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That Old-School Feelin’: Contest Winners

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 20, 2011

Last week’s contest concluded at midnight Saturday on the forums. The three winners were determined by random dice roll:

DGM, Maklak, and McTeddy!

All three get a copy of Viridian Games’ Inaria. PM me with your name / email you want the game sent to. If you already have it and want to gift it to someone else, let me know.

Inaria is a short but fun little indie RPG that hearkens back to the old-school RPGs of the early-to-mid 80’s. An evil overlord is taking over the world, and only one kingdom has managed to push back his attacks – but only barely. But you, a lowly but heroic adventurer, may be able to do what the armies cannot – defeat the evil overlord and by doing so put an end to his plans for world domination. Inaria has that low-tech look and feel, but with more complex mechanics and some modern essentials like mouse support.

So how about those old-school game moments? The titles (and the ages of the games) were all across the board, going from playing Zork on a mainframe to…  well, we had a mention of a particular game with some old-school flavor that hasn’t even been released yet. And one that the author couldn’t even remember the name of!

Some moments, described in much greater detail by their authors:

* Getting attacked by the floor and grass in Ultima III.

* Discovering that it’s possible to both defeat the four groups of 99 berserkers or avoid them entirely in The Bard’s Tale.

* Learning the Lizardman language in Ultima Underworld (I totally forgot about that!)

* Skillfully working around a scripted event in Final Fantasy V. Too bad the story still demanded the script be followed.

* Moments from Pool of Radiance, Gothic, Morrowind, and more.

Enjoy! And though the contest is over, feel free to contribute your own memories!

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  • skavenhorde said,

    Congrats to the winners. Those were some good stories. I never played Ultima Underworld and had no idea that you had to learn a whole language. One of these days I’m going to have to get past the interface and give that game a real shot.

  • Menigal said,

    Congrats winnerinos!

    It’s got me wanting to play Pool of Radiance again.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Man, between these stories and reading CRPG Addict, I totally am, too. In fact, I even went so far as to install (a couple of months ago) the entire Gold Box series – but mainly because I was reading the manuals and journals for inspiration. I managed to find my old CD-ROM from … when was it, 1993? Pre-Windows. Wizardworks complete collection. But I really do not have much time to play, and I’m currently “kinda” playing like 8 other RPGs right now. Naturally, I’m not making much progress in them at all…

  • Menigal said,

    My copy of the massive Forgotten Realms collection is hidden somewhere in storage, otherwise I would probably have fought through the install process already. I’ve got my fingers crossed more of the old D&D games will make it to GoG, the Dark Sun ones in particular. The Savage Frontier ones would be fun to try again, too. Good times.