|Fighting Fantasy Gamebook|
|Cover illustrator:||Christos Achilleos|
|First published:||February 28 1985|
|Previous Book:||Talisman of Death|
|Next Book:||Freeway Fighter|
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- For other uses of Assassin, see Assassin (disambiguation)
- For other uses of Space Assassin, see Space Assassin (disambiguation)
Space Assassin is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Andrew Chapman, illustrated by Geoffrey Senior and originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 12th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031861-5). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Scholastic series.
- 1 Creation
- 2 Mission Briefing
- 3 Introduction/Your Abilities/Using Luck/Armour/Selecting Weapons/Hand-to-Hand Combat/Gunfire/Recovering Stamina/Carrying Equipment
- 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]
In Warlock Issue 3, Space Assassin was referred to in the "Fighting Fantasy News" section as a soon to be released book called Assassin. It was also pegged to be published as the thirteenth book, after The Rings of Kether as book 12. The Rings of Kether went on to become the 15th book in the series.
“ After reading Warlock of Firetop Mountain, which my parents had bought for my younger brother, I wrote Space Assassin without consulting anyone and just sent it off.
When I wrote Space Assassin there was no Fighting Fantasy series. There was just Warlock of Firetop Mountain. I figured that since Steve and Ian probably owned the copyright to the rules used in that book I'd have to create my own, and besides the fantasy rules they used were quite inappropriate for a science fiction book with blasters, gravity bombs etc. It was a bit of an effort to torture the book back into a FF mould once it was accepted for publication.
Space Assassin was originally too short and had to be expanded.
—Interview with Andrew Chapman at the Internet Archive record of Advancedfightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2019-10-26
“ I never had anything to do with the books once they left these shores, and it was always a surprise to see what Puffin had done. For example, the puzzle attached to paragraph 332 in Space Assassin was as much a mystery to me as to anyone else reading the book. It certainly bore no resemblance to the puzzle I sent with the manuscript. ”
Mission Briefing[edit | edit source]
“ A tyrannical despot is bent on destroying the world!
Looming above your home planet is the vast hulk of the starship Vandervecken. Aboard, the crazed scientist Cyrus is planning to unleash a gruesome experiment upon your world, which will destroy all life as it is known, leaving only hideous mutations in its wake. YOU are an assassin, and your mission is to stop him - before it is too late!
Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which way to go, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.
—Space Assassin - Back Cover ("Dragon" Edition)
Space Assassin is the second Fighting Fantasy book in the science fiction genre, the first being Starship Traveller. The book places the player on the starship Vandervecken, where a crazed scientist named Cyrus plans to unleash a hideous experiment upon the player's homeworld.
The player must make their way through the labyrinthine Vandervecken, overcoming robots, mutants and other science fiction staples until they finally confronts the scientist. If the player manages to defeat him the planet will be saved and the game will end successfully.
Introduction/Your Abilities/Using Luck/Armour/Selecting Weapons/Hand-to-Hand Combat/Gunfire/Recovering Stamina/Carrying Equipment[edit | edit source]
Unique Rules[edit | edit source]
- Space Assassin introduced the first futuristic attribute in the form of armour, a 1d6 plus 6 roll. This worked similar to the Testing Your Luck system of the gamebooks to determine if a player was protected by their armour.
- A player's weapons are determined by a 1d6 roll with the amount rolled able to be "spent" on a choice of weapons: Electric lash, Assault blaster, Grenade, Gravity bomb, Armour . The player must buy an electric lash or an assault blaster before anything else.
- Players are also limited to carrying a maximum of five items at any one time (excluding weapons).
- Instead of Provisions there are Pep Pills which restore 5 stamina at a time.
Equipment List[edit | edit source]
- 4 Pep Pills
- weapons (see above for determination of weapons)
Cover and Illustrations[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Space Assassin (illustrations)
Covers[edit | edit source]
The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Christos Achilleos.
|Dragon ver.I||Dragon ver.II||Dragon ver.III||Dragon ver.IV|
Illustrations[edit | edit source]
The interior illustrations were by Geoffrey Senior. There were 31 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 20, 31, 39, 48, 61, 88, 109, 117, 131, 138, 159, 171, 185, 208, 230, 246, 252, 266, 281, 292, 308, 318, 324, 332, 359, 369, 373, 381 and 395.
Intertextual References[edit | edit source]
Other Media[edit | edit source]
Main Characters[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
Encounters[edit | edit source]
- Carnivorous Plant
- Humans - Guards/Security/Technician
- Razor Disk
- Robots - Guards/Laser Globe/Micro-Helicopter/Portabots/Sentinels
- Scallopian Fang
- Strangling Vines
- Tharn Doppelgänger
- Winged Scorpion
Further Notes[edit | edit source]
- In the first edition of Sorcery! 3 (The Seven Serpents), the book was not listed as a forthcoming release, although two books that were never published were (Dragon Master and The Lord of Shadow Keep). It seems likely that after The Lord of Shadow Keep was published by a different publisher, Space Assassin took its place.
- Has the longest Contents page of any Fighting Fantasy to date.
Errors[edit | edit source]
- The instructions you are given in (363) will get you killed if you follow them during the floor tile puzzle at (332).
- Paying attention to the warning given at (68) is liable to result in making a suicidal decision at (14).
Dedication[edit | edit source]
Keith A., Martin A., Virginia A., Ian B., Mark B.,
Steve B. Frank C., Rosemary C., Sonia C., Ron E.,
Andrea G., Richard G., Karl M., Mary M., Svetlana P.,
Claire S., Stephen S., Linda T.-M., Mick U., Malcolm W.
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
- Space Assassin at Gamebooks.org - Retrieved 2019-10-26
- Space Assassin at the Internet Archive record of the old Fightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2019-10-26
References[edit | edit source]
- Warlock Issue 3 - pg.4
- Space Assassin - pg.17
- Space Assassin - pg.5