Adventure Gamebooks
Cretan 1
Location Greece, Earth
References 620
Publication Details
Author(s) John Butterfield, David Honigmann and Philip Parker
Illustrator Dan Woods
Cover illustrator Michael Embden
First published August 29 1985
Number 1
Previous Book First in series
Next Book At the Court of King Minos
ISBN ISBN 0-14-031812-7

Bloodfeud of Altheus is the first volume in the Cretan Chronicles trilogy of gamebooks and was written by John Butterfield, David Honigmann and Philip Parker, illustrated by Dan Woods and published by Puffin Books in 1985 (ISBN 0-14-031812-7) under the Adventure Gamebooks banner which also covered the more popular Fighting Fantasy and the related Sorcery! series, as well as the Starlight Adventures and the one-off Shakespearean-era role-playing game Maelstrom.



Mighty Theseus is dead!

Felled by a treacherous blow in the labyrinth of King Minos, your brother Theseus lies dead and unavenged. The spirits of your ancestors cry out from Hades in anger, and Hermes, the messenger of the gods, appears to speed you on your way.

For YOU are Altheus, the brother on whom this heroic task falls. YOU thirst for action. YOU must travel across the wild seas and lands of Ancient Greece, battling with demons, mythical creatures and powerful leaders. Brave Altheus - will the gods be on your side?

All you need is two dice, a pencil and an eraser to embark on this heroic adventure in the land of myths and legends.
Bloodfeud of Altheus can be played on its own or as part of the whole Cretan Chronicles epic adventure.[1]


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The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Michael Embden.


The interior illustrations were by Dan Woods. There were 40 full page illustrations (* indicates illustrations that are presented half-page) and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: Interior cover page, 1, 8, 24, 51, 75, 99, 111, 132, 146, 167, 176, 191, 201, 213, 220*, 235, 248, 272, 295, 307, 324*, 327, 336, 352, 379, 398, 422, 440, 455, 469, 487, 503, 519, 530, 546, 561, 585, 599, and 612.

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  1. Bloodfeud of Altheus - Back Cover