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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is a role-playing video game that was first released in 1981. It's one of the pioneering titles in the dungeon-crawling genre and one of the first computer role-playing games (CRPGs).
Developed by Andrew C. Greenberg and Robert Woodhead, and published by Sir-Tech, Wizardry was initially released for the Apple II and later adapted for various other platforms, including the Commodore 64 and MS-DOS.
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Wizardry 1 was developed by Andrew Greenberg and Robert Woodhead. In 1980, Norman Sirotek formed Sir-Tech Software, Inc. and launched a Beta version of the product at the 1980 Boston Computer Convention. The final version of the game was released in 1981.

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Additional info about Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard
Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk
Also published for: Apple II, C64, Game Boy Color, MSX2, NES, Super Famicom
Abandonware DOS views: 21869
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  • James 28/03/2023 14:46
    I remember playing this for hours and hours on end back when it came out. Damn im old.
  • Bret 27/01/2021 00:17
    I am trying to use D-Fend to run proving grounds. It attempts to load but goes blue screen and shuts down, what can I do?
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