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Gates of Death

Post by Robb 1 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:52 pm

The New FF Book by Charle Brooker is out today any one got it yet? :shock:

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Post by Ruffnut » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:43 am

A bunch of people got it early from Waterstones
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Post by shintokamikaze » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:39 am

I don't have port of peril yet lol, I will pick them both up when I get paid, Im playing battleblade warrior at the moment.

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Re: Gates of Death

Post by Robb 1 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:08 pm

Robb 1 wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:52 pm
The New FF Book by Charle Higson is out today any one got it yet? :shock:
Got the surname wrong :oops: now corrected :lol: sort of any way :oops:

I remember enjoying Battle blade warrior. Isnt that the one about the siege of vymorna by The Lizard man empire?

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Post by Nuvole! » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:31 pm

Robb 1 wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:08 pm
I remember enjoying Battle blade warrior. Isnt that the one about the siege of vymorna by The Lizard man empire?
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Post by Robb 1 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:02 pm

cheers thought it was :) could make a great campaign for a party concluding in a huge battle at the walls of the city as they defend the city or try to sneak behind enemy lines to kill the enemy generals or steal plans/ sabotage siege equipment.etc 8)

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Post by shintokamikaze » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:14 am

Robb 1 wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:02 pm
cheers thought it was :) could make a great campaign for a party concluding in a huge battle at the walls of the city as they defend the city or try to sneak behind enemy lines to kill the enemy generals or steal plans/ sabotage siege equipment.etc 8)
That's what I was thinking.

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Post by Robb 1 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:44 pm

8) will have to dig out the book and look again i can see the lizardmen on pteranodons preparing an arial attack as i write this start with a bang and let war commence :mrgreen:

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Post by torus » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:41 pm

I'm so unimpressed by the art that Scholastic are using for these new releases, I doubt I will pick it up. Maybe if it gets a good recommendation, unlike the previous two by Livingstone.

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Post by Nuvole! » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:16 am

Actually Port of Peril is not bad at all! It is not as good as Deathtrap Dungeon, but it can stand its ground against all other Fighting Fantasy gamebooks written by Ian Livingstone.
Said that, I agree with you in being disappointed by internal artwork.
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Post by torus » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:01 pm

In truth, I'm not the biggest fan of Ian Livingstone's FF books, at least after hist first 3 or 4; he rarely seems to put much effort into making the narrative immersive and he heavily overuses elements like trinket collection and arbitrary 'is this cursed or blessed' decisions.

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Post by Nuvole! » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:49 am

Maybe, but his worldbuilding produced very playable settings, in fact a lot of the AFF games that we all run and play are based in Allansia, that is fundamentally a fantasy continent designed mostly out of his gamebooks.
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Post by torus » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:35 am

He did give us some great locations like Blacksand and Darkwood Forest. But I'm not sure he deserves all the credit as the originator of Allansia as a coherent place. I think most of that worldbuilding was done by Marc Gascoigne and Pete Tamlyn, and later authors in the FF series. Possibly also our own Mr Nibbs, Steve Luxton - I can't remember how much of the original Allansia and Titan geographies were his creation (apart from being the artist obviously).

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Post by torus » Thu May 03, 2018 10:04 am

Video review of the new book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6hYLvqv64A .. Not favourable. To be honest, I don't think anyone involved with releasing FF books today (even to some extent Ian Livingstone) really grasps what made these books great and what potential they had.

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Re: Gates of Death

Post by Nuvole! » Thu May 03, 2018 2:10 pm

Written review of the same gamebook here: http://www.caponatameccanica.com/the-port-of-peril/ focussing on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
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