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Ok, so today I found myself with some little extra time and decided to waste it. With the announcement of Obsidian handling Neverwinter Nights 2, and with Dungeons and Dragons celebrating 30 years of existence, D&D is once again in the spotlight. But instead of focusing on the present, I thought it might be a nice idea instead to make a post focusing on the lore of all the Dungeons and Dragons titles released solely for the PC in the past.

As such, following are a list of D&D-licensed games for the PC, accompanied by links to off-site pages with information for each game. The list isn't an ultimate resource; most information for the older games is hard to find at this point, and it's quite possible I haven't remembered and compiled every game. That's where people can contribute. If you feel there's a good page out there that broadens the scope of the information presented here, or have additional info that's more accurate than what was posted here, post the link and I'll update the master list. Yes, you'll be credited (but not payed, sorry).


For the record, I do not take credit nor responsibility for the contents of the following list, or of content in the links presented. The only thing I can be credited with is compiling the list and posting it.


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P A R T 1 - The Master List
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Pool of Radiance - 1988

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Heroes of the Lance - 1988

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: U.S. Gold Curse of the Azure Bonds - 1989

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Dragons of Flame - 1989

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: U.S. Gold Hillsfar - 1989

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Westwood Studios
War of the Lance - 1989

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Secret of the Silver Blades - 1990

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)DragonStrike - 1990

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Westwood Studios Champions of Krynn - 1990

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. Eye of the Beholder - 1990

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Westwood Studios Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon - 1991

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Westwood Studios
Shadow Sorcerer - 1991

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: US GoldNeverwinter Nights - 1991

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Stormfront StudiosPools of Darkness - 1991

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Gateway to the Savage Frontier - 1991

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Beyond SoftwareDeath Knights of Krynn - 1991

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)The Dark Queen of Krynn - 1992

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: US Gold Treasures of the Savage Frontier - 1992

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Beyond Software Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace - 1992

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Cybertech Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor - 1992

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Unlimited Adventures - 1993

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: MicroMagic, Inc.Fantasy Empires - 1993

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Silicon KnightsDark Sun: Shattered Lands - 1993

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Stronghold - 1993

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Stormfront StudiosDungeon Hack - 1993

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: DreamForge Intertainment, Inc. Dark Sun 2: Wake of the Ravager - 1994

Published By: Mindscape Inc., Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession - 1994

Published By: Mindscape Inc.
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse - 1994

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developed By: Cyberlore Studios, Inc. Menzoberranzan - 1994

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: DreamForge Intertainment, Inc. Ravenloft: Stone Prophet - 1995 (also known as Ravenloft 2: Stone Prophet)

Published By: Mindscape Inc.
Developed By: DreamForge Intertainment, Inc., Strategic Simulations, Inc (SSI)Deathkeep - 1995

Published By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Lion Entertainment Inc.Blood & Magic - 1996

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Tachyon StudiosBirthright: Gorgon's Alliance - 1996

Published By: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Developed By: Synergistic Software, Inc.Dark Sun Online: Crimson Sands - 1996

Publisher: Pogo.com
Developer: SSIDescent to Undermountain - 1998

Published By: Interplay Productions
Developed By: Interplay ProductionsBaldur's Gate - 1998

Published By: Black Isle Studios, Interplay
Developed By: BioWare CorporationBaldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast - 1999

Published By: Black Isle Studios, Interplay Entertainment Corporation
Developed By: BioWare CorpPlanescape: Torment - 1999

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Black Isle Studios Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn - 2000

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: BioWare CorporationIcewind Dale - 2000

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Black Isle StudiosPool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor - 2001

Published By: UbiSoft Entertainment
Developed By: Stormfront Studios Baldur's Gate 2 - Throne of Bhaal - 2001

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: BioWare Corp Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter - 2001

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Black Isle Studios
Trials of the Luremaster - 2001

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Black Isle StudiosIcewind Dale 2 - 2002

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Black Isle StudiosNeverwinter Nights - 2002

Published By: Infogrames
Developed By: BioWare CorporationNeverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide - 2003

Published By: Atari
Developed By: BioWare Corp, Floodgate, Rustmonkey ProductionsNeverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark - 2003

Published By: Atari, Inc.
Developed By: BioWare Corp, Floodgate
The Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure - 2003

Published By: Atari
Developed By: Troika Games ****************************************************
P A R T 2 - How to acquire the older D&D games?
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Older D&D games are, obviously, no longer in production. Rare bids on places like Ebay or special editions that compile several of these games are the best options. Regarding compilations, there are only three D&D compilations that I know of that compile D&D-only PC games:

1) Fantasy Fest! - 1994 (?)

Published By: Mindscape Inc., Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)
Developed By: Several (DreamForge Intertainment, Inc., MicroMagic, Inc., Silicon Knights, Stormfront Studios)

Includes:
  • Dungeon Hack
  • Unlimited Adventures
  • Fantasy Empires
  • Stronghold
2) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Masterpiece Collection - 1996

Published By: Mindscape Inc.
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)

Includes:
  • The Dark Sun Series:
    • Dark Sun: Shattered Lands
    • Dark SUn: Wake of the Ravager
  • The Ravenloft Series:
    • Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession
    • Ravenloft: Stone Prophet
  • Menzoberranzan
  • Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse
3) The Forgotten Realms Archive - Silver Edition - 1997

Published By: Interplay
Developed By: Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI)

Includes:
  • The Pool of Radiance Series:
    • Pool of Radiance
    • Pools of Darkness
  • The Eye of the Beholder Series:
    • Eye of the Beholder
    • Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon
    • Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor
  • The Savage Frontier Series:
    • Gateway to the Savage Frontier
    • Treasures of the Savage Frontier
  • Menzoberanzan
  • And a demo of Baldur's Gate (*)
(*)Reportedly, some versions have a demo of Blood & Magic.


Fantasy Fest! is currently available in this Ebay page, and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Masterpiece Collection can currently be found in this Amazon page, and in this CD Access page (for those interested, CD Access now has 100 copies stocked).

I have no idea where the Forgotten Realms Archive - Silver Edition can be bought at this time. Possibly, it's not available anymore. However, there is a compilation called Gamefest: Forgotten Realms Classics, released in 2001, which has all the Silver Edition games, and the Baldur's Gate demo. More information on the Gamefest: Forgotten Realms Classics can be found at this page in Mobygames. The game is currently sold at Amazon.com, but there are very few copies. It can be located at this Amazon.com page.



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P A R T 3 - Additional Information
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1) Some of the links above take you to mirrors of the original sites. Interplay's site, for instance, doesn't exist anymore, along with sites for games like Icewind Dale or Planescape: Torment. The Wayback Machine is a site that basically keeps mirrors of existing sites, in an attempt to preserve their information. It should be noted that via the Wayback Machine you'll be able to access Interplay's old site, but things like ordering games online from it are still impossible, as the site itself is down.

2) The purpose of the list is to basically give information regarding the games in it. Things such as links to patches or updates, in theory, are beyond the scope of the list.

3) I am aware that some of the sites I have linked to may contain abandonware versions of the games in the list, or versions that may not be legal. My intention was to provide several sources of information, not to provide links which would direct people to sites which could be perceived as illegal, or that could carry illegal content.

Simply put, I am not in favor of piracy (though I'm not adverse to saying aarr, matey!), and do not support downloading any illegal file from those, or any other, sites. You are at your own risk by doing so. Don't download those files, and don't use Dosbox to run them.

4) Remembering and discussing these games (specially the older ones) and these articles is good; starting to bicker because of them, or because of how they are exposed on these articles is not isn't. Try to keep it civil without resorting to trolling and flaming simply because of different tastes.


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P A R T 4 - Main Sources and Additional Links
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Mobygames - A large videogame database.

Gamespot - Videogame coverage.

IGN - Videogame coverage.

Gamespot's History of Dungeons and Dragons Videogames - History of Dungeons and Dragons videogames. Currently incomplete (only up to Baldur's Gate).

Gamespy's History of Dungeons and Dragons videogames


~Role-Player, 23/08/2004

UPDATES:

*23/08/2004:
-Pope rectified the Trials of the Luremaster release date.

-Added Gamespy reviews for: Icewind Dale, Shadows of Amn, Throne of Bhaal, Ruins of Myth Drannor, Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights, NWN: Shadows of Undrentide, NWN: Hordes of the Underdark, and IWD: Heart of Winter.

-Added entry of Dark Sun Online.

-Added another location to buy the AD&D Masterpiece Collection.

*27/08/2004:

-Added RPG Codex reviews for: Icewind Dale 2, Neverwinter Nights, and Temple of Elemental Evil.

-Llamagod gave the information regarding the existence of the Gamefest: Forgotten Realms Classics compilation.

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Post pruned and returned to general circulation.

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That is...impressive. Quite a post, no matter the time it must have taken.

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I had no idea there was a much earlier "Neverwinter Nights" game. Interesting.

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Awesome NecroRessurection :(

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I remember getting a Wizardworks collection CD in the mid 90's that had:

The Forgotten Realms Gold Box games
The Dragonlance Gold Box games
The "Savage Frontier" Gold Box games

It was a single gold-labelled CD.

and then a few years after that another Wizardworks collection that was essentially everything SSI put out in the D&D license, from Hillsfar to the terrible first person games.

It was 3-4 black-labelled CDs.

Unfortunately I've lost both of these, but I've bought the gold box games about, oh, four times now, so... ahem. Wish I had an Amiga for them, though.

Wizardworks was a shovelware publisher at the time (they were best known for stealing tons of homemade Doom and Warcraft II levels off of the internet and selling about a billion of them on a CD), now purchased by Infogrames/Atari and probably used to publish deer hunter games. Don't get me wrong - they certainly filled a niche, which kept abandonware games just this side of unabandoned, and I loved them for it.

I can't find either of these collections anywhere in a cursory search of the usual suspects (eBay, Amazon), though.

As far as the original Neverwinter Nights game, it was a pretty fun AOL MMORPG using the Gold Box interface. It was actually great fun, but that was when AOL charged outrageous hourly prices and it wasn't really feasible to get into it.

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That's quite the list. Admittedly I haven't played any of those prior to BG in 1998.

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That's quite the list.  Admittedly I haven't played any of those prior to BG in 1998.

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I must really be old - I've played almost all of them!

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I'd like to thank Fionavar for solving the mystery of this thread's removal. It's back up now, and will be updated when I find the time and additional info. It will definetely be updated when more Neverwinter Nights 2 info comes out.

Cheers :ermm:

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I must really be old - I've played almost all of them!

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I'm probably as old (or older) than you, but I just wasn't interested in this type of gaming until actually around 2000. Since then I've played all those games on the list from 1998 on, but never had the urge to go back further.

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This brings back memories ;)

Nice list...

I used to have a big CD with all of the older games(before the copyright time)....

Ah the memories..

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That is ... an impressive feat of research, scholarship and writing! (Aside: so that's where Fionavar has been lately, editing RolePayer's post!) :)

I was about to add the Wizardries, when I realised you said "PC" ... AFAIK Wizardry 1, 2 & 3 were only released on the Apple ][, but I might be wrong ... certainly you don't have the recent Wizardy titles there ...

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This should be stickied so it doesn't get lost. A lot of helpful links. :)

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[, but I might be wrong ... certainly you don't have the recent Wizardy titles there ...

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also said D&D, which the wizardry games are not... the first three were also available on the C64, IIRC.
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So Ultima is out as well then. :D

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yup...

i suppose somebody could get crazy and create a list of fantasy crpgs, which would include even the bard's tales, might and magics, D&Ds, etc...

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PS: that would not be me, btw... :)

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Oh, a full list of all fantasy rpgs ever released? I'd really pity the author of that list. Bloody lot of work.

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I was about to add the Wizardries, when I realised you said "PC" ... AFAIK Wizardy 1, 2 & 3 were only released on the Apple ][, but I might be wrong ... certainly you don't have the recent Wizardy titles there ...

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All Wizardry titles were also made available on the IBM compatible format.

They were never available for the C64, but the Bard's Tale series (quite similar games) were. You could even import Wizardry and Ultima characters into the original Bard's Tale game.

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And technically C64s and Apple ][ computers were PCs, even if they weren't IBM Compatible PCs.

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