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Encyclopedia > Conquests of Camelot
"Conquests of Camelot"
Developer(s) Sierra On-Line
Designer(s) Christy Marx
Engine SCI0
Release date(s) 1990
Genre(s) Adventure, Puzzle Solving
Mode(s) Single player
Platform(s) DOS, Amiga
Media Floppy disk
Input keyboard, mouse (optional)

Conquests of Camelot (full official title: Conquests of Camelot I: King Arthur, Quest for the Grail) is a graphic adventure game released in 1989 by Sierra. It was the first game in the Conquests series designed by Christy Marx and her husband Peter Ledger. The only other game in the series was 1992's Conquests of the Longbow: The Adventures of Robin Hood. Marx did the majority of the design work while Ledger created the game and package art. Image File history File links Camelotconquests. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... The most recent logo (Sierra Entertainment) Sierra Entertainment was a computer game developer and publisher active from 1980 to 2004. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Christy Marx (born c. ... A game engine is the core software component of a video game. ... Sierras Creative Interpreter (SCI) refers to the scripting language created by Jeff Stephenson of Sierra On-Line for its adventure games after the older AGI. While AGI was a procedural language, SCI is completely object-oriented. ... This article is about the year. ... This is a listing of computer and video game genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... Adventure is a genre of video game typified by exploration, puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges. ... Computer puzzle game is a genre of computer games that emphasize puzzle solving. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... The original Amiga (1985) The Amiga is a family of home/personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation as an advanced game console. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a ring of thin, flexible (i. ... A computer keyboard is a peripheral modeled after the typewriter keyboard. ... Operating a mechanical mouse. ... Adventure is a genre of video game typified by exploration, puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The most recent logo (Sierra Entertainment) Sierra Entertainment was a computer game developer and publisher active from 1980 to 2004. ... Christy Marx (born c. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Conquests of the Longbow: The Adventures of Robin Hood is a graphic adventure game designed by Christy Marx and published by Sierra On-Line in 1992. ...

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Gameplay

Scoring was based on three kinds of points: Skill (when the player performs deeds that help him in his quest, or defeats enemies), Wisdom (when examining things, talking to others, or gaining hints) and Soul (performing good deeds to help others). The game featured a soundtrack of authentic-sounding medieval music composed by Mark Seibert. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Mark Seibert is an American musician, composer and producer best known for his work on various video games from Sierra Entertainment. ...


The package included a map of Europe in Arthurian times and an illustrated manual called Liber Ex Doctrina ("book (derived) from knowledge" - that is, the game documentation). This book included information about the evolution of the Arthurian and Grail myths as well as Greek and Roman mythology; some of this information was required in order to answer riddles within the game.


Plot

The game begins at the decline of Camelot because of the love triangle between King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. This 'curse' brought famine and drought in the kingdom. After having a vision of the Holy Grail covered by a silver cloth, Gawain, Lancelot and Galahad departed on a quest for the Holy Grail. However, they did not return. The player controls Arthur in his search for the missing knights and the Grail. Tis a silly place Camelot is the name of the stronghold of the legendary King Arthur, from which he fought many of the battles that made up his life. ... A love triangle refers to a romantic relationship involving three people. ... King Arthur is an important figure in the mythology of Great Britain, where he appears as the ideal of kingship in both war and peace. ... Queen Guinevere, by William Morris Guinevere was the queen consort of King Arthur. ... In the Arthurian legend, Sir Lancelot (Lancelot du Lac, or Lancelot of the Lake; also Launcelot) is one of the Knights of the Round Table. ... Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain (Gawan, Gauvain, Walewein etc. ... In the Arthurian legend, Sir Lancelot (Lancelot du Lac, or Lancelot of the Lake; also Launcelot) is one of the Knights of the Round Table. ... A potrait of Sir Galahad by George Frederick Watts. ... In Christian mythology, the Holy Grail was the dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, said to possess miraculous powers. ...


The adventure itself concerns Camelot only briefly. The player travels across England in order to fight with the Black Knight and rescue Gawain. Then the ruins of Glastonbury Tor where a mad monk claims he has the Grail, left by Joseph of Arimathea. Afterwards, he visits Ot Moor where the frozen Lady of the Lake challenges Arthur to a riddle in order to rescue the imprisoned Lancelot. Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid... Glastonbury Tor is a high teardrop-shaped hill at Glastonbury, Somerset, England, with its only standing architectural feature the roofless St Michaels Tower of the former church. ... Joseph of Arimathea, according to the Gospels, was the man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus after his crucifixion. ... Otmoor is a fenland in South England. ... The Lady of the Lake taking the infant Lancelot. ...


Arthur then leaves England in order to follow Galahad's traces. He arrives to Gaza and Jerusalem where he learns about the cult of the Six Goddesses. Arthur will be tried throughout his journey in Palestine, and acts of selflessness and helping people will add to his Soul point system. Gaza City (alternatively, simply Gaza; Arabic غزة Ġazzah; Hebrew עזה Azza). ... Jerusalem (Hebrew: Yerushalayim; Arabic: al-Quds; Greek Ιεροσόλυμα; Latin Aelia Capitolina) is an ancient Middle Eastern city on the watershed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea at an elevation of 650-840 meters. ... Palestine (Hebrew: ארץ ישראל Eretz Israel, Arabic: فلسطين Filastīn or Falastīn, see also Land of Israel) is one of many historical names for the region between the Mediterranean Sea and the banks of the Jordan River, plus various adjoining lands to the east and south. ...


For example, the player has alternatives, like choose to avoid fighting with the Black Knight, but this will lead to the death of Gawain. But only having full score will Arthur be able to hold the Grail at the end. Otherwise, it will not deem him worthy. A black knight is a soldier or knight who either is not bound to a specific liege or does not want his liege, or himself, to be identified and so does not bear any heraldic standards or has blackened them out. ...


The I of the official title, as well as the epilogue, indicated a sequel, probably Conquests of Camelot II but instead Marx proceeded to Conquests of the Longbow. Conquests of the Longbow: The Adventures of Robin Hood is a graphic adventure game designed by Christy Marx and published by Sierra On-Line in 1992. ...

Arthur in the ruins of Glastonbury Tor.
Arthur in the ruins of Glastonbury Tor.

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Reception

The game was famed for the immense amount of historic knowledge and folklore that is woven between the dialogues and the descriptions as the plot unfolds. The message boxes (narration) are the wizard Merlin speaking and counseling the player. Merlin Ambrosius (Welsh: Myrddin Emrys (Merlin the Wise); also known as Myrddin Wyllt (Merlin the Wild), Merlin Caledonensis (Scottish Merlin), Merlinus, and Merlyn) is the personage best known as the mighty wizard featured in Arthurian legends, starting with Geoffrey of Monmouths Historia Regum Britanniae. ...


Conquests of Camelot is marked by its heavy religious overtones. Since the game is centered around the recovery of the Holy Grail, its emphasis on religion was appropriate and fitting. This emphasis is evident to the player from the very start of the game. If appropriate tributes are not made to Christ and Mithras, for instance, Arthur will never venture beyond the walls of Camelot, as the castle's grating will fall and kill him.


The game's views on religion are quite intriguing. The Grail's power seems to be universal both as a Christian relic and an artifact of feminine power of the Goddess in pagan folklore. The old gods, such as Mithras, Cernunnos and later Aphrodite are portrayed as real gods, but their powers and influence are in decline. In contrast, the power and influence of Christ is ascendant. In the ending sequence of the game, this is made very explicit. Mithras and the Bull: fresco from the mithraeum at Marino, Italy, (3rd century) Mithras was the central savior god of Mithraism, a syncretic Hellenistic mystery religion of male initiates that developed in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC and was practiced in the Roman Empire from... Depiction of Cernunnos from the Pilier des nautes, Paris Cernunnos in Celtic polytheism is the deified spirit of horned male animals, especially of stags, a nature god associated with produce and fertility. ... Birth of Venus (a. ...


The game's take on religion is thus not monotheistic and there are no religious authorities such as priests that are encountered in the game; the Mad Monk is revealed as serving the "Old Ones". If the player specifically asks Merlin about Rome, he will comment on the Bishop of Rome and the Church, but this is the only mention of religious authority. However when the player moves the cursor around the map of England, Merlin will frequently comment on early legendary Anglo-Saxon saints. It must be noted that in Longbow all monks and religious figures (besides Friar Tuck) are villains. Friar Tuck is a fictional character, a companion of Robin Hood, and one of his Merry Men. Although a common character in the modern Robin Hood legend, Tuck does not appear in the earliest surviving Robin Hood ballads, and only has one major appearance in the ballad tradition, a late...


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I first played Sierra's Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail when it was released back in 1990, and thanks to DOSBox I got out the floppies and had the opportunity to play it again recently.
Where Conquests of Camelot deviates from the sanitised children's story is by incorporating some of the later reinterpretations of the myth to include the role of the goddess in her various guises as Keeper of the Grail.
I remember that Conquests of Camelot was reasonably well received in its time but ultimately has proved less enduring than other Sierra games such as King's Quest, for instance, and deservedly so.
Conquests of Camelot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (781 words)
Conquests of Camelot (full official title: Conquests of Camelot I: King Arthur, Quest for the Grail) is a graphic adventure game released in 1989 by Sierra.
The I of the official title, as well as the epilogue, indicated a sequel, probably Conquests of Camelot II but instead Marx proceeded to Conquests of the Longbow.
Conquests of Camelot is marked by its heavy religious overtones.
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