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Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series

Wizardry
7 (9.2%)
Ultima
6 (7.9%)
Might & Magic
10 (13.2%)
Phantasie
6 (7.9%)
Questron
1 (1.3%)
The Bard's Tale
6 (7.9%)
Final Fantasy
7 (9.2%)
Elder Scrolls
8 (10.5%)
Realms of Arkania
5 (6.6%)
Lands of Lore
4 (5.3%)
Temple of Apshai
4 (5.3%)
The Magic Candle
1 (1.3%)
Krondor
5 (6.6%)
Wizard's Crown
2 (2.6%)
Dungeon Master
4 (5.3%)

Total Members Voted: 16

Voting closed: April 10, 2009, 01:42:52 PM

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Offline ProphetSword

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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2009, 01:43:48 PM »
On suggestions, I have added both Dungeon Master and Wizard's Crown.
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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2009, 10:22:01 AM »
Betrayal at Krondor blew me away back in the day.  Although the acting and costumes might have been questionable, the music was great, and I loved the 3D world.  I played for many long hours over the weekend.

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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2009, 10:43:30 PM »
This poll has inspired me to replay the Temple of Apshai series. Some interesting things I've noticed about this game:

1) You could purchase it on a casette tape. This really takes me back to the days before 5 1/4" floppy disks were invented.
2) The back of the box (see the screen shot below) boasted that the game had:
    Graphics!
3) The back of the box also stated the playing time for the game as:
    30 minutes to forever!

On the one hand, the fact that the game had "Graphics!" was a major step forward for CRPGs. Meanwhile, the claim that the game could be played "forever" seems a bit full of itself. Then again, I've played with it a little bit after a 24 year hiatus, so they weren't exactly lying.



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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2009, 08:58:36 AM »
Where can one find this ancient game?

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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2009, 10:36:51 AM »
If you still have a working copy of the original 5-1/4" floppies and/or the casette tape of the game... then all you'd need to do is find a computer capable of reading them.

If that fails, the first three ToA games were collected into a single game around 1985.
http://www.xtcabandonware.com/temp_info.php?file=games_t_w/templeofapshai.zip&id=936

The game uses a real-time mechanism to determine fatigue. I found that my character got tired easily when running the game through Dosbox, but was much less tired if I ran the game directly through windows.

         BATTLE COMMANDS

Key      Action         Key    Action

A      Attack         F   Fire an Arrow

T      Thrust         M   Fire a Magic Arrow

P      Parry (Defense)

You can also select Fighting commands from the Battle menu using the right
mouse button.

         SPECIAL COMMANDS

Key      Action         Key   Action

E      Examine Wall for   !   Speak with a Monster
      Secret Door

O      Open Door      H   Heal (Apply a Healing
                  Salve)
S      Search for Traps   Y   Ylixir (Drink a Healing
                  Elixir)
Q      Query (Listen) for
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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2009, 01:46:35 PM »
3) The back of the box also stated the playing time for the game as:
    30 minutes to forever!

Meanwhile, the claim that the game could be played "forever" seems a bit full of itself.

Well, it's an obvious lie. Noone can play forever, even those players who don't mind the repetitiveness of playing it over and over again will pass away some day (hopefully not in front of their computer screen). ;)

Or... it just means something like "a very long time" which is bound to be subjective.

I take it the 30 minutes consisted of the cassette's loading time plus 1-2 minutes of trial?  :P

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Re: POLL: Non D&D Fantasy RPG Series
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2009, 04:03:39 PM »
Of course, I also played the "role-playing game" Adventure on the Atari 2600 (I know it doesn't meet your criteria for the poll, but I just wanted to mention it.  There was, however, a later series (never finished) of games for the Atari that I can't recall the name of right now.  Something to do with the four elements and the signs of the zodiac.

Well, while Adventure was awesome (I played the hell out of it, and can now usually solve it in less than ten minutes), I think calling it a "role-playing game" is kind a stretch.  :)

The game series you're thinking of was called Swordquest, and only two of the four parts were made (Earthworld and Fireworld).  The game series folded, partially due to the video game crash of '83, and partially due to lack of sales and interest on the part of the public.

Again, I wouldn't call those RPGs either.  They were very unforgiving puzzle/platform games.  Very, very unforgiving.  In fact, I might go so far as to call them impossible.
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