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Location: Earth
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Publication Details
Author(s): Ian Livingstone
Illustrator(s): Kevin Bulmer
Puffin
Figfan13
Cover illustrator: Jim Burns
First published: March 28 1985
Number 13
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-031710-4
Previous Book: Space Assassin
Next Book: Temple of Terror
Wizard (Series 1)
Fffree
Cover illustrator: Jim Burns
First published: September 1 2005
Number 23
ISBN: ISBN 1-84046-565-4
Previous Book: Starship Traveller
Next Book: Talisman of Death
Wizard (Series 2)


Freeway Fighter is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Ian Livingstone, illustrated by Kevin Bulmer and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2005. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 13th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031710-4) and 23rd in the Wizard "Series 1" (ISBN 1-84046-565-4).

CreationEdit

Freeway FighterEdit

Devastated by a killer virus, the world you once knew is a wilderness.

Life is lawless and dangerous. Survivors like you either live in scattered, fortified towns, or roam outside as bandits. YOUR mission is to cross the wilderness to the far-distant oil-refinery at San Anglo and bring vital supplies back to the peaceful town of New Hope. Even in the armed Dodge Interceptor you are given, the journey will be wild and perilous. Will YOU survive?


Freeway Fighter has an extended combat system and a double adventure sheet. All you need is two dice, a pencil and an eraser. YOU decide which way to go, which weapons to use and which dangers to risk![1]

The story takes places in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic America (though the country or region is never explicitly stated), dominated by heavily armed muscle cars and lawless nomads; it appears that the setting draws direct inspiration from the Mad Max movies. The player must drive their Dodge Interceptor across the brutal wastes in order to procure a fresh supply of petrol for their home, the peaceful settlement of New Hope.

Personal Abilities/Car Specifications/Combat/CreditsEdit

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

Unique RulesEdit

  • The stamina score is a 2d6 plus 24 roll.[2]
  • Provisons are replaced by Med-Kits which restore 4 stamina each.[2]
  • armour first appeared in Space Assassin as a 1d6 plus 6 roll representing personal armour. Here the attribute (2d6 plus 24 roll) stands for the armour of the Dodge Interceptor vehicle the player drives during the game. This is joined by a new attribute firepower (1d6 plus 6) that represents the offensive capabilities of the vehicle.[3]
  • Combat is split into Hand-to-Hand, the use of projectile weapons, and vehicle combat.[4]

Equipment List[5]Edit

  • 200 Credits
  • 10 Med-Kits
  • 4 rockets
  • 3 canisters of iron spikes
  • 2 oil canisters

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Freeway Fighter (illustrations)

Covers

The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Jim Burns.

When the book was republished by Wizard the cover was reworked by Jim Burns. However, this is not an original piece of artwork for the range, the illustration having been used as far back as 1984 to illustrate the Games Workshop RPG Battlecars.[6]

Freeway Fighter through the years
1985 1987 1989 1990
Figfan13 Figfan13n Figfan13n
Zig-Zag Banner Dragon Format Dragon No No. No. Spine Only
£1.751 £1.952 £2.253 £?
1993 2005 2005
Figfan13n Fffree
No Bronze-Foil Wizard "Special
Limited Edition"
Wizard
£3.994 £4.99 £4.99

NOTES

  1. Price of 1st~2nd Impressions; £1.95 for 6th Impression
  2. Price of 8th Impression
  3. Price of 10th Impression
  4. Price of 12th~13th Impressions

Illustrations

The interior illustrations were by Kevin Bulmer. "The artwork for this book was done in a 9 day stretch as a favour for Ian [Livingstone] since (as I understand it) the previous artwork was rejected at the last moment."[7] There were 32 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 13, 24, 34, 49, 60, 78, 90, 102, 115, 128, 138, 147, 158, 167, 178, 190, 207, 211, 221, 241, 257, 269, 271, 281, 291, 311, 321, 331, 341, 351, and 372.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Freeway Fighter

LocationsEdit

EncountersEdit

Individual

Vehicle

  • Armoured Car
  • Chariot
  • Commodore
  • Dune Buggys
  • E-Type Jaguar
  • Helicopter
  • Jeep
  • Motor Bike and Sidecar
  • Motor Cycle
  • Red Chevvy
  • Station-wagon
  • Toyota
  • Yellow Ford

Further NotesEdit

  • Unusually the "Background" section isn't listed on the Contents page.

ErrorsEdit

  • It is possible (but not inevitable) to lose a wheel in the encounter with the bikers at the roadblock (203). After the bikers are dead (249), if you look in the bikers' pannier, you have to replace your wheel (even if you didn't lose it), but if you don't check the pannier, you just drive off (possibly on just three wheels).

DedicationEdit

Puffin EditionEdit

For Ronnie

Wizard EditionEdit

To
David and Christine

See AlsoEdit


ReviewsEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Freeway Fighter - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Freeway Fighter - p.9
  3. Freeway Fighter - p.11
  4. Freeway Fighter - pp.13-16
  5. Freeway Fighter - p.9, 11, 17
  6. White Dwarf 53 (May 1984), p.2 (Battlecars advert)
  7. Letter from Kevin Bulmer at the Internet Archive record of the old Fightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2012-03-06

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