Warlock Issue 7
|Location:||Titan and various|
|Editor(s)-in-Chief:|| Steve Jackson &|
|Editor(s):|| Steve Williams (Assistant Editor)|
Paul Mason (Editorial Assistant)
Mary Common (Art and Production Editor)
Peter Darvill-Evans (Publications Manager)
|Interior Illustrator(s):||David Andrews, John Blanche, Mark Dunn, Simon Ecob, Jon Glentoran, and Bill Houston|
|Cover illustrator:||John Blanche|
|First published:||November 1985|
Warlock Issue 7 was published in 1985 and featured an editorial that looked back to the "Fighting Fantasy Day" that had been organised in Manchester in November 1985 (advertised in issue 6). Joining the editorial team were Steve Williams, Paul Mason, and Mary Common.
Omens and AuguriesEdit
- Details the forthcoming Rebel Planet and shows the cover for Demons of the Deep.
- Mentions the possibility of some Car Wars gamebooks by Steve Jackson along with a future Fighting Fantasy book featuring robots battling dinosaurs.
- Plans are afoot for a follow-up to Out of the Pit focussing on Allansia and Kakhabad, but one which won't be ready till 1986.
- Ian Livingstone mentions his planned sequel to Deathtrap Dungeon.
- Lone Wolf title Kingdoms of Terror is now out and showcases cover art for first two titles in The World of Lone Wolf series.
- Tolkien Quest gamebooks due out in UK at Christmas: Night of the Nazgul, The Legend of Weathertop, Rescue in Mirkwood, Murder in Minas Tirith, and A Spy in Isengard.
- Corgi are releasing three gamebooks featuring Sagard: The Ice Dragon, The Green Hydra, and The Crimson Sea.
- Corgi are also releasing revamped, two adventures per book, editions of Tunnels and Trolls, with four books scheduled.
- Book 4 in Mark Smith and Jamie Thomson's The Way of the Tiger series (Overlord!) is due around January/February 1986.
"Out of the Pit"Edit
Marc Gascoigne explains the "Out of the Pit" monster system he used when compiling the book Out of the Pit and explains the various stats. The featured creatures this issue are:
The Warlock's QuillEdit
This section had letters from readers published and responded to by the editor. The section began with some errors found in The Rings of Kether and Seas of Blood. Letters this issue focussed on sexism in presenting Fighting Fantasy adventurers as exclusively male, the continuing "gamebooks verses RPG - which is better?" war, and whether or not Warlock should be focussing on non-Fighting Fantasy books/issues. It was illustrated by Bill Houston.
Arkenor and Max - Part IVEdit
The Arcane ArchiveEdit
The reviews section with reviews by Paul Cockburn. Reviewed this issue were:
- The Renegade Lord, Mechanon, The Rack of Baal, and Lost in Time by Mark Smith and Jamie Thomson (Sphere Books, £1.75 each - Falcon Gamebooks): "You'll get a lot of fun out of these."
- The Ice Dragon and The Green Hydra by Gary Gygax and Flint Dille (Archway Paperbacks, £2.25 each - Sagard the Barbarian Gamebooks): "...the aim was to recreate the atmosphere of R E Howard's wonderful Conan stories. I'm afraid I have to say that the attempt has failed."
- Bloodfeud of Altheus by John Butterfield, David Honnigan and Philip Parker (Puffin Books, £1.95 - Cretan Chronicles Gamebook): "I really like the old Greek myths, but I didn't like this gamebook."
- Where the Shadows Stalk and Terrors Out of Time by Ian and Clive Bailey (Magnet Books, £1.95 each - Forbidden Gateway Gamebooks): "...it's the pace and plot that carries these books."
Deathtrap on LegsEdit
- Main article: Deathtrap on Legs
- Main article: Fighting Fantasy Competitions
A competition to depict what the "Warlock" of the magazine looks like. Illustration by John Blanche.
The Temple of TestingEdit
- Main article: The Temple of Testing (mini-ff)
Submitted by A.E. Arkle of Cardiff, The Temple of Testing is set in a school of magic and the successful concluding paragraph suggests that the events take place shortly before those of the Sorcery! mini-series. It was illustrated by Jon Glentoran.
Derek the TrollEdit
Fantasy in MiniatureEdit
- Page 4 features a black and white half-page advert for the Fighting Fantasy Software game Seas of Blood.
- The inside back page is a full page colour advert, the top two-thirds of which are dedicated to the first two Fantasy Questbooks, while the bottom third plugs a the availability of copies of Rebel Planet signed by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.