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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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Eschalon Book II: New Screenshots, Weapon Changes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games has released its first collection of screenshots for the upcoming Eschalon: Book II, second in the old school RPG series. In addition to the new visuals a recent post on the official forums details changes to the Short Blades and Thrown Weapons options. The game will continue the storyline from the previous game and feature a variety of new skills, new creatures, and a larger world to explore.

The Short Blade skill is now called "Piercing Weapons" which incorporates Knives, Daggers, Spears and Picks. Now I know knives could be thought of as a "slashing weapon", but the majority of its damage comes from stabbing. So the thing about all Piercing Weapons is that they are generally lightweight and designed for use in fast and frantic combat, and although they don't do the same devastating damage of a Hammer or Long Sword, a skillful piercing weapons user can strike multiple times per round. So, at level 10 you get two strikes per round, and at level 20 you get three strikes per round. Yes, in Book II a very skilled character using Piercing Weapons can deliver serious damage when all the rolls go their way.

For Thrown Weapons, we've made them pound for pound some of the most dangerous weapons in the game. Throwing axes, Javelins and even Harpoons can be used inflicting a ton of damage (weight x inertia) but the trade-off remains: they are heavy and they are essentially disposable (although it is possible to recover some from dead opponents). Overall, the damage they deliver by the hands of a skilled Thrown Weapons master makes them very appealing if you can cope with the weight requirements and generally higher cost of usage. I've dropped some pretty big targets with thrown weapons when I've had 4-5 spaces between us, whereas with any other weapon I would have had to eventually resort to hand-to-hand combat.
Click over to the links below to view the new screens and read more about the game.

Eschalon Book II Screens
Basilisk Games Forums: Short Blades & Thrown Weapons
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book II
Buy Eschalon: Book II

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