  • An interview with Chris Sterling, one of the team behind the Worldweaver Kindle versions of the gamebooks
  • An interview with Jamie Fry, the new Warlock in charge of the official website
  • Part 2 of Aida Rintarou's comic adventure The Book in Which You are the Hero
  • Chapter 4 of "Aelous Raven and the Wrath of the Sea-Witch" by Ian Brocklehurst
  • Part 6 of "Everything I Need to Know I Learnt from Reading Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks" by Ed Jolley
  • More gamebooks news with "Omens & Auguries" from Guillermo Parades
  • "The Arcane Archive" reviews the GA tale Temple of the Spider God
  • Dan Satherley's column looks for a win with Appointment with F.E.A.R.
  • Finally, Jamie Fry continues his exploration of the world of FF collecting

The Site!

In a short update (the next post should hopefully be one announcing the arrival of the next issue), I can announce that the website for the magazine has now shifted to a new URL (please update your bookmarks and links):

Coming Soon - Issue 7

Apart from the current lack of an artist to illustrate the mini adventure (if either you or someone you know might be able to help with this problem by volunteering to do the black and white artwork please contact me), the rest of issue #7 is well on the way to being completed. So what can be found in the next issue?

  • The mini adventure Queen of Shades by Paul Struth
  • AFF competition winner, The Curse of Meraki by Stuart Lloyd
  • An interview with Paul Struth, winner of the 1984 Warlock magazine competition to have an adventure published in the magazine (The Dervish Stone in issue #4)
  • An interview with Graeme Davis, author of Midnight Rogue
  • "The Fact of Fiction": Seas of Blood is examined by Warren McGuire
  • Chapter 3 of "Aelous Raven and the Wrath of the Sea-Witch" by Ian Brocklehurst
  • Part 5 of "Everything I Need to Know I Learnt from Reading Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks" by Ed Jolley
  • More news with "Omens & Auguries" from Guillermo Parades
  • Two monsters in "Out of the Pit" by Andrew Wright
  • Adrian Young's "Chronicle of Heroes" covers A Darkness Over Kaad
  • "The Arcane Archive" reviews Advanced Fighting Fantasy – The Roleplaying Game, Out of the Pit, and Titan
  • Dan Satherley's column looks for a win with Island of the Lizard King
  • Finally, Jamie Fry continues his exploration of the world of FF collecting
How soon this issue surfaces will probably depend on how soon I can find someone to illustrate the mini adventure and how quickly they can deliver the art.


I've had a query about deadlines, which ties in nicely with an email I sent out to previous/current contributors at the end of last week. Basically what I was trying to communicate was, if you have something to submit (or an idea you want to thrash out as a possible submission), then getting it in to me sooner rather than later is better. The reason for this is that I am trying to block out (assign space in other words) future issues and if you want something to appear in one of those issues now is the time to send it on in!

The magazine does have deadlines. Here is a few now:

Issue #7 - June 24th, 2011 for publication in July
Issue #8 - August 26th, 2011 for publication in October
Issue #9 - November 25th, 2011 for publication in January 2012

These don't mean you should have your first draft in to me by then. Ideally those dates represent when final drafts should be reaching my mailbox.

Enough said, I think. If on the other hand you think I've forgotten to address something to do with deadlines and/or submissions to the mag, write a comment below!

Coming Soon - Issue 6 (Other Items of Interest)

Well, what else do we have lined up for issue #6?

We have "Turn to Paragraph 400" Part 2, the second half of the 2010 survey results. Find out who was voted favourite author and favourite artist. Which book would you most like to see reprinted and who would you want to pen a new Fighting Fantasy adventure? Plus, who did YOU vote as the most important contributor to the series?

We also have Chapter 2 of Ian Brocklehurst's ongoing tale Aelous Raven and the Wrath of the Sea-Witch, Part 4 of Ed Jolley's continued investigation of the books for morals in "Everything I Need to Know I Learnt from Reading Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks", the "Chronicle of Heroes" by Adrian Young covers A Shadow Over Blacksand, and "Fighting Dantasy" gets to grips with Forest of Doom.

Forest of Doom is also reviewed in the new reviews section, "The Arcane Archive", alongside Curse of the Mummy, Armies of Death, and Appointment with F.E.A.R. Ian Brocklehurst appears again to kick off a new irregular column called "The Magic Quest" which deals with memories of how people became fans of the series, Andrew Wright wrangles some more monsters in a new edition of "Out of the Pit", Guillermo Paredes rounds up the latest Fighting Fantasy and gamebook news, Jamie Fry looks at gamebook hunting in his column "Fighting Fantasy Collector", and the new letters page kicks off.

Finally, with more details to come in a later post, the issue features a new competition...

Coming Soon - Issue 6

We're well on the way to getting the next issue done and dusted, so to help wet your appetites we present the cover for the forthcoming issue. The fantastic cover art (and the interior art for the mini adventure) this issue is done by new contributor Michael Wolmarans (you can find out more about him and his art at his website: Tenebrae Studios).

And as you can see from the cover, some of the contents will be:

  • The mini adventure Escape from the Sorcerer by Sunil Prasannan
  • "The Fact of Fiction" focusses on The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
  • Interview #1 is with Leo Hartas
  • Interview #2 is with Steve Luxton
What else can we promise you? Come back in another week and I might have some more details...
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