For I fear the darkness is about to return. The fell legions of Morcar, Lord of Chaos, had swept all before them. At the sight of the Black Banner and the massed hordes of Chaos, even the bravest warriors of the Emperor had turned tail and fled, the land was laid waste and all men despaired. But then there came a mighty warrior Prince from the Borderlands named Rodgar the Barbarian. He bore a glittering diamond in his brow, the Star of the West, as worn by the ancient kings of legend. Hope returned and men flocked to his standard, leaving thier hiding places in the hills and forests.
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For I fear the darkness is about to return. The fell legions of Morcar, Lord of Chaos, had swept all before them. At the sight of the Black Banner and the massed hordes of Chaos, even the bravest warriors of the Emperor had turned tail and fled, the land was laid waste and all men despaired.
But then there came a mighty warrior Prince from the Borderlands named Rodgar the Barbarian. He bore a glittering diamond in his brow, the Star of the West, as worn by the ancient kings of legend. Hope returned and men flocked to his standard, leaving thier hiding places in the hills and forests. Other great heroes joined him. Durgin the fearless Dwarven warrior from the Worlds Edge Mountains.
Ladril the Elven fighter mage from distant Athelorn and Telor the Wizard whose sorcery was to save Rodgar on many occasions. Then came the day for which Rodgar had waited. His army had grown strong and was well practised.
Camping on the high passes, Ladril saw the Black hosts from afar and bade Durgin blow the call to arms on his mighty horn. The armies of Rodgar poured down upon the enemy from two sides, and battle was joined.
Many foul creatures and good men perished that day. Yet, as the light of day faded it was Darkness that fled the field. But the victory was not absolute. Morcar and his general escaped beyond the sea of Claws, and even now they plot thier revenge.
Soon thier plots wil be ready and the Empire will have need of a new Rodgar. But where are the heroes to equal him? You have much to learn if you are to become as great as Rodgar and his companions.
I will help all I can. This book I carry, Loretome, was written when time began. All that ever was and all that ever will be is recoeded in its countless pages. Through Loretome I may guide you, but I may not intervene, least a greater evil befall the World, and Chaos triumphs forever. Each has their own charrcteristics, thier strengths and weaknesses. The board game can be played by up to five players, with one having to play the part of the Evil Wizard Morcar.
The computer controls all the movements and actions of the Evil Wizard, and thus saves you the trouble. On the screen, the dice is represented by a spinning coin. So when you have bought a piece of equipment that will increase the number of dice that you roll, the computer will automatically incorparate this into the dice.
Each of four characters you can play are represented, and for each one a number of actions can be carried out from this menu. Each action is carried out by moving the mouse pointer over the particular option and then clicking the left mouse button. The options availible are, from left to right. Obviously, if four players are taking part, then all four characters will be active. If there are only two players, then they could either choose one character each, or may choose to represent two each.
If there is only one player, then that player can choose whether to go it alone as one character, or to involve up to four characters in the quest. You will then be presented with an alphabet. As you move the pointer over each letter, each will become highlighted in turn.
Clicking the left mouse button the pointer will add that letter to your name. If you choose this option, the previously saved characters will be presented on the screen. Highlighting one and clicking the left mouse button will load that character. SAVE - Obviously, this will save a character as he or she currently is, and will allow that character to be recalled later for further quests. When you choose this option, you will be presented with a menu which will allow you to save the character at eight points on the disk.
The eight points will be shown, and clicking on any of them will save your character to that point. All four characters can be saved onto one data disk up to eight times each.
If you choose this option, simply follow the on-screen instructions, taking care not to format your game disk. EXIT This will take you back to the main menu. If you choose this option, you will be presented with a list of the quests, which are best played in order.
Clicking on any of them will present the scenario on-screen. Click on this once you have read the scenerio and feel ready to begin your quest.
This can be spent on better armour or new weapons that will affect what you can achieve in the game. Once you are in the shop, buying anything is pretty straightforward. Each of the four player characters is illustrated at the top.
The name will appear to the left on the screen, whilst their current money ststus will be shown on the right. Underneath is a list of all the weapons and armour, along with thier price which is shown to the right. To buy any particular item just click on it.
Providing you have enough money, that item and the benefits it carries, will now be yours. Descriptions of all the items available, and their effect upon the attributes of your character are included in the spell book at the end of the instructions.
Once you have finished buying your equipment, the next player clicks on his character, buys what he wishes, and so on. When you choose this option, make sure you have inserted the expansion disk first, and then just follow the on screen instructions.
Veterans of the board game should read this section, however, as some of the rules have been slightly altered to enhance gameplay in the computer version.
The scenario will be presented on the screen. Before you start to play, read through the following rules. Each player moves in turn, starting with the player nominated by the Evil Wizard. The character nominated will be shown in the top left hand corner of the screen. Each character begins the game in a square next to the stairway, which is also the exit at the end of any game.
When it is your turn, you are allowed to carry out two actions. You are allowed to move, and either fight, search or cast a spell.
You may move first, then carry out the other action, or act first and then move. You may not move, then carry out an action, then continue to move. When it is the Evil Wizards turn to play, which will happen after every player has taken his turn, the Wizard may move some or all of his characters. He moves each monster in turn. The movements and actions of the Evil Wizard will be displayed on screen. Which is which is pretty self evident.
Each character will use the mouse, as instructed later, to determine the number of squares they may move on their turn. A player does not have to move the full distance indicated by the dice total, and may move any number of squares not exceeding the dice total.
Monsters have a predetermined maximum number of squares without needing to roll the dice, and again the Evil Wizard can move them any number within the maximum. When moving characters and monsters may not: 1. Move diagonally 2. Move onto an occupied square. Character players and monsters may, however, pass through an occupied square, provided that the player controlling the obstructing character allows you to pass. Otherwise your move must take another route or stop. Once a player has completed their move, it will move onto the next player.
How to effect movement on the computer is instructed later. Monsters cannot open doors. Character players do not have to open a door if they do not wish to. Opening a door does not count as a move. Having opened a door, a character player may keep moving if he has any movement left on his turn. Once opened, a door remains open for the remainder of the game.
The attacker rolls his dice once to score as many skulls as he can. The defender then rolls his dice once to cancel the skulls out by rolling shields. You cannot attack diagonally, except in special instances indicated in the Spell Book at the end of the instructions.
Once you are in position to attack another character, click on the combat icon, and the screen will now flip to the map screen. You must indicate the character that you wish to engage in combat by clicking the pointer over the representation of that character.
Once this is done, the screen will flip to the combat screen. Although from this point on the battle is moderated by the computer, what will happen is this: You will roll a number of special combat dice with shields and skulls. The number of dice you roll is dependant upon which character you are representing, and are as follows: Wizard 1 Dwarf 2 Barbarian 3 Elf 2 For each skull you roll your opponant will lose one body point, unless he can successfully defend himself.
If you fail to roll any skulls, the attack is wasted and your opponent need not defend. The number of attack skulls rolled are indicated in the bottom left hand corner of the combat screen, and the number of defence shields rolled by the other character are shown in the top right hand corner of the combat screen. The character players and the monsters must try to roll shields to defend.
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