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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: June 28, 2014, 10:30:18 AM
A Kickstarter campaign is active for Insomnia , a post-apocalyptic, "diesel punk" RPG with RTwP combat (e.g., Baldur's Gate, DA: O, etc.). Has some really nice graphics and sounds quite ambitious, promising non-linear quests with multiple solutions.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: June 12, 2014, 10:38:47 AM
Looks great, but (not trying to be negative here) I'd like to see a demonstration of the game at this point.  The full combat mod for W2 gave me really high hopes that they ironed out some of the gameplay idiosyncrasies that I wasn't really a fun of, so I want to see the game in actual action and not just pretty cutscenes and snippets.  Hope we see it at one of the big press conferences! 

I'm sure you may have seen this by now but here's a couple gameplay demo video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVlE8BXEbpE#t=212


Of course it's still hard to tell exactly what's changed since the TW2 without actually playing it.   My biggest criticism of combat in TW2 was how much you had to rely on rolling in some fights... It got pretty ridiculous in certain battles where the best strategy was to roll over and over again.    But at least it looks like Geralt can now dodge without having to rolll :)
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: May 18, 2014, 08:23:38 AM
Witchmarsh A side-scrolling action RPG set in 1920s Massachusetts. Create and manage a team of investigators in a story-driven supernatural mystery. Really like the concept of this one and I'm all for RPGs that take place anywhere other than the generic Tolkien-esque medieval fantasy setting.

Also, a couple games I have Kickstarted have recently announced release dates.  Divinity: Original Sin (which is currently in Early Access) will have a full release on June 20th.      Quest for Infamy (a Quest For Glory style adventure / RPG hyrbrid) will release on June 26th.   Unrest (an RPG set in Ancient India) is coming out on July 23rd.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: May 07, 2014, 05:01:06 PM
^Yeah, I don't really understand the success of Omori.  Doesn't really look interesting to me but I guess the creator has a following on the web comic the game was based on.

A couple more Kickstarter campaigns that interest me launched recently:

The Way - an action adventure game inspired by Another World (aka "Out of this World" in the US)

Red Goddess- a "Metroidvania" action / adventure game.  I just really like the visuals and music for this one.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 03:16:51 PM
A few more interesting indie RPGs have recent launched on Kickstarter:

Serpent in the Staglands an old school RTwP cRPG in the style of Baldur's Gate and Darklands. 

Prisonscape - an RPG / adventure game where you take on the role of a new inmate in prison. 
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dragon Fin Soup- Raffle Contest on: April 08, 2014, 12:24:28 AM
Never heard of the game, got a trailer?

Also, I thought this was funny from their kickstarter page.

You can make a city for only gay people technically.
It'd be so 'happy' I'd call it Disney.

oops for some reason I linked the wrong game (Shining Empire) in my original post.  Must have been tired. Dragon Fin Soup's Kickstarter page is here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grimmbros/dragon-fin-soup/  A Trailer is the first part of the video.  The developer is going to be releasing a longer game play video soon, too. 
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Dragon Fin Soup- Raffle Contest on: April 06, 2014, 12:29:24 PM
Grimm Bros., the developers of upcoming indie RPG Dragon Fin Soup are holding a raffle contest on their facebook page.  Check it out if you like free stuff.

I'm excited for this game.  It has great art and music.  
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Starting my 1st campaign of Dragon Age Origins! on: March 14, 2014, 01:42:47 PM
I am embarking on my first single player game of Dragon Age. I am an old school RPG gamer and have been out of the loop for a while...haven't played since the old Baldurs Gate days. Will I like this game? I also have the Awakenings expansion. Do I need to play through the original DA before I install it? Any tips or tricks I could use?

I think if you enjoy Baldur's Gate series you will enjoy Dragon Age: Origins.  You can go ahead and install Awakenings; it doesn't matter.. The Awakenings campaign takes place after the storyline of DA: O (unfortunately Awakenings sn't nearly as good and I found it too easy even on the highest difficulty setting) but worth playing once.  DA: O has it's issues; one particular issue is that the classes aren't balanced well- in general Mages > Warriors > Rogues.  But it has a decent story and lots of side quests and secrets to find.  You may need to consult a wiki / walkthrough to find some of the most powerful weapons. 

Here's how I would actually suggest playing Dragon Age Origins:  Create a character and play through their Origin story (probably a couple hours long each) until you get taken to Ostagar.  Do this for several of the origins...Maybe even all 6. The Origins completely different and this will let you try out the different classes without having to replay anything.  Then choose your favorite character and actually play the whole game. 

I'd also say that most of the DLC for Dragon Age Origins is actually worth getting; in particular, the Witch Hunt DLC is great especially if you like Morrigan's character.   
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 12, 2014, 11:35:22 PM
You could always share it here in this thread if you want. 

And it looks like Dragon Fin Soup's on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grimmbros/dragon-fin-soup

I decided to back it because I just love the art, the music, and Grimm Fairy Tales of course.  Still confused about the combat system.  They mention turn-based gameplay but also refer to it as an action RPG which I have always associated with real-time combat.  And the KS page says "set your own pace of progression.  Choose to speed-up to quickly move and strike or slow-down to carefully plan your next move"... so perhaps it's real-time w/ pause with the option to set it to auto pause when it's your character's turn, sort of like Baldur's Gate.  Anyway, they seem to be doing quite well so far, but I hope they can keep up the momentum.  A few  of the games I've backed like Subterranea had a great first day but then just sort of stalled. 
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: [Kickstarter] Celestian Tales: Old North (JRPG) on: March 10, 2014, 12:36:47 PM
Another day, another Kickstarter. Lucky for them that they almost met their goal, oh hey yeah I remember them. Good, I was hoping to see this idea get finalized.

It's pretty refreshing to see stretch goals that are pretty modest, just simple stuff like an expansion, better graphics and animations. At least I know they have a plan, unlike others which don't know what to do with half of the money.

Yeah, it's nice to see they're taking a pretty realistic approach to their goals.  It's already a pretty ambitious game concept and good to see they're not going overboard with promising too many new features for the sake of getting more funding.   Many KS game campaigns end up promising a lot of exciting *sounding* additional features but then run into the problem of delaying the game far beyond the original estimate or even having to split the game into parts when that wasn't or do Early Access for many months when that wasn't the original plan..  Which causes people to get upset and have doubts about the project and crowdfunding in general.  At some point developers just need to reign it in and say "we'll save that for the sequel / expansion". 

Update:  Celestian tales has reached their funding goal with a whole 3 weeks to go work towards their stretch goals!  Man I wish all the projects I backed would do so well.   

26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 10, 2014, 08:09:42 AM
Ponies, bronies or otherwise have nothing to do with it. It could be Monkey Poo-Poo Fish Whale the Narking Sim for all that matters.

I like outlandish concepts, hell I utilize quite a bit of them in my writing.

The 'this is so out there it has no right to exist' mindset, when applied to anything, and further taken up when you attempt to rally groups to shower its existence with nothing but disdain is rather disgusting.

You're allowed to dislike things. You're allowed to not spend money on things you dislike. Claiming something doesn't deserve to be succeeding just because it runs contrary against your tastes? (Albeit potentially unintentional; although the context of your statements before highly suggest otherwise.) Not so much. Unless you're into that whole absolute censorship 'writers/artists have no rights' thing.

Which you might be for all I know.

Lighten up, brah.  I'm not actually implying that this doesn't have a right to exist or anything of the sort.  Just poking a bit of fun.  I just find it hilarious that this game is getting the amount of support it is ($3000 and counting), but there's really no indignation here.  Based on the pitch video the project creator doesn't even take the game that seriously.  But I'm totally OK with the fact that you're a brony :p

But all seriousness, let's move back on topic to interesting Kickstarters / indie games that we personally *want* to succeed, which I think was the intended purpose of this thread.  Dragon Finn Soup does seem kind of interesting to me, but I'd like more info.. From what little info there is, it sounds to me like the game may have us alternating between different fairy tale character (Little Red Riding Hood being the only one shown so far), with their storylines iintersecting.  If done right this could be quite entertaining even though I'm not a huge fan of action RPGs in general. 
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 09, 2014, 09:06:13 PM

I may very well be entitled, but at least I'm not a brony. 
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 09, 2014, 07:18:57 PM

The worst part is they've already raised more funds than Subterreanea.  A modern take on the gold box RPGs with a highly interactive environment?  Pssh, nah, I'd rather have a My Little Pony dating sim. 
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 09, 2014, 08:11:06 AM

Not quite:

30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 08, 2014, 11:06:18 AM
Here's some active Kickstarters that I'm currently backing:   

Subterranea-  a tactical turn-based cRPG that uses OGL ruleset (basically 3.5e D&D).  What really makes this game stand out is the physics / environmental interaction elements.  For ex:  You can blast a rope bridge with a spell and drop enemies into the chasm below.  Note: the gameplay footage is pre-alpha and the main reason the dev is seeking funding is to imrpove the animations and graphics. Greenlight page.   

Starcrawlers- a turn-based dungeon crawler in a Sci-Fi setting. 

Darkest Dungeon a gothic horror dungeon crawler where you have to manage your party member's stress levels. 

Earthlock: Festival of Magic sort of like Rune Factory with turn-based combat.   

Celestian Tales: Old North (which I've already mentioned here). 

Also there's Graywalkers: Purgatory.  An isometric turn-based cRPG set in a supernatural / post-apocalyptic setting.  Their first KS failed but they're set to launch a 2nd KS in about a week.  Greenlight Page

And I backed The Meridian Shard  which has already successfully been funded.  The developer is still taking pre-orders through his website though. 

Whew, so it's a pretty exciting year so far for indie RPGs in development (not to mention many of the  the already funded games I'm waiting for.  Many of which should be coming out later this year).

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