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Topic: Did You Ever Read Any of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks?

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Turbo_Genesis_64

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Has anybody else ever read / played the classic Fighting Fantasy series? For those in the dark, they are kind of like a choose your own adventure that's way more complex where you fight monsters, buy weapons, and have to roll dice to decide your fate. I used to read these in my younger days and have had fun, recently, re-playing some of my old books.

So if you have any memories of these books than feel free to drop a line.

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I got one from a PR Firm the other day. Warlock of Firetop Mountain. Had never heard of it before. Might read it.

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Nope, but I did love Choose Your Own Adventure and Which Way books (competitor to CYOA, better IMO) when I was young. None of the ones I read required anything like rolling dice, though, so that's sort of intriguing.

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They must be re-releasing them as it says "First published in 1982" yet this one is copyrighted 2009.

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Sounds a lot like Dungeons and Dragons and Ive played that some when I was younger.

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They mostly re-release the fan favourites that came out in the 80s; it sounds like they still make new books, but more infrequently.

What I like about the books are even if you "cheat" and know which paths to choose you can still die if you don't get the right dice rolls. These books hold a special place in my youth and its nice to see they are stil intriguing to adults too.

If I remember right, one of the creators of this series later got into video gaming and created the Tomb Raider series.

Here's the books that are still in print:
http://www.fightingfantasy.com/index.php?option=com_content&a...

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I will be checking into one of these. Looks like a LOT of fun. I enjoy reading and in the middle of a 9 book Star Wars Series at the moment but as soon as Im done Im investing In one of these.

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Great to hear that slapshot82!

"Deathtrap Dungeon," "City of Thieves," and "House of Hell" are three of the best books for newbies. They are a unique gaming experience. And it's too bad the masses only want to play video games these days.

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I do love Choose Your Own Adventure books... those look like fun. :3

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They are like CYOA books on steroids, but be prepared to have your butt kicked by some of the monsters in these books. They can be brutal.

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Oh hell yes, I played the first three (the only ones released in Norway - the series was renamed "Fantastiske Farer" (Fantastic Dangers") here) a lot as a kid. Never managed to beat any of them, but got pretty far in the first two - got stuck in the labyrinth in the first, and got to the Hydra in the second. I've been meaning to look into them again - they were really great, much more fun than any of the other dull choose-your-own-adventure books out there.

They got renamed a bit here, too - "Warlock of Firetop Mountain" became "The Treasure in Monster Mountain", Citadel of Chaos became "Chaos Castle" and Forest of Doom became "The Hammer in Monster Woods".

Really creepy illustrations, too - the Ganjees in book 2 and the Werewolf in book 3 gave me nightmares.

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Ristar42

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@TurboGenesis64 Yep, many of 'em - I was a kid in the UK in the late 80s... They were great!

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MrPinguy

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I had some of them, lost them ;___;
the only one i rembember was something F.E.A.R.
It was the one i liked most.

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I never read any of these but there is a Fighting Fantasy game coming out this month on the DS. It is called Fighting Fantasy: Warlock of Firetop Mountain and if you pre-order the game at GameStop you get the book Warlock of Firetop Mountain. The game looks really good so I'll probably be getting it.:)

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WolfRamHeart wrote:

I never read any of these but there is a Fighting Fantasy game coming out this month on the DS. It is called Fighting Fantasy: Warlock of Firetop Mountain and if you pre-order the game at GameStop you get the book Warlock of Firetop Mountain. The game looks really good so I'll probably be getting it.:)

Yea, I saw that, but it looks more like a standard action RPG video game than these "Choose Your Fate" books.

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Adamant

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Wait what?
Ok, I'm preordering that tomorrow. Simply the title (and the preorder bonus) tells me it's a must-have.

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Has anybdoy here actually read their classic chiller called "Hell House?" It's their only title that takes place in the present day and I swear it does a great job of screwing up your mind as you play it. And the pictures are are very eerie to say the least.

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