Deep in the bowels of the storage area under our basement stairs I have three cardboard boxes that were tucked away when we moved into our house seven years ago. Within these boxes are smaller boxes of computer games that I purchased many moons before that. I was struck by a bit of nostalgia the other day so I burrowed my way into the storage area and dug out those boxes and found some great stuff.
Sometime around the mid nineties, the Office Depot near me had a constantly revolving bargain bin of computer games. I visited the store almost weekly just to check out what they had. Often there wouldn’t be much of interest, but just as often there’d be a real gem in there. These three cardboard boxes are full of games I mostly bought on the cheap from Office Depot.
Pictured above are some of the role-playing games among this old stash of mine, some of which I’ve got some very fond memories of. Included in the picture are:
- Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra
- Might and Magic V: Darkside of Xeen
- Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven
- Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos
- Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall
- The Summoning
- Eye of the Beholder
- Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon
- Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor
- Unlimited Adventures: Fantasy Construction Kit
- Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant
- The Complete Ultima VII
- Dungeon Hack
- Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny
One thing led to another and I soon found myself installing these games on my PC with the help of DosBox. I’m kind of curious to see if I’ll be able to bring myself to play some of these again, or if their time has long past. I never did play Ultima VII and that’s one game that I’d definitely like to check out.
The one thing that immediately stands out for me is how awesome most of the manuals are with these games. You definitely don’t see manuals like these any more. They’ve got pages upon pages of lore, followed by detailed references on the game mechanics, and some even include designer’s notes, which is something I really miss in games these days.
I’m going to try and spend an hour or two with each of these games and post my impressions here over the next little while. Should be fun. I hope.