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A dangerous undercover mission on a wild and lawless planet! Corruption is rife in the Alpha Cygni system and the flow of the illicit narcotic Satophil-d from the spaceports of the planet Kether has grown to enormous proportions. Several attempts have been made to crack the notorious drug rings of Kether, with no success. Now the Galactic Federation has entrusted YOU with th A dangerous undercover mission on a wild and lawless planet! Corruption is rife in the Alpha Cygni system and the flow of the illicit narcotic Satophil-d from the spaceports of the planet Kether has grown to enormous proportions. Several attempts have been made to crack the notorious drug rings of Kether, with no success. Now the Galactic Federation has entrusted YOU with this dangerous undercover mission in this wild and lawless place. But will YOU succeed? 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 and which enemies to fight


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A dangerous undercover mission on a wild and lawless planet! Corruption is rife in the Alpha Cygni system and the flow of the illicit narcotic Satophil-d from the spaceports of the planet Kether has grown to enormous proportions. Several attempts have been made to crack the notorious drug rings of Kether, with no success. Now the Galactic Federation has entrusted YOU with th A dangerous undercover mission on a wild and lawless planet! Corruption is rife in the Alpha Cygni system and the flow of the illicit narcotic Satophil-d from the spaceports of the planet Kether has grown to enormous proportions. Several attempts have been made to crack the notorious drug rings of Kether, with no success. Now the Galactic Federation has entrusted YOU with this dangerous undercover mission in this wild and lawless place. But will YOU succeed? 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 and which enemies to fight

30 review for The Rings of Kether

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Christensen

    “No coincidences - you’re a detective” With blasters to issue the needed corrective To fatties who traffic in Satophil-d In a city that’s somewhat like Suva, Fiji (Except for the people, the sky and the weather, As it’s actually on a grim planet called Kether). So head for the library or head for the bars, Then race through the streets in an interesting car; Cajole, bribe and threaten your way round the town, And do what it takes to bring B. Babbet down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Read this for the first time yesterday - while it's by no means up there with some of the other Fighting Fantasy gamebooks (my favourites being Deathtrap Dungeon, Scorpion Swamp and City of Thieves), it's still a good bit of fun, if a bit too easy. I won on my second try, which is unusual for these books. Still - an enjoyable, if cliched, romp through space to apprehend some smugglers. Read this for the first time yesterday - while it's by no means up there with some of the other Fighting Fantasy gamebooks (my favourites being Deathtrap Dungeon, Scorpion Swamp and City of Thieves), it's still a good bit of fun, if a bit too easy. I won on my second try, which is unusual for these books. Still - an enjoyable, if cliched, romp through space to apprehend some smugglers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    THE RINGS OF KETHER offered something a little different from the normal 'Fighting Fantasy' gamebook - for a start, it had a different author, and then there was the sci-fi theme. There were quite a few sci-fi variants in the long-running series (although nowhere near as many as there were fantasy). I never really gelled with them, although I do remember enjoying one called STAR CRASH. Lookin back at it now, this isn't bad. The text is quite fun. It throws in all the space cliches you'd expect - THE RINGS OF KETHER offered something a little different from the normal 'Fighting Fantasy' gamebook - for a start, it had a different author, and then there was the sci-fi theme. There were quite a few sci-fi variants in the long-running series (although nowhere near as many as there were fantasy). I never really gelled with them, although I do remember enjoying one called STAR CRASH. Lookin back at it now, this isn't bad. The text is quite fun. It throws in all the space cliches you'd expect - moons, asteroids, gangsters, a canteen scene straight out of STAR WARS, tentacled aliens and more besides. But it's written as a detective story, with attempts at hard-boiled pulp, and shoot-outs and bombs going off all the while. I enjoyed the journey and it reminded me of TOTAL RECALL, and I was left wondering which came first. I found some of the additional rules to be rather unnecessary. Much is made of space warface, with statistics for your ship's shields and weapons, but during my play I only engaged in one space battle. Still, the addition of blaster battle to hand to hand combat is one I appreciated in true STAR WARS style. The illustrations are rather lacklustre. The dull space ships would look good filling the screen in a cinema, but look like lifeless line drawings on page. The aliens look like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon. And, although this isn't a criticism, the gameplay seems to be slightly easier than usual. I successfully finished my mission on my first ever play, although I'd been blessed with lucky dice rolls and good initial stats.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Edwin McRae

    I like it's concept and the rather tongue-in-cheek style but it turned out to be far too easy and it's 400 paragraph was a perfunctory four lines. More like an out of tune trumpet than a fanfare. Could've been great, but wasn't. I like it's concept and the rather tongue-in-cheek style but it turned out to be far too easy and it's 400 paragraph was a perfunctory four lines. More like an out of tune trumpet than a fanfare. Could've been great, but wasn't.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Thinly disguised drug propaganda 8 July 2012 This gamebook was in a word rubbish. It was poorly written and the character that you play is a moron and does not act or speak like the undercover detective that you are supposed to be playing. Granted, while offering some silly choices can put those foolish decisions in the hand on the player, simply having the character open his mouth to a potential source of information, and then saying something completely stupid, just simply did not seem to gel w Thinly disguised drug propaganda 8 July 2012 This gamebook was in a word rubbish. It was poorly written and the character that you play is a moron and does not act or speak like the undercover detective that you are supposed to be playing. Granted, while offering some silly choices can put those foolish decisions in the hand on the player, simply having the character open his mouth to a potential source of information, and then saying something completely stupid, just simply did not seem to gel with me. In this science-fiction book you play an intergalactic federal agent who travels to the planet of Kether to attempt to destroy a drug ring. Why is the drug bad? Well, you are not told, you are just told that it is, and the only time that you see it in action is when you use it to kill an alien. Okay, granted, drugs work differently on different people, and no doubt in a realm occupied by aliens the differing effects can be all too common, but seriously, peddling a drug that kills the user seems to be a little over the top. Granted, drug users that get too caught up in their actions usually end up dead, whether it be through an overdose or a bullet in the head, but in the end dealers have a motive in seeing their customers remain alive, and addicted. The other thing that jumped out at me was it seemed that in the book you are playing the role of the imperial enforcer. No matter what you think of drugs (and I am not a big fan of them, having been down that road and seen the effects upon others lives, and to an extent my own), the feeling that I get from this book was that it was a part of Ronald Regan's war on drugs, namely a piece of propaganda. Granted, while I have little time or sympathy for those we call the drug barons, I do have a lot of empathy for the user and the street dealer. I have been there, and in many cases it is the result of a misjudgement and an experiment that ends up going wrong. Users and small time dealers (who are usually users themselves and have turned to dealing to maintain their habit) do not need to be incarcerated, but treated, just as an alcoholic requires treatment. Drugs and sex are similar in many ways. I say that because both can give you the feeling of pleasure, and it is that desire for pleasure that keeps you coming back for more. However, those who promote them and those who attack them may have two different methods, but all end up with the same result, and that is to taste the forbidden fruit to find out what it is really like. In a way I would prefer somebody to approach it thinking the world of it and then being sorely disappointed as opposed to somebody who doesn't think much of it, gives it a try, and then becomes addicted. When our media constantly bombards us with messages that 'drugs are bad' and the church bombards us with messages that say 'sex is beautiful but only in the confines of marriage' those of us who have never tried it are suddenly filled with the urge to give it a go. Drugs and sex are similar in that to experience them you need to get your hands on it, however where drugs are a commodity, with sex you need a willing participant (otherwise that would be rape). Finding the willing participant can be difficult at best, but then again so can finding somebody who is willing to sell you something that is illegal (and in many cases finding both can actually be quite easy).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kelly

    In all of the Fighting Fantasy books up to this point, I have found something to enjoy. This is the first one that I would rate as terrible. The plot is okayish. You play an undercover agent investigating official corruption and an illegal drug ring operating from the planet Kether. There are a lot of choices available and the investigation is mildy interesting. Part of the problem is that there is absolutely no sense of place in this book, it's simply a series of sparsely described events that ha In all of the Fighting Fantasy books up to this point, I have found something to enjoy. This is the first one that I would rate as terrible. The plot is okayish. You play an undercover agent investigating official corruption and an illegal drug ring operating from the planet Kether. There are a lot of choices available and the investigation is mildy interesting. Part of the problem is that there is absolutely no sense of place in this book, it's simply a series of sparsely described events that have little colour or sense of immersion. It has the standard 400 references, but was by far the shortest read to date, slightly less than an hour. It was a wholly unexceptional and lacklustre read, the final confrontation being a damp squib. None of this is helped by the fact that the sparse dialogue is dreadful in the extreme, and worst of all is your own character's. For a supposedly smart undercover operative, he acts with all the subtlety of Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura and is, quite frankly, a moron. Thankfully, so is everyone else, so he gets away with it. Poor.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bernardo

    Well just found this here, and I must say it's kind of a bummer it has such a low score compared to the others. From the ones I had as a kid this one was definitely the one that stuck the most with me. Maybe it being from a different author or the detective/futuristic theme appealed to me more I'm guessing. Well just found this here, and I must say it's kind of a bummer it has such a low score compared to the others. From the ones I had as a kid this one was definitely the one that stuck the most with me. Maybe it being from a different author or the detective/futuristic theme appealed to me more I'm guessing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  9. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erik Indigo

  11. 4 out of 5

    Killgazmotron

  12. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul H

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renato

  16. 5 out of 5

    Martin Marshall

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Gunderson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simon Thacker

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karel Musil

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joao

  21. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  22. 5 out of 5

    Don

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ed

  24. 4 out of 5

    Guibbs

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wade

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emperor

  27. 4 out of 5

    Filipe

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ian Hewitt

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tomáš Ryba

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