YOU become meat for the grinder…. Baron Sukumvit is a sick weirdo, who lavished a fortune on building a maze, filling it with traps and exotic monsters, then sending his retinue of guards into it. Encouraged by the total extermination of his squad, he hung out the sign: Open for business. 10,000 GP if you survive!
What sort of dummy would walk into a deathtrap dungeon? You!
Review and Opinion
This is possibly the most successful FF book of the whole series. Baron Sukumvit is mentioned in dialog in other books, and your conquest over the Deathtrap Dungeon is the setting for Trial of Champions and Armies of Death. They made a video game of Deathtrap Dungeon way back in the 90s, and later in Fighting Fantasy Legends Portal.
But I’m not sure why it gets the high praise. It wasn’t a bad book, but was a real no-frills dungeon crawling adventure. It’s not an epic magically-assisted epic quest spanning a continent; it’s a dungeon crawl with one winning path and a scavenger hunt. If you’re lucky you’ll find your way to a gauntlet of five monsters in a row and just have to slaughter your way through them in sequence.
I imagine that much of the hype is nostalgia (being one of the first) and merchandising hype (video game & advertising). I don’t mean to knock it – it’s what would become a typical dungeon crawl adventure, but it’s nothing more. Not awesome, not awful, but a fun way to spend a few afternoons.
Written by Ian Livingstone
Illustrated by Iain McCaig
Book 6 in the series
Other Players and Links
- PJ Montgomery at Sidekickcast
- Justin Parallax reads Deathtrap Dungeon
- Deathtrap Dungeon playthrough by Seven Fourteen Seven
- A review by Pestridge on YouTube
- Richard Cowen takes on Deathtrap Dungeon
- Malthus Dire reviews DD
- Champskees gives a best path walkthrough over at FF Proboards
- Alison Cybe plays D.D.
Tags to Other Adventures1984 Allansia Fang Fighting Fantasy Iain McCaig Ian Livingstone Ninja Sukumvit Titan
First published March 27, 2015. Last updated January 23, 2024.