Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Then came Wizard's Crown...the box art alone and me geeked! Wallow in its greatness! Here is a fantasy cover with NO ONE in plate mail, a guy is injured, the shield has no heraldry and its scarred and to any TFT/Melee/wizard fan the phrase TACTICAL COMBAT was like manna from heaven. It was like someone got into my head and lifted a scene right out of my pen and paper game! I read ads, saw it in stores, and even read a LOOONG review in Dragon #114 about it. It was the perfect game I had waited for!
Then, I never played it...
I can;t come up with a because "x" then "y" rationale but I think I can tell why. I know the $40 price tag was beyond my means to some extent, and we did not have a computer to play it, as I played over at a friends on his C64. My guess is I never bought it because my friend WAS a Bard's Tale fanatic, and I know my type of game would have been not often played by him. So I would have a $40 rarely played game, or worse, I'd leave it at my friends dirty house and his dog or something worse would happen to the game. In the end whatever the reason I never got to play it.
I know there are a TON of emulators and I "could" play it today, heck I even have a word doc of the rule book for pity's sake, just for nerd coolness. One of the problem's with some games is they don;
't age well visually-and honestly WC did not age well. Now for a guy who loves roguelikes you would think this would not matter...but for some reason it does. Still, If I could find a poster sized version of that cover I would snap it up in a heart beat! A sequel to WC came out...dagger something...but it just never fired my imagination like WC did...and still does.
Anyway, I guess that is one more strength for pen & paper rpg's really, the visuals you have while playing them never go out of date.