After getting some actual work done this morning, I downloaded the next game on my chronology: Wizardry II. By all accounts, it is exactly the same game as Wizardry but with a different dungeon. This is so much the case, I discovered, that you can't even create new characters in it. You have to import them from Wizardry. One site I browsed indicated that in modern parlance, Wizardry II would be called an expansion pack instead of a different game.
In any event, I can't get it to work. The game assumes I'm swapping floppy disks out of a drive or something and doesn't seem to run the export/import process in a way that's compatible with DOSBox. I've tried everything I can think of. The Internet is surprisingly of no help: I found a guy on a message board that was having the same problem, but he didn't get a solution except a suggestion to purchase The Ultimate Wizardry Archives. There aren't many copies of this left around--the cheapest price I can find is $70, which wouldn't deter me except I'm not 100% confident it would work even then.
So, a plea: have any of the readers of this blog got Wizardry II to work on a modern system? Do any of you have the The Ultimate Wizardry Archives on CD and a willingness to test and/or sell it to me?
Without Wizardry II, the next game on the list is Ultima III, followed by...sweet Jesus...Wizardry III. Weren't there any other franchises around back then?
Later Edit: Wizardry III looks like it's going to give me the same problem.