Avernum is an indie rpg made by Spiderweb Software. It's a classic turn-based role-playing game with an open world, many quests, a robust skill system and a choice of four PCs. RPGs of today do not make these types of games anymore.
The story is that your party of four has been banished to the underworld for some unknown crime against the cruel Empire. The underworl, or Avernum, is where the Empire sends all of its dissadents, criminals or just because someone in power didn't like the way you look.
When you first arrive at your knew home you have no idea what is going on or what to do. It's up to you to decide for yourself what actions you want to take.
|My dream to be traveling around with three women has come true for Rincewind.|
Here we can see all of the different skills and various other information about one of your characters. I have five extra skillpoints I can spend anywhere I want. In addition there are various character traits I can choose from. You have both benificial traits and ones that are not so beneficial. The ones that help you like beastmaster will allow you to summon beasts once per day, but you will get less experience points throughout the game. If you choose a harmful trait then you can receive extra experience points throughout the game. I try to balance it out sometimes. Like choosing the natural mage trait that enables my mage to wear armor and then choosing the brittle bones trait which means I will need to stay out of physical combat. I was going to do that anyways, so why not make have more of an incentive. By doing this I would receive 5% extra expeirence from my adventures, -25% for being a natural mage and +30% for having brittle bones.
Now the story begins:
So this is Avernum and the infamous gate. I have my four party members there are on the screen and the stats and equipment on the right of the screen. At the bottom it tells you game information or dialogue and below that are the tabs for various actions. Starting from the left we have look, mage spells, priest spells, wait a turn, talk, get, combat mode, use a skill, journal, options and help.
This game is easiest when played using a keyboard. The mouse takes too long. You use the numberpad to move around and hotkeys. For example: hit g to "get" items.
Now I go find out what's going on.
I talk to the various people and learn that they are here to "welcome" me to Avernum and provide me with some basic gear so I don't resort to thievery out of desperation. I also learn that they are having problems with bandits, the Nephilim (cat people) and Slithzerikai (lizard men).
So now I leave this safe setting in search of fame, glory and riches in Avernum.