My brother and I remember a choose your own adventure type game book that we can't find. The cover depicts a young knight crouched towards the bottom of the cover, wearing silver/blue armor and wielding a sword. Higher on the cover is a demon wearing a dark cloak, with red eyes showing through the cloak. He is wielding a scythe. I believe the book cover is black, and that there is a red bar across the top.

I believe the book is somewhere between the '70s to '90s range. In the front, you would roll for your stats as a character and write them down. As you go through the book, you would make rolls for combat.

All this being said, we have searched through all the choose your own adventure games and have not found it. We do not believe it is in the Lone Wolf series. Any help on finding this book would be much appreciated.


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Sounds like the American edition of "The Lord of Shadow Keep" (Golden Dragon Fantasy Gamebooks #3). The British edition, and some newer releases, had different cover art.

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I believe the book is somewhere between the '70s to '90s range

1985 (1986 for the US edition) according to gamebooks.org.

There's a lot more information on Malthus Dire's blog. Some of your specific points are addressed therein:

In the front, you would roll for your stats as a character and write them down

To make it even harder, you need a very high Psi stat to stand any chance of mentally coming to terms with the Keep’s inhabitants (Vault Of The Vampire would employ the similar stat of Faith, House Of Hell used Fear, and Beneath Nightmare Castle handled this as Willpower, to name but a few of the plethora of different approaches to this idea.) Add to this the fact that you also need a decent Agility score otherwise you have no hope in Skill or Luck test-equivalent situations, plus a very high Vigour stat to survive the many Stamina-reducing happenings, and you get a book that cannot be won without superhumanly-high attributes (so Ian Livingstone would have approved, then!)

As you go through the book, you would make rolls for combat.

Basically, each combat scenario is different, but many are pretty weighted against you. You throw two dice and then check to see what the outcome is. Some combats lead to instant death if you roll a 2, most are just either you or the enemy taking damage, but some have very different results dependant on the number rolled. In some cases, a higher roll can cause severe damage to either you or your foe.

There are some reviews on Demian's Gamebook Web Page.

And a playthrough at Richard Tongue's blog.

And some more information at Fabled Lands.

EDIT: It turns out you can also borrow an eBook of it from the Internet Archive's online library! It's at https://archive.org/details/lordofshadowkeep00oliv

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    Wow, that's a great find! :-) Did you remember it from having read it yourself, or was it some inspired Googling? Jul 12, 2021 at 16:45
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    Thats the one! Thank you so much Jul 12, 2021 at 17:55
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    @JohnRennie Googling and sheer dumb luck. The description of the hero didn't match Lone Wolf (plus OP said as much.) Fighting Fantasy books didn't depict the hero on the cover, so that you could imagine yourself as the hero. I Googled an obscure gamebook I remembered to find its series (Fatemaster). A Google image search for fatemaster gamebook was a fail, but it showed covers for series other than Fatemaster that I hadn't heard of. One of them was Golden Dragon Fantasy Gamebooks. And in the Google image search results for golden dragon gamebook was EXACTLY the cover OP described. Jul 12, 2021 at 19:31
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    @CalebSiebach You're welcome! And I've just found out you can borrow an eBook copy of it from the Internet Archive: archive.org/details/lordofshadowkeep00oliv Jul 12, 2021 at 19:33

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