History of CRPGs Part II: The Golden Age (1985-1993)

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GamaSutra has just published the second installment of my in-depth history of CRPGs: The Golden Age of CRPGs. GamaSutra did a fantastic job with the layout, and I'm sure you're going to enjoy this article. I daresay, it's the most detailed and ambitious survey of CRPGs yet attempted, and I hope it will inspire others to start writing up histories of other genres! Check it out, and be sure to send the link to all the CRPG fans you know!

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GaryScottSmith (not verified)
A minor correction: Realms

A minor correction: Realms of Darkness (SSI) was published on the Apple II in 1986 and the C64 in 1987.

Gary

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Thanks, Gary. Do you have

Thanks, Gary. Do you have any citations or evidence to support this? That's basically been my problem with all the dates. Unless I can look at the manual or actual disks and see the copyright, I have to rely on secondary sources (Mobygames, Wikipedia, magazines, websites) which frequently contradict each other.

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GaryScottSmith (not verified)
I have several original

I have several original boxes somewhere in a closet. I also have several magazine reviews.

I did all of the programming and ½ of the design for Realms of Darkness. I wrote it in 6502 assembly on the Apple II and then ported it to the C64. I also wrote Tangled Tales which Origin published. I wrote that one in 6502 assembly on an Apple II in 1988 and ported it to the C64 and PC in 1988 and 1989. Origin hired me in 1990 and I worked there until 2000.

Gary

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I noticed that the two

I noticed that the two articles have been linked into the wikipedia article (bottom of the page)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_computer_role-playing_games

both point to the gamasutra articles rather than here tho... as an FYI

-- Stu --

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dulsi (not verified)
The article is very

The article is very interesting. I haven't finished reading the second part yet. An error on your Bard's Tale information caused me to look for some way to contact you. Looks like you must have used the wikipedia entry on the Bard's Tale Construction Set before I noticed and fixed it. I haven't completed Nutilan. Soon after I started working on it, Shifting Sun Studios asked for additional programmer to help develop Bard's Legacy (later renamed Devil's Whiskey).

Recently I've started looking at it again to complete the game. But most of the work has gone into completing Bt Builder. Bt Builder is an open source implementation of the BTCS or at least it will be. See http://www.identicalsoftware.com/btbuilder

Also Warrior's Tale is not using the BTCS. It is built with another game development tool.

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