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THE CREATORS
In 1989, European-based software distributor Mirrorsoft released the first multi-player computer role-playing game for the Atari ST. Imageworks comissioned the PC version and was known for distributing other games as well. Anthony Crowther (of Captive fame) worked for Imageworks. Mirrorsoft was also the European distributor of Dungeon Master. Mirrorsoft was disolved after its owner, Robert Maxwell, drowned while yachting off the Canary Islands in 1991. At the time, he was embroiled in a financial scandal involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

THE GAME
Bloodwych is a fantasy role-plaing game which was first released for the Atari ST and Amiga in 1989 and for the PC in 1990. The player controls a party of up to four characters from four different classes on a quest through a dungeon. The game involved fighting monsters, collecting items, casting spells, and solving puzzles. Bloodwych also had multi-player capability for two people with a split-screen view. The game is quite large, spanning 42 levels of various sizes. It's possible to complete the game in 30 hours or less. The size and scope of the game is quite impressive. The game was released in 1989 on a 360k floppy disk. There is a sizable amount of content in the game. According to an advertisement for the game in a July 1989 issue of ST Action, the objective of the game was to find the "Crytals of Sanguis" and destroy a powerful demon that lies within the "Castle of the Bloodwych." Most people who enjoyed Dungeon Master also liked Bloodwych.

THE SEQUEL
Later in 1989, Mirrorsoft released The Extended Levels add-on for the Atari ST and Amiga. A PC version was never released. The Extended Levels required a saved-game disk from Bloodwych from which to transfer your characters. Adversaries were tougher and the puzzles were considerably more difficult. It was also possible to recruit monsters into your party. A new group of spells could be acquired as well as new weapons and armour.
FINAL THOUGHTS
Bloodwych would make a great remake using today's gaming technology. Perhaps somebody will make another sequel. As far as I know Bloodwych was one of only three multiplayer CRPG's ever released for the Atari ST. There was Mystic Mirror by Jim Todd (screenshot 1, screenshot 2). Mystic Well (screenshot) was a single-player version of Mystic Mirror. Another was called Towers which allowed two people to play over a null-modem cable (screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3).