Fighting Fantasy Map Making

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.

Custom Dungeon Roll Treasure Chest

Awhile back, I wrote about a dice game called Dungeon Roll. It’s a simple, fun game, but I’ve felt like the thin cardboard treasure chest that holds everything would eventually fall apart.

So, this past weekend, my son and I were getting ready to head out of town to a father/son safari camp. My wife mentioned that she and my daughter would be going to a craft store over the weekend while we were gone. I asked her to see if they had any small wooden treasure chests that I could use as a custom box for Dungeon Roll.

By the time we got back from camp, I had forgotten about our conversation about the wooden treasure chest. My daughter says to me, “Dad, I’d really like to play Dungeon Roll today.” Still didn’t remember the conversation. So after getting some things unpacked and getting settled back in, I went to get Dungeon Roll. I looked in the spot where we keep it, and I couldn’t find it. There was some little wooden chest in the way, so I moved it out of the way and kept looking. Still didn’t remember the conversation about the wooden treasure chest at the craft store. I moved some more stuff around and still couldn’t find the game.

Finally, I looked at the little wooden chest and saw this:


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