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Wizardry games

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Wizardry is a series of role-playing games originally developed by Sir-tech. The first game, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981), is widely considered one of the progenitors of the genre, alongside Ultima. The game required the player to create a party of six characters, selecting between races and classes influenced by D&D scenarios. The player then explored a maze-like pseudo-3D dungeon, fighting randomly appearing enemies in turn-based combat. Subsequent installments were for the most part based on this template.

Wizardry introduced the concept of prestige classes, allowing the player to create versatile and powerful characters belonging to the classes of bishop, lord, ninja, samurai, and valkyrie, available only through large quantities of bonus points received at dice rolls, or by switching to them during the course of the game. The initial entries were set in a traditional fantasy environment with the races typical for the setting; later games incorporated science fiction elements and added exotic playable races such as lizardman, dracon, the feline Felpurr, the canine Rawulf, and the mysterious alien-like Mook.

The first installments in the series were created by Robert Woodhead and Andrew Greenberg. David Bradley was brought to the team as the lead designer of Heart of the Maelstrom (1988). However, it was mainly in Bane of the Cosmic Forge (1990) where his ideas were fully realized, making that entry a turning point in the series with its new skill system, magic disciplines, and a more refined interaction with NPCs. The main series ended with the release of Wizardry 8 (2001), the last Wizardry game developed by Sir-tech. However, several spin-offs designed by Japanese developers were released afterwards.

Early Wizardry games had a considerable influence on the development of role-playing games. In particular, they proved to be popular in Japan, influencing early Xtalsoft RPGs, Dragon Quest and to a certain extent Phantasy Star. Random enemy encounters and party turn-based combat mechanics eventually became the staple element of the Japanese RPG genre.

This group includes the main series as well as spin-offs.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Wizardry Online2013WindowsSony Online Entertainment Inc....
Wizardry 6+72013Macintosh, WindowsGamepot Inc....
Wizardry 6, 7, and 82013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNight Dive Studios, LLC...
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Dungeon of Trials Open2012PlayStation 3XSEED Games...
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Limit Free Levels2012PlayStation 3XSEED Games...
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - The Red Shadow of the Sister2012PlayStation 3XSEED Games...
Wizardry: The Prisoners of the Lost City2011PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Scripture of Chain Lightning2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Leonidas' Shield2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Boots of Knowledge2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Helm of Mists2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Iron Boots2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Magic Helm2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Robe of Light2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Holy Armor2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Masterwork Plate2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Samurai Armor2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Magic Shield2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Dragon Kite2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Magatama Necklace2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Ring of Ogre Strength2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Philosopher's Ring2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Saint's Ring2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Soldier's Ring2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Gale Ring2010PlayStation 3Acquire Corp....
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Game group created by Anonymous User, additional games added to group by Plokite_Wolf (15282), Sciere (539779), Alaka (58729), Pseudo_Intellectual (61148), Terok Nor (27274), Unicorn Lynx (181699), vedder (43892), 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60735), Jeanne (76484) and eWarrior (4876)