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The Black Sage
Box artwork for The Black Sage.
Developer(s)Poly-Versa-Technology
Publisher(s)Poly-Versa-Technology
Release date(s)1980
Genre(s)Text adventure
System(s)Apple II
Mode(s)Single player
Followed byTunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan
SeriesTunnels & Trolls
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The Black Sage is a text adventure game based on the pen-and-paper role-playing game Tunnels & Trolls. It was developed and released in 1980 by Poly-Versa-Technology for the Apple II. It is actually an unlicensed game that draws heavy inspiration from Tunnels & Trolls.

The Black Sage is subtitled An Ogres and Orcs adventure because it was supposed to be the first in a series of similar text adventures for the Apple II, but it remained a standalone game. Almost 30 years later, Tunnels & Trolls Adventures resumed the spirit of The Black Sage, with new chapters released periodically.

Plot[edit]

You are an adventurer (of unknown backstory) who is going to enter the castle of the Black Sage. His/her goal is just to get riches and find an exit from the castle.

Gameplay[edit]

The Black Sage is a text adventure. Instead of a text parser, the player is given a choice between four actions in every room. Said actions will lead to a pre-determined outcome, unless they imply a dice roll against an attribute of the character.

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