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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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slaapliedje 16 August 2017 at 6:23 am UTC
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ExpalphalogNever 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.

Well, it is based on a pen and paper RPG. Dungeons and Dragons for wxample has a lot of various rules and rule books. I am not sure idlf the Survulival guide is still a thing in the newer editions, but in the first AD&D, it covered rules like freezing to death, starving, dehydration, etc. This all happens in these games.

Probably the only other game I have seen as vicious is Deus (the sequel to Robinson's Requiem, not to be confused with Deus Ex). You would fall down a little pit in that game and break your ankle or leg, then as you were trying to limp away, a native would stab you with a spear and you would bleed to death.

Any other RPG can have huge amounts of skills and classes, but I wouldn't call them hardcore until you can catch a disease and die, or the elements are as big an enemy as monsters hiding in caves.

I once tried such a campaign (in GURPS) with all the ration tracking, and terrible fighting conditions. It made an already brutal game even more amazing!

This makes me happy they finally released the sequel. I bought a bundle of Drakensang games in a box a while back, though they are all Windows and I still haven't tried them yet. The Dark Eye is the Pen and Paper RPG that it is based upon.

Weird fact. The game Sacred was supposed to be Realms of Arkania 4, but by the time they were able to get far enough along into development, they lost the license to release it as such.

Much like Sacred, the first release of the remake of this game was apparently very buggy, but from what I read in the forums they patched the hell out of it so it is playable now.
Sir_Diealot 16 August 2017 at 7:01 am UTC
It is so confusing that they call it Realms of Arkania in English. The German name is Das Schwarze Auge, usually abbreviated to DSA.

I played Schatten über Riva (Shadows over Riva) back in the day and want to re-visited it someday.

Anyway, it's nice to see another DSA game for a change, even if it's just a remake. Voted for it on the GOG wishlist, just in case that helps...
slaapliedje 16 August 2017 at 7:15 am UTC
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Wasn't it called that because the campaign setting is called Arkania? http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/dark-eye-das-schwarze-auge-universe
DrMcCoy 16 August 2017 at 7:48 am UTC
slaapliedjeWasn't it called that because the campaign setting is called Arkania?

Not in the original German it isn't. It's just Aventurien here. That's the main continent, on the planet Dere [1]. Other continents (each their own setting, essentially) on the same planet are Myranor (aka das Güldenland) and Uthuria. There's also Tharun, which is a setting inside a hollow planet (which might or might not be Dere).

The original Realms of Arkania games were never called that in German either. It was always Das Schwarze Auge.

The new edition of pen & paper roleplaying game Das Schwarze Auge, 5, also has a proper English translation again. It's just called "The Dark Eye" [2] now, and IIRC they completely dropped the Arkania thing.

[1] An anagram of "Erde", the German word for Earth.
[2] Which is a somewhat literal translation. "Das Schwarze Auge" would be "The Black Eye", but since that has the meaning of a bruised eye in English, that obviously wasn't fitting. (A bruised eye is a "blaues Auge", a blue eye in German)


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tmtvl 16 August 2017 at 9:10 am UTC
Now to wait for Drakensang to be ported to Linux and I'll be happy as a clam in chowder.
coeseta 16 August 2017 at 10:57 am UTC
Watching the trailer makes me really want a remake or a new game of the Might and Magic 6 - 8 games. Realms of Arkania: Star Trail doesn't look bad but the combat isn't my thing.
Expalphalog 16 August 2017 at 12:27 pm UTC
Interesting. Thank you.

Not sure if this is a game for me or not. I love pen and paper RPGs, and I love in-depth character creation. But, on the other hand, I prefer games like Baldur's Gate or Arcanum, over games like the old Might & Magic series and it sounds like this might be closer to the latter.


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Beamboom 16 August 2017 at 2:43 pm UTC
Gameplay video here:


It looks quite... bad, actually. The audio is all over the place, bad vocal performances, lacuster graphics, generic animations...
slaapliedje 16 August 2017 at 3:32 pm UTC
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ExpalphalogInteresting. Thank you.

Not sure if this is a game for me or not. I love pen and paper RPGs, and I love in-depth character creation. But, on the other hand, I prefer games like Baldur's Gate or Arcanum, over games like the old Might & Magic series and it sounds like this might be closer to the latter.

I can't really speak for the remake, but the originals are definitely more Baldur's Gate or Arcanum level than Might & Magic. I remember playing either 2 or 3 of M&M on the Sega Genesis and it got absolutely ridiculous. Like a fountain where you could exchange gold for XP, and instantly level up to insane power levels.

I have found through my many years of playing RPGs (both computer and pen and paper) that there are two main styles of players/game masters. 1) the people who love a challenge and try to go for a bit more realism and don't really like over powered play. 2) the ones who insist on being over powered so they never get a real challenge, and can brute force their way through everything.

My play style has always been the first, and am rather annoyed by the min/maxer people and their tendency to want overpowered items etc, so that Might & Magic game completely got ruined for me after that. Kind of like the one D&D session I played with a group where they had long time characters that'd hit 40th level (even though in 2nd edition D&D that was almost impossible, especially for non-human races) and they said they'd crushed Strahd in Ravenloft, and defeated several gods, etc... Whereas I'm the type of DM that would have made the characters retire at 20th, and just turned them into NPCs. There isn't any challenge once you hit about that level....

Good times! Actually one of the reasons I switched over to GURPS and refuse to play D&D anymore, that and the later editions are sort of terrible...
slaapliedje 16 August 2017 at 3:44 pm UTC
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BeamboomGameplay video here:


It looks quite... bad, actually. The audio is all over the place, bad vocal performances, lacuster graphics, generic animations...

Ha, that does look kind of terrible. Funny thing is, I swear the tavern noise sounds exactly the same as it does in Ishar.
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