Monday, 1 September 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - Food and drink

Going to Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 on Sunday? Wondering what you're going to do for food and drink?

Well have no fear, because the event has its own bar for the day - The Black Lobster Tavern - and the DoubleTree Hilton has a cafe, literally just across the foyer from where we'll be celebrating all things Fighting Fantasy. Even better, a lunch hour has been factored into the schedule for the day.



Of course, you could also spend that hour perusing the stalls in Port Blacksand and Darkwood Forest. Among the traders are:
  • Otherworld Miniatures - who have produced the highly collectible Zagor miniature that will be in every attendee's goodie bag.
  • Leisure Games - purveyors of only the finest board games.
  • Snowbooks - publishers of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
  • FightingFantasy.com - Jamie Fry will have FF gamebooks both old and new for sale on his stand.
  • Arion Games - publishers of Advanced Fighting Fantasy Second Edition.
  • All Rolled Up - suppliers of gamebook gaming accessories, who will have some very special, bespoke items for sale.
  • Scriptarium - French publishers of Advanced Fighting Fantasy.
  • Legend Photography - who will take your FF-themed portrait, props included.



Thought for the Day

"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
~ Franz Kafka


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - One week to go!

A week today, at 10.30am, the doors will open on the world's first ever convention dedicated to Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. Here's what's in store for those attending Fighting Fantasy Fest...

10.30am - Event opens – Registration begins

11.15am – Welcome

11.30am – Tin Man Games presentation, with the first look at the Caverns of the Snow Witch app, and a glimpse of what they have in store for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

12.00pm – The History of Fighting Fantasy (Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, with Philippa Dickinson)

1.00pm – Lunch – Why not join us for a pint of ale back at the Black Lobster Tavern?

2.00pm – The Art of Fighting Fantasy (The Fighting Fantasy artists, with Jonathan Green) 

3.00pm – Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks and YOUARE THE HERO mass signing

4.00pm – Fighting Fantasy Costume Competition, followed by the Fighting Fantasy Auction (with auctioneer Ian Livingstone) 

5.00pm
 – Your adventure ends here… Event closes

A host of other activities will be taking place throughout the day... 
  • Arion Games will be running a number of Advanced Fighting Fantasy gaming sessions throughout the day.
  • Inkle Studios will be running a Swindlestones tournament – simply visit the Inkle Studios table to take part. 
  • You will be able to have your fantasy-themed portrait taken by Legend Photography
  • Award-winning film-maker Martin Gooch, who has written the script for the Deathtrap Dungeon movie, will be in attendance.
  • Sean Riley, the man behind Turn to 400, the fantastic Fighting Fantasy documentary, will be along with his video camera, hoping to interview fans about FF and FFF.
  • See the Fighting Fantasy Exhibition, and meet the Fighting Fantasy artists.
  • Peruse the markets of Port Blacksand and share fond memories of FF with other seasoned adventurers over a flagon of Cloud Ale (or something similar) at the Black Lobster Tavern?

It's not too late to buy a ticket for Fighting Fantasy Fest. Get yours today!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - All Rolled Up

Among the traders attending Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 is All Rolled Up. All Rolled Up produce unique accessories for gamers, called ARUs.

"ARU offers an innovative, flexible and all-in-one solution for bringing your gaming to the table. A game roll that combines pocket, pen tidy and dice bag into a single accessory - so that when you're All Rolled Up you're ready to game. But, it's not just for gamers... All Rolled Up can carry dice, eraser, index cards, sticky notes, beads, writing gear, drawing kit, board game components, trading cards, wargame miniatures, stationery, make-up and more."

All Rolled Up have produced a number of special ARUs especially for Fighting Fantasy Fest, featuring some classic FF cover art and Martin McKenna's cover painting for YOU ARE THE HERO.






To see more pictures, click this link. To buy your ticket to Fighting Fantasy Fest, click here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Gamebook Friday: YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks - is here!

So yesterday, this happened...



If you're wondering, that's what half a tonne of books looks like. (I'm not kidding - it's actually slightly more than half a tonne!)


It's big.

In case you were wondering how big, here's YOU ARE THE HERO next to the 25th anniversary edition of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

In other news, Tin Man Games' app version of Steve Jackson's Appointment with F.E.A.R. was released on the 32nd anniversary of the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

The official book launch of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks is taking place at FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2014, the world's first convention dedicated to Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. You can find out more details, and buy your ticket, here.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - Hits the headlines once again!

Fighting Fantasy Fest, along with YOU ARE THE HERO, has hit the big time - it's been mentioned on the BBC News magazine website.



People have been contacting me all day, asking if I've seen the piece. If you've not seen it yet, you can do so by clicking this link. And if you've not bought your ticket for Fighting Fantasy Fest yet, where YOU ARE THE HERO will be launching, you can do so here.