Arcanum Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, published by Sierra Studios (Sierra On-Line), was an interesting and unique game set in a fantasy world that was entering an industrial revolution. All the standard trappings of fantasy RPGs were included, but with a steampunk edge. It was designed by Troika Games, a developer composed of some of the same people who were behind one of the big software hits of the 1990s – Fallout, the RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world that spawned multiple sequels. The game was at least the equal of Fallout in scope and eye-candy graphics, yet Arcanum Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura never realized the same level of success. Perhaps it was because of its incredibly lengthy title, perhaps it was because the Steampunk movement had not yet reached critical cultural mass. Whatever the reason, the game is well-worth picking up and playing!
In the meantime, here is one of the original full-page color advertisements used to sell Arcanum Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, click on the image below to see an enlarged version, and enjoy the trip into yesteryear!