Remarkably, Dwelling in Darkness
is the second mod created by ProphetSword (a.k.a. Ben Sanderfer) for the One-Week Challenge (http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=3429.0
Under that time restriction, DiD
is, as would be expected, a small mod (one town and 2 dungeons), yet it doesn't play like one. I'm sure I exceeded the 2-3 hour average playtime. Part of the reason for this is that the 2 dungeons are full of combats devised to challenge a 12th level party. Thus, like good boxing matches, these contests usually last for multiple rounds.
Visually, the mod is entirely EGA (16-colors), reminiscent of the early GoldBox games, such as Pool of Radiance
and Secret of the Silver Blades
. Very retro-cool. There's even a trippy special fx that was very 1960s pop-art-ish.
While essentially a combat-focused monty haul dungeon crawl, Ben punches up the familiar story elements with some nice flashes of humor. This keeps the tone lighter than his previous One-Week Challenge entry, The Voice of Vengeance
I very much enjoyed Dwelling in Darkness
The combats are almost all against tough monsters, yet I found only a few of the fights to be very hard. Which was the only bit of disappointment for me. The reason for this, I believe, is the presence of several shops in town that sell an abundance of high magical items. By the time I finished, all of my heroes had at least -10 ACs, with one at -19. Necklaces of Missiles and powerful Wands for anybody who wanted them. Vorpal Long Swords. My late father would've loved this aspect. Myself, I think that next time I play this mod I may first alter the shops to only normal items, plus potions, for an even greater challenge.