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Incline Faustus - Old & forgotten RPG from the depths of shareware hell

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by thesheeep, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. thesheeep Arcane Patron

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    Since many, many years I had flashbacks from "that one game" I played on my 486 when I was about 9 years old.
    I even remembered the name "Dr. Faustus" or "Faustus" or something like that... No amount of searching will yield anything. Trust me, I tried.

    It took me 20 years to accidentally discover the dusty old remains of a shareware disk in its (broken) jewel box somewhere in my old room at my parent's place a few days ago.

    So I fired up dosbox, installed Win 3.11, started the disk and there I saw it, in a shareware disk installer as ugly as only the 90s could make them.
    I googled the name of the author and the other people written in the (both German and English) readmes, but nothing. Maybe some of you can come up with more - and maybe this is actually known already under a different name.

    Of course, I played for a few minutes. To be honest, ancient games "like that" are simply not my taste any more, but it's not shit and I know this will hit a sweet spot for some of you (and I'll point a few abandonware sites to this as well), so there you go.

    This is the very definition of forgotten, so you better pour a glass of ye olde whiskey you saved for rare occasions:

    Faustus

    (c) Copyright 1995 by Harald Buettner

    Took a few screenshots for you (some don't even look bad, while some are butt ugly):
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    [​IMG]
    The eyes even glow yellow in an animation!

    [​IMG]
    Ugh! My eyes!

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    hopw roewur ne

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    Before you ask: The characters are fixed.

    [​IMG]
    Running around in the mountains. Not sure why, though.

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    Trading, too!

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    The inventory/char/ability screen - all at once!

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    Combat screen.

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    You can rest, too. Note how all eyes except for the char on guard are closed! Unlimited detail!


    Can't say anything about the sound as I just don't hear it. Not sure if it's a problem with my dosbox or if the game simply doesn't have any sound. I tested with Descent and there all the sound works just fine so maybe there really isn't anything here.

    I must say, the combat system is actually a rarely seen idea:
    It is turn-based, but you do not have a turn per character.
    Instead you have one turn for your whole party and can determine what each character will do (attack by default) until "ending" the turn. Then each character does his action and the enemies do the same.

    Have some goodness from the readme, too (thank this forum for fucking up the formatting):
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    !!! If you sell anything you'll get half the sales price !!!
    WGT = Weight of the weapon
    AT = Value that this weapon adds to your attack value
    PA = Value that this weapon adds to your parry value
    DAM = damage points of this weapon
    ? = You will find out
    +--------------------+-----+---+----+----+----+-------------------------+---+
    | W E A P O N |PRICE|WGT| | | | Who may use this weapon |TO |
    | | | | AT | PA |DAM | ELF |MAGE |DWARF|WARRIOR|BUY|
    +--------------------+-----+---+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-------+---+
    | normal arrow | 30 | 5| 0 | 0 | 5 | YES | YES | YES | YES |YES|
    | red arrow | 150 | 5| ? | ? | ? | YES | YES | YES | YES | NO|
    | black arrow | 150 | 5| ? | ? | ? | YES | YES | YES | YES | NO|
    | green arrow | 150 | 5| ? | ? | ? | YES | YES | YES | YES | NO|
    | knife | 15 | 10| 0 | -5 | 0 | YES | YES | YES | YES |YES|
    | mace | 60 | 20| 0 | -3 | 2 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | dagger | 180 | 40| 0 | 0 | 2 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | short bow | 195 | 20| 0 | -5 | 3 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | long bow | 600 | 30| 0 | -3 | 5 | YES | NO | NO | YES |YES|
    | sword | 240 | 40| 0 | -1 | 3 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | sabre | 300 | 60| 0 | 0 | 3 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | spear | 360 |110| -1 | -1 | 4 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | ball and chain | 420 |150| 0 | -2 | 4 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | battle axe | 480 | 80| 0 | 0 | 4 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | long sword | 600 |120| 1 | 0 | 4 | YES | NO | NO | YES |YES|
    | bastard sword | 600 |140| 1 | -3 | 5 | YES | NO | NO | YES |YES|
    | war hammer | 660 |150| 1 | 1 | 6 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | 2-handed sword | 750 |160| 2 | -2 | 6 | YES | NO | NO | YES |YES|
    | morningstar | 700 |150| 1 | -3 | 6 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | barbarian axe | 900 |150| 3 | -2 | 8 | NO | NO | NO | YES |YES|
    | magic warrior sword|1400 |200| 2 | 0 | 14 | NO | NO | NO | YES | NO|
    | dwarf axe |1000 |100| 3 | 1 | 11 | NO | NO | YES | NO | NO|
    | large elf bow | 600 | 30| 0 | -2 | 11 | YES | NO | NO | NO | NO|
    +--------------------+-----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-------+---+

    !!! If you sell anything you'll get half the sales price !!!
    +--------------------+-----+------+-----+-------------------------+---+
    | A R M O R |PRICE|WEIGHT|ARMOR| Who may wear this armor |TO |
    | | | |CLASS| ELF | MAGE|DWARF|WARRIOR|BUY|
    +--------------------+-----+------+-----+-----+-----+-----+-------+---+
    | studded leather | 100| 40 | 2 | YES | YES | YES | YES |YES|
    | hard leather armor | 200| 70 | 3 | YES | YES | YES | YES |YES|
    | chain mail | 360| 100 | 4 | YES | YES | YES | YES |YES|
    | full plate armor | 540| 150 | 5 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | mithril shirt | 2500| 50 | 8 | NO | NO | YES | NO | NO|
    | red magic robe | 3000| 5 | 8 | NO | YES | NO | NO | NO|
    | wooden shield | 90| 25 | 1 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | metal shield | 180| 50 | 2 | YES | NO | YES | YES |YES|
    | large steel shield | 800| 75 | 4 | NO | NO | NO | YES | NO|
    +--------------------+-----+------+-----+-----+-----+-----+-------+---+

    Is that :bounce: or what?

    And here is the full package (feel free to upload somewhere else, too):
    http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=49151902454917184457
    or
    http://www.filedropper.com/faustus
     
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  2. Lazing Dirk Arcane

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    Those two make it look like they're actually playing D&D and the whole thing is a game within a game.
     
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  3. Dyspaire Augur

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    Thank you very much for sharing this game.
     
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    Looks interesting. At least it's not an interactive movie.
     
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  6. thesheeep Arcane Patron

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    If I had a room like that with that table, I doubt I'd ever do anything else than sitting at the table and rolling the dice.
     
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  7. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    It would be interesting to make a list of games that would be better without graphics (other than ASCII characters).

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    Starting with this one.
     
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  8. mondblut Arcane

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    I think that's all of them.
     
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  9. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I think the graphics has a certain charm, unlike the sterile, desaturated type that is too common in modern games.
     
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    AKA standard 1980s blobber combat.
     
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    Hey, I wonder if we can track this guy down like we did Dr. Dungeon.

    Harald Buettner, M. Rossi.

    And here are the names and addresses from the readme:

    That's something to start with.

    Looks like there is a Marion Buckley from Swanville, a town near Searsport.
     
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    Put Mossad on the case.
     
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    All the games I remember from the 90s did not have combat like that.
    And Faust is from 1995, even if it doesn't really look like that.
    Guess I'm too young for this shit :lol:
     
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    Some dungeon screenshots.
    Was the first dungeon I came across on the overland map. Plays sort of like a party rogue-like

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    Skeleton of doom :
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    Automap - after finding the automap diamond :
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    Found the dungeon exit :
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    Argos has seen some shit.
     
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    You don't know what they had to do so they would get that job.
     
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    Will this be covered on the CRPG Addict? Since if it's not on his list, you might want to send it to him.
     
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    Thanks. I love the Codex.
     
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  23. ushas Savant

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    Hey, why not. Looks it can scratch a dungeoneering-on-travels itch. Thanks :salute:
    Characters are fixed, but you can change their names.

    As it's shareware, shouldn't we expect some stopper? From the readme:
    Alternatively, one can mail 20 Deutsche Mark. If you have some leftovers, that's probably cheaper today. :)

    Really liking that shopping tabular interface.
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    Reusing thesheeep's screen:[​IMG]
    By arrows up/down you browse items, arrows left/right switch party members, and keys +/- increase/decrease amount to buy or sell. Enter to confirm it all... No nonsense.

    Stumbled upon a witch!
    [​IMG]Let's choose G. What could possibly go wrong?

    Btw. dungeons are mapped automatically, no need of diamonds.
     
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  24. Iznaliu Arbiter

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    Why? It looks like a cross between a scoreboard and a backgammon set.
     
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    Well, perhaps because I don't care so much how it looks as how it works.
    Most of the games offer only one axis to move in menus. But then you have to escape to the previous one in the hierarchy to choose different character, or have to buy items individually, etc. All in all appreciating how simple it can become in a simple game. They could put around some fancy graphics, no problem.

    What do you have against scoreboards, by the way?
     
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