Friday, 4 March 2011

Selling old Fighting Fantasy gamebooks

Sorry for the flurry of posts. I'm in "output" mode tonight. I should be assembling tiny tiny pieces of card furniture, but instead I'm experimenting with different ways to sell Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.

Since I've been scanning some covers in let's all soak up some lubbly smexxy Fighting Fantasy cover art and Puffin pre-Wizard-Icon branding... 

There's some fab sites cataloguing the history of gamebook covers, a Google Search throws back some real gems like:

There's plenty of cool FF blogs too:

... to cite two of many ... ( Google Search )
Check out the blogs I'm following, there's quite a few Fighting Fantasy blogspot sites listed (and I'm feeling guilty that I haven't mentioned the good work of other folk!)

But beware ... the present has caught up with FF:

Fighting Fantasy on the Kindle and Sorcery! on the iPhone

Suddenly both of my Nokia phones feel lifeless.  Perhaps if I taped to them the Pop-a-matic-dice dome from Frustration I can simulate modern FF gameplay? But hey, isn't half the fun rolling real dice and scribbling with a pencil?

If you want to see what modern FF books look like these days, I've got a little Amazon widget at the bottom of this blog linking to shiny new versions of the old classics (requires Flash).

The twisted thing about this is that now I can see covers of my own books on Ebay I actually want to buy them, but wait, I'm trying to sell!

I'm selling through Ebay and Amazon (don't worry, I'm not listing the same books on both sites because that would be like crossing the streams or something).

Amazon have melted my brain.  Apparently, most paperback books are sold for a penny and then the compulsory postage cost is added later, not to mention Amazon's very eccentric approach to the uploading of cover graphics.  So, if you browse my FF books on Amazon, remember that the prices do not include postage.

For the moment, I've settled for the "Buy It Now" option on Ebay, since I'm finding bid counts just a little too stressful to follow this week, but I reserve the right to change my mind later.  Amazon "Insertion fees?"  What an appropriate phrase. ;) (I know, I know, it's an old joke)

Despite feeling some loyalty to Amazon, my preference for actually posting stock is through Ebay, but we've yet see if anything actually sells on either!

Anyhow here's the links to the handful of books I'm selling at the moment:

Billiam Babble's stuff on Ebay 
(which is mainly FF gamebooks at time of posting)

... Dice not included. ;)

Have a great weekend.


  1. Thanks for the plug, Bb. I have just bought Black Vein Prophecy. It's been a while since I read it, but I still remember it for its mystery and wacky powers that you can get.

  2. Yay! Your book will be despatched shortly! Curse these Post Office weekend opening hours. Bb.