Ver. 1.0, April 2000
Magic and Technology
Non-Player Characters, Followers, and Dialog
The world of Arcanum is a Tolkienesque fantasy
world that has recently experienced an industrial revolution.
We have tried to give it the feel and look of the late 1800's
Europe, mixed with the remnants of the "Old (fantasy) World".
Technology and magic have reached an unstable equilibrium, with
technology being on the rise in the last 70 years, and magic being
in decline from its once penultimate position in the world. Being
a true fantasy world, Arcanum is populated with elves, orcs, humans,
dwarves, ogres, gnomes and halflings. However, with the advent
of technology, the races' roles in society have radically changed,
bringing additional tension to the world.
Our story finds the player on vacation when he
is thrust into the position of being responsible for the fate
of the world (of course). Our story, like the world of Arcanum,
hinges on the uneasy dichotomy of magic and technology.
This FAQ is maintained by the development team
at Troika Games. The most recent version can be found at www.troikagames.com/arcanumfaq.
There is also a zip
file version, which you are welcome to download and redistribute
as long as the original content remains unchanged.
Troika extends a big thanks to CodeGuy, denizen
of the boards at IGN's RPGVault. To help us write this FAQ, CodeGuy
collected posts we'd made there into one organized document. This
made it much easier to choose questions, and provided good material
to start with for answers.
Here's where to go if you have a question not addressed
in the FAQ:
This message board is hosted by IGN's RPGVault. It's frequented
by knowledgeable fans and development team members.
This is the official Arcanum site, hosted by the publisher.
English Fan Sites
German Fan Sites
Worlds of Arcanum
Russian Fan Sites
(officail troika FAQ, taken from troikas homeage
and can be found at http://www.troikagames.com/arcanumfaq