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Indie RPG News Round-Up: July 2011

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 15, 2011

I note that as FK development heats up, I have fewer opportunities to peek out from my foxhole to see what else is coming. Thanks to readers for emailing me tips and news – keep ’em coming! Many of today’s items in the world of indie computer RPGs are simply reminders of what has already been posted here, but here’s a quick list of updates:

Magical Diary

It’s out now, for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Try it out if you haven’t already.  You can read my little “quick take” with the demo links here.

Depths of Peril

Yes, Depths of Peril – Soldak’s first game (and for some, their best, though I think I slightly prefer Din’s Curse).  If you haven’t gotten the game yet, you can grab the demo at the above link, which should already be patched. Otherwise, you can upgrade it by visiting the game’s Patch Page for the 1.018 update.  This is the first official patch since 1.015, so there are a lot of included updates, including graphics improvements and some balance tweaks.

Dungeons of Dredmor

It’s out, and on Steam, and even on sale from it’s ridiculously-l0w-price of $5. While I do lament the availability of non-Steam options (I would rather have given them my money directly), I didn’t want to wait to grab my copy until other options became available. Thus I fed the Valve monopoly. I sold my soul for the opportunity to whack Diggles. And so can you. More information here on Steam.

Cthulhu Saves the World / Breath of Death VII Double-Pack

$3. Actually, it’s 10% off of $2.99, so that is $2.69. Even if you are only remotely interested, this is a good deal. I have Cthulhu Saves the World on the X-Box (if I’d have known it would be out for PC, I would have waited. Heck, maybe I’ll just buy it again, at that price.)  These games are goofy little send-ups of the JRPG genre. They are actually competent if not particularly amazing JRPG style games on their own, but the humor is really the reason to get them. As a fan of Lovecraft’s stories, I love Cthulhu as a very reluctant hero in this game.  You can get more information on the Steam site.

There’s also an interesting article on GamePro about these games and Dungeons of Dredmor, and their successful release on Steam earlier this week.  A great quote about the difference between console indie gamers and their PC kin came from BoD VII / CStW developer Robert Boyd via Twitter:

“Gotta love the different reactions to our $3 price tag,” Boyd continued on Twitter. “PC = ‘$3?! That’s awesome! How do these guys make money?’ XBLIG = ‘$3?! What a rip off!'”

Maybe it is the maturity level of PC gamers – and I’m talking from a financial standpoint, not an emotional one.  But that’s a conversation for another post…

Darklight Dungeon Eternity

Jesse Zoeller sent me a link to his YouTube video of the latest alpha build of Darklight Dungeon Eternity – mainly showing off the principle elements in general, what’s available in town and in the UI, etc. It’s not an exciting trailer-type video, but it does give you an idea of what’s in store…

Age of Decadence

The latest word from the Iron Tower Studios folks is pretty exciting. The July update is up, and according to a recent tweet, they expect the demo to be out by November, with the full game coming six to twelve months later.

Frayed Knights

Beta is progressing quite well, though the difficulty level is proving daunting for a few testers. The big problems are becoming fewer and further between, though there remains plenty of small issues, areas needing polish, balance problems, and hard-to-reproduce bugs. This morning, Brian “Skavenhorde” Critser emailed me to announce he’s now the first person to beat the game (without cheating) TWICE, though his second play-through, with the higher difficulty, clocked in closer to 30 hours… even with him knowing where everything was, and skipping an optional dungeon where a game bug prevented entrance.

Telepath RPG: Servants of God

Craig Stern of Sinister Design reports that a new beta of Telepath RPG: Servants of God, with a MAJOR overhaul to optimize the entire game (not to mention streamlining further development considerably) is imminent.  Those who have pre-ordered and have access to the beta will be able to enjoy the update soon.  This looks like a game that should please those who love tactical RPGs, so I’m excited that progress has been able to make a decent lurch forward.

Planet Stronghold

It sounds like the turn-based, story-heavy, sci-fi RPG Planet Stronghold has enjoyed enough success to warrant an expansion (or add-on, as developer Celso Riva calls it on Twitter). I need to bug him for details – or get him to comment here for more.

UPDATE: I asked, and he delivered. From the comments:

Planet Stronghold will have an expansion called “Warzone“, which I think will become more like a stand-alone game (I’m not sure yet, depends if I can work on a fun strategic gameplay). This because I plan to add a strategic map to the game where you can build/conquer sectors of the planet, and then fight as usual with normal JRPG battles like in the regular game.”

The Legend of Grimrock

(H/t to Craig Stern’s IndieRPGs.com for this one.) This is a first-person dungeon crawler Finnish indie team Almost Human. They’ve released a tiny teaser of the game in development, The Legend of Grimrock, already looking quite beautiful and exciting. And – dare I say it? – Old-School!

Fated Heaven, Chapter One

I haven’t played this JRPG-style game, so I can’t say much about it, other than that you can check it out here.

Timelapse Vertigo

Styg has posted an update in the RG forums of his sci-fi RPG in development, Timelapse Vertigo.


Okay, I know I’m missing some newsworthy items, but that’s where you come in. What’s been happening the last four to eight weeks in the world of indie computer RPGs?



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  • Celso Riva said,

    Planet Stronghold will have an expansion called “Warzone”, which I think will become more like a stand-alone game (I’m not sure yet, depends if I can work on a fun strategic gameplay). This because I plan to add a strategic map to the game where you can build/conquer sectors of the planet, and then fight as usual with normal JRPG battles like in the regular game.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Thanks! I added your notes to the main article.

  • Andy_Panthro said,

    A bit more info and opinions on a few of these from the folks over at Rock Paper Shotgun:

    Dungeons of Dredmor:

    Magical Diary:

    Cthulhu Saves the World:

  • Incindium said,

    Man I wish The Legend of Grimrock farther along in development. I love that old school style of RPG with the grid style movement. Reminds me of the Lands of Lore games or Dragon Wars(unofficial Bard’s Tale IV) which I played back in the day.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    You aren’t the only one. I was reading their blog and looking at the screenshots, and I think I drooled on my keyboard a little.

  • getter77 said,

    http://www.ancientdomainsofmystery.com/ After roughly over a decade, the first Alpha release of JADE, the infamous sequel to ADOM, has been released and should see lots of incremental releases from here to fix and fill it with content.

    In the Roguelike/RPG circles, this was pretty much equal with Duke Nukem Forever and that Cleve guy’s game in terms of “we’ll never see it happen”…and yet here were are…

  • Runner said,

    Cthulhu can be bought as a 4-pack from Gamersgate, costing only a total of $9. You get to save a few cents 😛


  • skavenhorde said,

    *Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* ADOM has been updated? AWESOME!!!!! Thanks getter77 for mentioning this.

    But dang it, now I have Dungeons of Dredmor, the next beta of Frayed Knights, Terraria (awesome game) and now a new ADOM to play. I seriously need more time. Where is that time stop spell when you need it 😛

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    I keep hearing from people complaining about how there is “no good games coming out,” especially after some disappointing mainstream released. Now granted, my game development obsession really does cut into my gaming time, but with all these awesome indie releases, I can’t even imagine having that problem anymore, even if I wasn’t overloaded with my backlog.

  • getter77 said,

    Whoa now skaven…it is not ADOM itself has been updated at present—-just the first early Alpha of the SEQUEL to ADOM, JADE, has been released.

    In theory, some ADOM stuff will manifest some day, but you can see in the blog posts on that link and some of Biskup’s facebook ramblings that it is much more time consuming to try to do stuff for the ancient ADOM codebase than the fresh and forward looking JADE one.

  • skavenhorde said,

    Yea, I know. As soon as I went to the site I knew you it was just Jade. Truthfully I didn’t know there was a difference until today. I got ADOM from them so thought it might have something to do with upgrading ADOM by putting it in another format. I believe it’s java now.

    I would have dismissed it a year ago, but with just how much fun Project Zomboid is and it’s a browser game then maybe it won’t be so bad.

    That’s good news actually because I just added another game I wanted to play but never completed to my list. I just added Dungeon Siege 2. Gotta say it’s nothing like what I’d expect from a DS game. Too bad that DS 1 turned me so off on even trying a new one that I missed out on this game. It’s pretty frun.

    So my current games I’m playing during my vacation is Frayed Knights, Terraria (Minecraft next week), Dungeon Seige and maybe Dungeons of Dredmor. I’m putting DoD on hold till they release a patch that fixes those crashes. I just had a crash and lost all that progress I had made with my leveled up to the max Fleshmancy guy. I was thinking about just playing normal, but no can’t do that. I need permadeath now. Give me a real challenge where every step could be your last.

    Other than the crashes, DoD is a great game.

    Oh well, Getter77 wake me up when ADOM or Jade have an update. Might check them out then, but until then I have a few I want to pass during these two months off.

  • rune_74 said,

    You may want to check out Dungeon Craft it is inching it’s way to 1.0. It is a modern remake of the gold box editor Forgotten realms unlimited adventures…very easy to use.


  • trudodyr said,

    Man, that Grimrock looks awesome! Thanks for the heads up.