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February 10th, 2009, 17:59
RPGVault takes their second look at Basilisk Games' cRPG in development, Eschalon:Book II, focusing on improvements in the gameplay and engine since Book I:
While returning players will feel familiar with the mechanics of the game, nearly everything underneath the hood has been updated to reflect the requests made by fans of the first edition. Features such as an auto-stacking inventory, a ring for maintaining acquired keys, an improved alchemy mixer and spell journal are just a few of the dozens of enhancements made to the engine…

There are various enhancements to the gameplay as well. For starters, the upper level limit of character development has been raised to 30, allowing for deeper builds and a greater range of customization than before. Two new skills have been added (Repair and Foraging) bringing the total number in Book II to 26. In addition, the existing set has been rebalanced, making many of the original ones more functional, and therefore more useful. Since the Eschalon series is skill-based, any class can experiment with any choice without limitations; however new in-game Challenges will reward players who utilize those aligned with specific classes, archetypes or goals.

The arcane arts of Magick and Alchemy have been updated for Book II as well. The total number of available spells has expanded to 45, with new possibilities like Milo's Cell of Holding (entrap a group of enemies within an energy field) and Draw Water (pull humidity from the air to fill your Water Skins) joining revamped ones such as Dense Nimbus (formally Air Shield). For would-be alchemists, the addition of new reagents to the game means a larger range of potions can be crafted, not to mention fresh imbuing mixtures that can applied to weapons and armor, improving their abilities.
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February 10th, 2009, 17:59
Getting closer can't wait myself

That one screen of npc interaction looked really nice.

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February 10th, 2009, 18:23
I thought the first game was excellent, and I am looking forward to playing this. The screenshot of the dialogue looks promising to, maybe more C&C through the dialogue this time? The gameplay was such a blast last time that if they added more C&C to the expanded gameplay options this could be a really great game. Is it still scheduled for a Q2 release?
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February 10th, 2009, 19:50
i dont buy games often but for this one i am gonna make an exception. they deserve every euro cent for this product.

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February 10th, 2009, 20:06
Its nice that someone is still making games for me. With Bioware, Obsidian, Bethesda, etc. It always hit or miss. This game I know I will like.
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February 10th, 2009, 20:37
Nice article, definitely one of my most anticipated games this year.

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February 10th, 2009, 20:47
same, just emailed them to get a new download link to v1.05. just reading about this game makes me want to jump back into the old one.
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February 10th, 2009, 23:08
I don't know, but to me, those screenshots are EXACTLY my idea of what a crpg is supposed to look like. Clean, realistic, moody, crisp graphics layed out on a 2D isometric screen. This is my kind of rpg heaven… can't friggin' wait!!!
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February 11th, 2009, 01:09
I loved Book I, can't wait for book II.

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February 11th, 2009, 01:55
Originally Posted by CarcusRex View Post
I don't know, but to me, those screenshots are EXACTLY my idea of what a crpg is supposed to look like. Clean, realistic, moody, crisp graphics layed out on a 2D isometric screen. This is my kind of rpg heaven… can't friggin' wait!!!
True, i feel the same. It would be nice if there were a party to control though.
But i hope its not too long before they announce their "EOB"-style game…
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February 11th, 2009, 02:00
I think some of you will be surprised.
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February 11th, 2009, 17:42
I just downloaded the updated demo for Book I for a replay and I'm enjoying it much more this time through-(-though the darkness at night and in dungeons still makes me feel more like glaucoma and ensuing blindness has kicked in than anything else )

I think I may be getting sucked in though and may have to finally buy it while waiting for Book II, which has some features I'm definitely looking forward to.

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February 11th, 2009, 18:49
You have seriously not bought it? Ack, why are you still here! Go buy it now
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February 11th, 2009, 20:21
You have not bought it yet?!!?!?!? GO BUY IT NOW!!!
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February 11th, 2009, 20:26
Seems they are out of the cd version—only the download available. Not my preference, but I'll think about it.

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February 11th, 2009, 20:50
This one's worth bending the rules, magerette. GO BUY IT NOW!!! (couldn't resist piling on)

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February 11th, 2009, 21:12
Good God, woman! All I've thought you were is now being called into quesiton! Go buy it and save me this consternation!

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February 11th, 2009, 22:02
The download isn't bad though….its a tiny one like 128mb I think….could be wrong
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Talk about peer pressure…'kay ,all, it's on my list when I get my next game $$$ allotted. I'm not really as old school in my game tastes as some, but on this demo playthrough I'm actually getting that real crpg smell. MMMMmmmm, role playing. ;-)

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Originally Posted by magerette View Post
Talk about peer pressure…'kay ,all, it's on my list when I get my next game $$$ allotted. I'm not really as old school in my game tastes as some, but on this demo playthrough I'm actually getting that real crpg smell. MMMMmmmm, role playing. ;-)
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