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I had to rub my eyes a bit at this, Eschalon: Book I is officially 10 years old! It is also now completely free to download and play. Officially, it hits 10 years in November, but the developer wanted to put it up for free a little early.

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From their website post:
Quote2017 marks the 10th anniversary* of the release of Eschalon: Book I, and to celebrate we are giving it away! Yep, it’s free, now and forever! You can download the full, pre-registered copy here or through GoG or Steam**. As if this cake needed any more frosting, Book II and Book III have been reduced in price, too.

Thanks for 10 great years! It’s been an awesome adventure, and we are looking forward to what the next 10 years brings.

* Technically, Book I was released in November 2007, but we wanted to celebrate now.
** As of this writing, Steam was having trouble digesting the new prices (FREE?!? Have you gone mad?!?). It may be a day or so before you see those prices change.


You can download for free at GOG, but the Steam version as noted above is having issues being set free.

On top of that Book II & III have had their prices reduced!

Crazy to think 10 years ago I was getting excited about this game, it seems like an insane amount of time. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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tonyrh 28 Feb, 2017
Wow 10 years... I loved the game back then but never managed to reach the end. Time to pick it up again! :)
drmoth 28 Feb, 2017
I played it and didn't reach the end either....it's an excellent game though. Great attitude from the developer.
Pit 28 Feb, 2017
Congrats Basilisk!
Bought the game ten years ago at full price (like the two sequels) and did not regret a single cent of that. Replayed it several times since then (yes, to the end....)

Now I'm eagerly waiting for their new project.... (Zodiac)


Last edited by Pit on 28 February 2017 at 2:41 pm UTC
Aryvandaar 28 Feb, 2017
I was actually considering to get this, but for some reason I forgot about it (thanks life!).
oldrocker99 28 Feb, 2017
It's been years since I played it, in the dark days before the Humble Bundles and Steam, but it's well worth picking up again.


Last edited by oldrocker99 on 28 February 2017 at 3:39 pm UTC
DamonLinuxPL 28 Feb, 2017
Worth. I have trilogy on Steam and I like it. So If you not own this game, pick it :D
g000h 28 Feb, 2017
Yeah. I'd already bought it as well, a couple of years ago. It was already sitting in my GOG library. Played it, enjoyed it and finished it. Shared the "Free" link with a bunch of gamer friends.

One of the earliest RPG games I played on Linux. Before that, usually I was using Windows for RPG gaming.


Last edited by g000h on 28 February 2017 at 6:20 pm UTC
Plintslîcho 28 Feb, 2017
Wow, 10 year...

Bought Eschalon Book I and II directly from Basilisk when they were first released. Never finished them though. They are beautiful games nonetheless and I don't regret having bought them at release.
Colombo 28 Feb, 2017
I have played it, I don't know if first or the second, and I was quite disappointed. Weak RPG elements, weak story and horrible controls. The turn-based system is nice, but having to click all the time I wanted to move by one point was tedious.

Additionally, the world was quite empty, I expected a lot of interactions, but most interactions were just killing stuff, which was basically if diablo was turn-based and without flashy spells.

I certainly see why some people might like it, but I missed either interesting character development in the sense of skills and abilities or

more interesting and interactive world.
slaapliedje 28 Feb, 2017
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I have had this game for years, but have never gotten the time to play it. Then again, I have tons of games that are the same way, doesn't help that I picked up playing Dungeon Master again, now that some bad ass patched it to work on the Atari TT030...

So many fun things to waste my time on, which ends up making me not learn a programming language...
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