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What is FF

Creature of Havoc cover 2002The principle most players would often face is that of combat. During combat a player would be asked to roll two six sided dice, which would be added to there SKILL score to become ATTACK STRENGTH. The roll of the dice would in turn be rolled again in a similar fashion and the result added to the opponents SKILL score to become there ATTACK STRENGTH. Whosoever ATTACK STRENGTH was the higher would be the victor and the loser would have to deduct one or more points from their STAMINA until nothing remained and death the result. The average loss being two points per strike. All characteristics however, could be restored through various methods such as Magic, rest, potions or food.


The Fighting Fantasy series now republished by Wizard Books was originally devised by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, the founders of Games Workshop in the UK. Originally the series was published by Puffin and the series was released at an increasingly impressive rate over a period of 13 years with an average of six books a year from various authors as well as Steve and Ian.

Forest of Doom cover 2002The series appeared in its first form as a fantasy adventure Gamebook which was known as Warlock of Firetop Mountain. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain which originally was to be called the Magic Quest, was published in August 1982 and sold out of its first print run of 20,000 copies in a matter of weeks. Subsequent printings sold out even more quickly and with a hit on their hands a series was commissioned. The Citadel of Chaos and The Forest of Doom were published in March 1983 and with strong sales, the series was to grow from strength to strength.

By the late 80's and the early 90's the quality of the series varied from engaging fiction to less popular works, with illustrations from various artists also varying in strength. The concept became a huge phenomenon and numerous competitors were developed over its 13 year run. At the end, after 59 Gamebooks, the series was canceled.

Twenty years after its initial launch the series has been relaunched. With a new publisher Icon Books under its Wizard Books label, new numbering, new logo, new covers are we set to see the phenomenon again? Lets hope so!





  • Exclusive first looks at the covers of Caverns of the Snow witch, Trial of Champions and Sorcery II - Khare city port of Traps. <Click here>
  • Exclusive Interview with FF artist Leo Hartas. <Click Here>
  • All FF amateur adventures now online in .PDF and word format, including the excellent Bodies in the Dock by Simon Osbourne. <Click Here>
  • Amateur Novels area back online including new stories by Phil Sadler and Ovidiu Bufnila.Interactive adventure area updated with new adventures by Phil Sadler. <Click Here>
  • Steve McAnena has sent us some fantastic Pocket PC 2002 Screen Themes. <Download them here>.
  • More Adventure sheets by Caedus. <Click here>
  • Nathan Lindsell stats of some old FF monsters/creatures for those running FF games set in J.R.R Tolkien's Middle Earth. <Click here>
  • Saejan Gracer character profiles for Sourbelly and Ivy Trolls, Thaum, Tyutchev and Cassandra, Hawkana the High Priest. <Click here>
  • Joseph S. Myers FF errors. <Click here>
  • Jacen's interactive adventure paragraph 1 - The "Tails" of the Four Dragons. <Click here>
  • Tower of Destruction errors by Adam. <Click here>
  • Jared Milne Old World Apocrypha, Festivals, relations of Four Kingdoms, Old World Politics. <Click here>
  • Jake Edey's Lair of the Wood elves Interactive adventure paragraph 1. <Click here>
  • Derek Furlong's Vampires Bane Interactive adventure paragraph 1. <Click here>
  • Will Hamm The Adventures of Waxy Boogerbuttox Interactive adventure paragraph 1. <Click here>
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