Quite a while back, I wrote about a series of books by Steve Jackson titled “Sorcery!”. These are basically RPG versions of Choose-Your-Own Adventure books, with stats, dice-rolling, and monster combat.
Sorcery! is a series of 4 books that make up one overarching story, but they’re part of a bigger series of books called Fighting Fantasy. Some of the Fighting Fantasy books take you to all kinds of creepy, fantastic, and wonderful locations. The very first Fighting Fantasy book, called The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, is more or less a dungeon crawl that takes you through the twists and turns of a dungeon deep within a mountain.
One of the really fun things about Fighting Fantasy books that have mazes or dungeons, is that you can draw maps of the adventure as you play through the book. It takes longer to go through the story, but the process of drawing the map as you go can be a lot of fun.
A friend of mine also recently got back into these books. We met for lunch yesterday to get wings, and he brought a book that he’d been using to draw a map for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (which I really should just start referring to as TWoFM). Since I’ve always enjoyed making maps like this, it was cool to see someone else’s version of a map from one of these books. Here’s his map from TWoFM (click for a larger version):
Seeing his map brought back some pretty good memories of playing through this story. I have no idea where the map I drew for this book is, or if I even still have it, but this makes me want to look around to see if I kept it.
If reading through a story that lets you roll dice to fight monsters sounds fun to you, I’d recommend picking some of these Fighting Fantasy books up. There are vendors who sell them at ridiculously high prices, but there are also vendors who sell the same books for dirt cheap, so they’re not that hard to come by.