Appointment with F.E.A.R.

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Appointment with F.E.A.R.

Post  msistarted on Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:48 am

Appointment with F.E.A.R. is a single-player roleplaying gamebook written by Steve Jackson, illustrated by Declan Considine and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2004. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 17th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031922-0) and 18th in the modern Wizard series (ISBN 1-84046-527-1). The book is made up of 440 references rather than the usual 400.

* 1 Story
* 2 Rules
* 3 Cover
* 4 See also
* 5 References

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A tough, courageous, incorruptible champion of law and order, YOU are the Silver Crusader, using your superpowers to protect the innocent citizens of teeming Titan City from the terrorism, violence, kidnapping and corruption of a host of super-villains. Your mission is to discover the location of the top-secret F.E.A.R. meeting, capture the Titanium Cyborg and his cohorts and bring them to justice.

The reader assumes the role of Jean Lafayette, secretly the Silver Crusader, a superhero who protects the fictional Titan City. The reader chooses from four super-powers (strength and flight, gadgets, psychic powers or energy blasts) and battles criminals such as the Scarlet Prankster, Dr. Macabre, the Serpent and the Alchemists. Besides catching criminals, the reader's ultimate goal is to determine the time and place of the imminent meeting between the leaders of F.E.A.R., the Federation of Euro-American Rebels, an evil organization led by Vladimir Utoshiki, the menacing Titanium Cyborg (pictured on the cover).

This book is unique in the series for its use of the superhero genre, and features several tongue-in-cheek references to popular comic book characters. Examples include a dead Millionaire called Wayne Bruce and a kidnapped billionaire named Drew Swain (references to Bruce Wayne, whose alter-ego was Batman), and the protagonist's fiery-tempered boss, Jonah Whyte (a combination of Perry White and J. Jonah Jameson). Also, two of the locations in Titan City were named Peter Laboratories and Parker Airport, a reference to comic book character Peter Parker, whose alter-ego was Spider-Man. In addition to the above, there are also several intertextual references, such as the main character buying the original Fighting Fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain as a gift for his boss and a Dungeons and Dragons board game.
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Appointment With F.E.A.R. employs a unique mechanic for the series, Hero Points, which are awarded to the player for every villain captured and disaster averted, allowing them to compare their performance from one playthrough to the next. The player also constantly collects clues not just to the time and place of F.E.A.R.'s meeting but when and where they need to be in order to catch various villains. The book is also unusual in that there are four different solutions depending on which super-power was selected at the start. In fact, it is possible to complete the adventure twice using two different super-powers without reading any of the sections both times except the first and the last. This adds to the book's replay value, although also to its complexity a lot of trial and error is required to find any of the solutions.
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Appointment With F.E.A.R. was the first book to retain its original cover image when republished by Wizard.

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