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Avernum 2 Announced
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Jeff Vogel at Spiderweb Software has announced the sequel to the popular RPG, Avernum. Avernum 2 is an overhaul of an older game, Exile 2: Crystal Souls, just as Avernum was a remake of the classic title Exile. Sporting the usual characteristic "retro" graphics and deep story line, this shareware title should be another great experience for RPG-lovers everywhere. Here's the press release:

Avernum 2

An Upcoming Epic Fantasy Role-Playing Game for Windows and Macintosh

Avernum is a prison. It is an enormous warren of tunnels and caverns, far
below the surface world. You were banished there by the cruel Empire, to
spend the rest of your life in the underworld. At first, it seemed like you
and your many fellow prisoners might be able to form a nation and live in
peace, far from the sun.

Then a group of adventurers from Avernum assassinated Hawthorne, the emperor
of the Empire. Now the forces of the Empire are rampaging through your
underground home, killing everyone they find. As things stand, the nation of
Avernum, and all in it, are doomed.

But then you, lowly soldiers stationed at the most remote Avernite outpost,
get a chance to change things. A series of unexpected events gives you the
opportunity to explore unimagined realms, meet strange alien creatures, and
maybe, with luck and cunning, save your people from certain doom.

Avernum. It's a terrible place. But it's all you have.

Avernum 2 is the sequel to the hit retro-rpg Avernum. Avernum 2, like its
predecessor, is a classic fantasy role-playing game, designed for anyone who
wants a huge game with a fascinating plot and who longs for the good old
days of Ultima and Wizardry. It features beautiful 3-D, 16-bit graphics,
including drawings by well-known fantasy illustrator, Phil Foglio, a massive
storyline with three different game-winning quests (complete one or two of
them, or even all three), and addicting gameplay.

Experience with Avernum is completely unnecessary to enjoy Avernum 2.
Avernum is a complete rewrite of the classic game Exile 2: Crystal Souls.
Avernum is from Spiderweb Software, makers of Nethergate and the
award-winning Exile series. Estimated minimum system requirements: Windows
95/98/NT/2000 or PowerPC Macintosh, 12 MB free RAM, 20 MB hard drive space,
800x600 screen resolution. Highly recommended: 16 bit color, minimum 120 MhZ

More information about Avernum 2 can be found at the official web site for the game. If you have yet to try a Spiderweb RPG, Vogel's games are ideal for fans of turn-based combat and deep, interactive story lines. Avernum should be out this Winter and cost $25.

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