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Citadel of the Dead

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Citadel_of_Dead.img_.sit (953.95 KB)
MD5: 35d38b58a22d157516ebead12efbf097
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

A re-release of the dungeon RPG DragonBlade.

See also in this series: GayBlade

Architecture: 68k


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by Agamemnon Triforce - 2020, April 3 - 6:15pm

Here's a question for you. How does the character generation system come up with its results? Over on the CRPG Addict he's discussing his experience with DragonBlade : ( and he brings up a point with the distribution of the possible results. There's an easy solution; roll 2d8-1 and you'll get a range of 1-15. But his results after manually going through 1000 rolls shows a bracket shaped distribution of results rather than the statistically expected bell curve.

How did you work out the RNG for your character generation system?

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by IIGS_User - 2019, March 29 - 9:32pm

I also have the manuals for all the games. If interested I can upload copies here (if allowed by the forum admin?)

Manuals are always welcome to be uploaded.

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by RJBest - 2019, March 29 - 2:04am

Xeriphas1994, I'm the developer of the games Citadel and DragonBlade -- I'll take the $10 bucks now! Just kidding. Glad you got some fun out of the game.

I know these entries are 8-10 years old, but if anyone needs any elaboration or clarification on the games, just ask. My email is I also have the manuals for all the games. If interested I can upload copies here (if allowed by the forum admin?)

For the record: Citadel of the Dead was commercially distributed to stores around the U.S., but in spite of being told the game had sold "thousands" of copies. I never saw a penny from the distributor. So I retooled the engine from DragonBlade & Citadel of the Dead and used it for GayBlade, a spoof of DragonBlade, with the tagline:

"Empress Nelda has been captured. You must rescue her. So get your Apron out, grab your Gold Tiara, and unsheath the dreaded Turbo Blo Dryer. You're going to war!

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by Xeriphas1994 - 2016, May 4 - 2:45am

Take a mechanically solid "Wizardry" dungeon grinder, spread on bright System 7 colors, and garnish with that priceless 1990s sarcasm. Not having internet back then, I couldn't believe what I was seeing when a co-worker shared this. I spent years trying to find the author and pay the 10 bucks (not realizing he couldn't accept it if the company had shut down). If you love old-school RPGs, you must try this!

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by IIGS_User - 2010, April 17 - 3:14pm

This is now an .img.sit file, ready to use in emulators.

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by I3loodTeeth - 2010, April 14 - 7:43am

I remember playing this game a fair bit, the demo anyways. This was a long time ago, and as far as I could remember you needed to re roll your party characters a lot to get some seriously cool stats. After that it was a matter of going down, moving around not far from the entrance and taking down some enemies, then going back up to town before anybody died. I had to inch my way in and avoid the traps, also saving up for good stuff was not easy, monsters came in random pack sizes, some as large as 8 or 12 (I can't remember, it was oh so long ago). Good game, but the demo only had two levels and just as I was starting to get into the swing of it, I ended the demo... so sad Sad

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by Knight_Ken - 2010, March 15 - 1:02pm

to watchsmart: Get a real mac then...
the game remind Dungeon master and Ultima 3(exploring the dungeon)

watchsmart's picture
by watchsmart - 2009, April 15 - 12:31pm

I get lots and lots of lock ups in both Basilisk II and SheepShaver. Unplayable for me.