Back in January we ran an online poll asking which Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, outside those that we have announced*, fans would like to see coming to digital platforms in the future.
*The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, The Citadel of Chaos, Starship Traveller, Appointment with F.E.A.R., Deathtrap Dungeon, City of Thieves and Creature of Havoc
It wasn’t a terribly scientific poll as we forgot to include Jon Green’s Night of the Necromancer and Stormslayer (sorry Jon!), but it at least gave us a rough idea as to which Fighting Fantasy titles YOU would like to see as future apps. We had 561 fans leave their votes in total and a mighty 4901 FF gamebooks were chosen (obviously not everyone chose 10). So without further ado, here are the results:
19th – Rebel Planet – 111 votes
18th – Robot Commando – 113 votes
17th – Legend of Zagor – 115 votes
16th – Armies of Death – 124 votes
15th – Demons of the Deep – 125 votes
14th – Beneath Nightmare Castle – 127 votes
13th – Howl of the Werewolf – 130 votes
12th – Space Assassin – 134 votes
11th – Crypt of the Sorcerer 141 – votes
10th – Vault of the Vampire – 161 votes
9th – Seas of Blood – 171 votes
8th – Freeway Fighter – 186 votes
7th – Sword of the Samurai – 192 votes
6th – Temple of Terror 196 votes
5th – Scorpion Swamp 208 votes
4th – Caverns of the Snow Witch 216 votes
3rd – Talisman of Death – 221 votes
2nd – Return to Firetop Mountain – 232 votes
1st – Trial of Champions – 248 votes
So there we have it! A list that has a few surprises and a few obvious fan-favourites. It’s interesting that the top two FF gamebooks are in fact sequels to titles we haven’t yet developed, so they may take a while for us to reach! As for the rest, there may be a few titles in there with rights issues, but there are some definite candidates that we have already discussed with Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. If you’ve been following us you will know that we have been developing a new gamebook engine, with the first release to be Appointment with F.E.A.R. Moving forward we will be developing Fighting Fantasy titles in both engines to maintain momentum and at some point will probably move on to the new engine full-time.
So what’s next? Fighting Fantazine readers and Twitter followers will already know the answer to this but we can officially announce right here on the blog that we’re currently developing 4th placed, Caverns of the Snow Witch, by Ian Livingstone! Yesterday we tweeted a picture of the cover transparency that was recently sent through and it won’t be long until YOU can venture forth into the Icefinger Mountains!
Beyond both Appointment with F.E.A.R. and Caverns of the Snow Witch, we have already begun work on our new version of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in our new gamebook engine. We can also reveal that we have also signed a further 3 FF titles to add to our expanding list of release. We won’t reveal those for a while though, but at least two of them reside in the list above! 😀
And finally, we have a winner from our poll. Selected completely at random, the winner is Dave Marshall, who will be receiving a year’s supply of digital gamebooks from us! Congrats to Dave.