Master of Chaos (book)

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Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Khul, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Keith Martin
Illustrator(s): David Gallagher
FF41 Dargon Spine
Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: March 29 1990
Number 41
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-034010-6
ISBN 0-14-034625-2
Previous Book: Dead of Night
Next Book: Black Vein Prophecy
Wizard (Series 1)
Wizard (Series 2)

Master of Chaos is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Keith Martin, illustrated by David Gallagher and originally published in 1990 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 41st in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-034010-6 with the ISBN number changing from the second impression onwards to ISBN 0-14-034625-2). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.



The staff of rulership must be regained!

You have no choice but to take on this mission. The Master of Chaos - warped by centuries of evil - holds a Staff of Power. From his lair in the ruined city of Kabesh, he plans to unite the forces of evil and chaos and plunge Titan into a Dark Age. YOU must find him and win back the Staff ... whatever it takes.

Part story, part game, this is a book in which YOU become the hero! Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. YOU decide which routes to take, which dangers to risk and which foes to fight!


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

Unique RulesEdit

  • The books features a notoriety score which represents how much attention is being paid to the player. This starts at 0 and when it reaches 8 the reader is forced to leave the town of Ashkyos and the score can adversely affect further events later on in the adventure.[2]
  • The reader is also able to choose three "Special Skills" from the following list: Acute Hearing, Animal Wisdom, Blindsight, Climbing, Move Silently, and Tracking.[3]
  • A limitation is placed on the number of Provisions that can be carried at any one time, this being a maximum of 12. Without a backpack that player can carry only a maximum of 4 Provisions. Players must also eat Provisions when instructed by the text, losing two stamina points should they have no Provisions to eat.[4]
  • Due to starting without armour or a sword, the player begins with their skill score at two points below their Initial score and are only able to inflict one point of damage in a fight until they find a sword.[5]

Equipment ListEdit

The player begins with no equipment, bar two gold pieces given to them by Amberon.

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Master of Chaos (illustrations)


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

Master of Chaos through the years
1990 1993
FF41 Dargon Spine
No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£2.991 £?


  1. Price of 1st Impression; £3.50 for 2nd~3rd Impressions


The interior illustrations were by David Gallagher. There were 29 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 12, 35, 49, 60, 71, 82, 91, 109, 118, 131, 140, 153, 173, 181, 194, 203, 216, 228, 248, 264, 276, 292, 302, 317, 341, 358, 371 and 400.

The first edition featured a black and white full page map by Leo Hartas that was supplemented from the second edition onwards by a colour map (also by Leo Hartas) on the inside front cover. This was then removed for the sans-foil edition.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Master of Chaos



Further NotesEdit

  • Master of Chaos is artist Les Edwards' least favourite cover for the range.[7]
  • It is not actually stated where the adventurer in Master of Chaos begins the adventure, or where the wizard Amberon is based. All we know is that the adventure begins far across the sea from Ashkyos, possibly in Allansia or the Old World.
  • There is no evidence for a precise date of the adventure, although since it involves the ruins of Kabesh it must take place after the Spawning of Chaos.


  • (186) Rahasta is misspelt as "Rabesh".



See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Master of Chaos - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  2. Master of Chaos - pp.19-20
  3. Master of Chaos - pp.16-18
  4. Master of Chaos - pp.13-14
  5. Master of Chaos - p.15
  6. Master of Chaos - p.30
  7. Interview with Les Edwards at the Internet Archive record of - Retrieved 2013-09-17

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