I've always enjoyed reading various Let's Play excursions into madness, and so I thought it only fair to delve into the madness a bit myself. What better game than one of my favorite RPGs of all time, from whence I got my forum name? Let's play...
Might and Magic IV
and Might and Magic V
Click the spoiler to view a map of the Cloudside of Xeen. You can easily follow along where the party goes.
You said "game", yet the title lists TWO. Are you a liar?
Tell me more...
Yes! But not about this. Might and Magic IV and V are respectively Clouds of Xeen and Darkside of Xeen. However, they were always intended to played together. When installed on the same hard drive, they, in a fashion not unlike Voltron
, form one bigger game.
These games were developed way back in the year 1993 by the now defunct New World Computing. Part of the once glorious line of Might and Magic games, they were technically sequels to Might and Magic I-III, in that they do conclude the overarching storyline from those games, but zero knowledge of those games is actually required. The plot is quite self-contained.
I see. But this game looks... old. Why even play it?
If you'd like to learn more before you commit to the thread, you can Google it. Removing links until I'm sure I can post what I posted.
For it's time it was groundbreaking in the graphics, diversity of enemies, and enormous world to explore. I believe it stands the test of time very well.
How does it compare to Oblivion?
I should smack you for asking. This is an old school RPG. Everything is turn based. You control an entire party of six members. There is also no silly "leveling" of creatures. If you wander off too far, you will be crushed into a tiny pulp.
With that out of the way, let's begin!
Our opening title. We will, of course, be starting on the Clouds side of Xeen. We are treated to an opening cinematic. A strange tower rests alone in a dark lake...
This place seems rather isolated. We zoom in on the window...
Apparently someone lives here!
Crodo: I am Crodo, Overseer of the land known as Xeen. Many years have passed since the glory days of King Burlock...
King Burlock's Head: I am the king!
Crodo: ...when times were good and there was must rejoicing.
Crowd (sounding rather bored): Yaaaay.
Crodo: But now, imprisoned in this enchanted tower, by the sinister, self proclaimed Lord Xeen...
Lord Xeen: Mwhahahahahaha!
Crodo: ...I am unable to help you in these dark times. It is now up to you, adventurers, to right what has been wronged!
That means YOU!
This game requires a party of six. I am now looking for volunteers. Specifically I require...
Will you be doing good or evil?
One Barbarian (preferably Half-orc)
One Paladin (preferably Human, Half-orc, or Dwarf)
One Ninja (preferably Dwarf or Gnome)
One Ranger (preferably Human, Half-orc, or Dwarf)
One Cleric (preferably Gnome)
One Sorcerer (preferably Elf)
Fairly specific, I know, but I need a decent party, right? Right? Feel free to give a name, a gender, an appearance (ha!), and a personality. I'll do my best to accommodate.
You kids and your morale choice systems. There is not really a way to play this game other than stupidly heroic, so that's how we'll be doing things. However, the stupid-to-heroic ratio is open to change.