Imagine a place of wonder, where magic and technology hold equal sway, and an adventurer might just as easily wield a flintlock pistol as a flaming sword. A place where great industrial cities house castle keeps and factories, home to Dwarves, Humans, Orcs and Elves alike. A place of ancient runes and steamworks, of magic and machines, of sorcery and science.

Arcanum is the first game to come from the development house Troika Games, LLC, started by former Fallout team members Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky, and Jason Anderson. This team takes the depth of gameplay and world-building in role-playing games to entirely new levels of realism and excitement.

Arcanum creates a compelling new world where magic and technology coexist in an uneasy balance. As Arcanum opens, the mechanical age has only recently arrived in this ancient land where Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and other races have learned to survive in the new sprawling industrialized cities. But this radical shift from magic to technology has created a potentially explosive situation. As the townspeople and other thinkers begin mass production of light bulbs, batteries, eyeglasses and guns, the Mages grow leery. This tightly wound setting is the starting point from which the character must set out on his quest.

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trollshade13 Nov 10 2008 says:

truly a wonderfull game
just wished someone would make a sequel to it or something

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Omegakill Apr 16 2011 replied:

I disagree with this, a sequal would not do it any justice at all, the only thing that could make it better is maybe a better more interactive engine and graphics game play, story and characters stay the same and you've got a best seller for 2011!

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HatchetJak Jun 3 2014 replied:

Send mail to old Troika employees to kickstart it :D

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n@meless1 Oct 15 2008 says:

It truly was a great game. Even with outdated graphics and, by today’s standards, low production values it still manages to be way better than any contemporary FRP/RPG game…

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Freeder Apr 4 2008 says:

One of the best games ever.

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Spooky.Cyber Aug 1 2007 says:

i love this game, best rpg ive ever played. by the way, how did this game just never show up in the world, ITS A GOOOOD GAME

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TES_Chrisse May 29 2006 says:

Arcanum rules!!!

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Taerzik Feb 25 2006 says:

Greetings yall! I just joined the group and thought I'd post here first.
About the subject...
Anyone seen a tool to change (seriously change) the graphics on Arcanum?
In that case, Got any ideas on how to do it besides a nice clean editor?
I have a good reason for asking... I was thinking a mod of the world of Arcanum in it's earlier days
would be really interesting. Probably right about the time Vendigroth was at the height of it's power.
Don't know if I could pull it off...busy schedual...but it would be fun.
Oh yeah, and I promise I won't make the main character a world-saving messiah look-alike.
The game's fun, but that part of it was...stupid.
As someone once said (paraphrased) "The most common wish and goal among men is to be different,
unique and original."

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bloodwi11 Sep 19 2005 says:

ok, arcanum has fallen off the planet it seems but im trying to bring it back, any one who played it or still plays who wants to help stop by

and help bring this game back to life

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andersios Apr 17 2005 says:

i love this game!!!

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TawnosTUT Feb 16 2005 says:

This game has just 1 negative point, you have too many options on creating your character.

It's simple the best RPG game(or even the best game) I ever played

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Darkness Dec 23 2004 says:

This game is amazing... simply one of the best RPGs ever made. So many possibilities, so many details... it's great, it's wonderful, it's teh gameh!

The main plot is not THAT great, but you actually can "forge" your own plots basing on your attitudes... really really nice.

I just think the cities should have some sort of maps as an inventory item, so we could easily locate street names and things like that. Anyway, I still love it.

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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
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