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Eschalon Book II: A Land Without Horses


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Posted 01 July 2008 - 06:03 AM

Basilisk Games has released the third of its weekly Q&A updates featuring answers to questions from forum members about the upcoming Eschalon: Book II. The latest answer explains why players will not have the opportunity to ride horses in the next installment of the old school RPG series.

Question #3: [Yeliu] Will we be able to ride horses to move faster and add a charge attack?
No. There will be no horses (or other mounts) in Book II. To be fair, we tried...we spent 3 weeks in February experimenting with adding horses to the engine and it just requires waaaaay too much modification. Things we had to consider: what to do with horses in towns and dungeons, horses in combat, how do traps/disease/poison effect horses, horses in regards to boats and portals, how player encumbrance effects horses (and a horse's carrying capacity in general), food/water requirements (if player needs to eat, shouldn't their horse as well?), not to mention tons of additional animation needed to put horses in the game. Seriously, horses and mounts need to be worked into an engine at the development stage for it to work properly- it's not something that can be easily tossed into an already developed engine.

I do promise that it will be considered for any future game we do outside the original Eschalon trilogy.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:52 AM

Part of me wants to order this game because I love role playing games.. But, I can't seem to get beyond that scrolling dialog at the bottom. I know that's "old school" and maybe a lot of players like that, but if I pick up something off the ground — it was intentional. I already know I picked it up. That constant news feed at the bottom telling me I picked up so and so, or talked to a certain person would drive me right off the edge.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:18 AM

If they are now forcing you to eat, they ought at least let you eat your horse.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 11:14 AM

Why eat your horse when take-out might be much more convenient?
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:44 PM

The real question is, do you need to eat more often when using haste (the traditional horse replacement)?

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 12:37 AM

View PostTesseract, on July 2nd 2008, 04:44 AM, said:

The real question is, do you need to eat more often when using haste (the traditional horse replacement)?
Of course. When you are in haste, you eat fast food. And – as we all know – fast food doesn't satiate for long.

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