Dark Sun 1:
|| (DOS Only!) (With Manual)
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
(DOS 6.2 Only) (With Manual) (AD&DDS1PO)
Suitable for All Audiences
The World of Dark Sun
Athas, the world of Dark Sun, was once as pleasant as any
other. But, after many thousands of years, powerful mages found ways to gain
power through draining the planet's vitality. At their zenith, these wizards
caused the sun to transform from a pleasant yellow glow to a ranging crimson
fireball on the horizon. The seas evaporated and were replaced by huge basins
Mines played out, rendering metal extremely rare and
valuable. Scarcer still were any sources of water. The creatures of Athas were
twisted by the free use of magic. They constantly adapted to the harsh
conditions. New monsters emerged from the deep desert to plague the remnants of
man. Now the only stable concentrations of humanity are in tightly controlled
city-states. Without exception, these are ruled by vicious sorcerer-kings - the
last remnants of the wizards who depleted Athas. These kings call themselves
gods and rule through a religious organization known as the templars. Their
rule is uniformly harsh and capricious, and a large proportion of the populace
is enslaved. Only the strongest can feel any measure of safety because the
templars can condemn anyone without a trial.
The few places with any freedom are isolated villages
founded by escaped slaves. Though free, life in the wastelands is precarious.
Water supplies can fail, marauding monsters can devastate a village, and
slavers are a constant threat. Until these tiny villages can look beyond
day-to-day survival and ally with one another, they are unlikely to survive
more than a few years.
Shattered Lands takes place in and around the city-state of
Draj, ruled by the sorcerer-king Tectuktitlay
Requirements: 4 MB RAM, MS-DOS 6.2, 610KB of Low Memory, VGA
graphics and a color monitor, a 100% Microsoft Compatible Mouse, 17 MB free
space on hard drive and a high density floppy drive.
games do not work on Windows XP, of course, and we do not offer technical
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work well for you, however, especially on newer graphic-intensive DOS games. On
older DOS games, like Dark Sun, for example, it runs well on any machine
capable of running Windows XP.
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