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Realms of Quest I (Anniversary Edition, 2011)


The Realms of Quest I was originally made in 1991 by Ghislain de Blois for the Commodore VIC-20 computer.

The Realms of Quest premium edition release (2009) containing the Realms of Quest Trilogy I-II-III, lists the following text in the manual…

“Realms of Quest (1991) Where it all began! It’s world is a dungeon consisting of 20 levels with 8×8 locations all designed by hand by my youngest brother who I paid $0.25 for each floor. To play, refer to the in-game instructions.”

However, the version I will be playing and posting screenshots of is the Realms of Quest I, Anniversary Edition (2011), from the Realms of Quest IV premium edition disk (which contains Realms of Quest I+II+IV+Ultimate Quest: Catacomb). Might as well play the newest/latest version of Realms of Quest I, though perhaps I will play the earlier release at a later point.

Realms of Quest I and II are on side B of the Realms of Quest IV floppy disk and upon loading the disk you can choose between the two games.


Keyboard commands are the following…


The plot of Realms of Quest I, is to locate the four shattered pieces of the infinity amulet that lay hidden away deep in the dunjon. Once the amulet is recovered, you must seek out the evil warlock Nikaedor and destroy him in order to free the realms and kingdom of the warlock’s vile grasp.

You must create an adventurer that is willing to take on this vital and heroic task.

Attributes are the following…


Now GO, and create your character!


What is thy name?




Welcome to the GUILD


When you are ready to start the quest, enter the Dunjon and let the quest begin!


Fight with the evil monsters that you encounter.


And be victorious!


For more information on where you can obtain the Realms of Quest I Anniversary Edition (included in the Realms of Quest IV VIC-20 release), visit Ghislain’s official Realms of Quest Blog at the link below.

Realms of Quest I – IV are © Ghislain de Blois

If you do not own a Commodore VIC-20 computer, you can download the VICE emulator so that you can run VIC-20 programs on your computer. The VICE emulator is available at


Molten Lava Burns! + Vice emulator issues


I saw this little alcove leading to purple water so I thought I’d take a swim. My mistake. It’s molten lava! I should have read the no swimming in the lava sign before diving in.

I encountered some issues with saving the game and the Vice emulator was frequently freezing up. I had realized that my last saved game, Greenhat had 40 HP and when I loaded the game up he was back to 30 something. Also my recently found Ring Mail +5 was not equipped and nowhere in sight. I then battled some monsters to a point where I trained one of my characters and saved the game. I then quit the game and restarted but saved game did not reflect the newly trained character but instead my old previous save. The Vice emulator had previously been freezing up quite frequently and now I couldn’t save so I started to really worry.  I started the game again but this time in the terminal so I could see any error messages.

type xvic into the terminal to start

I saw the following…

Sound: Warning – Buffer drained
Warning – Your machine is too slow for current settings!

So I disabled sound.

Sound: Closing device `alsa’

I transfered my save game from the full version to the freeware version. I tried transferring the save game back to the full version but it just wasn’t saving so I deleted my full version and re-downloaded the full version and transfered my save from the freeware version to full version and it is saving OK now. Also since disabling sound I have not had any issues with saving or it freezing up.

So I recommend having a clean backup copy of the game in case your save goes on the fritz, you can then transfer the save to the new copy.

I also had some success with going into VICE settings>sound settings>sample rate>and changing the sample rate from the default 44100Hz to the low 8000Hz. It doesn’t sound as crisp but it at least gives you the music. And so far it hasn’t crashed but will have to keep an eye out on that.

I’m focusing now on trying to train my Priest up enough levels so that he can use Excommunication against the Demons and Demon Brides, although ideally it would be best to have Word of Recall available so i can teleport from the dungeon back to the castle.

Additionally, I found my first Potion. (Giant Strength)


Running Realms of Quest III on an emulator

If you don’t have a VIC-20 to run Realms of Quest on, then you will need to run the game through an emulator. If you are running VICE or CCS64 or some other emulator and haven’t set the emulator to use expanded memory you may have encountered a screen like the following.


Realms of Quest III needs 32K RAM expansion. If you see this then you need to make sure to set up your emulator so that it runs with expanded memory. I use VICE emulator, so in VICE…

click Settings>Model Settings>Memory Expansions>Common Configurations>All (blocks 1/2/3/4/5)

While you are at it you probably want to increase screen size. click Settings>VIC Settings>Double Size

To speed up the program in the emulator, you can click Options>Maximum Speed> (Set to however speed you want. Usually I use 200% but speed is up to you).

Make sure to add your disk image – File>Attach Disk Image>Unit 8> (select your disk)

Then when you are ready to start the game, type the following into the emulator command prompt.