Warlock of Firetop Mountain 25th anniversary edition
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:15 pm 
 

I see that the first Fighting Fantasy book has recently been re-released in a 25th anniversary hardcover edition:



http://www.amazon.co.uk/Warlock-Firetop ... 840468378/



This special 25th Anniversary Edition contains new and previously unseen material including the first draft opening of 'The Magic Quest', a fold-out map of Firetop Mountain, and the story of Fighting Fantasy. Part story, part game, this is a book with a difference - one in which you become the hero! Armed with two dice, a pencil and an eraser, you can set off on a perilous quest to find the Warlock's treasure. You will need to decide which route to follow, and which monsters to fight in the elaborate combat system given in the book. You may not survive your first journey. But with experience, skill and luck, each fresh attempt should bring you nearer to your great goal ...




Features the original cover artwork. Also has the original interior artwork by Russ Nicholson (who has many pieces in the AD&D 1E Fiend Folio).



It's UK 4.50, which is ~ US 9.00 at current exchange rates, however please note that shipping to the US for a single book is UK 7.00 (~US 14.00).

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:58 pm 
 

i remember buying the original book when it first came out - good fun!

the board game for it is actually quite cool too.

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:13 pm 
 

I've been picking these up on and off for a long time now.  My brother and I had about the first 25 when they first came out.  There are:

*  59 books in the regular series,
*  4 sorcery books and a spellbook,
*  5 or 6 roleplaying type books: Blacksand!, Allansia, Titan, etc
*  13 Warlock magazines,
*  2 board games: Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Legends of Zagor
*  Deathtrap Dungeon video game
*  a couple other specialty items like a calendar, poster book, etc

They started rereleasing them with new covers about 5 years ago and have made a few new ones as well.

Myriador also converted 8 of them into D20 modules.

$9 for the hardcover book is pretty good considering the cover price of the rereleased softcovers is 4.99 pounds / $10 CAD.  Fighting Fantasy has a nice little cult following.

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:42 pm 
 

Mars wrote:Myriador also converted 8 of them into D20 modules.


And if you were wondering which ones:

Warlock of Firetop Mountain
Caverns of the Snow Witch
Deathtrap Dungeon
Sorcery #1 - The Shamutanti Hills
Trial of Champions
Sorcery #2 - Khare, Cityport of Traps
Forest of Doom
Sorcery #3 - The Seven Serpents

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:47 pm 
 

The one thing that I still can't figure out for both the D20 modules and the rereleased FF books is why didn't they give the Sorcery (4 books) set sequential numbers.  In the rereleased books they are #9, 11, 13, 15 and can be bought as a boxed set.

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:21 pm 
 

There was also a very rules-light roleplaying game based on the FF books called "Fighting Fantasy".  Strength/Stamina/Luck were the stats, if I recall correctly.

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:31 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:There was also a very rules-light roleplaying game based on the FF books called "Fighting Fantasy".  Strength/Stamina/Luck were the stats, if I recall correctly.


Yes 4 of them...

I have posted this before but the best site around for these books is this one...

http://www.gamebooks.org/

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Post Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:41 pm 
 

The Wikipedia pages for the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks are fairly detailed. Here is the main page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_fantasy

This page links to a page listing the entire series, which in turn has links to individual pages for most of the gamebooks.

The main page references the gamebooks.org site, so I imagine some or most of the Wikipedia content is derived from that site.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:20 pm 
 

Isn't there a death metal band from Finland or Norway called, "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain?"


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:32 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:Isn't there a death metal band from Finland or Norway called, "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain?"


If there's not, I'm starting one as of now.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:06 am 
 

Question: Are any of these books rare or collectible? Or did they sell so many, that all prints of all issues are relatively common?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:33 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:Isn't there a death metal band from Finland or Norway called, "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain?"


I think it was the name of the album.. but it may have been the name of the band... and I'm too lazy to google it ATM

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:40 am 
 

HermitFromPluto wrote:Question: Are any of these books rare or collectible? Or did they sell so many, that all prints of all issues are relatively common?


none of them are overly rare... the later issue go for a bit 50+
a couple of the others Blacksand etc are worth a couple of $$

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