Friday 1 March 2024

Gamebook Friday: Cannes Festival des Jeux 2024

Last weekend I spent a very enjoyable three days in the south of France at the Cannes Festival des Jeux*. I was there at the invitation of both Scriptarium, who publish the French language version of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG 2nd Edition, and Alkonost Editions, who publish my ACE Gamebooks in French.

Veteran gamebook author Dave Morris, he of Virtual Reality Gamebooks and Fabled Lands fame, was also in attedance with his wife Roz, who is also an author.

A large part of the weekend was spent chatting with French gamebook fans and signing copies of my Fighthing Fantasy adventures as well as my ACE Gamebooks.

Highlights of the weekend included two fabulous meals out with our hosts (and Dave and Roz are excellent company), making lots of new friends, seeing an edition of the French translation of Knights of Doom I don't own, and meeting Emmanuel Quaireau, France's bestselling author of gamebook graphic novels, who publishes under the name Manuro.

But probably the biggest highlight was winning an award at the Prix du Livre-Jeu 2023 awards!

The hordes waiting to enter Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes.

Patrick readying the Alkonost stand.

ACE Gamebooks en Francais - a.k.a. Les Contes tordus de Green.

Florent and Frederic on the Scriptarium stand.

This is the pile of books one fan brought from Paris to Cannes for me to sign.

Guillaume Romero brought this copy of Knights of Doom for me to sign, and it was the first time I had ever seen one. I need to add this to my personal collection!

Emmanuel Quaireau, a.k.a. Manuro, with his latest graphic gamebook,

Sunset over the French Riviera.

Making my short acceptance speech at the Gamebook Awards 2023.

And here is the award itself with the re-issue of Night of the Necromancer.

Back row: Laurent Centro, of Alkonost Editions, and Florent Haro, of Scriptarium.
Front row: Roz Morris, Dave Morris, and Yours Truly.

* The Cannes Games Festival - rather like the UK Games Expo but smaller and with more je ne c'est quoi. 

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Tie-in Tuesday: The Darkness Over Arkham

If you would like to read a review copy of The Darkness Over Arkham, my first Arkham Horror gamebook months before it is published, you can apply to be a Netgalley reviewer here.

You are an Arkham Investigator – your choices will decide the outcome of a terrible murder mystery and a sinister plot threatening Arkham – in this brand new gamebook adventure in the world of Arkham Horror.

When a renowned professor is found dead, it’s up to the Investigators of Arkham to discover what occult horrors were involved. Pick your path, Investigator, and collect allies along the way to hunt down his killer before they strike again. However, Arkham is full of mysteries, with many wishing to keep the truth buried, and who are hungry to usher in a new era full of death and darkness to devour the world as you know it. Can you stop them before it is too late?

The Darkness Over Arkham is released in the US and as a global eBook on 7 May 2024, and in the UK on 18 July 2024.

Monday 19 February 2024

Gamebook Monday: Jonathan Green meets Jordan Sorcery

I was recently interviewed by Jordan Sorcery about my work for Fighting Fantasy and the Black Library, and the video went live yesterday. And you can watch it here...

It was nice to be given the opportunity to talk about things people don't often ask me out, such as my involvement with Games Workshop and the early days of the Black Library. However, having watched the interview back, I must apologise for the number of times I use the word 'fun' during the course of our conversation.

Jordan Sorcery has been putting out some fantastic content on his YouTube channel and has interviewed the likes of Sir Ian Livingstone, Rick Priestley, Alessio Cavatore, Gav Thorpe and Andy Chambers, to name but a few. You will also find an interactive history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks on there.

Friday 26 January 2024

Gamebook Friday: Alko Venturus

Issue #4 of Alko Venturus, the French gamebook and RPG webzine co-written and co-published by Scriptarium and Alkonost, is out now and includes a substantial interview with Yours Truly.

You can download Alko Venturus #4 here and, best of all, it's free!


Friday 19 January 2024

Gamebook Friday: Cannes Festival International des Jeux 2024

I am delighted to be able to share the news that I will be attending the Festival International des Jeux in Cannes, from Friday 23 - Sunday 25 February 2024.

I will be the guest of both Alkonost Editions, who publish the ACE Gamebooks series in France, and Scriptarium, who will be publishing the French language edition of YOU ARE THE HERO.

So if you happen to be attending the festival at the end of February, do make your way to the Alkonost/Scriptarium stand and say hello. Or maybe bonjour.

Sunday 14 January 2024

Happy Birthday, Tony Hough!

M'colleague and occasional collaborator, fantasy artist Tony Hough, is 60 years old today!

Tony and I first worked together when Puffin Books commissioned him to illustrate my second Fighting Fantasy gamebook Knights of Doom, for which he also painted the cover.

We spoke for the first time, over the phone, not long after he became a father but didn't meet until some years later at Dragonmeet.

We worked together again when he provided the internal illustrations for Bloodbones, my fourth FF gamebook, which was published by Wizard Books.

I was privileged to visit an exhibition of Tony's art - much of it Warhammer 40K and Fighting Fantasy-related - in his home town of Luton, and he was one of the artists who attended the first Fighting Fantasy Fest in 2014. He has also attended every one since.

Since then Tony has provided a picture for the Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu short story anthology and he illustrated my fourth ACE Gamebook, 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas. He is also the illustrator on the 'TWAS RPG line and our next collaboration will be The Box of Delights RPG.

So please raise a glass to Tony on this, his 60th birthday. May his STAMINA never fail!

Friday 5 January 2024

Gamebook Friday: MAGIC REALMS and Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu

Happy New Year!

This is a gentle reminder that if you want to pledge your support to MAGIC REALMS - The Art of Fighting Fantasy, written by Sir Ian Livingstone and Yours Truly, on Unbound, you have until 14th January 2024 to do so and ensure you get your name in the book.

In other gamebook-related news, Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come will be arriving on Kickstarter in 2024. You can sign up to receive more details as and when they become available here. And please share this link far and wide.