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Fighting Fantasy 5 City of Thieves Paperback – 1984

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (1984)
  • ISBN-10: 0140316450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140316452
  • ASIN: B002JJ44GG
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great new edition of one of my favourite Fighting Fanstasy books. I would recommend it to anyone who remembers playing Fighting Fanstasy from the eighties, and also to new players. The inclusion of some pregenerated characters is a really good idea and makes it easy to start playing straight away.
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'City of Thieves' is basically the equivalent of 'Forest of Doom' in a city. Instead of searching Darkwood for items to save the dwarves village of Stonebridge form trolls, you must search the city of Port Blacksand for the items to save the village of Silverton from Zanbar Bone. Despite the basic similarities between the plots and the similar playing tactics you need to adopt there is great variation between the adventures. Both adventures do depend upon creating plausible, disconnected scenarios relevant to their environment. This often makes them distinctive and there are some truly memorable moments.

There is no doubt that Port Blacksand is one of Ian Livingstone's most successful creations in the Fighting Fantasy range. The cultural and historical aspects of the city work well. It is highly atmospheric and has a sense that this is a living, working community (albeit of many dubious practices). It's problem is that it is a little too linear. There is no chance to backtrack or revisit areas you have previously visited and what you do in one area has little bearing or effect on another. These issues can make the adventure frustrating as it means vital items and information are easily missed by opting to turn left instead of right (the sun tattoo is a good example of this). Some of these flaws have been addressed by later Fighting Fantasy adventures that have contained a strong urban element, the best examples being 'Master of Chaos' and 'Moonrunner'.

The black tower of Zanbar Bone works as an excellent contrast to the city. It is eerie and claustrophobic with a real sense of dread. Whereas much of the city , despite the dangers, has the illusion of being somewhat pleasant as you walk around shopping and interacting with various characters.
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I bought this book for my granddaughter. aged 10, as she has been enthralled with other books in this series. She loved it. I loved it because it kept her occupied and happy and the whole family loved it, giving their opinions as to which decision she should make!
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By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
This Fighting Fantasy book was written by Ian Livingstone, way back in the early eighties. The cover art and internal illustrations are the work of one of my favourite FF artists; Iain McCaig. I've always liked this FF book. From the first time I read it in January 1987, I knew that it was going to be a cut above many others (it was also the second FF book I ever read)...
You start the book in the medieval world of Titan, on the west coast of the Allansian continent, in the small, prosperous town of Silverton. You're the usual Sword-for-hire, adventurer type; a loner, tough, smart and honest (snigger). Travelling from town to town, living by your sword, saving whole communities by slaying nasty monsters and kissing babies (hey, when this book was written, this kind of hero was original)!
Anyway, while you're in Silverton, the merchants, recognising your vastly superior greatness, plead with you to help them in their hour of need! You're told that the infamous Zanbar Bone (a sorcerer/warlord type world conqueror bloke, who lives in a tower near to Blacksand; the City of Thieves) is holding the poor town of Silverton to ransom! To back up his threats to the townsfolk, each night he sends his bloodthirsty Moon Dogs, in an attempt to terrorise the town into submission!
Are you prepared to just stand by and let this tyrannical Zanbar Bone bloke give these poor, innocent peasants a damn good grinding under his armoured boot? No, god damn it! Even if he is a great and powerful sorcerer warlord.. Even if he can't be killed by normal weapons... Even if he does own a bloody great fortified tower, with a personal army of nasty monsters to back him up.... Gulp! Brushing your fears aside, you promise the good folk of Silverton that you'll rid them of this curse once and for all.
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i used to read these when i was aboy and bought again bloody good read and worth it if thats your thing
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I bought this as I enjoyed playing it back in the day when being armed with some paper, a pencil and a couple of dice was considered a justifiable way to waste a weekend and I wanted to introduce my six year old to the world of 'geekdom'. The game mechanics are easy in that you just roll dice and add your character statistics to determine if you 'win' or 'lose and you are offered a limited number of choices of what to do during your adventure. With some help reading the entries and with the mathematics my little one quickly got stuck in and involved (although with a desire to hit everything with a sword).

Great fun and cheap immersive entertainment for the proto-geeks in your life.
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I got these for a present, very pleased with them, thank you
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Best thing about this one was the exquisite book cover
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