A few weeks ago we posted about our HUGE announcement and since then we’ve been relatively quiet about the Fighting Fantasy deal, so we felt it was time to talk about it…just a little!
So the juicy information up front is that we are not merely jumping straight into the FF archives, instead getting a unique opportunity to develop and publish an Android and iOS app based on an ORIGINAL, never before seen FF gamebook, Blood of the Zombies. Not only that, but this is THE book that celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Fighting Fantasy itself! I think it’s fair to say that we are on cloud nine at the moment and feel completely privileged to be given the responsibility of such a massive release. We’ve worked extremely hard these last few years growing Gamebook Adventures and now finding ourselves in the driving seat of the hottest gamebook release in years, completely justifying our blood, sweat and tears. The best thing about this too, is that it’s just the beginning!
So how did all this come to pass? In a nutshell, Neil met with Ian Livingstone at Dragonmeet last year in London, which he wrote about in a blog post, and Ian made an enquiry into Android versions as well as his upcoming, then untitled, 30th Anniversary FF book. Obviously, being a huge FF fan, Neil was very keen to follow it up, and after numerous emails and the odd meeting with Ian and Steve Jackson, the contracts were signed! Neil recently did an interview with Touch Arcade where he goes into some more detail about the licensing deal.
Hot on the heels of the deal, came the UK Games Expo, which Neil attended along with Jonathan Green, author of Temple of the Spider God and Nick Robinson, author of our upcoming Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106. Both Ian and Steve were in attendance at the expo and popped over to the booth to say hello, even having a little play-test of the Dredd app we had on display.
One of the most memorable parts of the weekend for Neil, apart from meeting both Judge Dredd and a Dalek, was attending the talk given by Steve and Ian, where they gave a top 10 rundown of their most favourite board games. As a conclusion to the talk, Ian mentioned Blood of the Zombies and the gave Tin Man Games a shout-out, intentionally picking Neil out at the back of the room! Needless to say, Neil was rather chuffed.
If you’re interested in the UK Games Expo weekend, Jonathan Green wrote a bloody great blog post of his time there with some great pictures of the Gamebook Adventures booth!
It’s important in business that there is some face-to-face time with all of those involved, and through a strange twist of fate Ian was due to be flying out to Sydney a few weeks later to give a keynote at the Game Tech conference there. With that in mind we flew Ben up (or should that be sideways) from Melbourne, to meet Ian and talk zombies, gamebooks and app development. We managed to organise a sit down with MCV Pacific too, who interviewed Ian!
So where are we now? Well, Blood of the Zombies is now in full flow and we are aiming to release the app on Google Play and the App Store within a few weeks of the paperback hitting the shelves! More blood and sweat for the Tin Men, but thankfully no tears, only big smiles.