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Looking for D&D like Dungeon Crawl/Blobber

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Breaking Axe, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Breaking Axe Educated

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    When searching for RPGs to play I originally placed higher importance upon atmosphere, writing, story, and C&C over gameplay in the games I looked at , I was trying to replicate my experience with Planescape Torment and Arcanum. After a replay of TOEE however I have become more interested in the mechanical side of RPGs, and am searching for other games of a similar vein.

    I'm looking for a game that's sequence or turn-based with excellent gameplay, preferably with a good mouse interface, 2d graphics, a system similar to D&D or GURPS and passable plot. Maybe one of the Gold Box games which I haven't tried at all, a good starter one to dive into. Any suggestions one could make would be most welcome. I've already played JA2 and KotC and aren't particularly interested in the Wizardry series.
     
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  2. Shannow Waster of Time

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    Wizardry 8 is a dungeon crawl/blobber with strongly adapted, changed and improved D&D mechanics. (Sounds like you're looking for something like this.)
    Incursion is a single character Roguelike based on D&D (3rd ed). (Probably not what you're looking for.)
    Knights of the Chalice is an indie that's all about D&D combat. Lacks some combat aspects like reach and has a stunted character system but good encounters and very good UI. (You should give it a try, there's a demo.)
    These I recommend.

    Otherwise the genre you are looking for is not well supplied. GoldBox games might offer you what you're looking for. Haven't tried them myself. Realms of Arkania might also be worth looking into.
     
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  3. Awor Szurkrarz Arcane In My Safe Space

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    Have you tried the Incursion Roguelike? It's based on D20 and has a lot of options.
     
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  4. mondblut Arcane

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    Why would you need suggestions when you know exactly what to play?

    Also Dark Sun, Natuk, Aethra Chronicles, Disciples of Steel. Perhaps Exile.
     
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  5. Breaking Axe Educated

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    I know of the Gold Box games but not which one would be best as an introduction to the series, maybe a bit of a pointless question in hindsight.

    Just having a read of it now, does it have a frontend client/graphic pack like Vulture's Eye for nethack? Also not to be a newfag but I do dislike having to memorise the hotkeys for a client.

    Still, I think I'll give it a try in the next few days.
     
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  6. Shannow Waster of Time

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    Not AFAIK but it has some of the best ASCII graphics I've seen *g*
     
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  7. mondblut Arcane

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    Okay. Pool of Radiance is a bit risky, having worst graphics and interface of them all. The most polished ones, being Dark Queen of Krynn, Pools of Darkness, Treasures of Savage Frontier and Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed, are all not the first in their series, facilitating the need to play earlier installments first. I'd go for Gateway to Savage Frontier and Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday as the most polished and visually acceptable among series openers then. Or start with some highly rated FRUA modules, since FRUA uses DQK for its engine.
     
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  8. Blackadder Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    If you are going to Goldbox, start off with Pool of Radiance, otherwise you become something of a pansy like Mondblut here ("No 'fix' command! Mummy! Help!'). It is always easiest to experience the rougher diamond before moving on to the slicker sequels (in UI that is. Inferior in many other ways to POR though).

    The only thing really missing in Pool of Radiance is the auto healing 'fix' command, which can be a touch annoying, but honestly, you get over these kinds of things by going on with the game. Once you break through to the early middling part of the game, the rest is excellence. You just need to push on past the lack of 'fix', and the early encounters/levels.
     
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  9. Awor Szurkrarz Arcane In My Safe Space

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    True. It has lovely colours.
     
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  10. panzertoter Arcane

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    HERESY!
     
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  11. MMXI Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Hi Jeff.
     
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  12. Gregz Arcane

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    After reading your thread title I thought the 'Eye of the Beholder' series would fit perfectly.

    Your post narrows things down a lot however. Wizardry 8 or Might and Magic VII are the best I can think of.
     
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