Warlock Issue 3
Location: Titan and various
Publication details
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Steve Jackson &
Ian Livingstone
Editor(s): Tony Lacey (Penguin Editor)
Philippa Dickinson (Desk Editor)
Interior Illustrator(s): John Blanche
Dave Eastbury
Tim Sell
Cover illustrator: Terry Oakes
Publisher: Penguin Books
First published: November 1984

Warlock Issue 3 was published in 1984 as the third of the Penguin produced issues and notably introduced The House of Hell as a mini-adventure, as well as featuring "The Warlock's Quill" letter section for the first time.


The cover was by Terry Oakes as depicts a scene vaguely related to the mini adventure The House of Hell.


Fighting Fantasy NewsEdit

This section (illustrated by Tim Sell) covered new and upcoming items such as:


The books detailed included two first seen in Warlock (Caverns of the Snow Witch and House of Hell) and three brand new books, Scorpion Swamp, Talisman of Death due to be published in a few months time (actually published the following month), and The Rings of Kether to follow that (actually published six months later). Interestingly, The Rings of Kether did not follow Talisman of Death as book 12, instead it was published as book 15. This corresponds with The Rings of Kether being advertised as book 12 in the "forthcoming releases" section at the back of the first edition of The Seven Serpents. The books to follow book 12 were advertised as Assassin, Freeway Fighter and Temple of Terror. Evidently, Assassin was renamed Space Assassin prior to its release. Sorcery! 3 and 4 were also advertised.


Both The Forest of Doom and The Citadel of Chaos were reported on as just about to be published on the ZX Spectrum 48k and Commodore 64. Darryl Mattocks and Simon Ball were credited as the programmers.

Fighting Fantasy Collectors' ItemsEdit

PuzzleQuest BooksEdit

Both The Tasks of Tantalon and Casket of Souls were advertised as being in production.

Dungeons & DragonsEdit

A section in which Mike Brunton explained "the mysteries behind the original Fantasy Role-playing Game", Dungeons & Dragons. There was also a small section on other RPGs including RuneQuest, Traveller and Star Frontiers. This was illustrated by Tim Sell.

"Out of the Pit"Edit

This section reverted to the style of Issue 1, with detailed descriptions of some selected monsters. Those featured in this issue were the prizewinners from the Issue 1 competition and included:

All three were depicted in illustration by John Blanche (logo by Tim Sell).

The Warlock QuillEdit

This was the introduction of this section and it was introduced thus:

Each issue we will be publishing a selection of letters sent in from Warlock readers. The Warlock’s Quill is a forum for suggestions, discussions, queries and comments on Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.[1]

The House of HellEdit

Main article: The House of Hell

This was shortened version of the gamebook by Steve Jackson. It came complete with an "Adventure Sheet" and featured three illustrations that were unique to this version. The adventure was illustrated by Tim Sell.

Fighting Fantasy CompetitionEdit

Main article: Fighting Fantasy Competitions

This was a competition to create a multi-player Fighting Fantasy adventure using the rules system described in Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-Playing Game.

Fighting Fantasy BoardgameEdit

Market Mayhem was included in this issue and was specifically cited as being the first Fighting Fantasy board game. Designed by Ian Livingstone and illustrated by Dave Eastbury, it could be played by three to fifteen gamers:

This adventure is designed to give several players the opportunity to take part in a fast action Fighting Fantasy Role-Playing Game, using unfamiliar characters with unusual objectives. In Market Mayhem many natural enemies are brought together in the marketplace of Port Blacksand - the dreaded City of Thieves.[2]

Monster CrosswordEdit

Main article: Fighting Fantasy Competitions

This crossword had several answers revolving around Fighting Fantasy publications, although many were generic general knowledge questions. Winner drawn on November 10th, 1984 and wins £10.


  • The colour advert on the inside front cover was for White Dwarf magazine.
  • The back inside cover was an advert for the first seven Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, plus Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-Playing Game. The seven gamebooks were all shown with the green spine and serrated green band across the top of the covers.
  • The back cover featured an advert for the three Sorcery! books, called "The Sorcery Epic". These were the Puffin Books versions, with the orange spine and serrated orange band across the top of the covers.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Warlock Issue 3 - p.12
  2. Warlock Issue 3 - p.22
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