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Encyclopedia > Lands of Lore
Lands of Lore
Developer(s) Westwood Studios
Publisher(s) Virgin Interactive
Release date(s) 1993
Genre(s) computer role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player
Platform(s) MS-DOS

Lands of Lore or LoL is a classical computer role-playing game series by Virgin Interactive, following the tradition of Dungeon Master but introducing a linear scenario-based storyline, rather than characters and feats. Image File history File links Lands_of_Lore. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Westwood Studios (1985-2003) was a computer and video game developer, founded in 1985 as Westwood Associates by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle and based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... Virgin Interactive was a successful and influential British video game publisher. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... This is a listing of computer and video game genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply (RPGs), are a type of computer and video games that use traditional gameplay elements found in pen-and-paper role-playing games. ... 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. ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply (RPGs), are a type of computer and video games that use traditional gameplay elements found in pen-and-paper role-playing games. ... Virgin Interactive was a successful and influential British video game publisher. ... Dungeon Master was the first 3D realtime action computer role-playing game. ...


Westwood Studios have made role playing games (RPGs) for a long time. Best known are Eye of the Beholder 1 and 2. When SSI planned to make a third one, Westwood chose to make their own RPG without the restrictions from the D&D rule set. The efforts ended up with LoL. Originally planned as a series of eight titles, but only ended up with three. Westwood Studios (1985-2003) was a computer and video game developer, founded in 1985 as Westwood Associates by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle and based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Eye of the Beholder was a computer RPG developed by Westwood Studios and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. ... Strategic Simulations, Inc. ... The original Dungeons & Dragons set Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) published by Gary Gygax and David Arneson in January 1974. ...

Contents


Setting

The storyline of the games takes place in a fantasy realm known and referred just as The Lands. The main realm of the Lands is Gladstone, where the civilised and 'good' races are based.


The history of the Lands is divided into six periods.

  • The first is The Unknown Beginning when the Lands were created.
  • Then came The Golden Age when the Ancients roamed the Lands. There were no wars.
  • Then followed The War of the Heretics. The Ancients fell and the Dark Army rose for the first time. The Ancients became a myth. In the era after the disappearance of the Ancients, a group of predatory Ruloi established a stronghold in the Claw Mountains. They were able to accumulate much of the ancient magic that had been left behind in the lands.
  • The Dark Times was the fourth period- a period of darkness. Small states appeared with every race.
  • After that followed The Racial Wars. A lot of small wars not relating to each other. Some races were wiped out and the ultimate result was that the four races (Humans, Huline, Dracoids, and Thomgog) established domination over the Lands.
  • The present period is called Rise of the Dark Army.

The Golden Age by Pietro da Cortona. ...

Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos

King Richard LeGrey is the noble leader and 40th heir of the Gladstone Keep and the White Army. Gladstone is the base of operations for all of the civilized areas. The King is worried about Scotia, a vile old hag and ruler of the Dark Army who has recently acquired the Nether Mask, which is a magical item of extreme power and can now assume the shape of any living creature... or horribly unreal beast.


King Richard gathers together his armies and seeks a champion to go see Roland at his manor and retrieve the Ruby of Truth.


The player has to choose among 4 playable pre-made characters: Ak'shel (a 'Dracoid', an ancient race of dragon-lizard hybrid origin, specialized in magic over might), Kieran, (a 'Huline', another ancient race of human-feline hybrid origin, specialized in dexterity and magic), Michael, (a human specialized in strength and fighting) and Conrad (another human, who is a well-balanced combination of all).

Note: The sequel suggests that the canonical champion who participated in the quest was actually Kieran

When you finally make it to Roland, it is too late. Roland is near death and the Ruby is stolen. Returning to Gladstone you realise that you are again too late: a battle has resulted in the poisoning of the King. And now it is up to you to visit the Draracle and find the ingredients of an elixir that will save King Richard.


Having the recipe for the elixir, the heroes must now traverse the Lands to obtain the required ingredients, while simultaneously learning as much as possible about the Nether Mask in the hopes of defeating Scotia.


The game was critically acclaimed and was followed by two remakes: a CD-ROM 'talkie' version in 1994 which featured an additional narrative history of the Lore of the Lands by Patrick Stewart (who also voices King Richard), and a Special 'White Label' European Release in 1996 The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... Patrick Stewart, OBE, (born July 13, 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor and Chancellor of Huddersfield University. ...


Lands of Lore 2: Guardians of Destiny

LoL2 was released in 1997 and was a first-person RPG. According to the fashion of that year, its cutscenes were FMV combining actors with 3D scenery. As a result, the title required 4 CD-ROMs and a large hard drive installation. The overall in-game graphics were lackluster, with the initial version supporting only software rendering at a time when first-person games were increasingly supporting 3D hardware acceleration; however this was fixed in an update patch. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Screenshot of an FMV from Final Fantasy VIII. Full motion video, usually abbreviated as FMV, is a popular term for TV-quality movie or animation in a video game. ...


The plot follows Luther, Scotia's son, who is imprisoned by the soldiers of Gladstone and accused for being a member of the Dark Army. Luther is cursed to be morphed into either a monster or a lizard, thanks to which he manages to escape. While the Draracle guides him, Dawn and Bacatta (from the previous game) are after him. Luther must go on his quest while avoiding his pursuers.


The player controls Luther on his quest to solve the curse. Randomly he will change forms, gaining the respective advantages (strength, or the opportunity to enter small spaces and discover secret areas).


The player can choose between two branches, good or evil, which then evolve into 5 possible multiple endings. Multiple endings can refer to an instance in video games in which your actions dictate the way the game ends. ...


Lands of Lore 3

The third game in the series takes place some time after Guardians Of Destiny, and is based on the adventures of Copper LeGrey, the son of Eric, whose brother Richard rules the Lands. In the beginning of the game, Copper's father and two brothers are slain by a dreadful rift hound, and his own soul is torn from his body. As a result, Copper must not only retrieve his soul, but also settle the tension against him, as the new sole heir to the Kingdom of Gladstone - a halfing heir. As well, he must seek out answers to help close new rifts that have appeared throughout the Lands.


The story unfolds over many portal worlds in which Copper has to receive lost pieces of his soul. The Draracle, has sent Copper on his quest to save his life and soul.


The game was released after much delay in 1999, by Electronic Arts. The game is more similar to a first-person shooter than an RPG, like the previous game. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... EA redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Doom clone be merged into this article or section. ...


External links

  • Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos at MobyGames
  • Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny at MobyGames
  • Lands of Lore III at MobyGames
  • Lands of Lore Kingdom fansite with hints and items guides
  • Ethereal lore another fansite with walkthroughs, screenshots, boxshots and maps.
  • wwww.landsoflore.de a German fansite and community about Lands of Lore.
  • Official Fanlisting for Lands of Lore.
  • Sentinel's Lands of Lore page English Lands of Lore fansite.

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Lands of Lore: Guardians Of Destiny- Game Info (1308 words)
Westwood's original Lands of Lore was one of those rare role-playing games with a strong enough plot to keep CRPG fans happy and a simple enough interface to remain inviting to novice gamers.
Subtitled Guardians of Destiny, Lands of Lore II opens with the banishment of your character Luther, the son of Scotia, the witch who acted as the antagonist of the first tale, to a cave on the outskirts of the kingdom.
Featuring the work of over fifteen artists, Lands of Lore II is a visual feast, detailing the thoughtfully-designed universe in beautiful 640x400 resolution (a 320x200 mode is planned for you slow pokes out there).
Classics - Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos (731 words)
Be it as it may, Lands of Lore was undoubtedly worth the time you spent on.
Since it was originally planned as a trilogy, in 1998 Lands of Lore II - Guardians of Destiny appeared, followed by Lands of Lore III in 1999.
They did land a substantial success in the field of action adventures with their great Nox last year, but it was far from a full-blown RPG.
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