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Old dragon games ftw: Might and Magic 8

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 25, 2014, 9:58 AM
  • Mood: Sunny Mood
  • Playing: Kingdoms of Amalur Recogning



I guess I’m somehow out of my artblock (major thanks to RusCSI + her awesome music :hug: ) So expect to see some artwork from me again soon. But for today, I continue with my weekly game presentation, somehow I really enjoy doing this. Maybe some of you too? This time, one of the first games I ever played on PC, the Might & Magic series, I picked out the one part of the whole game series, where you can recruit dragons ;) Might & Magic 8: The day of the destroyer.

 

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 BG Story: In this part of the series your hero (or heroine) was hired by a merchant guild to accompany a caravan to the Dagger Wound Island in Jadame. After you’re reached the capital city Ravenshore, the things get slightly complicated, since the Planeswalker Escaton has created a large crystal, which opened dimensional gates to the four elemental realms. An old prophecy said, that this is the beginning of the end of the world and since we are such a generous and helpful person, we are send out to forge alliances with the different cities around Ravenshore to see, how to close the gates again.

It’s pretty much of a cliché with the elemental stuff...     

                                                                                                     Might and Magic 8 by Aarok (click to enlarge)

Gameplay: You create yourself one main hero and can recruit up to four other party members, which you can rehire or dismiss at any time. There’s a bunch of different characters to recruit, which range from the normal knights and mages, up to vampires, minotaurs or even trolls and dragons. Each class has it’s specific abilities (like dragons can fly and breath fire), that can be upgraded, if you visit certain trainers. Each character also has a promotion class, that can be reached by full filling special quests.

As in most RPGs there are tons of optional quests, dungeons and chests with might contain artifacts. What I really like about this game, is, that you sometimes really have to search for hints to clear some quests, since there is no such things as quest markers on the maps etc. You have a journal, where all stuff is written down, similar to Morrowind. The world is completely open from the beginning; you can easily travel between the cities but also to areas, where the foes can kill you with one hit. At some points, grinding is necessary to proceed through the main story, but in general the levelling is fast and the mobs drop a lot of nice equipment for your party.

The graphics are old fashioned and certainly not for everybody’s taste, some goes to the enemies, which contain mainly out of different fantasy creatures, humanoids and elementals. But even though they’re the generic fantasy stuff, they come in wide variety and in three different levels (young Basilisk, Basilisk, ancient Basilisk etc.) so you always find something new, that wants to kill you.

In combat, you can switch between real time and round based at any time, which can be helpful.           

                                                                                                     Might and Magic 8 2 by Aarok (click to enlarge)

Sound: I must admit, that I can’t say anything about the bgmusic, since on my version it is broken ^^; I’m sure, it’s nice. All characters are voiced and give some little comments here and there.

 

Positive: It’s a really deep game, if you are willing to look over it’s flaws. I like the recruitment system, since it is just interesting to walk around with all sorts of weird creatures. You always find new challenges; behind every corner could be the next dungeon you want to explore. Sometimes you have different options to solve a quest. Flying is epic :3   

 

Negative: Everyone has a background story except your hero/ine! The graphics are outdated. At first the game is way too easy; especially when you have one or more dragons in your party, in the endgame it has many frustrating passages. Hirelings, who are not in your party don’t scale with your level. Some artifacts respawn, which makes no sense at all, since they are unique weapons!

                                                                                                     Pre + Sequel by Aarok (click to enlarge)

Last note from me: I love this game, still playing it, even though I have finished it... 20+ times or so? But I must admit, that the developer 3DO was a bit lazy with the design. For comparison, I just want to show you some prequels and the sequel. Look way too similar. By the way... the Might & Magic franchise now belongs to Ubisoft, Might& Magic 10 was released last year, sadly it doesn’t work on my old PC, so maybe you want to take a look at that too?

 

 

M&M8 in motion

 

 

... next time I either show you a very interesting looking dragonrider or a young dragon rescuing a planet... depends on my PC.

Last time

Old dragon games ftw: DragonfarmAnd I continue with my presentation, I’ll try to show you a new game every Friday... let’s see, how many I will find in my collection. Today I present a game to you, so bad, that it is nearly unplayable. It has many good concepts, but a poor programming, balancing etc. Why did I even bought it back then? Well to my own defense, I was young and everything which had a dragon printed on it, was a must-buy, no matter what xD. So let’s have a look at Dragonfarm.
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BG Story: This game was developed in 2002 by the company Blackstar (which doesn’t exist anymore too.) And as the title implies, in this game you are able to run your own farm with dragons! You can raise, train, breed and feed them or let them join in competitions against the other breeders on this island.  Sounds nice at first, until you actually start to play...
             

         

 



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Janina L. / 27 y. / female/ from Germany / student, hobby artist & wannabe perfectionist

Welcome on my page, dear visitors!

As you might have already guessed, I am a fantasy artist, with the mainspot on dragons. I started to draw them at the age of 13, after I've read the book "Dragonsbane" by Barbara Hambly and was deeply impressed by these noble creatures. What I most like about them, is their variety in appearance and personality, which often seem to be limitless, compared to real animals.
2005 I started to show my pictures online, first in a german dragon forum, until most members were more active here to DA.
2006 I created this account here... well and here I am.




Aarok and Jessica

Aarok - new charsheet - by Aarok Jessica Serra - new refsheet- by Aarok
My account mascots and Main OCs :)
Two characters, who are very dear to me, since they both somehow not only represent myself, but also accompanied my through my life for more than 12 years now.




About my Art

I am an Hobby Artist and draw for fun, not to become rich or famous. Most of my pictures are either drawn digital with PS 0.6 or on the traditional way with Copicmarkers/ Coloured pencils.

Requests: By all means... being an hobby artist doesn't mean, that I am made out of free time, so: NO, I DON'T DO REQUESTS ANYMORE!

Arttrades : I really love to do Arttrades, but since I was fooled so often in the past of persons, who never did their part after I finished mine, I became very picky with accepting them. I'll open a few ones soon.

Commissions: Yes, i offer Commissions for DA Points, and will open a few spots soon.

Contests: Please, don't beg me to join your contest! I rarely participate in them anyway, for the same reasons as with the arttrades. If I'm interested in one, I'll join by myself.

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Alpha-735 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Just thought I'd stop by and say hi and see how you're holding out. :3 The third part is still in the works, but it's coming along smoothly.  Also, not sure if you know Slipknot (let alone if you like it...) but here's one of their cool new songs that I like best.

youtu.be/ojQNx0npYuw

Hope you're holding out okay. c:
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VedranR Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A warning message from my friend :iconstarlight158: pass it among your fans.


Dear dragon artists. This is a warning. Check out this page on facebook for it may have some of your artwork. This page -does- credit the artists, but they DO NOT tag you on your characters. If you do not want your art posted to this page, please report it. I have already found about 2 of my commissioned pieces on this page and they tagged one of them under different people! You've been warned. Check the page now and scan through the photo albums for your pieces. Thank you.

www.facebook.com/DragonLoversF…
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tomcio199214 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Not neccesary now as that fanpage is removed ;)
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Aarok Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the notice :glomp:. It's really annoying that people do that...
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Alpha-735 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, and sorry if I'm spamming in any way, but I just found a good song (that reminded me of the good 'ol days with DDR, lol) that would seem suitable for almost any epic anime show with dragons. Wouldn't you agree? =P



youtu.be/0MXP4n_6rDM
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Aarok Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah you're not spamming, I've just returned and now I have over 900 messages... after two weeks or so ^^;.

Now that's an awesome song :love:
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Alpha-735 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Belated Brithday, Aarok.  I hope all has been going well with you.  I also hope I didn't disappoint with my latest submission. :(
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Aarok Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I had a wonderful birthday. Sadly our internet is broken again and I had no connection until today. I hope it stays connected today...
Oh I have to check I out as soon as I can.
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Lord-StarryFace Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Apologies for the lateness of my Birthday wishes (I was hoping to have your present done by the day but unfortunately I have not managed). So without further ado, Happy Birthday dear Janina! Once again another year has slipped us by <3

Rest assured that I will have a present ready for you shortly c: ~
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