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.
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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 associated material
- The Fighting Fantasist - An entertaining blog focussing on OSR and Games Workshop
- FightingFantasy.com - Official site of current FF publisher Wizard Books
- Big Blue Bubble Inc have released iOS versions of Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Deathtrap Dungeon, Citadel of Chaos and City of Thieves.
- Advanced Fighting Fantasy - The RPG System based on the gamebooks recently re-released by Cubicle 7
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