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Eschalon: Book I is an old-school role-playing game that will take you across massive outdoor environments and deep into dozens of sprawling dungeons as you seek to uncover the mystery of who you are. It features a tile-built, turn-based game world where the result of absolutely every action is rolled, calculated or statistically...
Release Date: Nov 17, 2007
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Includes 3 items: Eschalon: Book I, Eschalon: Book II, Eschalon: Book III

About the Game

Eschalon: Book I is an old-school role-playing game that will take you across massive outdoor environments and deep into dozens of sprawling dungeons as you seek to uncover the mystery of who you are. It features a tile-built, turn-based game world where the result of absolutely every action is rolled, calculated or statistically determined. Hundreds of items and dozens of creatures await your discovery in this classically inspired RPG.
  • A tile-built, turn-based game world where the result of absolutely every action is rolled, calculated or statistically determined. Strategy is paramount to success; careful skill management, equipment selection and magic usage will win your fights, not rapid button clicking. We are very pleased to say this is not another "action RPG".
  • Hundreds of items and dozens of creatures await your discovery. A combination of randomly generated treasure and carefully hidden goodies means that no two games will play the exact same way.
  • Unlimited character development style: Choose from 24 unique skills to make the character you want and 8 base attributes that affect your character's every action throughout the game. The game world does not scale or adjust itself to match anyone's play style, so the ease or difficulty of the game is directly related to how successful you are at developing your character.
  • Combat plays out at your pace. Eschalon: Book I features a turn-based system that allows you to roll through combat as fast or slow you want...make it fast and furious, or analyze every option for maximum advantage.
  • A non-linear storyline means that the game world is open to explore as you desire. Follow the storyline or don't...it's up to you. Just be careful where you go and who you choose to trust- the world of Eschalon can be a deadly place for an inexperienced adventurer.
  • An epic adventure that you must face alone...a single-player RPG carefully designed to feel like the great old school RPGs of the past such as Ultima®, Might & Magic®, and Wizardry®

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista
    • Processor: 1.8ghz or better
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Graphics: 3D Accelerated (DirectX 7.0 or OpenGL compliant)
    • DirectX®: 7.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 200MB
    • Sound: Yes

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: 1.6GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated graphics card

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.6GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated graphics card
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
525 products in account
15 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
Eschalon series is a turn-based role-playing game series with astounding graphics and sound. Unfortunately gameplay is a bit slow, even for an ultima-like game. Doing almost anything in this game is fun but one thing: Walking. And there's a lot of walking. Walking through forests, walking through beaches, walking through deserts... and even more walking. The game has interesting dungeons and towns, filled with many secrets and details, unfortunately other locations are there just to be walked through. That is why I would rate this game as decent: It's a very enjoyable RPG, except for tedious walking through wilderness.
Posted: May 2nd, 2014
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
291 products in account
50 reviews
43.4 hrs on record
“Aha! A back entrance to the infamous dark tower! And better yet, the door appears to be slightly ajar as if it were not properly closed the last time someone used it. It seems this is my lucky day. Riches here I come!”

Eschalon: Book 1 represents a classic RPG experience with a turn-based combat system and great love for detail. In addition it provides a decent character development system and well-done soundtrack for the depicted locations. The only shortcoming of this game is the relatively slow-paced gameplay.

Fun fact: The developers of the Eschalon series kept this project a secret for a long time, believing most game developers release too much information about their products, spoiling the game when you eventually play it.
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My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Tactical gameplay
- Story
- Combat & Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
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Atmosphere: A-Rank

Characters: A-Rank

Details: S-Rank

(As you fall to the ground, you suddenly feel your very essence ripped from the shell of your body. In an instance you find yourself standing on the precipice of eternity, an incoherent wailing emanating from the abyss below. You smile as you tumble forward into the black chasm.)

Tactical gameplay: B-Rank

Story: B-Rank

Combat & Controls: B-Rank
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While there are no achievements to conquer, a very useful guide can be found on the link below.

http://eschalon.wikia.com/wiki/Eschalon_RPG_Wiki

Achievement difficulty: none
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Eschalon: Book 3 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2014
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/257870/
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Eschalon: Book 2 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2010
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/25620/
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Eschalon: Book 1 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2007
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
327 products in account
3 reviews
20.1 hrs on record
What the he... is this ... i don't even..
Was quite surprised at first, the game isn't comparable to Spiderweb games or any other recent cRPGs with simple graphics.
I gave it some time to suck me into the Eschalon world and Guess what? It did somehow. Although one may be creeped and bored because of the interface and slow pace of the game within first ~30 minutes, Eschalon is decent RPG with old school things we know from the old classic cRPGs. The game got truly entertaining mechanics, smart progression of character, many ways of building a hero. Lore isn't dumb, whole story got some twist points - and the game is replayable! If you like Arcanum and old Fallout series and got spare ~20hours you might give it a try.
you can kill all the bad and good guys 11/10
Posted: May 29th, 2014
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
141 products in account
1 review
50.5 hrs on record
This game is one of the best RPG out on linux.
Posted: June 24th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
90 products in account
4 reviews
35.6 hrs on record
I will never know what lies in the goblin citadel because THERE ARE TOO MANY DAMN MINOTAURS. This game is very hard, i only reccomend if youre ace pro at these sorts of RPGs and have little to zero anger issues.
Posted: June 16th, 2014
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Awards

2007 Independent RPG of the Year

- RPGWatch Reader's Poll
 
2007 Independent RPG of the Year
Runner Up

- GameBanshee