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Item - Castle Death

(Original British (Beaver) edition)
(Original British (Beaver) edition)
(Original British (Beaver) edition)
(British (Beaver) edition, revised cover)
(British (Beaver) edition, revised cover)
(British (Beaver) edition, revised cover)
(British (Red Fox) edition)
(British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint)
(American edition)
(American edition, later printing)
(American edition, eighth printing)
(Lone Wolf (2007-) edition)
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Combined Summary

Online Full Text: Project Aon (Project Aon edition)
Series: Lone Wolf (1984-1998) — no. 7
Lone Wolf (2007-) no. 7
Platform: Web Browser (Project Aon edition)
Translated Into: Il castello della morte (Italian)
Dödens slott (Swedish)
La Forteresse maudite (French)
Hrad smrti (Czech)
Mahligai maut (Malay)
Muerte en el castillo (Spanish)
Das Schloß des Todes (German)
Shi no jousai [死の城塞] (Japanese)
Adapted Into: The Secret of Kazan-oud (Novel)
Author: Dever, Joe
Illustrators: Chalk, Gary (Original British (Beaver) edition - interior; American edition, later printing - interior; American edition, eighth printing - interior; British (Red Fox) edition - interior; British (Beaver) edition, revised cover - interior; Project Aon edition - interior; British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint - interior; British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint - interior; American edition - interior)
Elson, Peter (British (Beaver) edition, revised cover - cover)
Jones, Peter Andrew (British (Red Fox) edition - cover; British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint - cover; British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint - cover)
Lyon, Peter (Original British (Beaver) edition - cover)
Dates: June 19, 1986 (Original British (Beaver) edition)
September, 1987 (American edition)
1988 (British (Beaver) edition, revised cover)
1990 (British (Red Fox) edition)
1991 (British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint)
1993 (British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint)
March 24, 2001 (Project Aon edition)
2008 (Lone Wolf (2007-) edition)
ISBNs: 0099476207 / 9780099476207 (Original British (Beaver) edition, British (Red Fox) edition, British (Beaver) edition, revised cover, British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint, British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint)
0425100146 / 9780425100141 (American edition, later printing, American edition, eighth printing, American edition)
Length: 350 sections (Original British (Beaver) edition, British (Beaver) edition, revised cover, British (Red Fox) edition, British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint, British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint, American edition, American edition, later printing, American edition, eighth printing, Project Aon edition)
Number of Endings: 19 (not including failure by loss of points) (Original British (Beaver) edition, British (Beaver) edition, revised cover, British (Red Fox) edition, British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint, British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint, American edition, American edition, later printing, American edition, eighth printing, Project Aon edition)
Cover Price: US$2.95 (American edition, later printing)
US$3.99 (American edition, eighth printing)
US$2.50 (American edition)
User Summary: The search for the next Lorestone leads you to the dreaded castle of Kazan-Oud, inhabited by an evil sorcerer and isolated from the rest of the world by a magical shield.
Demian's Thoughts:

If ever a Lone Wolf book felt more like a Fighting Fantasy adventure, this is the one. It's not as brutally unfair as most of the entries in that other series, but it's a dungeon crawl full of tricks and traps, so it feels a little different from the usual more story-oriented adventures in this series. I suppose it isn't a bad adventure, but I didn't find it very enjoyable. Lone Wolf is at its best when you have a clear sense of mission, and there's just too much aimless wandering here for my taste. I also found that the increased difficulty level of the combat served to slow things down rather than increase my enjoyment, and the fact that it's possible to win the book but lose the Sommerswerd is absolutely devastating. I can also see why there were discussions of Joe Dever's possible racism on various mailing lists; while I suspect no harm was intended, a little too much is made of how Lone Wolf's white skin dazzles his dark-skinned enemies. For a variety of reasons, I finished this adventure not with a sense of accomplishment but rather with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Errata:Some printings of this book are missing monster stats in section 233; according to Project Aon, it should be "Oudagorg - Combat Skill 17, Endurance 17."
Special Thanks:Thanks to Ryan Lynch for all of the current images of British editions. Thanks to Tan Hong Kiat for the previously-used original Beaver cover scan, Brett Easterbrook for the previously-used Beaver reissue scan, Johan Rehn for identifying the Beaver reissue cover illustrator through the artist's website, and Marcus Pearse for the previously-used Red Fox cover scan. Thanks to the Museum of Computer Adventure Game History for the images of the $2.50 American edition.
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Known Editions

Original British (Beaver) edition
British (Beaver) edition, revised cover
British (Red Fox) edition
British (Red Fox) edition, 1991 reprint
British (Red Fox) edition, 1993 reprint
American edition
American edition, later printing
American edition, eighth printing
Project Aon edition
Lone Wolf (2007-) edition (in Castle Death (reissue))

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