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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.
4.71 / 5 - 17 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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SoulDragon298 added this comment on 2014-11-01 :

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


Barholic added this comment on 2014-06-25 :

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

#11973 added this comment on 2014-05-30 :

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


Bacowrath added this comment on 2014-05-18 :

Can the game be run on a 64 bit system?


Mickey added this comment on 2014-04-16 :

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 added this comment on 2013-12-17 :

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 added this comment on 2013-12-17 :

this game needs to come out on PS3


Gadz added this comment on 2013-12-16 :

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


admin added this comment on 2013-10-10 :

Fixed !! ;) thx


broken added this comment on 2013-10-10 :

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 added this comment on 2013-09-11 :

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


Elric Gerewolf added this comment on 2013-09-04 :

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


hseiken added this comment on 2013-03-17 :

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


Ruspar added this comment on 2013-01-26 :

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



Tim added this comment on 2012-11-12 :

Awesome game


da9els added this comment on 2012-10-10 :

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 added this comment on 2012-10-03 :

Review of Pool of Radiance for DOS:


Will added this comment on 2012-09-27 :

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


Oy added this comment on 2012-09-25 :

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 added this comment on 2012-09-16 :

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 added this comment on 2012-07-22 :

Save files in C:\Games\POR

Edit Config

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


The Great One added this comment on 2012-07-03 :

Place the game here:


Mount D C:\games

Modify the config to read D:\POR\

It will work.


... added this comment on 2012-05-14 :

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


Fox added this comment on 2012-04-07 :

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


Alatraedies added this comment on 2012-01-07 :

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 added this comment on 2012-01-03 :

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 added this comment on 2012-01-03 :

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 added this comment on 2011-10-26 :

I have pc re sold no book lost book to game


Spideymagu added this comment on 2011-10-10 :

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 added this comment on 2011-02-23 :

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


Paradigm added this comment on 2011-02-23 :

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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