*** Final stretch goal reached! ***
*** Stretch goal adjustment announced! ***
*** New Golden Fleece add-on announced! ***
*** 3rd Stretch Goal reached! Everyone who backs at the £10 Golem reward level or above will receive an MP3 download of music inspired by Fighting Fantasy gamebooks! ***
*** 2nd Stretch Goal reached! Everyone who backs at the £20 Gargoyle reward level or above will receive a full-colour A4 art print of John Blanche's painting of Kharé – Cityport of Traps! ***
*** Proposed Table of Contents added below ***
*** New Stretch Goals announced, including additional art prints, an MP3 download and hardbacks of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2! ***
*** Anyone who backs at the £60 Gark reward level or above will also receive the eBook edition of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 1! ***
*** 1st Stretch Goal reached! Chris Achilleos will paint the cover art for YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2! ***
35 years ago, in 1982, the very first Fighting Fantasy Gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, was published.
3 years ago, in 2014, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks was published, written by me, Jonathan Green.
This year, in 2017, I want to write a sequel to the original book to mark the 35th anniversary of the world's premier gamebook series - YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 - but I can't do it without your help!
When I first announced on social media that I would be writing a companion volume to accompany YOU ARE THE HERO, alongside the general murmurs of delight, there were some who asked the question, “But what else is there to tell?”
YOU ARE THE HERO – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks covers everything from how Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone met at school, the founding of Games Workshop in 1975, the publication of the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, in 1982 and how the FF books grew to become a global brand, right through to the re-imagining of the original adventures as iPhone apps and the 30th anniversary celebrations that culminated with the release of Ian Livingstone’s Blood of the Zombies. The book received rave reviews and also won an award, so indeed, what else could there be to tell? I thought I had turned over every stone and explored every dark dungeon chamber to bring the history of the legendary gamebook series into the light.
"There are no other books that cover Fighting Fantasy with such love, care and detail." ~ Mr C Z Dunn via Amazon.co.uk
But the truth of the matter is that I was not able to get in touch with every artist or writer before YOU ARE THE HERO had to go to the printers, and since the publication of the book, some have got in touch with me, while mutual acquaintances have put me in touch with others. For YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2, I will conduct interviews with these creators, so that I can share their experiences of working on the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks with other fans of the series - after all, I am, first and foremost, a fan myself.
There have also been further developments in the worlds of Fighting Fantasy, Advanced Fighting Fantasy and Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! that are worth recording. Things have certainly not stood still since the 30th anniversary! These developments include the publication of the first FF comic, Ian Livingstone’s FREEWAY FIGHTER, and the forthcoming FF graphic novel, Steve Jackson’s The Trolltooth Wars. And then there are topics, such as Fighting Fantasy’s broadcasting history, which were not covered in the original YOU ARE THE HERO.
And so, five years on from the publication of the 65th Fighting Fantasy gamebook, and with another new book due from Ian Livingstone later this year, I am asking for your help in funding YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 that I may continue to chronicle the history of Fighting Fantasy.
I have another twelve chapters of new content planned and would like to be able to fill the book with as much original artwork from the series as possible. Legendary fantasy artist Chris Achilleos – who painted the covers of Out of the Pit, Titan – The Fighting Fantasy World, Space Assassin, Temple of Terror, Armies of Death, and the novel The Trolltooth Wars – has agreed to produce the cover art for YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2, and if we can raise enough money, one lucky backer could even end up as the owner of Chris’s original painting!
I am running this Kickstarter to fund production of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2. The book will be professionally typeset and laid out, and published by Snowbooks, who published my previous successfully-funded Kickstarter projects, including Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu, and the forthcoming The Wicked Wizard of Oz, as well as YOU ARE THE HERO.
As with YOU ARE THE HERO, this project has the full support of both Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, the co-creators of the Fighting Fantasy phenomenon. They have also agreed to help fulfil some of the rewards on offer, signing copies of the books and agreeing to attend a lunch hosted for those people who back at the £250 The Black Tower reward level.
Please note that Steve and Ian are NOT sharing in any of the profits from YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2. They are merely co-operating with the project - and their co-operation is very greatly appreciated.
My name is Jonathan Green I am a freelance writer with more than 60 books to my name. Among them are seven Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, including the critically acclaimed Howl of the Werewolf and Night of the Necromancer. I am also the author of YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, of course, and have run numerous other successful Kickstarters.
You will be pleased to hear that I have already started writing YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2, ready to release it in time for Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 in September.
YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 is available to backers of this Kickstarter in two different formats, eBook and paperback. The print edition will be a full colour A4 softback; think of it as the RPG campaign supplement to YOU ARE THE HERO's core rulebook. (However, there is always the possibility that the softback could become a hardback, as happened with YOU ARE THE HERO, if enough people pledge their support to the project.)
If you just want the eBook, your basic pledge is the £10 Golem reward. If you want the paperback, your basic pledge is the £20 Gargoyle reward. However, you can also pledge to receive the original YOU ARE THE HERO hardback; if you want that, as well as YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2, your basic pledge is the £60 Gark reward.(which also includes the eBook edition of YOU ARE THE HERO.)
The proposed Table of Contents for YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 is as follows:
£7,995 was the initial funding target for this Kickstarter, but that figure was achieved in a little over 21 hours! So now we are working towards the various stretch goals.
Once all the Kickstarter fees have been deducted, the money left will be used to produce the books themselves, to pay for postage, and to cover the costs of producing the other rewards!
If we reach £11,950 Chris Achilleos - the legendary fantasy artist behind the classic Doctor Who novelisation covers and books like Beauty and the Beast, Sirens and Medusa - will come out of semi-retirement to paint the cover art for YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2. Not only that, but everyone who has backed to receive a physical copy of the book will also receive a print of Chris's artwork, free of text, and signed by the artist.
No matter what level you back at, your support will help make YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 a reality. There are effectively two different reward tiers, one that features the A4 softback of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 (plus other rewards) and one that includes a limited edition hardback reprint of YOU ARE THE HERO (Part 1), which starts with the £60 Gark reward.
The rewards include signed copies of the book, signed Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, and even the chance to have lunch with Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone after Fighting Fantasy Fest 2. And since the names of the rewards for YOU ARE THE HERO were inspired by The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, for Part 2 they take their names from The Citadel of Chaos.
You can either select the following reward by itself or add it to any other existing pledge by adding £120 to the amount you have already pledged.
Please remember, Kickstarter will not charge you anything until the end of the funding period (which is 1.00pm GMT on Saturday 1st April 2017). Even when the funding period reaches its end, you will only then be charged if we have reached our funding goal (or surpassed it).
Still not sure what comes with which pledge level? Then check out these handy charts:
Having backed the YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 Kickstarter, you may decide you want to receive more than one copy of the book. Here's how you go about upgrading your pledge.
Pledge at the £20 Gargoyle reward level (or above) and simply add £15 to your pledge to receive a second copy of the softback.
Pledge at the £60 Gark reward level (or above) and add £40 to your pledge to receive a second copy of the limited edition hardback.
The original YOU ARE THE HERO only looked as good as it did thanks to the funds raised by those people who backed the original project on Kickstarter. And the same applies to YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 – I can’t do it without your help. The more you pledge, the more impressive this book will be.
So in Fighting Fantasy's 35th anniversary year, don't delay - back today! And then share this project with all your friends. Only YOU can make this book happen, because, thanks to Kickstarter, YOU ARE THE HERO... again!
Thank you, in advance, for your support, and for helping to spread the word about this project.
May your STAMINA never fail!
Risks and challenges
I am an experienced author with more than 60 published books to my name. As a result you can be sure that I will see this project through to the end. I also have a formal contract with award-winning UK publisher Snowbooks Ltd to publish this book, pending the outcome of this Kickstarter.
I have run four successful Kickstarters before, to produce YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, ALICE'S NIGHTMARE IN WONDERLAND (an adventure gamebook), SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU (a short story anthology), and THE WICKED WIZARD OF OZ (another adventure gamebook).
You can read some of the 100+ 5-star reviews these books have received on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan-Green/e/B0034P7P60/ref=sr_tc_2_0…
Although YOU ARE THE HERO was delayed, both ALICE'S NIGHTMARE IN WONDERLAND and SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU were delivered on time. (THE WICKED WIZARD OF OZ is due to be published in May 2017.)
Please remember - as this is a Kickstarter, you will not be charged a penny until the end of the Kickstarter's run, and even then, ONLY if the project has reached its funding goal.
The biggest risk is that not enough people get to hear about the YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 Kickstarter. So, whether you back the project yourself or not, please help spread the word via any social media outlets available to you.
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