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A place where I'll post updates to the collection as they arrive, or do random game posts about different games from many eras and platforms.

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Random Game Post #7 - Strife

Yes, it has been a while since my last one of these. But the series resumes today with an actual hidden gem: Strife. Released originally in 1996, Strife is a first-person RPG-esque shooter created using the id Tech 1 engine, sometimes known as the "Doom engine." While Strife doesn't have true RPG elements, it has a town hub and 'safe' locations where you can talk to NPCs and don't have to worry about combat. The game itself is set in a dystopic future society ruled by a group that is only k

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Random Box Post #1 - Stellar Forces

Today's post is a little different and it starts a slightly different series of posts. Today's post isn't a game, but it's still a big box. Anyhow, once upon a time, unofficial "addons" that were sold in stores were a thing, and it was common in the US, Europe and Russia. These "addons" were not authorized by the creators of the games they were for, except for some rare exceptions! The discs themselves usually contained things like utilities, maps, campaigns and, often times, cheats and trainers

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Random Game Post #6 - Dragonman (HK/Chinese)

Today, I bring you a double shot of Random Game Post! The second entry for today's agenda is the unusual HK Chinese game Dragonman! Released in 1999 for Windows by GameOne, Dragonman only saw a release in Hong Kong and in Cantonese and Mandarin. Truth be told, I don't know very much about this game. From what I've been able to find, the game is based on the Dragonman comic series, popular in HK and published by Jade Dynasty. The game looks to be a turn-based RPG, much like Dragon Quest or F

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Random Game Post #5 - Temple of Apshai

And we continue the Random Game Post series with another very early home PC game: Temple of Apshai. Technically, it's part of the "Dunjeonquest" series of games by Automated Simulations. The series later became an Epyx title. Temple of Apshai was first released all the way back in 1979 for the Commodore PET and the TRS-80! The copy that I have is, obviously, a cassette edition for the Commodore 64, released in 1983. Given that the game was first released in 1979, it does not have much in th

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Random Game Post #4 - Beneath A Steel Sky

Today's entry is the somewhat underrated point-and-click adventure game: Beneath A Steel Sky. It was first released in 1994 for the Amiga and DOS. The copy I have is actually Argentinian, though I'm not entirely of its release date in that region. The cover art on this one is the variant used for every region except North America for some reason. Not sure why the US got a subpar version of the cover. Anyhow, as stated, it's a point-and-click adventure game, much like those put out by LucasA

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Random Game Post #3 - Starflight

Since there was a little bit of EA bashing going on in a couple of threads, I figured it was time to give them a bit of love with one of the games they published from a bygone era - Starflight. Originally released in 1986 for IBM and Tandy computers, it received several releases afterwards, finding its way to DOS, Macintosh, Amiga, C64 and even the Atari ST. And even managed a console release for the Sega Genesis, or Mega Drive for you non-US readers, in 1991. A sequel was released first in 1989

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Random Game Post #2 - Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Ah, Wizardry. This series, along with Ultima and the Might & Magic series were the early pioneers of the western-style RPG where the focus was more on the player and the elements of fantasy, more than walking through a story. However, the Wizardry series especially, had a great influence on later JRPGs, notably Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord was originally released all the way back in 1981 on the original Apple II! The copies I have, however, ca

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Random Game Post #1 - Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor

I'm gonna kick off the Random Game Post feature with an unusual entry in the Command & Conquer series: Sole Survivor. Released in 1997, this title followed the popular Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert DOS and Windows 95 entries in the franchise. Sole Survivor is a multiplayer only, survival-style game that allowed up to fifty-one players at the same time! Everyone only gets one unit and the goal, obviously, is to be the last one standing at the end. The gameplay is identical to Tiberian Dawn

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