Advanced Fighting Fantasy (AFF), or the Advanced Fighting Fantasy System, is the name given to a role-playing game based on, but substantially expanding, the simple rules of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.
A role-playing game based on the solo gamebooks had started development early on in the life of the Fighting Fantasy phenomenon with the 1984 publication of the first role-playing book, Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-Playing Game (Steve Jackson). The ability to develop this game further was enhanced by the publishing of the first manual, Out of the Pit in 1985. In 1986, a further role-playing book was published, The Riddling Reaver (Paul Mason, Steve Williams, and Steve Jackson) and also the second of the two Fighting Fantasy manuals, Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World. The role-paying books did not diverge too far from the game system of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, and it was only when Marc Gascoigne teamed up with Pete Tamlyn that a more fully fledged role-playing system was to be developed.
Development of Advanced Fighting FantasyEdit
Eventually three books, all written by Marc Gascoigne and Pete Tamlyn, would be published by Puffin Books
All of the books were published as "B Format" paperbacks in size (130mm x 198mm (5.12" x 7.8")) as opposed to "A Format" paperbacks that are 110mm x 178mm (4.33" x 7.01") size, and which the main Fighting Fantasy gamebooks series was published as.
Out of the Pit and Titan - The Fighting Fantasy WorldEdit
- Main article: Fighting Fantasy Manuals
The books were originally published in 1985 and 1986 respectively, before the term "Advanced Fighting Fantasy System" was coined in 1989. When AFF was crystallized as a role-playing system with the publishing of Dungeoneer, it was a logical fit to have this book as an accompaniment, along with the other Manual, Out of the Pit. The two books were reprinted, this time in a smaller B Format editions to be the same size as Dungeoneer. The latter was published to become integrated with the Advanced Fighting Fantasy system, of which it retrospectively became a part. to complement the size of the AFF book Dungeoneer. From 1989 onwards the books were both listed as being part of the "Advanced Fighting Fantasy System" in the book listing at the front of all Fighting Fantasy books where the "Advanced Fighting Fantasy System" was shown as a sub-title. Interestingly, however, neither book was ever published with the distinctive AFF banner or AFF logo, or with the blue spine associated with AFF. Hence, they remained separate in that sense. Also, in the 25th Aniversary Edition of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the books are grouped with Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-playing Game and The Riddling Reaver as well as the pure Advanced Fighting Fantasy books, under the singular heading "Fighting Fantasy: The Role-Playing Game and Advanced Fighting Fantasy", which suggests that the compilers of the "The Fighting Fantasy Collection" section did not want to distinguish them as belonging to Advanced Fighting Fantasy alone.
Despite its name, Advanced Fighting Fantasy has been pointed out as being a comparatively simple role-playing game: "Although this results in a loss of realism and, to a lesser extent, versatility, this is not a problem for those players who enjoy the interactivity aspects of role-playing more than mindless die-rolling."
“ We are reusing much of the original art in the new core book.
The riddling reaver is one that should be revised and released, just not to begin with. There is a lot more planned too!
“ With reference to tone, i have written it for a more modern reader, but i have kept a few of the conceits, such as Director for GM. In terms of material, most of the stuff from the three books is in there. Some bits, like the Mass Battle rules, have been left for a later book, but the majority will be there. There is also new stuff, such as proper armour rules and a completely overhauled hero generation system. We have also ported in the magic system from the Sorcery gamebooks... I actually ran a 20-hour playtest at the weekend, running the Heroes through the Crown of Kings campaign. We got to the end of the Seven Serpents, and it was a huge success.
"BUT, like many of my compadres, this is on the proviso that the crazy, crazy rule written into AFF for awarding high SKILL characters with even more Special Skills is changed. Takes but a tweak... and it will make a good game, great!"
Trust me, this was the first thing to be changed!!
I used a combination of the Myriador modules, the original gamebooks and my notes linking encounters to the book reference. I used the original monster stats and powers, the original prices and the original treasures. I will, one day, release an AFF Crown of the Kings campaign book.
“ We have also kept the Wizardry system from the original system, albeit tweaked slightly. I havn't included any of the gamebook optional rules, to keep the complexity down, but they are definite options. ”
- Advanced Fighting Fantasy – The Roleplaying Game
- Out of the Pit – Monsters of Advanced Fighting Fantasy
- Titan – The Advanced Fighting Fantasy World
- Crown of Kings – The Sorcery! Campaign
- Heroes Companion
- Beyond the Pit
- Titan 2
- Port Blacksand volume
- TBA campaign
- ↑ Although this listing intermittently including "The Advanced Fighting Fantasy System" as a sub-title. For example, in Master of Chaos the "The Advanced Fighting Fantasy System" is shown as a sub-title, with the books listed beneath it, but in the next book, Black Vein Prophecy, this sub-title does not exist and the books are simply listed at the bottom of the page. The sub-title intermittently returned later on, but whenever it did so, both Titan: The Fighting Fantasy World and Out of the Pit are included.
- ↑ Advanced Fighting Fantasy Rules at The Shrine of Hamaskis
- ↑ Posts by Graham Bottley in page 1 of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2 thread at RPGnet Forums
- ↑ Posts by Graham Bottley in page 3 of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2 thread at RPGnet Forums
- ↑ Posts by Graham Bottley in page 4 of the Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2 thread at RPGnet Forums
- ↑ Fundraiser campaign at Indiegogo.com