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Freeway Fighter

Post  msistarted on Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:17 am

Freeway Fighter is a single-player roleplaying gamebook written by Ian Livingstone, illustrated by Kevin Bulmer and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2005. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 13th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031710-4) and 23rd in the modern Wizard series (ISBN 1-84046-565-4). The book is made up of 380 references rather than the usual 400.
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Life is lawless and dangerous. Survivors like you either live in scattered, fortified towns or roam outside as bandits. YOUR mission is to cross the wilderness to the far-distant oil-refinery at San Anglo and bring vital supplies back to the peaceful town of New Hope. Even in the armed Dodge Interceptor you are given, the journey will be wild and perilous. Will YOU survive?

The story takes places in a post-apocalyptic America dominated by heavily armed muscle cars and lawless nomads after a global plague has killed off most of human civilisation, leaving few survivors in isolated settlements. There can be little doubt that the setting draws direct inspiration from the Mad Max movies.

To complete and win the game, the player must drive their Dodge Interceptor motorcar across the brutal wastes in order to procure a tanker filled with a fresh supply of petrol for their home; the peaceful town of New Hope. There's also the secondary task of rescuing a kidnapped New Hope leader called Sinclair from wasteland outlaws.

Freeway Fighter deviates from the Fighting Fantasy norm in that it is not set in the world of Titan and by the inclusion of a vehicle combat system alongside the standard hand to hand system, with space provided to allow the player to record damage to their vehicle. The book also includes shooting rules. The car itself has weapons and modifications, and must be continuously supplied with petrol in order for the journey to continue (you can actually fail in your mission by simply running out of fuel).

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