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What is the OpenArcanum project?

"Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a 2001 role-playing video game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. It was released in North America and Europe in August 2001 for Microsoft Windows. Debuting at fourth position on NPD Intelect's best-seller list, it was Troika's first game and also their best-selling title with over 234,000 copies sold and with revenues of US$8.8 million."

What is the OpenArcanum project? Imagine, that you have a favorite computer game that is ages old and you would like to play it again, but you have troubles running the game on newer computers.

And even if you manage to run the game, there is nothing new to the game. Now, what if you want to add something new to the game? Like new quests, weapons or spells? You must use outdated and incomplete tools that are hard to use and does not offer you creation of the things you want. Also, what if you want to play the game in coop-mode or even as multiplayer, but the game does not offer you the options to play it over the internet.

So what are your options? If you're nerd enough, you would write your own game engine that would replace the old one.

And that's exactly what OpenArcanum is - A game engine reimplementation for game Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura -

Yes, that forgotten RPG game from creators of Fallout 2.

Please, if you want to support the development of the OpenArcanum, consider becoming a patron of this project or making a small donation to the project. (You will get something in reward afterall :)

Become a Patron!

This new engine would not simply replace the old engine, it would enchance the game with new features and options for its players.

Multiplatform - Not only, that the new engine would allow us to run the game on new operating systems without problems, but you would be able to run it on other platforms too, such as Linux, Mac and mobile platforms as well.

New and enchanced visual effects - dynamic lighting, shadows, weather effects etc.

Physics - bouncing bullets and new physics-based quests.

A new and better battle system - the original engine was quite buggy.

Coop and multiplayer modes - The engine is build on client-server architecture.

Heavily modding-friendly. You could literally edit anything by hand, no need for fancy and hard-to-use tools. Add your own UI widgets, edit scripts and game logic whenever you want.

A new in-game map and object editor - No more WorldEd.

And much more...

Don't worry, this is not a some kind of enthusiastic nonsense.  Everything was planned almost a decade ago. The project originally started back in 2009. However, due lack of support, the project was stopped in 2012. At that time, the OpenArcanum was already in development for 3 years and I had a robust and working engine written in C++.

Now, the whole game engine was rewritten to JavaScript to speed up the development progress, all the game assets were converted to modder and web friendly formats. And now it's time to finish the game.

With your support, I would be able to finish the missing features and release first version of the new engine within a few months, i.e. before Q3 2018. Then we can all happily play Arcanum again and add new quests, maps and anything we wish.

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we have a brand new ”Downloads” and ”Links” sections on this website. More than 5GiB of Arcanum-related content and 50 links to Arcanum-related websites are already available, much more are coming soon. If you wish to upload any file, or add a new link, contact me, and I’ll do it for you.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2012-11-21 05:36:36 | Posted in: WebLinks
ArcanumBeta v1.0 - Beta Content Restoration Pack

A few weeks ago, a new module for Arcanum were released – ArcanumBeta v1.0. It’s a beta content restoration pack, the download link and more info can be found at our forums here: Click.

Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2011-01-18 15:38:48 | Posted in: Downloads
qtScribe v0.8 - Arcanum Editor

A new version of qtScribe editor were released today, for more info, download and bug report, checkout out our forums -> here.

Dont forget to say thanks to radzh for this tool!


Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2009-11-14 19:57:31 | Posted in: Downloads
ArtGen v0.1 - Art Creator

First version of ArtGen tool is out, now you can easily create new Art files from images.

For more info and download visit our forums.


Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2009-11-08 22:37:12 | Posted in: Screenshots
ArcVoice 0.1 - Tool for voice acting

To help to those who wants to help us with voice acting, I’ve made a tool that will make that a lot easier.

Check out forums for more info…


Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2009-10-25 11:37:57 | Posted in: Downloads
Debug mode enabling...

This debug feature which I found in Arcanum executable while researching it a year and half ago, allows you to see debug messages generated by Arcanum engine.

These messages will be very helpful for somebody who wants to know how Arcanum works or who wants to make some engine patches…

All messages will be printed into console which will be created by Arcanum after startup, it will also write all messages into external file called ”debug.txt” which will be create in main Arcanum directory.

To enable this mod, double click on file ”enabledebug.reg” and import registry, to disable double click on file ”disabledebug.reg”, and confirm import as well.





Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2009-09-17 00:46:41 | Posted in: Research
MatchMaker2 v0.1 Released!

Wanna play Arcanum online again? Install new Matchmaker and you can play Arcanum online again!

More info at forums visit.


Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2009-08-12 19:42:00 | Posted in: MultiMatch
Arcanum Editor - qtScribe v0.7

And here it is.

qtScribe, all-in-one tool for editing most files used by ”Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura”.
Included is support for .scr (Arcanum scripts), .proto, .mes and basic support for .dlg.

Latest version is 0.7, Linux and win32 builds included.

Grab it here.

Posted by radzh | Posted on 2009-07-29 18:02:34 | Posted in: Downloads
MultiArcanum v0.1

Few days ago, first version of MultiArcanum has been released, check out original thread for more info.


Posted by Crypton | Posted on 2009-07-27 14:59:46 | Posted in: MultiPlayer
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