Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

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How to play Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

When creating a character: on the joystick drop down box set it to "joystick keyboard off" then you can use arrow to go to change values and the enter key to go to the next element.

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Description

The Mad Overlord Trebor was once only power-mad, but went off the deep end after he acquired a magical amulet of immense power, only to have it stolen from him by his nemesis, the evil archmage Werdna. Werdna, not quite sure how to use the amulet properly, accidentally causes an earthquake which creates a ten-level dungeon beneath Trebor's castle. To avoid looking silly, Werdna declares the dungeon to be the new lair for him and his monster hordes. Trebor, not to be outdone, declares the labyrinth his new Proving Grounds where adventurers must prove themselves for membership in his elite honor guard, and incidentally retrieve his amulet in the process.

The first Wizardry was one of the original dungeon-crawling role-playing games, and stands along with Ultima and Might & Magic as one of the defining staples of the genre.

The player generates and control a party of up to six different adventurers, choosing from four races (humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes and hobbits), three alignments (good, neutral and evil), and four basic classes (fighter, priest, mage and thief). These can later evolve into elite classes (bishop: priest with mage spells; samurai: fighter with mage spells; lord: fighter with priest spells, and ninja: fighter with thief abilities) if they meet the necessary level requirements. After outfitting the party with basic weapons and armor, the player sends it into a 3D vector maze-like dungeon to fight monsters in turn-based combat and find treasure.

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - additional information

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Also known as
"ウィザードリィ 狂王の試練場" -- Japanese spelling
"Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord!" -- Japanese MSX/PC-98 in-game title
"Sorcellerie: Le Donjon du Suzerain Heretique" -- French title
"Paladin" -- Robert Woodhead's working title
"MacWizardry" -- Informal Macintosh title
"Dungeons of Despair" -- Working sub-title
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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - Cover Art Commodore 64