Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Drakensang: Tne Dark Eye

Finally got a copy of this latest PC role-playing game based on the popular German pen-and-paper RPG, Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye). The tabletop game was first published way back in the early '80s but it wasn't until 2003 that it was released in English. Back in the 1990s though, a trilogy of CRPGs called the Realms of Arkania was published, along with English translations of the 3 tie-in novels.

Drakensang ("The River of Time") is thus the fourth CRPG in the Realms of Arkania trilogy, and could have been named as such, but I think SirTech took that license to its grave. 

I'm excited to try this game out. It's Germany's D&D, so to speak. From what little I've read of the actual mechanics, there's a steeper learning curve than D&D, as well as a lot of dice-rolling (3 rolls to make one skill check!). But since there's the game engine to handle all that, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

I think the game finished installing already. Have to play now. More later.