Friday, 19 December 2014

Gamebook Friday: Maps of Titan, the Fighting Fantasy world, by Scriptarium

Those thoroughly decent chaps over at Scriptarium (French publisher of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG) recently sent me a copy of their translation of Titan. One of the highlights of the book is the set of maps that comes with it.

The guys at Scriptarium consulted me on various regions of Titan that I developed, primarily the Old World kingdom of Ruddlestone, but also the Giant's Teeth chain of islands (from the long defunct Saga of the Stormchaser proposal*).


The Giant's Teeth

One of the coolest maps is one of the entire FF world with the gamebooks that take place there connected to their relevant locations. (Most of mine appear in the same corner of the map.)

If you're a fan of FF then you should really pick up a copy of Titan, just so that you can get your hands on these wonderful maps.

* To find out more about that you'll have to read YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

What do you buy the RPG/Gamebook fan in your life for Christmas?

Why YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, of course! And what better gift than a limited edition hardback copy of the book signed by the author himself?

If you live in the UK and would like to give this unique gift to your loved one (or yourself) this Christmas, then email me on before 6.00pm on Friday (GMT) and Santa's little helper will see what he can do.

Ho ho ho, may your STAMINA never fail.

(And don't forget to send me you YOU ARE THE HERO selfies to be in with a chance of winning a copy of my new book Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts.)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

Send me your Selfies!

Want to win a copy of my new Christmas book Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts? Of course you do! Then read on...

There's a week of shopping left until Christmas and I would like your help in giving sales of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks a bit of a boost in the run up to the festive feast. What I want you to do is post a selfie of yourself (obviously) holding a copy of YOU ARE THE HERO, along with the following message and link:

YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, a must buy for Christmas! 

If you do so on Facebook please tag the YOU ARE THE HERO Facebook page (and send me a link at just to be sure) and if you do so on Twitter, make sure you add @You_Are_TheHero at the beginning of your missive (otherwise I may well miss it), like this (only with a better photo attached).

Now when I say 'selfie' feel free to go to town on this. You might want to dress up, choose a suitably atmospheric location for your photo, or Photoshop yourself and a copy of YOU ARE THE HERO into another appropriate picture. This important thing is that you appear in the picture, along with YOU ARE THE HERO, and that the all important Amazon link is attached too.

According to Amazon, if you order by 7.00pm on Tuesday 23rd December 2014, you can have your parcel delivered by 1.00pm on Christmas Eve (if you live in the UK), so the competition is going to stay open until then (so there's no immediate rush if you want to take a bit of trouble over your entry*).

Competition closes 19:00 hrs GMT, Tuesday 23rd December!

I shall look forward to seeing your YOU ARE THE HERO selfies. Choice of winner will be completely arbitrary (and quite possibly based on names out of a hat) and the judge's decision is final.

Good luck!

* Unless you're reading this at 6.55pm on Tuesday 23rd December, of course.

Thought for the Day

People who read fiction tend to be more empathic towards others.

To find out more about this story, click this link.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Short Story Saturday: You'd Better Be Good For Goodness Sake

Is it really two years ago that I posted news about having my first Judge Dredd story published? Well the new festive issue is out today (not that it is particularly festive) and I'm in it again. :-)

My first published Dredd story was about a juve called Simon with latent psi-powers unleashed as a consequence of the Chaos Bug. My second Dredd story, a two-parter, was about a Judge going rogue, motivated by the desperate desire for justice for his family.

My latest offering was always intended to be a festive treat and features something to do with the holiday season that I've written about before... And that's all I'm saying, other than, "Happy Christmas, Stephen Volk!"

I was tempted to go with "'Twas the night before Christmas," but didn't think I'd get away with it. That said, how many other Christmas references can you spot in You'd Better Be Good, For Goodness' Sake...?

To know what the hell I'm talking about, you'd better pick up your copy of the Judge Dredd Megazine #355 when it comes out later this week.

YOU ARE THE HERO - A Top Pick for Christmas!

YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, has been named as one of the Best Little Bookshop's Top 50 Picks for Christmas alongside titles such as Build Your Own Chocolate Factory, H P Lovecraft, Lego Architecture, and Terry Pratchett's Dragons of Crumbling Castle.

If you have yet to pick up a copy, you can do so here from the Best Little Bookshop.