Realms of Arkania: Star Trail

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Description

The united orc tribes have attempted to invade the region of Thorwal, but their plans were foiled by a group of valiant adventurers during their earlier quest. However, the orcs have regrouped and are planning to attack another, more vulnerable area. An elf ambassador summons the party to the city of Kvirasim. It appears that an artifact known as the Salamander Stone has to be recovered in order to unite the races of the elves and the dwarves in the struggle against a common enemy. Yet not everything is as simple as it seems: as the party advances towards an abandoned dwarven mine that may hold the answers to their questions, someone else makes it clear that cooperation between the two races is not desired by everyone in the country.

Star Trail is the second installment in a German-made role-playing series based on the RPG system Das Schwarze Auge ("The Dark Eye"). Visually and gameplay-wise, the game is very similar to its predecessor, with its pseudo-3D towns and dungeons, isometric battle screens, detailed options for tactical combat, as well as skill-based character creation and advancement. The sequel offers more side quests as well as more personalized and varied events during the party's travels, which often compel the player to make choices.

Screenshots

Realms of Arkania: Star Trail DOS Opening Title - Star Trail (Background is animated flames)
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail DOS Random encounters during the travels are shown in a dialog box
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail DOS A smith on steroids ;)
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail DOS A miracle granted by the god Travia

Alternate Titles

  • "劍留痕" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Realms of Arkania: Part II of the Northlands Trilogy - Star Trail" -- In-game title
  • "DSA 2" -- Common German abbreviation
  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Sternenschweif" -- German title
  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Die Nordland-Trilogie Teil II - Sternenschweif" -- German CD-ROM release title

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User Reviews

A very rich and complex classic DOS D Michael (221)
Now this is what I call an excellent RPG! DOS Indra is engaged (19907)

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de DOS Apr, 2004 10 out of 10 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1994 11 out of 12 92
The DOS Spirit DOS Jul 07, 2012 5.5 out of 6 92
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Feb, 1995 91 out of 100 91
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1993 90 out of 100 90
MikroBitti DOS Feb, 1995 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer DOS Feb, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Power Play DOS May, 1994 87 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jun, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1994 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Topic # Posts Last Post
Very interesting. 3 Simoneer (30)
Sep 29, 2010

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

Related Web Sites

  • DSA - Die Nordlandtrilogie ( mostly german ) (The biggest German fan-page of the Realms of Arkania Trilogy. Contains just about everything you need to about the trilogy. Maps, items, bug lists, patches, tips and tips & tricks, etc... It probably is the most complete database about the trilogy on the web. Unfortunately the the site is in German, but there is some effort at the moment to translate the major parts into English. Already done are the maps. )
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