Monthly Archives: October 2014

Realms of Quest: Internet Archives from Archive.org

The Internet is probably one of the most interesting tools ever invented by humankind as of today, but what good is the Internet if it’s creation and evolution is eventually erased by the sands of time?

Anyone that has searched the Internet even for a short period of time is aware that it is not uncommon for websites to “go under” and disappear forever after a site’s owner no longer maintains the site for whatever reason. Sites that seemed prominent at one point in time, might just up and disappear one day, leaving folks searching for a replacement in the site’s wake. This is why Archive.org is so important.

Archive.org is probably one of the most important sites on the web today. It’s focus is to record all pages that any and every site will allow it to record.

“The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.”

The Archive.org will attempt to archive data from sites available unless the site blocks archive.org with its robots.txt file.

Geocities was a site that allowed its users to create web pages of their own and was a popular service. Eventually Yahoo bought Geocities and while it remained popular for many years, Yahoo elimiated it’s Geocities service in 2009.

Since this site features the Realms of Quest, here are some related images from the Realms of Quest Geocities page with a link. Note: Not all links on the Geocities site were recorded to Archive.org, but at least there is a record with a couple images of the old site.

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https://web.archive.org/web/20010128223500/http://www.geocities.com/dh374/realms1.html

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Realms of Quest III: The Dunjon Crawler [enhanced graphics]

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Included on the Realms of Quest III disk is a 16K version of Realms of Quest III called Dunjon Crawler, which is a more simplified version of the 32K version of Realms of Quest III. This one is a straight up dungeon crawler (no overworld area map to traverse, only a 3-D dungeon, no music, no joystick control, & only 1 save slot for disks, no save option for tapes.)

A quote from the manual…

“The goal of Dunjon Crawler is to recover the King’s sceptre from the CHROME DRAGON who resides on the 15th floor of the dunjon in the catacombs underneath the Castle. A reward of untold riches will be bestowed to you if you’re successful. Once the sceptre is recovered, the dunjon will be reset into a new one so you can replay this “on the side” adventure all over again- with increasingly greater difficulty each time you complete the quest. 32K users can transfer their saved game to Dunjon Crawler with the “Transfer Party” application in order to build their characters and acquire additional treasure.”

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It’s been a while since I’ve played any Realms of Quest III so I wanted to make sure I still have my party backed up somewhere and sure enough, my team is safe and sound.

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With a new game or new version of a game, I usually find it more interesting to create a new party of characters. Just because. This version of Realms of Quest III: Dunjon Crawler, starts you off in a blue dunjon rather than the usual red one.

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Watch out though. It’s tough. If your new party stumbles upon 11 skeletons, you might want to run away as fast as you can!

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Will be continuing on with Realms of Quest I + mapping out it’s dungeons soon. Just wanted to try out a bit of Dunjon Crawler for a change. Really like these party based games.