Come over here young scamp, and let Grandpa tell you a story… Many years ago, when I was just a lad, we didn’t have massive role-playing games with branching storylines and moral dilemmas like you kids do now. Many of us didn’t even have computers. Instead we would sit and read adventures written in ink on bits of squashed-up tree. And oh how we loved it.
Some of the greatest trees we ever read were in a series called Fighting Fantasy. Created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, these stories took us to imaginary lands populated by dwarves and dragons and mighty heroes. But they were more than just stories. They allowed you to follow your own path; rolling a dice to fight magical beasts, giving you choices about how to solve problems, and allowing you to keep track of your provisions and potions. Back in the misty haze of 1982, this was the nearest we got to what you know now as the RPG.
Why am I telling you this? Because soon you can play them on your new-fangled Nintendo DS. A company called Big Blue Bubble are working to develop Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for that funny lump of plastic you’re always gawping at. The dangerous dungeons, custom skills, and foul creatures of my youth are being recreated as a proper 3D RPG adventure for all you nippers. You won’t even need a pencil and dice to survive. You kids don’t know how easy you’ve got it.
Now off you go little one, I think Granpa has filled his incontinence pants.