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Alternate Reality: The Dungeon Manual

Alternate Reality: The Dungeon


Designed by Ken Jordan & Dan Pinal
Apple(R) II Version Programmed by Robinson Crusoe Huff
Special Thanks to Jim Ratcliff & Rick Mirsky
Original Concept by Phillip Price
Graphics by Steve Hofmann & Bonita Reid
Music by Gary Gilbertson & R. C. Huff
Documentation by Kathi B. Tremblay & Thomas J. Clement
Illustrations by Thomas J. Clement

Document Contents

1. Quick Refernce Card
2. Game Documentation
3. Separate 'Letter'
4. Trilog's Map (In separate .TIF file.)

{Quick Reference Card}

Alternate Reality (R)
The Dungeon

Here's how to use your Apple computer to enter _The Dungeon_. Read the
_Dungeon Guide_ before loading the. game (yes, even if you've already
played _The City_!); it has vital information for survival in _The


* Apple II series computer * _The Dungeon_ game disks (2)
* Compatible disk drives * Blank disk (Character Disk)
* Video monitor or TV * City Character Disk (optional)
* Joystick (optional)

NOTE: Do Not Write-Protect The Character Disk!!!


Getting Started
1. Turn off the computer and connect a Joystick, if desired. Turn on
the monitor or TV.
2. Insert _The Dungeon_ Disk 1, Side 1 into Drive 1, close the door,
and turn on the computer.
3. Once you're familiar with the opening sequence, press the SPACE
BAR or the Open Apple key to bypass it and go directly to the
Character Decision menu.
4. When the game is loaded, follow the prompts.

NOTE TO PLAYERS WITH TWO DISK DRIVES: After loading the game, put Dlsk 1,
Side 2 into Drive 1 and Disk 2, Side 1 into Drive 2.


Character Decision

The Character Decision menu offers four options:
Hit 'N' to become a new person
Hit 'E' to resume an existing one
Hit 'T' to transfer a City character
Hit 'U' for character utilities

Press 'N' to create a Character. You get a prompt that says "NOTE: IF YOU

If you don't have a Dungeon Character Disk prepared, or if your only
Character Disk akeady has four Characters saved on it, press ESC.
This takes you back to the Character Decision menu. Press 'U' to
create a blank Character Disk (explained below).

If you have a Character Disk ready, type a name when you see the
prompt "ENTER NAME:". The name must begin with a letter, not a

Press 'E' if you already have a Character from a previous venture into The
Dungeon. Follow the prompts.

Press 'T' if you have a City Character you want to bring into The Dungeon.
Make sure your City Character was saved in front of one of the two
Dungeon entrances before you try to bring it into The Dungeon (see
the Dungeon Guide for information on Dungeon entrances). You can't
enter The Dungeon if you're Diseased or Poisoned.

Press 'U' to get a selection of Character Utilities:
(1) _Create a blank Character Disk_ formats a disk you can use as a
Character Disk.
(2) _Backup a Character Disk_ makes a copy of a Character Disk. You
can also use this selection to backup all sides of the game
disks, except Disk 1, Side 1 (play with the backups and keep the
originals in a safe place).
(3) _Remove a Character_ gets rid of any undesireable Character.

Make your selection and follow the prompts.


If you make an error in any selections (in Character Decision or
anytime during the game), press the ESC key to halt the process and
go back to your current Menu.


To Enter the Portal
After you've created a new Character, you're taken to The Dungeon
Portal. To enter, press the SPACE BAR (this sets your Stats) and
follow the prompts.


To Save a Character
Save your Character when you're ready to stop playing or when you've
built it up to a level you want to keep. Press 'S' and follow the
prompts. Note: You can only save a Character while walking around The
Dungeon (not during Encounters, while in buildings, etc.).


To Resurrect a Lost Character
When a Character that you've saved and reloaded into the game dies,
its not really dead (The Dungeon is nice that way). Instead, it's
only "Lost". To restore your Lost Character, select 'E' and load it
the same way you'd load any other Character. You'll be transported to
the NE Dungeon entrance. Of course, the Character is now minus some
Stat points (the price of resurrection).


It's a lot easier to find your way around The Dungeon if you have a
Compass (available at the D & P or, if you're lucky, in Treasure).
When you own a Compass, its visible on the left of your screen.
'North' is always at the top of the Compass; the arrow points in the
direction you're heading.


Joystick Control
The Joystick controls physical movement. Move forward by pushing Up
on the Joystick, backward by pulling Down. Turn left or right by
pushing the Joystick Left or Right. One of the four red arrows at the
right of the screen lights up, showing you which direcbon you're

Pressing Joystick button 0 works the same as pressing the SPACE BAR
anywhere in the game.


Time Indicator
An 'X', located just under the word "Stats:" at the top left of your
screen, spins when time is passing.


Hit Points
Hit Points are displayed as "Hit Points =" or "Hit Points :". When
you see the "=", your Hit Points are at their maximum level. The ":"
means you've lost Hit Points and need rest or healing.


Keyboard Control
You can move around The Dungeon using the Keyboard instead of a
Joystick. Move forward by pressing 'I', backward by pressing 'K'. Use
'J' to turn left and 'L' to turn right. One of the four red arrows at
the right of the screen lights up, showing you which direction you're
heading. You can also use the Apple Arrow keys for movement.


Other Important Information
When you're walking along Dungeon corridors (exploring), text at the
bottom of the screen shows you which level you're on and how many
Food Packets, Torches, and Water Flasks you have. It also lets you
know if you're hungry, thirsty, Diseased, Cursed, etc.

To get information about other things you're carrying, as well as
what Curses and Diseases you have, etc., press ',' (comma) and '.'
(period) or '<' and '>'.

Below is a list of options you can use in The Dungeon:

C Cast a Spell (only during Encounters or when exploring);
D Drop an item (only during Encounters or when exploring);
E Examine Spells or items (check your Inventory);
U Use an item (you can't light a Torch, use a Timepiece, or
eat and drink during an Encounter);
P Pause the game (this suspends all time and activity; press
any key to continue);
G Get an item you've dropped or discovered (you can't pick up
anything during an Encounter);
S Save a game (only when exploring);
Q Quit a game without saving it;
V Turn sound OFF and ON.

Press the ESC key to get out of an option after you've selected it.
Example: You select 'C' to cast a Spell, then decide you don't want
to cast a Spell after all; just press the ESC key and you'll be back
where you were before you tried to cast the Spell.


Datasoft (R)
19808 Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
Alternate Reality is a registered trademark of Paradise Programming, Inc.
Datasoft is a registered trademark of IntelliCreations, Inc.
(C) 1987 IntelliCreations, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in USA.


{Dungeon Guide}


Welcome to _The Dungeon_, the sequel to _The City_ Read this Guidebook
before entering The Dungeon; it may save your life. The separate Reference
Card gives instructions for using your computer to enter _Alternate
Reality-The Dungeon_.

A partial Map of The Dungeon (Level One) is included in your package. Use
this as a base for exploring and mapping the rest of The Dungeon. Also
enclosed is an artist's rendering of major Dungeon sites that may help
your mapping efforts.

You'll discover entrances that let you take your Character into future
installments of Alternate Reality: 'The Arena', 'The Palace', 'The
Wilderness', 'Revelation', and 'Destiny'. The City (which is referred to
many times in this manual) is the first scenario in the Alternate Reality

You need a blank disk to use as a Character Disk. Without a Character
Disk, you can't save a game.

Please fill out and return the enclosed Datasothe Product Registration
Card. This automatically places you on our Alternate Reality Players List,
ensuring that you'll receive any Dungeon news, as well as preview
information about future AR scenarios and other new Datasothe products.

Look at the Limited Warranty information in your game package. It says
you're entilled to a free replacement if, within the first 90 days of
purchase, your disks are defective. To receive the replacement, return the
original disks to Datasothe (see the address below) along with your name,
address, computer type, and proof of purchase.

If your disks are accidentally damaged or destroyed (i.e., you formatted
them, your dog ate them, a truck ran over them, etc.), replacement copies
can be had for $15. Send your name, address, computer type, and the disks
with proof of purchase (box or receipt), and a cheque or money order to:

Dept. B
19808 Nordhoff Place
Chatsworth, CA 91311-9969

Note: British spellings are used throughout this manual.



Fantasy Role-Playing and The Dungeon
The Oracle of Wisdom
Experienced AR - The City Adventureers
Newcomers to Alternate Reality





Food Packets
Gems & Jewels
Weapons & Armour
Trump Cards


Damon & Pythias Shoppe
The Retreat
Der Rathskeller Bar & Grille
Bank Vaults
Lucky's Potion Brewery
River Station
Weapon Enchantress
Dwarven Smithy








Encounter Menu





Information in this manual was gathered entirely from Characters emerging
from The Dungeon. Some of these individuals were delirious or deluded;
others were sick or wounded; still others were simply "tall-tale tellers."
Every Adventurer has his own story; you'll have to sort out truth from
rumour for yourself. If your experiences differ, drop us a line.

Fantasy Role-Playing and The Dungeon
Fantasy Role-Playing isn't like any other kind of computer game: you
don't control the actions of a Character - you are the Character.
"Role-Playing" means you actively partake in the adventure. Your
individuality, intelligence, and reflexes affect your game
Character's chances for survival.

Fantasy games usually use a lot of unusual words and terms, so a good
dictionary ii useful to have on hand in case there's something you
don't quite understand.

In The Dungeon, you anter the game with a set of characteristics (we-
call them "Stats") that define your physical and mental attributes.
As you wander around, getting your bearings and learning what's
expected of you, you're also developing a personality. All actions
and reactions are noted by the computer and stored as part of your

There's no set response for any situation; everything depends on your
Character's Slats, personality, and conduct (and luck!).

The basic strategy in playing The Dungeon is perseverance. You
discover what's good or bad for, your Character by trial and error
(use common sense).

The Dungeon is a war Zone; the Trolls and Goblins have been battling
each other since time Immemorial. Learn to use this eternal combat to
your advantage.

In The Dungeon. there are many Quests to complete and mysteries to
solve. Special, one-of-a-kind items are there for the finding (and
there may be more than one way to acquire these).

Decide, very early, what your goals are.

There are two choices for a long-term goal: return to Earth or stay
in Alternate Reality and seek revenge on your captors. Long-term
goals apply to the entire Alternate Flealily series, but also affect
the way you behave in The Dungeon.

Short-term goals change as your Character changes. At first, your
main goal is (undoubtedly) staying alive! If you can learn to do
this, other choices await: which Quests to follow, what creatures to
befriend, etc. Keep in mind that making friends with anyone almost
always means someone else will consider you an enemy.

The Oracle of Wisdom
Some folks in The Dungeon provide hints, tips, and bits of
information. Some of their rumours are helpful but many are wrong and
useless. The Oracle, however, never lies. This all-seeing eye knows
your life's history.... and your future. It only discloses important

Note to City Veterans: The Oracle of Wisdom is located directly beneath
the Floating Gate.

Whenever you meet someone (or, ick! some_thing_) you're having an
Encounter. Encounters can be beneficial, mysterious, dangerous, or

In a Dungeon establishment and during Encounters, Menus at the bottom
of the screen let you know what your courses of action are in a

Dialogues are words at the bottom of the screen that tell you what's
happening during Encounters or in establishments. The text stays on
screen for quite awhile so you have plenty of time to read it. Press
the SPACE BAR to make it disappear sooner.

Here are some imponant commands that aren't on any Menu (they're also
listed on the Reference Card). "Exploring" means walking around in
The Dungeon when you're not in an establishment, Encounter, or other
sort of interaction.

C Cast a Spell (only during Encounters or when exploring).
D Drop an itom (only during Encounters or when exploring).
E Examine Spells or items (look at your Inventory; time "stops"
when you do this, so you can check things out without fear of
being attacked).
U Use an item (only during Encounters or when exploring; you can't
light a Torch, use a Timepiece, or eat and drink during an
P Pause the game (this suspends all time and activity; press any
key to continue).
G Get an item you've dropped or discovered (you can't pick up
anything during an Encounter).
S Save a game (only when Exploring).
Q Quit a game without saving it.

See the Reference Card under "Other Important Information" to see how
to cycle through your inventory. Doing this gives you information
about items you're carrying, as well as what Curses and Diseases you
have, etc.

Death occurs when your Hit Points drop to 0.

There are many ways to expire in the dark Dungeon corridors: Poison,
Disease, Curses, hunger, thirst, fatigue, and losing battles, to name
a few. Turning off the computer without saving your Character is
another way to die.

At any moment, a Disease or Curse received a few days earlier could
suddenly "kick in" and end your career. Get rid of negative nuisances
like these at the first opponunity.

When you die, your Character isn't removed from the Character Disk;
it's still there, waiting to be revived. Reviving a Lost Character
always costs you a randomly-selected Stat point ("Stats" are
explained shortly).

Experienced AR - The City Adventurers
If you think because you understood The City you'll also understand
The Dungeon, you're in for a few shocks. Life and the rules are
different Down Below! Read all the material in this manual, _even_
the section on Stats.

The purpose of The City was to develop yourself into a Character of
awesome proportions and get oriented to the ways of Alternate
Reality. The Dungeon is far more complex. Here, you'll embark upon
Quests to solve some of The City's mind plaguing mysteries.

Before leaving The City for the dank depths of The Dungeon, gather
your wealth from all your Bank accounts.

Warning: Once you've entered The Dungeon, there's no turning back!

There are two entrances from The City into The Dungeon, One is at
61N, 51E (highly recommended!) and the other is at 2N, 60E. Stand in
front of either of these entrances and Save the game. Reboot your
computer with The Dungeon disk, select 'T' (to transfer a City
character) from the Character Decision Menu, and follow the prompts.

If you aren't Saved in front of a Dungeon entrance, you can't enter
The Dungeon (unless you create a new Character).

Once you've entered The Dungeon, you need a fresh, blank disk for
your Dungeon Character Disk (do NOT use your old City Character Disk
to save a Dungeon Character). You can't use a Dungeon Character Disk
in The City, but you can take it to other Alternate Reality scenarios
(you can still use the City Character Disk in The City, though).

Of course, you have to go through Customs where all but sixteen of
your Potions are confiscated (sorry). Unlike items in The City, those
in The Dungeon have weight. You can bring any number of items into
The Dungeon, but you could be immobilized by your load. If this
happens, drop a few things until you're able to move. Don't leave
behind anything vital; it will undoubledly be stolen before you can
return for it.

There are many familiar life forms in The Dungeon; however, there are
plenty of new creatures that The City did not prepare you for. Be
cautious. Be friendly. But be ready to flee or fight.

Newcomers to Alternate Reality
The Dungeon is the second scenario in the Alternate Reality series.
It's not necessary to buy the first game, The City. However, life in
The Dungeon is more difficult at first for a new Character than it is
for a well-developed City Character (who said life was fair?).
Characters created in The Dungeon can be used in future installments.

This is how you become trapped in Alternate Reality....

You're kidnapped by an alien spaceship and find yourself in a room
with only one exit. Looking through the portal into the gloom, you
see The Dungeon.

An energy field moves across the opening. Overhead is a panel with
constantly changing numbers. As you go through the door, the numbers
freeze, as if you had pulled the lever to a cryptic slot machine.
This sets your levels of Stamina, Charm, Strength, Intelligence,
Wisdom, Skill, Wealth, and Hit points, The higher these beginning
Stats, the better your chance of survival.

The first few days find you extremely vulnerable to foul play. Keep a
low profile until you're familiar with the surroundings. Keep an eye
on your Stats; you can become cold, hot, hungry, thirsty, tired,
diseased, poisoned, or cursed (and these are some of the tamer
things). Use what little money you have carefully. A Compass, sold at
the Damon & Pythias Shoppe (the D & P), is a wise investment.

At first, concentrate solely on surviving and building your
Character. Only when you feel prepared should you venture on Quests.

Note: Save games and backup your Character Disk regularly.



The values (Stats) at the top of the screen give a lot of important info
about your Character.

Stats are increased by Magic and by moving uP a Character Level. They can
be decreased by Magic, Disease, poison, Curses, hunger, thirst, fatigue,
and other fun factors.

_Experience_ is gained through Encounters with life forms (you start the
game with Experience points and Character Level at 0). The more
Encounters you live through, the more Experience points you rack up.

When Experience points build to somewhere between 250 and 300, you
move up a Character Level. This usually increases other Stat points
as well. Each Character Level requires about twice as many Experience
points as the one before.

_Stamina_ is important if you're to survive. This Stat determines your
health, endurance, and resistance to magic.

_Charm_ determines how other life forms react to you. The higher your
Charm, the better your chances are for making friends. "Transactions"
(see Encounters) and bargaining are more likely to go well for a
charming Character.

Note to City veterans: There's no battle tactic of "charming" as
there is in The City.

_Strength_ is crucial when you're fighting. The stronger you are
initially, the better, since you enter The Dungeon armed with nothing
but your bare hands (unless you come in with Weapons from The City).
Later, when you acquire Weapons, your expertise with them depends on
Strength and Skill. Strength also determines the size and number of
combat implements you can carry. Prolonged battles in which you're
ultimately the victor may improve your Strength.

_Intelligence_ is crucial for casting Spells. Tricking enemies also
depends on this Stat, but Tricking is an Evil act (see Moral

_Skill_ helps you avoid blows from an adversary. It also aids you in
wielding battle Weapons.

_Wisdom_ enhances your Intelligence. It's the Stat that determines how
many Spells you can learn and how easily you're able to identify

_Hit Points_ are very important: the more you have, the harder you are to
kill (death occurs when Hit Points go to 0)! As you ascend Character
Levels, Hit Points increase.

Note: You are closely monitored! Many things, including your personality,
are constantly being taken into account by the computer. But the
Stats on the screen don't tell the whole story (there wouldn't be
much mystery if they did).

Phyical Speed
Speed controls how swiftly you can escape disagreeable Encounters. It
also governs how fast you can walk. Speed is adversely affected by
many things, including overeating, carrying large loads, and getting
too cold.

Moral Alignment
New Characters enter The Dungeon with Neutral morality (neither Good
nor Evil). Characters from The City come in with whatever Moral
Alignment they earned there. You're responsible for your own Moral
Alignment. Being Evil may be easier in the short run, but Good is
probably better overall.

Evil acts include: Attacking Good or Neutral life forms with no
provocation, Tricking _any_ life form (yes, it's Evil to trick evil
life forms!), and Stealing.

You must really be on your toes to develop and maintain a Good
Character! Avoid battles whenever you can and be careful about which
Guilds you join. Good deeds are remembered. As in real life, the
straight and narrow is not the easy path (but it should offer greater

Use common sense in determining what makes up Good or Evil behaviour.
If something seems like a nasty thing to do, it probably is!


Getting Around In The Dungeon

When you enter The Dungeon at the North-East entrance (this is where all
new Dungeon Characters are "born"), you're in a "Well-Lighted Area." But,
for the most part, The Dungeon is as dark as... well, as dark as a
Dungeon. You need a Torch or some sort of magic to see well enough to get
around. Of course, magic is the ideal solution, since carrying a Torch
means you can only have one Weapon ready (you can use the Torch as a
flaming club, but you risk losing it). Read more about Weapons under
_Weapons and Armour_.

Cold or heat strikes without warning and affect Stats if you aren't
dressed properly. Ensure that you're adequately protected against the
elements. Heatstroke or a chill are possible results of being unprepared,
Being cold makes you hungry and slow, while heat produces thirst and

An Alternate Reality year has twelve months, thirty 24-hour days in

1 Alternate Reality Hour = About 4 Earth Minutes.

The months of the year are: Rebirth, Awakening, Winds, Rains,
Sowings, First Fruits, Harvest, Final Reaping, The Fall, Darkness,
Cold Winds, Lights.

When you see the prompt PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE or when you're
selecting items or Spells from your Inventory, time stops. Otherwise,
time passes normally. However, when you're sleeping or attending
classes at a Guild, time passage is (thankfully) sped up so you don't
spend forever waiting to wake up or get out of school (if only
reality was like this!).

If you're a former City-dweller, the Map you made there gives you a
bit of assistance in getting oriented in The Dungeon, because some
Dungeon locations are situated beneath their corresponding City
locations (e.g., the Palace Prison is beneath the Palace).

However, both newcomers and City veterans are on the same footing
concerning the network of passages, since Dungeon corridors are
totally different from City streets.

Use the 64 x 64 grid in the centre of this manual for building your
Level One Map. Make photocopies of the grid and keep the original
intact (everyone makes mistakes!).

Look closely at The Dungeon's walls. Notice the vertical lines. The
distance between these lines corresponds to one square on the grid.
The number of steps it takes to travel one square of distance depends
on your Speed.

Level Two of The Dungeon is a 32 x 32 grid; Level Three is 16 x 16;
and (surprise!) Level Four Is 8 x 8. Each level is situated squarely
beneath the centre of the preceding level.

Helpful Hint: Graph paper is ideal for making Maps of these levels.

When numbering your Map grids, start at the bottom, left-hand corner
and number that first square 0 North, 0 East.

A Compass (see _Compass_) is essential for keeping track of where you
are, so don't leave the Well-Lighted Area without one. In The City
you had the sky and the mountains to assist with navigation, but no
heavenly bodies or earthly hillocks help you here!

Note: There's a relatively simple way of getting around Level One's
perimeter: use The City Sewer. Traverse this low, dank passage, but
look out for Rats, Mold, Slime, and other unsavoury Sewer citizens!

As you travel through The Dungeon, you'll see many doors. Some doors
are ordinary, everyday portals; just walk right in. Others are
invisible or require special skills, equipment, or knowledge to
enter. Examine Doors that won't let you enter to find out what kind
they are; if you don't learn on the first examination, try again
until you do.

If you bump into a wall and hear an odd melody, it means you are
actually going through a Secret, invisible Door (mark this on your

With the right Spell, you can see Secret Doors; they'll look like
regular doors, but the odd melody you hear when you go through them
tips you off that they're Secret (again, jot this on your Map).

Other door types include: Locked, Bolted, and Enchanted. Each of
these can be opened by only one method: Locked Doors must have Magic
Keys (they don't stay unlocked for long). Bolted Doors require
Strength (crashing into doors is painful - it can knock off a few Hit
Points). Enchanted Doors need Intelligence. Bolted and Enchanted
Doors don't always open on the first try. If you can't enter them
after repeated efforts, return later and try again.

Some doors are One-Way Doors; you can pass through only from one
side... the other side is a solid wall.

Different areas of The Dungeon have different Wall types (they _look_
different): some are regular stone, some are ice crystals, etc. This
can be helpful when Mapping.

One-Way Walls are only visible on one side; you can pass through the
invisible side, but trying to go through the _visible_ one only
proves embarrassing (thud!).



Certain articles are necessary for survival; others you'll need in pursuit
of Quests.

Torches, Food Packets and Water Flasks, Clothing, Compasses, Timepieces,
and Weapons and Armour can be purchased at the Damon & Pythias Shoppe. Buy
Potions at Lucky's Potion Brewery. These things can also be found as
Treasure (just lying about or acquired after a successful Encounter).

Keys, Gems and Jewels, Money, Crystals, Wands, Scrolls, Trump Cards,
Tomes, Eyes, and Horns, as well as other items more difficult to
categorize, are only found as Treasure.

Some Treasure may be Magical or Cursed. Magical items are usually very
valuable (see Magic); Cursed Treasure brings misery (see Curses).

How many things you can haul around depends on Strength, plus the size and
weight of the items you're lugging. Check your Inventory(press 'E')
occasionally to see how efficiently you're managing objects. Otherwise,
you may be unpleasantly surprised when you become IMMOBILIZED! and items
your Stats don't allow for start falling to the ground (you can still
move, but _very_ slowly).

You can drop objects at any time while you're in a Dungeon corridor (press
'D'). Dropped items can be picked up again (press 'G'), _if_ they haven't
been pinched by other creatures or evaporated by Magic.

To use an object, press 'U' and follow the prompts. A Compass, if owned,
is always in use.

An asterisk (*) marks Inventory items you're wearing or wielding.

Unless you can see in the dark, you need Torches (available at the
D&P). To light Torches, press 'U'. Carry these firebrands as
Secondary Weapons (they make _okay_ Primary Weapons against some
creatures, especially if you don't have anything else to defend
yourself with!).

If your Torch is your Primary Weapon and you want to use something
else in that position, switch the Torch to your secondary Weapon
first. If you just "replace" the Torch with the new item, the flame

If you drop a Torch or it's knocked out of your hand during battle,
it goes out. Don't bother picking it up (you can't relight a dead
Torch). Eventually, all Torches burn out, becoming useless, charred

You enter The Dungeon with a bare minimum of clothing (unless you
brought some from The City). Although this is fine for hot areas,
you'll be in trouble in ice-cold corridors.

The very best clothes are found in Treasure or after an Encounter.
You _can_ buy your threads at the The D&P, but all sales are final
and there's no guarantee you'll get your money's worth.

Some clothing is magical and some even offer elements of protection.
An Elven Cloak lets you blend into your surroundings, making you
harder for enemies to see; Elven Boots add 32 points to your Speed; a
Crystal Belt adds 20 points to your Stamina. There are other
fantastic duds, but these are the only ones we're giving away.

Aside from the Magical and protective advantages, clothes also have a
"dapper" value. Some life forms are influenced by the style, fabric,
or colour of what you wear (and some are outraged by what yuo _don't_
wear - refrain from traipsing about in the all-together!).

Just carrying clothes around is pointless; you have to wear them to
get any benefits. To don attire, press 'U' and follow the prompts.

Food Packets and Water Flasks
When you step through the portal into The Dungeon, you're supplied
with three Food Packets, three Water Flasks, and three Torches. These
are imperative staples!

Eat and drink in moderation; you don't want to overdo and become
bloated. If you overindulge, you'll be too stuffed to even drink
water (bad news if you're dying of thirst). Potions will be out, too.
A gluttonous Adventurer is slow-moving and klutzy in combat.

Use a Food Packet or Water Flask by pressing 'U', then following the
prompts. Replenish your stock at the D&P.

This is one of the most important items for a Character to own.
Before you leave the Well-Lighted Area to explore the rest of The
Dungeon, go to the D&P and buy one (unless, of course, you're able to
_find_ one)!

Once purchased, your Compass is displayed at the left of the screen.
There are no letters (N, E, W, S) on the Compass, but the arrow
always points in the direction you're heading (naturally, North is at
the top of the Compass).

There will be occasions when you could use a good Watch. Buy a
Timepiece at the D&P or find it as Treasure after an Encounter.

To use your Timepiece, press 'U' and follow the prompts.

Note: A Timepiece doesn't tell the date (get that info at The
Retreat), just the hour.

Magic Keys can be found as Treasure after Encounters. Any Key opens
any Locked Door. Once a Magic Key is used, it disappears.

Gems and Jewels
Exchange these valuable items for Money at the D&P (keep in mind that
some Dungeon residents appreciate receiving these baubles as gifts or
in trade).

Currency is in Gold, Silver, and Coppers. One Gold piece is worth 10
Silvers; one Silver is worth 10 Coppers.

Some Dungeon establishments insist on payment in items other than
cash (Gems, Jewels, Crystals, etc.).

These beautiful stones store magical energy that's used to fuel

These magical rods use Crystals for power. Each use of a Wand
requires a new Crystal.

Cold Wand
Does "Cold Damage" to all monsters (especially valuable against
Flame Demons).

Fire Wand
Does "Fire Damage" to all monsters.

Paralysis Wand
Paralyzes all monsters; they can't fight back until the
paralysis wears off.

Fear Wand
Makes most monsters retreat in terror. However, there are a few
beasts so vile that the Fear Wand only makes them vicious with
rage, causing them to attack.

Light Wand
Gives you approximately 6 hours of liqht (use it if you have no
Torch or other means of illumination).

Healing Wand
Restores up to 50 lost Hit Points.

These can be used a limited number of times, then they disappear. So
use them only when absolutely necessary.

Ruby Eye
Does "Fire Damage" to all monsters.

Emerald Eye
Does "Water Damage" to all monsters (especially valuable against
Flame Demons)

Sapphire Eye
Does "Air Damage" to all monsters.

Amber Eye
Does "Earth Damage" to all monsters.

Wizard's Eye
Lets you see Secret Doors and gives you light (for a limited

Hypnotic Eye
Bewilders all monsters. This keeps them from hitting you unless
you hit them first.

Blow these magic Horns to get special benefits. When their music is
exhausted, the Horns dematedalize.

This Cornucopia adds 5 Food Packets and 5 Water Flasks to your

This Instrument does melodic mayhem to Evil monsters.

This healing Horn restores your Hit Points to their highest
possible level.

Wepons & Armour
There are many types of Weapons and Armour. Any item's "battle value"
is determined by: the type of creature fighting you; your Moral
Alignment; your Strength and Skill levels; and whether your battle
accoutrements are Magical.

Some Weapons and Armour, even Magical ones, can wear out or break
(you'll usually be warned so you can get them repaired). Broken
implements simply disappear.

There are four ways to get Weapons and Armour:
1. Find them after an Encounter;
2. Find them after uncovering a Treasure;
3. Buy them at the D&P;
4. Buy them from The Dwarven Smithy.

Press 'U' to use a Weapon or piece of Armour. You'll be asked whether
you want to use a Weapon as a Primary or Secondary Weapon. Your
Primary Weapon is the one that's ready to use immediately; the
Secondary is ready at a moment's notice. There's an option during
Encounters to Switch from Primary to Secondary Weapon (see

There's no "ideal" Weapon that works against all life forms, so a
wise Adventurer will carry more than one kind of Weapon.

Some Weapons are best handled with both hands (staffs, for example);
it you're using a Secondary Weapon at the same time, you won't wield
the two-handed Weapon too effectively.

Bigger weapons are nastier than smaller ones (surprise), but are
harder to handle. If you're puny or clumsy (or both), don't even
think about using Great Swords or Triple Irons.

NOTE: If your Stats don't allow you to use a certain Weapon, try
using it two-handed; select it as your Primary Weapon and don't use a
Secondary one.

Armour comes in pieces for protecting specific body parts: head
(helmets, caps), torso (breastplates, mail coats), legs (greaves,
leggings), and arms (gauntlets). Any Mail offers more protection than
Quilted or Leather Armour and Plate Armour is more effective than
Mail (Crystal Plate is even stronger than Plate).

Cursed Weapons & Armour
If you pick up a Cursed Weapon or Armour, you become Cursed.
Even if you drop the Cursed object, you're still Cursed (find a
Guild that's willing to help you out of this predicament).

When you find Weapons or Armour, check your Stats after picking
up each piece. This way you can know which ones (if any) are

Enchanted Weapons & Armour
Several Spells can temporarily enchant Weapons and Armour. You
can even add _extra_ zap to Magical armaments by enchanting them
(a "double-whammy").

If you need to "un-enchant" a Weapon in a hurry, press 'U' and
select the Weapon. Simply Switching Weapons during combat won't
remove the enchantment.

Some Weapons are sensitive to Good and Evil (and even to
_degrees_ of Good and Evil). Evil Characters that use Good
Magical Weapons and Good Characters that use Evil Magical
Weapons will suffer. If you do something strange (morality-
wise), your Weapons may let you know about it.

Example: You're a Good Character, carrying a Good sword. You try
to stab a harmless Pauper (obviously not the action of a Good
Guy). The sword screams in fury and drains your Hit Points! Will
the Weapon ever calm down? Not likely. Lose it immediately. Any
other Good Weapons could turn riotous, too.

Some items don't wait for you to make mistakes; they have minds
of their own. For no apparent reason they'll become obstinate,
drain your Hit Points, burst into flames... whatever is most
inconvienent at the time.

A few Weapons require ammunition. For example, you obviously
can't use a crossbow without quarrels.

You can only load ammunition into your Primary Weapon (if the
one you want to load is Secondary, switch). When you load a
Weapon, any ammo left from a previous loading is discarded (so
don't reload until absolutely necessary). An ammo-metre (a
number in [ ] after the ammo's name) lets you know how many
shots are left.

Unusual Weapons
Everyone has a pretty good idea of what Swords, Battle Hammers,
and Flails are. However, some Dungeon Weapons are a little more
exotic. The following list defines these:

BASELARD Short Sword/Dagger
CINQUEDEA Wide-bladed Dagger
CLAYMORE Heavy Broadsword that requires Two-handed use
CROSSBOW Firing Device made by Dwarves; uses a clip of
DAITO Curved Samurai Sword that needs Two-Handed use
FALCHION Curved Sword; wider at the tip
GLADIUS Roman-style Short Sword
GLAIVE Hooked War Scythe
KATANA Curved Samurai Sword
KATAR Triangular-bladed Punching Dagger
KRIS Wavy-bladed Knife
KUKRI Curved-bladed Longknife with the edge on the
inner arc
KUSARIKAMA Hand Scythe with a long chain attached to the
NUNCHAKU Flail formed by two metal rods linked by a short
SKEAN Short Dagger
STILLETTO Long, narrow Dagger
TRIPLE IRONS Three metal rods linked together with a chain

Magical Scrolls have special powers. You can only use them once, then
they disappear.

This Scroll adds Fire Damage (up to 1 hour's worth) to any
Weapon being used.

This Scroll adds Cold Damage (up to 1 hour's worth) to any
Weapon being used.

This Scroll adds enhancement (up to 1 hour's worth) to a blunt

This Scroll restores any Weapons or Armour you're currently
using to their former glory.

Remove Curse
This Scroll gets rid of all Curses you're saddled with.

Wizard Eye
This Scroll has a short-term effect that lets you see Secret
Doors and gives you light.

Trump Cards
These magical cards have special powers. Except for the King of
Wands, the High Priestess, and the Fool, the effects of cards aren't
time-limited. Cards disappear after use.

_The Star_ adds 20 valuable Crystals to your Inventory.

_The Fool_ temporarily increases your Luck.

_The Heirophant_ summons a Healer.

_Death_ kills practically any monster. Just remember, if you're
confronted by a multitude of monsters, this card kills only one
of them!

_Ace of Cups_ gives you a new beginning with Guilds you were
previously enemies with.

_The Chariot_ increases your Skill by 1 point.

_Strength_ increases your Strength by 1 point.

_Ace of Wands_ relieves fatigue.

_Temperance_ cures Drunkenness.

_King of Wands_ confers invulnerability to Fire (up to 3 hours).

_Page of Cups_ cures hunger and thirst and their effects.

_Ace of Pentacles_ adds 100 Gold pieces to your Inventory.

_High Priestess_ gives you limited protection from all attacks for up
to 6 hours.

These powerful books deliver special skills. Use them once, then they
melt away. Their effects aren't time-limited.

_Tome of Knowledge_ adds 1 point to your Intelligence.

_Tome of Understanding_ adds 1 point to your Wisdom.

_Tome of Leadership_ adds 1 point to your Charm.

There are many different Potions. Some are advantageous in advancing
your Character; others are detrimental. Many Potion effects are
temporary or time-limited. To drink a Potion in your inventory, press
'U' and follow the prompts.

Wisdom helps you perceive a Potion's contents.

One way to ascertain the contents of an unidentified Potion is to
gulp it down. The only other way is to go to Lucky's Potion Brewery.
For a fee, Lucky analyzes and identifies your Potions. Lucky also
sells Potions, so you'd best stock up while you're there.

If you can't make it to Lucky's (or can't afford his services), some
Potions, like Strength and Invulnerability, make Potion-chug-a-
lugging worth any possible risk.

Potions of Inebriation aren't fatal, but they'll make you wish you
were dead! When tipsy, your movements have all the grace of a sick
sandcrab; you pick fights you couldn't possibly win; and you
generally act like a total nincompoop. Find a Temperance Card or
sleep it off (a smashed Adventurer is nobody to be proud of!).

Below is a partial list of Potions; the brew's name gives you a good
idea of its effects.

! Potions of Fleetness, Strength, Intelligence, Charisma, and
Dexterity give you time-limited (up to 8 hours) increases in
your Speed, Strength, Intelligence, Charm, and Skill,

! Invulnerability Blunt, Sharp, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Mental, and
Cold give you temporary armour against attacks involving these
elements. Example: Invulnerability Sharp gives you protection
against Swords, Daggers, etc.

! Endurance relieves fatigue.

! Regeneration is a phenomenal Potion to use during battle: it
increases your Hit Points by 2 per minute for up to 1 hour.

! Potions of Super Vision temporarily give you the power to observe
Secret Doors and to see in the dark.

! Infravision lets you, see in the dark (for up to 8 hours).

! Cleanse, Antidote, and Restoration Potions cure Diseases, clean out
Poison, and cure all wounds, respectively.

! Healing Potions restore up to 25 lost Hit Points.

! Hemlock causes the loss of 2 Hit Points every 20 minutes.



There are several major locations in The Dungeon. Here are a few to get
you started.

Damon & Pythias Shoppe
The D&P, located next to the main Dungeon entrance, is the only
"general store." It accepts normal currency (except coppers) and
serves as a money-changer.

There's aisle after aisle of expensive, albeit slightly shoddy
merchandise: Compasses, Watches, Torches, and all manner of clothing
and armaments.

D&P quality is never confused with that of a Bond Street or Rodeo
Drive store, so don't bet your life on the sturdiness of their Swords
(lest you absolutely have no choice). The Torches, however, are first

Bargain for low prices, but don't insult the shopkeepers, Honest Omar
and his twin brother Jeff. You'll be asked to leave if you "offend"
them (this is not a service economy)!

The Retreat
The Dungeon has only one Inn, located in the Well-lighted Area near
the Northeast Dungeon Entrance. It's nothing fancy, the decor is
"early rescue mission", but at least you've got a place to sleep (on
the floor). A "donation" is required.

While you're sleeping, Dungeon time passes at the sped-up rate of
approximately _4 Earth-time seconds to 1 AR hour_. If you sleep until
The Retreat management wakes you, you'll snooze anywhere from 8 to 20
hours (depending on how tired you are and where you sleep). Press the
SPACE BAR to wake up sooner.

Dozing is crucial to restoring Hit Points but you use up nourishment.
Also, any Curses, Diseases, or Poisons you have may become active
while you're asleep. Check your Stats periodically and be careful
about snoozing 'round-the-clock; it's humiliating for an adventurer
to die in his jammies!

Der Rathskeller Bar & Grille
At this Tavern you can buy food and drink for on-the-spot enjoyment
(some purchases also add Food Packets to your inventory - like taking
out "doggy bags"). Remember, don't stuff yourself (see Food Packets
and Water Flasks), but do leave a tip for the service (approximately
15% is appropos).

Alcohol is served; but, as in real life, drink only in moderation. If
you're drunk, you'll have trouble walking, fighting or staying alive
(you don't want to wind up a Der Rathskeller statistic, do you?).

If you're feeling friendly toward your fellows, buy a round for the
house. But remember, the cost of this generosity depends on how many
people are in the establishment. Buying rounds is also an expensive
way to avoid getting drunk since you aren't served when you treat
your pals.

Der Rathskeller is The Dungeon's "social centre", so you'll
undoubtedly meet a few strangers. They'll chat with you, but take
everything they say with a grain of salt. Before you buy anyone a
drink or a meal, be sure you have enough funds (it's _their_ choice
of which drink or meal and some refreshments are expensive).

There are three thirst-quenching Fountains hidden in The Dungeon's
depths. In addition to relieving thirst, each Fountain has its own
special magic: one Fountain heals wounds, one cleanses Diseases, and
one removes fatigue. Drink deeply!

Bank Vaults
There are two subterranean Vaults: one under The City's Gram's Gold
Exchange; the other beneath First City Bank. You may want to visit
these since they house piles of money (mostly in Coppers). You'll be
given a choice of: Grabbing some cash; Searching for more goods; or

Obviously, you'll be making an illegal withdrawal (Evil Act) for
which there may be substantial penalties. The banks are constantly
beefing up security so the longer you Search before heisting the
loot, the more Guards you'll have to contend with.

Lucky's Potion Brewery
Lucky is an alchemist who brews Potions to sell to those fortunate
enough to find his establishment. New Potions are concocted every

River Station
For a small fee, the ferryman at the River Stonz will take you across
to the Realm of the Undead (everyone's favourite holiday spot!). You
can only cross the Stonz at midnight; the ferryman will take you
downriver at any other time.

Weapon Enchantress
This serene sorceress examines, enchants, or repairs your Weapons
(for a price). She can also reveal something about their powers, and
even lend a touch of enchantment to Mundane Weapons (expensive!).

The Chapel initially offers three options: Pray, Consult with a
Priest, or Hear a Sermon.

_Praying_ may or may not be beneficial; you have to try it to see
what happens.

_Consulting with a Priest_ is practically the only way you can tell
what your Moral Alignment is. If your soul is very dark, you
might be offered the chance to Repent.

_Hearing a Sermon_ is useful for learning what types of behaviour are
"good" in The Dungeon. This activity can also be beneficial to
your Moral Alignment.

The Chapel has been known to provide sanctuary for wonderfully moral

Dwarven Smithey
Here's the one place where you can purchase quality Weapons & Armour.
These are made from the pure, precious metal known as True-Silver.
True-Silver has naturally inherent qualities and only the Dwarves
know how to use them.

The Smith sometimes buys your old Weapons and Armour (for scrap, of



There are only six Guilds that have corresponding City locations; three
are Evil (Wizards of Chaos, Thieves' Guild, Dark Wizards' Guild) and three
are Good (Guild of Order, Wizards of Law, Light Wizards' Guild). The
Paladins (nice guys) and Mercenaries (rotten guys) are Guilds not found in
The City.

Any Guild you're a member of will remove your Curses. And if ou're really
down-and-out, your fellow Guildsmen may lend you a hand.

Each Guild has Character Level and Moral requirements for membership. You
may join one Primary Guild and become an "associate" member at others. A
Guild won't admit you if you're a member of its "arch-rival" Guild.

Your Primary Guild is the first Guild that accepts you. At your Primary
Guild you're allowed a locker to store provisions (Keys, Money, Gems and
Jewels, Crystals, Food Packets and Water Flasks, unlit torches, etc.;
sorry, no Weapons).

Once you're a Guild member, avoid killing members of your own Guild. If
you do this, or commit other acts that significantly change your Moral
Alignment, the Guild warns you. If you continue on the path away from your
Guild's values, you will be banned from that Guild forever.

Your Primary Guild gives you a nifty Ring that marks you as a Guild member
and bestows enough power cast Spells. If the Ring runs out of steam before
a Spell is cast, the Spell automatically taps into your energy supply
(you'll tire quickly). A metre on the ring shows how much power is left [0-
99]. The Ring is rechargeable (for a high price) at the Guild where you
received it.



Guild membership includes the chance to learn Spells. Guilds also offer
classes (you guessed it, there's a fee) on honing your Spell-casting

Guilds have a limited number of Spells they can teach. The Spells offered
depend on which Spells the Guild has and what your Character Level is.
Your Wisdom limits the number of Spells you can acquire (the maximum is

Every Good Spell has an equivalent Evil Spell. Some Evil Spells are
slightly less powerful than Good Spells. Whether a Spell is Good or Evil
depends on the alignment of the Guild you learned it from.

When you Cast a Spell, there's no guarantee it will work! Spells you've
learned are listed in your Inventory, along with your likelihood of
successfully casting them (0%-95%). The more you successfully cast a
Spell, your _ability_ to use it increases (just as Strength improves with
fighting). Also, the better you know a Spell, the more likely it is to be

Different Spells need different amounts of energy. Once you've used up
your Ring's power, casting Spells makes you tired. If you're already
exhausted, your Hit Points are drained.

The following is an alphabetical list of Spells, their effects, and the
Guilds that teach them. An "*" indicates time-limited Spells; time limits
are in parentheses and are in AR time.

Bewilder Order; Thieves; Causes opponents to forget they're
Chaos; Mercenaries fighting until you hit them.

Blinding Light Temporarily blinds opponent; lets you
strike without being hit.

Charisma * Thieves; Dark; Increases Charm (up to 8 hours).
Chaos; Mercenaries

Cold Blast Law; Order; Dark Does Cold Damage to a group of

Conjure Food Order; Mercenaries Lets you "conjure up" 1 Food Packet.

Conjure Key Law; Thieves; Lets you "conjure up" 1 Key.

Defeat Evil Order; Law Damages a group of Evil monsters.

Defeat Good Chaos; Dark Damages a group of Good monsters.

Dexterity* Law; Thieves Increases Skill (up to 8 hours).

Fear Light; Order; Has same effect as Fear Wand.
Dark; Chaos

Fireballs Light; Chaos Does Fire Damage to a group of

Fireblade * Paladins; Chaos Adds Fire Damage to Weapons (up to 1

Fury * Paladin Greatly increases Luck (up to 15 min).

Hearing All but Mercenaries Heals up to 10 lost Hit Points.

Light Light; Paladins; Lets you see in the dark (up to 8 hrs).
Order; Law

Lightning Light; Dark Does Power Damage to group of monsters.

Location All Guilds, except Shows co-ordinates for current location
Paladins & Thieves (see Mapping).

Luck * Thieves; Increases Luck (up to 6 hours).

Magic Darts Light; Dark Does Sharp Damage to monsters (your
character Level influences how well you
use this Spell).

Night Vision * Dark, Thieves; Lets you see in the dark (up to 8 hrs).
Chaos; Mercenaries

Paralysis Law; Chaos; Temporarily stuns opponent; lets you
Mercenaries strike without being hit.

Prism Light Has the same effect as "Paralysis".

Protect from Light; Law; Order Protects against Evil Weapons (8 hrs).
Evil *

Protect from Dark; Chaos Protects against Good Weapons (8 hrs).
Good *

Protection * Light; Paladins; Protects against all Weapons (8 hrs).
Thieves; Dark

Razoredge * Paladins;