Book Review: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone

This book is a little different from the ones I normally review because while it’s definitely fiction it’s not a traditional novel. This is part of the Fighting Fantasy series, and they’re a series of roleplaying books where the reader chooses how the action unfolds. I’ve done books like this as a kid, but this is slightly more complicated as it incorporates elements of tabletop games, with the reader/player having to roll dice to decide how combat unfolds.

So, I can’t really review this based on plot or character, because both are quite minimalist and, also, you might go a different way to me. What I can say is that the fantasy writing is well done enough that it kept me engaged, and the gameplay is simple but involving.

You will need a pen and paper (if you don’t want to write on the book itself), and two dice (I used an App). It’s also worth drawing a vague map as you go, as they advise, because I had to do a little bit of rule bending Googling after I got trapped in the same corner of the maze, and couldn’t remember how to get back. The story you begin with is that you’re an adventurer who sets off to Firetop Mountain, where there’s a buried treasure deep within the monster infested labyrinth. You navigate through, collecting information and clues, fighting monsters and trying to get to the treasure.

It gave me a few hours of enjoyment, and is ideal if you’re stuck in the house for a day as it’s entertaining and fun to play. I plan on checking out more of the series. 7/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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