GBAtemp Recommends Revival # 007

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  1. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
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    Welcome to the 7th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a weekly magazine feature where we share our favorite games and application with you. The things we recommend may be “old school” titles, a Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!

    GBAtemp Recommends!

    Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD)​

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    Legend of the Red Dragon was a “Homebrew” written by Seth Robinson of Robinson Technologies in 1989. The game was designed to fill a void by offering users of his Bulletin Board System (BBS) an interactive RPG to enjoy. The first release of LORD was extremely basic and included only a chatting and flirting system. Eventually the Pascal coded game merged a text based RPG with a mixture of action and romance. LORD quickly became a cult classic among early BBS gamers, surprisingly due in part to simple word-of-mouth publicity.

    In LORD, gamers must venture into a dark forest, slay the evil there, and return triumphant with gained experience and accumulated treasures. Players can then deposit their money in the bank, bribe the bar tender for information, flirt (and marry) the barmaid, purchase weapons and armor, or challenge the town melee master. When a final level of 12 is achieved the player must venture out to slay the Red Dragon and attempt to win the game!

    LORD is often remembered for its player-vs-player battles and the ability to marry Violet, the barmaid. Multiplayer was not supported by all BBSes, but those boards that did support it often had users posting their desire for revenge on the in-game message board. Marriages to Violet were limited by a randomizing factor, some marriages would last days while others could last a month. The game further built upon marriages by offering the opportunity for offspring, which on occasion brought with them surprising benefits.

    Besides the in-game message system users also communicated using an electronic mail system. The e-mail system was a unique feature in LORD that allowed players the opportunity to build real relationships with other players from around the world. Many users made use of the e-mail system to plot their late night attacks on ill-equipped warriors, while others used the e-mail system to steal away female players from their virtual husbands.

    The most popular version of LORD was WT-LORD which ran on the WildCat BBS Software. LORD eventually spawned a sequel which featured ANSI graphics and top-down rogue-like gameplay. In 1998 both LORD and its sequel were sold to Metropolis Gameport. After being contacted by Metropolis Gameport, the last maintainer of LORD, Michael Preslar, released updates until 2009 and announced that more was planned for LORD.

    LORD is a text based RGP (although a later port supported RIP Graphics) and while dated it is continually enjoyed even to this day. LORD can be found running on many BBS legacy boards, Web sites, and recently on Android capable devices. If you are a fan of fantasy and humor, or just want to experience a classic RPG, give LORD a play.

    LORD Games:
    [​IMG] Legend of the Blue Dragon (Android port)
    [​IMG] Legend of the Green Dragon (Web based port)
    [​IMG] Legend of the Red Dragon (Web based port)

    Genre: RPG
    Type: Homebrew
    Developer: Seth Robinson
    Release Date: 1989
    System: Bulletin Board System (BBS)

    If you enjoyed this weeks edition of GBAtemp Recommends! please leave a comment in the thread. This helps us monitor feedback and ensures we keep posting these magazine articles in the future.

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  2. Gamer4life

    Gamer4life I am the Orange Gamer

    May 13, 2009
    United States
    i can say that i played legend of the green dragon last year and it was actually very fun
  3. Vampire Lied

    Vampire Lied Resident sociopath

    May 27, 2011
    United States
    I remember playing LORD back in the original bbs days when the only internet connection was dial up.
    We had to set the modem to dial a specific number lol.
    It was great times at the school library waiting in line for your chance to play.
    The very limited amount of fights allowed per day forced you to really think through what you were doing.
    And god help you if you didn't have enough money to get a room at the end of the day.
    It was very satisfying slaying that dragon for the first time, even though there were no graphics.
    Thanks for bringing back the great memories!
    Awesome artical!
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