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BoLS Prime: That Time A D&D Game Trashed Hard Drives Out Of Spite

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Jan 7 2022
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With Baldur's Gate 3 gearing up for release, let's take a look back at one of the most dangerous D&D games ever made, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor.

There are games that have bugs, and then there are games that will trash your hard drive. Today we're taking a look back at one of the latter. One of the most infamous games was Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor. This was to be a return to form for SSI and TSR. It was going to be an homage to the glory days of the gold box games.
Gold Box Games Presents Pool of Radiance
Gold Box games were a legendary series of D&D video games. They helped boost TSR into the forefront of the 90s with classic games like the original Pool of Radiance.

Towards the tail end of TSR's existence, SSI and TSR teamed up once more to try and bring back the good ol' days of D&D gaming. Unfortunately, they started work on the game back as TSR was coming to an end. At the same time, WotC took over the reins. Which meant that TSR became Wizards of the Coast's property and not long after 3rd Edition was on the horizon.

That meant midway through development, the game had to switch over to 3rd Edition rules. In fact the g...

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