I have just finished uploading the latest--and final!--version of my Atlas of Titan to my website. As well as every map that has ever appeared in any and all Fighting Fantasy material, it includes some landscape images to help flesh out the world. Each image is accompanied by a brief essay describing the area covered using quotations from the books, each meticulously footnoted. Where maps/images are absent (e.g. Scorpion Swamp), text has still been compiled to describe the area covered. Effort has also been made to reconcile the disparate sources, though places where this is impossible have also been noted. Appendices are used to cover such things as Distance and Climate of Titan.
To those who had a look through my recent pre-release version, several more pages of information have been added, including Warren's most recent revision of "Where is Gundobad?" and a two-page write-up of the geography of Femphrey, as based on Stormslayer. As I have now covered all published gamebooks, novels, and magazines, I will call this Atlas finished...until Night of the Necromancer next year, anyway. I've also added to my site an SVG flowchart of Stormslayer, for those of you who might be interested.
This Atlas has been in gestation for 20 years, and it's taken me over five years to compile it, with plenty of help and feedback from Warren, Andy, and others. Thanks, guys; looking forward to 2010. I think I'll have a bit of a rest before looking at writing that article for Fighting Fantazine #2.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 22, 2014 1:32:58 GMT
Sorry for not responding sooner--been laid out with a nasty sickness bug for a few days. Not nice. Thanks for the kind words.
I'd mostly forgotten that old webpage with the monsters on it. I've started work on updating it, though it won't be done for a while. I'll add monsters from Warlock 1-13, Clash of the Princes, Fighting Fantasy, The Riddling Reaver, and the four new gamebooks. I'll also fix all those hideous typos!
And, as a small rant, in importing the webpage to Excel, I've just spotted that it is impossible to output to standard HTML from M$ Office 2007 and later. Stupid, idiot, morons! It's MY data, I want to export it in a format that I want. The crappy mht format that Office wants me to use sucks donkey balls, and no browser except Internet Explorer supports it! Gah! All hail Open Office--now that really is fast becoming a very useful office suite. And it can do what I ask of it. And it's free. Up yours, Microsoft.
OK, I've updated the FF_Monsters.ZIP file on my website to include encounters from the more recent FF books. I've been much more thorough this time, with many NPC characters also referenced. It makes me think I should maybe go back over the whole series looking for any named characters who appear but are not given stats. I think I'll leave it for now!
Be advised that the file unpacks to a 6Mb webpage. Also be aware that I've gone through and standardised a lot of things, added references and missing info to all monsters (except # of Attacks and Weapons), altered monster names slightly to categorise certain types of monster (e.g. prefixed dinosaurs with Dinosaur: ), and hopefully fixed all the typos. It should be much more readable now.
All the hard work still exists, just not on my website. As far as the Fantazine goes, copying the text of Atlas sections, alongside a fan-made map of the area, should be fine. Not that Icon seem to understand the concept of Fair Use laws, but still.