Although the drive to convince readers Amethyst is not derived from Shadowrun continues, a new accusation has arisen, comparing it to Steampunk, specifically, Arcanum.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcanum:_Of_Steamworks_and_Magick_Obscura
I find this odd. It's interesting and humorous. Steampunk deals with a limited technology, reaching the pinnacle of, believe it or not, Steam Power. Amethyst deals with a division of the two realms, with technology far surpassing the point reached by our modern age. Arcanum permits the mix of the two worlds. There is a strange effect that claims as technology spreads, magic decreases. Amethyst is the opposite, with technology fighting against its survival.
The introduction shows off a CGI where biplanes piloted by orcs attack a zeppelin, which is, of course, kind of cool, but would never be seen in Amethyst. In the end, both setting deal with the disruption of magic and technology but follow through that premise to different results. Amethyst is set on the real world and Arcanum is not. Arcanum allows a greater mix of the two where Amethyst presents technology as the current loser in these conflicts. In Arcanum, the fictional magical world recently developed technology and that is pushing magic from the world (a subtext Tolkien subtly also mentioned in LOTR), where Amethyst presents a technological world that is struck down and then invaded by a magical one.
I had not heard of Arcanum until last week. I find the premise interesting, but still quite a bit different. I honestly think we have more in common with it than Shadowrun so I am willing to offer that tip of the hat. If people enjoyed that game, I think they may like this one. Its different enough I think to still stand on its own as being original.
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