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Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:22 AM

Basilisk Games has announced that Eschalon: Book III will launch today for Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs. The final title in the old school fantasy RPG series gives players the chance to answer questions about four powerful gemstones and the clouded past of the protagonist. The game includes a variety of engine updates, new items, new spells, and an open world to explore.

This is classic roleplaying no cutscene melodrama, casual gameplay, or social shenanigans. Basilisk Games invites you to share its unabashed love for old-school RPGs with the February 14 release of Eschalon: Book III.

Eschalon: Book III is not the RPG for armchair dragon slayers or lazy achievement hunters. Drawn from pen-and-paper traditions, the Eschalon series revels in the mysteries of dangerous landscapes and the triumphs of hard-won battles. It rewards the tactical and ingenious, and leaves the careless to suffer the consequences.

A fusion of turn-based fantasy and survival gameplay, players will contend with hunger, sleep, equipment degradation, and even skills altered by weather. With multiple game-paths and solutions to obstacles, Eschalon: Book III emphasizes meaningful character development and true roleplaying.

Although no prior knowledge is necessary, Eschalon: Book III brings the trilogy to a close as you seek to uncover your past, the secrets of the Crux stones, and the true identity of the Orakur.

Features:
  • Classic style, turn-based RPG inspired by pen-and-paper gaming.
  • Unrestricted character development with impactful choices.
  • Open world with no level-scaling and more secrets than you will ever find.
  • Disease, hunger, weapon breakage actions have serious consequences.
  • Hundreds of new items, spells, and game engine updates.
  • Developer tools for creating maps and adventures shortly after release.


About Basilisk Games
Founded in 2005, Basilisk Games is an independent game developer located just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. The company's mission is to produce compelling old-school computer role-playing games for gamers who still remember what great computer RPGs used to be about: "Single-player. Turn-based. Stat heavy. Story driven."

Learn more at the link below.
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Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:22 AM

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 08:53 AM

View PostJanichsan, on 14 February 2014 - 03:22 AM, said:

(Cue rant by The Battle Cat.)
Hah, also my first thought when I read the topic!  :rotfl:
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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:01 AM

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:33 AM

I wish there were more old-school RPGs with "new-school" graphics. I just can't do that dated look anymore, sorry.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:59 AM

I bought the first two games, but never played them. Guess I should buy the last one and not play that too. It's a win-win situation!

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:10 AM

Nick, I played the first one 4 times in a row.  Awesome game.  I got the second one with high hopes but didn't get far into it because of the suckage.  Play the first one some time.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:46 AM

Yeah, I'll give it a go. Thing is, I love 'old school' RPGs. Infinity Engine games, Jeff Vogel's stuff, even the ancient 'Gold Box' games, can't get enough of them.

I couldn't get into Basilisk's stuff for some reason. But I will!

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:04 PM

I'm a big Spiderweb guy, have lots of Jeff's stuff.  The thing about Eschalon, after you play it once you will want to play it again because you will know right what to do and in what order to make an awesome build.  Start with a character that can give you the "bless" spell, forget which one.  You start out with bless and it really really helps to begin with.  There is a mission in the first town that gives you a compass, that will make your map view much much more of a useful tool.  You may want to hold off on burning skill points on a lot of map reading until you get that.  Have fun!
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:14 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 15 February 2014 - 03:04 PM, said:

I'm a big Spiderweb guy, have lots of Jeff's stuff.  The thing about Eschalon, after you play it once you will want to play it again because you will know right what to do and in what order to make an awesome build.  Start with a character that can give you the "bless" spell, forget which one.  You start out with bless and it really really helps to begin with.  There is a mission in the first town that gives you a compass, that will make your map view much much more of a useful tool.  You may want to hold off on burning skill points on a lot of map reading until you get that.  Have fun!

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 03:40 PM

I never used that skill.  I usually went with light armor, blades, archery, and magic.  I bumped my bludgeon skill by one and used a hammer to open barrels, and lock picking to open chests.
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