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Battle Brothers

2017-05-18

Battle Brothers Review

Forgottenlor checked out Battle Brothers and learned that he enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Balrum

2017-02-20

Balrum Review

Balrum was released almost a year ago, so with no further delay, here is our review.
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June

Regalia - Review @ HeyPoorPlayer

by Hiddenx, Friday - June 02, 2017 19:52

HeyPoorPlayer has reviewed Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs:

Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs Review

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It has been a while since I’ve played a game that was intentionally funny, and not just ironically funny. Humour is subjective and, in my opinion, insanely hard to pull of in video games. Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is a surprising little gem that not only succeeds in being funny, but also in being a well-made rpg experience. There is no shortage of content, difficult gameplay, and jokes in this Kickstarter-funded title. So let’s dive into a sea of never ending debt – that is the actual plot of the game.

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Thanks Farflame!


Regalia

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

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Hob - The Story of Runic Games

by Hiddenx, Thursday - June 01, 2017 19:08

The following Gameumentary video tells the story of Runic Games - the creators of Torchlight 1 & 2 and HOB:

The Story of Runic Games | A Gameumentary Short Doc

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For the past few months, we've been working hard on this video, from our initial pre-production meetings last year, to our principal photography out in Seattle this past March, to the editing and tweaking that we've done just this past week--we've put everything we have into this short-doc.

Our goal is to continue doing these docs with different developers around the globe, showcasing their stories and their passions for making the video games that you play. Hopefully, with your help, we'll be able to do that.

 

Hob

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

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Wasteland 3 - Whats the Story?

by Silver, Thursday - June 01, 2017 11:53

Retcon Raider breaks down everything we know so far about Wasteland 3.

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"Dear diary, today I spent fifteen minutes pretending I was a talking car. What am I doing with my life?"

Today we take a look at another giant crowdfunding project - Wasteland 3! The game's still years from release and they've barely revealed anything about it so far, but somehow I still managed to talk about the story and setting information for almost fifteen minutes straight. Enjoy!

I did back the crowdfunding campaign on Fig, but I'm not otherwise affiliated with InXile or Wasteland 3 in any way.

I just love turn-based tactical role-playing games, especially ones set in bleak, post-apocalyptic landscapes.

To find out more about Wasteland 3, visit the official websites:
https://wasteland3.inxile-entertainme...
https://www.fig.co/campaigns/wasteland-3

And you can contact me here:
RetconRaider@gmail.com

Wasteland 3

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Grid Cartographer - Anniversary Sale

by Myrthos, Thursday - June 01, 2017 11:45

Grid Cartographer is on sale (25%) until Monday noon to celebrate its 4 years anniversary.

Grid Cartographer

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: Tools
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Mount & Blade II - Preview @ Gamepressure

by Hiddenx, Thursday - June 01, 2017 00:37

Gamepressure has collected a few features of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord:

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord to feature battles of up to 1,000 soldiers, dynamic seasons and more

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord developers revealed a couple of tasty bits about their upcoming game in discussion with German website GameStar. They discussed the scale of battles, world sizes, dynamic seasons and more.

Up to 1,000 soldiers will fight at the sime time in single player battles in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, the developers from TaleWorlds told GameStar (via NeoGAF). That refers to the full version, as the current build is able to hold half of that: there are currently battles of 250 warriors on each side in the game. The full-fledged sequel to the popular “knight simulator” sandbox is going to feature world four times bigger than the one in Mount & Blade: Warband. It will not only have regions with different climates – from desert to icy-cold north – but also, with the passage of time, players will notice dynamic seasons displayed on battlefields and cities as well as on the world map.

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Thanks Farflame!

Mount & Blade II

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

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May

Ash of Gods - Kickstarter Update

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 31, 2017 19:40

Here's Kickstarter update #2 for the turn-based RPG Ash of Gods:

Comics, a new track and few questions

Hi everybody! First of all, we'd like to thank you for your faith in us. It's thanks to your pledges that we've already managed to collect 25% of the goal! Yes, there's still a lot of work to be done, but I'd like to take time out now to thank all of you.

Our first update was a bit boring. Thanks to Aleonymous for the criticism! I need to make up for that oversight. Above you can see a couple of pages from the comic book that we are creating especially for our backers. At this link you can view them at normal resolution. In it we tell the story of how one of the protagonists of the game, Thorn Brenin, and his brother-in-law, Brann Vichti, became sworn enemies. 

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Important changes to the reward tiers

I want to thank you for your trust, support and help with this project! To celebrate our first small victory, we decided to add more prizes to the reward tiers:

  • Everybody who chooses ALBIUS WATCHMAN ($35) and ALBIUS BURGOMASTER ($45) will also receive the comic book and digital art book.
  • Our OST (now already 50 minutes of music) by Adam Skorupa, the composer of The Witcher will be received by everybody who chooses ALBIUS WATCHMAN ($35) and ALBIUS BURGOMASTER ($45).
  • Everybody selecting the EARLY BIRD — MYTHS OF TERMINUM tier ($65) will receive a CD copy of the music.

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Ash of Gods

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

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Himeko Sutori - Alpha Gameplay

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 31, 2017 19:30

Here's the May Kickstarter update for Himeko Sutori with some alpha gameplay:

May update: one year later, first peek at alpha campaign

Sometime in 2014, almost four years ago now, I was frustrated with a bad situation at work and I wanted to withdraw into a video game.  I realized however that there was something more productive I could do instead and I started channeling my efforts into Himeko Sutori.  It took up all of my free time.  It became my passion, perhaps even an obsession.  At one point I spent all of my paternity leave, not helping my wife with a newborn child, but working on Himeko Sutori, thinking that if I could put a month's progress into finishing the game maybe I would be that much closer to quitting my job.

With all of the extra money I could spare, I began hiring some other team members and my efforts became Rockwell Studios' efforts.  Shane started work on the pixel art, Kevin started on the music, and Alice started working on the portraits.

Circumstances at work required me to decide when I would take vacation time for the coming year.  My plans would depend on how much funding I could secure so in early 2015 I was forced to launch Himeko Sutori's ill-fated first Kickstarter.  We fell short of the funding goal, but we persevered.  For over a year we kept developing the game as circumstances allowed.

Then in April 2016 we launched a much better Kickstarter.  Your faith in us launched us to our funding goal and in May 2016 we ended the Kickstarter with nearly $11,000 to fund the game.

One year later, we are pleased to show you the first glimpse of the test campaign that we have been building toward.  You can see about half an hour of gameplay condensed into our latest video:

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Himeko Sutori

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

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Stygian - An Overview

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - May 30, 2017 19:16

Retcon Raider gives an overwiew about the RPG Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones:

Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones - An Overview

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Let's take a look at some of the other games that are currently on my radar. I've been talking about H.P. Lovecraft a lot lately, so I think the most (un)natural place to start is with another game based on Lovecraft's stories!

Stygian

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

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Victor Vran: Overkill Edition - Review @ GodIsAGeek

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - May 30, 2017 19:01

GodIsAGeek has reviewed the Action-RPG Victor Vran: Overkill Edition:

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition Review

Right, let’s get this out of the way up front: Victor Vran is voiced by Doug Cockle, famous for voicing The Witcher series’ Geralt of Rivia. This is both a blessing and a curse, as although his work is great, all I could hear throughout my time with Victor Vran was Geralt’s voice. His tone and inflection are exactly the same, and the character himself is essentially a Witcher, only in a more Steampunk setting. Wait, I just described Van Helsing, didn’t I?
 
Anyway, Victor is a hunter, paid to kill monsters using any and all weapons at his disposal. These range from shotguns and swords, to giant hammers and lightning guns, all with their own pros and cons. This is a dungeon crawler akin to Diablo, so get ready to fight swarms of enemies and loot their corpses for new weapons and gold. Lots and lots of gold. Seriously, I barely even spent anything during my playthrough, so ended up with hundreds of thousands in gold. It just doesn’t have any real use, because the game hands out weapons like Halloween candy to a child.

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Each stage comes with special bonus objectives too, ranging from killing a set number of enemies within a set time, to taking no damage or using no health potions. Some introduce the use of Hexes, which are modifiers that can be applied for extra challenge, but you really have to be excellent at the game for that. This adds a bit of variety to each stage (and there are tonnes of those) and even a little replayability. Much like the games that inspired it, Victor Vran has a lot of content to keep you playing after completion, from the expansion content to the optional dungeons and post-completion bonus challenges, and will keep going well beyond the 8-9 hours of the base game’s story.

Positives

  • Decent humour
  • Bonus challenges for each stage
  • Fun, rewarding gameplay

Negatives

  • Boss battles are huge slogs
  • Slowdown during particularly busy scenes

Score: 8/10

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition

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

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Z-Alert - New Strategy RPG

by Myrthos, Tuesday - May 30, 2017 10:43

We received news about a new strategy RPG in the making, named Z-Alert and they are planning to go to Kickstarter in the last quarter of this year.

It will be amazing Strategy RPG with awesome features! If you like X-COM: UFO Defence and Fallout Shelter – you will like Z-Alert.

And from the features page on their website:

FULLY customizable - Never seen before customization of difficulty, UI, RPG mechanic, gameplay options

MMO or Single play RPG - Build your shelter online or play solo offline. PvE included in both variants.

Fight your own way - From quick auto-combat to interactive 2D battle or even classical isometric turn-based combat

Play your RPG - You choose how deep are your characters! From one skill to maximum. From Health only to almost alive dwellers!

Arcade or Reality - Control your squads any seconds or just send them to mission and hope they will manage it - because you don't have a walkie-talkie to give them...

Follow your destiny - Motivating storyline based on never forgettable virtues

Replayability - Random world, sudden encounters, misteries garantee new experience with your every attempt

Unity 3D Engine - Modern game engine will shine for you

Languages - The game will be released on English, German, French and Russian

This is about all the information there is. Adding more information on their website and having it spell-checked for better English might improve promotion of their game before the Kickstarter starts.

Indie RPGs

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Dungeon Rushers - Discount and New DLC

by Myrthos, Tuesday - May 30, 2017 08:58

If you like Dungeon Rushers, but missed the option to play as a pirate then you are in luck, as a new DLC has been released, allowing you to just do that. If you don't care about any pirates, but want to have the game at a lower cost, you are in luck as well as it has now a 50% discount.

Metz, France - 29th May 2017. We have now more than 5000 dungeons created by players, it's fantastic to see all this active community at work!

We are announcing the release of our new DLC: Pirate Skins today on Steam

Contents of the DLC :

  • Skins
  • New environnement of pirates
  • New equipment with items having exp and gold bonuses!
  • Lottery system
To celebrate this release, the game will be -50% off during the Steam weekly deal of this week! The DLC will be released at the same time as the Steam discount.

Dungeon Rushers

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

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Regalia - Review @ COG

by Hiddenx, Monday - May 29, 2017 19:42

COG has reviewed Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs:

Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs Review – A Cornucopia of Brilliant and Wonderfully Executed Ideas

Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs Review

As a lover of tactical roleplaying games, I was excited to jump into Regalia. It boasts of having everything I want: a long questline, intense combat, a relationship building system with your party, and funny dialogue. But how will it stand against the goliaths of Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy?

Regalia starts on the happy note with the death of Kay’s father. Kay then learns that he is now the rightful ruler of Ascalia, a faraway kingdom which has apparently seen much better times. Teaming up with his two sisters and his personal bodyguard, he sets off to find his new kingdom and do whatever it is kings do. Kay soon finds out that he not only inherited the kingdom, but also all his predecessors’ debt. To appease the taxman, Kay must gradually rebuild the kingdom and chip away at the enormous amount of debt that has built up; which is something I sadly can relate to.

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All in all, I found Regalia to be much more fun than I had anticipated. Whenever I hear the phrase ‘Funded by Kickstarter’ I do tend to second guess my purchase, but after seeing how Pixelated Milk intended to spend their money, I was completely reassured. The end-product of this was engrossing and an absolute blast to play. The few negatives I found were a nuisance to play with, but it didn’t detract much from the experience, and with the introduction of New Game+ I’ll definitely be hopping back into check on my Kingdom throughout the week.

The Good

  • Likeable and distinctive characters
  • Good music & voice acting
  • Does a good job at storytelling
  • Challenging battles

The Bad

  • Slow start
  • Lots of cut scenes that breaks up the fun

Score: 79/100

Regalia

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

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Battle Brothers - Review @ Darkworld Gaming

by Hiddenx, Monday - May 29, 2017 19:29

Darkworld Gaming has reviewed the tactical RPG Battle Brothers:

Battle Brothers Review

Thorismund wasn’t very special. As our campaign started, as they all do in Overhype Gaming’s Battle Brothers, with our band being slaughtered by Hoggart and his men, he was one of the three that was left. In our very next fight, where he was one of seven in the band as we took revenge against Hoggart, Thorismund was struck down with a permanent injury. Brain damage, the game told me; one of many injuries your men can take in the line of duty. So be it, I thought, and armed him with a two handed axe. He can go at the front, take some damage, and die valiantly for the company. That’s all he’ll be good for. Yet Thorismund, despite his addled state and lack of understanding about colours, standing and which way is up, had other ideas. He took three heads off at the shoulders in that battle. Then another two in the next fight. Whenever Thorismund got a kill, the head came off. Every. Single. Time. Thus, Thorismund Headtaker was born; and he would not die.

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Summary

Battle Brothers is a fantastic turn-based RPG with some real time elements as well. It has a superb graphical style, excellent music which changes depending on what you're doing, as well as addictive gameplay which will just keep you coming back. Any XCOM fan who has even a slight interest in a Game of Thrones style world must buy this!

Score 4.8/5

Battle Brothers

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

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Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - Traps

by Myrthos, Monday - May 29, 2017 10:16

This latest update for Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is about the traps in the game.

My name is Lucas, I am a gameplay, network and UI programmer here at Wolcen Studio and you may know me as Caracole on the game’s Discord and Steam forums. I have been working on Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem for over a year now and have been responsible for the development of the housing system, cloud mode and all the new UI that we’ve been rolling out for a year now (the new main menu, new character sheet, item comparison system, and so on…).
Internally, I am also known as “the guy who like to clean up his room” because I regularly do some cleanup, formatting, refactoring and optimization of the code in order to keep everything clean and maintainable as the project has some code that is a few years old, not necessarily up to date or still used.  

On a daily basis, I am mainly working with Alexandre, our 2D artist, regarding UI integration and Hadrien when he requires UI for, for example, the passive skill tree, the active skill tree or his new quest manager.  

Recently, I have been working on the Dungeon Challenge, a game mode in which you will build your very own dungeon, using the same system as the Housing, to mine precious resources.
However, you will have to defend your dungeon and mines against other players trying to steal you and will have at your disposition creatures but also traps, which are today’s subject.

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

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

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Killers and Thieves - Update Soon

by Silver, Saturday - May 27, 2017 01:31

After receiving a mixed reception Killers and Thieves is taking stock of community concerns and pledging ongoing support and development.

Killers and Thieves update coming very soon
25 May - Khatie
Greetings to everyone in the Killers and Thieves community!

First, and most importantly, thank you to everyone who has bought our game. We know you have a lot of things you could be spending your money on, and we are honored that so many of you are supporting Killers and Thieves. However, we also recognize that it hasn't been a problem-free launch.

The whole team here at Stoic really appreciates all of your feedback about Killers and Thieves. Community feedback is vital for what we do, because it's the main way we learn about issues that need addressing. We are paying attention to everything being shared with us, and that in turn is helping us to prioritize the updates and fixes that are most urgently needed.

We look forward to sharing an improved Killers and Thieves experience very soon, which will address the most pressing concerns in the community. These will include:

Clarifying the early-game player experience:

- We're adding a clear, updated, in-game tutorial panel. This will help to explain high-level gameplay goals and improve the early player experience.
- We're working with an expert Killers and Thieves player to record videos demonstrating effective ways to play. These videos will be accessible from the title screen and will outline strategies to help players pick up the key mechanics more easily, and will be subtitled.

Adding extra functionality and fixes:

- Pressing the spacebar will pause the action during a heist, in addition to the P key.
- A fix will be added to improve accuracy of the "mission success chance".
- The scrolling speed of the loot menu will be fixed.
- Store information will be laid out correctly against the screen edge.
- Corrections will be made to in-game text.

We are working on these vital updates and fixes right now, and they will be implemented as soon as possible. More updates will follow based on deeper consultation with the community over the next few days and will continue in the coming weeks.

Thanks again for being part of the Killers and Thieves player community. Please keep that feedback coming in, and remember that we are reachable at kt@stoicstudio.com for any support queries.

Thank you,
The Stoic team

Killers and Thieves

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

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Acaratus - Release Day

by Hiddenx, Thursday - May 25, 2017 09:11

The medieval/steampunk RPG Acaratus will launch this night on Steam:

Acaratus Launch trailerw

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Acaratus is launching this 25th of may! It's is a tactical turn-based rpg set in a medieval steampunk world where you build your own mecha units (aka battle suits).

Acaratus

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

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Expeditions: Viking - Interview @ Gamingbolt

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 24, 2017 20:31

Farflame spotted a Expeditions: Viking interview at GamingBolt:

Expeditions Viking Interview: Changing With The World

Logic Artists talks about its latest world conquering strategy RPG.

t’s not easy conquering the world but it’s even tougher getting into world conquering games for many players. Fortunately, there’s a solution – Logic Artists’ Expeditions series which embodies the strategy needed for conquering but throws in several tactical role-playing game elements. The studio’s latest offering Expeditions: Viking is another step towards establishing a conquest-heavy strategy franchise but what should you expect besides Vikings?

GamingBolt spoke to Logic Arts creative director Jonas Waever about the game, what distinguishes it from other recent Vikings titles, improvements made after Expeditions: Conquistador and much more.

Expeditions: Viking comes at an interesting time with games like The Banner Saga and Vikings: Wolves of Midgard having their own Norse leanings. How does Expeditions: Viking handle the age-old setting?

Both Banner Saga and Wolves of Midgard are secondary world fantasy games, meaning they don’t take place in the real world and they use magic and mythology prominently. Expeditions: Viking is, like its predecessor Expeditions: Conquistador, set in the real world during a specific time period. There is no real magic and all supernatural elements have rational explanations.

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Expeditions: Viking

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

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Vigilantes - Player Facilities

by Myrthos, Wednesday - May 24, 2017 18:56

In a new update for Vigilantes, the player facilities are explained in a video.

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Vigilantes

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

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Grimoire - Release Date Likely to Shift

by Myrthos, Wednesday - May 24, 2017 12:32

Cleve shares with us some highly expected news today, which is that it is very unlikely that the released date of Grimoire for the 29th of May is going to be kept.

I wanted to tell all those asking that these delays have nothing to do with Valve, which is merely going through their usual channels to verify all financial information. They are currently waiting for the U.S. to clear our tax identity number before they can promote us to our "pending" page on the Steam store. I regret to say it is not likely we will make the 29th the way things are progressing. The instant our page goes up we will have a date set in stone and it is likely to be very soon, within a small window after getting approved. I am making maximum use of this time to polish any and all details of the game which is ready to release right now. If I released it today in the next 60 minutes gamers would find it completely playable end-to-end and far denser than most of the RPGs they have ever played, but would be likely to still notice certain regions seemingly sparse or not quite populated. Luckily I have a waist-high stack of notes gathered over 20 years that specify in enormous detail what should go into those areas and I am adding these remaining touches now. I am also adding small fixes recommended by recent testing and feedback. As many of these as is possible will go in before and after our launch of the game. We are not selling the game as "Early Access" because the only person on the planet who would describe Grimoire as "incomplete" would be me ... and I obviously have a problem defining what that is when I almost always have some small new feature I'd like to add whenever I play it.

Who knows, next thing we might hear is that because of the last minute changes to the game the game is broken and needs some fixing, causing some extra delay....

Grimoire

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

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Ash of Gods - On Kickstarter

by Silver, Wednesday - May 24, 2017 04:09

Ash of Gods is now on Kickstarter seeking 75K with 31 days to go.

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Ash of Gods is a mix between a roguelike role-playing visual novel and an online turn-based strategy game. It has been heavily inspired by The Banner Saga series, Japanese visual novel games, and the spirit of The Darkest Dungeon. The game is being developed with Unity and will be available on PC first.

An emphasis on roguelike storytelling. The choices you make, the paths you take and the battles you fight inevitably affect the story and the world around you. Your team's resources and time are limited, and on your journey you will face many choices. You decide who lives and who dies to ensure that you continue steadfastly along your path. If you rush forward mindlessly, you will gradually lose your characters, including the major ones. But even your party leader's death will not lead to "game over"!

Ash of Gods

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

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Killers and Thieves - Released

by Silver, Wednesday - May 24, 2017 02:44

Killers and Thieves is an action rpg from some of the people that developed The Banner Saga with help from Stoic. The game revolves around running a thieves guild as a guildmaster.

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Features

  • You are the guildmaster. Send your ragged crew out on daring heists to stake out targets, steal precious things, and even perform assassinations.
  • Think on your feet. Meticulously-planned operations may fall into chaos as surprising emergent events come together in new and unexpected ways.
  • Play your way. Follow a compelling series of story-driven missions, and employ your own initiative to identify high-value targets in a living open world.
  • Keep the gold flowing. Wages must be paid, so make sure the money keeps rolling in. If the coffers are empty when payday comes, there could be trouble.
  • Manage your thieves. Recruit worthless street rats and forge them into master criminals, but remember the risks: even your best might not come home again.
  • An ugly world made beautiful. The sprawling city of Greypool and its seedy residents are brought to life with stunning art and animation inspired by medieval artworks.
  • An acclaimed team. Killers and Thieves was created by Alex Thomas, co-creator of the acclaimed Banner Saga series, and a team of award-winning industry professionals.

Killers and Thieves

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

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StarCrawlers - Released

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - May 23, 2017 20:17

The sci-fi dungeon crawler StarCrawlers has been released on Steam and GOG:

Crawlers Wanted: high pay, certain risk. Plausible deniability a must.

Build a crew of renegade adventurers on the fringes of space, taking jobs from megacorps to hunt bounties, sabotage rivals and conduct corporate espionage. If you can navigate the intricate politics of wealth and power, you might just survive long enough to spend your hard-won credits.

You’re a Crawler, and that means you work for those that can pay. Asset recovery, commercial espionage, and mayhem for hire are just a few of your crew’s specialized services. If something shady needs doing, chances are a Crawler will be involved. Succeed and you’ll be rewarded with better pay then any corp drone can dream of. Plus, you'll earn the respect of the eclectic assortment of merchants, opportunists and adventurers who make their home in the fringes of space.

Key Features:

  • Wage strategic battles against futuristic enemies with an innovative time unit turn-based combat system.
  • Procedurally-generated dungeons and events create endless replayability.
  • Choose your allies and your foes wisely. Your choices will change how the story unfolds.
  • Eight player classes each with unique abilities, both in combat and when exploring.
  • Randomly generated weapons, armor and gear with upgradeable enhancements.
  • Easy to Hardcore difficulty modes and optional permadeath.

StarCrawlers

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Dungeon Crawler
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Regalia - Review Roundup

by Myrthos, Tuesday - May 23, 2017 12:27

Here are a couple of reviews for Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs.

PopGeeks, positive

Even the more over-the-top moments, like Monty Python references or a blacksmith character with a tiny tutu-wearing dog, hold back just enough to keep things charming rather than exhausting. It also helps that the storyline is comparatively prosaic: instead of the usual “chosen one destined to save the world,” Regalia focuses on a young royal family attempting to rebuild their decaying kingdom and pay back their family debts. Regalia is in beta, and the developers are still working diligently to fix a few final bugs, but based on what they’ve accomplished so far, this could be one of the best indie RPGs of the year.

OnRPG, 4/5

All in all, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is a true gem of the indie scene. Easily the most fun tactics game I’ve picked up in the past year, and at a fraction of the price of what the big shot developers would charge for such a masterpiece. The narrative, world building, character personalities, combat mechanics, and RPG progression system all come together in such a neatly woven fabric that it pains me knowing how little attention the game has received leading up to launch.

MMOExaminer, positive

Despite its initial simplicity, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs has everything to please those looking for a unique strategy-like JRPG-based monarch simulator. The game has beautiful graphics, a fitting soundtrack with some beautiful moments, and a lot more intricate systems that are surprisingly easy enough to understand. Its pace is perfect for chill play sessions and the characters are so charming and funny that it’s hard not to fall for each and every one of them.

Brash Games, 7/10

Overall, Regalia is good at what it does and, in my eyes, the developers have certainly delivered a solid product, not only to the Kickstarter backers, but those who were looking for something new in the genre. While the game has a rather slow start, once things pick up, you’ll most likely find yourself enjoying it a little more. Still, the game has its flaws, and it certainly shows, and it’s most certainly not a game for everyone. It doesn’t exactly have a really captivating storyline but I found the combat, the time management stuff and the dialogue to provide a nice little mix from which I can take a lot of fun. In the end, you’re most likely looking at about 30 hours of gameplay which may or may not be your cup of tea.

DVS Gaming, 9/10

This isn't just a game made with love, it's a refined game of love. I don't always look on the bright side of games, but it's been awhile since a game made me this happy. It's not perfect, but there's a lot to enjoy. Thanks to the mix of Strategy, Town Building, and CYOA elements, you won't need to worry about the game losing steam. I will definitely play more of this after I write this review.

Gamespew, 8/10


There are some negatives, mostly with the combat sections. They do tend to last for an awfully long time, even on the fastest setting, and the camera placement can be rather annoying and stiff. Overall though, these negatives are not enough to take away from the enjoyment that Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs gave me. It’s a safe bet for anyone looking to scratch an old tactical JRPG itch. It may not reinvent any part of the wheel, but it reconstructs it in a way that is quite admirable.

Regalia

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

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Starpoint Gemini 2 - Free Giveaway

by Silver, Tuesday - May 23, 2017 11:24

Starpoint Gemini 2 is free on Steam until May 24th at 10am Pacific Time.

Just to make things clear, this is the deal:
For the duration of this unbelievable discount (48 hours in case you missed it in the first paragraph), all you need to do is click on the Play game button that sits in the place where you'd usually have the Add to cart written. That's it. Starpoint Gemini 2 is yours to keep for all eternity, no hidden costs or anything.

If you're thinking What are you guys smoking? the answer is Not a thing, amigo.. Our next game in the Starpoint series, Starpoint Gemini Warlords is coming out on May 23rd, 2017 and what better way is there to celebrate this (and to spread the word *wink* *wink*) than to offer Starpoint Gemini 2 for free?

We hope you like the game. And if you do, maybe you'd be interested in that Warlords thingie I mentioned above ;).

As it always were and as it always will be:
Safe travels, captains!

P.S. Let's not forget about that li'l bit of a free Origins DLC for this game either ;)

Starpoint Gemini 2

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

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Underrail - Review @ RPS

by Myrthos, Tuesday - May 23, 2017 10:31

According to a review on Rock Paper Shotgun, the reviewer wanted to like Underrail, but really didn't.

I’ve played for dozens of hours according to in-game timers (which don’t account for time lost to undone dead ends and the many, many reloads), and I still have very little idea what the plot is. I’m a new person joining a settlement, presumably for reasons. I’m taken to a private room and… kind of blunder aimlessly about the place until I meet the right NPC, then do a few chores because he says so. At no point is there any way to find out much about the world, its past, the people in it, what to expect from the game, or to care in the slightest about anything at all. Oh, several characters can be interrogated about three or four factions who… exist. Except that they don’t really, so help me out here, game! Have them do something. Have a representative in the starter town! Have polarised arguments about them in the canteen. Don’t just rattle off their boring names and some lukewarm politics.

Thanks rjshae!

Underrail

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

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Cosmic Star Heroine - Review @ CGMagazine

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 21, 2017 08:59

CGMagazine has reviewed the retro J-RPG Cosmic Star Heroine:

Cosmic Star Heroine Review – Fun for Retro RPG Fans

Evaluation by comparison is one of the most straightforward strategies a critic can employ. It’s also one of the least nuanced. I say this knowing full well that I often do it myself, so I’m not pointing any fingers here; there are only so many ways to approach reviewing a video game, after all. I preface my critique of Cosmic Star Heroine, a retro-styled JRPG styled after a particular pair of SNES and Genesis classics, with this statement because it doesn’t simply draw inspiration from those games—it explicitly demands to be compared to them.

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The next Phantasy Star this is not, but Cosmic Star Heroine is still a worthwhile detour for the retro-inclined RPG fan.

Score: 7.5/10

Cosmic Star Heroine

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

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Healer's Quest - 5th Dungeon Map

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 21, 2017 08:28

Watch and enjoy how a dungeon map of Healer's Quest is being created:

Healer's Quest - Timelapse video - 5th dungeon map

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This is a timelapse video of the drawing of the 5th dungeon map of Healer's Quest, an Escher-like castle. The drawing took nearly 4 hours to be done, it's accelerated to last less than 10 minutes.

Healer's Quest

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

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Low Magic Age - Patch v0.84.9 released

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 21, 2017 08:20

Patch v0.84.9 for the Early Access turn based D&D game Low Magic Age is out:

v0.84.9 Patch Notes

  • Privileges: Prohibit easy challenges, Prohibit minion monsters changed to switch options
  • Zooming battlefield uses cursor as axis instead of current character
  • Fixed some problems about battlefield borders covering HP bars, etc.
  • Show condition and aura icons on Char Info panel
  • Fixed some color bugs of conditions
  • Polished wording of Arena Stats

About the game:

Low Magic Age

Low Magic Age is a fantasy RPG that focused on turn-based party-based tactical combat. Field of View, Fog of War, Cover, Zone of Control, Charging and Flanking, various and abundant tactical elements are implemented in the combat system of Low Magic Age.

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The game rules are evolved from the Open Game License (OGL), the set of rules based on the pen-n-paper version of fantasy role-playing games of all time, made by Wizards of the Coast.

Normally, you'll create and customize a small party of 4~6 characters: choosing from multiple races, classes, dozens of feats and spells, or choosing a character template directly. And then fight with all kinds of monsters!

About the devs:

We are Low Magic Studios

We are a group of happy SLG game enthusiasts, and also big fans of various pen-n-paper role playing game rules.

The Temple of Elemental Evil, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Night, Icewind Dale, Knights of the Chalice, Heroes of Might and Magic, The Battle for Wesnoth, Fire Emblem and Sangokushi Sousouden, these classic games are always in our favorite games list.

Besides computer games, we are keen to read and study all sorts of game rules, especially TRPG game rules that known as the originator of all the fantasy RPG games. Reading rules, making characters, and playing with friends, we use our creativity and imagination to make up limitations of computer games.

After years of accumulating and depositing, we finally have ample knowledge, resources, and development experience. Now we have passion and the ability to make our dream game!

Low Magic Age

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

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