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Arcanum, subtitled Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, released in 2001, was Troika Games' first RPG. A novel aspect of the game was its game world, which unlike the usual fantasy/scifi dichotomy, offered a mixture of the two, in a compelling mixture of high fantasy and steampunk.

Arcanum is the name of the continent on which the game takes place - a Tolkienesque realm of humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, gnomes, ogres and halflings, in the midst of an industrial revolution reminiscent of 19th century Europe. The technological revolution is led by humans and gnomes, while elves cling to the traditional ways of magick. The rivalry is deeper than mere traditionalism, though, as magick and technology are mutually exclusive. Powerful magicks cause a machinery to fail, while a novice mage will find their spells backfiring around powerful steam engines.


 
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