The Fighting Fantasy World
The Ultimate Guide to the Fighting Fantasy World. - No adventurer should be without it!
The Ultimate Fighting Fantasy Handbook!

Year: 1986
Author: Marc Gascoigne, Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone
Illustrator: ~
Cover Illustrator: Christos Achilleos
Map Illustrator: Unknown
Map: Black & White
ISBN: 0140321276 (Oversized)
ISBN: 0140341323 (Paperback)

Note: Both paperback and oversized versions were published. The oversized version includes two colour illustrations by John Blanche on the inside front and inside back cover.

"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...

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!"

For those of you who don't know, Titan is the name of the planet where the vast majority of Fighting Fantasy adventures take place. This isn't a gamebook; instead it is an accounting of nearly everything known about Titan. It is very detailed up to and including #25: Beneath Nightmare Castle. After that, the book lays the groundwork for future adventures which have come to life (like Battleblade Warrior, which was the only gamebook to be written by the author of Titan: Marc Gascoigne). 

Titan details the various cultures across the world, the history and legend of the gods, tells of the good and bad forces on Titan and many other things. The book is told by a narrator and it describes the people and places of Titan quite well. 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 this point. The book also contains some beautiful illustrations and maps of all three of Titan's continents. It shows us how Titan came to be -- who created it and for what purpose. It shows the background from the War of the Wizards to the Star Pupils (Yaztromo, Nicodemus, Pen Ty Kora), to what the future holds in store for the planet. Many important characters from the Fighting Fantasy series are featured with extensive histories. There are also sections devoted to the races of good and evil. These make quite interesting reading, and tell us why Dark Elves and Wood Elves or Dwarves and Trolls don't get along very well. The book is a good complement to the existing gamebooks for anyone who is interested in learning more the setting and events preceding the hero's quest. The end also has a small section on adventuring in Titan and how to survive during your travels. 

I don't hesitate in recommending this book to all Fighting Fantasy fans. For anyone who wanted to know more about Lord Azzur or the Caarth or which gods to pray to for luck, this is the book for you. My only criticism is that the book only whets your appetite for more information and doesn't feature very much info concerning the later gamebooks (it was published in 1986). Perhaps a second book would fill in the gaps from Beneath Nightmare Castle to Bloodbones? 

Rating: 9.0/10
 <Mark J. Popp>

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