How did you first get into Might and Magic?

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How did you first get into Might and Magic?

Postby Deadguy118 » Jan 16 2009, 5:04

When I was a young lad my friend had a copy of Heroes III (which was and still is one of my favorite games). Eventually he got Heroes III complete and instead gave his copy to me. However the disk eventually broke and so I could not play it anymore.

Flash forward a few years and I have a different friend who also had Heroes III . The disk was in bad enough condition that it actually broke apart inside my CD drive and ruined the thing. In order to make it up to him I bought a copy of Heroes III complete for about $15-20 off amazon. Then, being acquainted with crappy CD burning technology at that time I burned him a copy while I kept the master disk.

My interest in Heroes V eventually led me to this site where I asked if I should buy the Collector's Edition of MMVI for $20. You guys said yes so I did. While I was at it I bought MMVII (which I like more).

And so that is how I got into New World Computing's excellent TBS and RPG series. What about you?
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Postby Matt.J » Jan 16 2009, 9:31

Back in 1999, when I was 10/11, Might & Magic VII box caught my eye while I was out with my parents late night shopping -- my progress and activity with the game was very erratic as I'd keep getting stuck (it was atleast 6 months before I even got off Emerald Isle) and would get frustrated and leave it, yet always returned; the last hurdle was when I discovered the tunnel to Eofol, I think I spent that whole night fighting my way through, one Behemoth (and 1/4 an Ancient one ;) at a time.

It ended up taking about a year and a half to finish -- then I went backwards from MM6 - MM1, and at some point started HoMM2 (and much later, 3)

When MM8 came out I was a bit disappointed, the game diden't feel as enthralling as 7, and 9 was just a disaster.

All in all, still my favourite series if you discount those last two :)

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Postby Kristo » Jan 16 2009, 14:38

I started with the Heroes 2 demo from an issue of PC Gamer. Thanks to the easter egg movie, I then played MM6. After that I got H3 and MM7. I bought H4 shortly after it came out and then got a copy of H1 off eBay. I was sorely disappointed by H4 and haven't bought a MM or Heroes game since. I did help beta test H5 but didn't like it so I never bought a copy.

H2 is still my favorite. I do like H3 as well but haven't played in a long time, mostly due to being too lazy to get it running under wine.
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Postby Storm-giant » Jan 16 2009, 15:24

First game played was Heroes II, good days then with monsters charts, 140 pages paper manuals and such. As for M&M I played three years ago M&MVIII, I passed it like 8 times. Months later I got M&MVII and enjoyed it. Soon I'll play M&MVI :) .

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Postby GrayFace » Jan 16 2009, 15:47

When I was a child I used to go to father's work to play computer games from time to time. There was King's Bounty, but I didn't play it too much. However, father and his colleague played it a lot and loved it. When I was in one of first school classes they got Heroes 1. That was something fantastic at that time. I still had to play it at father's work. Then there was Heroes 2. First two are still my favorite Heroes games. Eventually we got a not-too-bad computer and I think the first game CD we bought was MM6. AFAIR, this was my 11yr birthday present. This was just about the time it was released and we didn't heard about Might&Magic RPG series before, but the Heroes subtitle didn't leave any doubts. When we tried to play it it didn't start, 'cause the screen was too old and it couldn't produce 60 Hertz refresh rate, the limit was about 50 or so :) So, we had to wait about half a year before I could play it. At first I didn't get it. I didn't know about purpose of green-yellow-red indicators, thus didn't know how to find a safe place where goblins wouldn't come to kill you :) I also didn't know about turn-based mode and so. But then I gave the game to my friend and he told me about turn-based mode and going to Castle Ironfist with the letter. My father started playing too. After that we didn't miss any Might and Magic or Heroes releases except Heroes 5. When it came out I already wasn't playing games much.
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Postby Talin_Trollbane » Jan 16 2009, 16:41

first Might & Magic i tried was Might & Magic II on Commodore 64, sometime in 1988-89. my dad bought it for me in england when he was on a business trip so i got it some months before it showed up in stores here in Sweden :)

still have it too, with handdrawn maps and all.
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Postby darknessfood » Jan 17 2009, 0:21

I saw this game at a friend of mine, and I was instantly in love with it. A year later, I got my own pc and got to play this game :)!
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Postby Lord13 » Jan 17 2009, 1:40

I am fun of cRPG many years now, so I search always for
good rpg games. So, one day I bought a pc-magazine that
had review of MnM 7, I like the description of the game elements
so I bought it. The next months was the only game that was running
at my pc. After I started trying the Heroes series, then MnM 6, then
MnM8 until I fel with love with this wonderfull fantasy universe :P
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Postby Macros the Black » Jan 17 2009, 6:41

We had a demo for Heroes 1, and really liked the game. So we were already playing the HoMM games.. It was when HoMM 3 was about to be released, we called the game store to ask about it and they said they did have something called Might and Magic 6.. So we bought it.. It was totally different, but even better :D

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Postby Stryfer » Jan 17 2009, 12:15

Well, I was a silly little kid at the time. Strangely enough, my reason is tied to Diablo II. I just got a nice PC and wanted a good game. Me and my dad went al over the internet looking for whats worth buying. We saw Diablo 1 rated at 10/10 and Diablo 2 at 8/10 (to this day ill never know why, because 2 is much better). I got it for my birthday. It was the first RPG game I ever played and loved it! I had no idea what RPGs were then or what it was about so...
My friends got Heroes III and I saw it. What I saw was, having your own character, getting items (just like in Diablo), but also having a town and an army (although i had no idea how to play it properly, first thing i did was build an escape tunnel in the stronghold - i still laugh at myself). I got into it later when I got my own copy.
Since I was still a confused little kid, I had no idea there were other M&M games besides Heroes. There was talk about Heroes Quest for the Dragon Bone staff or something...I saw it in some magazine, but everyone said it was crap - 3D heroes...Not sure what it was all about as I've never seen or heard of it again...
I saw a game called Might and Magic VIII in a store shortly after, and my kid mind suddnely thought that was the 3D heroes game. (no idea why as it didnt have indication of it what so ever!) I was looking at a different game then though - which didn't work after i bought it, so i traded it for this one, thinking how bad could it be?
Glad I did that. From the moment I put the disk in I realized this wasn't the heroes game I thought it was, but a brand new game instead. I couldn't get past the temple at first, but as I grew and became a better player i pwned the game a few times. It still is my favourite, even after trying the others and despite what everyone says.

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Postby skinothetis1 » Jan 18 2009, 15:51

Here i am in Athens a little kid on the computer street of Athens (Stournari street)...
I have my 8088 XT PC and recently bought Shinobi :D
I large box of a brand new game hits my eyes. Might & Magic IV Clouds of Xeen :)
The rest is history...
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Postby skinothetis1 » Jan 19 2009, 1:24

Also i must add that back then the games gave you extra goodies. Fat manual, note diary, maps, HUGE BOXES.
Not the DVD case, DVD or CD of nowadays.
Anyone owned Wing Commander? Brilliant package! Detailed notes on the ships with their guns,shields and weaknesses,history of the pilots,awesome!!
Anyway that's another story... :tired:
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Postby DarthVadre » Jan 19 2009, 5:01

skin, the modern graphics according to some overcomes the need of having a bunch of goodies.
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Postby skinothetis1 » Jan 20 2009, 0:27

No way man!Wing Commander had the top of the art graphics and animations back then and still had goodies.
What is modern to you, will not be in a year or so and so on.
That's not an excuse.
The excuse is that gaming has became a big company business.So, we reduce the cost, we make 3D graphs and extensive shooting with pathetic scripts and everyone will buy it (with exceptions of course). Only DVD-DVD case to reduce the cost.Sometimes not even a manual!
That's why real RPG's are dead-dying. Too many time to think, time means money.Adventures are gone. Who in it's right mind will make a character named Guybrush Threepwood, right? ;)
The magic is long long gone and Cheers for the folks that are still trying to deliver a decent M&Magic cause UBI (the blood thirsty company) has f%$ed up the legend.
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Re: How did you first get into Might and Magic?

Postby seancdaug » Jan 23 2009, 14:42

During my freshman year at college (1999), a friend of mine loaned me his copy of Heroes III. I enjoyed it, and when the two expansion packs came out for it, I scooped them up. From there, I picked up 3DO's Heroes Millennium Edition boxed set of the first three games. As I was buying it, I saw the companion Might and Magic Millennium Edition set (M&M4-7) and decided, what the heck, I'd get it as well.

As it turns out, I ended up enjoying the M&M set even more than the HoMM set, and from there I bought the eighth game, then found a used copy of Isles of Terra, and have followed both series closely ever since.

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Postby bungleau » Jan 25 2009, 2:37

MM1, secrets of the Inner Sanctum, was my first CRPG, played on an Apple ][e in green and black. Took me *forever* to finish it, partially because it was my mom's computer and I didn't live at home any more.

I still remember a friend's wife watching through Star Trek episodes, one after the other, to get the answer to Og's riddle... I think she and my friend were as excited as I was.

The whole thing of needed to map the game to figure out answers (like the magic square dungeon) made it a pleasure to play.

I've played every MM since, although I've never really gotten into HOMM. Enjoyed King's Bounty and HOMM1, but never went much beyond there. I'm more into CRPG than strategy RPG.

When MM8 came out, I bought it and wouldn't let myself play until I finished writing my first book. That was motivation, lemmetellya...
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Postby Sir William S Titan » Jan 25 2009, 7:02

Got Might and Magic II for Christmas one year. I thought it was kind of interesting. Soon after, I saw my uncle playing the sixth, and knew I wanted it.
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Postby Talin_Trollbane » Jan 25 2009, 10:56

MM1, secrets of the Inner Sanctum, was my first CRPG, played on an Apple ][e in green and black. Took me *forever* to finish it, partially because it was my mom's computer and I didn't live at home any more.


ah the one with the "LP cover" box or what you would call it? been looking for that one for awhile now for my collection.
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Postby Macros the Black » Jan 25 2009, 22:57

bungleau wrote:When MM8 came out, I bought it and wouldn't let myself play until I finished writing my first book. That was motivation, lemmetellya...

And then you played it and somewhere during the main quests, you thought "darn it! I should've put this in my book"? :devious:

I'm kidding of course, no one should mindlessly copy storylines like that, but it just seems like something that would happen to me :P

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Postby bungleau » Jan 30 2009, 20:48

Macros the Black wrote:
bungleau wrote:When MM8 came out, I bought it and wouldn't let myself play until I finished writing my first book. That was motivation, lemmetellya...

And then you played it and somewhere during the main quests, you thought "darn it! I should've put this in my book"? :devious:

I'm kidding of course, no one should mindlessly copy storylines like that, but it just seems like something that would happen to me :P


Well, that book is a technical manual... and while necromancy is often practiced with computers, I'm not sure how well Devlin Arcanus would have fit in ;)
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