Fighting Fantasy Gamebook
Location: Allansia, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Paul Mason

Illustrator(s): Russ Nicholson
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Cover illustrator: Ian Miller
First published: February 2 1995
Number 57
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-037013-7
Previous Book: Knights of Doom
Next Book: Revenge of the Vampire
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For other uses of Magehunter, see Magehunter

Magehunter is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Paul Mason, illustrated by Russ Nicholson and originally published in 1995 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 57th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-037013-7). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Scholastic series.


"On the subject of Magehunter ... I [Paul Mason] should point out that I learned from my mistake with Crimson Tide, and deliberately built in multiple victory paths, and different levels of victory."[1]


Stranger in an evil land

YOU are a Magehunter, tracking down evil-doers and bringing them to justice. Your trusty flintlock pistol and fine steel broadsword have seen many fights, and you have the knowledge, skill and equipment to capture the craftiest sorcerer. But disaster strikes. Magic drags you far from your familiar world, to a land of treasures, traps, and treachery.

Strange tales and bizarre transformations must all be endured if you are to win through, defeat your enemy and return to your homeland.


Magehunter - Back Cover ("Dragon" Edition)

In this book the player takes the role of a magehunter from a fantasy setting somewhat more advanced than the usual Fighting Fantasy setting of Titan. The player is transported to Titan and must track down the wizard Mencius, kill him and them return to their homeworld. The adventure involves body-switching and for much of the book the player is accompanied by a companion.

The Most Revered Treatise of Mage Hunting/IntroductionEdit

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

Unique RulesEdit

  • In the course of the adventure the player may acquire a companion whose stats are written down on the "Adventure Sheet". If separated from their companion, the player loses anything the companion may have been carrying.[2]
  • A 1d6 roll is used to determine the number of Silver Pieces a player begins the adventure with.[2]

Equipment List[3]Edit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Magehunter (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Ian Miller.

Magehunter Cover Variants
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Dragon ver.IV

  1. Price of 1st Impression


The interior illustrations were by Russ Nicholson. There were 31 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 13, 21, 35, 46, 53, 76, 87, 94, 100, 108, 118, 133, 145, 161, 179, 190, 210, 231, 246, 256, 267, 285, 293, 314, 333, 350, 363, 371, 385 and 394.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: The Magehunter



Further NotesEdit

  • The very first page gives some additional information about the hero's past: "Under the patronage of the Margrave Mechtner, you have become the foremost Magehunter of your age. Orayan the Summoner of Demons, Yurial of Rachsburg, Salome the Warlock's Bride - these notorious sorcerers, and many others, have fallen to you."


  • The "Adventure Sheet" incorrectly features three boxes for skill and none for stamina or luck.
  • The instructions tell the player to note down the stats of any companion they may pick up during the adventure, but while luck is mentioned specifically, there is no place for this stat on the "Adventure Sheet".
  • (66) and (67): Poor pagination means that (67) starts with the last two words ("to 186") of (66).
  • (55) features a capital "O" replaced by a full stop.


Dedicated to the Kiriyama family,
especially Kiyoshi-san,
who made this book possible[5]

See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Letter from Paul Mason at the Internet Archive record of the old - Retrieved 2019-10-26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Magehunter - pg.17
  3. Magehunter - pg.17-18
  4. Magehunter - pg.15
  5. Magehunter - pg.6
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