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Greetings! I am creating a new RPG for the Macintosh... Description: Legend of Oria is a tile based RPG game for the Macintosh which is similar to the original Dragon Warrior series (released for the NES) where you can create your own party and travel through a huge world filled with adventure, tough monsters, creepy caves, foreboding towers and fortresses, villages, towns, castles, and pure RPG fun! The player will be able to battle monsters in a strategic turn based battle mode. The player can also travel to far off lands, visit strange and wonderful towns and kingdoms, and go on dozens of quests and save the world from evil. Oria will focus on using the unique game style from Dragon Warrior and include it''s own 16 bit graphics, wonderful music, a great storyline, and a large potential for replayability. The game will become an example of the simplicity, ease of play, and addictive pure fun factor that made Dragon Warrior so popular. The game will also be released with an editor to allow others to create their own RPGs using the Oria engine. For more information and how to sign up for the development team, visit: http://mike.digithought.net/oria/ Thanks!

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