Thayer's Quest is a laserdisc game created by RDI Video Systems.  It was released in 1984 as a conversion kit for Dragon's Lair.  The founder of RDI, Rick Dyer, was the man directly responsible for Dragon's Lair and Space Ace.  Thayer's Quest is unlike any other arcade game of the time.  For the controls, it uses a membrane keypad rather than a joystick and buttons.  Survival and success depend more on the decisions that you make rather than your reflexes.  For this reason, in the arcades, an instruction leaflet was distributed to players or posted, to help them undertand this "new" role-playing game concept.  You can see it here.

The Story - One thousand years ago, the Five Kingdoms (Weigard, Illes, Iscar, the Far Reaches, and Shadoan) were united under the benevolent rule of the Elder Kings.  But the evil wizard Sorsabal allied himself with dark forces from the land of Shadoan and with their dread power, destroyed the Elder Kings and claimed Shadoan as his own domain.  The Elder Kings preserved their power by parting the Hand of Quoid (the great Amulet that was the source and focus of all true magic) and creating the Five Relics.  They concealed one Relic in each of the Five Kingdoms, knowing that if Sorsabal possessed the Hand, he would wield absolute control over the land.  Sorsabal and his dark minions are searching for the Relics.  As Thayer Alconred, last of the bloodline of the Elder Kings, you must find the Relics and restore the Amulet of Power before it is too late.

   

   

Audio & Video files - Samples of the laserdisc content.
Cabinet Images - Pictures of the arcade game.
Flyer Images - Promotional material provided to game operators.
Artwork - Model Sheets, Storyboards, Sketches, Cels and Promotional material.
Solutions - A few hints in case you get lost in Thayer's Quest.
Easter Eggs - See some of the things the programmers/animators left in the game.
Thayer's Quest 2? - The story behind Thayer's Quest and the sequel to the game.
Halcyon - Home version of Thayer's Quest and much more.
Wall Posters - Pictures of laserdisc game wall posters.
Tech Center - Information on the technical aspects of the game.

Thayer's Quest was originally planned for the arcades, then later released as a home version for the Halcyon System.

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