Fighting Fantasy Gamebook
Location: Allansia, Titan
References: 460
Publication Details
Author(s): Steve Jackson

Illustrator(s): Alan Langford (Puffin/Wizard versions)
Vlado Krizan (Scholastic version)
Cover illustrator: Ian Miller
First published: November 20 1986
Number 24
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-032040-7
Previous Book: Masks of Mayhem
Next Book: Beneath Nightmare Castle
Wizard (Series 1)
Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: June 3 2002
Number 4
ISBN: ISBN 1-84046-391-0
Previous Book: Deathtrap Dungeon
Next Book: City of Thieves
Wizard (Series 2)
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Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: February 4 2010
Number 5
ISBN: ISBN 1-84831-112-5
Previous Book: Stormslayer
Next Book: City of Thieves
Cover illustrator: Robert M. Ball
First published: April 5 2018
Number 7
ISBN: ISBN 1-40718-618-3
Previous Book: The Port of Peril
Next Book: Deathtrap Dungeon

For other uses of Creature of Havoc, see Creature of Havoc (disambiguation)

Creature of Havoc is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Steve Jackson, illustrated by Alan Langford and originally published in 1986 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2002 and 2010, and again in 2018 by Scholastic Books with new illustrations by Vlado Krizan. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 24th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-032040-7) and 4th in the Wizard "Series 1" (ISBN 1-84046-391-0), 5th in "Series 2" (ISBN 1-84831-112-5), and 7th in the Scholastic series (ISBN 1-40718-618-3).

Creation[edit | edit source]

Creature of Havoc was another attempt at doing something different - setting the reader as a monster instead of a hero. And the feedback we were getting from readers is that they liked the adventures to be tough, so I made it as difficult as I could. Turns out readers found it more difficult that I thought!

Interview with Steve Jackson at the Internet Archive record of - Retrieved 2019-10-26

Tales of Trolltooth Pass[edit | edit source]

Are you ready for the most unusual Fighting Fantasy adventure yet?

You begin this adventure not knowing where you are or who you are. All you know is that you are some kind of creature of instinct, understanding little. During the course of the adventure, it may be possible for you to begin to control your bestial nature, to find out more about yourself, and even to learn your destiny. But even if you know all this, success is by no means certain, for the traps and terrors of Trolltooth Pass are many ... Are you ready — to become the
Creature of Havoc?

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which route to follow, which dangers to risk and which foes to fight.

Creature of Havoc - Back Cover ("Dragon" Edition)

The player begins this adventure with no idea who they are or where they are. The player is an unidentified beast and begins the adventure with no concept of language or reason. The player must discover what has happened to them and along the way a greater plot unfolds.

The book begins with an extensive background section detailing the recent history of an area of Allansia known as Trolltooth Pass. An Evil Necromancer named Zharradan Marr has slowly been seizing power in the region by building up wealth and a small army. He is particularly feared as a practitioner of marrangha, a type of black magic that involves the transformation of limbs and organs from one creature to another. Marr learnt this from his mentors in the village of Dree, an evil settlement of witches.

Over the years Marr has built up a dedicated ring of followers: Vallaska Roue, a Human; Hannicus, a wizard of Neutral alignment; Thugruff, a Half-Troll; and Darramouss, an undead Half-Elf. Hannicus gives Marr much information about the area, including the legend of Stittle Woad - an Elven village in the Forest of Spiders that supposedly hold three "Vapours" - benevolent spirits which bestow the gifts of reason, languages and Elven magic.

Marr, interested in the secrets of Elven magic, manages to steal the Vapours - however, he finds that he cannot understand their secrets without finding the village of Stittle Woad. This presents a problem, as the village is hidden high in the forest's treetops by Elven magic. A solution presents itself in the form of the Galleykeep, a flying ship that arrives from the east. Marr uses his troops to capture the flying ship and makes it not only his new headquarters, but a tool to discover the location of Stittle Woad from above.

Little of the background information is relevant to the player at the beginning of the book, for they wake up in a dark corridor to find that they have no memory of who they are. Not only that, but the player is not even human - they take the role of a large, powerful and unintelligent beast.

This results in some difficulty as the player makes his way through the first sections of the book, which are set in Marr's underground dungeons. Because the creature cannot make its own decisions, it is governed by instinct, and die rolls are used to determine decisions rather than the player's own choice. This changes once the player finds the Vapour of Reason, which allows him to make his own choices.

How to Fight Creatures of Trolltooth Pass[edit | edit source]

  • The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).
  • In the Wizard "Series 2" edition, instead of rolling the stats for a character as per tradition in Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, the player has the option of choosing a pregenerated character from three choices. (see "Further Notes" below for choices)

Unique Rules[edit | edit source]

  • This book contains slightly different rules than most Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. A hit to the player in combat does 1 stamina point less damage than usual due to the player's tough hide[1] and rolling a double when determining the player's Attack Strength will instantly kill an enemy.[2] Testing Your Luck in battle when wounded means that a lucky roll results in no damage.[3]

Equipment List[edit | edit source]

The player also begins with no Provisions, money, or equipment.

Cover and Illustrations[edit | edit source]

Main article: Creature of Havoc (illustrations)

Covers[edit | edit source]

The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Ian Miller. This was the last book to feature the Adventure Gamebooks banner.

When the book was republished by Wizard a new cover was designed and illustrated by Les Edwards. Their 2010 edition makes use of a section of the previous edition's cover art.

The Scholastic reprint of 2018 uses new cover art by Robert M. Ball.

Creature of Havoc Cover Variants
1986 1987 1989 1990 1993
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Dragon ver.I Dragon ver.II Dragon ver.III Dragon ver.IV
£1.951,2 £2.253 £2.994 £3.505 £3.996

2002 2002 2010 2018
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Wizard Wizard
£4.99 £4.99 £5.99 £6.99


The never-released cover

  1. Price of 1st Impression
  2. In Warlock Issue 13 there is an image of a cover of Creature of Havoc that was never released. The inside front cover of this issue of Warlock was an advert for the gamebook. It showed the cover of Creature of Havoc with a different colour used for the font of the title of the adventure and instead of the credit "Steve Jackson's" it reads "By Steve Jackson". Therefore the advert has a cover that was never released.
  3. Price of 3rd~4th Impressions
  4. Price of 6th Impression
  5. Price of 8th Impression
  6. Price of 8th Impression (the barcode suggests that it is actually the 9th Impression). Also the price of the 10th Impression. Note that the colour map is not included in either of these impressions.

Illustrations[edit | edit source]

Puffin/Wizard Editions[edit | edit source]

The interior illustrations were by Alan Langford. There were 33 full page illustrations and 9 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 12, 24, 40, 63, 88, 100, 111, 123, 134, 147, 170, 182, 194, 217, 229, 241, 263, 274, 287, 299, 312, 323, 334, 356, 366, 377, 390, 400, 411, 423, 435 and 447.

The colour map on the inside front cover was by Dave Andrews. It was not reproduced for the Wizard editions.

Scholastic Edition[edit | edit source]

The interior illustrations were by Vlado Krizan. There were 20 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 12, 40, 63, 88, 123, 134, 170, 182, 194, 217, 229, 263, 287, 323, 334, 377, 400, 411 and 447. The full-page illustrations in the book were accompanied with a caption giving a short extract from the text.

The map was by Leo Hartas.

Intertextual References[edit | edit source]

The backstory of Zharradan Marr was elaborated on in later books. It was established that Marr was once one of three pupils of an Evil wizard called Volgera Darkstorm (the other two being Balthus Dire from the book The Citadel of Chaos and Zagor from the book The Warlock of Firetop Mountain). After Darkstorm grew wary of their increasing powers, his three pupils tired of learning and killed their teacher by a carefully disguised "Rain of Knives" spell.[4]

Other Media[edit | edit source]

Computer Game[edit | edit source]

Main article: Creature of Havoc (iOS game)

An iOS conversion of the book was produced by Big Blue Bubble and released in 2010.

e-Book[edit | edit source]

Main article: Creature of Havoc (Kindle)

A Kindle adaptation of the book was produced by Worldweaver Ltd and released in 2012.

Main Characters[edit | edit source]

YOU: Hero of Creature of Havoc

Locations[edit | edit source]

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Further Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This is, to date, the last Fighting Fantasy gamebook written by Steve Jackson.
  • Marrangha, the magic that Marr practices, is an almost anagram of the word "anagram" (with the addition of an "h" and an extra "r" to make the word less obviously an anagram and more fantasy-like).
  • The "Adventure Sheet" is presented at the start of the introductory material rather than between the game instructions and background as is the norm for the range. This would be repeated in Black Vein Prophecy.

Series 2 Additions[edit | edit source]

Errors[edit | edit source]

  • In the Wizard version the "How to Fight the Creatures of Trolltooth Pass" is in error, which means that the reduced damage in combat noted above in Unique Rules is not made clear.
  • "jth jmfe" should be "jth imfe" in (7).
  • At (130), the directions on the signpost and the offered choices of way are mismatched. This could be deliberate, given that the signpost might have been tampered with or rotated; therefore northeast (134) leads to Dree but bears the sign "Bu Fon Fen"; northwest (190) leads to Bu Fon Fen but bears the sign "Coven"; and the way back south leads to Coven but bears the sign "Dree".
  • At (244), the signpost is once again rotated. South (57) leads into the undergrowth but is marked "Bilgewater"; east (12) leads to the Bilgewater but is marked "Testing Grounds"; north (191) leads to the Testing Grounds but is marked "Coven". The way back west leads to Coven, and is unmarked.
  • At (166) it should read "east" instead of "west" in the choice of direction. This was corrected in the Wizard editions.
  • "hfej sanpt" should be "hfej sinpt" in (192).
  • (213) Where a secret passage trigger phrase is needed to allow completion of the adventure, does not begin the entry as it was supposed to, leaving a player to guess whether the pendant works here, allowing the player to turn to (233). It says "You reach a dead end." when it should read "You find yourself..." This was changed for the first Wizard Books edition, but is present again in the Wizard "Series 2" edition. It has been suggested that this is possibly not an error, but a clever gambit by Jackson.[5]
  • In the Puffin editions, the instructions for translating the scrambled language sections presented in (283) are themselves scrambled. Instead of replacing the vowels in each text with the following letter, instead try to find any vowel coming before certain consonants (i.e. "b" becomes "a", "j" becomes "i", and so on).
  • When you face Thugruff if you bring his stamina to four or less he blows a whistle and you're killed by his minions (305). If the player rolls a double during any Attack Round it is an Instant Death blow. How can Thugruff blow a whistle if he is dead? Similar battles "not to the death" include that with the Black Elf, and the human "Eleven" .
  • (336) You search for a Galleykeep hunting trap, so you Test your Luck. If you are Lucky (341), you get caught in a trap and are hauled on board, fight your captors and progress. If you are Unlucky, you also get caught in a trap but then get captured and eaten. It is likely implied that you get caught unawares and struggle to free yourself, and are thus too tired to resist capture. In (341), you see the trap, wait and trigger it just before the Galleykeep arrives. Compare with (10) and (175), which explicitly say you tire yourself out trying to free yourself from the same sort of trap.
  • "Bvtay pvo hbvfi cbv sfdatw pipf ath favbp pvrse tpebf ulpst." should be "Bvtuy pvu hbvfe cbv sfdetw popf oth fevbp pvrsu tpobf elpst." in (369).
  • Possibly not an error, but Daga Weaseltongue speaks with sentences starting with vowels (implying they are true) when first asked about Stittle Woad, and changes to sentences starting with consonants (implying falsehoods) when shown the ring of truth. Since the actual location of Stittle Woad is never established it is unclear which, if either, version is true.
  • The map in the Scholastic edition mis-spells Salamonis as "Salamons".

Dedication[edit | edit source]

Puffin Edition[edit | edit source]

To Rob and Anne[6]

Wizard Edition[edit | edit source]

To Ken, Lilian and Vicki[7]

Scholastic Edition[edit | edit source]


See Also[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Creature of Havoc - pg.10
  2. Creature of Havoc - pg.11
  3. Creature of Havoc - pg.13
  4. Creature of Havoc - pg.20
  5. Creature of Havoc - Steven Bond - Retrieved 2019-10-26
  6. Creature of Havoc - pg.4
  7. Creature of Havoc - pg.4 ("Series 1" edition), pg.5 ("Series 2" edition)
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