Ver. 1.0, March 2000

I. Introduction
II. Contents
III. Magic and Technology
IV. Character Creation
V. Non-Player Characters, Followers, and Dialog
VI. Multiplayer
VII. Combat
VIII. General
IX. World Editor

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.

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:

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