|Fighting Fantasy Gamebook|
|Cover illustrator:||Rodney Matthews|
|First published:||July 25 1985|
|Previous Book:||The Rings of Kether|
|Next Book:||Appointment with F.E.A.R.|
|Wizard (Series 1)|
|Wizard (Series 2)|
- For other uses of Seas of Blood, see Seas of Blood
Seas of Blood is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Andrew Chapman, illustrated by Bob Harvey and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 16th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031951-4). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Scholastic series.
- 1 Creation
- 2 The Wager
- 3 Introduction/The Map
- 4 Cover and Illustrations
- 5 Intertextual References
- 6 Other Media
- 7 Main Characters
- 8 Locations
- 9 Encounters
- 10 Further Notes
- 11 Errors
- 12 Dedication
- 13 See Also
- 14 Reviews
- 15 External Links
- 16 References
Creation[edit | edit source]
"I did ask Penguin whether they would look at a pirate book before I set out to write Seas of Blood."
The Wager[edit | edit source]
“ The city of Tak is the greatest den of thieves, pirates and cut-throats that the civilized world has ever seen!
In this city of scum, there are two pirates infamous for their ruthless greed, their daring raids and their countless skirmishes with death. One of these villains is Abdul the Butcher. The other is YOU. Only one of you can be King of the Pirates. A wager is laid, a race is on. But which of you will win?
Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need for this rip-roaring adventure. YOU decide which course to sail, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.
—Seas of Blood - Back Cover ("Dragon" Edition)
In this book, the reader takes on the role of the captain of the pirate vessel Banshee. The story begins with a contest between the reader and his or her most powerful rival pirate, Abdul the Butcher. Each will take a ship across the sea to the Isle of Nippur. Whoever makes it to the destination within the fifty day time limit with the most gold will be declared King of Pirates.
Introduction/The Map[edit | edit source]
Unique Rules[edit | edit source]
- The book includes rules for combat between vessels with the attributes of crew strike (1d6 plus 6) and crew strength (2d6 plus 6).
- Seas of Blood is also the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook to feature a measure of time that helps determine success or failure in the form of the log.
- There are no Provisions or Potions to restore stamina, but for every day added to the log the player can restore 1 stamina point.
- There is no instruction in this book that your skill or crew strike scores cannot exceed their Initial values.
Equipment List[edit | edit source]
Cover and Illustrations[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Seas of Blood (illustrations)
Covers[edit | edit source]
The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Rodney Matthews.
|Dragon ver.I||Dragon ver.II||Dragon ver.III||Dragon ver.IV|
Illustrations[edit | edit source]
The interior illustrations, including the black and white map as part of the "Introduction", were by Bob Harvey. There were 32 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: "Introduction", 4, 23, 48, 53, 63, 77, 92, 102, 108, 120, 160, 168, 181, 184, 194, 218, 231, 236, 255, 282, 288, 298, 316, 324, 327, 333, 353, 378, 388, 391 and 400.
Intertextual References[edit | edit source]
Other Media[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Seas of Blood (computer game)
The book was adapted into an AdventureSoft adventure game for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron home computers. It was branded as Fighting Fantasy Software and distributed by Adventure International (UK), the name used under license in Europe from Adventure International by AdventureSoft.
Main Characters[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Channel of Goth
- Eastern Rim
- Great Kish Delta
- Inland Sea
- Isle of Enraki
- Isle of Volcanoes
- Kazallu Island
- Mount Martu-Amurru
- Parine River
- Rivers of the Dead
- Scythera Desert
- Sea of Fire
- Southern Sea
- The Dead City
- The Roc
- The Three Sisters
Encounters[edit | edit source]
- Acid Ball
- Bark Biter
- Giant Leech
- Humans - Abbot/Acolytes/Pirates/Wild man
- Ice Beast
- Invisible Striker
- Jiamil el-Fazouk
- Ogre Champion
- Shamit Gawel Nestafa
- Sith Orb
- Enraki Priests
- Giant Crayfish
- Goblin Horde
- Kishian Cavalry
- Kishian Soldiers
- Kishian Warship
- Lizard Men
- Marad Galley
- Merchant Crew
- Reef Lurker
- The Horror
- Town Militia
- Winged Hussars
Further Notes[edit | edit source]
- Seas of Blood was first published using the Adventure Gamebooks banner, and although this is not in itself exceptional, what is notable is that unlike the standard green "zig-zag" stripe across the top of the cover, containing the words Adventure Gamebooks in white type and the number of the book (preceded by the word "Gamebook") also in white, with Seas of Blood the writing in the stripe was black, as was the number. This would be repeated one more time with Robot Commando.
- Although the Inland Sea, where Seas of Blood takes place, was placed in Khul in Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World, this was not the original intention of its author, Andrew Chapman. Chapman revealed on the Rebuilding Titan Yahoo! group that he "had created a more extensive geography and history for that world which I used later in two other books, and also in the unpublished FF Deathlord". One of these other two books was Ashkar the Magnificent, which contains the same map as Seas of Blood.
Errors[edit | edit source]
- (352) should give the option to go to (225), not (255).
Dedication[edit | edit source]
Karl, Keith and Ron
See Also[edit | edit source]
Reviews[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Character Sheet - Retrieved 2019-10-26
- Fighting Fantasy at Gamebooks.org - Retrieved 2019-10-26
- Seas of Blood at Gamebooks.org - Retrieved 2019-10-26
- Seas of Blood at the Internet Archive record of the old Fightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2019-10-26