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Despite . . . . . .
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The success of “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” also applies to many countries on at least four continents. Even today it is considered the great initiation for neophytes into this textual hybrid.

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In Brazil, the French edition (with another creation by PAJ) played a key role in creating a gamebook culture in the country: Osmar Saraiva, publisher of Marques Saraiva publishing house, was at the Frankfurt book fair and came across this edition, realising that this type of playful book could have a reader-player audience in Brazil. Saraiva was thus a “merchant of RPG culture” for Brazil, and from Rio de Janeiro the gamebooks soon gained readers-players all over the country.

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“The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” also innovated with its cover art. Whereas book titles used to be at the top, in this gamebook the title is in the centre of the image. Peter Andrew Jones masterfully “stretched” the body of the conjured dragon to take the usual place of the titles, and his striking art made this (and some other) gamebooks eye-catching from cover to text. A later edition also had its cover art altered by the same artist, just as striking.

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The difficulty of “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” is considered easy, perhaps so as not to traumatise a novice reader-player. It is possible to beat the final boss with not too high attributes if the right choices are made.

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Criticised by some for being too simple (since its authors Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson were not writers, but game designers) and acclaimed by lovers of nerd/geek culture in the 80s and 90s, this gamebook was a revolution in its time, and overcame the limitations of the first computer games and video games of the time. In this “solitaire RPG”, like all the others in the pioneering “Fighting Fantasy” series of gamebooks, the reader makes the hero's decisions and faces the consequences of their choices. There are many endings, but when you reach the 400th paragraph (the mini-chapters in the form of text boxes that make up this textual hybrid), the reader-player knows their best performance.

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It's hard not to talk about “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain”... inevitably, when we talk about Peter Andrew Jones, we end up talking about what was the world's first game book.

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They are predicting snow here today.

Here's how it was in February 2017.

Looks like the background of a fantasy painting
?

(I'll bear that in mind . . . . . .)

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The Rowan Tree Month departs and Ash Tree month is upon us as Imbolc marks the beginning of Spring, the stirrings of new life, clearing out the past, making space for new beginnings.

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The shortest of months.

Imbolc marks the beginning of Spring.

It is the time of the rebirth of the land.

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SOLAR WIND - Volume 2 book.


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Today's magical daybreak.

Inspiring!.

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     (This time three years ago)
 
It is cold here today, but . . . . .

Certainly no snow compared to typically in previous years.

There's still time yet!

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Snowdrops struggling then.

This year . . . . they're sprouting right now!

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The Garden inhabitants are happy -

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John Kilian Houston Brunner was born on 24 September 1934 in Preston Crowmarsh, Oxfordshire, and died of a heart attack in Glasgow on 25 August 1995. He was a British author of science fiction novels and short stories, but also published articles and poems, especially in fanzines.

Brunner studied at St Andrew´s Prep School in Pangbourne. At the age of 17, he wrote his first novel, “Galactic Storm”, and published it under the pseudonym Gill Hunt (he would later use others such as K. H. Brunner, John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Ellis Quick, Henry Crosstrees Jr. and Keith Woodcott). He then went on to study at Cheltenham College. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force for two years (from 1953 to 1955) and married Marjorie Rosamond Sauer in 1958, the year he became a full-time writer.

He began by writing conventional space operas, later moving on to experimentalism. “The Jagged Orbit” (1969, winner of best science fiction novel and the BSFA award, both in 1970) has 100 chapters of text ranging from a single syllable to several pages, for example. Brunner possibly invented the term “worm” (in computing) and the prediction of the emergence of computer viruses in the novel “The Shockwave Rider”, as well as exploring previously rare topics such as genetic engineering, same-sex marriage, online encyclopaedias, the legalisation of cannabis and the development of Viagra. His books “Stand on Zanzibar” (1968, winner of the 1969 Hugo Award), “The Jagged Orbit” (1969), “The Sheep Look Up” (1972) and “The Shockwave Rider” (1975) form the “Club of Rome Quartet”, in honour of the Club of Rome, whose report “The Limits to Growth” (1972) warned of the terrible effects of overpopulation.

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Brunner was an active member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament organisation and wrote the lyrics to “The H-Bomb's Thunder”, which was sung at the Aldermaston Marches. The short stories “Some Lapse of Time” and “The Last Lonely Man” were adapted for TV in the BBC science fiction series “Out of the Unknown”, in series 1 (1965) and 3 (1969) respectively. For television, he also wrote the script for the science fiction film “The Terrornauts” (1967), by Amicus Productions.

The Italian version of “The Jagged Orbit” received a cover illustration by Peter Andrew Jones. The novel is set in the United States in 2014, when interracial conflicts have reached an untenable point. The Gottschalks, a mafia-like organisation, take advantage of this situation and sell weapons to anyone capable of buying them, and a division develops within the cartel itself. The cover art depicts, in a single image, the arrival of the future (with the presence of the spaceship), Earth’s submission to the new problems (by the crowded and passive crowd) and the possibility of technology making it its slave (with the robots giving the orders). A great summary and attractive resource for the reader who wants to know what 2014 was supposed to be like in the land of Uncle Sam.






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An interesting article, albeit brief, found on the “Fonts in use” blog was dedicated to the gamebook “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” and its board game and computer versions.

The author Florian Hardwig, in 2018, makes brief notes on the Bradley font used in the products that received the artwork of Peter Andrew Jones. The full text can be accessed at >
https://fontsinuse.com/uses/22948/the-warlock-of-firetop-mountain-gamebook-puff

Even though the author’s comments are brief, the article is worth a visit for the wealth of photos taken of the products, which go beyond the cover art.

A great source on fonts.


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 The top of Hazler Hill, and the views from the top, overseeing much of Shropshire, and my discovery of paths for future easel-toting walks.

 As is always the case, it was “along the way”, in this case a simple bridleway called Snatchfields Lane, that I saw a simple sight that was a joy to behold.

 A yellow Wagtail caught in the mid-morning light that was so bright it even blessed the concrete fencepost with textures no painter could ignore.

 Everything has a character all of its own and I always defer to my first Art teacher’s words namely “you have to really see it, in order to paint it.”

 Thus what I call “visual vigilance” is a skill at least as valuable to a rambling painter as knowing how to paint.”

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This painting was one of the very first I created for a client outside the UK, Born B.V. in Rotterdam.

Revolutionary experience (for me).

Thank you Jaques Post (editor).

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The studio is immersed, in what presents like a Christmas Wonderland!


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Observation of the surrounding area, as I walk around town on daily errands
, can produce a never ending range of surprises.

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Back in history, Snailbeach Mine in Shropshire, not that far from the studio, was one of the biggest and richest lead mines in the Middle of what is now the UK, and I even read once that people used to travel from as far away as China, down the Silk Road, to come and purchase lead, so valuable was it and there is evidence that the Romans also mined there.

This painting was one I did of an old rusty tractor in a shed that was used as a winch for the mine shaft.

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So far . . . no snow here,

yet major storms, flooding, in the near area.

Excessive rain - downpours!

But . . . Spring is on the far horizon.

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The Studio's Rowan Tree has finally shed its berries.

Rowan-berry wine is a-brewing!

The Rowan Queen says goodbye (for now).

Soon. we will be welcoming the Queen of The Spring
(and brewing Dandelion Wine).

May the Spell of Happiness fill your year ahead.

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Bye Bye 2023.

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"LEGENDARY ART GALLERY - WINTER SHOWING 2024"
 
A piece removed from the exhibition to mark the passing of the Winter Solstice.
The days now get longer.

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