Fighting Fantasy Gamebook
Location: Khul, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Robin Waterfield

Illustrator(s): Russ Nicholson
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Cover illustrator: Terry Oakes
First published: March 3 1994
Number 55
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-036496-X
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Deathmoor is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Robin Waterfield, illustrated by Russ Nicholson and originally published in 1994 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 55th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-036496-X). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Scholastic series.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Adventurer Needed - Urgently!

An experienced adventurer is desperately needed in the distant city of Arion for a mission of deadly importance - an adventurer like YOU. Telessa, the beautiful Princess Royal, is missing, believed kidnapped. She must be rescued, and she must be rescued fast.

Unfortunately King Jonthane has already given the quest to your deadly rival Fang-zen of Jitar! Can you prove that
you are the one to find the princess, wherever she may be held, before she can be harmed? Hurry, for time is running out!


Deathmoor - Back Cover ("Dragon" Edition)

In this book the player must search for the missing Princess Royal Telessa of Arion in the titular Deathmoor on Khul. The princess has become the victim of Arachnos the "Life-Stealer", an unaging servant of Chaos, and the player must find the way to his hideout and fight his way past various traps, including Arachnos' Half-Giant henchmen Otus, Oman and Ophis.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).

Equipment List[1][edit | edit source]

Cover and Illustrations[edit | edit source]

Main article: Deathmoor (illustrations)

Covers[edit | edit source]

The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Terry Oakes.

Deathmoor Cover Variants
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Dragon ver.IV

  1. Price of 1st Impression

Illustrations[edit | edit source]

The interior illustrations were by Russ Nicholson. There were 30 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 28, 42, 55, 69, 83, 97, 111, 125, 139, 153, 167, 181, 195, 206, 220, 233, 247, 261, 275, 289, 303, 321, 335, 347, 361, 376, 388 and 399.

Intertextual References[edit | edit source]

Other Media[edit | edit source]

Main Characters[edit | edit source]

YOU: Hero of Deathmoor

Locations[edit | edit source]

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Further Notes[edit | edit source]

  • To date, Deathmoor is the last Fighting Fantasy gamebook to be set in Khul.
  • There are two characters the hero can meet in Arion who are plumbers called Oiram and Igiul. If you reverse the names, you get Mario and Luigi, the plumber brothers and heroes of a number of popular Nintendo games.[3]
  • The successful conclusion is not contained in (400).
  • The Hero of is described as "a native of the seaport Chalannabrad, in the Old World", who is currently living on the Isles of the Dawn.[4]
  • The Kathy in the dedication (see below) would be Kathryn Waterfield, Robin's wife.

Errors[edit | edit source]

  • Typo at paragraph 361: "Roll for the Attack Strength or the other Orc too..." should be "Roll for the Attack Strength of the other Orc too..."

Dedication[edit | edit source]

For Kathy, for fun[5]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Deathmoor - pg.14-15
  2. Deathmoor - pg.13
  3. Internet Archive record of Easter Eggs at AMYLASE - Retrieved 2019-10-26
  4. Deathmoor - pg.7
  5. Deathmoor - pg.6
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