|A truly classic
That´s how things start. You start without any gold and without even a single item. You get the chance to play with the included four characters or dismiss them and create your own. Of course I choose to create my own ones. Here you get 50 points to divide between abilities and skills. Abilities range from Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Spirit and HitPoints. Other statistics derived from them are your attack value (AV), defense value (DV) and Power (spell points).
|This is how it looks when you´ve played for a while
The game was originally to be called Bard's Tale IV but because of law infringements and copyrights to that it was soon before release name as Dragon Wars. It is the same people behind it though that created the Bard´s tale series and they have tried to implement and expand this one to be the best of them all. The game features four magic schools (low magic, druid magic, high magic and sun magic) with a total of 58 or so spells, as well as 16 skills.
Let´s see if they succeeds....
I begun to map Purgatory from scratch and ran around. Quite of often you get encounters with a lot of different monsters and people like spiders, wild hounds, pikemen, beggars or fools. You have the choice of running away which actually works very good and you most often succeeds. Thank you!
I only took the easy fights to slowly build up my experience points and get some few gold crowns. There are a few interesting places in Purgatory. I met an insane wizard who teached me my first low magic spells for example. I also found a slave market, a black market (the only place to buy weapons/armour) and also an arena. My mission is to get out of this town in some way. I managed to raise three levels within it´s border and also recruited a new member, Ulric - a warrior - to my group, before wondering how I would actually leave this gods forsaken place.
|Fortunately you could get more companions
|Could life as a slave might be better than to get insane in Purgatory ?