Fighting Fantasy

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Fighting Fantasy is a series of single-player fantasy gamebooks created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, originally published by Puffin and now by Wizard Books. Although not the first book series to use the gamebook format, Fighting Fantasy popularised the format and spawned dozens of imitators. The popularity of the series led to spin-off board games, video games, role-playing game systems, novels and magazines. In a typical Fighting Fantasy book, the reader will take the role of the story's protagonist, making the character's choices and following their own path through the story. The series distinguished itself from similar series with its use of a dice system which added a role-playing element to the books. The majority of the Fighting Fantasy titles were set in the same fantasy world, although others are set in locations with science fiction or horror as the central theme.

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The Fighting Fantasy gamebooks were created by British writers Steve Jackson (not to be confused with the US-based game designer of the same name) and Ian Livingstone, co-founders of Games Workshop, and provide an original twist on traditional fiction in that the reader takes control of the story's protagonist, being required to make choices that will affect the outcome.

The text does not progress in a normal linear fashion but rather is divided into a series of entries (usually between 300-400). The reader begins by choosing an option which then gives directions to another entry which provides an outcome for the decision and advances the story. The Fighting Fantasy series includes a combat system that features the attributes skill, stamina and luck, with these and other factors managed via a dice system. A typical Fighting Fantasy gamebook involves the player making choices and choosing a path in an attempt to find the "solution" that leads to the end of the story. In most gamebooks there is only one solution, which can often only be reached by obtaining story items (e.g. gems in Deathtrap Dungeon and dragon amulets in Temple of Terror). Almost all volumes in the series are standalone (with the loosely connected The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Return to Firetop Mountain and Legend of Zagor) and take place on the world of Titan.

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