After playing a few old school roguelikes lately, I remembered all the cool-looking RPGs of the early 90s that I never understood how to play, and wanted to try some of them. Dungeon Hack is a close equivalent to the roguelikes, but with a typical first person 90s RPG perspective.
I have created a fighter/mage elf character, Cheator, with all the stats set to max. Seems like you shouldn't be able to do that...
Dammit, Cheator died...
Yes! Found the first stairs down with my dwarf fighter guy... But now the game wants me to enter a word from the manual.
Found it. Let's see what dungeon level 2 is like...
Hmm... seems like lower armor class is better. Wikipedia says that Dungeon Hack is based on AD&D 2nd Edition.
I reached dungeon level 3 with my dwarf dude. The game is OK, but it gets a bit boring after a while.
I was playing around with the ao486 MiSTer core and got this running correctly. I'm figuring out how to manage game installations, I think for now I'm going to have a boot VHD that I can tinker with to get the optimal game environment, and a game VHD that has all the games installed, and possibly the installers as well.
After some thinking, I ended up making a standalone VHD for Dungeon Hack, more like an Amiga disk game or a cartridge. I created a super-strong Dwarven fighter, Dworf, and failed miserably on the first level (Moderate difficulty), because I forgot to keep an eye on my HP.
I started a new game with a preset character, Neysea Snowwolf, a fighter. She died on level 1 to a Troglodyte, a reptilian humanoid that weakens you. Avoid at all cost.
The next game I started with Neumas Moltengale, the Mage. After spending a little time figuring out how to use spells and resting all the time (which is a bit annoying), I was doing quite well, and ended up dying on the second level to a Ghoul due to a lack of food. The game I have is not cracked, so I had to find the real manual online to look up a word for the piracy protection.
I played another game with the preset character Aventgar Pureblade, a very strong paladin. I learned that the weakening that the Troglodytes incur is temporary, although it lasts for a long time. I ended up dying on level 2 from running out of food.