|Flying Buffalo not Fighting Fantasy|
My father (who is to blame for all of this) was a keen wargamer and so I ended up going to the Bradford Wargames Society and being exposed to full blown Roleplaying Games such as D&D and Tunnels and Trolls at quite an early age. Then came the first great gaming hiatus as we moved away from Yorkshire to South East London.
I was already a veteran when the first of the Fighting Fantasy books was published in 1982. Schoolmates who had not already been exposed to RPGs devoured the Fighting Fantasy books with gusto and whilst I enjoyed playing their copies and followed them on their trips to the only gamestore in the area, I didn't buy any of these gamebooks at the time. However, it was on one of these trips that by chance I discovered a copy of the Corgi Tunnels and Trolls rulebook, money exchanged hands and I was now ensconced as the group DM.
So although my relationship with Fighting Fantasy is not atypical, I can acknowledge the huge debt owed by UK roleplayers to Steve Jackson and Ian livingstone for setting many of our friends on the path to exploring our own adventures, not just choosing them.
My Collection Includes
|The Abominog - Les Edwards|
My favourite issue was the one featuring the monster form the Uriah Heep album "Abominog" painted by one of my favourite artist Les Edwards.
Les Edwards was pretty much the go-to-guy if you wanted a fantasy or horror painting for your new paperback or movie poster.
When they needed an artist to immortalise Hawk The Slayer, you guessed it they went to Les.
For some strange reason Games Workshop produced an artbook called Blood & Iron containing high quality prints of the many artworks they had used as cover for their games over the years.
Maybe this was part of the deal with Les, but they never did it with any other artist to my knowledge although John Blanche did publish the book The Emperor's Will under the Warhammer 40K banner.
|Warlock of Firetop Mountain|
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Want to know more
In the course of dragging these memories from my caffeine addled grey matter I have encountered some very fine Fighting Fantasy resources:
- Fighting Fantasy Collector - A full listing of all the FF books and a price guide
- FightingFantasy.com - Official site of current FF publisher Wizard Books
- Fighting Fantasy Fandom - Wiki containing over 8,000 articles about the Fighting
- Big Blue Bubble Inc have released iOS versions of Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Deathtrap Dungeon, Citadel of Chaos and City of Thieves.
- Fighting Fantasy Miniatures - Atlantis miniatures plans to release miniatures of all the cover art.
- Search for Fighting Fantasy on eBay - Help support this channel buy using the affiliate link
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