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Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura (2001)

Posted at 16:33 on January 24th, 2015 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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At first glance Arcanum looks like a role playing game full of great ideas: Its main attraction is its fantasy world, which is set at the time of an industrial revolution, that is about to turn it into a science fiction setting. It is a refreshingly unique place, full of whimsical magic and technical marvels, that has great potential for interesting twists to age-old cliches: How does an ageless being, like an elf, react to the rise of science, which is about to make the magic, that has kept him alive so far, obsolete? Is there a cheaper workforce than orcs, which can be exploited at will, for they are obviously evil and therefore deserve no less? Or what about safety: Should a wizard, whose magical power has an unpredictable effect on machines, be allowed to get close to steam engines or trains? There are so many new stories that could be told…


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Posted at 17:59 on January 27th, 2015 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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This is only semi-related to the game, but maybe there is somebody here who can enlighten me. I'm really curious how this phrase 'Of X and Y' sounds to the native ear. Because to me, it sounds horrible, and the literal German translation (also used for this game on the local market) is truly appaling!

I'm aware there is a certain tradition in the Anglo-Saxon world (Of Mice and Men), but I never understood this. Why not just call that novella Mice and Men and this game Arcanum: Steamworks and Magick Obscura? This 'of' seems grammatically and context-wise superfluous and the only possible explanation I have is the attempt to make it sound more fancy. It just comes across as pretentious. Or is all this just me?
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Posted at 18:20 on February 5th, 2015 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 17:59 on January 27th, 2015:
[…] the only possible explanation I have is the attempt to make it sound more fancy. It just comes across as pretentious. Or is all this just me?


But I guess this is exactly the reasoning behind it (at least in this case): It is supposed to sound pompous or archaic, which seems quite fitting for Arcanum.
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the "Of X and Y" phrase (as well as the related "On X", where X is often long-winded) does make it sound (read?) Victorian, which with the setting's steampunk/industrial revolution vibes, is probably on purpose
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