History VideoGame / ArcanumOfSteamWorksAndMagickObscura

13th Sep '16 9:05:57 AM TotemicHero
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** Nasrudin was an ancient elf of the Age of Legends who is now worshipped as a god by the Panarii religion. [[spoiler: [[AGodIAmNot He's not really happy about this.]]]] Arronax, his son, is seen as the GodOfEvil, but is worshipped by the Dark Elves. [[spoiler: He hasn't been doing much of ''anything'' in the past two millenia. Kerghan has been impersonating him.]]

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** Nasrudin was an ancient elf of the Age of Legends who is now worshipped as a god by the Panarii religion. [[spoiler: [[AGodIAmNot He's not really happy about this.]]]] Arronax, his son, this. His son]] Arronax is seen as the GodOfEvil, but is worshipped by the Dark Elves. [[spoiler: He hasn't been doing much of ''anything'' in the past two millenia. Kerghan has been impersonating him.]]
9th Sep '16 5:52:39 PM TotemicHero
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** The list of automatic character builds include the builds (and thus the names) of all recruitable [=NPCs=], right from the moment you start the game.
29th Aug '16 5:03:45 PM TotemicHero
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Remarkably, the game is still being tested and patched by a squadron of devoted fans today. A new release by Good Old Games is [[http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/arcanum_of_steamworks_and_magick_obscura now available]], with the notorious bugs fixed and the game adapted to modern systems.

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Remarkably, the game is still being tested and patched by a squadron of devoted fans today. A new release by Good Old Games is [[http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/arcanum_of_steamworks_and_magick_obscura now available]], with the notorious bugs fixed and the game adapted to modern systems. \n In August 2016, it made it onto UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} as well.
29th Aug '16 2:55:51 AM Ramidel
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** Also subverted by [[spoiler: Preston Radcliffe, the dying 'gnome' at the game's intro. He's actually a dwarf who shaved his beard to disguise himself. To the rest of his clan, this is an unthinkable disgrace only partly forgiven by the severity of the situation. The player, if a dwarf, can lampshade this by saying, "We dwarves would rather cut our throats then cut off our beards."]]

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** Also subverted by [[spoiler: Preston Radcliffe, the dying 'gnome' "gnome" at the game's intro. He's actually a dwarf who shaved his beard to disguise himself. To the rest of his clan, this is an unthinkable disgrace only partly forgiven by the severity of the situation. The player, if a dwarf, can lampshade this by saying, "We dwarves would rather cut our throats then cut off our beards."]]"]]
* OurGodsAreGreater:
** The Old Gods are still worshipped in some places and grant blessings (blessings which, it should be noted, bypass the magic-tech dichotomy), and one of the longest sidequests in the game is about the path to seek the favor of the [[TopGod All-Father]] through the blessings of his children.
** Nasrudin was an ancient elf of the Age of Legends who is now worshipped as a god by the Panarii religion. [[spoiler: [[AGodIAmNot He's not really happy about this.]]]] Arronax, his son, is seen as the GodOfEvil, but is worshipped by the Dark Elves. [[spoiler: He hasn't been doing much of ''anything'' in the past two millenia. Kerghan has been impersonating him.]]
** A strong implication, reinforced by a couple of possible endings, is that being a God is simply a matter of being a powerful being worshipped by weaker beings. Compared to the people of the modern age, the Elven Council and [[spoiler: Kerghan the Necromancer]] are ancient beings of unimaginable power; calling them "gods" and worshipping them isn't really that far from the truth.
14th Aug '16 6:50:47 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSameOurDwarvesAreAllTheSame:



* PoweredArmor:
** The Machined Plate, powered by a Minute Steam Works which makes it essentially a SteamPunk version of its {{Expy}} the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} T-51b Power Armor]] and like the T-51b, it grants +3 Strength. There are actually three versions of the Machined Plate in the game:

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PoweredArmor: The Machined Plate, powered by a Minute Steam Works which makes it essentially a SteamPunk version of its {{Expy}} the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} T-51b Power Armor]] and like the T-51b, it grants +3 Strength. There are actually three versions of the Machined Plate in the game:
14th Aug '16 6:40:48 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* CameBackStrong: The blessing of the All Father kills and then resurrects you with a massive stat boost. If you're a technologist, however, make sure one of your party members has a tech-based revive item, because the All Father's magic resurrection will be blocked.


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* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: You lose if your character dies, though the game will allow your party members to attempt a resurrection if one or more of them have that ability. Just try not to get caught in a situation where your tech or magic resistance renders you immune to the type of resurrection they have.
14th Aug '16 10:51:53 AM nombretomado
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** Also, the first NPC character that can join your party and act as your early guide to the world of Arcanum is a man called [[DivineComedy Virgil]]. Possibly doubles as a nice ShoutOut.

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** Also, the first NPC character that can join your party and act as your early guide to the world of Arcanum is a man called [[DivineComedy [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Virgil]]. Possibly doubles as a nice ShoutOut.
9th Jul '16 12:37:05 AM macksting
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*** Or you can use dark necromancy to summon their spirits to the material world, torturing the information out of them in exchange for their freedom. It actually works quite well.
7th Jul '16 7:32:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMentor: Elder Joachim to Virgil. He took the latter in after Virgil found himself in a difficult spot and helped him turn his life around, teaching him the Panarii religion in the process. It's also implied he's who Virgil learned his initial healing spells from.



* TheObiWan: Elder Joachim to Virgil. He took the latter in after Virgil found himself in a difficult spot and helped him turn his life around, teaching him the Panarii religion in the process. It's also implied he's who Virgil learned his initial healing spells from.
5th Jul '16 5:07:43 AM onyhow
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:The writing in this game deserves credit considering that the completely sane Kerghan is this while also making a genuine OmnicidalManiac. He's decided that because being alive is painful (summoned spirits suffer terribly from being forced back into life as well) and the final afterlife is perfect bliss, the logical solution is to end all life. He reasons that if living is unpleasant and death peaceful, then having to live must be a terrible crime to force upon a soul and one that must be permanently removed. Even Virgil will more or less confirm his opinion, though he isn't about to force it on others. Remarkably if the player can explain the flaws in his philosophy he'll willingly abandon his genocidal agenda and submit to having his soul banished forever. He even shows some slight regret that he never learned how to enjoy life himself: "Perhaps some souls are destined for death; they never know how to live."]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:The writing in this game deserves credit considering that the completely sane Kerghan is this while also making a genuine OmnicidalManiac. He's decided that because being alive is painful (summoned spirits suffer terribly from being forced back into life as well) and the final afterlife is perfect bliss, the logical solution is to end all life. He reasons that if living is unpleasant and death peaceful, then having to live must be a terrible crime to force upon a soul and one that must be permanently removed. Even Virgil will more or less confirm his opinion, though he isn't about to force it on others. Remarkably if the player can explain the flaws in his philosophy he'll willingly abandon his genocidal agenda and submit to having his soul banished forever. He even shows some slight regret that he never learned how to enjoy life himself: "Perhaps some souls are destined for death; born into death...they never know knew how to live."]]
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