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King of Dragon Pass (Windows)

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In this turn-based strategy game, based on the role-playing game Rune Quest, you take control of a clan of Orlanthi (somewhat resembling iron age Scandinavians) in the magical world of Glorantha. Yours and many other clans have recently migrated to Dragon Pass, a rich and fertile yet vastly unexplored valley. You try to survive and thrive in this environment however you can, your basic means being crops, livestock, hunting, trade, war and exploration. You can raid or fight the other Orlanthi clans, trade and ally with them and explore the wilderness around you. As resources you have the land you live on, goods your craftsmen create, rare commodities that can be found via exploration as well as horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. Your clan consists of trained warriors, artisans and farmers.

The game is split into five seasons each generally allowing the player two actions, but also restricting them: Exploration during the dark season is not advisable and your clan will usually refuse to wage war during harvest time. Additionally you will be presented with many random events which will force you to make decisions. Every decision has its consequences and even the most trivial choice will have repercussions over time.

The clan is ruled by a Council of seven that advises the player on most decisions. The council is chosen from a group of potential candidates (basically your nobility); Picking your councilmen and -women according to their abilities and the gods they worship is crucial. Just as crucial is determining who to listen to in a given situation. A great warrior may not be a good advisor on trade and diplomacy, just as a healer may not be adept at matters of war. If a council member causes too much trouble you may have to remove or even outlaw him or her. There are other reasons for reorganizing the council, the most obvious one being the death of a member.

Goals of the game, other than mere survival and building a strong, rich clan, are relearning and reenacting all the myths of your gods (called performing a heroquest), forming a tribe from several clans and eventually uniting all tribes into a Kingdom under your leadership.

The game consists entirely of still images and selection screens, with a considerable amount of storytelling, requiring the player to read quite a bit. Player interaction is mostly limited to choosing by point and click.

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King of Dragon Pass Windows Title Screen
King of Dragon Pass Windows After answering the questions, you will see the results of your clan history
King of Dragon Pass Windows Story introduction to tell you about your clan's history
King of Dragon Pass Windows Before starting a game, you answer various questions to help determine what your clan starts out like

User Reviews

Simply Beautiful Indra is here (19699) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Perfect combination of strategy and RPG. Technocrat (176) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Pelit Jan, 2000 94 out of 100 94
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Sep 24, 2002 87 out of 100 87
All Game Guide 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Strategy Gaming Online Dec 21, 1999 7.7 out of 10 77
GameSpy Mar 21, 2000 75 out of 100 75
Game Over Online Jan 18, 2000 68 out of 100 68
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Electric Games 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Gamezilla Mar 31, 2000 30 out of 100 30
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jan 30, 2000 25 out of 100 25

Forums

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KoDP Variants 15 Alex Z (930)
Jul 16, 2014
Exploration 7 SharkD (415)
Jan 22, 2009

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Awards

  • Independent Games Festival
    • March 21, 2000 - Best Visual Art

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Heikki Sairanen (105) added King of Dragon Pass (Windows) on Mar 22, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Alex Z (930) and Kabushi (121564)