Battlespire FAQ [10/16/97]

What is Battlespire all about anyway?
Battlespire marks the introduction of the 'Legends' series in much the same way 'Redguard' is with highly anticipated 'Adventures' series. The Legend series delves into the rich history and cultures of the world of Tamriel, and generally contains a more focus level of gameplay, as opposed to the main series, which is the truly expansive RPG.

Battlespire : The Story
You are sent to the extra-planar pocket of Battlespire to prove yourself worthy of joining the ranks of the Imperial Guards. The Battlespire is maintained by a group of very powerful mages from which the Imperial Battlemage is selected. If you can beat the Battlespire you will join the ranks of the Tamrilean elite.

While in the Battlespire you will never be fatigued and you will not need sleep. The Battlespire consists of seven challenges which you will encounter during your journey to the summit. Since you are not physically there you will be unable to be slain, you will simply lose the challenge and return to Tamriel, supposedly.

When you arrive you find the Wizard of the Gate dead. You realize that something has gone terribly wrong. You also realize that you have no way of getting back home except to reach the summit and return through the exit located within Dagon's palace. Seeing the dead wizard it is clear to you that death is suddenly a very real possibility and a fun challenge has turned into a matter of survival.

Most of the mages of the Battlespire are still alive but have been possessed and will fight you every step of the way. As you explore you find that a Daedra Prince has taken over the Battlespire as his lair and his minions will add their strength to the opposition.

You will have to fight your way through a nightmare where the rules are non-existent and all bets are off. Only through dangerous conflicts and discoveries will you make it to the summit to confront Mehrunes Dagon the Destructor, the new lord of the Battlespire.

When can I buy Battlespire?
Battlespire is now available! You may place orders on-line or via phone:

Daggerfall was a great game, but it had its fair share of bug issues. What about Battlespire?
Battlespire will go through a more rigorous and extensive bug testing program. We are taking structured steps to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your role-playing gaming experience.

Does Battlespire support multiplayer? If so, how many people at one time?
Yes, 8 players maximum. You'll be able to play multiplayer Battlespire over a LAN, or internet connection (using TCP/IP). You can play multiplayer in the following ways:
  • Deathmatch : You vs. a friend over a LAN or via the internet (using something similar to Kali). The story and single player elements are removed for this one on one bout.
  • Teamplay : You can team up and play the single player aspects of the game as a group.
  • Team vs. Team : Team up with friends and take on another group.

What about the role playing elements?
It's all there. The character generation is back and better than ever. A lot of people have expressed concern that Battlespire looks essentially like a shooter clone. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are mixing some of the elements that make shooters popular and fun into the recipe but Battlespire is still an RPG.

Is Battlespire the sequel to Daggerfall or not?
No. Battlespire is a stand-alone product in the Elder Scrolls universe, and first in the 'Legends' series. Chapter 3 of The Elder Scrolls, Morrowind, is currently in development.

I hear that Battlespire will use sprites for the monsters? Any reason for this?
The advantage we have in doing so is matching the detail quality of the creatures and NPC's you'll encounter with their surroundings. With sprites, you can see the details of the monsters, down to the little warts.

How fast is Battlespire going to run on my machine?
Because Battlespire features hi res and hi color, you will need a mid range Pentium in order to play the game. Of course Battlespire is an RPG, so you play at a more deliberate pace, and speed isn't as big of an issue. As we are currently making a trans ition from the old fixed point engine to a faster new and improved floating point engine it makes it hard to guess at an individual's performance. However, we are making the visuals scalable in Battlespire, so you can adjust from lo res to hi res, and adjust the screen size to increase speed.

What about an online gathering place for deathmatching? Will there be one?
There is currently something in the works that we can't discuss just yet.

Will the character generation still be available in Battlespire?
Of course.

Can I beta test Battlespire? When?
No, the game is out!

Is there outdoor play? Is it cool?
Of course there is. We have windmills, temples, castles, huts, inns, taverns, homes, and even ships you can enter.

Is there null modem support?
No, go buy yourself a network card.

Does Battlespire use the "paper-doll" equipping system that Daggerfall used?
Uh, No.

Is Battlespire 1st or 3rd person?
Battlespire is a 1st person 3D experience in which you are immersed in a world of magic, mystery, and monsters.

What format is the music?
The music is Redbook and played directly off of the CD. Since redbook audio can be played in a normal cd player, bring it with you everywhere! You'll be a hit at parties.

Is Battlespire as big as or bigger than Daggerfall?
No. Battlespire is a tighter story with specific locales. Average play time is projected at 40+ hours.

Are the graphics really that good?
Yes, they really are that good. Battlespire runs in high resolution (640x480) and high color (32K colors) and that really shows off what we can do now. A lot of people have asked if we selected only the best shots. Of course. But every shot we have is worthy. A goal of the artists involved was to make the environments so spectacular that every possible viewing perspective would make a great screenshot.

Is the Item maker still around in Battlespire? What about the Spell maker?
The Item maker is not available in Battlespire. The Spell maker is and is configurable on the fly. It is somewhat different can't mix spell effects and you can't adjust numbers (damage, spell duration, etc.) You can assign hot-keys for individual spells however.