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Pool of Radiance

DOS - 1988

Alt names
光芒之池, Pool of Radiance - A Forgotten Realms™ Fantasy Role-Playing Epic, Vol. I
Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG)
Dungeon Crawler, Licensed Title, Medieval / Fantasy, Turn-based
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Dosbox support
Supported on 0.61
4.75 / 5 - 20 votes

Description of Pool of Radiance

To shortly resume Pool of Radiance (also known as 光芒之池, Pool of Radiance - A Forgotten Realms™ Fantasy Role-Playing Epic, Vol. I), it's about role-playing (rpg) and medieval / fantasy, turn-based, licensed title, dungeon crawler. It was done by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1988. Feel free to download and try it!

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Comments and reviews

Laren 2015-01-10 -1 point

Game works great and brings back memories. Thought I'd play the series again. Never finished the last one. Pools of Darkness

Jake 2014-12-31 5 points

The game that really put strategy RPG on the main stream, the original 'gold box' game by SSI. Had this (and eventually the other 'gold box' games) on the C-64 and wore the disks out playing so much. Astounding graphics for '88 probably helped make it really popular, but was certainly not the only thing. Later strategy RPG's such as Baldur's Gate, NWN and even dungeon siege can trace their legacy back to this gem. This game is probably single handedly responsible for the success of the 'gold box' series which pretty much set the standard until the mid 90's when pixel based graphics became obsolete for main stream games.

The only real complaint I have with the entire gold box collection is the annoying 'journal entry' looking up in the manual thing. Really makes the basic copy protection of the game obsolete because it requires the manual to have ANY clue as to what's going on, but really, one room 'you record what he said as journal entry 3' and two steps later 'you record the conversation as journal entry 72' then in the next room 'you record the events as journal entry 54' anyway, you get the hint. Really killed the immersion level of the entire series. Bad enough you have to stop playing to read the entry from the book, but you have to stop and search for the apparently random correct entry to boot, so that by the time you get back to the game it's like "may as well take a break now anyway since I already have."

SoulDragon298 2014-11-01 -1 point

I used d-fend reloaded to run this and my arrow keys won't work in the game. Any suggestions?

Barholic 2014-06-25 -1 point

The game starts fine, but the arrow funktions on the keyboard doesnt work and my mouse isn't recognized either. Any help? 2014-05-30 -1 point

looking for pool of radiance relms wanting to go through the whole series it lease once

Bacowrath 2014-05-18 1 point

Can the game be run on a 64 bit system?

Mickey 2014-04-16 0 point

The game works fine. You have to unzip it to a directory in the root c: drive. When you run DOSbox, mount c:\ as the c drive instead of mounting the subdirectory in which the game is actually located. Then cd over to the directory where the game is and run Start.

Melkizdech 2013-12-17 -1 point

Yes Brother. Many hours, many nights of Rice/Hamburger mix. Endless Summer Nights, and good-ole long road trips in 'Beast". #Clan Gerewolf for Life. ( Best days of my life was spent in the S.C.A

Windwolf 2013-12-17 -1 point

this game needs to come out on PS3

Gadz 2013-12-16 -1 point

It had protection. You had to enter a code from a book from memory.

admin 2013-10-10 -1 point

Fixed !! ;) thx

broken 2013-10-10 0 point

its oct 2013 and i have been researching this for over 4 hrs. only conclusion that i can come up with this download game is broken. i have been playing with pool.config for ever and tried bot dosbox and D-Fend. other games i download work but this one does not *************************************DO NOT DOWNLOAD************

game will load you will try and create and get this...
you WILL GET insert disk 3 in c drive ERROR!!!!

seleuki 2013-09-11 -1 point

how does one 'edit' the .cfg file. I am running (unfortunately) WIN8 and dosbox doesn't seem to understand 'edit'.

Elric Gerewolf 2013-09-04 -1 point

Great Game... I remember it on Nintendo..Many many hours spent there...haha

hseiken 2013-03-17 -1 point

Guys, you should get a real dos computer. :)

Ruspar 2013-01-26 0 point

Remember when all you had to do was put in the disk and hit


Tim 2012-11-12 0 point

Awesome game

da9els 2012-10-10 0 point

Just to clarify:

Create directory "Games" on C:
Create directory "POR" inside "Games" - like this "C:\Games\POR"
Extract files to this location.
Create directory "POR" on C: - "C:\POR"

Edit "POOL.CFG" to match what ETwin wrote:

Save and exit.

Type: "mount c c:\Games"
Type: "mount d c:\POR"
Type: "c:"
Type: "cd POR"
Type: "start" - and enjoy!

guest 2012-10-03 0 point

Review of Pool of Radiance for DOS:

Will 2012-09-27 0 point

What I did was change the two paths to ".\" without the quotes in the cfg file

Oy 2012-09-25 0 point

I'm in XP, I've saved the files in C:\Games\POR\ and edited the config to the following:

run start

I can get past the disk 3 issue, but when i try to save my character, it says:
"Put save disk in F:"

Any ideas how to get past this?

Eli 2012-09-16 0 point

Hi folks,

So sorry, I have the same issue upon creating a character "please inser disk 3 into drice C". Any hints on how to solve this?
Thank ya

ETwin 2012-07-22 0 point

Save files in C:\Games\POR

Edit Config

mount c c:\Games
mount d c:\POR
run start

The Great One 2012-07-03 0 point

Place the game here:


Mount D C:\games

Modify the config to read D:\POR\

It will work.

... 2012-05-14 0 point

Just commenting to say thanks, and also confirming that this copy works without any problems in dosbox.

Fox 2012-04-07 0 point

Same problem mentioned previously. Tried the suggested solutions. No go. Really. Really. Want to play this game...

Alatraedies 2012-01-07 0 point

sorry all, Pools of Radiance works fine *without* DOSBOX etc here in my case Windows XP pro. I only encounter those errors when trying to launch it with DOSBOX. Enjoying this site, keep the great work goin'!

Alatraedies 2012-01-03 0 point

I did exactly as Spideymagu instructed, in my case, moving the contents of the unzipped archive to C:\POOLRAD.

However, the exact same error, actually worded as this: "Insert disk 3 into drive c:" is continuing to persist and halting 1st character creation process and the whole game. any more help please? Thanks! great site, reviews, and ratings, enjoying it.

Alatraedies 2012-01-03 0 point

I confirm and am duplicating Paradigm's 'Please insert disk 3 into drive C:' locking up the game upon first character creation attempt.

Bass r 2011-10-26 0 point

I have pc re sold no book lost book to game

Spideymagu 2011-10-10 0 point

That is an easy fix Paradigm. There are two ways to fix this. first way is to name the folder you have it in Poolrad. The second way is to open the folder for the game, then open the file pool.cfg and edit the two lines c:\poolrad to your folder name.

admin 2011-02-23 0 point

Changed the game, you won't need the manual anymore.

Paradigm 2011-02-23 0 point

While this game appears functional, assuming you can get past the copy protection, it is not PLAYABLE. Any attempt to create a character results in the message "Please insert disk 3 into drive C:".

I loved this game as a kid. Does anyone know where I can find a true copy? Even the re-released game that came on the gold box CD collectors set had this problem.

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