Author: CRPG Addict

A quick update

Things have settled down and I’m enjoying my new teaching role. The primary problem is that I didn’t conclude all my contracts before starting this new job. Some of them are perilously overdue, and the fiscal year under which I operate ends on 30 September. Thus, I have been spending […]

SpellCraft: Aspects of Valor: Summary and Rating

What awaited me if I had won the game.        SpellCraft: Aspects of Valor United States Tsunami Productions (developer); ASCII Entertainment Software (publisher) Released in 1992 for DOS; SNES port developed but never released Date Started: 27 July 2019 Date Finished: 25 August 2019 Total Hours: 26Difficulty: Hard (4/5)Final Rating: […]

Treasures of the Savage Frontier: Won! (with Summary and Rating)

Reminder: It is possible to play this game with “evil” characters.              Treasures of the Savage Frontier United States Beyond Software (developer); Strategic Simulations, Inc. (publisher) Released in 1992 for Amiga and DOS Date Started: 20 July 2019 Date Finished: 2 August 2019 Total Hours: 31Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (2.5/5)Final Rating: (to […]

Treasures of the Savage Frontier: Red Menace

Imagine what the Zhentarim could accomplish with Twitter.               Treasures of the Savage Frontier gives us a plot in which an authoritarian regime from far to the east collaborates with local plutocrats and religious fanatics to wage a war of mis-information, thus demoralizing and destabilizing the free people of the […]

Game 336: The Dragon & Princess (1982)

Many thanks to Laszlo and NLeseul for making this possible!              The Dragon & Princess Japan Koei (developer and publisher) Released in 1982 for PC-88, 1983 for FM-7 Date Started: 10 July 2019 Date Finished: 11 July 2019 Total Hours: 8Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (2.5/5)Final Rating: (to come later)Ranking at time of […]

Darklands: Summary and Rating

Note how little the box art exemplifies the game’s adherence to historical accuracy.                Darklands United States MicroProse (developer and publisher) Released in 1992 DOS Date Started: 24 May 2019 Date Finished: 13 July 2019 Total Hours: 65Difficulty: Moderate-hard (3.5/5)Final Rating: (to come later)Ranking at time of posting: (to come […]

Darklands: Apocalypse Averted!

Any god that teleports me directly from a winning combat to the nearest pub is a god I’m happy to worship.               After defeating the Templar’s fortress, there was only one major quest left in the game: assaulting the temple of Baphomet and foiling his plans for the apocalypse. This […]

Darklands: Heaven Help Us

Praying to a saint causes direct damage to a demon.            If you were designing a real religious system from scratch, this wouldn’t be a bad way for it to work. The world is governed by a large number of mini-gods, or “saints,” each in charge of a different portfolio […]

Game 335: Prophecy of the Shadow (1992)

               Prophecy of the Shadow United States Strategic Simulations, Inc. (developer and publisher) Released in 1992 for DOS Date Started: 24 June 2019              SSI began as a wargame company, and their best games–principally the Gold Box series and the Wizard’s Crown series–have always reflected […]

Darklands: Getting Medieval

The party has gotten strong enough to challenge a demon.         Darklands introduces a combat system that I find hard to call “good,” and yet it’s perhaps a necessary stopover point to a truly good system. It probably took an RPG outsider like MicroProse to think of it. Every other […]

Waxworks: Won! (with Summary and Rating)

A nice shot of the museum as the game comes to a close.           Waxworks United Kingdom HorrorSoft (developer); Accolade (publisher) Released in 1992 for Amiga and DOS Date Started: 11 June 2019 Date Finished: 23 June 2019 Total Hours: 17Difficulty: Moderate-hard (3.5/5)Final Rating: (to come later)Ranking at time of […]