Friday, 23 September 2022

Gamebook Friday: Meet Jack-O'-Lantern

Today, Friday 23rd September, is the Autumn Equinox. Which means that before you know it, it will be Halloween. In anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, a new Playable Character is now available for 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, who has a suitably spooky vibe. So, without further delay, meet Jack-O'-Lantern.

A hangover from the Halloween celebrations, Jack-O'-Lantern is a plastic night light that is still on duty in the sleeping child’s bedroom. Due to association with the season of mischief and monsters, he is a capricious sprite who can hinder as much as help, depending on his mischievous mood at the time. However, he also has a deep understanding of demons, knowing how best to counter the schemes of such malign entities.

The Jack-O'-Lantern supplement, which is illustrated by m'colleague Tony Hough, also includes a new Scene that introduces the character to your games of the 'TWAS RPG. You can download it here from

Friday, 16 September 2022

Gamebook Friday: Dracula - Curse of the Vampire reviewed in Fighting Fantazine #17

After a hiatus of half a decade, Fighting Fantazine is back with Issue #17, which was actually published on 27th August 2022 - the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

It has much to recommend it, including a cover by m'colleague Tony Hough, an interview with Dave Morris and an epic adventure by Andrew Wright called Barbarian Warlord. However, when my print copy was delivered, I was surprised and delighted to find that the magazine includes a detailed review of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire, by Paul Partington.

You can pick up Dracula - Curse of the Vampire from Amazon, and in PDF form from DriveThruRPG. The PDF of RONIN 47 is now available on DriveThruRPG as well, if that's how you best like to consume your interactive fiction.

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Tie-in Tuesday: Deadpool Does Shakespeare

The final part of the All Killer No Filler Deadpool Collection is now out and it is the last to feature additional content by Yours Truly.

I am something of a Shakespeare fan, so, when I was asked to contribute to this issue, I couldn't resist putting in as many of the Bard's own words as possible. Fortunately my editor went with the idea.

As it says in an editorial note on the last page, "In case you were wondering, there's 46 Shakespeare quotes in the feature. Did you spot them all?"

Talking of Deadpool, out soon from Aconyte Books is You Are (Not) Deadpool, and She-Hulk Goes to Murderworld, by Tim Dedopulos. These are the first Marvel Multiverse Missions gamebooks and you will notice I have a credit on the copyright page of each for providing 'techincal assistance'.

You Are (Not) Deadpool and She-Hulk Goes to Murderworld are released in the UK on 29th September 2022.

Friday, 2 September 2022

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4

This Saturday, 3 September, ACE Gamebooks will be at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 at the University of West London in Ealing.

So if you're going to be there you can pick up the latest ACE Gamebook, RONIN 47, and get it signed too.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Gamebook Friday: International Gamebook Day 2022

It's been a while coming, but here, just in time for International Gamebook Day 2022 on Saturday 27th August

Thanks to Olly Mc for organising the interviews, to Julian Sparrow for his special Twitch stream, and to James Spearing for arranging the virtual Beer-o. You can even purchase your official International Gamebook merchandise here. Enjoy, everyone!

Friday, 19 August 2022

Wish You Were Here?

ACE Gamebooks fan Phil Brumby recently visited Whitby, and just happened to take his copy of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire with him. Judging by the photographs he posted on Facebook (which are reposted here with permission), it was typical English summer weather while he was there.

St Mary's Church, where Mina Murray has an unpleasant encounter with a certain Black Dog.

The view of St Mary's Church and the ruins of Whitby Abbey from West Cliff, with a languid-looking Lucy Westenra.

Friday, 29 July 2022

YOU ARE THE HERO - The Ultimate Edition!

YOU ARE THE HERO - The Ultimate Edition! An interactive history of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, 1982-2022, coming soon to Kickstarter. Sign up to be notified when it goes live here.  

Yes, you read that right - interactive! Just like your favourite Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. The book will include content from YOU ARE THE HERO Parts 1 and 2, as well as new material covering the last five yars.

So please sign up to the Kickstarter preview page and spread the word to help ensure this is the best YOU ARE THE HERO yet!