A few weeks ago, I ended up with the strangest urge to replay one of my all-time favorite RPGs, Exile. A straightforward but well-told narrative set in a fully-realized, immersive world made it game that's still memorable 18 years later. Sadly, the game doesn't have a version that will run on my OS, and after struggling with DOSbox for a while, I did a Steam search.
The search turned up Eschalon, and I thought, "Why not? Looks like a simple, low-impact RPG." (I'll pause here for the laughing to die down.)
Instead, I got exactly what I'd been looking for in the first place - an old-school RPG with a well-told story in a beautifully executed setting. And it's even better than what I wanted, since it's a brand new game!
All told, the game took me just under 40 hours to finish (according to what Steam tells me, anyway); about 20 of those were with my second build (set my first attempt aside after I got Cursed by a Poltergeist - ouch).
This game is at least three different kinds of awesome, and I'm about to start Book II - but first, I had to say thanks. Thanks for keeping the torch lit, Basilisk Wrangler and Co. It's appreciated.
And if you're curious, here's what my character looked like after I returned to Crux of Ages:http://s1077.photobucket.com/albums/w468/GrimRook/?action=view¤t=2012-04-18_00005.jpghttp://s1077.photobucket.com/albums/w468/GrimRook/?action=view¤t=2012-04-18_00006.jpg
You can't see it, but I've also got Thrown 2.