Fighting Fantasy

When I was a kid I was ever so slightly a massive nerd, not much change there then I hear you say, and one of the many geeky things I loved during the 1980s was the Fighting Fantasy series of choose-your-own-adventure books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.

These books didn’t follow a regular narrative and cast the reader as the main protagonist of the adventure. You started by rolling some dice to generate some basic statistics for the character, their strength and so on, and had some basic equipment to take note of in the character sheet at the beginning of the book and you were away! Fighting Orcs, slaying dragons, going toe to toe with all manner of nasty and nefarious bastards. Plenty of what all kids love. Guts, gore, violence and derring do.

This was reflected in the names and covers of the books.






































And the like…

So imagine my amusement when I saw this German version of book one of the series The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.Compare it to the original. Well the version I had as a kid.



















Now which of these says “prepare to do mortal combat with powerful creatures in search of untold riches. What lengths will you go to to secure your prize!!!” And which says “Beezer old chap, let’s go for a lark with lashings and lashing of ginger beer!”? Which cover most accurately represents the game within? I wonder if there are any pissed off German parents out there who didn’t realise quite what it was they were giving their kids? More Conan the Barbarian than harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia. 😀


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