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HiddenX September 26th, 2019 10:16

Stygian - Release Day
 
Today's the release day of Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones:

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Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones

Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is a supernatural horror roleplaying video game which takes place in the strange worlds of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Stygian will draw the player into a bleak journey from a ruined Arkham to the very depths of the Abyss.

The gameplay experience promises a mix of rich role-playing and turn based tactical combat in an authentic 2D graphical style reminiscent of 20's illustrations.In Stygian, players create their characters from scratch with a robust selection of archetypal backgrounds with different origin stories, attributes, skills, traits and lastly belief systems which determine how characters replenish their lost sanity, also presenting unique dialog choices.

The narrative of the game is strongly connected to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. In your quest, you'll use the haunted violin of Erich Zann to lure a fiendish deity and convince the poor wretched protagonist of "The Outsider" to join your party among many others.The heavy burden of fighting a desperate battle with forces beyond recognition will haunt you to the end of the game.

Physical combat will be scarce and difficult, spellcasting will have deep and dangerous consequences, sanity loss will leave its marks on characters as mental illnesses and sometimes the best solution will be running away from the terrors that lurk in the night. Stygian embraces the original themes of gothic, pulp and weird fiction, incorporating them into the computer roleplaying genre, promising a fresh (or putrid from another perspective) breath of air for roleplaying fans.

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About this Game

In Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, the player journeys from a doomed Arkham into the depths of the Abyss. Create your own character based on 1920's archetypes and carve a path through a broken and mysterious world.

Your desperate battle against forces beyond comprehension will haunt you until the end. Physical combat will be challenging, spellcasting will have dire consequences, and your sanity will be strained to the breaking point by unknown abominations. Sometimes the best solution will be to flee what lurks beyond the threshold.

Features:

  • A hand drawn 2D world reflecting Lovecraft's themes of cosmic horror and dread.
  • Enemies, environments and storylines inspired by Lovecraft's iconic original works. Take part in quests inspired by your favorite stories and see them play out according to your own decisions and role-playing style.
  • Choose from 8 main character Archetypes, each with its own origin backstory and specialties.
  • A host of weird companions will accompany you on your ill-starred journey: the lonely, antediluvian 'Outsider', a fallen soldier of the Great War reanimated by Herbert West. Recruit these and other outlandish beings to your crew.
  • Your character's Sanity and mental state will influence dialogue options. Mental illness comes with advantages as well as hindrances. Sometimes it pays to be mad in a world gone mad!
  • Stygian's Belief System determines how your characters cope with the warped reality of the new Arkham, as well as the rate at which they regenerate lost Sanity. Belief Systems also offer unique dialogue options, expanding the breadth of role-playing possibilities.
  • A new kind of spell system which sometimes takes more than it gives. Being a master of the occult is not as simple as flinging colored missiles from your fingertips. The black magic of Stygian is potent but may cost you your mind, your health, and possibly even much more.
  • Strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective, similar to the classic Heroes of Might and Magic games.
  • The struggle in Stygian is not to save the world, for that battle is lost already. Pursue your own goals in these end times: salvation, vendetta, or perhaps something darker.

More information.

yemeth September 26th, 2019 10:24

Waiting for the embargo to end :)

you September 26th, 2019 10:53

Will the news be good or bad when the embargo ends ?

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Originally Posted by yemeth (Post 1061582109)
Waiting for the embargo to end :)


Stingray September 26th, 2019 11:58

Eurogamer Italy gave it a 7/10. Review is in Italian:
https://www.eurogamer.it/articles/20…nes-recensione

booboo September 26th, 2019 14:34

Will check out tomorrow probably - quite looking forwad to it.

Carnifex September 26th, 2019 15:55

I've not played it yet, since I rarely play anything on release day, but I did get my key in advance with no issue, so that was nice. That's how it should work, if you support the project early you shouldn't have to wade through mud and ice simply to get your key.

yemeth September 26th, 2019 16:37

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Originally Posted by you (Post 1061582113)
Will the news be good or bad when the embargo ends ?

Here you go; :)

https://indiannoob.in/stygian-reign-…tion-good-rpg/

+Great atmosphere, world building and writing
+Striking visuals
+Role playing is pretty damn well done

-The combat is very basic and unsatisying
-Can be completed in like 15 hrs even though the replayability is quite high
-The price is a bit too much for some people I believe

Wisdom September 26th, 2019 16:45

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Originally Posted by yemeth (Post 1061582109)
Waiting for the embargo to end :)

Omg Jay, you are such a noob.

:)

Capt. Huggy Face September 26th, 2019 17:00

You change your site, Yemeth? It looks fancier than I remember.

Another nice review. Followed the links to Call of Cthulhu and Sinking City, too. Which of those two do you prefer? I'm getting Stygian for sure, but I've been wondering which of these two I should try. I've been leaning toward the one by Frogwares, as I thought they did a decent job with one of their Sherlock Holmes games I played.

yemeth September 26th, 2019 17:05

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Originally Posted by Capt. Huggy Face (Post 1061582153)
You change your site, Yemeth? It looks fancier than I remember.

Another nice review. Followed the links to Call of Cthulhu and Sinking City, too. Which of those two do you prefer? I'm getting Stygian for sure, but I've been wondering which of these two I should try. I've been leaning toward the one by Frogwares, as I thought they did a decent job with one of their Sherlock Holmes games I played.


Hey thanks a lot man! The boss changed the layout around :p
Call of Cthulhu is a more polished experience since it's a very linear game. Almost a walking sim. But enjoyable. Sinking City, on the other hand, is an open-world game and has some technical problems. Personally, I prefer Sinking City due to its ambition and the gorgeous world they built.

yemeth September 26th, 2019 17:06

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Originally Posted by Wisdom (Post 1061582152)
Omg Jay, you are such a noob.

:)

Indian Boob!

DarkELVES September 26th, 2019 17:33

Yup, too pricey for the game length. (yeah yeah, high replayablility…)

Capt. Huggy Face September 26th, 2019 17:40

Those are good reasons. Atmosphere and ambition are big factors for me, too. Didn't realize The Sinking City was one of Epic's exclusives, so I'll have to wait until next year. So be it. I won't participate in the exclusivity business model that only hurts consumers. If Epic wants to break into the market, spare a few thoughts about your customers while poring over your ledger sheets.

yemeth September 26th, 2019 17:44

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Originally Posted by Capt. Huggy Face (Post 1061582161)
Those are good reasons. Atmosphere and ambition are big factors for me, too. Didn't realize The Sinking City was one of Epic's exclusives, so I'll have to wait until next year. So be it. I won't participate in the exclusivity business model that only hurts consumers. If Epic wants to break into the market, spare a few thoughts about your customers while poring over your ledger sheets.

Personally I share the same opinion.

Lucky Day September 26th, 2019 18:31

I don't get it
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Originally Posted by can oral
When I first wrote the script of Stygian, I wasn't aware that its scope would actually be much wider in terms of the playtime than what we envisioned for Reign of the Old Ones. The complete saga that I had written would have lasted around 50 hours to complete but we were trying to achieve a 15-20 hours experience with a lot of re-playability. At some point in the production, I was obliged to make a tough decision (like any good RPG): rushing the last chapter, breaking the pace of the game or complete it on a cliffhanger and leave some space for future installments.

Stygian is not a short game and it definitely can not be categorized as episodic, since it is teeming with content; but I have to state that we won't be solving all the mysteries at the end of this game. Going the other way would have spoiled some really good scenes, characters and situations for the sake of having just a closure.

if its supposed to be a 50 hour game, why not make a 50 hour game?

you September 26th, 2019 18:48

Budget ?

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Originally Posted by Lucky Day (Post 1061582170)

if its supposed to be a 50 hour game, why not make a 50 hour game?


JDR13 September 26th, 2019 21:53

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Originally Posted by Capt. Huggy Face (Post 1061582153)
Another nice review. Followed the links to Call of Cthulhu and Sinking City, too. Which of those two do you prefer? I'm getting Stygian for sure, but I've been wondering which of these two I should try. I've been leaning toward the one by Frogwares, as I thought they did a decent job with one of their Sherlock Holmes games I played.

I played both games back to back a few months ago. The Sinking City is a no-brainer if you like Lovecraft. It's not perfect, but it's definitely worth playing imo. https://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/show…postcount=3065

Ignore Call of Cthulhu unless it's dirt cheap. It's little more than a forgettable adventure game.

Pladio September 26th, 2019 21:57

So have people started playing? Is it worth a try?

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xSamhainx September 27th, 2019 06:18

I may have to give it another try

With pleasant music playing, and a schnauzer on my lap (to help w/ sanity)

lackblogger September 27th, 2019 08:14

Hey, this looks intersti… oh, epic store. Can't be arsed to set up yet another game portal atm. Look forward to reading impressions though for 'one day'. Edit: oh no, wait, that was a different game someone was talking about. Hmm, very tempted.

Pladio September 27th, 2019 09:29

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Originally Posted by lackblogger (Post 1061582259)
Hey, this looks intersti… oh, epic store. Can't be arsed to set up yet another game portal atm. Look forward to reading impressions though for 'one day'. Edit: oh no, wait, that was a different game someone was talking about. Hmm, very tempted.

Stygian is on GOG and Steam too. I got mine on GOG.

lackblogger September 27th, 2019 12:30

I look forward to your thoughts.

Pladio September 27th, 2019 13:26

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Originally Posted by lackblogger (Post 1061582284)
I look forward to your thoughts.

I posted first impressions on what are you playing, but here you are:
I played for about 2-3 hours yesterday and it plays a bit like a mixture of old-school adventure point & click with RPG spice added to it within a warped and dark world. I think it is really well designed and well done. The game map seems relatively small, but I am certain I would go over 15 hours as there is a lot to read.

I am playing as an academic with speechcraft and occult skills thrown in to be able to open up some more questlines. I think it's working quite well for now. My main concern is that I am very weak in combat for now, but I found a bodyguard and a companion so that helped a lot during my first outing.

First impressions are that this is a fun game (probably) for the following people:
- who enjoy dark stories (not you @Alrik)
- who enjoy investigative RPGs with lots of text
- who enjoy stat based narrative outcomes (e.g. if you have a point in speechcraft you will see options in dialogue which won't be there if that point was in firearms)

lackblogger September 27th, 2019 13:41

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Originally Posted by Pladio (Post 1061582289)
I posted first impressions on what are you playing, but here you are:
I played for about 2-3 hours yesterday

Sorry, I should have said, I look forward to your thoughts upon completion :D

Vecna September 27th, 2019 14:42

Not going near this one, it is just plain Satanic.

wiretripped September 27th, 2019 15:04

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Originally Posted by Vecna (Post 1061582298)
Not going near this one, it is just plain Satanic.

Yeah, anyone who plays this sells his soul to the Devil. :rolleyes:

Anyway, redeemed my backer copy on GOG and definitely giving it a spin once I am done with the current game I am playing.

TheRealFluent September 27th, 2019 21:46

Game is great so far, I'm really enjoying it. It's like a detective CRPG in a strange, alien world. Great stuff.

Capt. Huggy Face September 28th, 2019 06:33

Despite the devs skipping an option to bump up the text size some, as well as handling their resolution in whatever way that lowering it doesn't help with size but just makes it blurrier, I'm also enjoying it. Paused to make a video wallpaper. :p

JFarrell71 September 28th, 2019 08:25

I've been waiting forever for a Lovecraftian RPG worth playing. None of the ones that have come out recently, like the two earlier this year, have tempted me. But I heard about, read about, and promptly bought this one and am enjoying it so far. I love the art style. The combat doesn't seem that limited, and it's fine. Combat shouldn't be a frequent thing in a Lovecraft adventure anyway, imo. The writing is solid and the role-playing options seem, well, present.

My only real issue right now is that I'm hanging by a thread after a few fights and have no idea where to rest! They don't let you back in the attic room you start out in. I hope I figure that out before I die, because I don't fancy redoing a bunch of stuff so soon.

Pladio September 28th, 2019 08:33

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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 (Post 1061582370)
I've been waiting forever for a Lovecraftian RPG worth playing. None of the ones that have come out recently, like the two earlier this year, have tempted me. But I heard about, read about, and promptly bought this one and am enjoying it so far. I love the art style. The combat doesn't seem that limited, and it's fine. Combat shouldn't be a frequent thing in a Lovecraft adventure anyway, imo. The writing is solid and the role-playing options seem, well, present.

My only real issue right now is that I'm hanging by a thread after a few fights and have no idea where to rest! They don't let you back in the attic room you start out in. I hope I figure that out before I die, because I don't fancy redoing a bunch of stuff so soon.

You need to pay the bartender to get back in. It costs 40 cigs. Otherwise you can camp outside wherever you see wooden piles if you have camping supplies.

There's a camp site in the area to the left of the bar area near the wall of the University.

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JFarrell71 September 28th, 2019 08:37

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Originally Posted by Pladio (Post 1061582371)
You need to pay the bartender to get back in. It costs 40 cigs. Otherwise you can camp outside wherever you see wooden piles if you have camping supplies.

There's a camp site in the area to the left of the bar area near the wall of the University.

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Thanks, Pladio. I know the camp site you're referring to. I'll use that.

I talked to the bartender and asked him for the room, but he just said it was otherwise occupied. It's been that way for a few rations worth of time (so days, I guess….there's no day/night cycle in the game)

booboo September 28th, 2019 10:05

@JFarrell71 - I also can't rest - went back to bartender, and he said the same - so bar/tavern is out. Tried resting at the university camp, and was attacked. That sucks. I have asked on the forums what you're supposed to do…but I think it's not great that you can somehow lose access to a safe resting place. I also didn't know how to use spells in combat, so it was tougher than it should have been. I think I know now, however….

Pladio September 28th, 2019 11:49

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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 (Post 1061582372)
Thanks, Pladio. I know the camp site you're referring to. I'll use that.

I talked to the bartender and asked him for the room, but he just said it was otherwise occupied. It's been that way for a few rations worth of time (so days, I guess….there's no day/night cycle in the game)

Yeah you need to trigger a certain quest before he let's you back in. Don't know which one but at some point someone outside the eel house will ask you to do something for him inside it.

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daveyd September 28th, 2019 12:17

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Originally Posted by wiretripped (Post 1061582303)
Yeah, anyone who plays this sells his soul to the Devil. :rolleyes:

Anyway, redeemed my backer copy on GOG and definitely giving it a spin once I am done with the current game I am playing.

Lucky for me my soul got trapped in Omikron sometime in the 90s and I never managed to get it back. Take that, Satan!

This is one game I definitely regret not backing. Even if it's "short", current price seems reasonable if there's a good amount of replayability.

wiretripped September 28th, 2019 17:15

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Originally Posted by daveyd (Post 1061582382)
Lucky for me my soul got trapped in Omikron sometime in the 90s and I never managed to get it back. Take that, Satan!

Haha! Same here. Great game, except for the boss fight. :)

JDR13 September 28th, 2019 17:17

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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 (Post 1061582370)
I've been waiting forever for a Lovecraftian RPG worth playing. None of the ones that have come out recently, like the two earlier this year, have tempted me.

If you're not opposed to using Epic, you should give The Sinking City a try. You can find Epic keys on third-party sites for $25-$30.

JFarrell71 September 28th, 2019 18:08

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Originally Posted by Pladio (Post 1061582374)
Yeah you need to trigger a certain quest before he let's you back in. Don't know which one but at some point someone outside the eel house will ask you to do something for him inside it.

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I've been asked to retrieve something for someone in the Eel House attic, but it's still "occupied". Maybe that isn't the necessary trigger, or maybe it's a bug.

I rested at that outdoor camp. I was attacked too, but I just loaded my game and tried again.

JFarrell71 September 28th, 2019 18:10

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1061582400)
If you're not opposed to using Epic, you should give The Sinking City a try. You can find Epic keys on third-party sites for $25-$30.

I've watched several minutes of gameplay to try to get a feel for whether I'd like it. The dialogue seems too bland and stiff for me. Maybe someday.

JDR13 September 28th, 2019 20:50

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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 (Post 1061582407)
I've watched several minutes of gameplay to try to get a feel for whether I'd like it. The dialogue seems too bland and stiff for me. Maybe someday.

The dialogue isn't bad, but that's not really what I look for in a Lovecraft game. I'm more interested in the atmosphere.

Pladio September 28th, 2019 22:32

Quick tips for newbies:
- The game doesn't tell you, but you need rations and rest otherwise you will go hungry and mad. Rations seem relatively plentiful, but just keep a couple in inventory - it autoeats when required. Resting can be done either at the inn or at camp sites for which you need camping suppliers

- The game seems to guide you into lots of quests, but the main quest's difficulty ramps up quickly, so you would need to use side quests to get slightly stronger.

- Some people leave after you speak to them, so seems to me it's worth exhausting conversation options when you can, but not sure about this.


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