Today's blog (ha...like they're every day...) comes from Jonathan Green. Enjoy.
ARE THE HERO
Mine was The
Warlock of Firetop Mountain. It was 1982 and I was ten years old
at the time. Here was a book in which I – the
reader – was the hero. I got to choose the course of the adventure,
deciding which paths to take, which traps to risk, and which monsters
to fight. I had never seen or read anything like it before –
and so began a life-long love affair with Fighting
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain inspired me like no other book
ever has. It’s why I’m doing what I doing now, and I know others
have also been inspired to follow a career in genre writing because
of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks – New York
Times bestselling author Graham McNeill for one.
this year I wrote a piece about the history of Fighting
Fantasy for SFX magazine. But the more I
researched the story behind the creation of the world’s premier
gamebook series, the more story I realised there was still to tell.
To do the subject justice I needed to write a book –and so the idea
that was to become YOU ARE THE HERO
ARE THE HERO will tell the story of
Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, from the early days of Games Workshop
right up to the present day and beyond. I have already interviewed
the creators of the Fighting Fantasy series – Steve Jackson and Ian
Livingstone – who are both keen to have their story told. In fact,
Steve Jackson once said to me, "You are the perfect person to
write this book."
only will YOU ARE THE HERO
tell the amazing story of how Fighting Fantasy gamebooks changed the
world, it will also cover everything from spin-off novels and puzzle
books, to foreign editions, board games and video games. It will even
delve into such areas as the gamebooks that never were, the myths and
legends surrounding the series, and how Ian Livingstone’s newest
gamebook – Blood of the Zombies
– almost never happened.
But I can’t do
this without your support. Check out the YOU ARE
THE HERO Kickstarter page today and the
unique rewards available to those people who back the project and
pledge your support today.
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