Crimson Crystal Adventure 1: Riddle of the Griffon

Riddle of the Griffon

Series Crimson Crystal Adventures (Endless Quest)
Illustrator Keith Parkinson (cover), Mario D. Macari, Gary Williams
Author Susan Lawson
Year 1985
Publisher TSR
ISBN 394-73979-5 / 0-88038-210-4

From the Producers of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Game
PICK A PATH TO ADVENTURE™
RIDDLE OF THE GRIFFON

Forbidden to use your conjuring abilities, you now have the opportunity to rid your homeland of its oppressive ruler, Parthon. But to do so, you must leave the security of your father’s farm to face the gauntlet of the griffon and solve its riddle. Do you have the courage to pass this ultimate test of your new powers?

To help you on your quest, an old magic-user has given you a magical ruby, one of three powerful magic crystals. This special gem allows you to translate ancient messages, find hidden doorways, see through magical deception, and much more. It can show you many things, but take care or you might not see the truth that the stone reveals to you and find yourself in very real danger! Continue reading

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Fighting Fantasy 29: Midnight Rogue

Midnight Rogue

Illustrator John Sibbick
Author Graeme Davis
Year 1987
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-032378-3

Danger lurks in every corner of Port Blacksand – infamous city of evil-doers!

YOU are an apprentice in the Thieves’ Guild of Port Blacksand. Tonight is the testing time, the climax of your training. Your mission is to find and steal a priceless gem, the Eye of the Basilisk, and the special skills you have learned will be tested to the limit!

Many terrors lie in wait in the darkness of this evil city’s backstreets and alleys. Will you be able to accomplish your dangerous task? You have until morning to prove yourself.

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to set out on your mission. YOU decide which route to take, which creatures to fight and which dangers to risk.

Midnight Rogue available on Amazon

Fighting Fantasy 10: House of Hell

Illustrator Ian Miller (cover), Tim Sell
Author Steve Jackson
Year 1984
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031831-3

Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life!

The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember…

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which way to go, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.

House of Hell available on Amazon

Demondoom

Series Sagas of the Demonspawn
Illustrator
John Blanche
Author J. H. Brennan
Year 1985
Publisher Fontana
ISBN 0-00-617207-5

King Voltar’s violent death has shaken the realm, which has lost its one protector. Fire*Wolf, now a member of the Ruling Council, knows that ten years of peace have ended and that the hellish Demonspawn are at work again, plotting devilish destruction. Only the mighty Golden Orb, with its treacherous magical powers, can vanquish the old menace forever.

But Fire*Wolf’s terrifying quest takes him into the heart of the Spawn’s foul caverns – and into his greatest test of skill and strength. You alone can decide whether he will triumph – or meet a horrifying end… Continue reading

Fighting Fantasy 6: Deathtrap Dungeon

Illustrator Iain McCaig
Author Ian Livingstone
Year 1984
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031708-2

Part story, part game, this is a book with a difference – one in which YOU become the hero!

Down in the twisting labyrinth of Fang, unknown horrors await you. Countless adventurers before you have taken up the challenge of the Trial of Champions, but not one has survived. Devised by the devilish mind of Baron Sukumvit, the labyrinth is riddled with fiendish traps and hideous creatures of darkness to trick and test you almost beyond the limits of endurance!

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which route to follow, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.

Deathtrap Dungeon available on Amazon

Fighting Fantasy 2: The Citadel of Chaos

Illustrator Emmanuel (cover), Russ Nicholson
Author Steve Jackson
Year 1984 (first published 1983)
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031603-5

Part story, part game, this is a book with a difference – one in which YOU become the hero!

The Citadel of Chaos holds a dark and dangerous peril for anyone foolhardy enough to venture through its gruesome gates. And yet venture you must, for your mission lies at the heart of the Citadel, with the dread sorcerer, Balthus Dire.

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which route to take, which monsters to fight, and where to use your special knowledge of the magic arts.

The Citadel of Chaos available on Amazon

Twistaplot 15: Spellcaster

Illustrator James Warhola (cover), Ray Lago
Author Katy Brown
Year 1984
Publisher Scholastic
ISBN 0-590-72304-9

The gold letters on the cover of the ancient book glow with a strange inner light: SPELLCASTER. You open the book and read: “In your hands rests timeless power. Apply it wisely.” Soon, you will be a master of the magical arts. How will you use your new powers?

  • Will you join forces with the Wizard of the Endless Cave? Turn to page 31.
  • Want to learn how to fly? Transform yourself into a hawk and soar over to page 6.
  • Who is the mysterious woman in white? Can she help you survive a journey into the past? Find out on page 80.

In a Twistaplot book you make the choices. You decide which path to take and what will happen next. Be brave! Be daring! Be careful! With magic, things aren’t always what they seem.

Spellcaster available on Amazon

Dragontales 1: Sword Daughter’s Quest

Illustrator Tom Hallman (cover), Michael Gilbert
Author Rhondi Vilott
Year 1984
Publisher Signet
ISBN 0-451-13082-0

While crossing the Wastes on the way to the warrior games that will mark the start of your career as a swordswoman, your party is attacked by an orc raiding band, and your father is slain.

Should you seek the help of the handsome, half-elven Ranger who rescues you, joining him in a mission that will take you underneath the sacred lake where a blue dragon is chained for all eternity?

Or should you follow the orcs yourself and perhaps fall prey to the lure of buried treasure and the powerful warlord who seeks it?

Danger, romance, and riches await you at every turn. Will you fall victim to the spell of evil, or choose wisely for both your heart and your sword?

It’s up to you to make the choices and explore the many roads to magical adventure!

Sword Daughter’s Quest available on Amazon

Choose Your Own Adventure 33: The Dragons’ Den

Illustrator Paul Abrams
Author Richard Brightfield
Year 1984
Publisher Bantam
ISBN 0-553-17903-9

TREASURE AWAITS YOU IN THE DRAGONS’ DEN!

You’re on the quest of a dragon’s fabulous treasure. With the help of the wizard Zarkon, you’ve reached the top of a tower near the dragons’ den. Suddenly you hear banging on the tower door. It’s Tarlane, the evil dragon master! You must escape! Zarkon lifts his magic staff–and a flying dragon appears at the tower’s edge.

If you try a daring escape by jumping on the dragon’s head, turn to page 88. If you decide to wait and take your chances with Tarlane, turn to page 106. No matter what you choose, your search for the treasure will be dangerous. You might end up waist-deep in gold and jewels–or battling a fire lizard in the depths of the dragons’ den!

What happens next in the story? It all depends on the choices you make. How does the story end? Only you can find out! And the best part is that you can keep reading and rereading until you’ve had not one but many incredibly daring experiences!

The Dragons’ Den available on Amazon

Fighting Fantasy 11: Talisman of Death

Illustrator Peter Andrew Jones (cover), Bob Harvey
Author Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith
Year 1987 (first published 1984)
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031859-3

The once-peaceful world of Orb is in terrible danger!

Dark forces are at work to unleash the awesome might of the Evil One but their plans cannot be completed without the legendary Talisman of Death. It seems that all Orb is searching for the Talisman and yet YOU are the one who carries it. YOUR mission is to destroy the evil Talisman before the minions of Death can reach you. But beware! Time is running out…

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to embark on this thrilling adventure of sword and sorcery, complete with its elaborate combat system and a score sheet to record your gains and losses.

Many dangers lie ahead and your success is by no means certain. Powerful adversaries are ranged against you and often your only choice is to kill or be killed!

Talisman of Death available on Amazon

Star Challenge 2: The Android Invasion

Illustrator Colin Sullivan (cover), Maelo Cintron
Author Christopher Black
Year 1985 (first published 1984)
Publisher Knight
ISBN 0-340-36908-6

Welcome aboard the space station Nebula. You are about to embark on a thrilling inter-galactic adventure where YOU decide the course of the action!

Your mission: Armies of androids are on the attack. Can you and 2-Tor, your robot companion, stop them before they conquer the universe?

Your challenge: Should you go to the distant rimworlds to find the android masters? Or stay to protect Nebula from this awesome threat?

Find out if you are a Space Ace.

The Android Invasion available on Amazon

Star Challenge 1: Planets in Peril

Illustrator Colin Sullivan (cover), Maelo Cintron
Author Christopher Black
Year 1985 (first published 1984)
Publisher Knight
ISBN 0-340-36907-8

Welcome aboard the space station Nebula. You are about to embark on a thrilling inter-galactic adventure where YOU decide the course of the action!

Your mission: Space pirates are after the Graviton – a weapon capable of wiping out planets. Can you save the universe from this ultimate terrorism?

Your challenge: Can you get to the Graviton before the pirates do? Or should you attack the pirate raiders on Mindor-6?

Find out if you are a Space Ace.

Planets in Peril available on Amazon

Twistaplot 2: The Train of Terror

Illustrator Victor Stabin (cover), David Febland
Author Louise Munro Foley
Year 1982
Publisher Scholastic
ISBN 0-590-32499-3

Do you dare to ride…

THE TRAIN OF TERROR?

It’s no ordinary train. In one car, a beautiful woman is turning passengers into robots! In another, a scarfaced man watches your every move! And you are sure that the person next to you is a jewel thief! How will you get away from these people?

  • If you try to outwit the robot woman, turn to page 54.
  • If you want to find out what the scarfaced man is doing with that knife, turn to page 38.
  • If you decide to forget your trip and join up with the jewel thief, turn to page 42.

Be warned! In a Twistaplot book, you decide what path to take and what to do once you get there. The wrong choice could cost you your life. The right one could make you a star! The choice is up to you.

So climb aboard and see where you and The Train of Terror are headed!

The Train of Terror available on Amazon