GUEST POST: Fighting Fantasy Fest 2- Return to the Convention of Firetop Mountain

35 years ago this month, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, was first published. Since then, almost 20 million Fighting Fantasy gamebooks have sold worldwide in 32 languages and the series has recently been brought back from the dead by new publisher Scholastic UK, with the release of a brand new Ian Livingstone-penned adventure – The Port of Peril!

 

On Saturday 2 September, fans of Fighting Fantasy – both old and new – will be gathering at the University of West London, in Ealing, to mark this landmark occasion, in the company of Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Not only that, but legendary FF artist Iain McCaig* will be in attendance, as will the likes of former series editor Marc Gascoigne, along with authors Jamie Thomson, Keith P Phillips and Peter Darvill-Evans, and artists Malcolm Barter, Jim Burns, Leo Hartas, Tony Hough, Pete Knifton, Alan Langford, and new Scholastic cover artist Robert Ball. On top of that, the creators behind the Freeway Fighter comic – writer Andi Ewington and comic artist Simon Coleby – will be there too.

 

 

The day will be filled with talks, RPG sessions, a cosplay competition, an art exhibition, video game demonstrations, and a Fighting Fantasy auction. Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 will also be the first time you will be able to hear the audio drama The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: The Hero’s Quest. The second part of Jonathan Green’s history of FF gamebooks – YOU ARE THE HERO – will also be launching at the event. You can even visit Port Blacksand and peruse the wares of the traders who will be set up there, or stop for a pint of Cloud Ale at the Black Lobster Tavern.

 

It will certainly be a day to live long in the memory and tickets are still available from Eventbrite:

And if you’re in the area the night before, the world’s first Fighting Fantasy pub quiz is being held at the New Inn in Ealing, to raise money for men’s health charity Prostate Cancer UK, in memory of Freeway Fighter illustrator Kevin Bulmer: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fighting-fantasy-fest-2-you-are-the-beer-o-present-stout-of-the-pit-tickets-36021380920

 

* After working on such classic titles as City of Thieves and Deathtrap Dungeon, McCaig went on to work for Lucasfilm and is the man behind the iconic design for Darth Maul.

Guest Blogger: Jonathan Green

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