Eric the Unready is an adventure game from Legend Entertainment. Eric the Unready is a parody of the fantasy genre in general, though it parodies numerous other topics as well, ranging from Star Trek to Zork. The game engine uses an interactive fiction interface, although unlike most IF games, a graphical display of the player's location and viewpoint is provided. The title is a play on Æthelred the Unready.
The game's cover was made by Boris Vallejo, who later would also make the cover for Shannara, another title by Legend.
According to a prophecy, the King Fudd the Bewildered is expected to die next week, and the unmarried princess at his side shall inherit the Kingdom. His legitimate daughter, Princess Lorealle the Worthy comes to the castle to be on his side but disappears mysteriously the next day.
Early in the game, the player learns of the scheme by Fudd's wife and Lorealle's stepmother, Morgana, who intends her daughter ('by a previous marriage'), Grizelda the Hefty to be on the dying King's side and therefore become the sole heir. Lorealle has been abducted and held in the castle of Morgana's sister, an evil witch, with the intend to marry an evil Beast, in order to be