About Fighting Fantasy

Fighting Fantasy is a series of solo adventure gamebooks, the mechanics of which are somewhere between Choose Your Own Adventure and Dungeons & Dragons. FF was born in 1982, when Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone wrote The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. The series went on to sell over 14 million copies, and has been published in 23 languages. Most of the books are set in the medieval sword & sorcery fantasy world Titan, with the reader playing the role of a young adventurer seeking fame and fortune. A few books are placed in modern-day or futuristic settings, or may put the reader into an altogether different role, such as an assassin, a peasant child, or even a monster. As it gained popularity, the series generated a multiplayer role-playing system and companion books, boardgames, novels, a magazine and several computer conversions. The 59th gamebook was published in 1995 and the series appeared to end there, however in the summer of 2002, reprints began with the most popular books of the series. A few new books have also been written.

At the age of nine, my first encounter with Fighting Fantasy was Deathtrap Dungeon, which I enjoyed so much I went on to collect the rest. Apparently a lot of other people enjoyed it as well; 14 years later, this same book was converted into a 3D video game by Eidos Interactive. In the USA, the series stopped after book 21, and so did my collection. Many years later when I discovered that in other countries the series had continued far further, I bought all the books I had missed and began reliving my childhood. Here in this web site, I have set out to catalog the series of Fighting Fantasy books and related works, and provide descriptions, pictures, maps and solutions where applicable. I have tried to make everything as accurate as possible, but some errors may remain. The material presented is strictly for personal use, and none of it is meant to infringe in any way on the rights of the many authors and illustrators. I can only thank them all for providing me with so many wonderful memories.

  
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The site consists of a mosaic of scanned covers with descriptions gleaned from the backs, some of the rarer artwork, and a few step-by-step solutions. Most items have been rated according to my personal tastes, using Derek the Troll from Warlock Magazine. This chart shows the possible ratings.


Derek the Troll © Lew Stringer