Dicing with Dragons

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Author(s) Ian Livingstone
Illustrator Russ Nicholson
Publisher Routledge & Kegan Paul
Other Details
First published October 28 1982
ISBN ISBN 0-7100-9466-3

Dicing with Dragons was a book written by Ian Livingstone, and illustrated by Russ Nicholson. It was published in 1982 (ISBN 0-7100-9466-3) by Routledge & Kegan Paul and contained the short adventure Eye of the Dragon as the first entry in his planned Fantasy Quest series.


Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson were initially supposed to write a technical RPG manual for Puffin Books instead of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain but didn't, yet this book is quite clearly half of that very "RPG for Dummies"-style book (the other half would be Jacksons's Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-playing Game book). Puffin subsequently published their own What is Dungeons and Dragons? by the Cretan Chronicles crew.


Would you like to live in a world where Dragons breath fire, and where magic really works? Or travel in a spaceship to distant planets, with aliens and robots as friends? You can, in a role-playing game!

This is the indispensable handbook for a new worldwide craze. It tells you about a type of game in which
you play the role of adventurer, wizard, elf or starship pilot. Your adventure depends on your own decisions in the face of unforeseen perils. Each game is a quest : you play it with friends, but you are not competing with them – just with the monsters who may attack you! This is the most authoritative book about role-playing games, packed with information, and fun to read. Welcome to endless adventuring!


  • Eye of the Dragon: an introductory game specially designed for this book. You can play it by yourself or with a friend to give you the flavour of role-playing.
  • How to play current bestsellers.
  • A full listing of all the games and accessories you can collect – including ready-to-play adventures, metal minatures and magazines.
  • How to create your own game.
  • How to play games on computers.
  • An Appendix giving all the information you might need about where to get the games and accessories.[1]

Covers and IllustrationsEdit


Dicing with Dragons through the years
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Routledge &
Kegan Paul
(US Edition)
(2nd US Edition)
(US Edition)
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  1. Price of 1st Impression


The interior illustrations were by Russ Nicholson.

Eye of the DragonEdit

Main article: Eye of the Dragon (mini-ff)

The first and only adventure in Livingstone's Fantasy Quest line, and the adventure he would revise for Wizard Books many years later. It has 134 paragraphs and 25 illustrations by Russ Nicholson. The pictures are intriguing for two further reasons: Martin McKenna obviously used them as reference for his own illustrations for the Wizard version of this book, and they also serve as a counterpoint for Nicholson's pictures in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain which came out at roughly the same time.

Further NotesEdit

  • Marc Gascoigne is listed as an editor of a fanzine called Dragon Lords (this fanzine is also mentioned in What is Dungeons and Dragons?).

See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Dicing with Dragons - Back Cover (1982 Edition)

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