I have known about Wizardry a long time, but for what is likely a bunch of reasons, I never played it. The game, and the series have always existed somewhere in my awareness as quality (certainly anything with seven sequels must be at least ‘okay’) but I never really had a chance to play it closer to its release date and haven’t really looked into playing it, until I stumbled upon the anime of the same name, based on the game and that was enough of an impetus for me to start playing it.
The anime was excellent, basically like a D&D dungeon crawl in an hour. I really enjoyed it and decided that I really should try the game. I have no knowledge of the game aside from what I gleaned from the anime (not much) and what I have read in memes (incredibly hard difficulty, easy death). I am playing the NES version, largely for ease, and my intention is to not save-scum, so I can really enjoy the misery way old games were. Since the game has several dozen hours of playtime, this will be largely screenshots.
On the topic of navigating the game: there is no automap. Either the player must map it out manually, keep in their mind where they are (very difficult), or get totally lost (or use maps found online, I guess). I am making my own maps and it is part of the fun, but it definitely slows things down.
That’s it for the first entry in this playthrough. The crew is fairly stabilized now with all characters being on level 3 or 4. We have found some better equipment, but nothing too special yet.