Ice Queen RPG is a simple RPG game originally created on Turbo Pascal 6.0. Starting with version 2.1, Ice Queen RPG is under the GNU Public License. Earlier versions are available in DOS binaries only.
A chilling breeze comes from the north, reminding you of the recent course of events. You remember when the cold came about one month after spring started. At first no one did more than complain about the inconvenient weather. But soon it became evident that there was something wrong. A dry cold had set over the City of Gilantry.
It seems that only the City was affected and farmers were still able to grow their crops. However, it didn't take long for disease and depression to set in among the people. Later it was realized that a great Winter was approaching from the north. You know the cause of these happenings all too well...
You are summoned by the Council of Wizards. Most of them are stricken with disease and unable to meet you. The young Gandalph still looks well and he greets you. "As you know," he begins, "we have been experiencing an extended cold spell. We believe it to be a work of magic." And then he confirms your suspicions, "We suspect this to be the work of the Ice Queen." The term brings back memories of your triumph over the Ice Queen so many years ago. "Since you have battled her before, we now ask for your help in defeating the Ice Queen and saving this noble city from her raging blizzard that now approaches from the north."
Of course, being the great person you are, you accept the mission and the reward. What reward? Why fame and glory of course! Not to mention the reward that comes with it.
The default file for loading or saving a game is "game.sav" (without any input, the computer defaults to this file). This saved game is set by Icequeen defaults when you get the game. It contains a rather good character named "Landon" on level 2 with more equipment and money than you get get starting your own. You might want to play Landon for a while to get used to the game. Starting with your own character, you will start at level 1 and have to buy your own equipment.
The game starts in the City of Gilantry. You can visit different places while in Gilantry by selecting the number on the door, or you can press space and look at the Options Menu. The various places to visit include the Weapon Shop, the Magic Shop, the Inn, and the Pub. But more importantly, in town is the only place where you can save the game. Saving the game often is important, because if you die you will have to start from the last point you saved.
When you have weapons and armor in your possession, you automatically weild the best of what you have. In general, the more it costs, the better it is. So take note of your damage, THAC0, and AC when you get new items, they will change automatically.
Potions are sold at the Magic Shop in town. You can use these during battle or in the wilderness. However, effects other than healing do not last very long, so certain potions should be saved for combat.
There might be ways to gain knowledge of other spells than just those you can learn at the shop, however these are the most common.
The ring is sold at the magic shop (the second door on the left in town). When you buy a ring, it will come with the spell Power and one charge. Whenever you are taught a new spell, it is put into your ring and you gain another charge. This is the usual way to gain charges. Any spell you use, takes one charge from your ring. When all your charges are gone, you will need to give the ring one day to recharge itself (sleep at an inn).
"I accidently selected (s)ell an item, but there isn't an item I want to sell! That's okay, just go through the prompts. Before it does anything, you'll be asked if you're sure if you want to sell it. Just say (n)o. This is also for accidently selecting an item you don't want to buy, etc.
The wilderness is a dangerous place with wandering monsters everywhere. Some are weak and some are strong, so you need to choose your battles wisely. In the wilderness you have a similar set of options as in town, however you cannot save the game here.
Towards the south is Gilantry City; towards the north is the Ice Castle where the Ice Queen resides. It is cold and desolate. Towards the west is a mysterious cave, and just northeast of Gilantry City is a lonely inn, the Elf Skull Inn. Build up strength and money before trying to venture into the cave, and especially before entering the Ice Castle.
When you have enough experience you will gain a level automatically. You will not be warned, but your stats will change. You gain endurance, the ability to hit creatures, the ability to dodge special attacks, etc. As a rule, if there's a monster in the game you can't beat, it's because you're not on high enough level. At higher levels, this game begins to become extremely easy (that's why you start at level 1). However, as your level increases, it is increasingly harder to get to the next one. You should be able to beat the game around levels 5 to 7.