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Eschalon Book 1: Mac Update, Stealth Mechanics
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In response to questions on the company's forums, a Basilisk Games representative detailed some of the mechanics of stealth in the upcoming RPG, Eschalon: Book 1. The same thread also offers a brief update on the status of the Mac version.

Eschalon: Book 1, the first in a planned trilogy, will offer massive outdoor environments, dozens of sprawling dungeons, and a variety of creatures to defeat.

More about stealth:

Actually, we don't even use "patrol zones" right now. Passive entities just roam, they don't really follow a route. So yes, you can wait for them to walk past you but since it is more random than a route you may have to wait a little longer. But yes, kill a guard with no one else hearing or seeing the crime and no one will know of your actions.

Yes, Hide in Shadows comes into play there as well. Standing close to a wall, or in a corner (next to two walls) enhances the Hide in Shadow effect. When no one can see you, the effect "Hidden in Shadow" appears in the effect window. In broad daylight, however, you will need to be an extreme master for this to work. Nighttime or in a dungeon is where Hide in Shadows really starts to be advantageous.

You mention a "silent zone"'s not really an "area of silence" as you're suggesting, it's how much noise you are making on any particular action. Fighting tends to be the loudest action you can do, so you can be completely silent but then the first attack you make might generate enough noise to alert nearby entities...but as I said, the more skilled you are in Move Silently, the less sound you make even when fighting.
The Mac version:
We have the Mac version running along side the PC version right now, but we will still need to release the Mac version a few weeks after the PC version just because we need to work out a few extra things with the Mac (universal binaries, install package, etc.)
Head over to the site below to read more.

Basilisk Forum: Eschalon Q&A
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book I
Buy Eschalon: Book I

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