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?
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Mixed (43 reviews) - 58% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Running on integrated DOSBox
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Saint Aaron
14.2 hrs
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
Realms of Arkania is a complex RPG. It comes with a steep learning curve and daunting complexity which scares away probably all but the most dedicated RPGers. It's based on the "Das schwarze Auge" pen & pencil system which was / is a strong competitor of D&D in Germany. If you hate number-crunching, rolling 10 minutes to get just your first character as you want him to be or shy away of reading and understanding the manual throughly before you start, you might want to skip this. Try Drakensang instead, a newer title with the same system, but with the rulesystem hidden in the background of the game.
You're still reading? This means you might have found a gem that will grow to your heart...
RoA uses a unusual character system where you don't just get 7 positive stats (strength, dexterity, wisdom etc.), but also 7 negative stats (superstition, claustrophobia, curiosity, acrophobia, avarice, necrophobia, violent temper), all with direct effects on gameplay. It's just one of the factors which makes the game more intriguing.
These games are also noted for their realism. This includes the partys hunger and thirst, as well as the effects of weather and terrain on movement. It's probably the most accurate CRPG ever in terms of adventurers health problems. Your characters will become sick if they aren't dressed properly for the climate they pass through. They will get sick if they sleep on the ground. They will get sick if they get wet. They will get sick if they don't get enough sleep. They will get sick if attacked by undead. Their wounds will get infected if they don't stop and take care of them after each combat.
Realms of Arkania games are as much RPG as you can get. It's not your standard run of the mill action-RPG, it's RPG pure. There's a reason why they've gotten published by Sir Tech, who are responsible for the Wizardry games. They require patience and commitment, much like all great games of its kind. But it rewards you with that special experience, that keeps lingering in the back of your head years after you played it.
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Casaubon
2.0 hrs
Posted: June 30
Usually I have no problem with poor graphics and retro games. BUT the town view is too poor and handling brakes the game´s charm. ~5 Textures for buildings in town view overall and no way to see what building you are next to in the area map that shows ~6 colored boxes for house categories but nothing else is a joke. You are in a town, you have an area map, you have NO IDEA where to go even if you know the building you are supposed to look for in your quest because
a) the map won´t tell you and doesn´t allow movement in map mode to use the try & error method faster
b) all buildings look the same
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WosselWozzel
2.9 hrs
Posted: November 15, 2015
Aight.
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DolgVlaPet ☭
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 5, 2015
It's an old classic game that most oldschool players are familar with and it has no need to be reviewed.
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VareXoS
0.4 hrs
Posted: February 15, 2015
This is not my type of game. It's a low-res, pixelated and old, point-n-click RPG. If you're into that kind of stuff, then buy it, but otherwise, steer clear from this game.
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711 was a part time job
1.6 hrs
Posted: January 26, 2015
if you push any buttons it repeats the intro, takes forever having to rewatch it over and over
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Krivelig
4.1 hrs
Posted: December 1, 2014
If you think this game is too oldschool, you might as well complain that there's too much violence in Halo, or that Minecraft is too blocky. If you mind oldschool, this game is not for you. The interface is primitive even compared to the sequels. That is not the the problem.

What IS the problem, though, is that they spent the minimum possible effort getting it to run on modern computers. And that was already little, considering DosBox is free software. The sound is poorly configured, and choppy. On Ubuntu, the whole game doesn't even run thanks to a broken library that is included.

Do not buy this game or any other retro/dosbox-based games from this publisher until they clean up their act.
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kazerniel
1.8 hrs
Posted: October 17, 2014
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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Philadona
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 30, 2014
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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gaia.razus
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
Realms of Arkania is a complex RPG. It comes with a steep learning curve and daunting complexity which scares away probably all but the most dedicated RPGers. It's based on the "Das schwarze Auge" pen & pencil system which was / is a strong competitor of D&D in Germany. If you hate number-crunching, rolling 10 minutes to get just your first character as you want him to be or shy away of reading and understanding the manual throughly before you start, you might want to skip this. Try Drakensang instead, a newer title with the same system, but with the rulesystem hidden in the background of the game.
You're still reading? This means you might have found a gem that will grow to your heart...
RoA uses a unusual character system where you don't just get 7 positive stats (strength, dexterity, wisdom etc.), but also 7 negative stats (superstition, claustrophobia, curiosity, acrophobia, avarice, necrophobia, violent temper), all with direct effects on gameplay. It's just one of the factors which makes the game more intriguing.
These games are also noted for their realism. This includes the partys hunger and thirst, as well as the effects of weather and terrain on movement. It's probably the most accurate CRPG ever in terms of adventurers health problems. Your characters will become sick if they aren't dressed properly for the climate they pass through. They will get sick if they sleep on the ground. They will get sick if they get wet. They will get sick if they don't get enough sleep. They will get sick if attacked by undead. Their wounds will get infected if they don't stop and take care of them after each combat.
Realms of Arkania games are as much RPG as you can get. It's not your standard run of the mill action-RPG, it's RPG pure. There's a reason why they've gotten published by Sir Tech, who are responsible for the Wizardry games. They require patience and commitment, much like all great games of its kind. But it rewards you with that special experience, that keeps lingering in the back of your head years after you played it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
82 of 89 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
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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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
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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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2014
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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44 of 64 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
If you think this game is too oldschool, you might as well complain that there's too much violence in Halo, or that Minecraft is too blocky. If you mind oldschool, this game is not for you. The interface is primitive even compared to the sequels. That is not the the problem.

What IS the problem, though, is that they spent the minimum possible effort getting it to run on modern computers. And that was already little, considering DosBox is free software. The sound is poorly configured, and choppy. On Ubuntu, the whole game doesn't even run thanks to a broken library that is included.

Do not buy this game or any other retro/dosbox-based games from this publisher until they clean up their act.
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38 of 55 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2014
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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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
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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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
Awesome classic game! Still loving it just as much as I used to do it many years ago.
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