Realms of Arkania 1 - Blade of Destiny Classic
Blade of Destiny (1992) is the first part of the glorious Realms of Arkania Trilogy... An Orc army stands ready to attack Arkania's villages and towns. The only hope of saving the land lies in the legendary Blade of Destiny. Can you find this magical weapon in time to stop the siege?
User reviews: Mixed (30 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 10, 2014
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Includes 3 items: Realms of Arkania 1 - Blade of Destiny Classic, Realms of Arkania 2 - Star Trail Classic, Realms of Arkania 3 - Shadows over Riva Classic

 

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"Based on the "The Dark Eye" tabletop RPG, Arkania 1 combines dungeon crawling with open-ended travel and unprecedentedly simulationist game mechanics."

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Blade of Destiny (1992) is the first part of the glorious Realms of Arkania Trilogy...

An Orc army stands ready to attack Arkania's villages and towns. The only hope of saving the land lies in the legendary Blade of Destiny. Can you find this magical weapon in time to stop the siege? A rich and detailed adventure that will engage your mind and challenge your imaginations.

The Realms of Arkania Trilogy

The Realms of Arkania games (Blade of Destiny, Star Trail and Shadows of Riva) deliver a prime example of the classical European fantasy universe. Based on Germany's most popular pen & paper role playing game, it was also the first German computer RPG series to get widely recognized outside of its home country. To this day it holds a stable hardcore fanbase that loves the games for their comprehensive adaption of the pen & paper ruleset and the believable medieval fantasy setting.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 30 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Running on integrated DOSBox
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5+
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 30 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Running on integrated DOSBox
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 30 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Running on integrated DOSBox
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
RoA1 is complex RPG based on Germany's best selling pen and paper RPG "The Dark Eye". The game is very rough around the edges with stiff controls, repetitive graphics and micro management and instant kill dreath-traps; and yet the world of Aventuria is fun to explore and RoA is one of the few game series that tried to get the pen and paper rules as closely as possible onto the screen.

With the classic RPG party of up to six heroes (plus an occasional NPC) you have to travel through and explore the viking-inspired country of Thorwal to find pieces of an old map showing the location of a legendary sword. Find the sword to thwart the impending orc invasion and save Thorwal. The story is as simple as that - but it's not an easy task.

Travelling Thorwal is not a cakewalk. Find food and drink or your heroes will die of starvation or thirst. Gather herbs, brew potions and poisons or use them to cure death threatening diseases. Protect your camp or you risk enemy surprise attacks at night. Try to climb a mountain without a rope? Your party better have proper climbing skills or you can wave your heroes goodbye as the game cruelly hurls them down chasms to their deaths. Bottomless pits, rocky old boats that sink without warning - the game loves to kill you without giving you a chance. You better save often. Not enough? One wrong word may upset an NPC carrying one of the precious map pieces you're looking for and you will never get it. No second chances. Miss too many and you cannot complete the game (without the game telling you).

Towns and dungeons are explored in old fashioned 3D view à la classic Bard's Tale and Ultima Underworld. Combat takes place turn based on an isometric grid. Traveling across the lands happens on the large map of Thorwal itself.

Over twenty years later there are many things that will turn gamers away instantly. The game gives you no quarter. But if you give it an honest chance you may find that exploring Thorwal and its dozens of villages and towns and numerous dungeons will be an adventure to remember for a long time to come.
Posted: June 26
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Very charming. I can kill orc hoard then get killed by pirates.
If you don't mind about graphic then this game is awesome.
Posted: July 4
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
This games hasn't aged well. I love Might and Magic V and VI, and this seems like it would play a lot like them, but my love for those games is definitely founded in nostalgia. If you haven't already played this game, or the PnP game it's based on, you problably won't enjoy it.
Posted: June 29
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2 of 18 people (11%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Way too oldschool. Feels boring and lacks action.
Posted: June 29
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0.5 hrs on record
A very good game if you like oldschool type of games. Its a oldie RPG based game. The graphics are eh, cause it is old. But overall I indeed like this game :)
Posted: August 30
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57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
It's a classic hardcore detailed RPG. While Star Trail is the real shining star of this series, this is a great introduction to old school gaming. I have no idea if they fixed the bugs (save game destroying errors) from the original, so be wary of certain siutations such as starting a fire in the spider cave or gathering coins in the final tomb.

I'm a big fan of realism in my RPG, even when it can be frustrating. The idea of having to plan for weapons breaking, illnesses, cold and wet weather, equipment wearing out, as well as climbing and swimming challenges is something often overlooked in most modern games.

If you love all-inclusive details, where you build your characters from scratch and have to plan your quests tactfully, this is your game!
Posted: January 12
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