DescriptionAn homage to the DOS-based Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Gold Box game Pool of Radiance, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor returns again to the worlds of the Forgotten Realms.
Although the game begins in the city of Phlan, which was reclaimed in the previous game, the majority of the action takes place beneath Myth Drannor, once a beautiful city of peace, where men, elves, and dwarves could live in peace and harmony, which is now in ruins.
Despite its visual similarity to contemporary games that utilized real-time combat (such as Baldur's Gate), the game features a strictly turn-based system, similar to those implemented in Gold Box games. Orisons and Cantrips, straight from the then new Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules, have been added. The game features new character classes and races such as Barbarians, Monks, Paladins, and Half-Orcs. Clerics and Sorcerers can cast over 100 spells. The Dungeon Master communicates all important findings and events throughout the game.
- "光芒之池：迷斯卓諾遺跡" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "光芒之池II之剑与魔法的传说" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Pool of Radiance: Ruiny Myth Drannor" -- Polish title
- "Pool of Radiance: As Ruínas de Myth Drannor" -- Brazilian title
- "Pool of Radiance 2" -- Informal title
Part of the Following Groups
- Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Setting: Forgotten Realms
- Dungeons & Dragons (D&D / AD&D) licensees
- Games made into books
- Pool of Radiance series
|Unplayable||Jacques Guy (55)|
|You can call it a "playable disappointment"||Marina Shoykhet (7)||unrated|
|Mediocre, boring Baldur's Gate clone||tomimt (337)|
|Second that opinion: AD&D in the Gutter. This game is Blasphemy!||Indra is stressed (19955)|
|Game Informer Magazine||Nov, 2001||7.5 out of 10||75|
|ComputerGamers.com||Nov 29, 2001||72 out of 100||72|
|FiringSquad||Nov 21, 2001||70 out of 100||70|
|4Players.de||Dec 04, 2001||70 out of 100||70|
|PC Games (Germany)||Nov, 2001||70 out of 100||70|
|ActionTrip||Oct 22, 2001||68 out of 100||68|
|PC Zone Benelux||Dec, 2001||64 out of 100||64|
|IGN||Oct 26, 2001||6 out of 10||60|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Oct 10, 2001||50 out of 100||50|
|Gamers.at||Dec 28, 2001||20 out of 100||20|
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BugsThe first US version of this game was a technical disaster: not only that the installer accepted no other drives than C: - one could live with that although it's a sign of sloppy programming - the uninstallation program would accidentally erase some core components of Windows 9x, rendering the system unusable after rebooting. Because of this, the game was withdrawn and re-released with a fixed installer. This delayed the German version too.
CoverBoth the game box artwork and the cover illustration of the tie-in novel are by renowned fantasy illustrator (Gerald) Brom.
InspirationThe game follows a November 1, 2000-published novel of the same name by Carrie Bebris, both the computer game and the novel sharing a common source of a pen & paper RPG module from Wizards of the Coast.
- Computer Gaming World
- April 2002 (Issue #213) – Coaster of the Year
Related Web Sites
- FAQs/Walkthroughs (Several available on GameFaqs website)
- Official Game Page (Official home page for Pools of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor)
- Scorpia's Strategy Guide (Very indepth with info about all aspects of the game. Includes discussion about the bugs and patches (with links for download).)