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Warlock Issue 10
|Location:||Titan and various|
|Editor(s)-in-Chief:|| Steve Jackson &|
|Editor(s):|| Marc Gascoigne (Editor) |
Martin Clement (Production Manager)
|Interior Illustrator(s):||Tony Ackland, David Andrews, Trevor Hammond, Daniel Loveday (uncredited), Pete Martin|
|Cover illustrator:||John Blanche|
|First published:||May 1986|
Warlock Issue 10 saw Marc Gascoigne become the editor of the magazine and Martin Clement the Production Manager, replacing the staff of the previous three issues. The editorial talks about the promotion of Marc Gascoigne to his new position. "Omens and Auguries" does not appear in this issue.
Livingstone on Trial!Edit
Ian Livingstone talks about his new Fighting Fantasy gamebook Trial of Champions, his hopes to see Casket of Souls published in 1987, and another new gamebook possibly titled either Crypt of the Necromancer or The Howling Tunnels.
- Main article: Fighting Fantasy Competitions
Accompanying this is a competition. The entrants are required to answer eleven questions:
- In which book will you find Aakor, Bhorket and Demonspawn?
- Yaztromo's Tower is situated close to which colourful river?
- You and the crew of the starship Traveller might meet the Rain Lord here.
- Where would you meet Throm the Barbarian?
- Possessed by the foul Gonchong, it rules over Fire Island.
- The might of the alien Arcadian Empire is being resisted by which secret Earth organisation?
- Just who is the Titanium Cyborg?
- What was the name of the magical blade stolen by Ikuru, Master of Shadows?
- Zanbar Bone has a nick-name. What is it?
- This star system is home to the smugglers of Satophil-d.
- Which elf's aid is invaluable in defeating the Snow Witch?
Withe answers in hand the entrant must then take the first letter of each answer and use the letters to make the one-or-two-word name of a Fighting Fantasy villain.
The two first place winners would each win a complete set of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks (ie. books #1~21), each book signed by both Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. The next thirty winner would each receive a copy of Trial of Champions signed by Ian Livingstone. The next fifty runners-up would win a Fighting Fantasy poster and T-shirt transfer. Entries closed July 28th, 1986.
Derek the TrollEdit
The Arcane ArchiveEdit
The reviews section with reviews by Paul Cockburn. Despite having been introduced in a previous issue, it is only with this issue that the ratings depicted by drawings of Derek the Troll are given definitions. Reviewed this issue were:
- Sword of the Samurai by Mark Smith and Jamie Thomson (Puffin Books, £1.95 - Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks): "This has lots of nice atmosphere and fabulous monsters, and some very good illustrations by Alan Langford, but it's not a good gamebook."
- Trial of Champions by Ian Livingstone (Puffin Books, £1.95 - Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks): "[Livingstone] may have a hard job coming up with another book as good as this one!"
- Asterix to the Rescue by Stephen Thraves (Knight Books, £4.95 - Asterix Adventure Games): "Gamebook fans may find it a little easy..."
- Chicago Gangsters and Escape from Colditz by Clive Gifford (Virgin Books, £1.99 each - The Virgin Adventure Game Books): "These books are badly written, presented and illustrated, and do not deserve a single moment of your time, let alone any of your cash."
- The Last Invasion: 1066 by Simon Farrell and Jonathan Sutherland (Grafton Books, £1.95 - Real Life Gamebooks): "...is not all bad."
“ ...now that grumpee old Warlock has stomped off in a sulk, leavin' me to sort owt the postbag! ”
Derek the Troll answers the letters section this issue. Dealt with this issue are potential improvements to the magazine, the forthcoming map of Allansia in Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World, and the short adventures.
Arkenor and Max - Part 7Edit
Paint Yer Dragon!Edit
Rick Priestly looks at the art of "pinning" miniatures.
"Out of the Pit"Edit
A new logo for this section as it covers five new monsters. These were:
- Exo-beast by Paul Conway
- Snakespawn by P. Chare
- Gremoll by Simon Newman
- Shadow Fiend by Neil Sylvester
- Droug by David Pearson
All were illustrated by Trevor Hammond
This article reveals the winner of the issue 7 competition to depict the Warlock (Alexis Panayiotou) and follows artist John Blanche as he creates the cover of the issue based on the winning entry.
More Monster ConversionsEdit
Follow up to the previous issue's article on converting monster stats from other gamebooks/RPGs to work in Fighting Fantasy, again by Graeme Davis. Featured this issue are: Cretan Chronicles, Sagard the Barbarian, Skyfall and Tolkien Quest. Illustrated by Daniel Loveday.
An article explaining what goes on at a games convention.
Dicing with DeathEdit
- Main article: Rogue Mage
The solo adventure is written by Graeme Davis and illustrated by Tony Ackland and Pete Martin. The adventure is presented so that is may be played with either Fighting Fantasy or Dungeons & Dragons rules.
- The inside front cover has a full-page colour advert for Sword of the Samurai.
- Page 48 has a black and white quarter-page advert for a "Fighting Fantasy Afternoon" on May 31st, 1986 at the Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham. Admission was free and the attendance of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone was promised.
- Also on page 48 was a black and white quarter-page announcement from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone about the Forest of Doom Holidays, in which they divorce themselves from the operations, noting that the events were "nothing to do with either of us, Fighting Fantasy, Penguin Books or Games Workshop Ltd."