Basilisk Games News Archive

"The Catacombs"

Below is the content of from the start of the web site in 2006 through June 1, 2009. The new format we changed to in August 2009 didn't allow for easy importing of our old news posts, so they've been packed up and sent down here...the Catacombs.

Press "back" on your browser window to return to the previous page. Beware of the undead while you wander these dark halls!

June 1, 2009 - Book I Review @ GamersInfo
GamersInfo has just posted a review for Eschalon: Book I which they seemed to enjoy. Thanks!

Also, emails keep coming our way from people wanting an update, so here it is: Book II is coming along very well. It's a big game so it's taking us longer than we anticipated to finish up. We are still on-track for a 2009 release, but it'll be later this fall before we can give out a solid release date. Until then, keep visiting the site and we'll get more screenshots posted soon as well as the official game trailer released later this summer!


April 30, 2009 - Book I Review @ Linux Forums
Linux Forums has posted a very nice review of Eschalon: Book I.


February 23, 2009 - Interview with Colony of Gamers
Colony of Gamers has posted an interview with us covering a variety of questions about our studio and our games. Special thanks go to pub patron Rune_74 for setting this up. Take a look though the link below.


February 10, 2009 - Peek #2 @ RPGVault is up!
RPGVault has posted the second peek at Eschalon: Book II. In the article we talk more about the gameplay and a bit about the storyline. They have three exclusive screenshots as well, so get over and look at it!

Link: RPGVault Eschalon: Book II Peek #2

January 28, 2009 - A sample of Book II's music
We are pleased to release a bit of music from Eschalon: Book II's soundtrack. The title of the track is "The Road Less Traveled" and it can be downloaded from the link below.

Link: The Road Less Traveled.mp3

[update] Link to the Ogg Vorbis version for our Linux friends: The Road Less Traveled.ogg

January 19, 2009 - New Version of Eschalon: Book I (1.05)
We have just posted links to the newest version of Eschalon: Book I. This is version 1.05 and it addresses a few remaining bugs as well as improves stability. Both the demo and the full version are now updated to this latest version.

More information can be found in this forum post.

January 13, 2009 - Peek #1 @ RPGVault is up!
RPGVault has posted Peek #1 for Eschalon: Book II, looking at the rules and challenges we've incorporated into the game. Includes two new screenshots! Head over and take a look!

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December 31, 2008 - Thanks for a great year!
Basilisk Games wants to thank all of our customers for making 2008 a successful year for us, and we're looking forward to an even more eventful 2009! We've got lots of exciting news on both Book II and Book I that we can't wait to share, as well as information on another project that we hope to announce a bit later in the year. Exciting times!

Thanks again and have a safe and wonderful New Year!

December 08, 2008 - Tiny Book II News Update
A quick update for all of you who stop by daily wanting just a morsel of new information:

- Book II is in full development over the holidays with plans to run some early alpha testing in January. Everyone always asks if we are still "on schedule" with development. The answer is yes, though with a lot of work still to do we have no solid estimates on a release date yet.

- We are working on several new articles that will run on a major website in the next few weeks, which will include brand new screenshots and fresh information about the storyline and gameplay of Book II.

- We have been working with a new artist to apply some additional polish to the next game. We'll try to show you a glimpse of his work in a future update. Some of his previous work has been with Daggerfall, Morrowind and Dark Age of Camelot.

- One of our forum members have translated the recently posted Monster Profile pages into French, which is the start of our goal to provide Book II in multiple languages. We will get these new French translations posted very soon.

Oh, and just for kicks, we updated the Book II logo for the holidays which also happens to reflect the new arctic zones of Book II.

October 27, 2008 - The final monster profile has been posted
For our final monstrous profile of Book II, we decided to give you a glimpse at the crimson menace of the southern hemisphere: the Brimstone Spider.

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Numerous visitors have asked to view the Encyclopedia Biological Preeminence profile on the legendary Orakur. Unfortunately, it was recently discovered that this page from the original manuscript has been mysteriously damaged, despite being locked away in a vault at Lockston Hall Academica. With the recent passing of Saint Gilhelm, we may never know his full extent of his research on this subject. An investigation into the vandalism is currently underway.

October 20, 2008 - Third monster profile is up
For our third monstrous profile of Book II, we decided to give you a look at a species of deadly plant that grows in the wilds of Eschalon: the Sentinel Stalk.

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October 13, 2008 - New Monster Profile Posted
For our second monstrous profile, we have chosen the Mire Troll, a rather foul creature that wanders the bogs of Eschalon: Book II. Check back next week as our Monstrous October feature continues with yet another creature profile!

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October 6, 2008 - First Monster Profile Posted
Basilisk Games is excited to kick off our Monstrous October feature with the first creature profile: the Catacomb Rat. We decided to start off with a common creature that you will inevitably encounter during your travels through Book II. Be sure to check back here next Monday the 13th for the next creature profile!

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September 3, 2008 - Basilisk's Monstrous October
Many of you have been following our weekly Q&A thread where we answer your questions regarding Eschalon: Book II. We've been mostly good at keeping up with it regularly, posting new answers usually over the weekends. If you haven't seen it yet, please follow the link and check it out!

I mention this Q&A Thread only because we have decided to run a feature in October where rather than answer a new question each week, we will instead unveil a new Book II monster complete with stats, lore and picture. We will link to the monster's page from here in the Recent Updates thread, so be sure to check here for the first monster on Monday, October 6th!

August 6, 2008 - Eschalon: Book I Reviewed on Gaming Nexus
Perhaps one of the most entertaining reviews I have ever read for Eschalon: Book I has been posted at Gaming Nexus by reviewer Randy Kalista. Head over and check it out!


July 30, 2008 - Eschalon: Book I Price Drop!
We are excited to announce a price drop on Eschalon: Book I from its original price of $27.95 to $19.95 effective tonight at 12:01 am! Like all forms of entertainment media such as books, movies, music and especially games, there comes a time when it makes sense to lower the price of a product to attract new customers.

So, if you've been hesitant to purchase the game in the past because of its price, or maybe you've been "borrowing your friends" copy, now is when you can show your support for independent game development and classic role-playing games by purchasing a copy of Book I for yourself. Thank you very much!

July 7, 2008 - RPGWatch Interview
Brian "Dhruin" Turner from RPGWatch interviewed us this past week and asked all sorts of questions regarding both Book I and Book II. There is a lot of good information in there on both games, so head on over and check it out!

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June 29, 2008 - No More Eschalon: Book I CDs
We have just sold out of Eschalon: Book I CDs. At this point we are not planning on ordering any more due to the volume of discs that must be purchased at a time.

For those of you who may want the special features that were present on the disc, we are working on a solution for you. Check back soon!

June 10, 2008 - Book II Announcement!
Basilisk Games is excited to announce the next game in the Eschalon trilogy: Book II! Head to the Book II page to get more information and see the first ever screen shots, and click the link below for the press release.

Eschalon: Book II Press Release

May 12, 2008 - New Forums Online
The new forums are up and working. Please stop in and say hello!

May 8, 2008 - New Forums Coming!
On Monday, May 12 we are turning out the lights in The Drunken Lizard Pub, Basilisk Games' official forums. The forums will be down while we upgrade the software and apply a fresh coat of paint, and if all goes well we will reopen later that day. The new software gives us more features than the previous version, and the updated look is quite nice!

We anticipate that all posts and accounts will transfer over smoothly. If you have registered in the past and haven't visited recently, please stop in next week and make sure your account has transferred over correctly.

April 23, 2008 - Finnish print magazine Pelit praises Book I
This news is actually a bit old now as the review was printed a few months ago, however we were just notified of a scanned version of the review posted online by the publisher. We received an 84/100 and high marks for the game's presentation and level of challenge. There are some nice screen captures with the article that are worth viewing if you want to learn more about the game.

The review can be read here:

April 14, 2008 - The saga continues...FIXED!
UPDATE: The forums are back online! Thank you for your patience.

April 13, 2008 - Forums are down
The forums took a crap today. They will be offline until we get them fixed, which should take no more than an hour or two. Sorry for the inconvenience.

[update 5:42pm EST]: The good news: we have a current backup so when the forums are restored, nobody's posts will be lost. The bad news: our web host is timing out before the backup file can be fully uploaded, so the restore process is failing. We are still working on it and hope to have it resolved at some point this evening.

April 10, 2008 - Dagon's Lair digs Book I
Another positive French review of Book I has been posted up on Dagon's Lair. Now is when that semester of French you took in high school is gonna pay off!

March 30, 2008 - The Codex reviews Book I
Infamous (or should that be "notorious"?) role-playing game website RPGCodex has reviewed Eschalon: Book I. Frequently known to shred games that don't meet their demanding standards, the Codex managed to get some enjoyment out of Book I and summarized their experience saying this: "To sum up, Eschalon: Book One shows that its makers, Basilisk Games, definitely have the potential to make a great, old-school cRPG title." Thanks Codex! To read the full review, click the link below.

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March 19, 2008 - to distribute Eschalon: Book I for Linux, the one-click digital software delivery service for Linux, is now distributing Eschalon: Book I. The press release can be viewed here. If you are a Premium CNR user, you can purchase Book I for Linux at a reduced price!

February 26, 2008 - A French Review
Book I has been reviewed by the popular French culture blog L'Ombre du Z and given a rating of four Zs, which equates to "Come get some!". I can't read French nor do I fully understand their wacky rating system, but they seem to like the game.

Check it out here:

February 19, 2008 - PC World Article
Matt Peckham, famed PC World "Game On" blogger, has added Eschalon: Book I to a list of his favorite indie games with a small review. Here's a clip:

"Eschalon's world may not quite be Ultima-sized, but it's big enough, with a story that doesn't hold your hand or force you to tackle missions single-file. Give it a look if you miss this sort of thing, and know that it's called "book one" because it's the first in a planned trilogy. Plenty more to come, in other words. And why not? Like bell bottoms, sideburns, and platform shoes, there's no reason old school RPGs like this can't make a comeback."

The full article can be read here:

February 8, 2008 - Review Round-up
It's been a while since we posted any news, so we thought it'd be good to post some review scores that we have found around the net...

Assistive Gaming: No Score - "Highly Recommended"
GamerDad: 4.5 / 5
MacWorld: 3.5 / 5 (Serbian): 82/100
GameBanshee: 7.6 - "Independent RPG of the Year Runner Up"
Gamespot: Critics Score: 7.9 Users Score: 8.4
Scorpia's Gaming Lair: No score - "...those who want to play the 'old-school way'...Eschalon is for you"

There is also a printed review in the current issue of PCFormat magazine with a score of 72/100. We want to thank PCFormat for giving us a bit of space in their magazine! We'll post more scores and reviews as we find them!

January 14, 2008 - New CDs available!
We ran out of Windows and Mac CDs this past weekend, so instead of reordering a new batch of each, we've decided just to put all three versions on one CD and that sell that instead!! You've read correctly: buy Eschalon: Book I on CD for any platform, and the CD you receive will have the Windows, Macintosh and Linux versions on the disc. Linux fans, here's your chance to finally get the game on CD! You may notice the price of this CD is a couple dollars more than the previous CDs, which is due to the slight increase in duplication costs for the multi-license disc and new packaging.

Head over to the purchase page and get your own copy today!

December 19, 2007 - Final Linux demo and Linux Release
We have posted the final Linux demo which can be downloaded here. The full Linux version should be available to purchase sometime this weekend, so stay tuned for our announcement if you've been patiently awaiting it.

December 14, 2007 - E:B1 Windows Update 1.04, Linux beta demo
The newest patch for the Windows version of Eschalon: Book I is online. You can grab the patch over on the Book I page, and the fixes can be seen here. This is a minor update, just to get the Windows version up on the same level as the newly released Macintosh version.

We've also posted a link to the beta version of the Linux demo. We are still trying to work out some problems, but if you are a Linux user and want to give the demo a try, download it and let us know how it runs on your system.

December 11, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I for Macintosh is RELEASED!
The purchase links for the Mac version are activated! Download links for the demo will continue to get updated as more hosts put it up.

December 5, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I Updated Windows Demo
We have released an updated demo of Eschalon: Book I for Windows (version 1.04) which contains all the latest bug fixes plus 2 additional maps not included in the original demo. You can find links for it on the Book I information page; links will be updated as mirrors are added.

December 3, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I Macintosh Release Date
Basilisk Games has set December 11, 2007 as the official release date for the Macintosh version of Eschalon: Book I. The Macintosh demo will be made available on that day as well. Also, we have created an updated Windows demo that contains 2 more maps than the original demo had (over 2 hours of additional play time) and a ton of bug fixes. We will be releasing this new demo in the next couple days.

November 29, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I Windows 1.03 Update
The newest patch for the Windows version of Eschalon: Book I is online. You can grab the patch over on the Book I page, and those of you who are curious about the fixes can find them listed here. Also, we are going to announce the release date of the Macintosh version next week, and the Linux version is going to be closely behind that!

November 24, 2007 - Another small update to Eschalon: Book I
We have posted the 2nd patch to Eschalon: Book I bringing the game up to version 1.02. A list of fixes can be found here. Many of these bugs were rather obscure and would probably not affect most of you, but it is our goal to get all reported problems fixed as quickly as possible. This patch is complete, so you do not have to patch with 1.01 first. In fact, we have removed that link because patch 1.02 is all you need.

Download: < link removed, get the 1.03 update >

The full version is already patched and ready to download, so why are you still playing the demo? Join the fun and get the full version!

Finally, the Mac beta test application page has been removed. We have enough applications and will begin contacting people soon. Testing will begin next week and should be fairly short (testers will be playing version 1.02 as well). That means we should have a Macintosh release date confirmed in the next two weeks!

November 21, 2007 - News and an update to Eschalon: Book I
We have the first patch online to update Eschalon: Book I to version 1.01. This patch is only for the Windows full version of the game, not the demo. Thanks go to all the players who have taken the time to report these issues so that they could get fixed.

Download: < link removed, get the 1.03 update >

The full downloadable version has already been updated to 1.01 as well, so if you purchase it today you'll be getting the latest and greatest version right from the start! If you have held off on buying it, now is a great time to get yourself a copy!

Also, we need some Macintosh testers! The Macintosh version will begin testing next week, so we need to get a few people lined up to give the game a run through. Follow the link below to fill out the Macintosh beta tester application.

Link: Macintosh Beta Tester Application

November 19, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I for Windows is RELEASED!
Come and get it! Purchase links are activated! Download links for the demo will continue to get updated as more hosts put it up. Please join us in the forums for discussion on the game and the future of the series!

November 17, 2007 - RPGWatch First Impressions!
Brian 'Dhruin' Turner of RPGWatch fame has posted his impressions of Eschalon: Book I after a week of playing around with a pre-release copy. Here's a small clip from his article:

"The first thing that strikes you is the production values – this is a beautifully crafted game that doesn’t just set a new benchmark for indie CRPGs, it would be perfectly at home on retail shelves if it wasn’t for the fact that 2D games have been long abandoned."

Get over to RPGWatch and check out the whole article!

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November 7, 2007 - Purchase page updated
The Purchase page has been updated with pricing information as well as tentative information on what extras we will put on the CD version.

November 5, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I Release Date Set !
The official release date for the Windows version is November 19, 2007. The beta test has gone very well and the testers have done a great job of finding bugs and offering balance suggestions. We've fixed all the concerns raised in the previous builds and we are currently doing a final run through on the Release Candidate. As long as no major flaws are discovered (which is highly unlikely) we will have the game ready to download on November 19th!

October 8, 2007 - Beta testing application period ends
We have ended the beta test application period and want to truly thank everyone one who applied! The response was literally overwhelming and we now have several hundred applications to sift through to find just a dozen people to help us.

It may be up to a week before we send out the first group of notification emails to the selected testers. Watch your inbox!

October 1, 2007 - BETA TESTERS NEEDED!
We've reached the point where we need to bring in a few people to help us test the Windows version of Eschalon: Book I. We have posted an application that you must fill out to be considered for the beta test. More information about the test can be found on the application page.

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September 11, 2007 - Tiny Update
We just wanted to give a tiny update to those of you who stop by regularly looking for news. The first beta release is in the hands of our internal test crew and it's getting torn to shreds as you read this. Actually, they are giving great feedback and the game looks as if it is wrapping up nicely.

Barring any huge problems, we will finally post some information on the semi-public beta test before the end of September. We'll be looking for a dozen people to run through the game and help us get it ready for everyone else. Stay tuned.

July 31, 2007 - Additional trailer links
The response to the "teaser" trailer has been incredible! Thanks go out again to GameBanshee for hosting the video and promoting it for us.

Since it was released, a number of people have emailed to tell us it's been posted in several other locations. If you've had trouble viewing the trailer, try one of these alternate streaming links or download it directly to your computer.

Streaming: YouTube GameTrailers Downloadable: StrategyInformer GameBanshee

July 30, 2007 - Basilisk Games newsfeed now available
For those of you who want to keep up with our news but are too busy to check our website every day, we've now added an RSS newsfeed! Just click the RSS button above to subscribe. Yeah, we know this should have been done a year ago... but better late than never, right?

July 23, 2007 - Eschalon: Book I Trailer Released!
GameBanshee is hosting the premiere of our video trailer for Eschalon: Book I. Get over there and check out!

June 20, 2007 - GameBanshee Interview
GameBanshee has just posted their interview with us regarding, what else, Eschalon: Book I. There is a new screenshot included with the article so pop over and check it out!

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June 14, 2007 - An independent observation
An independent observation: one lucky forum member who has been following our progress from the start was recently invited to a "look and feel" test of the demo for Eschalon: Book I to give us his opinions. This allowed us to see how a member of our target audience felt about the game at this stage of development. Want to know what he had to say about it? Read his post here.

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April 10, 2007 - Creatures within
Want to know a little more about the creatures you see in the screenshots or may have read about in a previous interview? Follow the link below and read up on the names and a brief description of just a few of the many creatures you will encounter on your journey across the world of Eschalon. Consider it a mini survival guide.

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April 3, 2007 - RPGCodex discussion
Somehow we forgot to update our News page with our latest interview! Although this was posted last week, head over to the RPGCodex and read up on the development of Eschalon: Book I as well as three other indie RPG titles (if you haven't already done so).

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March 23, 2007 - Minimum system specs for Eschalon: Book I
Many people have asked about the minimum system specs to run Eschalon: Book I when the game becomes available. We have been doing some testing on various machines and have come up with some target specs here. We will continue to test and update this information as needed.

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For those of you who need to hear it every so often: yes, the game is coming along splendid and is looking better every day. We're tempted to throw a release date out but it is still just a little too early!

February 14, 2007 - Mac|Life article
A quick thanks goes out to Mac|Life Magazine for a small blurb about Eschalon that they printed in their March 2007 issue (page 86). Also thanks to Jason Compton of Planewalker Games for kindly pointing the article out to us.

January 18, 2007 - Forums back online!
The forums are back, but the link to the forums has changed (we had to configure the forums in a new directory). Update all links to here. Thanks everyone!

January 17, 2007 - The forums have suffered a critical hit.
It appears our forums may have been sacked! We are trying to figure out what happened and we should have them back online soon.

December 27, 2006 has posted a new interview with us regarding Eschalon: Book I. They also have a new screenshot to go with the interview, which we've added here as well. Read the interview here!

December 13, 2006
Just a small website update to start the new year off fresh. Progress on the game continues unabated. Although we may be quiet for weeks at a time, rest assured we are still working night and day on this project. Mac fans: this past week we did our first test port to MacOS and it was very successful. The game runs great on MacOS X!

Thanks to everyone who has followed our progress throughout 2006 and has contributed to the project through suggestions and donations.

November 11, 2006
After a significant amount of prodding by our visitors, we've posted 3 new screenshots of Eschalon: Book I. For this round of screenshots, we've focused on the game's updated interface.

The state of the game continues to be: looking good and coming along nicely! We've still got a bit of content to create, lots of play balancing to be done, and polish to be applied. At this point it's unlikely that we'll make a 2006 release, but we're getting so much closer! For more information on the game and small updates that don't always get posted here on the front page, please check out the forums.

October 10, 2006
RPG Vault invited Basilisk Games to participate in their feature called RPG Roundtable where we got to throw our opinion into the mix as to why we think RPGs aren't made today like they used to be. Our response was posted today in Part 2. A very special thanks goes out to RPG Vault editor Richard 'Jonric' Aihoshi for the invite. It's an honor to have our opinion included with so many veteran RPG developers.

August 30, 2006
We've started a Q&A thread in the forums which has generated a lot of great questions. If you've been wanting a bit more information about the game, please take a look.

August 9, 2006
The forums are up (in rough, primordial form). Thanks go out to the clever visitors who found the "secret entrance" early and helped test the boards out over the past couple weeks.

August 8, 2006
RPG Vault has just posted their interview with us regarding Eschalon: Book I. There are three new screenshots posted with the interview, so head straight over and take a look at it. We want to send a special thanks out to RPG Vault editor Richard 'Jonric' Aihoshi for giving us this coverage.

June 21, 2006
Brand new screenshots for Eschalon: Book I have just been posted! These screenshots have completely replaced the previous ones because so much has changed that the old screenshots were simply not an accurate representation of the game anymore. Please note that even these new screenshots might evolve a bit more before release (hey, what can we say...we're perfectionists). Some of the information about the game has been updated as well.

The State of the Game and The Release Date: We get tons of email asking "how's the game coming?" and "when are you releasing it?". Here's what we can tell you: Book I is progressing very, very nicely. The "To Do" list gets smaller on a daily basis...well, on some days the list actually gets longer, but that's what making a game is all about. Overall though, we are extremely excited with how the game looks and plays at this point.

Unfortunately, we still have a considerable number of things to do, including testing and play balancing, before we can call the game finished. There's also all the great suggestions that you hardcore RPG fans have been sending in to us...we really do consider all your ideas and try to implement any that will help bring Eschalon closer to feeling like a classic CRPG.

So what does all this mean? Well, after a lengthy review of the state of the game, we've determined that despite our best efforts we are not going to be able to meet our previously posted "summer" release date. It is also impossible to accurately determine when we will be finished with it, so we have decided not to toss out another release date until we know we can adhere to it. Don't panic! This is not some major delay for the game; simply put, we are not going to be done with it when we thought we would and we need a little more time. We promise to keep everyone informed on the game's development so that you'll know the release date as soon as we know the release date. The best way to stay in the loop is to check in with us regularly.

What's to come: We're thinking about putting together a FAQ, so if you have any questions about the game, our studio, or indie game development in general, send 'em in! Also, you can expect more screenshots to be posted throughout the summer. The next round of screenies will show off some more of the interface such as the NPC dialog window, the alchemy mixer window, etc.

April 20, 2006
The people demand an update! Sorry for being so quiet lately, but don't you worry: the game is still in full production mode. Lately we've been improving the tools (the map editor and script engine) used to make the game maps, and before that a new lighting engine went in that not only looks nice but is used to determine ToHit and Hide In Shadows abilities based on how well you can see your enemy and vice-versa. Okay, we admit, some time has been spent playing Oblivion as well, but we swear it's for research purposes only. Anyways, expect a big Eschalon update sometime in May and thanks to everybody who stops by regularly just to check in.

March 16, 2006
Ukrainian game magazine Gamplay has written a preview article about Eschalon: Book I in their April 2006 issue. We have just seen the article which looks very nice (thanks Sergey!) but we have no idea what it says because it is written in - you guessed it - Ukrainian. If Gameplay magazine is sold in your country (I can't find it anywhere in the US) pick up a copy and let us know what it says!

March 9, 2006
No news is good news! Book I is progressing very nicely and we'll have a big update in a few weeks with new screenshots and updated game information. Stay tuned!

February 13, 2006
RPGDot has just posted their interview with us. Stop by and check it out!

Also, many people have inquired about beta testing and the spring release date. To be honest, the spring release date was set almost a year ago and has never been reevaluated. Unfortunately, based on our current status, it will most likely become a Summer 2006 release date with the Mac version appearing a few months after that. We're sorry! As gamers ourselves we know this news sucks, but there is no way we're releasing the game until it's properly ready to go.

As for beta testing: yes! Check back often because later this spring we will post a link to sign up for beta test spots.

February 5, 2006
RPG Codex recently posted their interview with us regarding Eschalon: Book 1. If you've been wanting more information on the game, head over and give it a read.