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Friday - May 29, 2020

Knights of the Chalice II - Kickstarter Update #9

by Hiddenx, 19:05

How to create non-linear adventures? Read the Kickstarter update #9 for Knights of the Chalice II:

Update #9: How to Create Non-Linear Adventures!

In today's update, we will review various approaches RPG designers can adopt to create intelligent non-linear adventures. This reflection came about with the help of Tiavals and much of the text below was written by him.

Non-linear adventures can be particularly enjoyable to RPG players thanks to the feeling of player freedom they create. Non-linearity itself is seen by many players as something that is very valuable. Non-linearity can also make a game a lot more replayable.

However, non-linear adventures present particular difficulties for map and module designers. If the adventure is linear, the designer knows exactly what level the party is at when facing each particular encounter. As a result, he or she can tailor each encounter and make sure that all encounters are very challenging and interesting to the player.

If the adventure is non-linear, the designer does not know what level the party has reached when it meets a particular group of enemies, and the party's level is likely to be too high for the encounters.

Using a system of automatic enemy level scaling would be unrealistic and wholly unsatisfactory. The question then is how should we handle the loss of challenge that comes from the fact that the party's level is too high for the encounters being faced?

We will now outline seven possible solutions to the problem.

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Knights of the Chalice II

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

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Vagrus: The Riven Realms - Free Demo

by Hiddenx, 18:41

Vagrus - The Riven Realms: Prologue is available for free at GOG until June 15:

Vagrus - The Riven Realms: Prologue

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Vagrus: The Riven Realms

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

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System Shock - Alpha Demo Gamplay

by Hiddenx, 17:22

SplatterCatGaming checked out the alpha demo of the System Shock Remake:

System Shock REMAKE (Alpha Demo) - RPG Infused Sci Fi FPS

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System Shock Remaster Gameplay with Splat! Let's Play System Shock Remaster and check out the demo for the System Shock Remastered Alpha where you'll showdown against SHODAN one more time.

System Shock

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

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Necromunda: Underhive Wars - Releasing Summer 2020

by Silver, 09:37

Necromunda: Underhive Wars will release Summer 2020 according to the Steam page. The game is currently available to preorder for 20% off.

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Deep below the nightmarish, polluted hive cities of Necromunda, in the twisted, vertiginous, dark tunnels of the Underhive, rival gangs fight to the bitter end for personal power, wealth, survival and the honour of their Houses. Only the strongest survive.

Lead, customize, and grow your gangs of Escher, Goliath, and Orlock. Specialize each member and send them to battle in hazardous dystopian environments. Exploit the terrain in tactical gunfights: climb raised walkways to take advantage, set traps, and ambush foes to force them into bloody melee engagements.

Learn new skills, loot equipment and bring your evolved gang to 4-player online gang fights.

  • Lead and evolve your gangs in this compelling tactical-RPG
  • Follow a rich narrative campaign in the Underhive
  • Engage in immersive and persistent game modes
  • First video game adaptation from mythical tabletop game Necromunda, the most famous Hive World of Warhammer 40,000
  • Play solo or join thrilling 4-way online gang fights

Necromunda: Underhive Wars

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

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Arx Fatalis - Arkane 20 Celebration (Get the Game Free until May 31st)

by Silver, 03:25

Arkane celebrates 20 years of existence by way of Arkane Outsiders, a free copy of Arx Fatalis is offered as well as a digital art book if you sign up before May 31st. Bethesda have a bit to say about Arkane's legacy here.

Join the Community

Join Arkane Outsiders to receive "The Art of Arkane" digital art book free! PLUS, between May 28-May 31 (10am EST), email subscribers get Arx Fatalis (PC) as an additional bonus - Check the box below to subscribe! Be the first to be notified about potential beta access and receive sneak peeks at upcoming games. Sign up now as the Arx Fatalis offer expires on May 31.

Users already subscribed will not see the checkbox. New Bethesda.net users must verify their account via email before joining to receive Arx Fatalis. Otherwise the game will be added to their account by June 3, 2020. Check our Arkane Outsiders FAQ for more details.

Thanks Couchpotato!

Arx Fatalis

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

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Thursday - May 28, 2020

Book of Heroes - What to do at the Black Boar!

by Hiddenx, 15:13

The Black Boar tavern is used as a base in The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes:

Welcome to the Black Boar tavern

Clashing swords, sparkling magic, enchanted places and gruelling adventures are truly not for the faint of heart – no wonder you need a place to relax and hang back.

Welcome to the Black Boar. The most famous inn in all of Aventuria.

This is the place you hire your henchmen, forge new weapons and armor, brew potions, store your valuables and most importantly find new quests to embark upon.

Have a look inside the Black Boar in this new gameplay trailer.

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Book of Heroes

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

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Crumbling World - Review @ Gameffine

by Hiddenx, 14:52

Jay Krishnan of Gameffine is not very impressed by Crumbling World:

Crumbling World Review (PC) :: A Collapsed Experience

I’m a sucker for indie RPGs. But these days, there are so many of them out there that it’s hard to track, even for a member of the video game press. When I first saw Dani Marti‘s Crumbling World on the home page of RPG Watch, I immediately added it to my wishlist. I followed it up with a review request a few days later and waited impatiently to try it out, hoping to discover a worthwhile indie.

While I’m not a big fan of anything procedurally generated, I was certain that Crumbling World’s idea of pushing you forward through droves of enemies, while the world continuously crumbled behind you would be a novel experience. 10 hours later and I couldn’t be any more disappointed. Well, let’s get right to it.

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VERDICT

I don’t enjoy bashing indie games with-super low budgets. But sometimes, developers have a hard time coming to terms with scope vs limitations of a project. I think that’s what happened to Crumbling World. Looking back at the Steam community tab, I admire the developer’s passion and dedication to this project. But Crumbling World has too way too many issues right now for me to recommend it. Some of my favorite RPGs ever are also technically flawed or are janky to the brim but at they at least succeed in one or other major areas to deliver a fun experience. Crumbling World lacks just that. Here’s hoping that the developer manages to fix some of the issues plaguing the game, forcing me to revisit it in a review redux.

Score: 4/10

Crumbling World

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

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Wednesday - May 27, 2020

Neverwinter Nights: EE - New Renderer Scrapped

by Silver, 23:01

According to a forum post on the Beamdog site Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition will not be getting a new renderer but work will continue to support the game.

Hi, all!

With heavy heart, I have to share that we've made a decision not to continue the work on the NWN Renderer.

For more than 1.5 years, we've been tearing down the renderer, we had a vision of what we wanted to accomplish with it. The technical and creative vision of the renderer was mostly driven by Cameron Tofer.

Unfortunately, the renderer from the ~2000 era turned out to be a too tough nut to crack. We tried everything and even in February Trent wrote it was still being worked on.

With the renderer re-write work stopping, we're not stopping our support for NWN:EE. You might have noticed a few regular updates released in recent months, and more are on the way. The iOS version of NWN:EE is drawing closer.

Thanks Lucky Day!

Neverwinter Nights: EE

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

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GOG - Summer Sale on Now

by Silver, 22:56

The GOG summer sale has officially started.

We invite you to join us as we explore a huge galaxy of games! The Summer Sale on GOG.COM is here to take you on a journey through the stars, with thousands of cosmic deals and fantastic new DRM-free titles to discover!

Playable demos

Bend the space-time continuum at the speed of light and take an early peek at some upcoming games. Be the first to play free demos of the tactical western Desperados III and action-blazing Destroy All Humans! before both games are released. That’s not all, as we also have brand new playable demos for the re-imagined System Shock and the dreamy Spiritfarer, as well as the upcoming role-playing game Vagrus - The Riven Realms, the reverse horror title Carrion, and last but not least, the jRPG-inspired title Cris Tales.

 

New releases

To make things even more exciting, we bring you two out-of-this-world, DRM-free releases on GOG.COM. Metro Exodus (-50%) will take you on a hazardous journey through the vast post-apocalyptic wilderness while in Prey (-70%) you'll have to quickly adjust to the hunt-or-be-hunted reality of the Talos I space station.

 

3000+ gaming deals

The Summer Sale on GOG.COM contains over 3000 stellar deals with discounts reaching up to 95% off. Start by shaping the matter of space to your will by building your own publisher bundles and unlocking additional discounts. Get an additional 5% off from your order when buying three games from a bundle or an additional 10% off from your order when buying 5 or more games. Rules of physics apply here, so when you already own some of the games from the bundle, they also count towards your extra discount!

 

Build your publisher bundles

Build Your 11 bit Bundle with Children of Morta (-33%), Frostpunk (-60%), Moonlighter (-66%), and more.

Build Your Activision Bundle with Soldier of Fortune: Platinum Edition (-20%), Pharaoh + Cleopatra (-50%), SWAT 4 (-50%), and more.

Build Your Daedalic Bundle with Iratus: Lord of the Dead (-30%), Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (-75%), Deponia 4: Deponia Doomsday (-90%), and more.

Build Your Devolver Bundle with Katana ZERO (-33%), My Friend Pedro (-40%), Enter the Gungeon (-50%), and more.

Build Your EA Bundle with Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition (-75%), Crysis (-75%), Theme Hospital (-75%), and more.

Build Your Kalypso Bundle with Tropico 6 (-35%), Dungeons 3 (-50%), Railway Empire (-50%), and more.

Build Your Paradox Bundle with Imperator: Rome (-50%), Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition (-60%), Stellaris (-75%), and more.

Build Your tinyBuild Bundle with Not For Broadcast (-34%), Graveyard Keeper (-50%), Pathologic 2 (-50%), and more.

 

Game recommendations

Discover even more games with our Summer Sale highest deals, recommendations and genre collections - including adventure games such as Firewatch (-75%), shooters like BioShock Infinite Complete Edition (-75%) and cult role-playing titles like Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition (-50%) and Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (-50%). There’s also the fan-favorite Good Old Games classics collection with evergreen titles like Blade Runner (-20%), Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 (-66%), Dungeon Keeper 2 (-75%), and more.

The Summer Sale ends on June 15th, 1 PM UTC.

Thanks porcozaur!

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Desperados 3 - Demo Available on GOG

by Silver, 22:53

A demo for Desperados 3 is now available on GOG.

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Play the free Desperados III Demo now and visit Wild West Colorado and Mexico!
In good old Mimimi Games tradition, we proudly offer this demonstration of confidence to you.
You can play two missions from the beginning of the game: First, you learn the ropes as young Cooper on a bounty hunting mission with his father.
Then, you’ll unleash grown up Cooper’s full skillset on a large force of bandits and join forces with legendary Doc McCoy to stop a full blown train robbery.
We even offer a short glimpse on the third mission, where giant trapper Hector joins the group in a Western town full of Thugs.

Expected Playtime is approximately 90 – 120 minutes (Although the second Mission might be tempting for a speedrun, show us your mission end screen!)

Accept our humble invitation to stealthily pile up bad guys behind bushes and get a taste of the story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth gameplay of Desperados III. 

Thanks porcozaur!

Non-RPG General News

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

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Knights of the Chalice II - Kickstarter Funded & Character Classes Video

by Silver, 11:39

The Knights of the Chalice II Kickstarter has funded with 36 days still remaining. Also the latest update talks about character classes.

Update #3: Character Classes video!

The first day of the campaign is nearly over, and we've very nearly reached the campaign's goal!

I have just uploaded the second video in support of the KotC 2 Kickstarter campaign. 

The second video presents the main strengths, weaknesses and synergies of each of the 22 character classes in KotC 2. There will be separate Kickstarter updates for the three additional classes of Spell Weaver, Summoner and Necromancer.

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Tomorrow I will post on Youtube the six-minute trailer of KotC 2.

In a short while, I will post another update here about the first three companions in the KotC 2 trilogy! :)

Thank you for the awesome support everyone!! Have a great day! :)

Knights of the Chalice II

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

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Back to Ashes - Dark Fantasy ARPG in Early Access

by Silver, 02:11

Back to Ashes released into Steam Early Access back in late April and is described as a dark fantasy ARPG game where you journey deep into the realms of Errent while exploring alternative realities to try and save your own.

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Worlds Are Being Consumed By Spreading Disease.
Explore dead realms to find the way to save Your own.
Join the journey through dark, corrupted worlds and experience epic enemy encounters.

Key Features:

Grab the Weapon- learn skill based combat and work out own style.

Face the Fate- fight Your way through corrupted realms, experience Your world's future and face the Primordial.

Find Your Own Way - choose between different statistics, traits and randomly generated items to build unique gameplay which fits you. Discover a plethora of different bonuses, runes and other components, gaining unlimited spoils.

Under development

Project started in early 2018 and so far was being developed by one-person-team. Luckily a couple of great talents around the world helped with pieces like music, graphic elements or voice-overs. Thanks to all of You.

Back to Ashes

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

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Tuesday - May 26, 2020

Arkane Studios - The Untold History

by Hiddenx, 18:49

Noclip travels to France and Texas to tell the story of Arkane's twenty year history:

The Untold History of Arkane: Dishonored / Prey / Ravenholm / LMNO / The Crossing

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Arkane Studios

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GWENT: The Witcher Card Game - Available on Steam

by Hiddenx, 17:56

The card-based RPG GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is available on Steam now:

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

Join in The Witcher universe’s favorite card game — available for free! Blending the CCG and TCG genres, GWENT sees you clash in fast-paced online PvP duels that combine bluffing, on-the-fly decision making and careful deck construction. Collect and command Geralt, Yennefer and other iconic Witcher-world heroes. Grow your collectible arsenal with spells and special abilities that dramatically turn the tide of battle. Use deception and clever tricks in your strategy to win the fight in classic, seasonal and Arena modes. Play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game for free now!

FREE TO PLAY THAT’S WORTH YOUR TIME

A fair and fun progression system turns the effort of building a competitive collection of cards into pure pleasure — simply collect new cards to build decks with as you play GWENT; no strings attached.

STUNNING, ALL ACROSS THE BOARD
Beautiful, hand-drawn art and mesmerizing visual effects breathe life into every card, battle and battlefield, making GWENT fun to play and every duel a joy to watch.

SKILL BEATS LUCK
Crush the enemy with brute strength or outsmart them with clever tricks — no matter your deck, GWENT’s unique round-based gameplay opens up a world of strategic possibilities to play with when fighting for victory.

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO PLAY

Whether it’s a quick online game against a friend, a highly competitive PvP challenge, or something new and wildly adventurous like the Arena, GWENT’s selection of game modes has got you covered.

EASILY SATISFYING, ANYTHING BUT EASY

Sling cards from your deck across two tactically distinct rows — melee and ranged. Gather more points in the duel against your opponent to win a round. Win two out of three rounds to win the battle. It won’t be easy, but no one said it should be.

NO HOLDING BACK, NO HOLDING HANDS
You start with 10 cards from your deck in hand, able to play each card right from the start. It’s up to you to open the game with your strongest unit, or save the best for later in the fight. How will your deck look and what will your strategy be?

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

SP/MP: PvP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Card-Based RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Drox Operative 2 - Interview @ Space Game Junkie

by Myrthos, 16:28

Space Game Junkie interviewed Steven Peeler about Drox Operative 2.

You seemed to hem and haw on an actual sequel to Drox for a while? What finally convinced you to move forward with an actual sequel?

I was always hoping I could return to the Drox world, the first one was quite fun to work on. The hemming and hawing was really just because I don’t tend to make decisions on future games. I try to focus on the current game as much as possible.

What would you say you were least satisfied with in regards to the first game that you hope to correct in the sequel?

I would say it was the movement in general. It ended up being slower, and not as important as other systems, as I would have liked.  In the sequel, it has been sped up quite a bit, you can dodge more incoming attacks than before, and you can actually collide with enemy ships. Basically, used well movement can help you greatly and used poorly it will get you into more trouble.

On the opposite tack, what do you think worked best in the original that you hope to improve or expand upon in the sequel?

I think the atmosphere of existing in this universe that responds to your actions but also evolves based on what all of the races are doing worked really well and is still pretty unique. This is still very true in the sequel, but we are giving the players even more tools to impact the universe around them.

Drox Operative 2

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

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Final Fantasy IX - AI Remaster Mod Moguri

by Silver, 12:58

DSOGaming reports on a remaster mod for Final Fantasy IX called Moguri that fixes almost all visual glitches and even some game bugs.

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In case you weren’t aware of, Final Fantasy IX Remaster Moguri is a total revamp of the PC version using AI techniques. This mod overhauls the game’s visuals, and includes a custom implementation of Memoria Mod, offering more options over the original game.

In short, this is a must-have mod for all Final Fantasy IX fans out there.

You can download Final Fantasy IX Remaster Moguri Mod 8.0.1 from here.

Have fun!

Final Fantasy IX

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

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Cloudpunk - Getting a First Person Camera

by Silver, 12:18

PCGamesN reports that Cloudpunk will be getting a first-person camera.

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But the crunchy, jazzy neon dystopia is still there, along with many of the details we’ve come to expect since Blade Runner – the lights, the linguistic melting pot, and the disparity between the obscenely wealthy and the desperately poor. Seeing Cloudpunk’s voxelized version of all this in first-person works remarkably well, which is a testament to how Ion Lands has created Cloudpunk’s environments.

Here’s a peek:

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Cloudpunk

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

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Knights of the Chalice II - Kickstarter Launch Day

by Silver, 11:34

The Knights of the Chalice II Kickstarter will soon be launching.

Dear RPG lovers, developers, influencers, video game news providers and close friends,

I hope you've been sharpening your swords and memorising your spells! :D

The Knights of the Chalice 2 Kickstarter fundraising campaign will be launched in less than 72 hours, so I'm sending you an email just to keep you updated. The campaign will be launched on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 7 am US Central time (2 pm Paris / Berlin time).

Here is the link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1848628223/knights-of-the-chalice-2-revolutionise-old-school-crpgs. The first adventure, Augury of Chaos, and the module and campaign editor for Windows and Mac OS will be released to backers as soon as the campaign ends.

Yesterday, I uploaded the new version of the Kickstarter Stretch Goals image, featuring nine highly-unconventional recruitable companions. If you've always dreamt of adventuring in the company of an intelligent Gelatinous Cube, rejoice! Your dream will finally come true!

Knights of the Chalice 2 is a party-based epic computer role-playing game with turn-based combat. KotC 2 is inspired by Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, Temple of Elemental Evil and Planescape: Torment. Just like KotC 1, KotC 2 uses the OGL 3.5, the ruleset at the root of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5.

The Kickstarter campaign will support the creation of at least three new KotC 2 adventure modules: The Dark Arena, Forces of Chaos and Heart of Evil. The campaign will also be used to improve the game's graphics and facilitate the addition of new character classes and other features.

In KotC 2: Augury of Chaos, your Heroic Party confronts a group of Evil Fanatics allied with various Demons and Fiendish Dragons. Blast your enemies with more than 700 spells, bull-rush them into spike pits, trick them with your superior guile, or crush them with your enchanted greatsword! See them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women, as your valiant party progresses all the way from level 1 to level 21.

Following the Kickstarter, the game is planned to be released on the developer's website, http://www.heroicfantasygames.com, and on Steam / GOG after a relatively short period of time dedicated to the improvement of the game. A Reddit Ask Me Anything session is planned at r/Games on 11 June from 8 am Central time (3 pm Paris time).

I'm counting on you to spread the word so that we can give the campaign the best possible start it can have. Feel free to share this message with your friends and social networks! :-)

If you would like to post an image or the launch text on your social networks, please feel free to download the latest version of the KotC 2 Kickstarter promo pack.

Thank you so much everyone for supporting this project that I am so passionate about!

PS 1. I would like to give special thanks to Tactical Adventures, the developer of SRD 5.1 CRPG Solasta: Crown of the Magister, for the kind help and support provided to the Kickstarter.  You can check out the game at https://www.solasta-game.com/

PS 2. I also would like to give special thanks to 6 Eyes Studio, the developer of Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark, for their kind support. You can check out their website at https://www.fellseal.com/  and their Steam page at https://store.steampowered.com/app/699170/Fell_Seal_Arbiters_Mark/?curator_clanid=35047933

PS 3. I also would like to give special thanks to Iron Tower Studio, the developer of The Age of Decadence, Dungeon Rats and Colony Ship. You can check out their website at http://irontowerstudio.com/

KotC 2 Features:

  • Turn-based, party-based tactical combat similar to that found in the old Dark Sun Shattered Lands game made by SSI and in Troika's Temple of Elemental Evil.
  • User-friendly interface. Launch a charge, full-attack or coup-de-grace with a single click - the computer will automatically look for the best option available. Out of combat, move the party with a single click or by keeping the mouse button pushed. Also see the KotC 1 How to Play webpage for more information.
  • A well-developed emergent Artificial Intelligence. Enemies act as a group and support each other. They can use special actions like Grapple, Trip, Ready Versus Spell or Swallow Whole and tactics like taking a Five-Foot step before casting Maximised Fireball. They might use a Wind spell to dissipate the player's Acid Fog or Incendiary Cloud.
  • Omnipresent help files and clear in-game feedback (a feature also found in Temple of Elemental Evil) on the results of each dice roll, saving throw, attack roll, modifiers and so on.
  • More than 700 Spells and Psionic Powers (see the list of Wizard spells). The game also features 22 Classes, 10 Races, 36 Subraces, 478 Feats, 41 Cleric Domains, 71 Weapon enchantments and 51 Armour and Shield enchantments. Click here for more information about the Classes, Feats and other topics.
  • With the right materials and sufficient gold and experience points, craft your own weapons and armour and apply enchantments like Vorpal, Life Stealing, Wounding, Swift, Dispelling or Flaming Burst (see the complete list).
  • Multiple-choice dialogue options offering real choices and real in-game consequences to the player. Use your party's unique skills and consider your own preferences and playing style in order to resolve situations in the most suitable manner.
  • Enjoy a variety of engrossing puzzles and riddles. Use your intuition and logical thinking to decrypt mysterious coded messages. The game's cryptography interface, inspired by Broken Sword Shadow of the Templars, makes decoding a captivating activity. Do not worry about the difficulty of puzzles and riddles though, as the game frequently provides Hints designed to help you resolve this type of challenge.
  • KotC 2 Augury of Chaos allows you to create your level-1 characters and take them all the way to level 21 or so. There is no limit on character level.
  • Use the powerful integrated toolset to create new modules and campaigns easily. Easily swap monster tokens and sprites or create new ones. Create new monsters, new dialogues and new maps easily. The best adventure modules may also generate an income stream for you.
  • Enjoy fast Saved-Game loading and saving and various game options designed to accelerate gameplay. Enjoy various convenience features, such as the Saved-Game preview image display, Tab key press to highlight objects that may be interacted with, or the Inventory Screen highlighting of spell scrolls that may be learned by a character.

Cheers! Best regards everyone!

Knights of the Chalice II

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

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Monday - May 25, 2020

Solasta - Preview @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 17:43

C4G checked out the tactial RPG Solasta: Crown of The Magister:

Solasta: Crown of The Magister- Preview

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Solasta

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

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Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen - Review @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 16:52

RPG Site checked out the tactical RPG / Visual Novel Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen (a PC version is announced as well):

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen Review

Going into Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen, I was worried.

When I played Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth last year, I was blindsided by just how much the games ended up enthralling me. Although I started playing them while I was in the middle of a Visual Novel binge, by the end of Mask of Truth, I was just as much in it for the Tactical RPG gameplay as I was in it for the story. Mechanics like Attack Chains and Zeal/Overzeal elevated the battle system and helped accentuate what was already an engaging RPG, and a fascinating story about war, nations, and the allegiances that bind them.

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It's certainly not the deepest Tactical RPG that I've played, nor the absolute best Visual Novel that I've read, but Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen brings more than enough to the table to be worthy of your time. It may have taken entirely too long for the entire series to make its way over, but I'm glad that it has - and that more and more players will have the chance to start it. Utawarerumono is a great, charming series, and one that is more than deserving of a closer look. This remake might not stand the test of time quite as much as its sequels, but don't let that stop you from getting into the series - it's one that I can't recommend enough.

Score: 7/10 

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

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

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General News - Maneater Released

by Silver, 05:02

Maneater has been released on Epic Game Store.

Become a Maneater!

Starting as a small shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem. To do this you will explore a large and varied open world encountering diverse enemies - both human and wildlife. Find the right resources and you can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended, allowing the player to become a massive shark, an apex predator of legends. Eat. Explore. Evolve.

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

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Sunday - May 24, 2020

Iratus: Lord of the Dead - Review @BagoGames

by Silver, 21:19

BagoGames reviewed Iratus: Lord of the Dead and gave it a 9/10.

This is a game that slowly gets Iratus’ undead fingernails into you, and before you know it you’ll be up for all hours of the night battling through “just one more room”. In a way it’s more accessible than Darkest Dungeon because it’s very easy to get into. The tutorial is clear, and allows you to work though it at your own pace.

There’s never a need to rush in Iratus: Lord of the Dead, and that’s what puts it ahead of other dungeon crawling roguelike RPGs in my eyes. Part of what makes it so interesting is the way that the lore of the world is told. You only get snippets here and there, certainly no lengthy cutscenes.

For example, the flavour text for one room early on in the starting area mentions how the miners found in the game are criminals, and general wastes of space. They’ve dug down deeper than any sane person would, but only because they’ve been drugged to the point that they aren’t aware of what they’re doing.

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Iratus: Lord of the Dead

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

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The Waylanders - Heir Disgraced (Story preview)

by Silver, 21:15

PC Gamer reports on a new trailer for The Waylanders that goes into the story.

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The Waylanders is a party-based RPG in the vein of Dragon Age and Pillars of Eternity that tells the tale of the first meeting between between the ancient Celts and their gods, the Tuatha de Danaan. Developer Gato Studio showed off the combat system last year (real-time with pause, as it should be) but the story is possibly an even bigger attraction: It's being written by former Telltale designer Emily Grace Buck, Chris Avellone is also on the job (because of course he is), and former Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw is a script consultant.

The studio released a new video today showcasing one of the early-game narrative interludes that will be used to push the story forward: Ith, the King of Brigantia, is about to lead the first delegation to the mythical home of the gods, but his hothead son, Lugaid, threatens to ruins decades of diplomacy with his youthful arrogance. Both characters will be quest-givers in the game, while the third NPC to appear in the video, the druid Amergin, will be available as a companion. The player-character can be seen in there, too—that's their arm in the frame at around the 52-second mark. 

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The Waylanders

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

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Wasteland 3 - Dev Diary 2

by Myrthos, 19:34

The second developer diary for Wasteland 3 has been made available.

Our second Dev Diary is with Brian Fargo and Senior Writer Nathan Long who sit down to explain the setting you’ll explore and people you’ll meet as you direct the story of Colorado’s future. Plus it includes a first reveal of the Patriarch’s daughter—Liberty!

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Wasteland 3

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

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Drox Operative 2 - Trailer

by Myrthos, 19:30

A trailer for the recently announced Drox operative 2 has been released.

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Drox Operative 2

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

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The Ascent - Story and Gameplay Details

by Silver, 02:48

Game-Insider report what they have learned about The Ascent's story and gameplay.

Developer Neon Giant’s upcoming Xbox Series X game, The Ascent, is set on the planet of Veles in The Ascent Group arcology, a corporate fief in which workers are brought from across the galaxy to live and die for the Ascent Group corporation. This happy state of affairs suddenly goes south when the corporation itself mysteriously shuts down, leaving the workers without direction, security enforcers without paychecks, automated security going haywire and nearby rival corporations and criminal syndicates sharpening their knives for a hostile takeover in the most literal sense.

You, the player, are somehow caught up in these events and are thus tasked with figuring out what exactly happened to the corporation, fending off invaders both corporate and criminal, and maybe, just maybe, somewhere along the way helping the arcology itself become a new and independent polity free of outside corporate influence.

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The Ascent

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Cyberpunk
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Saturday - May 23, 2020

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - Interview With the Queen

by Silver, 22:18

A new update for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous presents a quasi interview with Queen Galfrey.

Interview With the Queen

Owlcat GamesCreator
May 23, 2020

The Absalom Reporter presents its readers with an exclusive interview with Queen Galfrey, ruler of the northern kingdom of Mendev, leader of the crusaders guarding the borders of the Worldwound, and illustrious servant of Iomedae.

Greetings, Your Highness! Thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Greetings to you and your readers. I don't usually have time to converse with bards, chroniclers, or the press, but if this interview attracts even a handful of new recruits to the ranks of the crusaders, then it is my pleasure.

Today you are famed throughout Golarion as one of the leading lights of the church of Iomedae. Many people call you "the Sword of Iomedae." However, some of our readers will be unaware that you started out as a paladin of another deity, Aroden, who was taken from us, to the profound sadness of all his faithful.

That is correct. Sometimes even I am surprised by how young the church of Iomedae is. And by how long we have been without Aroden. The beginning of the last century was a difficult time for me. I had lost my father and my god, I was crowned queen, and then the gates to the plane of chaos burst open right on the borders of my kingdom. Iomedae took up her heavenly post at that time, shouldering the heavy burden of protecting all mortalkind as Aroden did before her. My faith in Iomedae was my salvation. If you will permit me to wax poetic, finding my faith in Iomedae was like drowning in a raging sea and suddenly finding granite beneath my feet, raising me up. That’s what my faith in Iomedae means to me.

That leads us to our next question. You are more than one hundred years old, Your Highness. There are few substances on Golarion capable of extending the natural lifespan of any given race. It is assumed that you use one of these substances to prolong your life: the extremely costly and extremely rare sun orchid elixir.

I make no secret of it. The decision was taken by the church of Iomedae. You can ask the leaders of the church for further comment if you wish to know more about the reasons behind the decision. But the long and short of it is that the church feared the disorder that a change in leadership would bring while Mendev was embroiled in a war against the demons. For myself personally, this forced longevity is not a boon, it is a necessity, one that is bound up with my duties as the leader of the crusade.

Your Highness, our next question may seem provocative, but we would be remiss not to ask it. Many of your political opponents see your prolonged life as a power play. Some even go so far as to claim that you are exploiting the situation with the demon invasion to hold onto the throne of Mendev, your youth, and control over the flow of money funding the crusades from wealthy supporters.

My "political opponents" clearly have a low opinion of both my moral rectitude and my intelligence. Amassing power in a country that at any moment could be wiped off the face of Golarion by hordes of demons from the Abyss? I would rightly call a fool anyone who came up with such a scheme. And I say "fool" rather than use more strident language that is beneath the dignity of a monarch.

That is not an outright denial, Your Highness.

You would prefer a more direct answer? Then, of course, I deny it. I am not selfishly holding on to the reins of power, I am not treating the crusade coffers as my own personal bank, and I have no intention of living forever. Whoever is making these wild claims clearly has no understanding of the concept of duty. I, however, do. I have a sacred duty to my people, to my goddess, and to all Golarion.

The other argument that is often put forth in these debates is that Mendev is hosting too many foreign fighters. Volunteers flock here from all across Golarion to fight in the crusade. Crusaders do not answer to the government of Mendev, but to you personally, as the figurehead of the crusade movement and the leader of the paladins of Iomedae.

I must correct you on that point—the troops fighting in the crusade do not all answer to me directly. Far from it, in fact. For instance, the Hellknights are wholly independent and act as an allied force. I merely coordinate the actions of all the crusade troops.

And yet you still wield considerable influence over this massive military force.

Remind me to make your newspaper office my first target when I reveal my true visage and declare myself the tyrannical eternal queen of the entire continent. But that moment has not yet arrived, alas. Until then, I must continue battling the unending hordes of the Abyss. And thank Heaven that across all Golarion there are brave souls who are willing to leave hearth and home to defend our world.

It must take a special kind of person to do that.

Yes. Indeed it does.

Thank you for taking part in this interview, Your Highness.

Conducted exclusively for The Absalom Reporter by Dessi Kiess.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

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

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System Shock 3 - Otherside & Tencent Announcement

by Silver, 22:12

Otherside Entertainment have confirmed that Tencent will be taking the System Shock series forward in a tweet.

1/2 We are happy to announce that Tencent will be taking the #SystemShock franchise forward.
2/2 As a smaller Indie studio, it had been challenging for us to carry the project on our own. We believe Tencent's deep capabilities and expertise as a leading game company will bring the franchise to new heights.

 

 

System Shock 3

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

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Wasteland 2 - Now Play Anywhere

by Silver, 22:04

inXile have announced that Wasteland 2 is now a Play Anywhere title.

Wasteland 2 is Now Play Anywhere

We're happy to announce we've just updated Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to be a Play Anywhere title on the Microsoft Store and Xbox One platforms, and with Xbox Game Pass.

As a Play Anywhere title, your saves and achievements now live across both Microsoft Store and Xbox One platforms, as well as allowing you to purchase the game once and play on both Xbox One and PC.

 

If you have yet to play Wasteland 2: Director's Cut and have been looking for a reason to check it out (especially before Wasteland 3's release on August 28!) now is a great time to buy the game on the Xbox One/Microsoft Store OR play it on Xbox Game Pass, and benefit from the added cross-save and cross-platform achievements functionality.

 

If you're already been playing Wasteland 2: Director's Cut on the Microsoft Store or the Xbox Game Pass app for PC, you'll need to install a new version of the game. Check out this knowledge base article for instructions and details.

Start playing Wasteland 2: Director's Cut today with Xbox Game Pass.

Wasteland 2

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

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