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Exile: Escape from the Pit

by berryjon

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Original Thread: Get me OUT OF HERE! Let's Play Exile: Escape from the Pit

If you liked this LP, you might also like Flashback by Yahtzee, Exile 2: Crystal Souls by berryjon and The Fall: Last Days of Gaia by Tin Tim

Introduction

GET ME OUT OF HERE! Let's Play Exile: Escape from the Pit



What is Exile: EftP?

Exile 1 was published in 1995 by Spiderweb Software, a company owned by Jeff Vogel, and based in Seattle in the United States. It was heavily inspired by the Ultima series both in terms of game mechanics and in storytelling.

Story?

To avoid spoilers, your characters have been thrown into Exile, a massive system of subterranean caverns for crimes unspecified, and now you want to get out. Please do not spoil things about Exile 2 or 3 - or anything that hasn't been addressed by the LP yet, but once something has been covered in an update, feel free to discuss how they were changed/improved in Avernum 1 and Avernum: Escape from the Pit.

Is this going to be a MegaThread?

By which you mean am I going to do E2 and E3 was well? No. This is my first SSLP, and I don't want to burn myself out committing to a huge effort like that. I will do Exile 2: Crystal Souls and Exile 3: Ruined World in the future, but not right after this LP is done.

So, how is this going to work?

This is an old-school RPG, so it'll be a screenshot RP with narrative. I freely admit that Nakar's Ultima LP's are a source of inspiration, and I intend to honour that great work. I don't have a firm update schedule in mind yet as it's an old game and not compatible with newer systems, so I have to do extra work on my end to make an update.

Not Compatible?

Yes. Exile is 20 years old at this point, and it can't run on any system higher than 32bits. That means pretty much any system past Windows XP can't run it, even in compatibility mode. I'm running the game using an emulated 32bit XP on a Virtual Machine available through Microsoft. Past that, you'll have to get those resources yourself. Hey, at least the Exile Trilogy itself is now free!

Exile is Freeware

Wait. What? Oh yes, while I was doing this LP, it came to my attention that the entire Exile Trilogy has been made freeware by Spiderweb Software. You can download it from here!

Audience Participation

There's going to be a little bit of it. After the first post is done, and I explain the mechanics of the characters and give a little tour of the first town, I'll be asking for submissions for the other members of the party, as well as polling the thread for major decisions like what quests to go after. However, once we reach the end-game sections, there won't be much to vote on.

Table of Contents

Act 1 - Welcome to Exile!

Act 2 - The Great Cities

Act 3 - The Royal Quest

Act 4 - The Assassins

Act 5 - The Escape


Other Links
The Encyclopedia Ermariana is a Wiki for Exile and Avernum, and the primary resource I've been using for helping develop the background.
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