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Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura

10 months ago

Feature: If you don't choose magick you're boring

Have You Played… Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura?

When a game spells magick with a K, you know it means business. Arcanum was one of my early isometric RPG experiences, and I still boot it up every so often to have a poke around in it. It’s a world where a kind of industrial revolution is in conflict with the old magical ways; magic and machines are opposed to each other, like magnets.…

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1 year ago

Feature: Listen to our spellcasting

Podcast: The best magic and spells

What kind of twisted arcane knowledge is this? Oh, it’s only the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. That’s about as magical as a wet lump of tissue. But the words are nice to listen to. This week, we’re talking magic in games. What are our favourite spells? Should magic be chaotic and unpredictable? Or should it be arranged in an orderly tome? Come listen…

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3 years ago

Feature: Touring different types of worlds

The RPG Scrollbars: Cool Setting, Bro!

The problem with fantasy is that it's often not very... well... fantastical. Far too often, even brand new worlds feel like Tolkein or Warcraft or Star Wars with a few twists, and the serial numbers scraped off. The good thing about this is that when a game does take us somewhere new, it feels all the more special for it. This week then, a quick…

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8 years ago

Most Able: Fallout’s Tim Cain Joins Obsidian

Good, in fact excellent, tidings for those who find themselves able to enjoy Fallouts both old and new, and for anyone who lived through the 90s heyday of PC RPGs. Tim Cain, the main brain behind the original Fallout and later co-founder of the much-missed Troika, has fetched up at Obsidian. Until this July, he was at Carbine, working since 2005 on what turned out…

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11 years ago

Arcanum: Of Screenshots & Resolutions Obscura

I'm yet to play Troika's fondly-remembered, industrial-fantasy 2D RPG Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura, despite a) it having basically the best name in the world and b) my owning a copy that's stared challenging at me from my game draw for years. The release of one Drog Black Tooth's resolution-embiggening mod for it, a la the gorgeous Planescape high-definitioniser, may be enough to finally…

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