Fans of Fighting Fantasy, adventure gamebooks, fantasy books or fantasy games rejoice! Tin Man Games‘ kickstarter for the creation of a digital miniature version of the classic adventure The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is now live.
The company have a great record with producing excellent adventure gamebooks and have successfully adapted some other titles from the Fighting Fantasy range. With the adventure that started the craze, however, the team want to do something a little different. The aim is to recreate Firetop Mountain and its denizens as a digitial tabletop game … giving the players the feel of playing a solitaire roleplaying game with miniatures and an invisible Dungeon Master.
Here’s what the team have to say on the project:
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a digital re-imagining of the classic adventure gamebook written by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Tin Man Games is bringing it closer towards it’s tabletop role-playing game roots, complete with a rich interactive 3D map, collectable digital miniatures, an updated combat system and the ability to explore Firetop Mountain with multiple characters. This is our first step towards our grand vision for the Fighting Fantasy universe and we want YOU to be part of it.
The most exciting element is that final line… their grand vision. The idea is to open up more of the Fighting Fantasy world to players be producing other gamebooks in this manner:
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was the entry point to the Fighting Fantasy series and introduced readers to the world of Titan, in particular the notorious land of Allansia. We have a grand vision and want our version to do the same for a new digital generation of adventurer.
We also want give players the opportunity for fans of the world to have the opportunity to possibly take digital miniatures from one story into another and further expand those locations. What would happen if Throm the Barbarian from Deathtrap Dungeon turned up in Firetop Mountain or Bigleg the Dwarf from The Forest of Doom decided to enter the Trial of Champions?
Sounds pretty awesome?
For me this adds a level. When I was a teenager, I still played through the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. I went about it in the form of a campaign – adventuring around Allansia as the same wandering hero, making a travel log, gaining skills (I adapted the Advanced Fighting Fantasy system to my own ends) and mapping not only the dungeons but also streets, forests and mountains I travelled through. I wish I’d saved those!
This project may well give me the chance to do something similar and even the thirty-five year old me can’t contain all my excitement at the prospect!
I’m heading over now to make my pledge. If you like fantasy adventures of any sort, then why not head over and make yours?