Scores of role-playing enthusiasts cut their teeth, like I did, playing the Fightin g Fantasy series of gamebooks created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
Classics such as Deathtrap Dungeon and The Warlock of Firetop Mountain are among the range of these single-player adventure titles played with pencil, paper and a pair of six-sided dice. In addition to inspiring people like myself to branch out into more complex RPG systems later in life, they also spawned board game and video game adaptations right to the present day.
AFF was certainly not the most comprehensive rule-set you can find; the focus is on fun and story-telling and not a mathematically precise, scientifically balanced experience.
It would be over-stating things to describe it as a system for beginners, though it undoubtedly was for many who encountered it at a younger age. As of , nine books some new material, some adapted from previous releases like Out of the Pit have been released.
I was quick to begin collecting these for nostalgic reasons alone. A map of Titan, the Advanced Fighting Fantasy world.
Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2e Summary
Character generation has had the random element replaced with a point buy system which will definitely make for more balanced starting characters in a group. Along with the main rulebook itself, two indispensable resources are the reprints of Titan and Out of the Pit. Just about every potential fantasy adventure hook you could imagine could work within the confines of Titan , a world as varied as it is large.
The races, conflicts, creatures and legends are derivative of both real world inspiration and the well-travelled Tolkien tropes one might expect.
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Nevertheless there is wonderful originality to be found in all corners, as befits a world that is an end product of many adventures written across dozens of individual Fightin g Fantasy gamebooks. Some of the wonderful artwork to be found in the AFF 2nd Edition books. Additional books have also been released since Heroes Companion introduces some new Special Skills and talents, guidelines for running adventures in wilderness settings, rules for larger scale battles and more.
Several interesting new magic systems are outlined, though only a few are realistic as career paths for adventurers. Beyond the Pit , as the name suggests, expands on the list of monsters from Out of the Pit , mining the FF gamebooks for more creatures that a Director could beset his players with.
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A small, reference-sized Sorcery book is a handy resource, either for including Sorcerer characters in homemade quests or when running the Crown of Kings campaign set in the Old World. Lastly, I was pleased to see The Warlock of Firetop Mountain adapted from its original gamebook form into a great adventure tailored for a Director and three players.
PDF versions are available for the cost-conscious RPG enthusiast, and hardcovers are occasionally in stock for the serious collector.
To long-time fans of this world and its printed work, you will not be disappointed with these efforts at reviving the franchise. Keep an eye on the Arion Games Twitter account for news in future….
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February 21, at Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. The year is AD. XCOM: Enemy Within was voted as the next playthrough by unanimous decision, utterly crushing Darkest Dungeon and kicking it to the back burner.
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