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A geeklist for readers of Fables, by Bill Willingham;

Recently I picked up books 1-9 of Fables (which is all of them here in the UK) and got some of my friends to read them. I read someone elses copy of books 1-4 myself back in 2003/4 and was immediatley hooked on the dark but funny nature of the story.

So in honour of Bigby, Snow, Beast, Charming and the rest of Fabletown, here is my geeklist.....
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1. Board Game: New York [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:10320]
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Fabletown: A small, sercetive community in New York where the Fables hide out amongst the ordinary or "mundy" population of New York and the world.

The Fables have a strict code of silence about thier identity and will not reveal themselves under pain of death

The non-human fables, those unable or unwilling to disguise thier inhuman appearence, live upstate at the Farm....
 
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The Fables are the public domain characters of fairy tales and fable. They all lived in a multiverse of connected homeworlds where they were princes, kings and free to live out thier fairytale (literally) existence

But then came the invasion and the Adversary
 
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3. Board Game: Adversary [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The mysterious and evil Adversary has called together a great army of goblins, dragons, witches and demons and they and thier officers have invaded the Homelands, the scattered and disinterested Fable kingdoms.

The fables watched on as one kingdom fell after another, each wondering when the Adversaries armies would stop

By the time they realised that he intended to conquer ALL of them, it was too late to stop him
 
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The Adversaries Goblin hordes make up the bulk of the Adversaries army. Whilst they are cowardly and slow, they are numerous and brutal. The Fables were overwhelmed by thier brutal enemies

Frequently in Fables the sheer brutality and evil of these goblins is brought to life......
 
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5. Board Game: Politics [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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So the Fabletown community takes shape. They are a community in exile and a community often under siege, many of them with painful memories of the invasion of the Adversary, many with loved ones (parents, children and wives) back in the Homelands

The political structure of Fabletown sees King Cole as the mayor of Fabletown. Seen by many as a sweet but ponderous and glad handing old man, Cole makes his primary concern the raising of money from the Fabletown community to keep the government community ticking over

His deputy and the power behind the throne is Snow White. The deputy mayor does the day to day running of Fabletown and she is a political maestro.
 
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6. Board Game: Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
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Snow White is far from the blushing heroine of Seven Dwarves (in fact she seldom talks about the Dwarves, its all abit of a scandal)

Snow is one tough cookie, with a mile of internal walls built up after her betrayals at the hand of her first husband, Prince Charming
 
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Prince Charming is one of Fabletown's black sheep.

Having been married three times (Snow White, Briar Rose and Cinderella) and having alienated the nobility of Europe, Charming is a grifter and a rogue who has never played a serious part in the running of Fabletown

But early on, he decides to return to Fabletown adn get involved....
 
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Bigby Wolf is the Sheriff of Fabletown, a job he describes as one part small-town sherrif and one part spymaster

Bigby, as he's often refered to, is a cunning and complex character. Enchated to resembles a man when he wants to (and forbidden to enter the Farm) he's Fabletown's very own enforcer and grizzled anti-hero

But what of his mysterious past? And who is his father?
 
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The first major story is a bit of a who-dunnit where Bigby and Snow investigate who or what killed Rose Red, Snow White's sister.

But the ongoing intrigues in Fables are a major part of its draw:
Who is Bigby's father?
Who is the mysterious Adversary?
What happened to Flycatcher's family?
What is the REAL secret behind Frau Tottenkinder?
And so on....
 
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So what does the future hold?

Fabletown, a small community of exiles stands alone and unaided against a vast empire....

Can Fabletown endure, survive and even one day retake the Homelands?
 
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