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Lands of Lore: throne of chaos

Lands of Lore: Throne of chaos was one of first PC games I’ve got, and you can imagine that I was really impressed. Excellent graphics, nice and simple interface, great story: the game exceeded all my expectations.

Later I saw “Eye of Beholder” and similarities are obvious. It seems that after EoB 2 ways of SSI and Westwoods were different. SSI asked another company (DreamForge) to produce EoB 3, which later evolved into “Dungeon Hack”, then into “Ravenloft”, “Menzoberranzan” and “Ravenloft 2”. Westwood used a simpler role-playing system which made a game more attractive for novices. AD&D system used in all EoB games and other DreamForge games is more serious, but is very hard to get without reading thick manual.

Main improvement of LoL over EoB is a navigation system: it is still first-person-view, but movements and turns are animated. During course of game player is also given a compass and automap, making travelling in game very easy. Second improvement is puzzle-solving: now it is as important as fighting. I can even say that whole game is puzzle-driven. Third improvement is story: it is reach and dynamic, with lots of quests. This game has shops, so many weak items could be converted in single powerful item. Also very radical move is abandoning of “character classes”, such as traditional fighter/mage/thief/cleric. Now every character can fight with any weapon and cast spells, only proficiency in some skill makes some sort of specialization.

At the beginning you choose a character which will represent you in this world. You have four characters to choose: drakoid who is master in magic, human who is strong fighter, feline (cat-like) who is quick and agile and balanced human. Your hero is weak and poorly equipped. In the castle he is given a first quest: to get a magical Ruby of Truth. Wandering in forest outside of the castle will give you your first fights, and will also lead to several places. If you got to marina without exploring all the forest, then better get out and return later. In the forest you can get to fist cave in the game. Here you’ll encounter secret buttons and pressure plates, and as reward you’ll get lockpicks and lamp. You can sell some items to smith who leaves in castle, and buy a good weapon. When all forest is explored, you can go to marina and sail accross the sea.

Some words about character screen. Here you can control equipment and check stats. There are three of them: fighter, rogue and magic. Each has a level and an amount of experience in it. Experience is given then you deal some damage with normal weapons, ranged weapons or offensive spells respectively. So, just swinging with sword or shooting with bow will not increase your experience.

In southern part you’ll be able to get second character. Fighting here is more hard then in previous forest, so second character will be very helpfull. You’ll get to Roland’s manor and will discover that Ruby was stolen. And that’s just a beginning of story.

I will not put here description or solution, just several things of interest.

  • In this game you will need to improve your characters. If game becomes hard, then you should return and fight for experience. Then you’ll gain a level, then you can advance
  • As I already said, experience is given only for damage. “Heal” spell will not increase your magic experience.
  • Magical items, such as wands, aces, green skull will increase experience of character who uses them. So, if you have some money and want to convert them into experience, then you can buy wands and use them
  • All spells have area of effect. To increase your experience, use spells then several creatures stand on square before you. I think you can affect up to 4 creatures. Hitting 4 orcs with single freeze will be a good addition to your experience.
  • Crossbow “Valkurye” is a special item. It shoots with fireballs. Very good to hit hornets, and will increase rogue experience quite quickly
  • Rogue skill is nesessary to open locked chests and doors with lockpicks. However, level 5 is enough for all chests in game except one. If you don’t want to develop rogue experience, then you can smash chests with weapons, but in this case some items will be lost
  • One of the hardest places in game is 3rd floor of white tower. Spirits here are really bad. There are two ways to deal with them. Easy way is to use valean cube: you’ll get second cube in Yvel woods, just keep it and do not use for destroying second barrier. Another way is to use emerald swords: these weapons will do good damage to spirits and will give good fighter experience, but if you’ll get surrounded – bad to you.
  • In Yvel town, one of barred doors could be opened. Here you’ll get “Hand of Fate” spell and a key to locked door.
  • Save often. There are situations which are impossible to solve. In such case you’ll need to return to earlier position.

Now I’m going to critisize some aspects of game. Some level designs are bad: in Urbish mines, in castle. Enemies later in the game are boring. Some puzzles are not very logical.

It is very easy to cheat in this game. You can find some trainers, but I prefer to hack a savegame file. By trial-and-error method I’ve found several things you can change. To apply those modifications you need to open savegame file with hexadecimal editor and change some bytes.

  • Character levels are easy to find and change: just look for three bytes which have values of levels (offset is +100 bytes from first byte of character’s name).
  • You can replace one character with another! It works for second and third character in party. At offset of +12 bytes from first byte of character’s name there is a byte which controls character. Values are: 03 for Bacatta, 04 for Lora, 06 for Paulson, and 07 for Dawn. Surprize, it seems that Dawn was designed as playable character, but was removed before game release.
  • You can change placement of party on the map by changing two bytes located at offset +585 from start of file. Add 1 to move party to the east, subsctact 1 to move party to the west. To move party south or north you need to add/subscrtact hex value 20. If first byte is “overloaded” then add 1 to second byte.
  • List of known spells is stored in bytes starting from offset +1131. Each byte represents a row in your magic atlas. Value FF means that this row is not used. Value 0 is for spark, 1 for heal, 2 for freeze, 3 for fireball, 4 for hand of fate, 5 for mist of doom and 6 for lightning. Value 7 is for spell “Vortex”, which doesn’t work. Values 8 and 9 are for spell “Caustic fog”, which is the same thing as using green skull. It seems that those last two spells were disabled in game before release.

So, enjoy this great game!

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  1. October 27, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Hey there, I liked the ways to cheat this game with hexadecimal editors. And all thanks to you. I didn’t know I could play with Dawn and now that I realized it, I want to make a step further.

    I was wondering if I can make the second and the third character with characters like Ak’shel and Michael (My primary is Kieran, so I can have all Strength, Magic, and Fast at the same time, being in the beggining of the game) I tried it and I can do it. The only problem is that when I want them to say something, it only talks the first character (Kieran). Can I make them talk? Thank you!

    PS: I know this was posted on 2007, I’m a little bit late for this, but I hope you can help me!

  2. xandersen
    March 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I have edited the main.exe to eliminate damage and lost of magic, it works fine, but the caracters health points growing permanently and if it exceeds FF, the character goin to unconscious, If anybody know the solution, which instruction need to overwrite to solve this problem

  3. Anonymous
    July 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I’m confused….I edited the 12th line after the start of timothy’s name and all it did was put dawn’s portrait and paper doll in. She still had timothy’s voice and it said his name in the equip screen.

  4. November 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    There is another cheat which raises Health and Magic to 999 points each, and skill points to 20. But I can’t get it right in DosBox:

    1) dir/O.day

    2)debug_savexxx.dat

    ÿ NOTE: replace the XXX with the numbers from
    ÿ the last file listed from step 1

    3) type the following at the “-” prompt.

    ÿ e 17A E7 03 E7 03 E7 03 E7 03
    ÿ e 1FC E7 03 E7 03 E7 03 E7 03
    ÿ e 27E E7 03 E7 03 E7 03 E7 03
    ÿ e 1A7 14 14 14
    ÿ e 229 14 14 14
    ÿ e 2AB 14 14 14
    ÿ w
    ÿ q
    I do not know what this means, let alone input them. I’m running Lands of Lore 0.72 if that makes a difference. Any help would be appreciated…thanks- WFD

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