Nox Archaist Update - Release News, Shipping Update, Steam and More

Roughly a month ago, 6502 Workshop released Nox Archaist, a retro CRPG you can play on a modern PC, as well as the ancient Apple II. Considering the game’s niche appeal, it sold fairly well and will soon be coming to Steam. And with that in mind, you might be interested in this Kickstarter update that talks about the game’s reception, mentions physical copies, shares some details about an upcoming update, and more.

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It's been quite a ride since game release on December 12. Including the Kickstarter, we've sold over 1200 copies of Nox Archaist, which must count as some sort of record for a 40-year old computer platform. We've seen tweets by Steve Wozniak, Richard Garriott, Robert Woodhead, Burger Becky, Jason Scott, Matt Barton, and many others. There's cool merchandise in our store, and Nox is coming to Steam. Most importantly, we've got great news on the ship date.

Shipping Update

Work is nearly complete on the floppy version of Nox Archaist. The floppy disk version is in beta and we hope to wrap that up in just a couple of weeks. At that point we'll begin disk duplication and start boxing up games and shipping them to all remaining Kickstarter backers and our first-run Preorder backers. Our plan is to start shipment at the beginning of February and have everything shipped out by the end of the month. We know you've been eagerly awaiting your boxed copy and we'll do our best to ship as soon as possible.

Last Call for Address Changes

If your address has changed and you haven't updated it in Kickstarter yet, this is your last chance. Please make any address changes by January 22. After that, you'll need to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any address changes and there's no guarantee that we will get the change in time before shipment.
  • For changes within your same country: Log into Kickstarter, click on your name in the upper right and navigate to the Nox Archaist kickstarter page. Click "View Survey" and then "Edit Address". You can also change your address in your Kickstarter profile and select "Apply to all" projects.
  • If you have moved to a different country: You must send us your new address by email to (changing your main Kickstarter profile address will not update your Nox Archaist shipping address). You can send a message by clicking on the "Messages" tab in the "View Survey" window.
Game Update

In addition to fixing bugs, we've also listened to the feedback from the community. One feature request that we heard loud and clear is a way to flee during combat. We're excited to announce that we've now added a way to bravely run away! Look for an email coming soon with a download link. We'll also provide instructions on how to import your saved games to the new version. Moving forward, software updates will be for bug fixes only.

Share the Nox Love - Woz Did!

Were you part of Option2 and received your boxed set? Or do you have screenshots of game play? If so, we would encourage you to share them on social media. It's a great way to show off the game and it helps us get the word out. For Twitter posts, be sure to tag @6502Workshop and #NoxArchaist so we can "like" your post. Here are just a few of the many tweets about Nox[...]

Steam and GOG

Yes, you read that right. Nox Archaist is coming to the Steam game platform! We have our store page up and are planning to release on January 28. If you know people on Steam who might be interested, please ask them to add it to their wishlist. If you're on Steam, and would like to play Nox within the Steam platform, we'll be making free Steam keys available to all backers - details coming soon!

We're also hoping to get Nox Archaist up on the GOG (Good Old Games) site. But to do that, we need your help. Please head over to the GOG wishlist page and add your vote and maybe even a comment.


If you thought the game was cool, wait until you take a look at the merchandise! Head on over to the Shop at Willy's to find adventure journals, posters, t-shirts, hats, bags, and more!