I went to check my gamebook intros. Yes, your right, it' doesn't say no combat.Nuvole! wrote: ↑Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:41 amWhere did you find this statement? It doesn't match my experience with FF gamebooks and, in general, it would be strange calling "Fighting Fantasy" a series meant to be playable without fighting.
Portal of Evil Getting started section "There is a way to succeed that involves little risk even if you start with low initial scores.
WOFTM, City of Thieves and Deathtrap Dungeon "The one true way involves a minimum of risk and any player no matter how weak on initial dice rolls should be able to get through fairly easily."
It's not clear what it means by little risk. You're right that that doesn't assume combat. It does indicate that stats are not a major factor though.
As an extra note, there is, I heard a few books that didn't follow this formula. Crypt of the sorcerer is supposed so ridiculously hard that you would need max stats and be extremely lucky to beat it. Thing is I read Chasms of Malice was ridiculously deadly(it is) and people complained about it but someone found a way through the book with minimal risk.