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The book was kinda large but paperback and old, maybe 30-40 years. I distinctly remember an arm wrestling contest you needed to secretly drink a potion for, and the complete ending had you return to a house of dwarves where you're rewarded with jewels and a crown. Additional info, you had to keep track of your provisions too, it played more like a game than a book. I remember the front cover had a man with blonde hair walking down a road, but I cannot remember anything else. I hope beyond hope this rings any bells for anyone.

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This is (The) Forest of Doom, one of the 'Fighting Fantasy' gamebook series.

The book prominently features an arm-wrestling contest and the cover has a blond man.

Quin explains that he will wager some Dust of Levitation against an item or coins to the value of 10 Gold Pieces. As you sit down at the table opposite him, you deftly slip the Armband of Strength on to your arm. You put your elbow on to the table and lock hands with him. His grip is like an iron jaw and his dark slanted eyes look confident. His biceps bulge and he gives the signal for the contest to begin. You start to push his arm down and are amazed at your own strength. Sweat breaks out on his forehead and you can see the disbelief and pain on his face. You push harder and force his arm on to the table in defeat.

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    I think you're right and just pulled it from the shelf and the 400th chapter has in it: Gillibran listens and frowns at the news of Bigleg his faithful servant. Then he opens a drawer in the base of the throne and reaches into it, pulling out a small silverbox and a golden winged helmet, and hands them to you. The helmet is worth hundreds of Gold Pieces and you proudly place it on your head. A great roar of approval comes from the crowd. You open the silver box and find dozens of jewels and gems May 5, 2022 at 23:21
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    Oh my goodness, I almost feel silly. I keep seeing this book everywhere but never bothered to check the contents because of how different my memory of it was. Thank you so much!
    – Samuel
    May 5, 2022 at 23:22
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    @Samuel please make sure to upvote and accept the solution (by clicking on the upwards triangle and the checkmark)
    – WoJ
    May 6, 2022 at 8:44

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