Gold Box

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The SSI Gold Box games were a fondly remembered series of computer RPGs produced by SSI, based on the first edition Dungeons & Dragons license. They were not the first D&D licensed games, but they were the first to appear in the 16 bit era, when home computers got sophisticated enough to implement substantial chunks of the game system. Their name comes from the distinctive gold-colored cardboard box that most of them came in.

The games were based on variations of the same engine and took place in a first person dungeon/city (with some games having an overworld map). Battles were turn-based and happened on a square grid.

The games were collected at various times, the most recent being the Forgotten Realms Archives in 1997, which includes the five Pool of Radiance games and the two main Savage Frontier games, along with other Forgotten Realms-based games. Playing them on modern computers generally requires DOSBox or other emulation software.

Games in the series include:

  • Pool of Radiance series:
    • Pool of Radiance (the original version) (1988)
    • Hillsfar (a spinoff used to boost character stats)
    • Curse of the Azure Bonds (1989)
    • Secret of the Silver Blades (1990)
    • Pools of Darkness (1991)
  • Savage Frontier series:
    • Gateway to the Savage Frontier (1991)
    • Treasures of the Savage Frontier (1992)
    • Neverwinter Nights (the original version, not that one) (1991)
  • Menzoberranzan (1994)
  • Eye of the Beholder series:
    • Eye of the Beholder (1990)
    • EOB II: The Legend of Darkmoon (1991)
    • EOB III: Assault on Myth Drannor (1993)
  • Dark Sun series:
    • Shattered Lands (1993)
    • Wake of the Ravager (1994)
  • Dragonlance series:
    • Champions of Krynn (1990)
    • Death Knights of Krynn (1991)
    • The Dark Queen of Krynn (1992)
  • Buck Rogers series: (Lorraine Williams, owner of TSR at the time, inherited the rights to Buck Rogers, leading to a lot of promotion of Buck Rogers-based TSR products)
    • Countdown to Doomsday (1990)
    • Matrix Cubed (1992)
Tropes used in Gold Box include: