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What Is Fighting Fantasy?

Fighting Fantasy was a series of “choose your own adventure” type of books, which were popular in the 1980s. Video games were crummy and computers outrageously priced, while fantasy role playing games (RPGs) were making a big splash. So Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (not THAT Steve Jackson, though that one did write a few later on) came up with a single-player RPG story … The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

Armed with two dice (2d6) and a pen and paper, you choose your way through a cavern, fight monsters (a combat system, and dice!) and die repeatedly, fall victim to traps, get lost in a cavern where you wander in circles, defeat the warlock and find that you don’t have the key to the treasure chest, and get to play it again!

Between 1982 to 1995 there were 59 of these single-player adventures, in a variety of genres including swords-and-magic, science fiction, modern horror, and secret agent spies.

And they’re not dead yet! Although the choose-an-adventure paperback craze has fizzled, pen-and-paper RPGs are still doing well. In 2002 Wizard Books bought up the rights to Fighting Fantasy, republished a few of the classics, and started writing again.


Seriously, Are You 12 ?

No! The 80s were a long time ago, but I still love interactive storytelling and lightweight RPG.

In late 2014 I indulged a nostalgic, childish whim and bought a few of these old books (genuine 1980s ones, pulpy paper, slightly wrinkled). It took me 8 tries (most of a weekend) to finish The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, killing a weekend with RPG adventuring goodness… without staring at a computer screen!

It was great, relaxing fun. I had rediscovered a hobby!

In the process I sketched out pages of maps, and explored every single cranny of the dungeon… and found only a few references outlining known solutions, mentioning that the book exists, and so on. Not really a dedicated fansite of hand-drawn maps, spoilers, etc. So here we are…


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  • Aussiesmurf says:

    Just wanted to say that I really appreciate your links to my Way of the Tiger Playthrough.

    Feel free to also check out my Lone Wolf Playthrough, in progress, at

    Have also enjoyed reading the posts on your page!

    • mazemaster says:

      I am sorry that this got caught in my spam filter, and I have taken a month to reply.

      I was quite glad to find your playthrough blog in the first place. It’s great to meet up with other fans of these RPG books, or at least refreshing to find out that I’m not the only one still into this stuff.

      And thank you, too, for mentioning your Lone Wolf blog. I will surely link to those when I start in on those. I have the first 20 sitting on my bookshelf, but have not yet played them!

  • JohnnyM says:

    Only noticed your website today. A great read ad the maps help! I’m a 30 something, rediscovering the FF books again! Of course, I don’t have my old books anymore…:( so tracking them down as I write. Got nearly 20 (again) so far. Trying to get them in the best condition possible is tricky and takes a hit on the wallet! The older books (about 35 onwards) seem to get even more expensive!

    • mazemaster says:

      That’s great! Welcome back.

      I have all 53 of the originals, and the rest of the books listed on the site (Sorcery, Tiger, etc.) and yeah, it was not cheap! Revenge of the Vampire and Curse of the Mummy were outrageous.

      Still, welcome back and I’m glad that so many other folks remember these fun books as well. I do the “Fighting Fantasy Books Made Me Who I am Today” group on Facebook, and should add a link to that here on the FFF site.

  • I only played 1 to 6 when I was younger. Now I have made 1-3, 5 and 6 into a pdf version in which the numbers are references (and auto-direct you to the right text)..

    The only problem was I had given away my original books (for free) and had to download the books, and one books is missinbg two pages.

  • Dafydd Hopcyn-Kitchener says:

    Only eight attempts at Warlock of Firetop Mountain? Currently, I am playing the Warlock app and I have already tried more than eight times. I had the book when I was a kid, but I never finished it. In fact, the only FF book I completed was Star Strider. I did it totally by chance.

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First published September 23, 2014. Last updated January 15, 2024.