Nox Archaist

An 8-bit Role-Playing Game for the Apple II, Mac, and PC

Nox Archaist is a new computer role-playing game for the Apple II computer, similar in spirit to the original Ultima and Bard's Tale games. The game comes in three different editions - a digital download, a physical boxed set with manual, paper map, and a USB drive, and a collector's edition with the box, manual, a cloth map, and other feelies. The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2018. Developed by 6502 Workshop, the game is written in 6502 assembly language, and is playable on either original Apple II hardware or on Mac/PC/Linux using an emulator. Nox Archaist was released on 12 December 2020.

From the introduction in the manual:

Welcome to Nox Archaist, an 8-bit computer role-playing game! While playing the game, you take on the persona of an adventurer in the land of Vali, ruled by Queen Isa. As the player, you control one or more characters who form a party of adventurers. Your characters will travel the Realm, visiting towns and castles, exploring dungeons, talking to non-player characters (NPCs), and fighting monsters.

As you journey, your characters will grow in wealth, experience, and skill. The wealth and experience are not an end in themselves. Instead, they provide a way to measure your progress and give you the opportunity to face ever greater foes and challenges as you seek to save the world from an unknown and terrible danger.