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OMG! It's Ian Livingstone! by jollyjack OMG! It's Ian Livingstone! by jollyjack
Had a proper geek-out, today.
I found myself at the Birmingham Games Expo where I discovered two of the guests were Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (not Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games. The other Steve Jackson.....never mind).
These two were responsible for the Fighting Fantasy game books and the Advanced Fighting Fantasy game system, both of which I spent a lot of time playing in the 90s.

When I started trying to get into the games industry (I started young!) I sent a game design to Livingstone at Eidos. Somehow it reached him and he sent back a reply! I still have it kicking around somewhere.
Anyway - I didn't bring my copy of Warlock of Firetop Mountain as I had no idea the writers would be there, so instead I simply waited in line so I could finally thank the chap for humouring a very green, would-be games designer.

I'm....pretty sure I did. I might have had a nerd-gasm and tried to mount his head.
Either way; I probably looked and sounded a bit of a cringe-inducing fan-boy.....
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Flimflanboy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What you should have done was just walk up to him and say, "Livingstone, I presume?"
He probably would've laughed. Probably.
ShadowHinata Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
what are you doing?
CyranoInk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
I had a very similar experience when I met Daan Jippes once.
TomMagenta Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ian Livingstone held a lecture at my Games Design course some time ago. Fascinating bloke - really nice guy too. Good job on meeting him! =)
salamane13 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I did this to Peter S. Beagle. Had all this great literary commentary in my head, got up to him and gashed idiotic fan all over him.
Dr-laboto Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
dont worry we all do
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If i ever meet you i'll try not to do that.
ChanelAthena Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lmao a very justifiable reaction
MrNintMan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AskEndestPlz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Thinks about a very long, yet good sentance. mounts onto face instead* LOL.
Madpredator Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
wraithdragon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Warlock of Firetop Mountain was seriously badass!! I'm glad someone else remembers what the hell a Fighting Fantasy game is. I too also played the Advanced Fighting Fantasy game system when I was pretty young. I think that it really just groomed me for me serious love of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons when I got older.

Well played sir! =)
Biggerandbe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Interesting how he has no idea what to say to a hamster.
samutaikaj Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
i think he ether cant sey enything because of the big furrball covering his face or he has nothing too complain about :)
Glaurung-II Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This would be my reaction too if I bumped into any of the actors/singers/VAs that I like.
somercet Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Well played, Mr Jackson...
lululetti Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
love that.
gonna. steal. it.
angry-green-toast Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
had a similar moment with an idol at an expo. What do you say to someone who doesn't know you, but you know all about them, you're brimming with adoration, but it's not like they are going to ask you to lunch and you will become friends or something, you have only seconds to say whatever it is you are going to say because people are waiting--its just a prime set up for awkwardness is what it is.
Lorian-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can't say i would do that to Ian Livingstone (beside, i don'k know this guy).
I can't say i WOULDN'T that to Michelle Rodriguez, Lucy Lawless, Beyonce, Anjelina Jolie, Juliana Paes ([link]) and Gina Carano.
Of course i would arrested. In the case of Gina she will broke my neck...after smash my balls.
Blackwaterflame Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What's your opinion on Warlock of Firetop Mountain?
dragon-knight15 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well at least he`s not humping his face.
dreamseeker82 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happens to the best of us...
happyhappyjoyjoy2-0 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I laughed so hard I had tears coming from my eyes. XD
killerdanielx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
surprise face sex!!! :o
Mousenibbles Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
No, no- headmounting is perfectly acceptable at cons and expos.
yolen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just bring them treats. They're available everywhere in case you only find out last-minute, and "Dur, I like your things!" sounds better when accompanied by chocolate.
Fieldspartan019 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer lucky dog, I got to read one of his books and It was awesome!! I wish I could remember which one it was.
sutherlandjj Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bet he gets that a lot. :3
vampiricdemoncutie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, i wanna get into the gameing industry too, i wanna make the char. for the games
tstriker1 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, who wouldn't want to jump onto Ian Livingstone's face? I would.
trismugistus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The FF gamebooks were awesome. I used to spend hours reading them, sticking my fingers and all available bits of paper into the various pages to see which was the best option to choose.
Y-Mangaka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Mr Livingstone, I presume ?" ^^'
Yojulord Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I hope you sent him this comic, it's hilarious :)
TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student General Artist
That's pretty much what I did to Randy Emberlin when I met him for the first time. Then I saw him again later that same day and yet again a couple of days later. He's a cool guy.
Curadh Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Suddenly, Gerbil Junk.
Y-Mangaka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's how hamsters says hi ! X3

guess hamsters cant handle their emotions. ^,^
Apo-el Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, did you leap on his head, or did you just kind of levitate?
dblood42 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Wow! Loved those books, those were the parents of PnP rpgs. I even got a few of them on my shelf!
littlesu Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and lol he just linked this on twitter very funny :D
jollyjack Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Wait. He did?!
littlesu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yuhuh let me pull it up [link]
jollyjack Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
littlesu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cheered myself when I saw it as it is truly epic :D
PurpleCow81 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Lets face it - it's hard to be cool in the presence of those we adore so much :D
whiterose91 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
HAHA i would do this exact thing with Zachary Quinto were i to ever meet him *nosebleed*
Cabletwitch Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Hah! Now you know how it was for me when I met you in Kent...
Cabletwitch Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Oh holy hell, how did I end up with that bloody emoticon in there... gah. Stupid controls...
CKentavr Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Yeah, I scared away a very tired Steve Jackson (of Steve Jackson Games) once. He did actually know who I was, since I was one of the handful who actually participated on his MOO...

Alas ^-^
Harleydane Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This will be me one day. I don't know who, I don't know when, I don't know where, but this will happen...
BloodyEye Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
LOL!! Beware the face humping hamster of doom Ian!
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