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Death is not the end... You are a knightly warrior, returning to your ancestral castle having been away for a number of years fighting a crusade against the forces of darkness in the Mauristatian principality of Bathoria. You are just within sight of home when you are struck down by a band of murderers. Driven by the need to know why you have been killed, and on whose orde Death is not the end... You are a knightly warrior, returning to your ancestral castle having been away for a number of years fighting a crusade against the forces of darkness in the Mauristatian principality of Bathoria. You are just within sight of home when you are struck down by a band of murderers. Driven by the need to know why you have been killed, and on whose orders, you rise again as a ghost. This is where your adventure begins, as you set out to solve the mystery of your own murder. All that follows occurs during the course of one night.


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Death is not the end... You are a knightly warrior, returning to your ancestral castle having been away for a number of years fighting a crusade against the forces of darkness in the Mauristatian principality of Bathoria. You are just within sight of home when you are struck down by a band of murderers. Driven by the need to know why you have been killed, and on whose orde Death is not the end... You are a knightly warrior, returning to your ancestral castle having been away for a number of years fighting a crusade against the forces of darkness in the Mauristatian principality of Bathoria. You are just within sight of home when you are struck down by a band of murderers. Driven by the need to know why you have been killed, and on whose orders, you rise again as a ghost. This is where your adventure begins, as you set out to solve the mystery of your own murder. All that follows occurs during the course of one night.

30 review for Night of the Necromancer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tazio Bettin

    This book was ok, well balanced and all but not thrilling. Maybe I'm just used to too much quality from Jonathan Green. His Bloodbones stands as one of my favorite Fighting Fantasy titles, and Howl of the Werewolf is also great. Night of the Necromancer has a nice premise but feels a little dull at times. It could have had a lot more atmosphere than it actually does. It's not a bad book. But neither is it thrilling unfortunately. This book was ok, well balanced and all but not thrilling. Maybe I'm just used to too much quality from Jonathan Green. His Bloodbones stands as one of my favorite Fighting Fantasy titles, and Howl of the Werewolf is also great. Night of the Necromancer has a nice premise but feels a little dull at times. It could have had a lot more atmosphere than it actually does. It's not a bad book. But neither is it thrilling unfortunately.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone Fighting Fantasy Night of the Necromancer by Jonathan Green, illustrated by Martin Mckenna Man, I was obsessed with Fighting Fantasy gamebooks as a kid, I mean I was religious about them for years. Then as the years passed I turned towards reading novels and computer games and just generally grew up (a bit)…, but the childhood thrill of Fighting Fantasy stayed with me mainly because I collected them and once started couldn’t stop. Night of the Necromancer was one o Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone Fighting Fantasy Night of the Necromancer by Jonathan Green, illustrated by Martin Mckenna Man, I was obsessed with Fighting Fantasy gamebooks as a kid, I mean I was religious about them for years. Then as the years passed I turned towards reading novels and computer games and just generally grew up (a bit)…, but the childhood thrill of Fighting Fantasy stayed with me mainly because I collected them and once started couldn’t stop. Night of the Necromancer was one of the new adventures published long after FF’s 80s hay-day…I say new I just checked the publishing date and it was 2010 so now I guess it could be considered classic? Anyway, as lockdown got boring after a couple of months I decided to pick up a gamebook for the first time in probably coughthirtyyearscough and have some retro nostalgia fun. Night of the Necromancer is straight away a unique prospect in that you play as the recently deceased. Returning from a campaign against the forces of darkness you are ambushed and killed within striking distance of your castle home, Valsinore. Now stuck between the living world and the Lands of the Dead you must battle to uncover who ordered your death and take revenge or face a fate worse than death. The undead setting gives NotN a distinctive playability, usually in fighting fantasy gamebooks once you die its game over but being an undead spirit allows the player to essentially restart, like a game save, to change tact and approach difficult opponents or challenges in a more victorious manner. As a spirit the player can acquire certain otherworldly abilities, from moving objects to possessing hosts that are useful in finding physical items, pass through doors and discover unusual methods of tackling the books challenges on the path to victory. NotN’s unique playability allows the use of stronger opponents, some with distinctive attack patterns, giving combat more depth and edge and even if an opponent(s) seem undefeatable you can always ‘die’, restart and find a new approach. Be careful though sometimes the multi-layered progression route can have drastic consequences down the line as not every option can be taken, not every ability gained or location visited and sometimes there is a price to pay even for making the right decision. Overall NotN has excellent replay value. Night of the Necromancer has the iconic and nostalgia inducing black and white aesthetic though slightly updated with a smooth modernity and the gothic illustrations spread throughout brings a tormented world to life. A linear narrative keeps the action centred on the quest for vengeance and visits many eerie horror drenched locations, dank tombs, spooky woods, haunted towers, creepy villages and a disconcertingly quiet castle as the truth is sought. Illustrations of demonic creatures, ghastly ghouls and nightmarish knights all feature heavily and are ably complemented by vivid narrative that offers the player an immersive gameplay experience. It is classic Fighting Fantasy. Gameplay is balanced but the overall challenge is difficult to master. Attention to detail needs to be taken as there are tricky riddles that could stump younger players (and some older ones who were rushing). Be aware that not finding the answers to these riddles does lead to game over. However, if by chance the player stumbles upon the right configuration of supernatural abilities and magical items (not as easy as it looks as whichever path you choose, a juicy titbit or magical item will be missed) the endgame and final boss can become a little underwhelming, but at least Night of the Necromancer can be defeated not like some near impossible classic FF (coughCreatureofHavoccough). Overall Night of the Necromancer’s distinctive setting, multi-option playability and balanced difficulty makes a fine addition to Fighting Fantasy for both old hands and new blood, but for me the massive nostalgia hit from playing felt like a great way to pass time during lockdown.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    One of the best gamebooks I've read One of the best gamebooks I've read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dane Ford-mitchell

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