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Steve Jackson is a veteran of the games world. Together with Ian Livingstone, the pair founded Games Workshop and created the Fighting Fantasyâ„¢ Gamebook series. He is also co-founder of Lionhead Studios ('Black & White') with legendary PC game designer Peter Molyneux. In the 1990s he was a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and his weekly Games Page included game reviews, features on the history of games, news and puzzles. Apart from Fighting Fantasyâ„¢, his game designs include 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain' boardgame, 'Battlecards' (a collectible cardgame series which pre-dated Magic), the Gathering and 'F.I.S.T.', the first ever interactive telephone game.
Ian Livingstone has been in the interactive games industry for over 25 years. In the 1970s, he co-founded Games Workshop and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, later editing White Dwarf magazine. In 1982, with Steve Jackson, he wrote the first of the Fighting Fantasyâ„¢ Gamebooks which eventually sold over 15 million copies in 23 languages. In 1995 he led the merger of computer games company Domark with Eidos, the name behind the Tomb Raider computer games, where he is now Creative Director. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Abertay Dundee in 2000, and in 2002 received the BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment industry.
Great for age range 9-12The First Book in the Fighting Fantasy game book series by Ian Livingston and Steve Jackson Addictive and impossible to put down would be the quickest way to describe this series of books. Part fantasy story and part strategy game you become part of the book you read. Not unlike the computer games where you are given special powers and skills and you have to complete a task, this series of books has the added benefit (from a parental view) that reading and imaginative skills are honed along side the fighting skills of your imaginary hero. Realistically these books will tend to suit boys more than girls. This is the first in the series and there are now over 20 in the series. Perfect to keep them occupied over the summer holiday.