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March 21st, 2016, 03:05
Greetings RPG Watchers,

We are a gaming studio called Cultic Games. As a team we're developing a Lovecraft themed computer RPG called "Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones". We hope that rpg admirers like you (and like us ) can get interested in our game. You can find some screenshots and info below. We want to create the best possible experience with your feedback. Let's be in touch!



INTRODUCTION

"Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones" is a supernatural horror roleplaying video game which takes place in the strange worlds of Howard Philips 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 protogonist 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.



HISTORY

Your former life was in bliss of ignorance until you've awakened to the darkness waiting to devour our very existence on the doorstep of our fragile dimension. Something terrible left its eons old slumber and the reality as we know it, collapsed. The town of Arkham was pulled to somewhere not from this world and its residents are in the shadow of absolute terror. As a survivor of the catastrophe you should investigate the strange occurrences in the city and survive the rising darkness physically and mentally, if possible…



FEATURES

• A hand drawn 2D world which reflects the mood of Lovecraft and the pulp era of horror.
• Quests and storylines which capture the iconic themes of Lovecraft. Take part in your favorite horror stories and shape their outcome according to your role-playing style.
• Weirdest of the companions will accompany you in your accursed journey. Lonely antediluvian of "The Outsider", a dead WW1 soldier reanimated in the hands of "Herbert West", a psychic narcissistic cat from Ulthar and more will be among your eccentric cast of companions.
• Sanity and the mental state of the character will have influence on the dialog options. Mental conditions create benefits as well as hindrances. Sometimes being mad in a mad world helps.
• Belief Systems determine what the characters find comfort in and regenerate lost sanity alongside providing unique role-playing opportunities. A rational character gains sanity after completing a research on a mythos creature while a divine one gains sanity after converting a lost soul to the path of God.
• A unique spell system which sometimes takes more than what it gives. The black magic of Stygian is very potent but will cost you your mind, health and sometimes your very soul. Being a master of the true occult is not like flinging colorful missiles from your finger tips.
• Turn based strategic combat in beautiful 2D with "Heroes of Might and Magic" like perspective.
• 7 different backgrounds with completely unique prologue stories and specialities to breathe life into the Lovecraftian archetypes.
• The struggle is not for saving the world, that battle is lost already. Track your personal goal for salvation or vendetta in a doomed world.



Acolyte of the unfathomable. Do you dare enter its' den?



www.stygianthegame.com
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March 21st, 2016, 03:40
Wow!

Now this is something to get excited about! The game looks and sounds great!! I can't wait to see where this one goes.

Thank you very much for posting this. I'm sure other Watchers will be equally excited.

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NEW SCREENSHOT!!!

Acolyte of the unfathomable. Do you dare enter its' den?

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It looks great! But I think buildings need to be a bit bigger. Compared to the size of the characters, the buildings look quite small and unrealistic.

The art style is great, though. Looking forward to seeing more!

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March 25th, 2016, 16:39
Don't quite understand the obsession with Lovecraft, but the art style is excellent… Setting reminds me somewhat of Arcanum. And it has turn-based combat and lots of other promising features, so I'm interested…
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March 29th, 2016, 21:39
Here is the Pickman Ghoul from the Stygian bestiary.





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Hey Scrawled, this looks great, I'm definitely interested. I'll check out your Kickstarter when you get it up and running.
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Beware the Esoteric Order of Dagon!!!



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Enjoy the "Investigator" Archetype, one among 7 different archetypes which can be chosen by our players.

*Prologue Story: The character is an ex-cop who currently works as a private investigator. The latest case of a missing child turned out to be much more complicated than a common kidnapping.
*Investigation, Firearms and Psychology skills will be able to reach the maximum level.
*An Investigator is more likely to find hidden items and will have unique dialog options with NPC's from the same background.




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It certainly sounds interesting but I admit I'm a bit of a graphics nerd. Make an interesting enough story tho and you will get people like me interested. I'l be paying attention as you progress on the game.

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Thanks Toff!

We will get you updated. We hope that the world of Stygian will lure you with time.

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It certainly sounds interesting but I admit I'm a bit of a graphics nerd. Make an interesting enough story tho and you will get people like me interested. I'l be paying attention as you progress on the game.
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NEW CHARACTER ANIMATION!!!
NEW CHARACTER ANIMATION!!!
NEW CHARACTER ANIMATION!!!

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Here's the "Academic" Archetype.



Prologue Story: The character was a researcher at Miskatonic University. When he was sent to a remote expedition, he couldn't be aware of the doom waiting him patiently under the frigid wastes.

Science, psychology and medicine skills will be able to reach the maximum level.

A character with academic background will benefit more from books and have unique dialog options with npc's from the same background.
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NEW SCREENSHOT!!!




Seeking answers in fungi infested moon of Nithon.


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Here comes our next selectable Archetype.
"Secret Society"





*Prologue: The character is a member of a hidden order. The backing of the order made the life easier so far, but the initiation rite to the inner circle may involve some complications…


*Occult, investigation and medicine skills will be able to reach the maximum level.
*A player character with a Secret Society background is less likely to suffer from the negative effects and costs of spells and have unique dialog options with npcs from the same background.

"SLEEP NO MORE."

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Our next archetype is the "Aristocrat".





*The character is the sole remnant of a noble family. The return to the family manor after the loss of the mother may not bring pleasant memories.

*Finance, speechcraft and occult skills will be able to reach the maximum level.

*A character with aristocracy background starts the game with a special henchman and have unique dialog options with npc's from the same background.



"SLEEP NO MORE."

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April 13th, 2016, 02:18
What I love about Lovecraft's Mythos is the Insignificance of humanity against the old ones, the Sense of inevitable doom. It's certainly an enormous task to put this atmosphere into a classic RPG.

I'd love to guide a squat of guys and gals from the early 20th Century against cultists, some Ghouls or Fishmen, but a classic RPG Fight against the Old Ones doesn't sound right.

I keep my Eyes on this Game, but probably won't pay in Advance. Nice Music though.
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good mythos chosen
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Cool heros 3 combat

I dont like the art style but points for boldness
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Well, interesting nice project.

- I would prefer combat on explorable areas, not separate arenas. But its not big problem for me.
- Loss of sanity could be visualised on screen by more dark/red colors, visual effects.


Regarding the art:
- I would prefer different style. And more isometric-like.
- Characters blend with the background.
- I dont like palette of colors. Why is it all washed-out and grey? It doesnt have dark or mystical vibe. Its just washed-out. Bring in more shadows and contrast, not dominance of grey. It harms visual quality of the game imho.

Anyway good luck with Stygian!
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"You will feel despair."





"SLEEP NO MORE."

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