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Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Outline
Location: Allansia, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Ian Livingstone
Illustrator(s): Gary Ward &
Edward Crosby
Puffin
FF9 Zigzag
Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: October 24 1984
Number 9
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-031830-5
Previous Book: Scorpion Swamp
Next Book: House of Hell
Wizard (Series 1)
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Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: April 7 2003
Number 10
ISBN: ISBN 1-84046-432-1
Previous Book: Sorcery! 1: The Shamutanti Hills
Next Book: Sorcery! 2: Kharé - Cityport of Traps
Wizard (Series 2)


For other uses of Caverns of the Snow Witch, see Caverns of the Snow Witch

Caverns of the Snow Witch single-player role-playing gamebook, written by Ian Livingstone, illustrated by Gary Ward and Edward Crosby and originally published in 1984 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2003. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 9th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031830-5) and 10th in the Wizard "Series 1" (ISBN 1-84046-432-1).

CreationEdit

Main article: Caverns of the Snow Witch (mini-ff)

A short version of the adventure, made up of 190 references, was first published in Warlock magazine.[1] The "Fighting Fantasy News" section of the same issue however made it clear that the adventure (and House of Hell which followed it in the next issue) was always planned as a gamebook and a shortened and modified version for use in the magazine was created: "[They] were originally intended to be the next two gamebooks, but we decided to give readers a taste of what was to come by publishing shortened versions in the magazine. The full adventures, which are very different from the Warlock versions – and twice as long – have been completed."[2]

BackgroundEdit

The dreaded Snow Witch of Allansia plans to dominate the world!

Deep within the Crystal Caves of the Icefinger Mountains, the dreaded Snow Witch is plotting to bring on a new ice age. A brave trapper dies in your arms and lays the burden of his mission on your shoulders. But time is running out — will YOU take up the challenge?

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.
[3]

The book is split into three distinct parts. In the first part, the reader is hired to kill a Yeti that has been disrupting trade routes in the Icefinger Mountains of Allansia. After killing the Yeti, the player finds a dying trapper who tells him of the great riches to be found in the caverns of the Snow Witch, an Evil sorceress who dwells in the mountains. The player sets off to investigate the caverns, meeting up with two other adventurers along the way: Redswift the Elf and Stubb the Dwarf. The three companions infiltrate the caverns, fight their way through guards and monsters, and kill the Snow Witch.

In the second part, the three of them must escape the caverns while being pursued by the Snow Witch's minions. Along the way they encounter many traps, several guards and even the spirit of the late Snow Witch herself.

In the third part, the three escape from the caverns and return to civilised, temperate parts of Allansia, only to find that the Snow Witch has cast a Death Spell on them, which they will slowly succumb to. After Redswift perishes, the reader must seek out Pen Ty Kora, a reclusive healing wizard, to cure him of the spell, while his stamina score gradually dwindles away. If the reader has certain items from the Snow Witch's cavern, and can pass a series of ordeals, he will be cured of the spell and successfully complete the gamebook.

Fighting Monsters/Equipment and Potions/Hints on PlayEdit

The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).

Equipment List[4]Edit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Caverns of the Snow Witch (illustrations)

Covers

The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Les Edwards.

When the book was republished by Wizard a new cover was designed and illustrated by Les Edwards. There were some changes made between his initial sketch and the finished version:

You'll see some differences. The bird headdress has gone as no-one felt that it was working very well so it was decided to lose it. Ian felt that a little more in the way of the gothic was called for so the magic baton was added.

Also she has acquired a long dress as opposed to the "bikini". It was felt that there was too much female flesh and that this might shock our young readership.
Caverns of the Snow Witch through the years
1984 1987 1989 1990
FF9 Zigzag Figfan09n
Zig-Zag Banner Dragon Format Dragon No No. No. Spine Only
£1.751 £1.952 £? £3.503
1993 2002 2002
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No Bronze-Foil Wizard "Special
Limited Edition"
Wizard
£? £4.99 £4.99

NOTES

  1. Price of 1st~2nd Impressions; £1.95 for 6th Impression
  2. Price of 7th Impression; £2.25 for 8th Impression
  3. Price of 10th Impression

Illustrations

The interior illustrations were by Gary Ward and Edward Crosby. There were 32 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: Background, 13, 26, 37, 50, 59, 75, 83, 88, 96, 106, 115, 125, 154, 168, 180, 190, 198, 212, 223, 235, 254, 262, 278, 288, 297, 319, 328, 348, 365, 374 and 398.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

SequelsEdit

Whilst Caverns of the Snow Witch was originally the ninth book in the series, it is the chronological prequel of The Forest of Doom, the third book. The quest for King Gillibran Ironhelm III's war hammer, which is the basis of the plot of The Forest of Doom, begins in this book.[5] Also - depending on reader interpretation - Temple of Terror forms a further sequel.

Other MediaEdit

OrnamentEdit

d20 System ConversionEdit

Main article: Caverns of the Snow Witch (d20)

There is a D20 System conversion by Myriador released in ????.

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Caverns of the Snow Witch

LocationsEdit

EncountersEdit

Further NotesEdit

  • 24 instant failures, 1 victory, plus death by Stamina loss or bad luck.

ErrorsEdit

  • When you meet the Crystal Warrior the player is asked if they possess a warhammer. If they do, they must proceed to battle the creature. If they don't, they are sent to another section and asked whether they have a Genie friend who can help them to avoid the fight, which means avoiding any loss of time or stamina. So bringing the warhammer along is actually a penalty.
  • In an error not present in the original printing (or the Wizard re-release), with the seventh impression of the book (the first Golden Dragon printing in 1987), (154) links to (185) if you haven't drunk the dragon's egg concoction. However, it this should link to (333). This error is still present by the twelfth impression.

DedicationEdit

Puffin EditionEdit

For Dave, John, Maurice, Rob, Skye
and Steve of the Lads' Night Inn

Wizard EditionEdit

For Hannah

See AlsoEdit


ReviewsEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Warlock Issue 2 - p.22
  2. Warlock Issue 3 - p.4
  3. Caverns of the Snow Witch - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  4. Caverns of the Snow Witch - p.16
  5. Caverns of the Snow Witch - 400
  6. 25th Anniversary Edition of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain - p.240

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