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The Illusiat Complete RPG Series
Posted by Ryan on 3 September 2013, 02:50 GMT

I can't lie: This update has been in the making for around 10 weeks (or years, depending on who you talk to). I have saved, rewritten, deleted, and rewritten again this very article around six times. I just can't seem to adequately articulate everything it is that I would like to say. There's a lot of emotion lurking around this article, positive and negative alike, involving a lot of people, and it can be difficult to pretend that it isn't there. However, considering that this past weekend saw the 12th birthday of Omnimaga, there is really no better time than now for me to buckle down, do what has been a long time coming, and dust my hands off.

Not too long ago, the ticalc.org archives were graced with the release of the Illusiat Complete RPG Series. What could possibly be said that could do this series justice? Taken as a whole, the Illusiat series really is a triumph that extends beyond the usual calc bantor, the usual enthusiam, the usual... well, everything. Throughout the series, you see the growth and perseverence of the developer, the continued growth of a community (imperfections and all), and everything that makes programming, broadly defined, a true passion. Plus, it certainly doesn't hurt that Kevin "DJ Omnimaga" Ouellet is a genuinely nice, thoughtful, and talented guy.

The Illusiat series really pushes TI-BASIC to its limits, pulling out every possible trick to deliver innovative artistic and graphical techniques, often of jaw-dropping quality. While somehow managing to do all of this, the games span subgenres and presentation styles, constantly bringing something new to the fold. On top of all of that, they're really just flat-out engrossing, fun games. It is absolutely no surprise that the series has served as an inspiration to many--a-coders. What's more, the entire Illusiat series is really only one masterpiece of many.

What can I say? Over a decade later, I still get floored by the sheer ingenuity that went into the coding of these games. If you're relatively new to the calc scene, if you missed out on Illusiat in the past, or if you just want to pick up and have a go at a classic, look no further. I can promise you that you'll be hard-pressed to do better.

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Re: The Illusiat Complete RPG Series
Stefan Bauwens  Account Info
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Though I never played it I hope to one day, because it looks great and has that legendary feeling.
Great work DJ, and congrats on the feature!

Reply to this comment    5 September 2013, 06:31 GMT

Re: The Illusiat Complete RPG Series
brian mueller  Account Info
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Congratulations DJ! Can't wait to see whats in store for the 84+C!

Reply to this comment    12 September 2013, 20:33 GMT

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