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May

Covert Crew - Overview

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 22, 2024 18:05

The Turn Based Lovers checked out the retro RPG Covert Crew:

SUPERHEROES AND FIRE EMBLEM COLLIDE IN SRPG COVERT CREW – OVERVIEW

Covert Crew SRPG With super Heroes
Two keywords that pique curiosity no matter what: Super Heroes and Fire Emblem. Covert Crew merges these two words to create what is described as a superpowered SRPG championing a tactical, turn-based approach that harkens back to genre classics while weaving in modern nuances.

Developed and published by indie studio TYB Games, this 2D strategy RPG put players into a near-futuristic universe brimming with individuals endowed with extraordinary powers, following the narrative of Solitude, a once-shamed hero. He assembles the Covert Crew to thwart a shadowy new syndicate that’s stirring trouble.

Covert Crew SRPG
The game’s mechanics are rooted in classic 2D turn-based tactical combat, enhanced by strategic grid-based battles that introduce inventive win conditions and challenging boss fights. With over 20 diverse playable units, each offering unique abilities, players can recruit and synergize their squad to maximize their effectiveness in combat.

The in-game interactions, termed quips, further enrich this dynamic, fostering deeper bonds between characters that unlock new scenes and provide crucial in-battle bonuses. Additionally, the game allows players to equip power modulators, tailoring attacks with modifications that can alter power levels and speed and even introduce status effects.

[...]

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Covert Crew

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Wildsilver - Patch 0.9.7

by Hiddenx, Monday - May 20, 2024 08:40

The J-RPG Wildsilver is nearly finished:

Patch 0.9.7

  • Raze: Now can’t be countered or evaded anymore.
  • Brace: Now only targets Gilbert and heroes with 20 or more CP.
  • Mirror: Now only targets Gilbert and heroes with Guard.
  • Regen ★: Can’t be removed by Raze anymore.
  • Toad: Now uses attacks that poison and Hurl instead of Clog.
  • Gigantula: Fixed the enrage-by-minion-damage animation.
  • Forest: There are now fish living in the water.
  • Swamp: Added flower and vines to another map.
  • Crypt: Changed some EXP orb and urn positions.
  • Mila: Added a battle tip concerning the Raze change.
  • Save status: Optimised graphic.
  • Major save statues no longer nullify CP.
  • Fixed narration texts being cut off.
  • Made some minor fixes and optimisations.

Here's the dev-thread on RPGWatch.

Wildsilver

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Zodiac Legion - Dev Diary

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 15, 2024 16:42

Couchpotato spotted a new dev diary for Zodiac Legion:

Dev Diary – Level Construction Process

Greetings and salutations, friends!

We’re hard at work on our procedural map generation system, and as we get nearer to having its fully functional first iteration, we figured we could give you a little glimpse behind the scenes and show what the entire process looks like. I’m Maciej, the level designer/loremaster on Zodiac Legion, and here’s my approach to this part of the game.

The whole thing begins with a pencil and paper. I try to think of an arrangement that either feels interesting to me or which we don’t yet have in the game, and then I draw it, keeping in mind the level design constraints and a few gameplay considerations. At this stage, my thinking is only: “is this layout a good point of departure?”, and not “what will this map be?”

[...]

 

Zodiac Legion

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Umbra - The Last Summoner - Preview

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - May 14, 2024 18:18

The Turn Based Lovers checked out Umbra - The Last Summoner:

CALL UPON 60 HEROES IN TURN-BASED RPG UMBRA THE LAST SUMMONER – OVERVIEW

Set for release in Q3 2024 on PC, Umbra – The Last Summoner is an adventure RPG crafted by EpiRPG, where players assume the role of the realm’s only summoner. This unique position charges them with the task of halting a demon invasion that threatens the mystical world of Umbra.

To fight this menace, players must strategically summon and command a diverse group of 60 heroes, each endowed with distinct abilities, to participate in intricate, turn-based combat against a legion of more than 160 demons and monsters.

The game unfolds across 15 expansive areas, rich with opportunities for exploration, combat, and narrative progression. Players will encounter over 100 side quests and face colossal boss fights, enhancing their summoner’s powers with soul energy gained from victories and discoveries. The sophisticated battle mechanics emphasize strategic management of action points and leverage elemental strengths and weaknesses to tilt skirmishes in the player’s favor.

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Umbra - The Last Summoner

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Lost In The Open - Kickstarter in July

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - May 14, 2024 17:49

A Kickstarter campaign for the tactical RPG Lost In The Open will be launched in July:

Lost In The Open - Kickstarter Gameplay Trailer

This is the gameplay trailer for our Kickstarter launching in early July.

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Lost In The Open

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Rain Tactics - Open Playtest on May 13

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 12, 2024 20:51

We can check out Rain Tactics tomorrow:

Playtest Rain Tactics during Endless Replayability Fest (starting May 13)

Hello everyone,

Very excited to let you know that Rain Tactics will be taking part to the upcoming Endless Replayability Fest, from May 13 to May 20 ! This will be the first open playtest of the game's beta demo, so looking forward to all of your feedback !

The demo will bring you to the beginning of the game with a small tutorial and access to the first two levels of the Tower City of Shavanath (which can spawn in 5 different locations).

So join Winter in his quest to reach the Gate of Oblivion and make your way through the City with already 4 unique champions to join you !

The demo will be made available for the duration of the Fest. Full demo release will happen later this year (with even more features).

Cheers
Ervya

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Rain Tactics

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Cyberpunk
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Stardew Valley - Review @ IGN

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 08, 2024 20:07

IGN reviewed the current version of Stardew Valley:

Stardew Valley Review (2024)

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Stardew Valley

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Modern
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Tales of Old: Dominus - Announced

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 05, 2024 06:14

The indie RPG Tales of Old: Dominus has been announced:

Tales of Old: Dominus

Combat
Outcome: NPCs may flee, surrender, throw his weapon & his belongings due to exhaustion, fear or special damage. Depending on the stamina, HP, and type of enemy you can do a special finisher to kill him, these finishers can be during combat or during stealth.

Cloak & Dagger - Advanced stealth system
With several factors such as light, noise, speed, equipped items and the perception level of the enemy. You can learn pickpocketing and lockpicking to become a true thief.

Building & Crafting
You can craft many different items like clothes, weapons, furniture, arrows, bolts, etc) or create building parts like walls, roofs, doors, etc. You will be able to create simple beds or small houses, even military watchtowers, etc
Design, build and upgrade your home and locations under your command, from a thatched bed under the trees in the forest to a walled fortress on a hill.

Territory Control
Command your troops in battles against enemy camps or rival cities, but bear in mind that loyalty comes at a cost – you must pay and maintain the allegiance of your soldiers

Control over points of interest can be acquired through lawful or forceful means, such as conquering bandit camps or purchasing logging camp rights to expand as a prominent merchant.

Once in control, locations generate profits based on their nature, be it from mercenary activities or criminal enterprises like a bandit camp under your command.

However, vigilance is crucial, you must be careful and know that your locations can be attacked by enemies and you could lose control of these places, therefore you must defend them, even personally if any are under attack.

Social Survival
Initially, a humble militiaman with a particular background, but after accumulating experience, learning and honing your skills, you can become a leader who can run a thriving Settlement.
Depending on your position in medieval society, you could be part of a Guild, work to improve your life and even buy businesses. There will be different ways to advance, through honor, deceit or hard work.

Character Background
You need a place to rest and a way to obtain food. You can be a hermit, live in the woods or be a wealthy noble. Have people under you influence, businesses and fortune, these may be legal or not... Your background and profession will give you different options, like living alone in the woods, inside a cave, build your home in a meadow, pay for a stone house in the city, live in a Tavern, sleep in abandoned places or in horse stables, etc.

Environment
Hunger and thirst will play an important factor and depending on the game mode chosen they will get deadly.
The climate is also a factor to keep in mind, it is not the same to be under the rain or the cold for hours than under the rays of the summer sun, this would affect your character.
There are several ways to get food, one must be aware that one does not live in the desert, but on the edge of a medieval society, so starving would not be normal. You will be able to hunt for food, steal it, buy it and produce it in other ways.

Plot
The introduction of Prima Nocta rights by the kingdom's lower nobility sparked the catalyst for a brutal civil war that unraveled in the Battle of the Brides, In this conflict, the destitute rallied alongside just nobles and free men, only to suffer defeat, leaving the kingdom in ruins. Few men survived to return to their homes, you are one of them.

You find your village ransacked by vengeful marauding soldiers; This also happened in other settlements, where the ringleaders wreak havoc among the defenseless villagers, intensifying the turmoil of resentment and betrayal in the kingdom.

Faced with multiple choices, the pursuit of revenge and the quest to uncover the perpetrators emerge as the driving force behind the impending war.

Tales of Old: Dominus

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Stellar Tactics - Progress Update

by Hiddenx, Saturday - May 04, 2024 14:41

Couchpotato spotted a progress update for Stellar Tactics:

Progress update

I'm still here...

First the facts since I’ve seen a few comments:

This game is not abandoned! It will never be abandoned.
I’m running late with chapter 3 and all milestones I’ve set following that.
The last patch was 2/9/24 – a hotfix. I generally do not post minor patch updates on the main Steam page.

You can always find the latest patch notes here

I’ve struggled a bit with whether I should share this as I generally do not talk about my family. I do think it’s important to be transparent, so here it is.

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. I’m sure some of you know how this goes. Endless tests, MRI, PET scan, samples, and doctors office visits. She is half way through the first cycle of chemo and doing well. We were lucky that we found it early as the prognosis is excellent. My heart goes out to anyone who has or has had this disease and their loved ones – or any form of cancer for that matter. It’s terrifying!

My time has been very limited since February, and I have not been making the progress I expected. I am working on the game. However, my wife takes priority, and it’s been a bit difficult staying focused. Around the middle of April, I started working at nearly my normal pace. All of the locations, enemies, enemy ships, modeling and other assets for chapter 3 are complete now. I’ve finished about 1/3 of the dialog, and when that’s done I’ll start integrating everything.

Right now I’m considering just finishing everything on my list and releasing chapter 3 and all other planned content/features in one major patch as a full BETA, rather than mini-releases over the coming months. It will save time and I won’t need to pause for bug fixes between updates. As I do this work, I’ll try to post progress updates more often. I get it, if you don’t hear from me on a regular basis – some might assume I’ve abandoned my game. Not going to happen…

I'm not posting this looking for well wishes or sympathy. Really, I'm convinced she will be fine. It's a difficult treatment though, and I need to be present and supportive. I am asking you to be patient with me as I work through the rest of this content. It will get done - I'm on it.

Thanks as always for your support and have a great weekend!

 

Stellar Tactics

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Mystic Land: Search for Maphaldo - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, Thursday - May 02, 2024 17:29

Couchpotato spotted a gameplay video for Mystic Land: Search for Maphaldo:

Mystic Land: The Search for Maphaldo - First Gameplay Video

Mystic Land: Search for Maphaldo

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Dungeon Crawler
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Labyrinth: The wizard's cat - Announced

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 01, 2024 07:49

The retro dungeon crawler Labyrinth: The wizard's cat will be released in Q2/2024:

Labyrinth

Enter the dungeon and help the master wizard to find his missing cat in this oldschool dungeon crawler game with nice retro pixel art graphics.

Make your way deep into the dungeon. You will explore levels filled with challenging enemies and various traps & puzzles.

Discover powerful magical items and weapons and fight your way through hordes of enemies in this real time combat dungeon crawler.

To help you through the dungeon you have an automap and you can save and load the game anywhere in the labyrinth.

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Labyrinth: The wizard's cat

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Dungeon Crawler
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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April

Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters - Kickstarter Success for Sequel

by Hiddenx, Friday - April 26, 2024 16:29

The Kickstarter for the sequel Free Stars: Children of Infinity is already a great success:

Kickstarter for Free Stars: Children of Infinity Surpasses Goals!

The sequel to The Ur-Quan Masters is live on Kickstarter.

Happy Days and Jubilation!

On April 16th, we launched our Kickstarter for Free Stars: Children of Infinity, and within just over 3 hours, it was fully funded!

Our Kickstarter still has several stretch goals to go, from adding voice acting all the way up to completely open-sourcing the entire game and engine. Along the way, there are plenty of digital and physical collectors' goodies for fans of The Ur-Quan Masters to enjoy.

If you haven't already, check out our Kickstarter and help us make the sequel to Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters the best it can be!

Thank you, and don't forget to *enjoy the sauce*.

Thanks Lucky Day!

Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Together in Battle - One Year in Early Access

by Hiddenx, Friday - April 26, 2024 16:10

The Strategy RPG Together in Battle is now one year in Early AccessCraig Stern informed us that he needs one more year to finish the game:

Together in Battle hits one year in Early Access! @ Craig Stern

"Well, hello there! I'm here in your inbox to drop you an Official Update about Together in Battle, the solo-developed indie gladiator management SRPG (with rave player reviews) that I've described as "a gladiator management strategy RPG with vibrant characters, emergent relationship-building, and time management mechanics. Uncover a sinister conspiracy; fight deep turn-based tactical battles; watch your characters grow together."

As you may recall, Together In Battle released into early access on April 25th, 2023, making today its one-year Early Access-iversary. To celebrate, I've just dropped the 20th update, adding a quick start option to bypass recruitment at the start of the game and amping up the game's battle variety.

There are now up to 10 different battle conditions for the arena's proc gen scraps; 22 hand-designed battles; more than 60 random events (most of which play out differently based on your choices and the characters involved); and an evolving main plot that plays a bit like a detective mystery.

The current plan is to hit version 1.0 in about a year, finishing up the main plot with thrilling twists and inventive hand-crafted battles. In the meantime, if you care to check out the game in its current version 0.6.20 state, that's always appreciated - I think you'll find that Together in Battle is already a wildly better game than it was at its Early Access launch a year ago. "

Together in Battle

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Shadow of the Depth - Early Access Release

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - April 24, 2024 17:54

The roguelike Shadow of the Depth has been released into Early Access:

Shadow of the Depth | NOW Available on Steam Early Access!

Shadow of the Depth is a top-down action Roguelite game. Delve into a dungeon world of light and shadow to eradicate the monsters that ravage your home. Be prepared to step into the abyss before you!

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Shadow of the Depth

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Roguelike
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Tenebris: Terra Incognita - Release: September 30

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - April 23, 2024 16:33

The tactical RPG Tenebris: Terra Incognita will be released on September 30:

Release date and progress report

Friends, we have finally decided on the exact date of the game's early access release.
It is September 30, 2024, and there will be no more postponements!
It took us longer than we originally planned to add a lot of improvements and innovations to the game.

It's been a few months and we want to share an update on the game's development.

  • New demo this summer
  • Work continues on high level third rank heroes
  • Expanded on ship bays upgrade system
  • New weapons and equipment are introduced
  • Implemented game mechanics - wave attack
  • Support drones
  • New special effects have been implemented
  • Questionnaire

New demo this summer
This summer we will offer you to play the new demo version of the game, so you can evaluate for yourself the work we have done and the improvements we have implemented in the game.

In the demo you will be able to see:

  • Improved character animation
  • New Combat Effects
  • Completely redesigned talent trees
  • New skill description and hint system
  • Improved loot system
  • New types of weapons and armor
  • Ship Bay upgrade system

In addition, the demo will be wider, and you will be able to advance your heroes to level 10 if you wish.

[...]

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Tenebris: Terra Incognita

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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ZpellCatz - Announced for June 5

by Hiddenx, Monday - April 22, 2024 18:41

The Hack'n'Slash RPG ZpellCatz will be released on June 5:

ZpellCatz

Magic Combat Only

No swords, no daggers, no bows. Every hero and every enemy is a spell caster type. Ready for something new?

Class and Path
Combine a hero class with a path to create a cat hero that suits your play style. Do you like being in the middle of the action as a tank? Choose an Archdruid. Do you prefer using area of ​​effect spells to defeat enemies from a distance? Dark Mage might be right up your alley.

Dungeons Full of Loot
Fight your way through procedurally generated dungeons and collect hundreds of items. There are normal, special and rare quality items with randomized affixes and over 150 different epic items waiting to be found.

Dark Campaign
Play through a dark campaign as your follow the main story line. Want to take the time to finish optional quests? The villagers are generous with their worthwhile quest rewards.

The Intermediate Realm
Campaign finished, what now? The Intermediate Realm is a place full of challenge, rewards and secrets. Enjoy dozens of hours of late game dungeon grind with more and more loot.

Cat and the Bat
Select a bat Familiar to accompany your cat hero on their adventures. Plug in a gamepad for local multiplayer or have the Familiar be CPU controlled if you prefer to play alone.

Clear Aesthetics
The minimalist art style helps to understand what is going on in combat. You won't lose track, even when things get heated and dozens of magical orbs fly across the screen.

Up for a Challenge?
For those of us looking for a challenge, ZpellCatz offers a variety of options. When creating your cat hero you can choose the 'Challenging' difficulty and / or pick one of the perma-death modes 'Hardcore' or 'Cat-core' (7 lives). Your hero has the strongest items possible and you don't know what else to do? There are Uber Bosses waiting for you in the Intermediate Realm... Good luck!

Guitar Soundtrack
What's more fun than dungeon crawling? Dungeon crawling while listening to a lovingly composed guitar soundtrack!

ZpellCatz

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Sector Unknown - Space Travel

by Hiddenx, Saturday - April 20, 2024 18:13

Couchpotato spotted a new Sector Unknown devlog:

Devlog: Space Travel

Sector Unknown is host to a variety of different planets that can be travelled to.
In Sector Unknown you find yourself stranded on the desert planet Maku. From there, once you find a ship of your own, the stars open up to you with six story planets available to explore and bring under your control, either through diplomacy or by force.

From your base, you choose your ship and pilot - combat success hinges on their piloting skills.

Launch into space to investigate your local system, which includes planets ripe for mining. Initially, Maku is the sole story planet, serving as your home base. However, advancing the story unlocks a jump gate to a new system featuring planets like Nabi, a harsh desert world, and Sjo, a shimmering aquatic planet, each with their own settlements.

Each system has their own jump gates, guarded by the oppressive Star Frontier, and must be conquered and claimed for use. The star combat system is still being worked on, so I don't have a lot to show there yet, but you will occasionally be able to interdict both Star Frontier and pilot vessels through combat, pacifying your systems and controlling traffic in and out of each.

Sector Unknown, once removed from star charts by the resource-greedy Star Frontier, is a critical battleground. These planets and stations, once under your control, are crucial in your mission to expel Star Frontier from the sector.

More to come!

Sector Unknown - Prologue

Sector Unknown - Prologue is a free demo version of the full game, coming out soon.
Don't forget to wishlist and follow for release dates and information!

Sector Unknown

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Wartales - The Tavern Opens released

by Hiddenx, Friday - April 19, 2024 17:51

The DLC The Tavern Opens for Wartales has been released:

Wartales - The Tavern Opens! | RELEASE TRAILER

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Wartales

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Yasha: Legends of the Demon Blade - Trailer

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - April 16, 2024 16:51

Couchpotato spotted a trailer for the roguelike Yasha: Legends of the Demon Blade:

Yasha: Legends of the Demon Blade - Official Trailer

Source: IGN

Yasha: Legends of the Demon Blade

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Slay the Spire 2 - Announced for 2025

by Hiddenx, Sunday - April 14, 2024 06:21

The deckbuilder Slay the Spire 2 has been announced for 2025:

Slay the Spire 2

The Spire Awakens
Civilization has waited 1,000 years for the Spire to reopen its doors...
Return to the Spire and face friends and foes in this sequel to the quintessential roguelike deckbuilder. How high will you ascend... and what truths lie at the top?

Deckbuilding Galore
New slayers join the fray with their own sets of cards, mechanics, and personalities. Try out more archetypes and master them at your own pace. The Spire forever awaits those who dare challenge it...

An Ever-Changing Spire
The Spire isn't what it used to be. New enemies, events, and treasures await as the rooms and items you discover change each time you play... Try risky builds or play it safe as you explore countless different strategies, find yourself in peculiar scenarios, and confront the Bosses of each Act.

New Ways to Play!
That aren't yet announced...

Rebuilt from the Ground Up
Slay the Spire 2 was completely rewritten from the ground up in a new game engine! We're bringing in modern features, incorporating all-new visuals, and expanding moddability.

Coming to Early Access. Again!
Slay the Spire's success comes from our community! It sounds corny, but the extra mile many of you went to report issues, translate content/announcements, create long video essays, make excellent (lol) tier lists, and draw goofy or gorgeous fan art is the reason we're doing it all again. We love our job!

Slay the Spire 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Card-Based RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Age of Fear 5 - Released

by Hiddenx, Sunday - April 14, 2024 06:13

The strategy RPG Age of Fear 5: The Day of the Rat has been released:

Age of Fear 5: The Day of the Rat

The adventure begins as the Undead King meets his end by Sir Edward's blade. Indulf Blackheart, mercenary leader in the Undead Legion, must balance his need for bloody revenge with his thirst for wealth and power. Together with the young witch Lexa, the dashing Black Knight Indulf sets out on a quest of infamy to plunder the realm's riches and build a criminal empire to call his own. With allies in short supply, a previously unseen faction lurking in the sewers may prove to be the key to the Black Knight's dark dream... sneak and backstab your way!

AGE OF FEAR is a long-running series of fantasy turn-based strategy games loved by fans for its tabletop wargame battle system and in-depth RPG customization (scroll down for a list of features).

STRATEGY GUIDE (200MB PDF) 
MODDING GUIDE (15MB PDF) 

FEATURE LIST
- NON-LINEAR CRIMINALITY - pick your assignments and loot King William's lands for all they're worth. Forge your way through a twisted plot into the realm's seedy underbelly!

- CRAFTING - collect ingredients from enemies and environment, and craft all the most powerful artifacts!

- INVISIBILITY - are you tired of enemies seeing all your moves? Cast a spell and whoop... you disappeared. However, the AI can do it too.

- HEX-FREE BATTLES - test your tactics with a novel movement system where size matters and units aren't constrained by artificial grids!

- OPEN WORLD - are you bored with the main storyline? No worries, you can always take a side-quest or play procedurally-generated battles. Play this game as you want!

- GLOBAL EVENTS that occur while exploring the World Map, à la Battle Brothers. This feature is still being developed and could serve to provide more lore and fun unit interactions conditional on the player's party!

- FACTION BASES which can be upgraded as you explore the Age of Fear world. Investing in base upgrades will unlock additional recruitable units, skills and locations to explore!

- MERCENARIES - recruit your troops from multiple races and factions! Will a Dwarven Warrior work with a bloodthirsty Orc?

- ALIGNMENTS such as Evil and Holy. Units from opposite sides won’t like each other and may desert. A bit of diplomacy (or charisma!) is needed to manage such relationships.

- EXTENDED STORY including many sub-quests, optional events, alternative endings, more detailed lore, etc.

- FREQUENTLY UPDATED - we take our work seriously and patch our games often with new features and content. Also, whenever possible, those updates are back-ported to all our previous games!

- COMMUNITY-DRIVEN - we listen to our players and continuously improve! Go and check our forums, everyone has their say and we implement those suggestions.

- FULL OF JOKES - who said strategy games have to be serious? All the best fantasy jokes have a home here!

- PARTY CUSTOMIZATION - build and upgrade a custom army from more than two hundred unique units, skills and spells (but be aware of racial animosities!).

- DEEP BATTLE MECHANICS - learn the basics in a hurry, then develop new strategies around a huge variety of skills, spells and battle hazards like neutral factions and environmental effects (yes, you can anger bystanders!).

- EASY TO MOD - create your own missions, or even full-fledged campaigns, to be shared with the Steam community!

- FANTASY STORYTELLING - get wrapped up in a spectacular storyline featuring a motley crew of characters, globetrotting adventures and fantasy shenanigans galore. All hand-illustrated!

- PERMANENT DEATH - accept the grim realities of death where all units that fall in battle stay dead... unless an evil Necromancer raises them as Zombies.

- ARTEFACTS AND RELICS - discover numerous unique weapons, armours, potions and treasures, with the rarest granting powerful OP skills and stat bonuses.

- ADVANCED AI - our AI is built upon a self-organizing network of agents and meta-heuristics algorithms (yes, we are PhD-smart!). Discover one of the most sophisticated AI systems you've ever played against!

- LOW HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS - run the game even on that old potato laptop of yours. Your stone-age computer is good enough!

- COLOR-BLIND MODE - a special mode with higher contrast and outlined fonts.

- ...everything else we come up with! Purchase only if you want access to the latest features in the Age of Fear series, and please keep in mind that this is an evolving product.

If you're hungry for a no-nonsense, old school turn-based strategy game, you've met your match in the Age of Fear series. Enter the fantasy world of Age of Fear today!

Age of Fear 5

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Vagrus: The Riven Realms - Old Acquaintances DLC

by Hiddenx, Friday - April 12, 2024 17:28

Vagrus: The Riven Realms gets a new DLC called Old Acquaintances:

Vagrus - The Riven Realms: Old Acquaintances

Two savants from largely disparate backgrounds: one born a slave, the other into Imperial nobility. Fate saw their paths inextricably intertwined, and neither escaped unscarred. Both of their journeys are long – roads filled with trials and tribulations – but while the aristocrat has taken a path that may shake their belief in the very Gods they so passionately worship, the former slave’s quest is a discovery of the past; an inward journey, possibly taking players to the ends of their wits.

Vagrus – The Riven Realms: Old Acquaintances, introduces two new Companions with new abilities, individual and specific loyalty quests that explore their own stories, new enemies and rewards, as well as newfound additions to hirelings that can join owners of the DLC.

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Vagrus: The Riven Realms

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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The Last Spell - Dwarves of Runenberg on April 24

by Hiddenx, Thursday - April 11, 2024 17:29

The free DLC Dwarves of Runenberg for The Last Spell will be released on April 24:

The Last Spell First DLC Dwarves of Runenberg to release on April 24th

New map, new race, new features + Free update.

Greetings Heroes!

Prepare your Haven, gather the dwarves and wait for the Night, as our first DLC Dwarves of Runenberg will release on April 24th!

Summary:
- New map: Runenberg
- New race: Dwarves
- New weapons
- New items: Stone Medals
- Free update

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The Last Spell

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Wartales - The Tavern Opens on April 18

by Hiddenx, Thursday - April 11, 2024 17:22

The DLC The Tavern Opens for Wartales will be released on April 18:

The Tavern Opens: Release Date

Greetings Mercenaries!

We are excited to share with you that our second DLC The Tavern Opens! will be released on April 18th.

You will be able to manage and expand your own tavern in this management and simulation expansion for Wartales. Secure wealth and prestige for your troop during your adventures. Purchase your initial establishment, select the finest decor for your tavern, hire employees, and craft the optimal menu to satisfy your daily customers.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming content, in the meantime you can add The Tavern Opens! to your wishlist now.

Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the upcoming content by joining our awesome (and passionate) Wartales community on our Discord server, Reddit page as well as Twitter.

- Shiro Games

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Wartales

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Lost In The Open - Demo released

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - April 10, 2024 16:30

A demo for the tactical RPG Lost In The Open has been released:

Lost In The Open

Fantasy meets reality in Shibuya, Tokyo, where magic is something to be feared. In this action RPG, a young wizard seeks freedom through strength, and an officer seeks to control magic and restore order. When their paths cross, a darkness that will transform the world descends.

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Lost In The Open

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Monomyth - March Update

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - April 09, 2024 21:58

A new update for Monomyth:

Monomyth - March Update

State of the Game: Video Devlog 12.0 | Open Backer Beta

Hi, dungeon-crawling fans!

It's time for another update! Monomyth is finally entering its Open Backer Beta phase. You can hear all about it in the new devlog. As always you can find the transcript below!

Kickstarter backers of the 15-dollar tier and above will soon receive an e-mail with their Open Backer Beta key. Please remember that these keys are not final. They will be locked shortly before the game enters Early Access.

I am looking forward to your feedback!

Best Wishes,

Michael

Monomyth

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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