Thursday, 26 May 2022

Happy Dracula Day!

26 May 2022 marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker's seminal gothic horror novel Dracula

To commemorate this momentous occasion, from today you can purchase a seriously limited collector's edition of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire, the gamebook based on Stoker's novel. And as an homage to the original, the cover is yellow with red text. To find out more, click this link.

Friday, 20 May 2022

Gamebook Friday: The UK Games Expo 2022

Two weeks today, I will be at the UK Games Expo for the first time in three years, and I can't wait! Usually, I have one new book out at each Expo, but this time, because I've not been to one since 2019, I have three ACE Gamebooks that are new to the con, and the 'TWAS RPG.

I will be at Stand 2-T10 from Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th June, sandwiched between Ace Brushes and Atlantis Miniatures. So if you're coming along, do stop by and say hello.

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In other ACE Gamebooks-related news, next Thursday, 26 May, the special collector's edition hardback of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire goes on sale, to mark 125 years since the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula. You can find out more here.

“This is the Rolls Royce of gamebooks!”
Chris Halliday, TTRPG designer and author

And lastly, this Gamebook Friday, congratulations to Michael J. Ward, whose DestinyQuest: The World Companion funded on Kickstarter in just four hours and is starting to unlock various Stretch Goals. If you've not seen it yet yourself, click this link.

Don't forget, tickets for Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 are going fast, so make sure you grab yours today.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Dracula: Curse of the Vampire LIVE - Part 6!

It's been some time since Ken Boyter's last live readthrough of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire, due to a few technical issues two weeks ago (when Part 5 should have occured). So tonight's session is Part 6, even though there have only been four so far.

If you're free at 7:00pm GMT this evening, why not join the livestream on Facebook to see if Ken, in the role of Count Dracula, is able to get the better of the Vampire-Hunters ranged against him?

Friday, 13 May 2022

Gamebook Friday: Dracula - Curse of the Vampire Collector's Edition

Coming soon, to mark the 125th anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula on 26th May 2022, the Dracula - Curse of the Vampire Collector's Edition. Limited to 50 signed copies in total.

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 - Tickets on sale now!

 Tickets are on sale now for Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, and are strictly limited to 400* in total.

The Convention of Firetop Mountain is returning to the University of West London, three years since FFF3, on Saturday 3rd September 2022, to celebrate 40 years of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks series co-created by Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone.

Everyone who purchases an adult ticket will receive:
  • A uniquely numbered 40th anniversary ticket (strictly limited to 400 in total)
  • A souvenier programme and autograph book
  • A pair of Fighting Fantasy dice
  • Access to the event, including the Traders' Hall and Artists' Alley, and all signing opportunities
  • Access to all talks and panels
  • Access to a special screening of Martin Gooch's new film Argh and the Quest for the Golden Dragon Skull, featuring Sir Ian Livingstone!

Attendees may also pre-order an exclusive Fighting Fantasy 40th anniversary T-shirt and enamel pin badge, ready for collection at the event.

There are also a limited number of Young Adult and Children tickets. (Please note that anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder.)

Steve Jackson and Sir Ian Livingstone will be attending as Guests of Honour, and other guests include authors Rhianna Pratchett, Jamie Thomson, Peter Darvill-Evans, and Jonathan Green, artists John Sibbick, Malcolm Barter, Tony Hough, Mel Grant, and Rob Ball, and original commissioning editor Geraldine Cooke.

Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 is likely to be a very popular event and entry is by pre-paid ticket only*.

If you've been before, you will know what to expect and will doubtless be keen to attend again. If you've not been before, then this is the year to attend your first Fighting Fantasy convention!

So, don't delay and make sure you secure your place at Fighting Fantasy Fest 4 now!

* Tickets are limited to 400 adult tickets, plus 50 Young Adult tickets, and 50 Children tickets.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Livres-jeux Alkonost

I am delighted to report that the recent crowdfunding project run by Alkonost Editions, to bring about the publication of 11 gamebooks this year, has funded, having raised 1,069% of its original funding goal of €4,000. Congratulations to all concerned and thank you to everyone who backed it!

This means that French editions of The Wicked Wizard of OzNEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!, and Beowulf Beastslayer - will all be available later in the year from Alkonost Editions.

In other news, Czech publisher Mytago is currently running on offer on the first three ACE Gamebooks. So, if you're a Czech speaker or a collector, you know what to do.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks at Somerset Comic Con

This weekend I will be at the Somerset Comic Con and Gaming Festival, on Saturday 30 April 2022, at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton.

I will be selling signed copies of my ACE Gamebooks, including Dracula - Curse of the Vampire, in both paperback and hardback formats. So, if you happen to be in Taunton this weekend, or live in the surrounding area, why not drop by on and say hello? You can find out more about the event here, and buy tickets here.