Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord cover
Developers
Sir-Tech
Release dates
PC booter 1984
Mac OS (Classic) 1985
DOS 1998
Taxonomy
Series Wizardry
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord guide on StrategyWiki
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord on MobyGames
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord on Wikipedia
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord 1984
Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - The Second Scenario 1986
Wizardry: Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Third Scenario 1987
Wizardry: The Return of Werdna - The Fourth Scenario 1988
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom 1988
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge 1990
Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
Wizardry Gold 1996
Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure 1996
Wizardry: Llylgamyn Saga 1997
Wizardry: New Age of Llylgamyn 2000
Wizardry 8 2001
Wizardry Online 2013
Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry 2017
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls 2020
Wizardry: The Five Ordeals EA

Key points

Otherwise known as Wizardry I

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Floppy disk check (requires the original floppy in the drive to play)
The Ultimate Wizardry Archives DOS version is DRM-free.
PC booter
Mac OS
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Where Are We[edit]

Supported by Where are we, an automapping and game data reference utility.

Grid Cartographer[edit]

Supported by Grid Cartographer. Its Game Link feature assists in creating the game map. This is not an automap. From the Grid Cartographer's documentation. (note: this is not free software! the 'gamer' edition costs $19,99 and the 'professional' costs $49,99)

Version differences[edit]

An updated PC booter release (labelled "New & Improved Version!") was released.
A DOS version (ported from the PC booter re-release) was released as part of The Ultimate Wizardry Archives.
The Macintosh version is a complete rewrite.[1] This version has improvements such as mouse-based menus.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
PC booter A:\
B:\
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE1.DSK
Mac OS (Classic)
Settings are not stored between sessions for the PC booter and DOS versions.

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
True for Mac OS, false for DOS and PC booter.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only (toggle with Caps Lock).
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA

System requirements[edit]

PC booter
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 64K
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Mac or Lisa
System memory (RAM) 128K/512K
Hard disk drive (HDD)

References