The Working Barbarian

A Tale of Blood, Fire and Steel

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Oh How Far We Have Come…

And yet we sill have so far to go, but the exact length of our road remains to be seen…

Since our saga returned in April we have had five thrilling instalments, tales of courage, intrigue and bloody violence. It has been nearly three months since our last recap, that’s one-quarter of a year. That’s quite a while. The minds of men are fragile and fallible things, not like they were in the Old Time. And thus we forget. Things we once knew drift into the fuzzy miasma of obscurity, they pass out of memory and into myth, or legend, or into a vague nagging feeling that there’s something you were supposed to do but you can’t quite remember what. So come, sit down by our fire and let us remind you of that which was and that which has been.

Elder Linna



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If you grew up in the 80s or 90s and were a fan of books and fantasy, chances are that you have memories of the Fighting Fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Whether those memories are fond memories is probably down to how much you were willing to cheat and just how many pages you could wedge open with fingers, bookmarks or pens. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, these books were ground breaking in that they made you the hero. It was you who decided where you went and what you did, it was you who made the mistakes and it was you who claimed the glories.

The Life and Times of a Working Barbarian is a project that harkens back to these nostalgic days. We’re going to bring you some old school tales of high adventure and derring-do. It’s going to be seriously pulpy, it’s going to be extremely tongue in cheek and more than likely, just a little irreverent. Chances are there’s probably going to be quite a bit of gore too. Because gore is very in right now.

The concept, like the Fighting Fantasy books, is simple. You are going to be the ones who make the decisions: This is crowd-sourced barbarian fiction. After every instalment you, the internet public, will be given a choice. There could be two options, there could be three, but what the outcome actually turns out to be is down to your votes. If you’ve got any suggestions for adventures or events that you want to see in the storyline we will write them down and we will use them. Providing they’re not too dodgy that is.

After about a week of voting  the results will be given to one of our team of writers and they’ll set about writing the next part of the story based on your decisions. We don’t have a plan, we don’t have a goal, we’re just going to see where the story leads us.

This project can only be a success with your help, so spend the word, light the beacons and tell your friends. Because on Monday April the 8th the adventures of the Working Barbarian begin!

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