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Scorpion Swamp

(Fighting Fantasy #8)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Nightmarish creatures lurk in the slimy depths of Scorpion Swamp!

You're no fool. All your life you've heard tales of Scorpion Swamp and how it is criss-crossed with treacherous paths leading to the haunts of its disgusting denizens. One step out of place spells a certain and lingering death. But now, the swamp holds out the lure of treasure and glory – and you cannot
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 1984 by Puffin
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Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What this Fighting Fantasy adventure lacks in elegance and plot it makes up in innovation. Scorpion Swamp plays something like a sandbox RPG in that there are multiple quest lines (Good, Neutral and Evil), a range of spells to cast, revisit-able locations and each quest can be completed by actually only visiting a bunch. On paper it may not sound amazing - and it's not exactly mind-blowing to play these days - but it's quite an achievement for a short book written in 1984 to provide such a ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good, straightforward fantasy adventure and part of the FIGHTING FANTASY gamebook series. SCORPION SWAMP offers something slightly different from the usual formula in that it's much more navigation-focused. Players are encouraged to map their adventures - to be honest, you won't get far without your map here - and the game is unique (as far as I know) is that you find yourself returning to the same numbered locations even after you've played them through the first time.

There's also a little
David Sarkies
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gaming geeks like myself
Recommended to David by: Primary School
Shelves: gamebook
Written by the other Steve Jackson
21 June 2012

Well, there a couple of things that I must mention and the first is that I have suddenly discovered that there are two Steve Jackson in the gaming industry. Initially I always through that the Steve Jackson of the Fighting Fantasy books and the Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson games were one and the same person, however it turns out that they are not. The Fighting Fantasy Steve Jackson is based in England and the Steve Jackson Games Steve Jackson is
E.J. Matze
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
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...
Adam Cleaver
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-books
I loved these books as a kid. Must go back and re-read them to make a proper review. But just look at that art work too... amazing!
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: role playing gamers, fantasy fans, young adults
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This is the eighth book in the excellent “Fighting Fantasy Gamebook” series. This series combined the typical “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” format with some simple combat rules from Role Playing to create solo adventures that were challenging and interesting to older readers. I read them in my teens, but have hung on to them and returned to them through my adulthood, because they are so well crafted. This one is no exception.

The adventure makes you an adult fighter (one of the reasons I liked this
Michael Kelly
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's remarkable how many innovations there were in these early Fighting Fantasy books. Looking back over the years, I had come to assume that they were all out of the same mould, but there are quite a few unique features and 'firsts' with this, the eighth title in the range.

It's the first book not to be written by Steve Jackson or Ian Livingstone, who started the whole thing of with 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain'. The schedule was by now too much for only two writers, so books by other
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
one of the easier fighting fantasy games I've read. Well within the reach of lower-stat characters. Unfortunately the game world is rather small with few challenges if you bother to map it. There's a few clumsy issues such as being referred to seperate page each time you re-enter an area, when most have no game consequence
Tal como A Masmorra Infernal, O Pântano do Escorpião foi lido há muito poucos anos e foi mais uma aventura que adorei e com a qual retomei o gosto por esta série.
Dane Barrett
Written by the "other" Steve Jackson (the American one) Scorpion Swamp ended up being quite a different book (structure-wise) than previous titles in the Fighting Fantasy series.

One major difference was how you could actively revisit areas that you had already explored. This was necessary because the missions in the game required you to visit the swamp, complete a task, and then return back to town. There was no shortcut back to town provided, so you had to carefully map and plan your return
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Number 8 in the original FF series and this one tries to bring something new in. The fact there are really 3 adventures or quests in the same book!! You can choose s good quest,a neautral one and interestingly Abbeville one!! I choose first of all the good quest but failed miserably!! I then tried and completed successfully the neutral one by Poomchukker!!
My one co.plsjnt with this book would be that I found it annoying during the clearing part it kept saying if you have been here before ignore
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