11 May 2017
Alongside Steve Jackson, Livingstone was also responsible for bringing Dungeons & Dragons to the UK
Ian Livingstone is perhaps the best-known name in British gaming, going from launching Warhammer outlet Games Workshop to first introducing Dungeons & Dragons to the UK to authoring seminal gamebook series Fighting Fantasy over the course of his 40-plus-year career.
Having worked with co-founder and co-author Steve Jackson throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Livingstone turned his talents to video games in the 1990s, helping to create the Tomb Raider and Hitman franchises for Eidos.
Livingstone’s many contributions to both analogue and digital gaming, which include promoting educational skills that encourage work in games, have earned him an OBE and CBE, as well as various other awards, honours and special accolades.
This year, Livingstone is returning to the world of Fighting Fantasy with a new title, The Port of Peril, which will mark the series’ 35th anniversary.
Before that, however, the games legend will be headed to the UK Games Expo in Birmingham’s NEC to sign copies of his books on Friday June 2nd and Saturday June 3rd, before taking to the stage at 6pm on the Friday to give a talk on his long career working in games.
Livingstone will retrace his steps from launching Games Workshop and bringing D&D across the pond in 1975 to editing miniatures and fantasy gaming mag White Dwarf and writing the first Fighting Fantasy book, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, with Steve Jackson in 1982 through to his later work in video games.
He will also reveal his favourite 10 board games of all time, so you’ll be able to see how your tastes match up against one of the founding fathers of gaming in the UK.
Tabletop Gaming is the official print media partner for the 2017 UK Games Expo