I read several Fighting Fantasy books when I was younger and it was always pure excitement because it was possible to direct the story in a certain way. Let me explain the basic principle if you have never heard about Fighting Fantasy before. The books were about 400 pages in size. They told a fantasy story that resembled adventures in Dungeons and Dragons or Tolkien books.
The reader was given choices at the end of each page on how to proceed which was done via multiple choice. One simple example would be the question if you'd like to use door one or door two.The story continued then on a different page depending on the choice that you made which led to different kind of adventures. It also added to the re-playability of the game as you could try different approaches to finish the adventure.
The game character had several attributes like Stamina and Strength as well as items that you could make use of in certain situations. I liked to play these kind of adventures when no one was around to play D&D for instance.
The Fighting Fantasy Project has 17 gamebooks available that can be played online. The books offer different settings such as fantasy and Gothic horror with several black and white illustrations.
The gamebooks can also be downloaded in MS Word format which means that you can play them offline as well. You have to take care of your characters stats by yourself though then when you do that.
When you play them online you see your stats at the top. Characters always have skill, stamina and luck stats, and you sometimes may select a character from a number of available ones.
The program monitors all of your stats and will do the fighting and skill checking as well. You still need to click on a button to initiate a check, but the program takes care of the rest which is convenient. I suggest you check out the rules first as you may not understand the combat system or skill system otherwise immediately.
Sometimes, you may customize the attributes of your character and pick a skill as well which may come in useful during the adventure. This too improves the re-playability of each adventure that you play on the site.
Update: Additional adventures have been added to the website increasing the total number of adventures that you can play on it significantly.
If you do not mind reading a lot, then you may enjoy the adventures that you can play on the Fighting Fantasy Project website. A good command of the English language is necessary as all texts are in English.
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