Have you ever been so absorbed in the atmosphere of a FRUA module that, after finishing it, you wished you could relive the experience you just had? Or, to go deeper, have you yearned to experience it more fully than pseudo-3D graphics and make-believe? Were you sad or depressed that you couldn't?
An article written shortly after the theatrical release of the Avatar
mentioned viewers who became depressed at the dissonance between the fantasy world of the movie and real life. I can relate, since I felt that way after playing a few classic PC games and a couple of console RPGs. I remember picking up The Secret of Monkey Island
for $5 at Target on a Saturday, installing it on my cutting-edge 486DX2/66, finishing it two Saturdays later, and asking myself "Why did this game have to end?"
In another thread, I praised Ray Dyer's "The Realm", particularly his conversion of the original Ravenloft
. However, my fondest experience with FRUA was Realm Game29, the conversion of the D&D Expert module "Isle of Dread". I really got into the story because I empathized with the merchant master who could have accepted penurious, mediocre retirement but instead gambles everything on one last toss of the bones. The merchant's portrait and accompanying description of his circumstances strongly convey an aging man trying to hide the pain and humiliation of being reduced to this, knowing what his life will be like if the expedition fails.
Then the action shifts to a beautifully-rendered tropical paradise (brilliant use of outdoor combat artwork in the jungles), the hills and crags leading to the deadlands, the volcano crossing, and finally the journey into the magma core to face the ancient evil. The merchant master's story is paid off nicely by the upbeat ending, making it even more satisfying.
The experience was worth every minute. While I'd like to experience it again, merely reiterating an experience in the hope of reliving the feelings is an illusion. Feel free to post in this thread if you've felt like this after playing a FRUA module.Aforementioned thread: http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=1057.0