Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - Featuring 'Turn to 400' documentary maker Sean Riley and his camera!

Great news! Sean Riley, the man behind the unfortunately unsuccessful 'Turn to 400' Fighting Fantasy documentary Kickstarter project, is going to be at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - with his camera!

Sean is hoping to gather some footage with a view to restarting the film project, and he's also going to be asking for people's input as to what they would want to see in terms of rewards, if he decides to go the crowd-funding route again.

So if you'd like to see the 'Turn to 400' documentary get made at long last, then get yourself along to Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 and who knows - you might even end up in the finished film!

Tickets are on sale until the end of August here.

Warhammer Wednesday: Black Templars Quick Reads Collection

Black Library have released another of their eBook Quick Reads collections, this time for the crusading Black Templars chapter.

Two of my Warhammer 40K stories really seemed to have captured readers' imaginations over the years. One is my first published Space Marine story Salvation, and the other is The Relic, which is included in this collection.

So why not download the Black Templars: Quick Reads Collection today?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - The Schedule!

Here at is at last, what you've all been waiting for, the schedule for Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014, taking place on Sunday 7 September at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Ealing, West London.

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10.30am – The event opens and Registration begins.

11.15am – Welcome to the event you've all been waiting for...

11.30am Tin Man Games presentation - A very special preview of some of Tin Man Games' forthcoming FF apps.

12.00pm – The History of Fighting Fantasy - A talk by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, with Philippa Dickinson, their editor on the original FF gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

1.00pm – Lunch - Join us for a flagon of Cloud Ale at the Black Lobster Tavern.

2.00pm – The Art of Fighting Fantasy - The Fighting Fantasy artists, in conversation with Jonathan Green.

3.00pm – Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks and YOU ARE THE HERO mass signing.

4.00pm – Fighting Fantasy Costume Competition, followed by the Fighting Fantasy Auction (with auctioneer Ian Livingstone).

5.00pm – Your adventure ends here… The event closes.

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During the day you will also be able to enjoy Advanced Fighting Fantasy gaming sessions, courtesy of Arion Games, take part in a Swindlestones tournament, with Inkle Studios, and have your fantasy-themed portrait taken by Legend Photography.

Traders who will be there on the day include Otherworld Miniatures, board games specialists Leisure Games,, French AFF publishers Scriptarium, purveyors of gaming accessories All Rolled Up, Pure Evil Miniatures, and Snowbooks, publishers of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (which will also be launching on the day).

If you've not bought your ticket yet, you can do so here.

Thought for the Day

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 - 3 weeks to go!

There are just 3 weeks to go until  FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2014 takes place at the DoubleTree Hilton in Ealing, West London, and 2 weeks left to buy your tickets.

For those attending we have all of the following on offer:

6 Fighting Fantasy artists - including Russ Nicholson, John Blanche, Chris Achilleos, Malcolm Barter, Tony Hough and Leo Hartas.

3 Fighting Fantasy authors - Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, co-creators of the Fighting Fantasy series, and Jonathan Green, author of seven FF gamebooks.

An extremely collectible goodie bag, including a Fighting Fantasy gamebook, a poster, a novel, a Tin Man Games download app code, and a ZAGOR THE WARLOCK miniature, only available to those FF fans attending FIGHTING FANTASY FEST and based on this piece of artwork by Russ Nicholson!

A talk on the early days of Fighting Fantasy by Steve and Ian, with special guest Philippa Dickinson, the editor who first worked on The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

Arion Games running Advanced Fighting Fantasy sessions throughout the day.

Tin Man Games talking about and demonstrating their latest FF apps.

Inkle Studios talking about their Sorcery! apps.

Various others traders, offering books for sale, wargaming miniatures, dice and gaming equipment, and more!

The official book launch of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, written by Jonathan Green and supported by hundreds of FF fans through the Kickstarter crowd-funding website.

An exhibition of never-before-seen and highly-collectible items from FF's history.

An auction of rare Fighting Fantasy memorabilia from the vaults of the Warlocks of Firetop Mountain themselves.

And if all that wasn't enough you'll be able to have a drink with the creators of Fighting Fantasy at the Black Lobster Tavern, from Port Blacksand, City of Thieves, themed bar!

If you've not bought your ticket yet you can do so here. Please tell all your friends via social media and any other means at your disposal (such as telephone, email, carrier pigeon, smoke signals, sorcery...) and we'll look forward to seeing you in September!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Loncon 3 - a.k.a. The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention

Loncon 3 kicks off today, and runs all weekend until Monday. As well as a host of famous guests and the Hugo Awards, I shall be appearing at Loncon on Friday - incredibly on two panels!

Here are the details of the two panels I'm on.

I may also be at the SFX/Tor/Jo Fletcher Books do at the pub later that evening (dependent upon my two noise minions).

So maybe I'll see you there...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Warhammer Wednesday: Imperial Fists Digital Downloads

This month, Black Library has released one of their ever increasing number of Quick Reads Collections, this time featuring the Imperial Fists Chapter of Space Marines.

As a result, my short story But Dust in the Wind has resurfaced again. And while we're talking of Imperial Fists stories by Yours Truly, my Warhammer 40K gamebook Herald of Oblivion is still available as well.

You can pick up the Imperial Fists: Quick Reads Collection here and Herald of Oblivion here.