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In this series we are examining each of the
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II in
great detail. Last time we introduced Van Helsing’s personal
, and now we are slipping into a previously uncharted
HC-gamer territory by showing you the complex system of
Watch as a developer takes you into the world of crafting runes
and magical items:
Read a little Developer Q&A to get more familiar
with the Runecrafting System
What is Runecrafting?
An additional in-game crafting method that supplements the
already existing Forging option. Through this process players can
create many different kinds of items, even ones that did not exist
Why do we need an additional crafting method?
Because difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor strengthens
the body (Seneca for Hunters Vol.1.)? But seriously, we wanted to
keep crafting viable throughout the endgame content, something that
keeps the most dedicated gamers busy.
Could you tell us something about the basics of the
The system will use fragments. You gain fragments when you take
apart an item, which is for free, by the way. The rarity of the
item and its additional features determine the exact number of
fragments you'll get. The fragments you get this way will be stored
on a separate tab.
Is that it? I collect fragments and get cool
Dream on, friend. There are two basic types of fragments for
each item: a base fragment (the quality depends on the rarity) and
an enchantment fragment (based on the items enchantment, the very
thing that gave it power: the nice + properties we all like so
much). You will need to collect 10 pieces of each type of Fragment,
in order to turn them into either an Enchantment or a Master
Can I turn Fragments into Runes for free?
No, it’s a material world, and you’re a material
Hunter who made a ton of gold hacking and slashing. Time to put
that gold to use.
This sounds awfully complicated. How will I not get lost
There will be a user-friendly interface with short tooltips that
detail the process step to step.
Ok, I have the Runes. What’s next?
You grab an item and place a Master Rune on the lucky thing. The
Master Rune will unlock the available enchantment slots. You can
also unlock additional slots for critical hits, increased essence
capacity and other useful features. There is more to that, of
course, much more, but for now this might give you the basic idea.
The crafting system is very exact and will turn your items into
Can I use the same Runes for additional effects?
Naturally. If you don’t want to test your luck, you can
use the same type of runes to max out the enchantment bonus (i.e.
I’m not cut out for this. Is this whole Runecrafting
Of course not! It's all optional. The system is available for
those who complete a particular quest, and later there will be a
specific character - a certain mechano-magician dwarf - who will
let you access these options. But we hope you will give it a shot,
because it’s worth it.
Also watch us next week on
6th March at
11 AM PST streaming
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II for
the very first time on
About the series
The first game in the trilogy,
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
, currently available worldwide
on Windows PC and Mac OS X, is an action-RPG that pits
players in fierce battles against familiar supernatural foes and
also enables players to partake in a tower-defense mini-game within
Van Helsing’s upgradable Lair to ward off evil that attempt
to overrun the base by way of force. Free Demo is available on