The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is 39 Today!
Oooh! I also encounter Dragon Warriors in the same pocket size! I would borrow it at the library (I lived next door to it back then) and eventually made photocopies of the important stuff.Damn. The memories.
The book's status as a bestseller and a generally dismissive attitude to these books meant it appeared on a young children's school book club catalogue when I was seven. The picture on the front caught my eye and that's the one I asked my parents to get me.
I recall having nightmares from it- and laying awake shivering in silence because I was even more afraid (probably correctly) that if my mother found out she'd take away the book that gave me those nightmares. I stuck with it, and with Citadel of Chaos and Forest of Doom when they came out.
Years later, at the ripe old age of ten, I would buy Dragon Warriors in the mistaken belief they were more solo gamebooks and thus graduated to real RPGs.
There was a boatload of series. I remember one where the books came in pair so you and a friend could play two sides of the same story! I also played one book of a series called 'Metamorphosis' I think? The main characters gets transported to another world by a mystical artefact that also grants them the power to turn into different creatures but you don't actually control it... it was odd, but also kind cool. I don't remember how it worked or if there was more than one volumeA friend had Grail Quest, and I played a couple of those. Never even heard of Cretan Chronicles!
Never even heard of Cretan Chronicles!
I looked into it and it was the 'Double Game' series, where the French editor also added the Clash of the Princes book to make six of them. Releasing the Clash of the Princes duology as 'Lothar the Sorcerer' and 'Clovis the Warrior'
Then years later WOTC created the TCG 'Duel Masters' as a sort of 'Simplified Magic for Kids'... It's all circular!Duel Masters wasn't as good, but it had the exact same Colour Magic split that Magic the Gathering uses. In a book that came out years before Magic was a thing. Clearly someone thought there was at least one idea worth stealing from the books.