Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 21, 2011
A little grab-bag of news of indie RPGs from all over. Due to time and exhaustion constraints, I’m keeping this quick… But hey! Videos!
Hanako’s long-awaited game that sounds like it combines Cute Knight with a story-based high school / dating sim with a heavy dose of interesting magic (it’s a school for sorcerers) has finally been released. You can check it out here. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but considering how much I enjoyed Cute Knight, I suspect I’ll really enjoy this one.
Alternate Reality – The Remake Project
This is a planned full port of the classic RPGs Alternate Reality: The Dungeon and Alternate Reality: The City to modern systems. I never played ‘em, though I have a friend who speaks very highly of them. You can find more information here.
This is the newest jRPG-style game from Aldorlea Games, partnered with developer Ensorcelled Games. I have just started playing this one, and hope to have a “quick take” for you in a few days. The party banter at the beginning of the game All I can say is that it has a very cute, amusing twist right from the get-go, but I’m afraid anything I say about it will be a spoiler. You can try this one out for yourself here.
Driftmoon is now entering alpha 5. It’s now available for pre-order. This update includes some really, really slick support for creating and distributing user mods, which you can see in this video:
Death scenes are the topic of the latest discussion of the upcoming zombie RPG Dead State.
The latest jRPG-style game from Warfare Studios has been out for a few weeks. Entitled Vagrant Hearts, it follows the story of two sisters – one with the power to heal with a mere touch – in a fantasy world. You can check out the free demo here.
Avadon has now been released for iPad. It is somewhat scaled down from the Windows / Mac release, but also comes at a significantly reduced price, which Spiderweb Software boss Jeff Vogel addresses here. There’s also an interview with Vogel to be found at IndieRPGs.com.
As mentioned last week, Frayed Knights is now beta. Woot. Testers have been unleashed upon it, and are now filling my inbox with reasons the game is still not quite ready for release. As if my horrid efforts to replace some stand-in monster art wasn’t reason enough.
Since I haven’t mentioned this yet, Thomas Reigsecker was interviewed by Gaming Irresponsibly last month. A few hints about the upcoming Eschalon: Book III are noted, in particular his plans to release his tools to the community to create mods and new adventures for the game.
Age of Decadence
The monthly update for Age of Decadence is up, showing the “Civil AI and animations,” and discussing the quest status and displaying the mocked-up revamped gui. I guess it’s time for another video, huh? Here it is:
Okay, yeah, they do look better than my dead-bird animation. But I like my dead-bird animation.
Dungeons of Dredmor
There’s an interview about this upcoming humorous graphical roguelike RPG from Gaslamp Games over at RPGWatch. You can read it here.
Soldak’s Untitled Space-RPG
ArcMagi is sort of a strategy-RPG mix with some of the sensibilities of a fighting game by MoaCube. It’s a sequel – or more of a complete re-imagining – of a smaller game called Magi that they did some time ago (and is currently on sale). The video looks pretty dang cool.
Well, that’s about all I have time for right now. Please post about all the games I missed in the comments! I’m sure I’ll smack myself in the forehead for having missed ‘em, too…
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