Warlock Issue 4
Location: Titan and various
Publication details
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Steve Jackson &
Ian Livingstone
Editor(s): Tony Lacey (Penguin Editor)
Philippa Dickinson (Desk Editor)
Interior Illustrator(s): John Blanche, Bob Harvey, Alan Langford, and Tim Sell
Cover illustrator: Alan Craddock
Publisher: Penguin Books
First published: March 1985

Warlock Issue 4 was the first issue published in 1985 and was the fourth of the quarterly instalments of this series of publications.


The cover was by Alan Craddock and depicts two Goblins astride a flying Griffin as featured in The Dervish Stone adventure within this issue.


"Out of the Pit"Edit

This issue contained some new monsters created by Marc Gascoigne that had previously never featured in any of the gamebooks, but all would later appear in Out of the Pit. The monsters detailed were:

All four were depicted in illustration by Bob Harvey (logo by Tim Sell).

Warlock Profile No.2: An Interview with Iain McCaigEdit

This was presented in the form of a cartoon strip, illustrated by Iain McCaig.

Tricks and TrapsEdit

Main article: Fighting Fantasy Competitions

This feature was by Ian Livingstone and was designed to help budding gamesmasters incorporate these items into their homemade adventures. This was illustrated by John Blanche.

Additionally there was a competition to design an original trick or trap and include a diagram if at all possible. There was a £20 prize for the winner with five runners-up prizes of £10 each. Entries closed March 15th, 1985.

Cartoon Competition ResultsEdit

These were from the competition in Issue 2.

Winning Entry: Arkenor the WizardEdit

This was by Ian McDonald for winning the "Cartoon Competition".

His wily wizard Arkenor captures the spirit of the lighter side of Fighting Fantasy and we needed Cure Light Wound spells cast on us to fix our split sides. We hope that Arkenor will become a regular feature of Warlock.[1]

Arkenor would return in later issues of the magazine in the sketch Arkenor and Max.

How to be an Adventurer (A Short Guide)Edit

Of the five runners-up, one was also published. This was by Robert Dene and was a light hearted guide to adventuring.

The Warlock's QuillEdit

This section had letters from readers published and responded to by the editor. The Grand Wizard of Penguin is often referred to as a "boss" figure.

Expanding Fighting FantasyEdit

The reason for this area was explained in its introduction:

Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-Playing Game was designed to introduce gamebook readers to the world of the more complicated Role-Playing Games, like Dungeons & Dragons (see Warlock 3), Warhammer, Traveller, etc. As these RPGs can be quite difficult for the new player, Fighting Fantasy simplified many of the rules and cut out a lot of paperwork, so that players familiar with the gamebooks could start playing with minimum hassle. Because of this, many areas covered by the more complicated RPGs were left out. Warlock has had many letters from readers and players suggesting additional rules for Fighting Fantasy. In the first article, Graeme Davis sets out his own suggestions on how adventurers can gain Experience and actually become stronger, or more skilful, the more they play.[2]

There then followed two articles:

1: The Seasoned AdventurerEdit

This article revolved around experience and character improvement in Fighting Fantasy. It was by Graeme Davis and there were a number of interesting suggestions, as well as the introduction of the idea of "Legendary Heroes" who would be characters with scores above 12 (for skill or magic). There followed a comments section by Steve Jackson.

2: Magic in Fighting FantasyEdit

This was by Tony Smith. His premise was that a noticeable omission from the Fighting Fantasy rulebook is the use of magic. To keep complexity to a minimum the option to become a magic-user was not the norm in the gamebooks. In this article, Tony Smith describes how GamesMasters may handle magic.

Fighting Fantasy NewsEdit

This gave an update on new and forthcoming Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

New BooksEdit

The news was that a new book was to be published each month. Talisman of Death (released), Space Assassin, Freeway Fighter, Temple of Terror, Rings of Kether and Seas of Blood were covered.

Publications in Other CountriesEdit

It was noted that the gamebooks were being exported to the Commonwealth countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand) and were being published in:

Other BooksEdit

The book of monsters mentioned in the previous issue was mentioned as still not having a final title and readers’ suggestions were invited. A working title of Out of the Pit: The Fighting Fantasy Book of Monsters was given. This would of course become Out of the Pit.


The release of the two jigsaws of the book covers of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and The Forest of Doom was advertised.

Board GameEdit

Games Workshop’s Warlock of Firetop Mountain board game was still under development and was scheduled for a Christmas 1985 release.

Citadel MiniaturesEdit

Main article: Fighting Fantasy Figure

The imminent release of a set of Fighting Fantasy plastic figures, "to add three-dimensional action to Fighting Fantasy battles" was advertised:

Fighting Fantasy FeedbackEdit

This was a survey to make sure that Fighting Fantasy would continue to develop according to reader's wishes. Hence a survey of readers' likes and dislikes. No results were ever published in the magazine, although mentioned is made in the editorial of Issue 5 that changes are being made on the basis of reader comments.

The Dervish StoneEdit

Main article: The Dervish Stone

This was the winning entry of the "Adventure Competition" of Issue 1 by Paul Struth. It came complete with illustrations by Tim Sell, adventure sheet, rules, and background. In terms of fitting into the world of Titan, there were no explicit references to Titan, but neither were there contradictory references and it has generally been accepted that the adventure takes place in a part of the Wastes of Chaos of Khul called the Twin Sun Desert.[3]

Cartoon CompetitionEdit

Main article: Fighting Fantasy Competitions

Having had a successful response to the issue 2 "Cartoon Competition" for comic-strip artists (the winning entry and runner-up being featured in this issue), it was decided to run another competition. This time they were looking for a single frame cartoon, in black and white only. It was to be based on an unlikely incident in the world of Fighting Fantasy. The example cartoon is by Alan Langford.

Monster Crossword SolutionEdit

From a competition in the previous issue.


  • The colour advert on the inside front cover was for a selection of jigsaws: four 750 piece de luxe fantasy puzzles from Games Workshop and notably two 500 piece de luxe fantasy puzzles from Fighting Fantasy ("The Forest of Doom" by Iain McCaig and "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain" by Peter Andrew Jones).
  • The back inside cover featured an advert for the complete Sorcery! epic.
  • The back cover itself was an advert for the first 12 Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Warlock Issue 4 - p.3
  2. Warlock Issue 4 - p.16
  3. Template:RT

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