Category: CRPGAddict

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 […]

Game 334: Bokosuka Wars (1983)

           Bokosuka Wars Japan ASCII (developer and publisher) Released in 1983 for Sharp X1; 1984 for MSX and PC-88; 1985 for FM-7, PC-6001, PC-98, and NES  Date Started: 25 June 2019 Date Finished: 28 June 2019 Total Hours: 6Difficulty: Hard (4/5), but would probably go down to 3/5 with more […]

Waxworks: Hammer and Sickle

Sometimes the game is more fun for its gruesome death images than from actually defeating the challenges.            I’ve solved two of the four or more Waxworks scenarios, and started to explore a third, and it’s a measure of the game that I have no idea what to expect from […]

Darklands: Travelogue (Part 2)

Alas, the mines proved too much for my journeyman party.           We pick up where the previous entry left off:       Sometime after 5 August 1401. Goslar Mines.        Since you can’t check “Party Info” while indoors, I have no idea how much time has passed since the party entered […]

Revisiting: Wizard Warz (1987)

Trying the Atari ST version this time.         Wizard Warz United Kingdom Canvas (developer); GO! (publisher) Released in 1987 for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS; 1988 for ZX Spectrum Date Started: 27 January 2011 Date Finished: 12 June 2019 Total Hours: 10Difficulty: Hard (4/5)Final Rating: (to come […]

Game 333: Waxworks (1992)

The box CamelCases the second “W” but the title screen doesn’t. There’s a similar issue with whether the company is called HorrorSoft or Horror Soft.             Waxworks United Kingdom HorrorSoft (developer); Accolade (publisher) Released in 1992 for Amiga and DOS Date Started: 11 June 2019          Waxworks […]

Darklands: Travelogue

This session introduced indoor exploration for the first time. Here, the party tries to fight a jumping kobold.              Darklands has given us something of an RPG “first” in that, with the party’s origin, encounters, and quests randomized, no two players will encounter precisely the same game. To be […]

Game 331: Beneath the Pyramids (1980)

As we’ll see, the game would have been more properly called In the Sphinx.              Beneath the Pyramids United States Crystalware (developer and publisher) Released in 1980 for Apple II, 1981 for Atari 800 Date Started: 10 June 2019 Date Finished: 10 June 2019 Total Hours: 3Difficulty: Easy (2/5)Final Rating: […]

Darklands: Iron Men

The leader of Hamburg outlines the crimes of robber knight Eberhard Gerle.         Someone should make a comprehensive study of the criminal archetypes that have come and gone–made obsolete by sociology or technology. The itinerant snake-oil salesman; the train robber; the yo-ho-ho kind of pirate. The Nigerian Prince must be […]

Darklands: Men├╝stadt

Darklands is a very menu-driven game.          I re-started the game and rolled up a new group for this expedition, not so much because I was dissatisfied with the statistics of the old one (although I did need someone with better alchemy skills, I think) but because I was dissatisfied […]

Game 330: House of Usher (1980)

                House of Usher United States Crystalware (developer and publisher) Released in 1980 for Apple II and Atari 800 Date Started: 27 May 2019 Date Finished: 27 May 2019 Total Hours: 5Difficulty: Moderate (3/5)Final Rating: (to come later)Ranking at time of posting: (to come later) A few months ago, commenter […]