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Zed Duke of Banville

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Holocaustic Dungeons is a Role Playing Game designed to be played by a group with or without a game master or as a SOLO GAME. Based on a concept of futurist dungeons, it offers hours of entertainment for any given dungeon. Dungeons are easy to create and can even be played by the creator with as much enjoyment as if it was created by someone else. Includes a dungeon. Original Price: $4.95 Creator: Kristoffer A. Silver. Published August, 1986. Ron Lim cover art.

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Alternative cover art by Gary Amaro.


There were also apparently various accessories and adventure modules released for this game:
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Character Sheet booklet designed to hold the data of over thirty characters for Holocaustic Dungeon characters. A quick and easy reference when playing Holocaustic Dungeons. Original Price: $2.95 Creator: Kristoffer A. Silver. Published August, 1986.

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Archaic Weapons: The weapons you have aren't good enough? Well, here are a few more with stats not only for use in Holocaustic Dungeons, but also with other game systems. Original Price: $4.95 Creator: Kristoffer A. Silver. Published August, 1986.
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This is the complete grid for Level One of Dungeon of Doom, a hexagonal based dungeon designed for the Holocaustic Dungeon game series.. Original Price: $1.95 Creator: Kristoffer A. Silver. Published August, 1986.
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This is the complete grid for Level One of Blair's Revenge, a pentagonal based dungeon designed for the Holocaustic Dungeon game series.. Original Price: $1.95 Creator: Kristoffer A. Silver. Published August, 1986.


All images and text from http://www.kristoffersilver.com/SilverWolf
 
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Morpheus Kitami

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Some of you may have heard of Psionics, a hard-ish sci-fi dungeon crawler involving psionics set on a space station. Wasn't very good, but it was short and had an interesting setting, plus it was unusually gorey for a RPG.
Apparently there was a sequel or at least something that goes over the same themes as the author's first game. At least it still has psi and a space station gone wrong, judging by the screenshots, only now the player has a party. Despite the unusual setting it seems the author couldn't figure out a different plot. Don't know yet if it ends the same way though.
 

CryptRat

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Some stuff from Itch, possibly nothing super relevant but since it's buried inside so much even more irrelevant stuff it might be worth mentioning these games even exist, inside spoilers are games which are definitely not traditional RPGs (mission-based games, adventure games with stats ...), I've completed most of the mentioned games by the way, otherwise it's specified anyway, and half of them are free :

- I already mentioned but finally played The Curse of Svaltfen (the game did not work on my old pc, compatibility issues not performance ones obviously). The game is longer and more complex that I presumed judging by the game coming out of nowhere, yet it's still nowhere as complex or long as Lurking games for example but these games are long and super complex anyway (up to seasons etc...) so it's OK. You recruit a party along the way, combat uses AP points but is still overall too simple for my taste, encounters are handcrafted while itemization is not. The scope seems perfect for people who like to pay attention to what people say but don't like taking notes nor keyboard dialog, it's to the point but not braindead, I can recommend it to people who want exactly that. It's a full length game and it's free.
- I can't remember if I'd ever mentioned Reflection of fallen feather. You play as monsters you recruit, combat is simple but the exploration is above average with some thought put into it, it's a small game but I thought the dungeon design was actually pretty good. It's free.
- Ok, Mumu's Pilgrimage is weird since you actually play as a cat girl (it's single character unfortunately and it's a small game). But the game has actually some cool, if limited, gameplay closely inspired by D&D, with open-ended events. It's free.
- Knights of Tartarus is a paid game which is also available on Steam, it is obviously inspired by japanese stuff and mixes Zelda-like exploration and simple turn-based combat. You get combat skills from enemies. Both aspects work but combat is definitely simple, don't expect too much from it :
- Ptolem's Singing Catacombs is a simple dungeon crawler and more of an oddity since it's very short, but it's meant to be playable by blind people, everything is accessible via voiced description.

- Monochrome Kingdom is a traditional RPG Maker game but the world is open and you fully create your party, it's satisfying to find strong items. There are some story choices. It's a little more than 5 hour long and it's free.

- OK, Netherkeep I have not completed, I even only played the demo. It's a mobile port but it has full party creation, is cheap and use a stock tileset which is not the worst. I might take the time to play it someday.

In my opinion Libris Mortis is very easy but the character system and the maps are both very good. Maps contain secrets ways to unlock some types of characters and so on. Make what you want with that.

It's a mission-based game. You play as a necromancer and the story works, by the way. Basically if you don't care that it's easy then I highly recommend it, otherwise I don't know. It's a full length game and it's free.
PicoQuest may have already been mentioned here. It plays like Hero Quest, basically, simple combat, detect traps. It's very simple but there's a free verion containing a good part of the game.
- I've already talked about Cursed 2 in other parts of the forum but it's very good and I highly recommend it, so just in case it's an adventure game similar to Uninvited, with timing-based combat and combat stats to upgrade as you wish on level ups. It's a full length game and it's free and the third episode might get released with year.
- On the same vein, the less visually appealing but very cool otherwise The Implementors' lunch is an adventure game with combat and stats which in this case can sometimes serve a purpose outside combat, nothing exceptional on that front but as an adventure game it's a good game. It's a full length game and it's free and just like the previous game I liked it more than the average recent commercial adventure game I've played.
Orcish Rage is a series of 2 real-time Strategy-RPGs. In the first game you take a series of mission where you control a bunch of heroes followed by units you don't control. You recruit units on the go and clicking on things can unlock things (items which give bonus or new units). The game is cool. The second game is more ambitious, there's a real equipment system for heroes, you get to control several different groups of heroes that you can move on a world map and there's management, you control towns where you build buildings and which can get attacked and the game follows some sort of campaign. Both games are free.
- In Corner Quest each level is a square world map.
- Dead Crowd is a small turn-based party-based game where you walk across zombies.
- Not sure the game has anything to do here but as I'm here Rabbit's Quest is a very good top down Zelda thingie. One of the good point is that it's harder than average but everything is good about it, the puzzles and secrets here and there, the exploration sequences (often as hard as the boss fights, I like that) and the boss fights, highly recommended given you like this sort of things. It's a full length game and it's free.
- Lunarrota is a short, paid, text-based adventure game (with a visible map) where getting strong enough items to kill some enemies are part of the thing and there are some sequences that you can choose to solve in different ways.
 

NerevarineKing

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Does anyone have a download link for the full version of Yendorian Tales 1? All the downloads I've encountered seem to be the shareware version.
 
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NerevarineKing

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Luzur

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NerevarineKing

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Looking through older threads, it seems like Luzur has copy.

of Yendorian Tales? yeah i gotsa da zipfiles right here:

https://delafil.se/cf941b466f1c8d5b/Yendor_Trilogy.7z


The problem I have with this version is that, when I start the first one, I do it with a party of 4 already created and I am not able to create my own party.

If I try to create another game from the SETUP it starts asking me for disk 1

:negative:

You can actually talk to the innkeeper and select book to create a new party. You can even re-watch the intro from that book menu as well. That party actually starts in the first town. Although I didn't know about the book menu at first and ended up grabbing the save files from the Shareware version to start fresh (CURRGAME and SAVEGAME.A folders).
 

Luzur

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Looking through older threads, it seems like Luzur has copy.

of Yendorian Tales? yeah i gotsa da zipfiles right here:

https://delafil.se/cf941b466f1c8d5b/Yendor_Trilogy.7z


The problem I have with this version is that, when I start the first one, I do it with a party of 4 already created and I am not able to create my own party.

If I try to create another game from the SETUP it starts asking me for disk 1

:negative:

That could be my old party
 

NerevarineKing

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Looking through older threads, it seems like Luzur has copy.

of Yendorian Tales? yeah i gotsa da zipfiles right here:

https://delafil.se/cf941b466f1c8d5b/Yendor_Trilogy.7z


The problem I have with this version is that, when I start the first one, I do it with a party of 4 already created and I am not able to create my own party.

If I try to create another game from the SETUP it starts asking me for disk 1

:negative:

That could be my old party

Do you remember where you level up Rogues? I've explored quite a bit and found a lot of trainers for the other 3 classes but not a single one for Rogues.
 

Luzur

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Looking through older threads, it seems like Luzur has copy.

of Yendorian Tales? yeah i gotsa da zipfiles right here:

https://delafil.se/cf941b466f1c8d5b/Yendor_Trilogy.7z


The problem I have with this version is that, when I start the first one, I do it with a party of 4 already created and I am not able to create my own party.

If I try to create another game from the SETUP it starts asking me for disk 1

:negative:

That could be my old party

Do you remember where you level up Rogues? I've explored quite a bit and found a lot of trainers for the other 3 classes but not a single one for Rogues.

sadly, no, barely remember the game LOL, i played 2 and 3 more
 

Fowyr

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Luzur

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Fowyr

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of Yendorian Tales? yeah i gotsa da zipfiles right here:

https://delafil.se/cf941b466f1c8d5b/Yendor_Trilogy.7z
Aren't they versions of YT 2 and YT 3 that I gave you back in 2009? I'm glad that they still travel around. :lol:

Might....be? i dont remember anymore, i know i downloaded them from somewhere
https://rpgcodex.net/forums/threads/yendorian-tales-series.36045/
The time on the files is right (05.09.2009), so they are indeed mine. Was glad to help. Copied them from some pirate CD back in the times.
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Ok so the Wikipedia page for Role-playing games uses a picture from a game called Tales of Trolls & Treasures. Now, apart from a few very very ancient posts on the RPG codex and 3 screenshots, I swear to god this game doesn't actually exist. So it's extremely bizzare that someone has put it on such a broad and highly viewed Wikipedia page. If anyone can find a video of this game, or has a copy of it and can make a short Let's Play, I would be forever in their debt

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Rpg-project_0.64a_shot65.jpg
intro03.jpg


Note how this third pic is using Baldurs Gate 2 portraits
https://rpgcodex.net/tags.php?id=29
 

Modron

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Ok so the Wikipedia page for Role-playing games uses a picture from a game called Tales of Trolls & Treasures. Now, apart from a few very very ancient posts on the RPG codex and 3 screenshots, I swear to god this game doesn't actually exist. So it's extremely bizzare that someone has put it on such a broad and highly viewed Wikipedia page. If anyone can find a video of this game, or has a copy of it and can make a short Let's Play, I would be forever in their debt

Rpg-project_0.64a_shot58.jpg


Rpg-project_0.64a_shot65.jpg
intro03.jpg


Note how this third pic is using Baldurs Gate 2 portraits
https://rpgcodex.net/tags.php?id=29
Weird how the official page seems to be an earlier version of their website http://www.rpg-project.com:80/pages/down.htm

You can find the lastest download version they got up to through archiving their page here.
https://web.archive.org/web/20111230075613/http://www.rpg-project.com:80/pages/down.htm
 
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