October 17, 2018
Archives  News  Eschalon Book II: Optional Difficulty, Challenge Objectives  

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Click to enlarge
Eschalon Book II: Optional Difficulty, Challenge Objectives
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

RPG Vault has posted a new article from Basilisk Games' Thomas Riegsecker about the upcomig Eschalon: Book II. The first in a series of "peeks" at the RPG covers optional difficulty rules like food and water requirements as well as challenges players can choose to complete to gain a higher score and unique character title at the end of the game.

Gamers who have played pen and paper RPGs might recall that every Game Master seems to enforce his or her own set of sub-rules, for example whether or not to require that characters must eat during the adventure and therefore must carry a suitable supply of rations with them. With Book II, we've implemented a similar system of allowing a customizable set of rules that can be chosen before the start of each game. Each rule imposes a unique set of restrictions, allowing the players to make the adventure as challenging as they prefer. The tradeoff is that the more demanding they make it, the more the system will reward them with bonuses to the quality of random loot, additional experience points, and a higher rank at the end.

The purpose of these rules is to offer dedicated players an additional level of realism (such as requiring that their characters eat and drink), or to help those who suffer from "Loot Farming Obsession" (randomize item drops can be based on a preset seed so it's not feasible to reload for new loot), or even just to add a challenge for the hardcore (loading and saving games are governed by certain conditions).

The key factor to all these new rules is that they are optional, and any or all can be disabled, resulting in a game that plays essentially identical to its predecessor. This was a fundamental design requirement for the Book II development team: allow players to ignore the rules that they feel would cripple their enjoyment of the game.
To read the full article click over to the link provided below.

RPG Vault: Eschalon Book II Peek 1
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book II
Buy Eschalon: Book II

Other Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

IMG Reviews The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes10:18 AM
Cartoon Networks' FusionFall Launches Today6:00 AM
• Eschalon Book II: Optional Difficulty, Challenge Objectives6:00 AM
EVE: Premium Graphics Beta, Boxed Version & Expansion6:00 AM
Hoyle Card Games 2009 Digital Download Available6:00 AM
Shivering Kittens On The iPhone6:00 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Wednesday, January 14, 2009 on one page

Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baldur's Gate Retrospective Part 26:00 AM
New Kivi's Underworld Demo Released6:00 AM
Spore Galactic Adventures Confirmed6:00 AM
Vote For Your Favorite Dark Templar6:00 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Tuesday, January 13, 2009 on one page

Recent Mac Games News

Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.

Archives  News  Eschalon Book II: Optional Difficulty, Challenge Objectives