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Digital Versions of Realms of Quest III + IV are available again!

Digital Versions of Realms of Quest III + IV are now available again through Psytronik Software’s new Itch.io site, and they are on a name your own price! So get your VIC20 emulators ready, and head on over to Psytronik’s site to purchase/download these great turn based, party based dungeon crawlers and fight some monsters today! See links below for further emulator recommendations and system requirements, and information on all of the extra’s that come with the downloads.

Realms of Quest III https://psytronik.itch.io/realms-of-quest-trilogy

Realms of Quest IV https://psytronik.itch.io/realms-of-quest-iv

For more Psytronik software releases….https://psytronik.itch.io/

 

 

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Taking a walk in the dungeon -Realms of Quest V

Here are Mead and the crew, taking a leisurely stroll through one of the dunjons in Realms of Quest V.  Let there be color! This is great! In Realms of Quest V each dunjon in the game may have their own color styles.

For visual dungeon comparison with the previous 2 Realms of Quest games, below here is one of the dunjons in Realms of Quest III.

Realms of Quest IV had black and white wire-frame graphics, but much more features like traps, spinners, teleporters and other such things in their dunjons.

+ Here is the Dungeon Crawler version of Realms of Quest III with its blue dunjons.

 

New Realms Font & Race/Class Tables-RoQV

A new Realms font is now replacing the Legacy font and allows both upper and lowercase letters. It is the official default font that will ship with the game, but you can still select the other fonts; (deluxe, fat128, system) via the configuration screen.

Both the Race and Class tables have been updated. The Proteus Class (Jack of all trades, master of none) has been replaced with a War Mage class which is a Fighter/Wizard/Cleric type class and will require the most experience points to advance levels. Click the images to enlarge for better viewing.

Races that also appeared in and were specific to J.R.R.Tolkien’s and/or Thomas Covenant’s works have been replaced with unique races that you can only find in this “Realms of Quest”.

Tunnels in the Walls -Realms of Quest V

While searching for Dorothy in the Emerald City, we discovered tunnels dug into the walls by a pair of Mole brothers (Moehlman, and Moehleman) . The latter of the two offers to join as an ally but only as an ally of a Neutral character. Secret passages can be seen as small black markers in the walls.

Or purple markers if using the Multi-Color tile graphic style.

The Moehleman’s got 125 Hit Points, and attacks at 1d20 swinging twice per attack with a healing spell as a fourth attack round.

Cities in Realms of Quest V – Bighy Woods

In Realms of Quest V, there will be cities that you can enter and wander around in similar to the city in Ultimate Quest. There will be townspeople that you can speak with and perhaps get tips from, + things to discover and do. Perhaps we might find some familiar locations like the Big H to purchase healing spells or Grimlocks Magical Guild for spells or other magical supplies, an inn to rest or other such locales.

Green trees inside shop are placeholders images for people, some interactive

Courtesan – Realms of Quest V

One of the new classes for player characters in Realms of Quest V is the Courtesan.  Courtesans are able to seduce humanoid type monsters for the purpose of recruiting them into your party as an ally that will fight with you against the monsters that you battle. Besides being able to fight monsters in your characters stead, ally’s are also useful in that if a monster attacks your courtesan character, the ally will be the one to take the HP damage and will fight with/for your Courtesan until death. The courtesan will not take any damage from enemy monsters until the the courtesan’s ally has exhausted all HP’s and has been defeated. Courtesans should have high Charisma in order to be effective at seducing.

Here is a listing of all humanoid type monsters that a courtesan might be able to seduce so be on the lookout for any of the following types of monsters…

In the battle above there is a humanoid monster group (4 Troglodytes), so we will attempt to have our courtesan (Alisha) seduce one of the Trogs. The Troglodytes have 3 Swing attacks, and 1 Stun attack per the charts above.

Our courtesan attempts to seduce

Now we select the monster group that Alisha will attempt seduction

Success!!

Woohoo! Alisha has successfully seduced a Troglodyte and it will now fight for our party as an ally of Alisha!

Inspecting Ally in the courtesan’s player character screen

The Troglodyte now appears as an Ally on Alisha’s player characters statistics screen. The Troglodyte has 3 regular melee attacks of Swing and 1 special attack of Stun which if successful will eliminate 1 enemy monster upon each successful Stun attack. Now that the Trog is an ally, during Alisha’s next round she can have the ally attack on her behalf. First the courtesan chooses which monster group the ally will attack. We will choose to have the Trog attack the Ropers. If the ally kills an enemy monster, the kill is recorded as being the courtesan’s kill for advancing/leveling up purposes.

The Troglodyte successfully stuns a Roper.

The stun attack removes 1 Roper from battle. When monsters are taken out, they are not killed, just removed from battle but at least it is 1 less monster to have to deal with. For leveling up purposes it is better to have monsters killed that way there is a chance that the player character might level up.

Here our ally Troglodyte uses a swing attack at an enemy monster.  From looking at the charts above, it would be very useful if a courtesan player character seduced one of the more tougher humanoid monsters such as a Titan, or Storm Giant or Fire Giant as they have Death / Fire attacks which would come in mighty handy in battle.

Above is the Troglodyte from “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”. A great fantasy adventure movie with animation by the late and great Ray Harryhausen.

 

Gnomish Mines Level 12 -Nethack

I made it to level 12 of the Gnomish Mines when the unthinkable happened. They killed my dog Sirius! Damn those gnomes! I also had run out of arrows so I started throwing every ranged weapon I had until I was left only with an orcish dagger and short sword to melee with.

Some interesting things about nethack….If you find a bugle you can play it by improvising and sometimes the monsters will get scared and run away, either for fear that re-reinforcements are about to come to your aid, or that you are such a horrible Bugle player that they can’t bear the sound of your “music” any longer and are repulsed and forced to flee.  Of course, the Dwarf King just had to pick up and steal one of my arrows from the ground before running away, didn’t he?  Another interesting find is a magic marker. If you also find a blank scroll you can use the marker to make magic scrolls or just use the magic marker to write Elbereth. Provided that you don’t get interrupted or misspell the word, writing Elbereth will prevent monsters from being able to hit you while you remain on the square where the Elbereth writing appears. You can also attempt to write in dust, however it won’t last as long as with a magic marker or engraving. Gemstones can  be used to engrave writings provided that the stone is hard enough for writing.  If you have gems and encounter a unicorn you may want to throw some gems at it. I hear throwing red gems may  do some interesting things perhaps involving luck.

I was able to vanquish 148 monsters this time around!

Eventually died on level 12 of the gnomish mines by a Warg. Slowly getting better with this game, but darn it’s tough once you get past the first 10 levels or so. I love Nethack!