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Aug
20
2015

Forgotten Realms – The Archives make their digital debut on GOG today

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You are sitting in a tavern. The mighty wizards bestow upon you their greatest treasures: Forgotten Realms: The Archives – long lost relics of an RPG renaissance that changed the face of gaming forever. Today, one of the forgotten grails of gaming history is within your grasp, should you travel to a magical, DRM-free realm known as GOG.com.

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With Forgotten Realms: The Archives gamers now have the chance to live and breathe the history of RPG gaming, in three collections, each containing a set of famous D&D titles and brimming with content.

  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection One (featuring Eye of the Beholder I, II, III)
  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection Two (featuring Curse of the Azure Bonds, Gateway to the Savage Frontier, Hillsfar, Pools of Darkness, Pool of Radiance, Secret of the Silver Blades, Treasures of the Savage Frontier, D&D: Unlimited Adventures)
  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection Three (featuring Dungeon Hack and Menzoberranzan)

The quest for Forgotten Realms: The Archives was a gruelling, perilous journey,” recalls Oleg Klapovsky, GOG.com’s VP of Business Development and Operations. “The rights were literally scattered across the world, and even with the aid of our trusted companions it took several years of searching and dead ends to round them all up.”

On their quest for the D&D Archives, the GOG.com party encountered the very creators of these magical worlds – legendary Strategic Simulations (SSI) developers, all too eager to share their experiences:

It’s wonderful to return to the Forgotten Realms” said Paul Murray, SSI Lead Engineer. “Our attention to deep systems for tactical combat, and exploration really shines through. These games excel at recreating the D&D tabletop experience.

These games gave players truly deep and innovative RPGs, while allowing me to master design skills I still apply today.” says David Shelley, one of the leading SSI Designers. “Being able to work with those rules and settings, trying to makes the games authentic, was a real joy.”

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With the Forgotten Realms premieres, GOG.com now offers 20 years of D&D history, influenced by a generation of legendary game designers, spanning 1988 through 2008.

This week, gamers can also get their hands on ten more D&D classics for up to 80% off (including titles like Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights) to truly experience generations of RPG legend. The Hasbro D&D games will be on promo until Tuesday, August 25: http://www.GOG.com