The Aethra Chronicles: Volume One - Celystra's Bane
I've seen various rumours about the game. Apparently, three episodes were planned but only the first one was released, and it came in two flavours: the unregistered shareware version with only a portion of the episode, and the full registered episode. I have been unable to verify this since I've never played the full version, and the shareware manual doesn't seem to mention this difference.
On top of that, a user at Abandonia forums suggested that at some point in the past, Michael Lawrence had made the full registered episode available for free from his website. However, the file had since been taken down, and archive.org doesn't seem to have the snapshots of the site from the time the game was available there (that is, if the story is true). Here's the posts with the relevant info for reference:
This game was released as freeware by the author (Mike Lawrence) on his own website. The page no longer exists, but I own a copy of the full game somewhere, downloaded from that site. I was looking for his other game "Dungeons of Kairn", but I only found a slightly more updated shareware version that fixed some bugs (like the one that allowed characters to carry more than two weapons).
The site was a obscure one, I only found him through some old MTG judge archives (dating back from around 1998). [source]
It was a long time ago, but as far as I remember, it was hosted at Earthlink.net. I've tried google cache, Earthlink and webarchive, but couldn't find it again. It took me years to find the site. The author, Mike Lawrence (Mike L.) used to be a Magic: The gathering judge around 1997-1998 (at the time of release of the Visions expansion set) and he participated in some old mailing lists of rules/judges. I think WotC has the archives stored somewhere. He had the link to his website on his signature, or maybe he only had his old e-mail account?
The shareware version can be found here:
Any info and/or the clarification of the distribution status of the game would be highly appreciated.
Now I'm not sure if the link I found to the Lawrence Productions is related to the Michael Lawrence who created Aethra and The Dungeons of Kairn. If it is, then probably the task isn't that daunting at all.