Monthly Archives: May 2011

The CRPG Addict rediscovers Pool of Radiance


Well it is finally here. From the first time I had read his blog, I have waited for this series of posts for one of my favorite computer games of all time–one of the few games I enjoyed enough to beat. Just as his review of Might and Magic II prompted me to start playing that again, I can see me reinstalling Pool of Radiance on this laptop I am writing from now and reliving all of the fun I had with that game for the past twenty years (I had continued to play it up to a few years ago). Play on Brother.

Pool of Radiance
First Post: Introduction
Second Post: The Story Begins
Third Post: First Expedition
Fourth Post: Heroes!
Fifth Post: Combat
Sixth Post: Clearing the City
Seventh Post: Holy and Unholy
Eighth Post: The Great Outdoors
Turn-based v. Real-time Combat
Note: This post is not necessarily part of his Pool of Radiance review, but shows his point of view concerning what is to me a very important concept around which CRPGs are based.
Ninth Post: Cleaning Up for the Show
Tenth Post: Won!
Eleventh Post: Final Rating

P.S. I cracked this game several years ago so I wouldn’t need to use that damn wheel. It was nice and easy.

More Lymdonshire in Hexographer

Hand-Drawn

Hexographer

Terrain and Vegetation

A short time ago I bought Hexographer. One of the ways that I used to map by hand was to pen in geographic hexes (e.g. Mountains, Hills, Forest) and color in vegetation with either markers, crayons, or colored pencils. The paid version (and possibly the free version as well) allow the same by giving the option to change the background paint. I was able to set up both forested and clear mountains and forested and clear hills. Disregarding the differing icons, the map on the right most resembles my early efforts.