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The Advanced Fighting Fantasy System
Outline
Function: Guide book
Location: Titan
Publication Details
Author(s): Marc Gascoigne, Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone
Illustrator(s): Various
Puffin
TitanBookLarge
Cover illustrator: Christos Achilleos
First published: October 30 1986
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-032127-6 (Oversized)
ISBN 0-14-034132-3 (Paperback)
Arion Games
TitanAFF
Cover illustrator: Christos Achilleos
First published: May 9 2011
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-85744-069-3


For other uses of Titan, see Titan (disambiguation)

Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World, subtitled The Ultimate Guide to the Fighting Fantasy World - No adventurer should be without it! The Ultimate Fighting Fantasy Handbook!, is one of the two Fighting Fantasy Manuals and was also, after 1989, deemed to form part of the "Advanced Fighting Fantasy System". An oversized A4 version was first published by Puffin Books in 1986 (ISBN 0-14-032127-6), and later in 1989 (ISBN 0-14-034132-3), a smaller B Format[1] edition 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. The oversized A4 version includes two colour illustrations by John Blanche on the inside front and inside back cover. It was reprinted as Titan - The Advanced Fighting Fantasy World in 2011 by Arion Games (ISBN 978-0-85744-068-6), returning to the original A4 Format.

CreationEdit

BackgroundEdit

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING FANTASY HANDBOOK!

You met the monsters in
OUT OF THE PIT - now meet the rest of the Fighting Fantasy world! No adventurer should be without this essential guide. TITAN contains everything you need to know, covering the turbulent history of the planet, from its creation and early civilizations, through the devastating War of the Wizards, to the present-day wilderness and anarchy where the delicate balance between Good and Chaos could at any moment be overturned ...

*Detailed descriptions and maps of Titan's three main continents, Allansia, Kakhabad and Khul
*All the gods and deities ... and demons!
*The forces - and races - of Good and Evil
*Special expanded HIERARCHY OF THE PIT section
*The Underwater Kingdoms
*The Titan calendar
*Fascinating background information on everyday life: taverns and hostelries, food, clothes ... even jokes!

A mine of invaluable information is contained in this book. Make sure YOU are armed with a copy before you set off on your next Fighting Fantasy adventure![2]

ContextEdit

The book reads in the style of a narrator and describes the people and places of Titan. In this sense it's not like any of the novels or spin-offs, its more of a collection of all the knowledge, traps, and people featured in all the Fighting Fantasy books written up to the point it was published in 1986.

Notable ContentEdit

  • The book contains illustrations and maps of all three of Titan's continents.
  • Creation and history of Titan.
  • It shows the background from the War of the Wizards to the Star Pupils.
  • In depth profiles of the Major Faces of Titan.
  • Sections devoted to the races of Good and Evil and insight into the relationships between the races.
  • A section on adventuring in Titan and how to survive during your travels.

Advanced Fighting Fantasy SystemEdit

This book was originally published in 1986 before the term Advanced Fighting Fantasy System was coined in 1989. It was partially created to add depth to the world of Titan to enable role-playing games to be created by readers and so when AFF was crystallised 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[1] 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.[3] 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.

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Cover

The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Christos Achilleos.

Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World through the years
1986 1989 2011
TitanBookLarge TitanBookSmall TitanAFF
A4 Format "B Format" A4 Format
£4.951 £4.502 US$24.99
  1. Price of 1st Impression
  2. Price of 4th Impression; £4.99 for 5th Impression

The cover in the first two instances was a complete wraparound cover, with the illustration covering the back cover as well, although in the case of the smaller B Format version the illustration was interrupted by the spine. The 2011 reprint saw the art shrunk to fit the front cover only.

TitanBookLargeWrap

Illustrations

The interior illustrations were by various artists.

Further NotesEdit

PuffinPenguinLogo

Penguin Logo - Puffin Book! from Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World

  • In the 1989 republished smaller format, on the inside title page, at the bottom the words "Puffin Books" appears, which in itself is not notable, because this was the case with all Puffin published Fighting Fantasy books. However, instead of the distinctive Puffin Logo sitting above these words was the Penguin Logo of Puffin Books parent, Penguin Books.
  • The Dragon on the front cover is supposedly called "Titan", largely based on the naming of the Titan ornament by Clarecraft.
  • The cover illustration is actually called "Dragon Spell"[4]

DedicationEdit

For Tony, who deserves it, and Chetna, who doesn't

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "B Format" paperbacks are 130mm x 198mm (5.12" x 7.8") in size as opposed to smaller "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.
  2. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - Back Cover (A4 Edition)
  3. Although this listing only intermittently included "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.
  4. Dragons & Sea Serpents Posters and Prints at Art.co.uk

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