h, traveller... you've stumbled into our humble library. Here, we've several scrolls, codices, and volumes accumulated over the years. Some deal with Imperial decrees, others are treatises that scholars have contributed to academia from ages long past, while some are simply fanciful accounts of their exploits in the countryside. As with any library, ours undoubtedly changes from year to year. Please accept our invitation to browse our collection while not adventuring.
Documentation from Microprose
Gather the sage wisdom of the old masters and share your own adventures with others! Michel has setup a mailing list for Darklands which resides on Yahoo! Groups. Be sure to sign up! It's free and easy!
Reviews of Darklands - Read all about the best game no one's ever played
Reviewer extraordinaire, Dimitriy A. Levin, has this to say in his review of Microprose's Darklands:
"The game is very detailed. From the manual which very well describes all entities you can meet, all weapons (and there're quite a lot of them), all chemical potions, and all saints, to the cities in which city halls, inns, and churches have names which are the same as in the real cities."
Without a doubt, Home of the Underdogs is THE best source for abandonware games. While the legality of having such files is shady, these guys' website is anything but! They place Darklands in their Hall of Belated Fame (where it belongs!). Check out what they had to say about Darklands:
"One of the very best RPGs ever produced, and definitely the BEST historical RPG ever, Darklands was unfortunately plagued with a slew of bugs when it was first released, many of which could critically damage system files. The newest version (7.0) corrects most of these bugs and makes the game what it was supposed to be, but by then a lot of people have already given up trying.... making this game the first and only RPG from Microprose."
MobyGames is a historical archive, documentation, and review project for all electronic games (computer, console, and arcade). They also happen to have a review of DL with supplemental reviews by other users. Here's a portion of the main review:
"The game has an epic scope, and can go on for as long as you'd like it to. The main goal is to collect as much fame for you and your party as possible, because the more fame you havem the better quests you'll receive, and the better the rewards. :) Overall, an amazing, if overlooked, RPG that will give the player literally years of enjoyment."
Guilds' Whisperings - Tidings from beyond the borders of the Empire
Stories - Tales inspired by Darklands adventuring!
Historical Background - Some recommended reading for those who want to learn more about medieval life
Holy Roman Empire
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