2018
09.14

As of today Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition is officially available via the Nintendo Switch eShop!

Get it from the US eShop here, or the EU eShop here. If you’re in another region, just do a quick search for ‘Warlock’ on the eShop of your choice and we will be the first result.

The team are pretty chuffed with this achievement! Seeing our game on a Nintendo console feels more than a little surreal. With a new platform comes the opportunity for a whole new group of players to experience the joy of our tabletop-inspired adventure. So if you know someone who you think would enjoy Warlock it would mean the world to us if you could spread the word and let them know about our game.

The Nintendo Switch edition of Warlock comes bundled with all released DLC. There are eighteen heroes to unlock and play, each with their own tactical set of moves, sordid past, and ambitious quest that will bring them face to face with the darkest dangers Firetop Mountain has to offer.

Each character you choose to take into the mountain affects your adventure in different ways; do you speak Orcish? Can you read Dwarven? Are you literate? Are you large & strong? Do you have a keen eye? All these factors can influence the way your journey unfolds. And if you’re beginning to tire of fighting on the side of good, fear not! In Gauntlet mode you can play as one of Zagor’s evil minions – Slime Beast, Skeleton Warrior, Goblin and more – in a story-light, combat-heavy version of the game.

Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition is available for $29.99 USD via the Nintendo Switch eShop NOW. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to learn about all the latest Tin Man news. We’re always crafting new and exciting things. We can’t talk about much of it yet, but you’ll definitely be seeing more about Table of Tales and Fighting Fantasy Classics in the coming months.

For now, we hope you enjoy your journey into Firetop Mountain!

2018
09.03

Announcing our first Nintendo Switch release – Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition!

As hinted at a few months back, we’re bringing our acclaimed, tabletop-inspired RPG adventure – The Warlock of Firetop Mountain – to the Nintendo Switch. Huzzah! We’re really excited to announce that the game will launch on the Nintendo eShop 13 September 2018 for 29.99 USD.

Releasing on Nintendo Switch is a double-headed-dragon-size achievement for the Tin Man team, as this release marks both our first time releasing on console and our first time releasing for Nintendo. And we’re pretty chuffed about it! The game looks and plays beautifully on the handheld console and we’re very excited for it to be out in the wild next week. Yup, NEXT WEEK.

 

 

Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition will be released complete with all existing DLC and will include over a dozen unlockable hero characters. Each comes with a unique miniature, evoking the nostalgia of classic tabletop games. For each character you take into the mountain, both story and combat will – of course – unfold in different ways. Different narrative options will unlock and you’ll enjoy the strategic challenge of a fresh set of attacks and abilities with each hero you play as.

And if you’re sick of fighting on the side of good, fear not! You can also play as one of Zagor’s evil minions – Slime Beast, Giant Rat, Skeleton Warrior and more – in a combat-heavy, story-light ‘Gauntlet’ game mode.

Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition will be available for digital pre-order from Tuesday, 4 September 2018 at a 20% price reduction of 23.99 USD. Click here to pre-order via the Nintendo eShop. Zagor is looking forward to taking on the many new adventurers brave enough to enter his lair!

2018
07.17

You asked and now we’re delivering. Trial of Champions prevailed in our poll asking which gamebook you’d most like to see next on your Fighting Fantasy Classics shelf. So we’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be releasing Trial of Champions Wednesday, July 18!Ian Livingstone’s Trial of Champions is the sequel to the beloved Deathtrap Dungeon. This classic Fighting Fantasy adventure sees you delve into the dread corridors of Baron Sukumvit’s terrible challenge for a second stab at glory.

But beware! The Trial will be even more devilishly difficult this time as you begin your adventure having been captured and sold into slavery! With nothing to prepare you for this arduous adventure but your SKILL, LUCK and STAMINA, you must explore the deadly labyrinth beneath Fang. For only by triumphing in the Trial can you win back your freedom from Baron Sukumvit’s evil brother – Lord Carnuss.

Will it be enough?!

Find out from Wednesday, July 18 when you can download Trial of Champions on iOS and Android, with PC and Mac editions coming later in the week.

Also joining the shelf is another old favourite – Steve Jackson’s House of Hell. We’ve remastered this title for the Fighting Fantasy Classics library, so it can take its rightful place amongst your collection. House of Hell’s addition to the library comes with a handful of features and updates including:

  • Altered difficulty modes to accommodate the challenging mechanics of this spooky adventure.
  • The dynamic Adventure Sheet has (of course!) been updated to include the Fear mechanic from the original book.
  • The Adventure Sheet now also supports a special ‘Knowledge section’ to help keep track of all the clues you will need to solve the mysteries of the House of Hell!
  • Tim Sell’s original artwork, as well as coloured editions of each piece.
  • An additional ‘Haunted Hallways’ ambient music track has been added to your collection of tracks.
  • New audio sliders for music and SFX, allowing you to play with exactly the audio setup you desire.

See you in the labyrinth, Adventurers!

2018
05.25

We have three super-exciting Fighting Fantasy announcements for you this week – strap in, grab your favourite broadsword and let’s go adventuring…

Fighting Fantasy Classics is coming to Steam!

Our recent Fighting Fantasy library app, which is currently available for iOS/Android smartphones and tablets, is coming to PC and Mac! We’ve just launched our “Coming Soon” page on Steam, which contains all the info you need about the upcoming release. The game library will become available for download on June 6th and will include free access to Jonathan Green’s supernatural pirate adventure, Bloodbones! Fighting Fantasy Classics will also feature all the current digital gamebooks available in the mobile version, including Ian Livingstone’s Deathtrap Dungeon, which was released last month.

If you’re a Fighting Fantasy fan and a Steam user jump into our discussion forums and share with us your love for all things FF!

Poll results! Which gamebook is coming next?

In our previous blogpost we asked you to vote on which FF gamebooks you would like to see in the library.

The contestants were Sword of the Samurai, Trial of Champions, Creature of Havoc, and Freeway Fighter. We’re excited to finally announce that the overwhelming winner was Trial of Champions! Expect to see Deathtrap Dungeon‘s epic sequel hit the library app in the coming months. We’re big fans of Ian Livingstone’s return to Fang, so we’re thrilled you voted to bring it into the digital domain!

Second place was a close call with Freeway Fighter narrowly edging it. Because the result was so tight we’ll make an internal decision as development progresses on all titles as to which gamebook we’ll release after ToC. It’s heartening to see that all four titles received so much support! Thank you so much for your votes.

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is coming to Nintendo Switch!

If you’ve been following us on Twitter you will have seen another major Fighting Fantasy announcement this week. We’ve been working closely with another Australian game developer to bring our smash-hit PC/iOS adaptation of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain to Nintendo’s amazing new console. We don’t have a release date just yet but keep an eye on our social media channels over the coming weeks for more news!

And finally in other news, we just wanted to let you know that we have recently removed our older Fighting Fantasy apps from Google Play. Our reasoning for doing this at the moment is that these apps contain some old analytics tools buried deep in their code that could be in violation of the new GDPR data regulations. Sadly fixes are not straight forward and will require resources currently tied up in other projects, but our plan will be to slowly fix them and re-upload to Google Play as soon as we are able!

2018
04.25

For the first time in Tin Man Games’ history, we are proud to present Ian Livingstone’s Deathtrap Dungeon as the latest addition to the Fighting Fantasy Classics collection! Push your Skill, Stamina and Luck to their limits in Baron Sukumvit’s fiendish and deadly labyrinth beneath the city of Fang. Will YOU be the victor who emerges with the 10,000 gold piece prize?

Our Fighting Fantasy Classics Update (1.3), which includes Deathtrap Dungeon, begins rolling out Wednesday, 25 April 10am AEST and contains a handful of exciting features, including:

• The return of our History of Fighting Fantasy and Rulebook titles, which we’ve included as free books on the shelf for all players.

• The map feature is now fully functional. All eight of the available books include these maps, which are a throwback to the old-school Fighting Fantasy experience of grabbing a scrap of paper and plotting out the locations you’ve explored. The map automatically records both your current and previous playthroughs, making it easier than ever to uncover every path and encounter each gamebook has to offer.

• Dice accelerometer support – shaking the device will re-roll dice.

• Lots of bug-fixes to improve combat, page-turns, menu navigation, bookmarks, Free Read Mode, image downloads and more.

We are keen to continue supporting Fighting Fantasy Classics with regular book releases over coming months, so we want to know which gamebooks YOU want to see in the app next! That’s right – we’re running another poll to let YOU decide which two adventures you would most like to see in Fighting Fantasy Classics.

The contestants are: Sword of the Samurai, Trial of Champions, Creature of Havoc, and Freeway Fighter. Please use the form below to cast your vote!

 

 

We’ll be taking your votes until May 2, 5pm AEST.

If you’re yet to try out Fighting Fantasy Classics, it’s free to download on iOS and Android (with a Steam version planned for release soon) and every player gets Jonathan Green’s swashbuckling pirate adventure Bloodbones for free. Other titles currently available for purchase include: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, City of Thieves, The Citadel of Chaos, The Forest of Doom, Island of the Lizard King and Caverns of the Snow Witch.

Best of luck in your quest to defeat the trials of the Dungeon!

2018
04.19

We’ve brought an exciting new feature to Fighting Fantasy Classics – maps!

The maps of Fighting Fantasy Classics are a throwback to the old-school Fighting Fantasy experience; grabbing a scrap of paper and plotting out the locations you’ve explored. Perhaps while investigating Port Blacksand, searching Darkwood Forest for the Hammer of Gillibran, or fighting your way to victory in the Trial of Champions.

To access the map feature you will first need to update to the latest version of the app. Then, start any adventure afresh and the map icon will appear. It is found in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.

When you start a new adventure, let’s say in City of Thieves, you will (of course) begin at the City Gate of Port Blacksand. Your present location is indicated by a small flag as shown below.

As you progress, arrows automatically appear between the locations you visit, creating a handy reference for the path you have chosen during your adventure. In the playthrough of City of Thieves shown below I’ve chosen to follow Key Street.

Now unfortunately I was unable to take down Zanbar Bone during my first playthrough. But, determined as I am to save the goodfolk of Silverton, I embark upon my quest again, this time deciding to investigate Market Street.

As you can see, the game has preserved both my previous playthrough and my current playthrough – with the path of my previous playthrough becoming slightly transparent. This allows you to keep track of all the parts of a game you have explored in both past and current playthroughs.

We hope you enjoy your adventures using this new feature! Maps are freely available with all gamebooks and will continue to be released alongside future updates.

If you are yet to try out Fighting Fantasy Classics it’s available on iOS and Android and every player gets Jonathan Green’s swashbuckling pirate adventure Bloodbones free with their download. We’re planning on continuing to update  Fighting Fantasy Classics with new adventures, the first being Deathtrap Dungeon, which you can expect to appear on your bookshelf in the next fortnight.

2018
04.11

Last week we launched a poll to determine which new book we would be bringing to Fighting Fantasy Classics. We received 390 votes over the week and we are very excited to announce that Deathtrap Dungeon came out on top with 265 votes. Sword of the Samurai also received some love with 125 votes – none too shabby!

Deathtrap Dungeon will be released late April 2018.

Ian Livingstone’s Deathtrap Dungeon is – of course – the sixth book in the Fighting Fantasy series, first published in 1984, and was followed by two sequels – Trial of Champions in 1986 and Armies of Death in 1988. The game takes place beneath the City of Fang in an underground labyrinth of trials and monsters and features a devilishly high number of interesting ways to perish.

Be on the lookout for another poll in a few weeks time when we’ll ask you which Fighting Fantasy adventure you would like to embark on next. Until then, may your Provisions see you to the end of your journey and your Sword serve you well!

2018
04.03

YOU decide which book we bring to Fighting Fantasy Classics next!

We’re looking to the future of our newly released Fighting Fantasy Classics app and we want to know which book YOU want to play next! In case you’ve missed it, Fighting Fantasy Classics is a library-style app through which you can collect and play many of your favourite Allansian adventures! It is free to download on iOS and Android and every player gets Jonathan Green’s swashbuckling pirate adventure Bloodbones for free upon download.

Presently, you can purchase a handful of never-before-released gamebooks through the app, including Citadel of Chaos, Warlock of Firetop Mountain and City of Thieves.

There are so many classic Fighting Fantasy stories we would love to bring to you, but rather than guessing which new title you’d most like to play next, we are bringing the question directly to you! Would you like to play Deathtrap Dungeon or Sword of the Samurai next?

Get your vote in now! We’ll be taking your votes until Monday, April 9th, 6pm AEST.

Thanks for your response! May your Skill and Luck carry you ever onwards and your Stamina never fade!

2018
03.21

Introducing Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown, an RPG adventure that brings tabletop gaming to life for PS VR!

We are so pleased to finally be able to tell you about our new PS VR title: Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown!

It’s an adventure RPG that brings tabletop gaming to life in virtual reality – a true digital tabletop RPG that sees the player take their place at a virtual table and determine the fate of a party of scoundrels as they venture through a world of swashbuckling and sorcery!

Table of Tales invites you to take a seat at the ultimate roleplaying game tabletop – one that can literally come to life before your eyes, dynamically changing as your adventure progresses.

Our history is deeply intertwined with tabletop gaming with many of our releases reflecting this, so we’re really excited to be taking the next leap forward in this area of gaming by making a really fantastic digital tabletop RPG for VR.

Seated at the mysterious, magical table, you will take control of a party of scoundrels, making tactical combat decisions and determining the scoundrels’ fate whenever they encounter trouble. True to our narrative roleplaying roots, Table of Tales features a story that is shaped by the decisions you make – the game is highly replayable, with different outcomes to explore.

Every tabletop RPG needs a Game Master, thus central to Table of Tales’ is Arbitrix – an unconventional narrator who guides the player through their adventures with the table. Our Lead Writer Ben McKenzie gives you a bit of an idea what to expect when it comes to Arbitrix:

“There have been lots of Game Master characters in games, but many are very antagonistic and only have one goal: to kill you. A big part of Table of Tales is bringing to life a Game Master who is more like real-life GMs: they challenge you, yes, but really they’re on your side. They love the game and want you to have the best and most exciting adventure possible. That’s Arbitrix.”

We’ve been working on Table of Tales for over 18 months now and it feels awesome to finally be sharing this news with you all! We’re planning to release on the PlayStation Store Q3 2018.

Stay tuned for more Table of Tales news in the coming weeks, when we’ll be taking a closer look at the characters you can expect to meet in this new adventure!


EDIT: The planned release date for Table of Tales has been pushed back to early 2019. We want to deliver the best version of this game possible and we deeply appreciate your patience while we continue to work to make that happen.

2018
03.15

After a number of months in development, Fighting Fantasy Classics is finally available to download from the App Store! Fighting Fantasy Classics is a brand new library app for iOS that will also be released on Android and PC/Mac very soon. The app will ultimately collect together many of your favourite Fighting Fantasy gamebooks from the 1980s until now!

The app is free to download and we’ve included Jonathan Green’s Bloodbones for FREE, with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, The Citadel of Chaos, City of Thieves, The Forest of Doom, Caverns of the Snow Witch and Island of the Lizard King available to buy for just $1.99USD for a limited time!

One of our most frequently asked questions is in relation to our existing FF apps as some fans are concerned that they will need to buy these apps again. We can assure owners of our older apps that these digital gamebooks will continue to be supported by Tin Man Games, so there is no need to re-purchase. Sadly we can’t migrate these purchases across to the new library app though.

So what’s next (our second most frequently asked question)? Well, we’re so excited to say that we have lots of classic Fighting Fantasy adventures coming down the pipe including Deathtrap Dungeon, Freeway Fighter, Sword of the Samurai, Trial of Champions, Temple of Terror and many more. We’ll also be re-releasing House of Hell, Starship Traveller, Appointment with F.E.A.R. and Blood of the Zombies too in this new/old format!

We’ve had a few bugs and issues with this release, which is one of the reasons why the Android version is a bit late, so please bear with us while we make some changes – including the addition of a new mapping feature for ALL gamebooks.

And if this news wasn’t exciting enough for the team, we have some more HOT TIN MAN GAMES NEWS coming next week during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco! We’ve been hinting for a while now about a new VR title we’ve been working on for the past 18 months. Well, it’s almost time to reveal all and we might just explode.