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    Heroes of the Lance

    Game » consists of 14 releases. Released November 1988

    Heroes of the Lance is part of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons series.

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    Overview

    Heroes of the Lance is an action-adventure game developed for various home computers and consoles by U.S. Gold and published by Strategic Simulations in 1988. Telling the stories of eight heroes as they traverse across the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth, the game pits players against various enemies leading up to a confrontation with the ancient dragon Khisanth who holds the Disks of Mishakal, an ancient and powerful relic. It is the first in a series of three games developed by U.S. Gold under the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons name.

    Gameplay

    Differing drastically from Dungeons & Dragons games from the past, Heroes of the Lance's central focus is on side-scrolling action as opposed to role-playing. Although the game would use relevant statistics, spells and rules from the official tabletop game, a difficult to use graphical interface and severe limitation on character use (forcing players to control one at a time, thus limiting creativity) meant that this arcade-like style of gameplay would be short lived for the series as fans rallied against the switch.

    Characters

    NameDescriptionPortrait
    GoldmoonA human cleric betrothed to Riverwind. Uses a Blue Crystal Staff.
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    Sturm BrightbladeA human fighter. Uses a two-handed sword.
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    Caramon MajereA warrior. Uses a spear and longsword.
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    Raistlin MajereCarmon's brother. A cunning but weak mage. Uses the Staff of Magius.
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    Tanis Half-ElvenMaster swordsman and archer. Leader of the Companions.
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    Tasslehoff BurrfootA pickpocket who uses a hoopak--a type of sling weapon
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    RiverwindOutcast of the Que-Shu tribe and Goldmoon's betrothed. Uses a bow and longsword.
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    Flint FireforgeA fearless dwarf strong at smithing. Uses a battleaxe and throwing axes.
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    KhisanthAn ancient dragon. Holds the Disks of Mishakal.
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