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Realms of Arkania: Star Trail [Steam], a hardcore RPG with turn-based combat that serves as a remake of Realms of Arkania’s classic sequel.


The game released on Steam back in 2013 with Linux support, but it just released left Early Access as a finished game. I'll be honest, I forgot about this one completely. I don't remember anyone even mentioning it since the original EA release. It doesn't have too many reviews yet either, with multiple reviews claiming it still feels unfinished — ouch.

About the game
QuoteThe united orc tribes attempted to invade the region of Thorwal, but a group of valiant adventurers thwarted their plans during their previous quest. Now the orcs have regrouped and attacked other, more vulnerable areas – Lowangen is occupied and half the Svellt Valley lies in ashes. An elf ambassador summons the party to the city of Kvirasim. To unite the races of the elves and the dwarves in the struggle against a common enemy, they must recover an artifact known as the Salamander Stone.

Yet not all is as simple as it seems: As the party approaches an abandoned dwarven mine that may hold the answers to their questions, someone else makes it clear that not everyone in the country favors a cooperation between the two races.

Star Trail is a faithful remake of Realms of Arkania’s classic sequel. This hardcore RPG features dozens of talents and spells, distinct races and character classes as well as a challenging isometric turn-based combat system. Obey your orders and succeed in your quest to retrieve the Salamander stone – the peace between elves and dwarves depends on it!


Thanks for the tip Razing!
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Crazy Penguin 15 August 2017 at 8:01 pm UTC
Good Game! But this trailer is horrible. If I wouldn't know the "original" Game then I wouldn't buy it.
soulsource 15 August 2017 at 8:13 pm UTC
It's a nice remake. Yet, while I can't name any real reason, I still prefer the original DOS game (which btw. is available at GoG and runs pretty well in DOSBox).
damarrin 15 August 2017 at 8:22 pm UTC
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I played one of the Realms of Arkania games back in the day (Shadows over Riva) and I liked it very much. I got the Blade of Destiny remake off Steam a few years back and it was a horrible, broken mess, looking terrible and running at sub-20 fps on my rig. I hope this one's better.
skinnyraf 15 August 2017 at 8:25 pm UTC
Ouch, looks like Morrowind with better character models...

I'm ok with retro graphics, but this just looks cheap :o .

I played both Blade of Destiny and the original Star Trail. Oh, character creation, they don't make things this way anymore (unless it's a RoA remake ). I was a fan to the extent that I was learning German by reading "Und Altaia brannte" - a novel set in the Schwarze Auge setting.

So, after a thought, I might actually buy it

Oh, and Bambaladam FTW.
Devlin 15 August 2017 at 8:44 pm UTC
soulsourceIt's a nice remake. Yet, while I can't name any real reason, I still prefer the original DOS game (which btw. is available at GoG and runs pretty well in DOSBox).

The original trilogy is also available on Steam with Linux support, on GOG, even being a DOSBox game as you say, only Windows and Mac are officially available.
g000h 15 August 2017 at 11:17 pm UTC
I own the old Classic version of this, Dos-box'ed and available to Linux via Steam.
Expalphalog 15 August 2017 at 11:30 pm UTC
Never played, or even heard of, the original series. What is a "hardcore rpg?" What sort of games would you compare it to? The trailer doesn't give much indication of what the game really is.
Shmerl 16 August 2017 at 12:24 am UTC
No GOG release?
Keyrock 16 August 2017 at 1:52 am UTC
ExpalphalogWhat is a "hardcore rpg?"
Lots of different stuff for your character to spend their points on when levelling up: A bunch of stats and so many different skills that you need several pages in a game manual just to list them all. Your party will get horribly massacred if you have a poor composition or are underleveled. At low level you will need to save scum since your characters will die A LOT and they don't just magically recover after a battle, you need to take them to the temple of their deity to bring them back and it's expensive. Just a very unforgiving game that can take a lot of time and trial and error to figure out what works and what doesn't and which skills are worth investing in and which aren't. These days, you can always look up a guide. Back in 1992 the Internet wasn't really a thing yet, at least not what it is today, so you couldn't really look up a guide online back then, you had to figure it out on your own.

I forget if the original games had automapping or if I had to break out the trusty graph paper...
Colombo 16 August 2017 at 4:24 am UTC
I guess that this is not RPG where I can play as single character, but another party-based?
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