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, d&d / ad&d. It was done by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1988. Feel free to download and try it!
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MalikaiLorestat 2016-04-08 0 point
Got into gaming with this game on Commondore 64 computer! Never found the pool of radiance though!
smeger 2016-03-27 0 point
Techies are too busy trying to sound smart rather than give proper instruction. I have a feeling that people are trying to give instruction without realizing what platform the poster was asking about.
Commodore64 version on other sites (.D64 files): While this version "works", and there are a lot of sites out there that give you the code wheel, it doesn't work. Pisses me off because I owned the original game and my Mom threw out my wheel. Sure it must have worked with some version but I gave up after 5 hours
Commodore64 version on this site (.D64 files): This ends up prompting you to insert disk #3 (I couldn't find a way around it). I was using WinVice-2.4. I gave up and proceeded with the below.
DOS version on this site: So happy I came across this site). Had DosBox before but just downloaded it and it worked 100% with this (creating characters, saving characters). I didn't have to modify any files. I am on Windows 10 64-bit.
To play this game:
1. Download the DOS version in the link on this page.
2. Download the DOSBox application.
3. Copy the downloaded files from step 1 into c:\Games\POR\
4. Launch DOSBox
5. Type "mount c c:\games\por"
6. Type "c:"
7. Type "start"
For former posters start thinking about the audience. Not everyone is a techy and that's why they post. For help. So make it understandable.
thecoat 2015-09-07 0 point DOS version
Note on the arrow keys not working, you need to use the number pad. Also 7 and 1 allow you to move up and down the currently selected character.
Miuna 2015-04-21 0 point DOS version
Reelphresh - You have to use the number-keys 1 and 7 to scroll up and down in the menu and subsequent selection screens. This is about the only option as far as i know.
Reelphresh 2015-04-12 0 point DOS version
Didn't see any mention on the arrow keys not working, anyway to fix?
Laren 2015-01-10 -1 point DOS version
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 6 points DOS version
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 DOS version
I used d-fend reloaded to run this and my arrow keys won't work in the game. Any suggestions?
Barholic 2014-06-25 -2 points DOS version
The game starts fine, but the arrow funktions on the keyboard doesnt work and my mouse isn't recognized either. Any help?
email@example.com 2014-05-30 -1 point DOS version
looking for pool of radiance relms wanting to go through the whole series it lease once
Mickey 2014-04-16 1 point DOS version
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 0 point DOS version
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
Gadz 2013-12-16 0 point DOS version
It had protection. You had to enter a code from a book from memory.
broken 2013-10-10 0 point DOS version
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 DOS version
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 DOS version
Great Game... I remember it on Nintendo..Many many hours spent there...haha
Ruspar 2013-01-26 0 point DOS version
Remember when all you had to do was put in the disk and hit
da9els 2012-10-10 0 point DOS version
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: "cd POR"
Type: "start" - and enjoy!
guest 2012-10-03 0 point DOS version
Review of Pool of Radiance for DOS:
Will 2012-09-27 0 point DOS version
What I did was change the two paths to ".\" without the quotes in the cfg file
Oy 2012-09-25 0 point DOS version
I'm in XP, I've saved the files in C:\Games\POR\ and edited the config to the following:
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 DOS version
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?
ETwin 2012-07-22 0 point DOS version
Save files in C:\Games\POR
mount c c:\Games
mount d c:\POR
The Great One 2012-07-03 0 point DOS version
Place the game here:
Mount D C:\games
Modify the config to read D:\POR\
It will work.
... 2012-05-14 0 point DOS version
Just commenting to say thanks, and also confirming that this copy works without any problems in dosbox.
Fox 2012-04-07 0 point DOS version
Same problem mentioned previously. Tried the suggested solutions. No go. Really. Really. Want to play this game...
Alatraedies 2012-01-07 0 point DOS version
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 DOS version
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 DOS version
I confirm and am duplicating Paradigm's 'Please insert disk 3 into drive C:' locking up the game upon first character creation attempt.
Spideymagu 2011-10-10 0 point DOS version
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.
Paradigm 2011-02-23 0 point DOS version
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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