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GOG brings Realms of Arkania back to life

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GOG is doing everything possible to make sure that your love affair with classic, DRM-free games continues.  The latest sign of affection comes in the form of the RPG series Realms of Arkania. 

Realms of Arkania gives you control of a party of six characters who, in typical RPG fashion, make their way through towns, dungeons, secrets, and enemies.  According to GOG, the series has received more than 70 awards from accross the globe. 

The first two installments available right now are bundled together for the low price of $5.99, are presented to you XP & vista compatible and are DRM free.  To be honest, I've never heard of the games but this sounds like a good way to give them a try. 
Realms of Arkania Revived at GOG.com
Acclaimed RPG Trilogy Coming to DRM-free Classic-Games Megastore

Warsaw, Poland – September 24, 2009. GOG.com (http://www.gog.com), the place to be for DRM-free classic PC games, concludes its first-anniversary-month celebrations with the addition of a classic RPG series from attic. Realms of Arkania, a PC game trilogy based on a famous and successful German pen-and-paper RPG, arrives at GOG.com compatible with modern operating systems and DRM-free. A bundle including the first two parts of the series, Blade of Destiny and Star Trail, is now available for a mere $5.99.

Realms of Arkania is a great example of the classic RPG, in which the player creates a party of six characters who travel through a 3D world full of towns, dungeons, secrets and enemies. The series was based on Germany's most popular pen-and-paper RPG, The Dark Eye, and takes place in the fantasy universe of Aventurien. As the leader of a group of heroes, it's up to the player to maintain peace in the land. The game features an extensive and detailed statistics system that defines every character controlled by the player. The series’ appeal was very well described in a review by UK's The One magazine: “it'll no doubt cause RPG addicts to perform cartwheels.” Star Trail, the second installment, was named best RPG of the year in the United States by three independent magazines. The different parts of the Arkania trilogy have garnered more than 70 awards internationally.

“Thanks to the collaboration between GOG and attic, we are proud to present XP and Vista compatible versions of the Realms of Arkania series in English for the first time, exclusively at GOG.com,” said Jochen Hamma, Managing Director of attic Entertainment Software GmbH. “It’s been a pleasure working with GOG.com as a partner, as the company is run by dedicated gamers and supports the RPG genre extensively.”

“If we think about the genres that made PC games so popular, we have to point to RPGs as one of the most influential, and Realms of Arkania is one great RPG series,” said Adam Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com. “GOG.com is a gathering place for a lot of classic RPG fans, so the addition of the Realms of Arkania trilogy to our catalogue should be great news for our users.”

Realms of Arkania 1+2 is already available for download at GOG.com for $5.99, DRM-free and compatible with Windows XP and Vista. The third part of the series will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.

About attic
1989 attic Entertainment was established being one of the first game development companies in Germany at that time. The company designed and created several dozens of games for PC and other platforms, mostly RPG game titles. So far, the Realms of Arkania series, with more than 5 Million units sold on a world wide basis has been the most successful product line.

About GOG.com
GOG.com – or Good Old Games – is the ultimate destination for classic PC games. The site offers gamers some of the greatest PC games of all time for a low price and free from copy protection. GOG.com is much more than just another digital distribution site, featuring an extensive community component that allows players to rate, review and discuss their favourite PC games, as well as insightful articles from respected games journalists. Visit www.gog.com and start your journey to the past.