The Ultimate List of Arcanum's Easter Eggs

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  1. Anonymous

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    Around a week ago I decided to make the definite compilation of all Easter eggs and pop-culture references found in Arcanum, since it turned out nobody ever bothered to make one. And here it finally is. Some of the things mentioned in this article could be common knowledge, some are rare, and some were never seen before. This isn't a complete list, however, it's obvious that there will be new additions, so I encourage everyone to contribute by sending me their finds.

    <a href="http://terra-arcanum.com/index.php?section=council&content=articles&id=eastereggs">Have a good read!</a>
     
  2. Dark Elf

    Dark Elf Administrator Staff Member

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    Holy goddamn fuckit!

    A good read indeed!

    Thanks Drog.
     
  3. Minuos

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    Definitely a good read. Thank you for making the effort, Drog.
     
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    Kick arse! *is gonna try a lot of these next time she plays*
     
  5. papa_dog_1999

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    I've never found the Smurf village.
    Now I have to go look.
     
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    Good Job, I shall definely try them out.
     
  7. Anonymous

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    Added a few more references and a large section dedicated to the epitaphs found in Arcanum's cemeteries.
     
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  9. DarkFool

    DarkFool Nemesis of the Ancients

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    That's quite the list... I'll definitely go hunting for the smurf village now. :)

    Thanks DBT! This is an awesome thing you've done.
     
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    And don't forget that Arronax is the narrator of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
     
  13. Muro

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    It's hard to call the fact, that a voice actor did work somewhere else besides a particular game an easter egg for that game. Here's an easter egg on Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky and Jason Anderson - they worked on Fallout! Woohoo!
     
  14. Anonymous

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    He's not talking about a voice actor. How can you not know this famous book?

    Regardless, I don't think that Professor Pierre Aronnax is in any way related to Arcanum's Arronax.
     
  15. Muro

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    Ah, indeed have I failed in this situation. It would be impossible not to hear about the book, yet I have yet to find enough motivation to familiarise myself closer with Verne's writings, with reading "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" being on my "to do" list.

    Regardless, even if professor Pierre Aronnax isn't in any way related to Arcanum's Arronax in personality nor actions, the very name could have been borrowed from the book. Someone from the staff could encounter it, think "Hey, that sounds nice, why not place it in our game?" and then do so. I believe that's how Arroyo appeared in Fallout 2.
     
  16. Acrux

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    Yes, precisely what I meant. :)
     
  17. DarkFool

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    However, without any verification, I don't think such a fact is worth including.
     
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    I didn't know the Fallout 2 designers were fans of A:WIP :-o
     
  19. Acrux

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    Quite honestly, I think it would be difficult for it not to be intentional. Arronax (or Aronnax) is hardly a common name for a character, and Verne is arguably the most significant inspiration for the steampunk genre. I'm sure Troika did some reading during the design phase.

    That being said, I definitely didn't mean to bring such controversy to a great list.
     
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    While picking up a package for an alchemist named Jongle Donne, the shopkeeper in Dernholm tells you, "That wizard is just a crazy old man," quoting Owen Lars from Episode IV.


    The main character's companion and sidekick Virgil encounters his old mentor who turned him from a life of petty thievery, a priest named Father Joachim. In the good path, this encounter provides helpful information. In the evil path, Joachim appears to make a desperate plea for Virgil to stop, and when he refuses, tries to stand in his way. One of Virgil's taunts to Joachim is "Your powers are weak, old man," quoting Darth Vader from Episode IV.
     
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