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DM Wyvern Plays Pool of Radiance

GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 114
edited December 2020 in Off-Topic
Hail Adventurers! 😊

DM Wyvern here. I would like to invite you as I descend into the Pool of Radiance and attempt to liberate the ruined city of Phlan.

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About the Game:

Pool of Radiance is a series of role-playing video games set in the Forgotten Realms campaign settings of Dungeons & Dragons; it was the first Dungeons & Dragons video game series to be based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. The series reached combined global sales above 800,000 units by 1996. And the turn-based combat is still addictively simple fun.

I discovered this game when I was a kid and still have vivid memories of playing through Champions, Death Knights, and the beginning of Dark Queen of Krynn. I have dipped into this series a few times in the past off-screen and always found the gameplay a good time. I am excited to begin this LP and add my own experience with this amazing series to the great LPs that are already out there.

And if you're looking to find out more about the Gold Box series and SSI in general, you couldn't go wrong spending an evening reading through The Digital Antiquarian write up on Pool of Radiance and the storied history of SSI with the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons computer game license. Check it out here: Opening the Gold Box, Part 4: Pool of Radiance

The Essentials:

Pool of Radiance A Forgotten Realms Fantasy Role-Playing Epic, Vol. 1 https://www.gog.com/game/forgotten_re...

Get the Gold Box Companion here: https://gbc.zorbus.net/


How the LP Works:

I plan to accompany every LP episode post with A) an out of character Field Report about my experience, B) an in-character journal from Bargle the Black, one of the magic users in the party and C) and three screenshots previewing the action ahead.


The Rules of the Let's Play:

No modifying starting attributes and HP (this is retroactive)

No re-rolling HP (this is retroactive)

No-reloading unless I encounter a full party wipe or game-breaking bug


Table of Contents:

Episode 1: The Wyverns of Waterdeep arrive in Phlan | YouTube | Bargle's Journal, Entry 1
Episode 2: Slumming it in Phlan | YouTube | Bargle's Journey, Entry 2
Episode 3: LOL OHLO | YouTube | Bargle's Journal, Entry 3


The Story Backdrop:

Once the jewel of the Moonsea region of the Forgotten Realms, the city of Phlan has been destroyed and since overrun by forces of evil. After a flight of dragons ravaged the city and weakened the hold of the monstrous warlords that control much of the city, now a bastion of civilization is looking to reclaim the city with the aid of mercenaries and adventurers. The following pamphlet has been distributed far and wide throughout the realms to attract the sellswords and magic users that can turn back the tide for the good people of Phlan:

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The Wyverns of Waterdeep have answered the call. And one of the magic-users, Bargle, has begun a journal about the looming campaign in Phlan...

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THE WYVERNS OF WATERDEEP:

Ali Al-Qadim - Chaotic Neutral Dwarf Fighter / Thief

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Warduke - Chaotic Evil Dwarf Fighter / Thief

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Aleena - Lawful Good Human Cleric

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Venger - Chaotic Evil Human Cleric

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Bargel - Human Wizard


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Khalida - Chaotic Good Human Wizard

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Field Report Episode 1:

The game deposited my party on the docks of Phlan without so much as a dagger between them all. The first stop was the weapons and armor shop. Fortunately, the Pool of Radiance is very generous with starting money so I quickly snapped up Banded Mail for all my frontline warriors and class appropriate weapons for everyone. Kitted out, I took a quick rest in a nearby inn and memorized my cleric and magic user spells and then made my way to the City Hall. Here, I was able to read a number of proclamations and get my first quest from the city clerk to clear the slums to the west of the Civilized District. And so, I entered the slums with my newbie adventuring party...

CHECK OUT EPISODE 1 HERE:

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  • GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 114
    edited December 2020
    Hail Adventurers!


    In EPISODE 2 the Wyverns of Waterdeep strikeout to finally rid the slums of the monsters that have overrun it...

    Field Report Episode 2:

    Clearing out the slums street by street, I mostly encountered roving bands of Kobolds, Goblins and Orcs - nothing too hard for my beginning party to handle. I ran into my first difficult fight in Room 10 - filled with Monster Guards, my Sleep spells eventually wore off and I lost both Fighter / Thieves in subsequent rounds. I did not max out HP and this has left my party extremely fragile. I was worried that my two clerics would soon be wiped too leading to a reload...


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    Meeting a Seer

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    Slaughter in the Slums:

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    Party meets Ogre, Ogre, pwns party.

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    CHECK IT OUT HERE:

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    MathsorcererBalrog99Gusinda
  • GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 114
    edited December 2020
    Hail Adventurers.

    In EPISODE 3 the Wyverns of Waterdeep run an errand for a strange mage and get more than they bargained for...

    Field Report Episode 3:

    I thought I had just about cleared the slums after defeating the monster leaders. Turns out there is more work to do! I think in this episode I take down every set encounter and except for the ogres and trolls in the Rope Guild maze but I am reluctant to try and take that encounter on until my mages have Stinking Cloud. Also, the Gold Box games do not play around, When I ran the fetch quest for OHLO I tried to ask for more coin, little did I know that it would trigger an impossible encounter for a level 1ish party. Yikes! I make it to the edge of Kuto's Well at the end of the episode and am hoping to pick a level up here and then backtrack to finally clear the slums once and for all.



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    Meeting OHLO

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    Trying to bargain with OHLO

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    OHLO going LOL and ROFLSTOMPING my party into the ground...

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    Venturing into Kuto's Well and encountering Lizardmen for the first time

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    Tough little newts, these Lizardmen
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    CHECK IT OUT HERE:

    GusindaMathsorcerer
  • MathsorcererMathsorcerer Member Posts: 3,009
    Technically, "clearing the slums" requires fighting 15 random encounters in addition to the set encounters (goblin school, kobold group, hobgoblins fighting over treasure, the orc in the house, the goblin guards, and the monster leaders). With Ohlo, I forget if the merchant actually puts something in your inventory or if it is just a game variable that gets set--it has been too long since I checked.

    GrimjackMV
  • GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 114
    Technically, "clearing the slums" requires fighting 15 random encounters in addition to the set encounters (goblin school, kobold group, hobgoblins fighting over treasure, the orc in the house, the goblin guards, and the monster leaders). With Ohlo, I forget if the merchant actually puts something in your inventory or if it is just a game variable that gets set--it has been too long since I checked.

    Hey! Thanks for that advice! I think you need to clear the Ogres and Trolls in the maze too, in order to clear the Slums. It's been awhile but I am getting back to this LP soon, keep the advice coming!

    Mathsorcerer
  • m7600m7600 Member Posts: 248
    Nice. I'm doing a run through Pool of Radiance myself. I've just cleared the Kobold Caves (what an insane fight in the kobold king's room, three waves of monsters including trolls and wild boars with no rest in between and ballistas firing and automatically damaging your party). Right now I'm at the pyramid in the lake.

  • GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 114
    m7600 wrote: »
    Nice. I'm doing a run through Pool of Radiance myself. I've just cleared the Kobold Caves (what an insane fight in the kobold king's room, three waves of monsters including trolls and wild boars with no rest in between and ballistas firing and automatically damaging your party). Right now I'm at the pyramid in the lake.

    Very cool! I will have to keep in mind your advice on the Kobold Cave! I have read that there are multi fight encounters to look forward to in Pools of Radiance! Good luck at the Pyramid!

    Are you using Gold Box Companion, by the way?

    https://gbc.zorbus.net/

    m7600
  • m7600m7600 Member Posts: 248
    Oh, sorry, didn't mean to spoil. I thought that you had already beaten the game and you were just doing another run. Well, since we're already talking about the Kobold Cave battle, and if you don't mind the advice, I can tell you that the safest way to approach it is to just nuke everything with Fireballs. But its possible to win that battle with a combination of Sleep and Stinking Cloud, if you don't have Fireball.

    I'm not using the Gold Box Companion, though I have tried it. I prefer the raw experience of the original games, with all of their clunky limitations, but that's just a matter of personal taste.

    Mathsorcerer
  • GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 114
    edited February 8
    You haven't spoiled anything for me, I frequently check out walkthroughs and write ups on the games I play. ^_^

    Sleep, Stinking Cloud and Fireball are the Holy Trinity of the Gold Box games, for sure! Thanks for great tip!

    And lastly, I salute you sir for taking on these games without the use of the Gold Box Companion! You are one OG RPG'er!

    m7600
  • MathsorcererMathsorcerer Member Posts: 3,009
    The final fight in the kobold caves is probably the toughest in the entire game, followed only by what you encounter at Sokol Keep. Yes, this includes the ogres and trolls in the slums.

    m7600
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