History VideoGame / SiegeOfAvalon

23rd Aug '17 12:13:19 PM rjd1922
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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, a subsidiary of Creator/TakeTwoInteractive which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.

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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced developed by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, a subsidiary of Creator/TakeTwoInteractive which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.
23rd Aug '17 12:12:29 PM rjd1922
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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.

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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, a subsidiary of Creator/TakeTwoInteractive which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.
25th Mar '16 4:04:49 PM LadyNorbert
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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called the ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.

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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called the ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.






'''Tropes present in this work'''

* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Supposedly averted, from the way the characters talk about commerce, but really played fairly straight. Yes, steel is more valuable than gold in a castle under siege, but shouldn't the merchants give discounts to the biggest hero in town's younger brother, who has been around for only a few days and already put his brother to shame? (However, with enough skill points in the right place, you can get them to lower their prices...slightly.)
* AllMythsAreTrue: If you go digging through the massive number of books (enough to rival Franchise/TheElderScrolls), you can read about an ancient city that was supposedly blessed by its goddess, which was destroyed when her temple was profaned and she sunk it underground and cursed the inhabitants. Then you can go into the caves under the castle and talk to the horribly mutated, apparently immortal survivors, who have been trapped there for centuries. And even later, you can meet their goddess herself, the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Astral Guardian]]. You can even get them changed back, if you bother to follow that (optional) storyline.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: It starts out seeming like this is the case, but when you meet a friendly undead character, Bones (who later converts most of the other undead characters into friendly units), and when you go under cover in the Sha'Ahoul camp and the Sha'Ahoul there start getting some CharacterDevelopment, you begin to realize that this simply isn't the case.
* AmazonBrigade: The Blood Roses who appear in the last chapter.

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'''Tropes !!Tropes present in this work'''

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* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Supposedly averted, from the way the characters talk about commerce, but really played fairly straight. Yes, steel is more valuable than gold in a castle under siege, but shouldn't the merchants give discounts to the biggest hero in town's younger brother, who has been around for only a few days and already put his brother to shame? (However, with enough skill points in the right place, you can get them to lower their prices... slightly.)
* AllMythsAreTrue: If you go digging through the massive number of books (enough to rival Franchise/TheElderScrolls), ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''), you can read about an ancient city that was supposedly blessed by its goddess, which was destroyed when her temple was profaned and she sunk it underground and cursed the inhabitants. Then you can go into the caves under the castle and talk to the horribly mutated, apparently immortal survivors, who have been trapped there for centuries. And even later, you can meet their goddess herself, the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Astral Guardian]]. You can even get them changed back, if you bother to follow that (optional) storyline.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: It starts out seeming like this is the case, but when you meet a friendly undead character, Bones (who later converts most of the other undead characters into friendly units), and when you go under cover undercover in the Sha'Ahoul camp and the Sha'Ahoul there start getting some CharacterDevelopment, you begin to realize that this simply isn't the case.
* AmazonBrigade: The Blood Roses Roses, a cadre of female warriors who appear in the last chapter.



* ArtificialStupidity: The AI in the game is remarkably stupid. Your party members will run into the wall beside the door you just walked through...then run into the wall on the other side of the door before actually going through it. Then again, it ''was'' designed to run on Windows 98....

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* ArtificialStupidity: The AI in the game is remarkably stupid. Your party members will run into the wall beside the door you just walked through... then run into the wall on the other side of the door before actually going through it. Then again, it ''was'' designed to run on Windows 98....



* CharacterDevelopment: Many characters in the castle get developed into full people. Some of them are likable. Some of them are not so much. Some of them won't respect you until you ''earn'' it. Some of the royals present treat you surprisingly well; others treat you like dirt. But all of them have good reasons for what they do, [[strike:even]] ''especially'' the Sha'Ahoul you talk to when you go under cover in their camp.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Many characters in the castle get developed into full people. Some of them are likable. Some of them are not so much. Some of them won't respect you until you ''earn'' it. Some of the royals present treat you surprisingly well; others treat you like dirt. But all of them have good reasons for what they do, [[strike:even]] ''especially'' the [[spoiler:the Sha'Ahoul you talk to when you go under cover undercover in their camp.camp]].



* CursedWithAwesome: The Cave Lurkers are the people who once lived where the castle now stands. When their city was sunk below ground, they were horribly mutated...and apparently made immortal, since some of them claim to be hundreds of years old.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: If you attract the attention of the Sha'Ahoul Dreamwalkers before you're supposed to, or the BigBad and his bodyguards, you're in for a world of hurt. And one mission involves killing a traitor, who just happens to be hanging out in the middle of the enemy camp with several of said bodyguards nearby.

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* CursedWithAwesome: The Cave Lurkers are the people who once lived where the castle now stands. When their city was sunk below ground, they were horribly mutated... and apparently made immortal, since some of them claim to be hundreds of years old.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: If you attract the attention of the Sha'Ahoul Dreamwalkers before you're supposed to, too soon, or the BigBad and his bodyguards, you're in for a world of hurt. And one mission involves killing a traitor, who just happens to be hanging out in the middle of the enemy camp with several of said bodyguards nearby.



* TheEndOrIsIt: The BigBad's body was removed from the battlefield. No one's entirely sure he's actually dead. This may have led into the planned sequel, if it had ever been produced.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: The BigBad's body was is removed from the battlefield. No one's entirely sure he's actually dead. This may have led into the planned sequel, if it had ever been produced.



* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: One first-chapter sidequest involves finding a sapphire ring for a new acquaintance to give to the girl he loves. [[spoiler:Helping them means they help you later.]]



* FictionalDocument: Enough to rival Franchise/TheElderScrolls. No, really. And they're the only way to get the backstory of the war in which you're involved.

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* FictionalDocument: Enough to rival Franchise/TheElderScrolls.''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. No, really. And they're the only way to get the backstory of the war in which you're involved.



* ImpliedLoveInterest: After you help the kitchen maid Bonnie by getting rid of the rats in the cellar (and telling off the guards who didn't believe her), she becomes this. Any time you talk with her, there's a slight flirtation.



* [[ItsProbablyNothing It's Probably Nothing]]: Averted. If the Sha'Ahoul guards see you, hear you, or notice that one of their friends is moving, they will not stop chasing you until either you or they are dead.
* KilledOffForReal: Every death is final--both in your party and among the enemies. The only characters BackFromTheDead are a lich, a zombie, and a number of animated skeleton enemies, of which only the lich is not mindless. There's also Bones, but he was specifically stated to have developed his personality after being reanimated as a mindless skeleton thanks to some advanced spells placed on him when he was created.

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* [[ItsProbablyNothing It's Probably Nothing]]: ItsProbablyNothing: Averted. If the Sha'Ahoul guards see you, hear you, or notice that one of their friends is moving, they will not stop chasing you until either you or they are dead.
* KilledOffForReal: Every death is final--both final, both in your party and among the enemies. The only characters BackFromTheDead are a lich, a zombie, and a number of animated skeleton enemies, of which only the lich is not mindless. There's also Bones, but he was he's specifically stated to have developed his personality after being reanimated as a mindless skeleton skeleton, thanks to some advanced spells placed on him when he was created.



* TheManyDeathsOfYou: When you die, you get to read a journal entry about how your character's failure to complete whatever quest he was on at the time led to the fall of the castle. Including one written by the hero, who wakes up in a hospital bed and describes how the enemy have attacked the walls...which cuts off mid-word, with a bloodstain at the bottom of the page.
* TheMole: General Ovoron, until he defects. Later in the game, you can go under cover in the enemy camp and meet a human who has passed himself off as a Sha'Ahoul, and who will give you some useful information.
* MoneySpider: Averted and played straight at the same time--the only enemies with money are the ones who have been looting the ruined town for the past few months, but they tend to have gear that you can haul back to the castle and sell to the merchants there...if you can fit it in your GridInventory.

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* TheManyDeathsOfYou: When you die, you get to read a journal entry about how your character's failure to complete whatever quest he was on at the time led to the fall of the castle. Including There's even one written by the hero, who wakes up in a hospital bed and describes how the enemy have attacked the walls...walls... which cuts off mid-word, with a bloodstain at the bottom of the page.
page. Each of these journal entries has an attached sketch depicting the events.
* TheMole: General Ovoron, until he defects. Later in the game, you can go under cover undercover in the enemy camp and meet a human who has passed himself off as a Sha'Ahoul, and who will give you some useful information.
* MoneySpider: Averted and played straight at the same time--the only enemies with money are the ones who have been looting the ruined town for the past few months, but they tend to have gear that you can haul back to the castle and sell to the merchants there... if you can fit it in your GridInventory.



* [[RunDontWalk Run, Don't Walk]]: Your character runs everywhere. When questioned how he can keep it up, he basically says that he's full of energy because his cause is just and pure.

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* [[RunDontWalk Run, Don't Walk]]: RunDontWalk: Your character runs everywhere. When questioned how he can keep it up, he basically says that he's full of energy because his cause is just and pure.



* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted--when someone starts talking to you during a battle scene, the battle keeps going in the background (oh, sure, the video may freeze, but the audio makes it clear that fighting is still going on).

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted--when Averted; when someone starts talking to you during a battle scene, the battle keeps going in the background (oh, sure, the video may freeze, but the audio makes it clear that fighting is still going on).



* WarpWhistle: You can't actually warp, per se, but within the castle, moving from one area into another will bring up a map of the castle. Clicking on the regions of the castle will bring up a list of areas within those regions, and you can jump from any location in the castle to any other by choosing one. Notably, though, it only works when you would otherwise hit a loading screen anyway, and only within the castle--outside, you have to go everywhere manually.

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* WarpWhistle: You can't actually warp, per se, but within the castle, moving from one area into another will bring up a map of the castle. Clicking on the regions of the castle will bring up a list of areas within those regions, and you can jump from any location in the castle to any other by choosing one. Notably, though, it only works when you would otherwise hit a loading screen anyway, and only within the castle--outside, castle; outside, you have to go everywhere manually.
manually.
27th Dec '14 11:54:37 PM Liveangel
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* ConcealingCustomization: You get to choose your hair color, hairstyle, and whether you have a beard. All the helmets and hoods and most of the hats render this invisible.

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* ConcealingCustomization: ConcealedCustomization: You get to choose your hair color, hairstyle, and whether you have a beard. All the helmets and hoods and most of the hats render this invisible.
13th Dec '14 4:39:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ConcealingCustomization: You get to choose your hair color, hairstyle, and whether you have a beard. All the helmets and hoods and most of the hats render this invisible.



* OnlySixHelmets: You get to choose your hair color, hairstyle, and whether you have a beard. All the helmets and hoods and most of the hats render this invisible.
5th Mar '13 9:33:09 PM Peteman
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* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Averted ''hard''. If an enemy has an item, you can take it off his corpse. Yes, even the lich's zombie servant's mace [[NightmareFuel made out of human bones]]. And the [[{{Squick}} ogre's loincloth]]. The only items you can't pick up are the clothing that the nonhumans and women are wearing (which you wouldn't be able to use anyway) and the ones on the magically-conjured masses of mindless Sha'Ahoul wariors that start disintegrating as soon as you kill them. And the clothing and shields used by the walking skeletons you fight at one point, but they're rotten anyway.

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* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Averted ''hard''.Averted. If an enemy has an item, you can take it off his corpse. Yes, even the lich's zombie servant's mace [[NightmareFuel made out of human bones]]. And the [[{{Squick}} ogre's loincloth]]. The only items you can't pick up are the clothing that the nonhumans and women are wearing (which you wouldn't be able to use anyway) and the ones on the magically-conjured masses of mindless Sha'Ahoul wariors that start disintegrating as soon as you kill them. And the clothing and shields used by the walking skeletons you fight at one point, but they're rotten anyway.
2nd Jan '13 12:45:39 AM LadyNorbert
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* MoneySpider: Averted and played straight at the same time--the only enemies with money are the ones who have been looting the ruined town for the past few months, but they tend to have gear that you can haul back to the castle and sell to the merchants there...if you can fit it in your GridInventory.


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* MoneySpider: Averted and played straight at the same time--the only enemies with money are the ones who have been looting the ruined town for the past few months, but they tend to have gear that you can haul back to the castle and sell to the merchants there...if you can fit it in your GridInventory.
2nd Jan '13 12:20:55 AM LadyNorbert
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-->'''Played any good books lately?'''

The ''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called the ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.

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any good books lately?'''

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''Siege of Avalon'' was the first and only game produced by Digital Tome. It was published by Global Star Software, which later became 2K Play, and when problems arose between them, Digital Tome disbanded. Originally, the game was available for download online. The first chapter was free; the other five were not. It was later released in an anthology on a CD, which can still be found either online or in some brick-and-mortar stores that don't move their video game inventory very quickly. A sequel called the ''Pillars of Avalon'' was planned, but never produced.



* FridgeLogic: You can ask an undead skeleton to use the Chalice of Life to purify an area of dark magic. He can't use it, or he'll be destroyed. LampshadeHanging ensues:
-->'''Bones:''' It's the Chalice of Life, not the Chalice of Undeath!
* GoddamnBats: The insane cave lurkers that wander the tunnels are not very dangerous, but they're in the area you have to pass through quite a few times, and there are dozens of them. The undead skeletons in the crypt are only slightly more dangerous (except for the ones that use magic), but they're far more numerous. Fortunately they stay dead once you kill them.

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* FridgeLogic: You can ask an undead skeleton GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: [[spoiler:Queen Nanesi]] turns out to use the Chalice of Life to purify an area of dark magic. He can't use it, or he'll be destroyed. LampshadeHanging ensues:
-->'''Bones:''' It's the Chalice of Life, not the Chalice of Undeath!
* GoddamnBats: The insane cave lurkers that wander the tunnels are not very dangerous, but they're
a pivotal figure in the area you plot to have to pass through quite a few times, and there are dozens of them. The undead skeletons in the crypt are only slightly more dangerous (except you executed for the ones that use magic), but they're far more numerous. Fortunately they stay dead once you kill them.treason.



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17th Dec '12 2:18:37 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* AllMythsAreTrue: If you go digging through the massive number of books (enough to rival TheElderScrolls), you can read about an ancient city that was supposedly blessed by its goddess, which was destroyed when her temple was profaned and she sunk it underground and cursed the inhabitants. Then you can go into the caves under the castle and talk to the horribly mutated, apparently immortal survivors, who have been trapped there for centuries. And even later, you can meet their goddess herself, the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Astral Guardian]]. You can even get them changed back, if you bother to follow that (optional) storyline.

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* AllMythsAreTrue: If you go digging through the massive number of books (enough to rival TheElderScrolls), Franchise/TheElderScrolls), you can read about an ancient city that was supposedly blessed by its goddess, which was destroyed when her temple was profaned and she sunk it underground and cursed the inhabitants. Then you can go into the caves under the castle and talk to the horribly mutated, apparently immortal survivors, who have been trapped there for centuries. And even later, you can meet their goddess herself, the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Astral Guardian]]. You can even get them changed back, if you bother to follow that (optional) storyline.



* FictionalDocument: Enough to rival TheElderScrolls. No, really. And they're the only way to get the backstory of the war in which you're involved.

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* FictionalDocument: Enough to rival TheElderScrolls.Franchise/TheElderScrolls. No, really. And they're the only way to get the backstory of the war in which you're involved.
30th Nov '12 7:22:08 AM justanid
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As the game begins, you have just arrived at the castle Avalon looking for your war hero brother, Corvus, in order to inform him that your father has died and that he is now a lord. After doing so, you join in the defense of the castle. [[ItGotWorse Everything goes downhill from there.]] War, intrigue, political maneuvering, treason, and the slaughter of countless {{mooks}} later, the siege of the castle is finally broken...by the attacking Sha'Ahoul horde breaching the defenses, leading to a showdown between you and the BigBad, Mithras, in the castle courtyard.

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As the game begins, you have just arrived at the castle Avalon looking for your war hero brother, Corvus, in order to inform him that your father has died and that he is now a lord. After doing so, you join in the defense of the castle. [[ItGotWorse [[FromBadToWorse Everything goes downhill from there.]] War, intrigue, political maneuvering, treason, and the slaughter of countless {{mooks}} later, the siege of the castle is finally broken...by the attacking Sha'Ahoul horde breaching the defenses, leading to a showdown between you and the BigBad, Mithras, in the castle courtyard.
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