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Encyclopedia > Might and Magic

Might and Magic (MM) is a series of computer role-playing games from New World Computing, a subsidiary of The 3DO Company. The producer of the series was Jon Van Caneghem. Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply role-playing games (RPGs), are a type of video or computer game that traditionally uses gameplay elements found in paper-and-pencil role-playing games. ... New World Computing, Inc. ... The 3DO Company (formerly THDO on the NASDAQ stock exchange) was founded in 1991 under the name SMSG, Inc. ... A game producer is the person in charge of overseeing development of a video or computer game. ... Jon Van Caneghem is a computer game designer and producer who is most famous for creating the Might and Magic role-playing game series and its strategy spin-off Heroes of Might and Magic. ...

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History

There are 9 games in the series, consisting of:

There were several spin-offs from the main series, including Heroes of Might and Magic, Crusaders of Might and Magic, Warriors of Might and Magic, Legends of Might and Magic, Might and Magic: Swords of Xeen and Might and Magic Tribute (under development). Might and Magic: The Secret Of The Inner Sanctum is a game released for the personal computer as well as the NES and is the first game in the Might and Magic series. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1977 Apple II, with its sleek and attractive case design for its time. ... DOS refers to the family of closely related operating systems which dominated the IBM PC compatible market for the decade between 1985 and 1995: PC-DOS, MS-DOS, DR-DOS, FreeDOS, OpenDOS, PTS-DOS, and several others. ... For the hip hop group, see Commodore 64 (band). ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... MSX official logo MSX is the name of a standard for home computers in the 1980s (see also The Home Computer Era in the History of computing hardware). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... MSX official logo MSX is the name of a standard for home computers in the 1980s (see also The Home Computer Era in the History of computing hardware). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 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). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Microsoft Windows is a series of operating environments and operating systems created by Microsoft for use on personal computers and servers. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The PlayStation (Japanese: プレイステーション) is a video game console of the 32-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid 1990s. ... Might and Magic IX is a computer role-playing game developed for Microsoft Windows by New World Computing and released in 2002 by the 3DO Company. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heroes of Might and Magic II Heroes of Might and Magic (sometimes called simply Heroes or HoMM) is a series of turn-based computer games by New World Computing, a division of The 3DO Company. ... This article is about the PC version; for the Playstation version, see Crusaders_of_Might_and_Magic_(PlayStation). ... A less well known game in the Might and Magic universe, this game centers around the capture of a Soldier named Alleron, who is accused of being a necromancer. ... http://www. ...


In August of 2003, Ubisoft acquired the rights to the Might and Magic franchise for $1.3 million USD after 3DO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Ubisoft has announced two new projects using the Might and Magic brand — a fifth installment of the Heroes series, developed by Nival Interactive, and a game called Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, developed by Arkane Studios. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) is a computer and video game publisher and developer headquarters in Montreuil, France. ... Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code governs the process of reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ... Nival is a Russian video game developer. ... Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is a game currently in development by Arkane Studios for Ubisoft. ... Arkane Studios is a video game developer based in Lyon, France. ...


Gameplay

The majority of the gameplay takes place in a medieval fantasy setting. The player controls a party of player characters, which can consist of members of various character classes. The game world is presented to the player in first person perspective. In the earlier games the interface is very similar to that of Bard's Tale, but from Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven onward, the interface features a scrolling three-dimensional environment similar to that of Doom. Combat is turn-based, though the later games allowed the player to choose to conduct combat in real time. 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. ... Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... A player character or playable character (PC for short) is a fictional character in a game, that is controlled by the player. ... A character class represents a characters archetype and career in many role-playing games. ... ... Bards Tale may refer to: The Bards Tale game released by Interplay Productions/ Electronic Arts in 1985. ... Doom (or DOOM) is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is among the landmark titles in the first-person shooter genre. ...


The game worlds in all of the Might and Magic games are quite large, and a player can expect each game to provide several dozen hours of gameplay. It is usually quite combat-intensive and often involves large groups of enemy creatures. Monsters encountered tend to be well-known fantasy staples such as giant rats, medusas, dragons and zombies, rather than original creations. Species 50 species; see text *Several subfamilies of Muroids include animals called rats. ... A relatively modern image of Medusa painted by Arnold Böcklin In Greek mythology, Medusa (Greek: Μέδουσα), was a monstrous female character whose gaze could turn people to stone. ... Chinese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Japanese Chinese school, 19th Century A dragon is a mythological creature, typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile, with magical or spiritual qualities. ... This article or section may contain external links added only to promote a website, product or service — otherwise known as spam. ...


Plot

Although most of the gameplay reflects a distinctly fantasy genre, the overarching plot of the series has something of a science fiction flavour. The series is set in an alternate universe where planets are overseen by powerful beings known as Ancients. In each of the games, a party of characters fights monsters and completes quests on one of these planets, until they eventually become involved in the affairs of the Ancients. Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


See also

Heroes of Might and Magic II Heroes of Might and Magic (sometimes called simply Heroes or HoMM) is a series of turn-based computer games by New World Computing, a division of The 3DO Company. ... Below is a list of games with the Might and Magic brand, both released and scheduled for release. ...

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