A Look Back At Dark Sun Online With Massively Overpowered


Justin “Syp” Olivetti of Massively Overpowered recently took a look at Dark Sun Online, as part of his “The Game Archaeologist” column.



Dark Sun Online: Crimson Sands is an early massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was developed and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1996 for Windows 95. Dark Sun Online is based on the licensed Dark Sun campaign setting for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game. Dark Sun Online was one of the first fully graphical MMORPGs.


I wish I would have gotten to play this, as i LOVE all the “Gold Box” Games and the Dark Sun Setting as well.

Syp reminisces about the game and how it was ground breaking at the time, head over to Massively and read the full article!

Thanks for the DnD memories Syp!




  1. Joshua Hanna /

    Dude just one sun, it was a red giant if I recall correctly.

    • Draculetta /

      Corrected that… Did not see that auto correct changed it to “Suns”

      And yes you are correct.. Athas has a single, crimson sun, and two moons named Ral and Guthay

  2. simon weinberg /

    Best game at these time.

  3. It would be neat if someone like GOG could go in and resurrect these online games somehow too. They recently re-released updates of many of the Goldbox games, but I never got a chance to play this or the first Neverwinter games that were online only. I’m guessing that is highly unlikely due to the complexity and the return on investment though. It’s still a shame, though, and this may just be one of those games I never got a chance to play.


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