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Publication Details
Author(s): Robin Waterfield

Illustrator(s): Gary Mayes
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Cover illustrator: Alan Craddock
First published: November 21 1985
Number 18
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-031952-2
Previous Book: Appointment with F.E.A.R.
Next Book: Demons of the Deep
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For other uses of Rebel Planet, see Rebel Planet

Rebel Planet is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Robin Waterfield, illustrated by Gary Mayes and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 18th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031952-2). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.


In the "Fighting Fantasy News" section of issue 5 of Warlock, the update on new and forthcoming Fighting Fantasy gamebooks gave a release schedule. This included a title scheduled for the November of 1985 under the name of The Aliens of Arcadion, which was specifically noted as being a provisional title. This was to become Rebel Planet.[1]

History/Mission Background/Contact with AliensEdit

The alien Arcadian Empire has tightened its hold on the galaxy ...

The leaders of the secret Earth organization, SAROS, know they must overthrow the Empire. They have gathered their few resources into one last daring and foolhardy mission to strike at the heart of the invaders' home planet. YOU are their last hope. Trained in all the martial arts, equipped with a forbidden laser sword, your mission is to seek out all the underground resistance and piece together the vital code you need to destroy the enemy. Only YOU stand in the way of the Arcadians' domination of the galaxy!

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need for this perilous journey. YOU decide which routes to take, which dangers to risk and which enemies to fight.

In Rebel Planet, Earth and her colonies have been conquered by an alien race known as the Arcadians. Humans have become slaves, and are kept alive only to serve their alien masters. However a Human organization known as SAROS ("Search And Research Of Space") has discovered that the Arcadians rely on a powerful super-computer to keep themselves networked together. Without this computer, they are merely zombies, incapable of acting on their own. SAROS has limited resources, but a secret plot is hatched to infiltrate Arcadion and destroy the queen computer. The reader plays the role of the last hope of humanity, an undercover agent posing as a space merchant.

Abilities/Combat/Equipment and MoneyEdit

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

Unique RulesEdit

  • Unusually, you start the adventure with no form of food/healing supply.
  • The player is restricted to carrying no more than six items at a time.[3]
  • While fighting unarmed, if the player wounds their opponent they roll an additional die and on a roll of 6 score an instant kill.[4]

Equipment List[3]Edit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Rebel Planet (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Alan Craddock.

When the range moved to the Dragon Cover Format in 1987 the cover art was reversed.

Rebel Planet through the years
1985 1987 1989 1990 1993
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Zig-Zag Banner Dragon Format Dragon No No. No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£1.751 £2.252 £? £3.503 £?


  1. Price of 1st Impression; £1.95 for 2nd~4th Impressions
  2. Price of 6th Impression
  3. Price of 8th Impression


The interior illustrations were by Gary Mayes. There were 32 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 22, 33, 41, 54, 66, 77, 93, 104, 117, 128, 136, 152, 162, 178, 190, 201, 212, 225, 238, 251, 269, 278, 289, 300, 311, 326, 345, 363, 376 and 389.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main article: Rebel Planet (computer game)

The book was loosely adapted into an AdventureSoft adventure game for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron home computers (published by U.S. Gold).

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Rebel Planet



Further NotesEdit

  • The "Background" for the book (divided into three sections: "History", "Mission Background" and "Contact with Aliens") appears before the "Rules" section instead of after as per most other titles in the range.
  • A special offer in Warlock issue 7 allowed readers to pre-order a copy of the book that had been signed by both Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.[5]
  • Many of the characters are named after constellations and stars. They include Grus, Indus, Dorado and Bellatrix.


  • (152) assumes that the player has heard of the Adolpho Videorama, but it is possible to reach this reference without having been told about it.


For Julian, for fun

See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Warlock Issue 5 - p.10
  2. Rebel Planet - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rebel Planet - p.27
  4. Rebel Planet - p.24
  5. Warlock Issue 7 - p.51