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The Unkempt One
04-06-2005, 05:19 PM
Are there any free RPGs or strategy PC games that can be downloaded or played online that are any good? It doesn't need to have fancy graphics and sound, I am just looking for something entertaining to pass the time while things are slow at work.

Any suggestions?

BraheSilver
04-06-2005, 06:25 PM
There's always Progress Quest (www.progressquest.com), which doesn't have anything in the way of graphics and sound* but will certainly pass the time.

* or roleplaying or strategy or, in fact, actual playing.

Skywatcher
04-06-2005, 06:25 PM
Since fancy graphics aren't a requirement: Nethack (http://www.nethack.org/)!

Skywatcher
04-06-2005, 06:26 PM
I prefer the Slash'Em variant (http://slashem.sourceforge.net/) though.

Askance
04-06-2005, 08:34 PM
Runescape (http://www.runescape.com) is an online RPG that is free, except you need a membership for some advanced functions, spells, levels, etc.

Iacob_Matthew
04-06-2005, 09:20 PM
Only follow the first link if you believe in the concept of "abandonware."

If you've got the time to find and set up some BIOs files, Dark Wizard (http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=3919) for the Sega CD is one of my long-time favorites.

If you want something where all you need to run it is DOS, thenthe Starfleet series (http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?name=Star+Fleet+1%3A+The+War+Begins) is a fun little ASCII-classic.

Brainiac4
04-06-2005, 09:59 PM
Rich "Zdim" Carlson maintains a good listing of various free games on his site.

Here's his listing of freeward dungeon crawl games: http://www.digital-eel.com/deep.htm

Another one from Zdim: Lost Labyrinth is a "roguelike" -- aka Nethack variant.

http://laby.toybox.de/index.php3?sprache=1
* relatively short gameplay (about 10-20 minutes)
* very high replayability; nearly everything in the game is randomly
generated
* a lot of options during the character generation; each character type
requires another strategy to survive
* game focus on exploration; killing monsters does not give an experience
bonus (but makes fun nonetheless)
* Multiplayer games on the same machine (up to 3 players with keyboard,
mouse and joystick)
* "Zelda"-like graphics, sound and animation; smooth scrolling of game
screen
* FreeWare

I've only played it a bit, but it's fun.

Brainiac4
04-06-2005, 10:04 PM
And how could I forget Strange Adventures in Infinite Space!

http://www.digital-eel.com/sais/files.htm

The demo is free and fully playable. It doesn't have as much cool stuff as the full game, but that's why it's a demo. :)

The Digital Eel team is working on a sequel to Strange Adventures. It looks freaking awesome.

NicePete
04-06-2005, 10:20 PM
The Kingdom of Loathing (www.kingdomofloathing.com) is great if you have a sense of humor. An Adventurer is You!

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