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Realms of Arkania: Star Trail (DOS)

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Trivia

Competition

The image Elvenking during the end scene was inspired by David Bowie!. There was a contest about this image. The first player who would send the correct answer to the designers could win a prize.

Extras

The game comes with a large, coloured world map that contains all the important locations.

Gags

  • A box saying "Wollt Ihr den Hebel umlegen" (do you want to use the lever). "Umlegen" can mean "to switch" or "to kill". If you use/umlegst the lever/Hebel a box says: "Now you've killed the Lever!"
  • If you walk through a city, a sign may appear: "There is a sack of rise toppled down in Japan" or a longer story with a lot of NPCs and boxes saying: "Too much sulfur, too much sulfur...".
  • You can construct a "Geldscheißer" - a Moneymaking-Pot. You need a lot of ingredients which you find throughout the game. But as soon as you have everything, the character with the most "greed-points" takes the "Geldscheißer" and runs away. With everything he has in his inventory. Years later - a box tells you - you meet this character again - he is rich, famous and pretty arrogant...
  • "Eat more Cheese-Toast! Eat more Cheese-Toast" - in the game, you're confronted with this more or less wise advise. But why? The Developers had bought a cheese-toast-Toaster and they really, really loved it! So they wanted to put it in the game - somehow! So they created "Eat more Cheese-Toast! Eat more Cheese-Toast" that appears all the time.

Manual

The English Manual is immensly humorous. Here are some entries in the manual worth noting:
(Page 8 - Diary Screenshot)
...I wonder if anyone will actually read the text I put into this screenshot. Does anyone ever read manuals anyway? Hmm.

The first person to say in writing, "I saw this in the Star Trail manual", gets a free hint book.

(Credits)
In fond memory of Pumpkin Man
Lost in Memphis, Tennessee on March 23, 1994.
Presumed with Elvis at Graceland.
$100.00 Reward Offered (or Free Games).
Really.

Promotion

Because of several prizes which the game was awarded with during the CES in Las Vegas there was a special offer for German customers lasting from March 15, 1995 to May 91, 1995: Everyone who ordered the game directly from the developer got a free game T-Shirt.

Version differences

  • The game was originally released as a floppy disk version, with a speech pack sold separately. Afterwards, the game was re-released on CD-ROM with the speech pack included and enhanced graphics.
  • The German CD-ROM release came on two discs, featuring expanded CD-Audio tracks of all the music. The U.S. CD-ROM release came on only one disc, using the same MIDI music as the floppy disk version.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best RPG in 1994
Information also contributed by Indra was here, NewRisingSun Sciere and SimonG

Contributed by Felix Knoke (136) on May 28, 2002. [revised by : Patrick Bregger (110189)]. -- edit trivia