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A Fighting Fantasy Journey

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About the Project

The Fighting fantasy series had to be my first step into gaming as a child. Growing up in a computer free 80s household the books gave me an escape from the norm before little men came along. After years of neglect I went back to my original collection and went on a mission to complete it. In this project I will be looking at each book and seeing if they were as good as I remember. I have also picked up some of the official Fighting Fantasy minis from Atlantis Miniatures and painting them up to go with my book collection.

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Book twenty three-Masks of Mayhem

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Book 23 has us returning to fantasy and the continent of Khul in this adventure by Robin Waterfield. I have mixed feelings about this book as it has a nice rpg vibe with interesting encounters with people that aren't all combat focused. But it also has some of the worse plot twists that could leave a child stumped.... Or adult me such as the who dunnit aspect at the end which leaves you wondering what you missed. The villain is the sorceress Morgana of Kill Garnash who is about to unleash her golems on the world, like the one on the cover who ate under used in the story. She just needs one sigil to control them. So for some reason the i ly person in Arion who can stop her is you the ruler. So in your own you set off to stop her. Book 23 has us returning to fantasy and the continent of Khul in this adventure by Robin Waterfield. I have mixed feelings about this book as it has a nice rpg vibe with interesting encounters with people that aren't all combat focused. But it also has some of the worse plot twists that could leave a child stumped.... Or adult me such as the who dunnit aspect at the end which leaves you wondering what you missed. The villain is the sorceress Morgana of Kill Garnash who is about to unleash her golems on the world, like the one on the cover who ate under used in the story. She just needs one sigil to control them. So for some reason the i ly person in Arion who can stop her is you the ruler. So in your own you set off to stop her.
This adventure comes with a map although I'm guessing it's not to scale. You will die alit escaping from a wild fire on the plains where it certainly does not seem to rain. This adventure comes with a map although I'm guessing it's not to scale. You will die alit escaping from a wild fire on the plains where it certainly does not seem to rain.
Kevin Truehand my faithful friendKevin Truehand my faithful friend
Oh... Never mind. Bye Kevin. Oh... Never mind. Bye Kevin.
We also get a game within a game in a battleships style hunt for a sabre toothed tigerWe also get a game within a game in a battleships style hunt for a sabre toothed tiger
Morgana illustrated by the great Russ Nicholson. She's not as tough as we are led to think. Morgana illustrated by the great Russ Nicholson. She's not as tough as we are led to think.
Has to be the shortest summing up and well done for paragraph 400 so far Has to be the shortest summing up and well done for paragraph 400 so far

Book twenty-two: Robot Commando

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What ten year old wouldn't get excited about giant robots vs dinosaurs? I was sold on the cover alone and was one of my favorite in the science fiction outings in the series. Written by the ( other ) Steve Jackson we add rules for walking about in giant robots which we use to ranch dinosaurs in the country of Thalos. Unfortunately our warlike neighbours have invaded after releasing a pathogen that puts the whole nation to sleep apart from you. We travel the country looking for the means to defeat our enemies in the various cities that are all set up for one task, such as the city of industry and another for going on holiday too. Just like Scorpion swamp Jackson gives us the ability to revisit locations. We also have more than one way to complete the game such as trying to take down the enemy leadership or finding away to wake everyone up. So unlike most of the books in the series it doesnt end at paragraph 400. What ten year old wouldn't get excited about giant robots vs dinosaurs? I was sold on the cover alone and was one of my favorite in the science fiction outings in the series. Written by the ( other ) Steve Jackson we add rules for walking about in giant robots which we use to ranch dinosaurs in the country of Thalos. Unfortunately our warlike neighbours have invaded after releasing a pathogen that puts the whole nation to sleep apart from you. We travel the country looking for the means to defeat our enemies in the various cities that are all set up for one task, such as the city of industry and another for going on holiday too. Just like Scorpion swamp Jackson gives us the ability to revisit locations. We also have more than one way to complete the game such as trying to take down the enemy leadership or finding away to wake everyone up. So unlike most of the books in the series it doesnt end at paragraph 400.
As the only peron awake we have to dodge the invaders and dinos although as a rancher we aren't exactly the commando the title has us believe. And we aren't a robot.As the only peron awake we have to dodge the invaders and dinos although as a rancher we aren't exactly the commando the title has us believe. And we aren't a robot.
There is some great imagery in this book and we get to jump from one robot to another each designed for a different purpose. Although each seems very familiar.There is some great imagery in this book and we get to jump from one robot to another each designed for a different purpose. Although each seems very familiar.

Book twenty-two: Robot Commando

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What ten year old wouldn't get excited about giant robots vs dinosaurs? I was sold on the cover alone and was one of my favorite in the science fiction outings in the series. Written by the ( other ) Steve Jackson we add rules for walking about in giant robots which we use to ranch dinosaurs in the country of Thalos. Unfortunately our warlike neighbours have invaded after releasing a pathogen that puts the whole nation to sleep apart from you. We travel the country looking for the means to defeat our enemies in the various cities that are all set up for one task, such as the city of industry and another for going on holiday too. Just like Scorpion swamp Jackson gives us the ability to revisit locations. We also have more than one way to complete the game such as trying to take down the enemy leadership or finding away to wake everyone up. So unlike most of the books in the series it doesnt end at paragraph 400. What ten year old wouldn't get excited about giant robots vs dinosaurs? I was sold on the cover alone and was one of my favorite in the science fiction outings in the series. Written by the ( other ) Steve Jackson we add rules for walking about in giant robots which we use to ranch dinosaurs in the country of Thalos. Unfortunately our warlike neighbours have invaded after releasing a pathogen that puts the whole nation to sleep apart from you. We travel the country looking for the means to defeat our enemies in the various cities that are all set up for one task, such as the city of industry and another for going on holiday too. Just like Scorpion swamp Jackson gives us the ability to revisit locations. We also have more than one way to complete the game such as trying to take down the enemy leadership or finding away to wake everyone up. So unlike most of the books in the series it doesnt end at paragraph 400.

Book twentyone : Trial of Champions

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The long awaited return to deathtrap dungeon with Ian Livingstones kinda sequal. Baron sukumvit was clearly upset we got through his last dungeon so he's had an upgrade for this year's contest. This time we play a captive of the barons brother lord carnus who hates his brother. So he wants his own champion to beat the dungeon. But first we need to survive the selection process in the arena of death. The winner gets the honour of going into the dungeon and certain death. Great art and great story this one was always popular with me. The long awaited return to deathtrap dungeon with Ian Livingstones kinda sequal. Baron sukumvit was clearly upset we got through his last dungeon so he's had an upgrade for this year's contest. This time we play a captive of the barons brother lord carnus who hates his brother. So he wants his own champion to beat the dungeon. But first we need to survive the selection process in the arena of death. The winner gets the honour of going into the dungeon and certain death. Great art and great story this one was always popular with me.
The original cover really captured the best part of the book for me which was the various desperate trials you have to go through before entering the dungeon. The original cover really captured the best part of the book for me which was the various desperate trials you have to go through before entering the dungeon.

We have to collect ringsin this version of the dungeon and once again meet a pair of trial masters who test our intelligence and skill. We also get some nice monsters such as the cold claw and the weird purple tongue coming out of a statue.

I'm not a big fan of the Lord Carnus mini or of my paint job. I would have preferred a mini if the warrior from the book cover in the blindfold mask who we are forced to fight I'm not a big fan of the Lord Carnus mini or of my paint job. I would have preferred a mini if the warrior from the book cover in the blindfold mask who we are forced to fight
Book twentyone : Trial of Champions

Book twenty : Sword of the samurai

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Off to the Titan version of the far East and the land of Hachiman in this shogun inspired adventure. I always thought the cover was cool but I don't remember playing this one as a child. By Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith who delve into Japan mythology with some nasty undead types. We are sent off on a mission by the shogun to recover his stolen katanga from ikiru the master of shadows. This book has a skill list we can choose from to improve our character. One interesting rule is an honour system. We gain points for good deeds and if we loose enough we commit suicide. Off to the Titan version of the far East and the land of Hachiman in this shogun inspired adventure. I always thought the cover was cool but I don't remember playing this one as a child. By Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith who delve into Japan mythology with some nasty undead types. We are sent off on a mission by the shogun to recover his stolen katanga from ikiru the master of shadows. This book has a skill list we can choose from to improve our character. One interesting rule is an honour system. We gain points for good deeds and if we loose enough we commit suicide.
This dragon wants you to solve a riddle to get past him so you can't just go killing your way to victory. This dragon wants you to solve a riddle to get past him so you can't just go killing your way to victory.
Yay we get a companion who pledges to our service and follows us on our journey. Yay we get a companion who pledges to our service and follows us on our journey.
OhOh
We have to fight a variety of Demons at the end and we can call upon all is to fight them and we can pick and choose who fights who with various outcomes. I enjoyed this book for the first time as an adult and the setting is an interesting change. We have to fight a variety of Demons at the end and we can call upon all is to fight them and we can pick and choose who fights who with various outcomes. I enjoyed this book for the first time as an adult and the setting is an interesting change.
Book twenty : Sword of the samurai

Book nineteen: Demons of the Deep

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Great cover by Les Edwards on a return to the fantasy setting of Titan, or under its ocean. Steve Jackson (the American one) is the author of this aquatic adventure. Captured by pirates we are thrown into the sea and are magically able to breath. We have a few hours to search the underwater kingdom for black pearls which can be used to get revenge on the pirates. That's not the only way to win. I managed it without any pearls. You can get help from a sea dragon. Dolphins and water elementals. Great cover by Les Edwards on a return to the fantasy setting of Titan, or under its ocean. Steve Jackson (the American one) is the author of this aquatic adventure. Captured by pirates we are thrown into the sea and are magically able to breath. We have a few hours to search the underwater kingdom for black pearls which can be used to get revenge on the pirates. That's not the only way to win. I managed it without any pearls. You can get help from a sea dragon. Dolphins and water elementals.
Captain bloodaxe laughing because pirates seem to be the only people in the whole planet of titan to have access to cannons. Captain bloodaxe laughing because pirates seem to be the only people in the whole planet of titan to have access to cannons.
There are some interesting underwater creatures such as this sword fish and the Deep ones who are uppity looking fishmen. I like that one is called Sharkspear There are some interesting underwater creatures such as this sword fish and the Deep ones who are uppity looking fishmen. I like that one is called Sharkspear
Gotta have a kraken Gotta have a kraken
Never trust a dragon. Even one under the sea. Never trust a dragon. Even one under the sea.

Book Eighteen: Rebel Planet

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Written by Robin Waterford who will give us four books in the series ans illustrated by Gary mayes who gives us some more comic caprion style art. In Rebel Planet we aim to take down an evil empire armed with a laser sword. Sounds familiar. The Arcadian Empire is made up of three types of aliens all linked by a duper computer. As an oppressed human we have to bring down the hive mind computer. This book has an unusual background section split into sections with enough info for an RPG. We learn all about the planets we are going to visit and the aliens from the SAROS manual. Search and research of space organisation has us working under cover to find the code to destroy the computer. We embark on an espionage trip finding resistance fighters. Written by Robin Waterford who will give us four books in the series ans illustrated by Gary mayes who gives us some more comic caprion style art. In Rebel Planet we aim to take down an evil empire armed with a laser sword. Sounds familiar. The Arcadian Empire is made up of three types of aliens all linked by a duper computer. As an oppressed human we have to bring down the hive mind computer. This book has an unusual background section split into sections with enough info for an RPG. We learn all about the planets we are going to visit and the aliens from the SAROS manual. Search and research of space organisation has us working under cover to find the code to destroy the computer. We embark on an espionage trip finding resistance fighters.
The weirdest robot that spins at you The weirdest robot that spins at you
Take this puny humanTake this puny human
Definitely not a light sabreDefinitely not a light sabre
Definitely not C3PODefinitely not C3PO
As a kid I found it hard to get into this book. 8 had no real idea what I was looking for nd has so much fluff to get through. Then we have to do Binary code maths. A bit of a switch off for my child brain. I enjoyed it more during my revisitAs a kid I found it hard to get into this book. 8 had no real idea what I was looking for nd has so much fluff to get through. Then we have to do Binary code maths. A bit of a switch off for my child brain. I enjoyed it more during my revisit

Book seventeen: Appointment with F. E. A. R

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I think the game books in teens in the series have some odd outings with Sci fi instead of the usual fantasy. This time it's a comic book super hero adventure by Steve Jackson with his usual approach of messing with the rules. We play the silver crusader fighting crime in Titan City. A nice nod to the world of Titan. We get to pick our hero powers and this gives us clues to stopping crimes in the city. The main mission is to stop the Titanium cyborg and fear which stands for the federation of Euro-American rebels. While hunting them down we have encounters with other super villains. This book has a lot of replay ability as we take on different crimes with a different choice of powers and see if we earn enough hero points than we did last go. My replay had me being the worse crime fighter in history. I slipped in dog mess and nearly got fired. I like the art style in this book which captures the golden age comic book feel. There are plenty of nods to comic books such as Parker Airport and business man Wayne Bruce. We get calls on our crime watch by gerry the snitch. I think the game books in teens in the series have some odd outings with Sci fi instead of the usual fantasy. This time it's a comic book super hero adventure by Steve Jackson with his usual approach of messing with the rules. We play the silver crusader fighting crime in Titan City. A nice nod to the world of Titan. We get to pick our hero powers and this gives us clues to stopping crimes in the city. The main mission is to stop the Titanium cyborg and fear which stands for the federation of Euro-American rebels. While hunting them down we have encounters with other super villains. This book has a lot of replay ability as we take on different crimes with a different choice of powers and see if we earn enough hero points than we did last go. My replay had me being the worse crime fighter in history. I slipped in dog mess and nearly got fired. I like the art style in this book which captures the golden age comic book feel. There are plenty of nods to comic books such as Parker Airport and business man Wayne Bruce. We get calls on our crime watch by gerry the snitch.

Book sixteen: Seas of Blood

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A swashbuckling pirate adventure by Andrew Chapman and like talisman of death illustrated by Bob Harvey. This adventure is set on the continent of Khul on Titan far away from Allansia. This book hasn't had a modern printing and I can guess why. We play a pirate who takes on a wager with rival Abdul the butcher to see who can make the most money raiding in 50 days. In a sinbad inspired adventure we raid and pillage. We also I slave captives and sell them at market. I can't imagine that's wanted in a kids book today. A swashbuckling pirate adventure by Andrew Chapman and like talisman of death illustrated by Bob Harvey. This adventure is set on the continent of Khul on Titan far away from Allansia. This book hasn't had a modern printing and I can guess why. We play a pirate who takes on a wager with rival Abdul the butcher to see who can make the most money raiding in 50 days. In a sinbad inspired adventure we raid and pillage. We also I slave captives and sell them at market. I can't imagine that's wanted in a kids book today.
We travel south across the map to numerous locations to Rob. We travel south across the map to numerous locations to Rob.
We have rules for crew and ship to ship combat in this book. My favourite scene is when we attack a shop and a passenger is a wizard who casts spells at you. If you defeat them the other passengers tie up the wizard and throw him overboard in disgust for making me angry. In good faith you only inslave half of them We have rules for crew and ship to ship combat in this book. My favourite scene is when we attack a shop and a passenger is a wizard who casts spells at you. If you defeat them the other passengers tie up the wizard and throw him overboard in disgust for making me angry. In good faith you only inslave half of them
Every good sinbad style adventure needs a cyclopsEvery good sinbad style adventure needs a cyclops
it also need Caroline Munroe as a slave girl but the book is sadly lacking in this department.it also need Caroline Munroe as a slave girl but the book is sadly lacking in this department.

Book fifteen: The Rings of Kether

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Another science fiction outing by Andrew Chapman who we last saw with space assassin and once again this book never got an updated version. Reading it again I found it is a very dated view of the future and has a retro feel. This time we play a detective trying to uncover a drug smuggling ring. Maybe that idea isn't suitable for modern kids. What I like about this volume is you have no idea who the villain is. You have to find the gang and bring them down. Saying this I have no idea who the guy on the cover is. He doesn't pop up in the book. Another science fiction outing by Andrew Chapman who we last saw with space assassin and once again this book never got an updated version. Reading it again I found it is a very dated view of the future and has a retro feel. This time we play a detective trying to uncover a drug smuggling ring. Maybe that idea isn't suitable for modern kids. What I like about this volume is you have no idea who the villain is. You have to find the gang and bring them down. Saying this I have no idea who the guy on the cover is. He doesn't pop up in the book.
More child friendly action with someone's wife getting blown up in front of you. This book takes you to so many destinations on the planet and asteroid belt that making a map is difficult and a bit pointless. There is also more than one way to win. You can kill the gang leaders or destroy their base. You get a lot of free reign over your destination. The best thing to do is what ever you think a stereotypical detective would do. Lots of sneaking around, gunfight, car chasers, set ups and so on. There is rules for space ship fighting although that never happened in my play through More child friendly action with someone's wife getting blown up in front of you. This book takes you to so many destinations on the planet and asteroid belt that making a map is difficult and a bit pointless. There is also more than one way to win. You can kill the gang leaders or destroy their base. You get a lot of free reign over your destination. The best thing to do is what ever you think a stereotypical detective would do. Lots of sneaking around, gunfight, car chasers, set ups and so on. There is rules for space ship fighting although that never happened in my play through
While some of the artwork is weird there is also some very dull images of just corridors and walls. I'm left wondering why certain parts of the game were chosen to illustrate. I found the detective idea a nice one and not knowing where to go at all strange until you find a clue and see where it takes you While some of the artwork is weird there is also some very dull images of just corridors and walls. I'm left wondering why certain parts of the game were chosen to illustrate. I found the detective idea a nice one and not knowing where to go at all strange until you find a clue and see where it takes you

Book fourteen: Temple of Terror

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Ian livingstone is back for this adventure that adds more to the wider world. This book begins at the dwarf Town of stonebridge and acts as the unofficial third instalment after caverns of the snow witch and forest of doom. They work as a trilogy. This time we travel south to the desert of skulls to find the lost city of Vatos. We are in pursuit of the evil Malbordus who is after five lost dragon artifacts that will of course allow him to conquer the world wahahaha Ian livingstone is back for this adventure that adds more to the wider world. This book begins at the dwarf Town of stonebridge and acts as the unofficial third instalment after caverns of the snow witch and forest of doom. They work as a trilogy. This time we travel south to the desert of skulls to find the lost city of Vatos. We are in pursuit of the evil Malbordus who is after five lost dragon artifacts that will of course allow him to conquer the world wahahaha
Yaztromo is still in his tower and this time teachers us some spells to help us. The journey south can go in a couple of directions. We can go by land and get a ride on a giant Eagle that of course doesn't take us all the way. Or we can go to Port blacksand and hop on a shipYaztromo is still in his tower and this time teachers us some spells to help us. The journey south can go in a couple of directions. We can go by land and get a ride on a giant Eagle that of course doesn't take us all the way. Or we can go to Port blacksand and hop on a ship
These guys have hopped over from another franchise. Also I've noticed how much livingstone likes giant centipedes These guys have hopped over from another franchise. Also I've noticed how much livingstone likes giant centipedes
At the end of our journey if we find all five artifacts that need destroying we are given the dwarf hammer from the forest of Doom to complete the task. Unless we run past this dying dwarf and ignore himAt the end of our journey if we find all five artifacts that need destroying we are given the dwarf hammer from the forest of Doom to complete the task. Unless we run past this dying dwarf and ignore him
Book fourteen: Temple of Terror

Book thirteen: Freeway Fighter

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One of my favourite books in the series and a change for Livingston to break away from fantasy to a post apocalyptic near future. Well 2022 a plague wipes out most of humanity. Yikes. A few years later the survivors live in small communities for safety. We live in one community and our mission is to get to San Anglo to pick up an oil tanker and drive it home in a madmax 2 Style. Both covers are great the original also appeared on the rulebook cover for Dark future. The reprint art is of a similar vintage tOne of my favourite books in the series and a change for Livingston to break away from fantasy to a post apocalyptic near future. Well 2022 a plague wipes out most of humanity. Yikes. A few years later the survivors live in small communities for safety. We live in one community and our mission is to get to San Anglo to pick up an oil tanker and drive it home in a madmax 2 Style. Both covers are great the original also appeared on the rulebook cover for Dark future. The reprint art is of a similar vintage t
Our adventure sheet has added vehicle stats although the annoying thing in the book is running out of fuel which just ends the mission Our adventure sheet has added vehicle stats although the annoying thing in the book is running out of fuel which just ends the mission
In 2017 we had the graphic novel version as a prequel to the book. It contains some of the same characters and booby traps from the book In 2017 we had the graphic novel version as a prequel to the book. It contains some of the same characters and booby traps from the book
This book was a great departure from the norm and it's a shame we didnt get another book set in this near future. This book was a great departure from the norm and it's a shame we didnt get another book set in this near future.

Book twelve: Space Assassin

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Written by Andrew Chapman who did a couple of Science fiction titles in the series. This was one of the good sci-fi stories in my opinion. With a great christos Achilleos cover. This book wasn't reprinted for the later editions. Written by Andrew Chapman who did a couple of Science fiction titles in the series. This was one of the good sci-fi stories in my opinion. With a great christos Achilleos cover. This book wasn't reprinted for the later editions.
We board the starship Vanderveckin in search of mad scientist cyrus who is going to unleash his experiments on your planet We board the starship Vanderveckin in search of mad scientist cyrus who is going to unleash his experiments on your planet
The ship is filled with odd experiments like these killer squirrels and you even get attacked by the cleaners. Anyone who likes escape the dark sector will like the plot if this one The ship is filled with odd experiments like these killer squirrels and you even get attacked by the cleaners. Anyone who likes escape the dark sector will like the plot if this one
You get a nice selection of futuristic weapons to help you on the mission but some encounters can be passed by just having a chat. The strangest being the ships pilot who wants a deep conversation about on the idea we might be figments of our imagination which in a weird way they are. You get a nice selection of futuristic weapons to help you on the mission but some encounters can be passed by just having a chat. The strangest being the ships pilot who wants a deep conversation about on the idea we might be figments of our imagination which in a weird way they are.
I like the final encounter with cyrus who tries to weasel his way out of being fought. He threatens you with a bomb detonator that turns out to be nothing. I like the final encounter with cyrus who tries to weasel his way out of being fought. He threatens you with a bomb detonator that turns out to be nothing.
One of the biggest draws for me was the art of Geoffrey Senior who I knew from UK marvel titles such as transformers. One of the biggest draws for me was the art of Geoffrey Senior who I knew from UK marvel titles such as transformers.

Book Eleven : Talisman of Death

Tutoring 10
Skill 9
Idea 10
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Great cover art on this one as we head to the world of Orb. Strangely we play someone from Earth who is transported by God's to a fantasy world which isn't Titan but a world from another series of game books called the way of the tiger. Written by Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith the world of Orb was a setting they came up with for games of DandD and it shows. Reading this book feels like a role-playing game more than usual and reminds me of the first Conan film. We have to steal a talisman from a temple and get it through a portal to save the world. Great cover art on this one as we head to the world of Orb. Strangely we play someone from Earth who is transported by God's to a fantasy world which isn't Titan but a world from another series of game books called the way of the tiger. Written by Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith the world of Orb was a setting they came up with for games of DandD and it shows. Reading this book feels like a role-playing game more than usual and reminds me of the first Conan film. We have to steal a talisman from a temple and get it through a portal to save the world.
As soon as we arrive on Orb we bump into what looks like a group of D&D Characters As soon as we arrive on Orb we bump into what looks like a group of D&D Characters
We spend a lot of time in the tavern. Bob Harvey alos illustrated the way of the tiger series and does a great job. We spend a lot of time in the tavern. Bob Harvey alos illustrated the way of the tiger series and does a great job.
There are a number of characters that appear in the tiger series doing guest spots in this book. Because of the D&D feel you spend some time going back and forwards so maps are difficult to do for this one. It also contains a lot of strong female characters There are a number of characters that appear in the tiger series doing guest spots in this book. Because of the D&D feel you spend some time going back and forwards so maps are difficult to do for this one. It also contains a lot of strong female characters
And an annoying dragon And an annoying dragon
Book Eleven : Talisman of Death

Book Ten: House of Hell

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Book Ten takes us on a hammer horror style adventure in a rarety which is a book set in our world. After crashing our carcin a storm we seek a telephone in the the worse house imaginable. One if the most memorable books for me for its horror setting. I remember completing this one first time I played it by pure luck. Jackson again adds a new element to the game with the fear score so you can die if fright. All you have to do is survive the night. The best thing to do was not try and head for the door or out the window as bad things happen.Book Ten takes us on a hammer horror style adventure in a rarety which is a book set in our world. After crashing our carcin a storm we seek a telephone in the the worse house imaginable. One if the most memorable books for me for its horror setting. I remember completing this one first time I played it by pure luck. Jackson again adds a new element to the game with the fear score so you can die if fright. All you have to do is survive the night. The best thing to do was not try and head for the door or out the window as bad things happen.
The earl of Drummond. A bit Christopher Lee. Although like a good murder mystery the butler did it. Don't try and rescue anyone else as they only get you killed. The art is rather horrible for kid's with men hanging from trees but the original cover by Ian miller takes me back to early Warhammer chaos. The earl of Drummond. A bit Christopher Lee. Although like a good murder mystery the butler did it. Don't try and rescue anyone else as they only get you killed. The art is rather horrible for kid's with men hanging from trees but the original cover by Ian miller takes me back to early Warhammer chaos.
If anyone wants to build their own House here are the plans but I dont tell anyone whats really going in the basement.If anyone wants to build their own House here are the plans but I dont tell anyone whats really going in the basement.

Book Nine: Caverns of the Snow Witch

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Skill 9
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Ian Livingston is back for this outing to the frozen north of Allansia and the ice finger mountains. This adventure feels like one as we go from hunting a yeti as our quest to finding out about the snow witch. The dungeon section of the story has some hard characters to fight but the witch is a bit easy if you have the right items. As a vampire we stake her. But she comes back as a spirit in a crystal Ball and we kill her by playing a version of rocks paper scissors. Then the story becomes s road trip with two companions and as usual they die off. I think it was a bit unfair that the dwarf is called Stubb. We head past deathtrap dungeon and firetop mountain linking the world. We end up at stone bridge making this a prequel to forest of Doom. Ian Livingston is back for this outing to the frozen north of Allansia and the ice finger mountains. This adventure feels like one as we go from hunting a yeti as our quest to finding out about the snow witch. The dungeon section of the story has some hard characters to fight but the witch is a bit easy if you have the right items. As a vampire we stake her. But she comes back as a spirit in a crystal Ball and we kill her by playing a version of rocks paper scissors. Then the story becomes s road trip with two companions and as usual they die off. I think it was a bit unfair that the dwarf is called Stubb. We head past deathtrap dungeon and firetop mountain linking the world. We end up at stone bridge making this a prequel to forest of Doom.

We start our journey with the caravan run by Big Jim. The same name as a character in Chaplin’s Gold Rush set in Alaska. Not sure if that’s a coincidence. The book ends with a trip to find the healer after being cursed. I like the journey this book takes you on and makes you feel a part of a larger world. The snow witch mini is nice but an odd choice as we only see her face in the book. I would like to have a mini if the yeti.

Book Nine: Caverns of the Snow Witch
Book Nine: Caverns of the Snow Witch

Book eight: Scorpion Swamp

Tutoring 7
Skill 8
Idea 9
2 Comments
The first book in the series not written by Livingston and Jackson but the other Steve Jackson. A book I found very confusing as a child. No real villain, no real plot and a confusing map that you can get lost in. The first book in the series not written by Livingston and Jackson but the other Steve Jackson. A book I found very confusing as a child. No real villain, no real plot and a confusing map that you can get lost in.
Reading it again I find this book very interesting. Like all RPG adventures we start in the tavern. We also have to find our quest which can be one of three be it evil good or neutral. It has a lot of RPG feels and we are given a choice of gems that allows you to cast spells.  Reading it again I find this book very interesting. Like all RPG adventures we start in the tavern. We also have to find our quest which can be one of three be it evil good or neutral. It has a lot of RPG feels and we are given a choice of gems that allows you to cast spells.
Duncan Smith's art reminds me of work done by someone exploring the swamp for real. No mini for this one though. He loves drawing animals.Duncan Smith's art reminds me of work done by someone exploring the swamp for real. No mini for this one though. He loves drawing animals.
Because your mission can change on every play through it gives this book plenty of replay potential. You can also go back and forth to locations already visited which is unusual and gives it a board game feel.. Because your mission can change on every play through it gives this book plenty of replay potential. You can also go back and forth to locations already visited which is unusual and gives it a board game feel..

Book Seven: Island of the Lizard King

Tutoring 7
Skill 7
Idea 7
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Hacking your way through the jungle to rescue slaves from a mine run by the lizard king and his reptilian nasties. This book is a bit of a hack fest with a lot of combat and always reminded me of Doug McClure films. It was my first contact with lizardmen who have taken on South American cultural traits.Hacking your way through the jungle to rescue slaves from a mine run by the lizard king and his reptilian nasties. This book is a bit of a hack fest with a lot of combat and always reminded me of Doug McClure films. It was my first contact with lizardmen who have taken on South American cultural traits.
Your good mate mungo who after landing in Fire Island is immediately killed by a giant crab or pirates depending on your choices. Sucks to be mungoYour good mate mungo who after landing in Fire Island is immediately killed by a giant crab or pirates depending on your choices. Sucks to be mungo
The lizard king is not wearing a crown but a parasite called the Gonchung that controls him. The lizard king is not wearing a crown but a parasite called the Gonchung that controls him.
The mini loosers some of its bad ass persona when you find out he's scared of monkeys which is a bit of a flaw for someone living on a tropical islandThe mini loosers some of its bad ass persona when you find out he's scared of monkeys which is a bit of a flaw for someone living on a tropical island
Fire Island inhabited by two characters with big cats as pets and two women in furry bikinis. What are the chancesFire Island inhabited by two characters with big cats as pets and two women in furry bikinis. What are the chances
The internet is great for finding maps of each book for those that want to find the correct route.The internet is great for finding maps of each book for those that want to find the correct route.

Book Six: Deathtrap Dungeon

Tutoring 7
Skill 9
Idea 9
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The map of the dungeon. This time we have no noble cause of master villain to find and slay. Its just a competition to see who can survive the dungeon to win a prize. The simple plot works well as a challenge and i liked finding the other contestants, usually dead and dying as you go round apart from Throm. Like most books in the series you still need to collect certain items to get out at the end.           The map of the dungeon. This time we have no noble cause of master villain to find and slay. Its just a competition to see who can survive the dungeon to win a prize. The simple plot works well as a challenge and i liked finding the other contestants, usually dead and dying as you go round apart from Throm. Like most books in the series you still need to collect certain items to get out at the end.
Baron Sukumvit in the city of Fang on the river Kok in the province of Chang Mai. Jackson got the names from a trip to thailand. Ive been to Sukumvit street in Bangkok and got engaged in Chang Mai. This history makes sense when you look at the fantastic art in this book. There is a Thai look to Sukumvit and the crowds in Fang.Baron Sukumvit in the city of Fang on the river Kok in the province of Chang Mai. Jackson got the names from a trip to thailand. Ive been to Sukumvit street in Bangkok and got engaged in Chang Mai. This history makes sense when you look at the fantastic art in this book. There is a Thai look to Sukumvit and the crowds in Fang.
The real Chang Mai where I can imagine the real Deathtrap Dungeon can be found.The real Chang Mai where I can imagine the real Deathtrap Dungeon can be found.
In the 90s Kelly Brook did a promo for the Playstation version of Deathtrap Dungeon. Funny I didnt imagine the character we play in the book looing like this. In the 90s Kelly Brook did a promo for the Playstation version of Deathtrap Dungeon. Funny I didnt imagine the character we play in the book looing like this.
Probably a lot of people's favourite in the series.Probably a lot of people's favourite in the series.
Poor old Throm the barbarian. Another contestant who you buddy up with for a short time and your forced to kill. This is made worse if you play Assassin's of Allansia before hand as he saves your life and you have a longer friendship with him.Poor old Throm the barbarian. Another contestant who you buddy up with for a short time and your forced to kill. This is made worse if you play Assassin's of Allansia before hand as he saves your life and you have a longer friendship with him.
Sukhumvit and ThromSukhumvit and Throm

Book Five: City of Thieves

Tutoring 8
Skill 9
Idea 9
5 Comments
One of my favourites in the series introduces us to Port Blacksand which is still my favourite fantasy city. Hired by the people of Silverton to kill the villain zanbar Bone you have to first find the wizard Nicodemus in the city and then the items needed to defeat Mr Bone. The artist Ian McCaig did s fantastic job on bringing the city to life and would later go on to design the look of Darth Maul. Looking at Bone on the original cover, that's no surprise.One of my favourites in the series introduces us to Port Blacksand which is still my favourite fantasy city. Hired by the people of Silverton to kill the villain zanbar Bone you have to first find the wizard Nicodemus in the city and then the items needed to defeat Mr Bone. The artist Ian McCaig did s fantastic job on bringing the city to life and would later go on to design the look of Darth Maul. Looking at Bone on the original cover, that's no surprise.
Nicodemus has a great personality as a grumpy wizard who lives under a bridge in a city of Thieves to avoid being hassled by adventures for help. They joke in a later book that perhaps if he didn't dress as a wizard he wouldn't attract any attention.Nicodemus has a great personality as a grumpy wizard who lives under a bridge in a city of Thieves to avoid being hassled by adventures for help. They joke in a later book that perhaps if he didn't dress as a wizard he wouldn't attract any attention.
Book Five: City of Thieves
We don't get a map of Blacksand until the Titan guide book and then Midnight rogue but it's fully explored in the advanced fighting fantasy book Blacksand.We don't get a map of Blacksand until the Titan guide book and then Midnight rogue but it's fully explored in the advanced fighting fantasy book Blacksand.
In recent years Livingston has written a book called Assassin's of Allansia which is a direct sequel to city if Thieves. After slaying Zanbar Bone Prince Azure if Blacksand sends assassin's to kill you. It ends at death trap dungeon creating a trilogy which was a nice touch linking some if the best in the seriesIn recent years Livingston has written a book called Assassin's of Allansia which is a direct sequel to city if Thieves. After slaying Zanbar Bone Prince Azure if Blacksand sends assassin's to kill you. It ends at death trap dungeon creating a trilogy which was a nice touch linking some if the best in the series

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