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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
If this had been the first RPG that I had ever played, I would have hated the genre. Its like a glorified point and click with horrible graphics, NES was better than this. I got this in a bundle, played for the trading cards and will uninstall it now to make room for a good game. 2/10
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Very charming. I can kill orc hoard then get killed by pirates.
If you don't mind about graphic then this game is awesome.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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 :)
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9 of 28 people (32%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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.
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2 of 20 people (10%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
God, this game is OLD. I know I know, it's from 1992, but the severe lack of user-friendly interface or any kind of tutorial makes it not worth the effort for me. I had to look for quite a few minutes to see how to exit the temple I started in, and later also had to look for minutes to find how to exit the game itself. You are first plopped in a temple with a full party but without any kind of introduction about your goals or background story or anything else than a random guy's conquests and death in the 5 minutes long but extremely slowly presented introduction video slideshow after a totally irrelevant and long-ish credits list. I got bored by the time I actually got to start the game. Also the only way to figure out what button does what is random try and error, there isn't any kind of help in the game. This game just doesn't work for me, I'm spoiled by the last 22 years of game design developments.
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2 of 33 people (6%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Way too oldschool. Feels boring and lacks action.
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
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!
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Realms of Arkadia series does a great job turning a pen and paper Rpg into a video game. If you're into P&P RPG this game and series is a must have. If you want HD graghics and intense 3D battles with fast and furious leveling and rewards this is not for you. What you do get is a challenging game with a high sense of accomplishment.

Other games of the time did not go into the game management required by the Realms of Arkadia. Just covering the basic needs of food and water can be difficult if you don't select the right characters and skills. You must then place points into your skills when leveling or allow the computer to do it for you but not always getting logical reulults. With improperly placed skill points some skills will never be successful.

Not to mention casting spells. Of the 5 different magic using types each have their own strengths and weaknesses in spell casting. If you don't plan ahead some spells will remain unavailable or extremely difficult to cast, depending on spell strength, and Attribute score. which is also new to video games as most if not all games before simply required you to have enough spell points to successfully cast.

In other words, challenges that other games did not have and alot still don't.

Being able to replay a game is a major bonus as you can try different characters to receive different starting skills and spells. You can then place points differently and at the end of the game have completely different characters. Another bonus is being able to use these characters throughout the entire series of games.

Even if you don't like the video game you can print out the manual and sit down with friends and have a great time rolling dice and complaining how the game master hates you. Even if you do like the game it's always fun complaining how the GM hates you.
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I see Blade of Destiny as a preview to the main adventure -second part of the trilogy Star Trail where lots of secrets and suprizes awaits you.Blade of Destiny just shows you some game mechanics , plus you can train and test your heroes in oder to import them to the next part of the trilogy.Still it is a fun game to start on your introduction in the Arkania world.


A bit late , but i reccomend to edit - dosboxrealms1.conf - this file can be found in the game directory, few lines have to be changed: scaler=advmame2x ; cycles=18000 . scaler makes picture a bit softer and 18000 cycles looks like the optimal speed.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Good Classic Was one of the most popular back in the 90's its sad that most gameing gems like this one was forgotten like many other games but i reccomend this game if your into old forms of rpg 10/10
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Awesome classic game! Still loving it just as much as I used to do it many years ago.
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5 of 18 people (28%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
DosBox hasn't been setup to run this game particularly well. Games goes slow after a while.
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6 of 21 people (29%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
If you wanna spend $4 just to see how poorly the RPG world was back in the early 90s, then this is the game for you. It maps poorly, the interface is all over the place, and the melee combat and spell options are absolutely unusable.
One small example, is you can only fire, attack or cast spells in vertical or horizontal directions; no diagonal options.
I found it frustrating and a waste of good money, but you may see things differently and it'll only cost you $4 to find out :-)
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5 of 19 people (26%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
As said in other reviews, the game is *very* dated. No tool tips. If you alt-tab to view the manual, when you try and alt-tab back, the dosbox is no longer full screen (it comes out to about the size of a youtube video).

After more than about 10 minutes playing, the game starts to get jumpy.

It's good if you want to see what the older generation had to deal with when playing older style video games (up hill, both ways).

I can't comment to the quality of the story/quests/etc - the game itself is pretty much unplayable.
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
This probably would've been a fun game.
If it actually let me play anything.
I had story going over and over and over and it never stopped.
I even tried to reopen it and see if it would skip the story, but it didn't.
Such a shame.
At least I got this in a bundle, so this game was basically $0.03, and to get nothing out of it, I don't think it was worth $0.03.
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8 of 28 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This game dates back to 1992, and boy, does it show! The graphics are basic, but they are without doubt not the worst feature of the game. It's the user interface that is too poor for words. Back in the days before Windows, there was no general consensus in how interfaces should behave with regards to mouse clicks. I find myself regularly stabbing at keys in order to try and figure out how to do something, and the music is just an irritation.

It's not that I am basing this opinion by comparing this kind of legacy game to newer ones. Instead it is just that the game lacks intuitiveness. When I play a game, I at least want some kind of tutorial in order to know how to do the basics. Realms of Arkania has none of this.

Unless you were a fan of the original, I would stay clear of this. It doesn't come close to games like Eye of the Beholder. There are better options out there. Perhaps the later versions will sort out a lot of the controls, but the first release is just weak.
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3 of 18 people (17%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Whew, sorry but some games are too antiquated to enjoy anymore. I'm glad I probably only spent pennies on this trilogy as part of some humble bundle.
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2 of 16 people (13%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
There's not a lot of good things I can say about this game, I was looking forward to playing it as I love retro games, and I just feel majorly dissapointed. I find the game incredibly hard to grasp, I am not sure what my heroes are supposed to do and I keep getting lost in the very samey looking town.

Good:
+ Soundtrack is nice
+ Option to let the computer handle the fights for you.

Bad:
- There are no tooltips for the options in the game, so you have to resort to the manual.
- Alt+tab (to check manual) makes the playwindow so tiny you can barely see anything.
- The game lags horribly after just 5-10 minutes of gameplay. The music skips and overall the whole computer seems to lag from the game.
- First time playing you can't skip the intro story.
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