Nov 09, Murray Dixon rated it liked it. Full commentary at www. Firetop Mountain seems like dungeon equivalent of a newly completed office building, all fitted out but with scant contents and zero character. I never really had a coherent sense of what was happening or why. I found myself wondering how all of these creatures get by and what kind of relationships they have Full commentary at www. I found myself wondering how all of these creatures get by and what kind of relationships they have with each other.
Were all of these guys reporting to the Warlock? Did they have meetings? Where are the toilets? And so on. Excepting the maze, it's pretty fun to play, and with a little charitable imagination you can imagine explanations for out-of-place stuff like the candle shop and the poker-playing midgets in the maze oh, did I not mention them? And the apparent incoherence of goings-on within the dungeon is fairly consistent with the notion that you're just some guy breaking and entering, which is exactly the case.
And what's more of course, "Warlock" laid the foundation for a hell of a lot more to come It's not a elaborated game with complex story, I saw way much better in other titles of the series. I think this book was just a little experiment from the creators without exploiting the true potential of this kind of books. Difficulty is satisfying, but the book is full of uninteresting entries.
There's to much direction choices like "If you want to go east go the number , if you want to go north go number " I stood one hour jumping entries and entries until I found the dragon's chamber. And even if you draw a map you'll have a hard time constructing the maze. The good moments are in the final boss fight, Zagor, the Warlock, a tough fight specially if your initial valors are to low.
Another good moment is the river crossing In overall is a good gamebook and if you start the first adventure in Fighting Fantasy series with it you'll be pleased If this is not your first experience then you'll be disappointed by the lack of complexity. However the advantage of the basic plot is its simplicity which makes it easy to play without having to remember all sorts of details. Gameplay is fairly straightforward — the player generally moves from room to room and has a series of discrete encounters, which when overcome reward the player with items which may or may not be useful for overall success.
I found the fact that I was forced to drop items at certain points in order to pick up others a little annoying, and this would have been downright frustrating had I really wanted to keep hold of everything. This rule made little sense in that there was no distinction between small and large items, so I could happily have left a key behind in order to pick up a shield, for instance. By the same token if I was carrying nothing but a key I would have been forced to do this.
I guess this is a simplified way of forcing players to make decisions about what they carry, but I felt like a limited inventory size of 10 items or so would have been a better way to achieve this. Being partly an Ian Livingstone creation, this book bears his trademark in that there are certain paths you must take, and certain encounters you must have, or you cannot complete the adventure successfully.
Sadly this also means that there are certain paths and encounters you cannot experience on your way to successful completion, as there is no way to go back to a previous junction and go the other way. This is, in one way, a shame, but when you do eventually find that true path, it makes it all the more satisfying. Mar 17, Phil rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , game-stuff.
It's very much a product of its time, but enjoyable nonetheless. Like Lone Wolf, these game books pair Choose Your Own Adventure style interactivity with a simple conflict resolution system. It requires the use of six-sided dice, unlike Lone Wolf which uses a pencil and a printed grid in the book as its rando I was a big fan of the Lone Wolf and TSR's Endless Quest books back when I was in elementary school, but it was only recently that I encountered Britain's venerable Fighting Fantasy series.
It requires the use of six-sided dice, unlike Lone Wolf which uses a pencil and a printed grid in the book as its randomizer , but it's clever and gets the job done.
As a game book it's fairly fun, but I found the maze towards the end a little tedious, as mazes in text-based games always are. After several failed play-throughs I ended up using a map found online to get through it. The story itself is pretty sparse, basically a beginning and ending with many unconnected vignettes in between.
I grew up with this sort of thing, so I find it charming, but modern readers without this background might not understand the appeal. I look forward to playing through subsequent volumes. I thought I would really like this as it's also a game. I started enthusiastically, made my own adventure sheet, read the rules etc. The problem started with the rules, they were not very clear. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to put my 10 meals in the 'Equipment Carried' column.
And the Gold and Jewels columns were not really explained. I began the quest and somehow ended back at the sta When I was a kid I used to love those 'Give Yourself Goosebumps' Books where you could pick your own ending. I began the quest and somehow ended back at the start again, picked another option and encountered my first monster battle. I wasn't sure after you had the first roll if you were supposed to subtract points from the score you just had or go back to the original stamina score before the fight started. Then when I realised I would have to keep repeating this until one of us died, I decided to stop.
I couldn't be bothered with doing that throughout the book. It just wasn't for me. I'm not sure how much appeal this kinda thing has to people nowadays. Do kids still like stuff like this? All I know is that I certainly don't! This was a pretty fun book, as I was more involved. The battles were enjoyable too. Although I didn't manage to fully complete the quest. Dec 07, Mark Aston rated it really liked it. If you like playing fantasy games, this is a great way to get into reading fantasy.
You get to choose how the story ends, based on the choices that you make whilst reading. Shelves: fantasy , choose-your-own-adventure , role-playing. This was the first book of the "Fighting Fantasy Gamebook" series, which was one of the most successful attempts at replicating role playing games in a solo environment prior to the technology which allowed computer games to take over this role. As a first book, however, it naturally had some bugs, which would be worked out in later additions to the series.
This hasn't stopped it from being enormously popular, and spawning both a board game and a computer game. The basic premise of the book is th This was the first book of the "Fighting Fantasy Gamebook" series, which was one of the most successful attempts at replicating role playing games in a solo environment prior to the technology which allowed computer games to take over this role. The basic premise of the book is the classic "dungeon crawl" in which an adventurer must explore an underground maze, encountering increasingly powerful threats and finding useful items along the way.
Most of these threats take the form of monsters, although there are some traps and navigational challenges as well, necessitating that the player create a map as he explores. The book is mostly linear, with only a few points of divergence from a predetermined path possible. The most obvious of these is the "maze," which is extremely difficult to map and resolve, and not much fun.
In fact navigating my way through this has caused me to lose interest in the book more than once. Once you know it, of course, you can just turn to the entry at the end upon arriving there, but until you've searched every boring dead end, you can lose hours on entries that just say "You follow a long, narrow passageway which goes north, then west, then north again, and eventually you find yourself at a crossroads" and so on ad infinitum.
The other weak spot is the lack of a sense of a bigger universe to contextualize this adventure. This is a common problem of "first books" as well - all the work that went into charting out this particular dungeon makes it feel as though it is all the writers were aware of. One side effect of this is the uselessness of the treasure, particularly the gold pieces you pick up.
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There's nothing or almost nothing in the dungeon to spend them on, so there's really no point in tracking how many you've gathered. As such, they make a fairly uninteresting reward. Most other treasures do allow you at least to escape a later threat more easily, and some are keys which will be needed to solve the final puzzle. The books got better over time, culminating in the brilliant "City of Thieves," but this one is of interest as an early effort.
View all 3 comments. I was pretty chuffed when the old Fighting Fantasy books appeared in-store, repackaged for a new generation of warrior-wizardy-kids. I remember having a great time with this series, and the Warlock of Firetop Mountain kicked it all off. There really was nothing like it in the market.
I can't wait to see more come out especially the infamous Deathtrap Dungeon G I was pretty chuffed when the old Fighting Fantasy books appeared in-store, repackaged for a new generation of warrior-wizardy-kids. Great new artwork and design and all the thrills and spills of the original adventures.
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone did themselves proud with this one; they essentially took a typical adventurers-explore-dungeon story and made it interactive years before computer games would reach the same level of realism. This tale is basic, but good. It has the elements that would become popularised later in the series: dungeons, traps, monsters and seemingly endless doorways! I enjoyed playing it very much indeed, although I believe some of the sequels were superior. Sep 06, Kat Tastrophy rated it it was amazing Shelves: gamebook , google-drive , rpggeek , own.
Delve into a classic gamebook that exemplifies the fine art of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure text adventure and provides a simplistic roleplaying system to work with. My adventure session failed this time around because I missed one of the key three items needed to get what I wanted out of the Warlock once I slayed the annoying soul. But that is one grand factor about FF Gamebooks, the adventure never goes stale and your experience can vary enough to continue enjoying it the second, third or fourt Delve into a classic gamebook that exemplifies the fine art of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure text adventure and provides a simplistic roleplaying system to work with.
But that is one grand factor about FF Gamebooks, the adventure never goes stale and your experience can vary enough to continue enjoying it the second, third or fourth play-through. Dec 12, Pete Murphy rated it it was amazing. I managed to get up to the Iron Cyclops before he defeated my weary self.