Tin Man Games, the Melbourne-based dev that is arguably the best digital gamebook maker of this generation, has reached the goal of its current crowdfunding campaign less than 36 hours after the launch. As of writing, the Kickstarter campaign for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain has raised $26,859 AUD (the goal was $15,000).
The Warlock of Firelock Mountain is a reimagining of the classic Fighting Fantasy gamebook by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, turning it into a digital tabletop RPG containing an interactive 3D map, collectable miniatures, and many character paths. Each character has their own motivations for entering the dungeons, and each will change the story by opening new areas and engaging in new interactions.
Related reading: Matt’s review of Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King for iPad.
Tin Man Games has made eight Fighting Fantasy apps in the past, and as with those it is working closely with Jackson and Livingstone to make the original gamebook come to life. The original book’s artist, Russ Nicholson, is providing new illustrations for the digital version (unlocked when the campaign hit $20,000). Other stretch goals include additional miniatures, more languages, music scores, and voiceover recording.
Regarding the impressive start to the campaign, Neil Rennison (creative director of Tin Man Games) said, “We’ve been overwhelmed at the response. With a dedicated Fighting Fantasy fanbase we were pretty confident we would reach our $15,000 target over time, but never expected it to happen so quickly! Now we have an opportunity to really expand on this project and with more backing make it bigger and bolder than our original plans.”
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is expected to launch for PC and Mac. Visit the Kickstarter page if you’re interested in making a pledge.
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