Press Kit



Nox Archaist

Developer :
6502 Workshop, LLC
Based in Wisconsin

Release Date:
Expected 2017

Apple IIe
Physical and emulators
Any 128k system

Free download

Contact Info:

Nox Archaist is a 2D tile based fantasy RPG with a classic Apple II look and feel, playable on Apple II hardware as well as PC and Mac via emulator.

Ever wonder what Apple II RPG games might have been like had development continued after the late 1980s? Nox Archaist takes the player on a journey that explores that question. The player’s adventure will occur in a familiar game setting with landscapes, oceans, ships, towns, castles, dungeons, monsters, tactical turn-based combat, and features never seen before in Apple II RPGs.

About 6502 Workshop, LLC:

6502 Workshop is the grass roots game development effort of a small team of technology and graphics professionals including newcomers to the gaming industry and long time Apple II veterans. We feel that there is something inherently special about the classic RPG style which has been lost in modern games. While we enjoy playing modern games, it is a different experience. We decided write a modern interpretation of a classic game game format with a goal of playing the game and sharing it with others. 

6502 Workshop Mission:

  • Develop a fun game CRPG enthusiasts will enjoy playing 
  • Include ideas and features sourced from the Apple II community when possible 
  • Explore a modern evolution of the Apple II RPG genre 
  • Create a repository of hard to find technical information on developing Apple II games  
  • Determine how many two layer shrubberies with a path down the middle will fit within the Apple II hi-res screen

Selected Articles & Podcasts
  • The Open Apple Podcast features an interview with 6502 Workshop to discuss Nox Archaist. 
  • “[About Nox Archaist:] This game is really really coming along. I have to say I’m impressed at the progress they are making”                   
    -Quinn Dunki, Open Apple
  • "[About Nox Archaist:] This 8-bit game will send players on adventures through castles, towns, mountains, and dungeons as they face fantastic monsters in turn-based combat"
  • “[About Nox Archaist:] really looking cool”
    - Quinn Dunki, Open Apple

  • “[About Nox Archaist:] It looks like they are aiming for quite a bit higher level of detail than the Ultima’s ever reached on the 8-bit Apples because they are doing things like swimming, you can swim under water, and your character’s head shows above the water, you can sink into swamps and all these sorts of things. Really nice attention to detail while still having that very 8-bit high res graphics tile based aesthetic”
    - Quinn Dunki, Open Apple
  • “[About Nox Archaist:] The visibility I really like. When the character goes inside buildings your field of view is constrained to what you can see through the doorway"
    - Quinn Dunki, Open Apple

  •  “[About Nox Archaist:] I love it that when you go to bed your character actually appears in the bed instead of just standing beside it saying, 'You’re asleep now'"
    - Mike Maginnis, Open Apple

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