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Location: Titan City
References: 440
Publication Details
Author(s): Steve Jackson
Illustrator(s): Declan Considine
Puffin
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Cover illustrator: Brian Bolland
First published: September 26 1985
Number 17
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-031922-0
Previous Book: Seas of Blood
Next Book: Rebel Planet
Wizard (Series 1)
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Cover illustrator: Brian Bolland
First published: April 1 2004
Number 18
ISBN: ISBN 1-84046-527-1
Previous Book: Island of the Lizard King
Next Book: Temple of Terror
Wizard (Series 2)
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Cover illustrator: Brian Bolland
First published: March 31 2011
Number 16
ISBN: ISBN 1-84831-244-X
Previous Book: Armies of Death
Next Book: Blood of the Zombies


For other uses of Appointment with F.E.A.R., see Appointment with F.E.A.R.

Appointment with F.E.A.R. is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Steve Jackson, illustrated by Declan Considine and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2004 and 2011. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 17th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031922-0), 18th in the Wizard "Series 1" (ISBN 1-84046-527-1) and 16th in "Series 2" (ISBN 1-84831-244-X).

CreationEdit

In the "Fighting Fantasy News" section of Warlock issue 5, the update on new and forthcoming Fighting Fantasy gamebooks gave a release schedule which included Superheroes as the September (1985) release. This was specifically noted as being a provisional title and would become Appointment with F.E.A.R..[1]

BackgroundEdit

Tough, incorruptible champion of law and order, YOU are the Silver Crusader!

Using your superpowers, you protect the innocent citizens of teeming Titan City from the terrorism, violence, kidnapping and corruption of a host of super-villains. Your mission is to discover the location of the top-secret F.E.A.R. meeting, capture the Titanium Cyborg and his cohorts and bring them to justice.

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. You have a choice of four super powers - psi powers, super strength, enhanced technological skills or energy blasts - and the power you choose will affect the course of your mission. There are Hero points to be won or lost, clues to follow, dangers to face and villains to fight.
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The reader assumes the role of Jean Lafayette, secretly the "Silver Crusader", a superhero who protects the fictional Titan City. The reader chooses from four super-powers and battles criminals such as "The Scarlet Prankster", "Dr Macabre", "The Serpent" and "The Alchemists". Besides catching criminals, the reader's ultimate goal is to determine the time and place of the imminent meeting between the leaders of F.E.A.R., the "Federation of Euro-American Rebels", an Evil organization led by Vladimir Utoshski, the menacing "Titanium Cyborg" as pictured on the cover.

How to Battle the Super-Villains of Titan City/Super Powers and CluesEdit

The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).

Unique RulesEdit

  • Appointment With F.E.A.R. employs a unique mechanic for the series, Hero Points, which are awarded to the player for every villain captured and disaster averted, allowing them to compare their performance from one play-through to the next.[3]
  • Because the player is a superhero, they are not allowed to kill their enemies, only disable them, and any death results in the loss of Hero Points. When an enemy is reduced to 2 Stamina they surrender.[4]
  • The player also constantly collects "Clues" not just to the time and place of F.E.A.R.'s meeting but when and where they need to be in order to catch various villains.[5]
  • Players have the choice of one of four "super powers" with which to play the game: Super Strength, Psi-Powers, Enhanced Technological Skill (ETS), and Energy Blast.[6]

Equipment ListEdit

In the "Background" the player is mentioned as wearing a Crimewatch.[7] No other equipment list is given for the player, except for those choosing the ETS "super power" which gives them an Accessory Belt.[8] Collecting items is almost completely eliminated, with the emphasis instead on the player collecting clues allowing them to intercept villains in the commission of a crime, as well as the time and place of the crucial F.E.A.R. meeting.

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Appointment with F.E.A.R. (illustrations)

Covers

The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Brian Bolland.

Appointment With F.E.A.R. was the first book to retain its original cover image when republished by Wizard.

Appontment with F.E.A.R. through the years
1985 1987 1989 1990 1993
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Zig-Zag Banner Dragon Format Dragon No No. No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£1.951 £2.252 £? £? £3.993
2004 2004 2011
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Wizard "Special
Limited Edition"
Wizard Shield
£4.99 £4.99 £5.99

NOTES

  1. Price of 1st~4th Impressions
  2. Price of 6th Impression
  3. Price of 9th Impression

Illustrations

The interior illustrations were by Declan Considine. There were 32 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 15, 29, 43, 58, 72, 85, 99, 114, 129, 144, 157, 171, 185, 201, 215, 228, 242, 256, 270, 284, 298, 313, 327, 341, 355, 369, 382, 396, 410, 425 and 440.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

  • The main character buys the original Fighting Fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain as a gift for his boss[9] and a Dungeons & Dragons board game.[10]
  • The main location for this book is Titan City. It is interesting to note that the book was published in 1985, prior to the publication of Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World, but at around the same time as Out of the Pit, when the world of Titan as a home for Fighting Fantasy was introduced. It may be possible that Titan City was so named to link Appointment with F.E.A.R, which is set in a future timeline, to the otherwise unrelated world of Titan, the home of the majority of the Fighting Fantasy books.

SequelEdit

A sequel exists in the form of the short adventure Deadline to Destruction by Gavin Shute, published in issue 12 of Warlock in 1986.

Other MediaEdit

Main article: Appointment with F.E.A.R. (computer game)

A computer game was planned under the Fighting Fantasy Software brand, to be distributed by Adventure International (UK), sometime after February 1987. However, this was never released.

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Jean Lafayette aka the "Silver Crusader"

LocationsEdit

EncountersEdit

Further NotesEdit

  • The book is also unusual in that there are four different solutions depending on which super-power was selected at the start. In fact, it is possible to complete the adventure twice using two different super-powers without reading any of the sections both times except the first and the last. This adds to the book's replay value, although also to its complexity - a lot of trial and error is required to find any of the solutions.
  • This book is unique in the series for its use of the superhero genre, and features several tongue-in-cheek references to popular comic book characters. Examples include:

Series 2 AdditionsEdit

ErrorsEdit

  • In the illustration for (29) the Smoke appears to change into smoke and drift out an open window after being confronted by the Silver Crusader. In (303) however, which leads to it, the Crusader only realizes something is amiss when he sees brown smoke drifting out the window through an air conditioner.
  • When you confront the murderer Daddy Rich (171) you are asked if you have Energy Blast but to find him you must have read the clue (108). That clue is only available by choosing either Super Strength or Psi Powers.

DedicationEdit

Puffin EditionEdit

Dedicated to B.J.
... a Superhero in his own way

Wizard EditionEdit

Dedicated to Tommo...
Thanks for the years of
gaming, the Canaletto seats
and the healthy teeth

See AlsoEdit


ReviewsEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Warlock Issue 5 - p.10
  2. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  3. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - p.16
  4. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - p.12
  5. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - pp.16-17
  6. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - pp.18-21
  7. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - p.25
  8. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - p.20
  9. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - 42
  10. Appointment with F.E.A.R. - 355

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