YOU ARE THE HERO - The Award-Winning History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
At the weekend I attended the UK Games Expo 2015 and I am very pleased to be able to report that YOU ARE THE HEROwas given an Honourable Mention... Read more
Four reasons why YOU should back the Steve Jackson's Trolltooth Wars Kickstarter
There are just two days left to run on the Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars Kickstarter. As of writing this update, the project still needs almost £2,400 to reach... Read more
Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars
Before we get started, this is not a post about YOU ARE THE HERO, so feel free to ignore it. Neither is it an update promoting one... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO signing
So earlier this evening, this happened...
MINOTAUR level backers and above, your copies of YOU ARE THE HERO have now been signed. :-)
Collecting from Fighting Fantasy Fest - a quick reminder!
If you are attending Fighting Fantasy Fest, and are planning on picking up your backer copy of YOU ARE THE HEROat the event, if you haven't already done so,... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks - is here!
So yesterday, this was forklifted into my garage ...
If you're wondering, that's what half a tonne of books looks like. (I'm not kidding - it's actually slightly more... Read more
I cannot contain my excitement... Words fail me... All that matters, right now, is that it's here! YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooksis a... Read more
Changes of address and collecting at Fighting Fantasy Fest
With the arrival of YOU ARE THE HEROfrom the printers expected this coming week, I thought it was time to ask about changes of address and whether you want... Read more
The Printworks of Firetop Mountain
On Friday, I visited the printers where YOU ARE THE HERO is being... well, you know... printed.
This monster - which, as publisher Emma put it, looks like half a... Read more
Two dice, a pencil and an eraser is all you need...
More rewards have come in and this time it's the fluorescent green pencils for the Adventurer's Gaming Sets that will be going out to Werewolf level backers and above.
In... Read more
I am feeling excited and just a little bit nervous tonight, hoping that nothing has slipped through the proof-reading net, because YOU ARE THE HEROhas gone off to the... Read more
If you ordered an art print, please fill in the survey (if you haven't already done so) now
By my reckoning, 65 people will be hoping to receive art prints as part of their reward for backing the YOU ARE THE HEROKickstarter. However, so far... Read more
Backer Badges are here!
Good news! The badges for those people who backed the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter at the Werewolf level (or above) arrived yesterday.
Amongst this little lot, you can also... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO - A First Look
Hopefully just a couple more tweaks and YOU ARE THE HERO will be ready to go off to the printers. Here's how it's looking so far...
In other news,... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO layouts and the FIGHTING FANTASY FEST Adventurer's Backpack
The laying out of YOU ARE THE HEROis coming along nicely. Attached are a few more double-page spreads that I thought you might like to see, although I should... Read more
Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson and Philippa Dickinson in conversation at FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2014
YOU ARE THE HERO includes plenty of direct quotes from Philippa Dickinson, the editor who helped Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson turn The Warlock of Firetop Mountaininto the first... Read more
Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014
In case you haven't already heard, tickets for FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2014- the first dedicated Fighting Fantasy convention - are on sale now. Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and... Read more
Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014
Following on from the good news that YOU ARE THE HEROhas gone to the publisher to be laid out and printed, today I have some more good news for... Read more
Some good news
30 chapters, over 100,000 words, and over 400 images... YOU ARE THE HERO has been sent to the publisher for laying out. At last.
A quick question
I know that some of you will have seen this already, but it would be really helpful if as many people as possible responded to the question at the other... Read more
Another important message for the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter backers
After posting the list of backers that will be appearing in the back of YOU ARE THE HEROat the end of February I had only eight people get in... Read more
An important message for the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter backers
It's almost the end of another month and it's time for another YOU ARE THE HERO update.
First and foremost, if you were one of the wonderful people who... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO - One Year On
Exactly one year ago today, at 3.00pm GMT, YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks funded via Kickstarter.
Edit 20 done and dusted
Now the title of this update might not mean very much to anybody else, other than me, until I explain that what it actually means is that I've sent the... Read more
I have some good news for you today and some probably-not-totally-unexpected bad news.
Putting out the call
I am so close to finishing the manuscript for YOU ARE THE HERO that you could say I'm at paragraph 395 (to use a gamebook analogy).
An update, or sorts
I realise that many of you are desperate to hear how YOU ARE THE HERO is coming along, and when it's going to be released.
Well, with regards to how... Read more
Out of the pit they come...
Any ideas what the image below might be?
That's right, Iain McCaig has sent through his rough sketches of the images he's producing of the Bloodbeast and Zanbar Bone the... Read more
SPIDER level rewards
Tin Man Games have been in touch to say that the Mac/PC version of Temple of the Spider Godit almost good to go. What this means for the 50+ backers who... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO pre-orders
A number of people have stumbled across this project (and continue to do so) long after the Kickstarter finished.
If you're one of them, have no fear. I am looking... Read more
Breaking News! Iain McCaig to produce brand new original artwork for YOU ARE THE HERO!
Iain McCaig, legendary Fighting Fantasy artist and the designer of Darth Maul (almost other things), is to produce a pair of brand new black and white illustrations for YOU... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO custom dice
The Adventurer’s Gaming Sets (that come with the WEREWOLF reward level and above) will include a pair of custom-made YOU ARE THE HEROdice. I am ready to commission these... Read more
Brand new artwork by Russ Nicholson!
This week, Russ Nicholson sent me a brand new image of Zagor the Warlock, and I thought you might like to see it.
This is the piece I commissioned for ... Read more
Backer Surveys and GHOUL level rewards
As some of you will already know, this isn't an April Fools' Day prank; backer surveys for YOU ARE THE HERO really have started going out today.
However, the GHOUL... Read more
Beowulf Beastslayer - The Gamebook!
“Listen! We of the Spear-Danes in the days of yore, of those clan-kings, heard of their glory, how those nobles performed courageous deeds!”
I am delighted to announce that BEOWULF... Read more
ALAS VEGAS: an RPG of bad memories, bad luck & bad blood
When I was promoting the YOU ARE THE HEROKickstarter, so many people helped out by spreading the word that I decided it was time to return the favour and... Read more
Clemency Slaughter and the Legacy of D'Eath
Well, finding somewhere new to live is proving something of a challenge into today's challenging housing market, so YOU ARE THE HEROis still on hold (until I... Read more
Two weeks later...
I can't believe it's only been two weeks since the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter concluded. It feels more like two months!
The good news is that the funds have... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO - Post and Packing
Since the YOU ARE THE HEROKickstarter concluded yesterday, a number of people have been in touch asking about how they can pay for postage and packing for the books... Read more
£23,000 here we come!
There's only just over 16 hours left to run on the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter, but since we've passed the £19,000 mark, as promised, I've announced Stretch Goal #2... Read more
22 hours to go!
That's right, there's less than a day to run on the YOU ARE THE HEROKickstarter, which means there's not long left in which to make sure you're a part... Read more
The Generosity of the Spider God
Or rather, the generosity of the Tin Man, which, it would seem, knows no bounds!
Now, if you add £10 to your existing pledge and you will receive not only... Read more
39 hours to go!
As of midnight on 5 January 2013, the YOU ARE THE HERO has only 39 hours left to run.
If you've been umm-ing and ahh-ing about pledging (or wondering about... Read more
Stretch Goal #1 - here we come!
YOU ARE THE HERO is well beyond its initial funding target of £15,000 so now we're into Stretch Goal territory.
The book already features a brand new cover by... Read more
Have your portrait painted by Iain McCaig!
Yes, you read that right. THE Iain McCaig - Star Wars concept artist, creator of Darth Maul, Ian Livingstone's favourite FF artist, and illustrator of such classic Fighting Fantasy adventures... Read more
YOU ARE THE HERO has achieved its funding level!
What a fantastic way to start the New Year!
As of about half an hour ago, YOU ARE THE HERO reached its minimum funding goal of £15,000!
Thank you to... Read more
See the year out with a bang!
Fast away the old year passes... And yet YOU ARE THE HERO keeps coming up with the goods, as do the project's wonderful backers!
Dr Mike Reddy has very kindly... Read more
New SPIDER level reward announced
I know! One night, two new rewards... What's the world coming to? Well, we have Tin Man Games to thank for this one.
Add £10 to your existing pledge and... Read more
New ZOMBIE level reward announced
Possibly in celebration of his birthday (or his newly awarded CBE), Ian Livingstone - co-creator of the Fighting Fantasyseries of gamebooks - has kindly donated six signed BLOOD OF... Read more
Only one week to go!
The YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter concludes at 3.00pm GMT on Sunday 6 January 2013*, which means we have just one week left in which to raise the final... Read more
New Reward Levels!
How would you like to own a copy of WHAT IS MYRRH ANYWAY? EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS AWANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CHRISTMAS, written by Yours Truly?
Well now you can, and... Read more
John Blanche's art to appear in YOU ARE THE HERO!
Sorcery! legend John Blanche is the latest talented artist to agree to have his Fighting Fantasy art featured in YOU ARE THE HERO. How awesome is that?
So, if... Read more
I am delighted to be able to say that YOU ARE THE HERO (or YATHas various people have started to call it) is halfway to being funded on Kickstarter... Read more
Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories Deluxe Gamebook into its final two days
Just a quick reminder to remind you (funnily enough) that YOU ARE THE HERO is in a cross-promotion with Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories Deluxe Gamebook, which now... Read more
Who would like to own an Iain McCaig original?
I know... Who wouldn't? That would be awesome, but how could such a thing ever happen?
Yesterday, I said that when we reached £3000 worth of funding, I'd reveal a future... Read more
Cross-promotion with Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories Deluxe Gamebook
I'm pleased to announce a cross-promotion with Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories Deluxe Gamebook.
Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memoriesis a gamebook in which you control three... Read more
TROLL reward level updated!
Please note that anybody pledging at the TROLL reward level (and above) will also receive a PDF version of YOU ARE THE HERO. :-)