Game-related ramblings.

Month: November 2013

History Lessons: Betrayal At Krondor (part 3)

New readers may wish to read my History Lessons Introduction first. Also be sure to read part 1 and part 2 before continuing. When you’ve finished you may wish to read part 4. Other History Lessons posts can be found here.

It’s been a while since my last post about Betrayal at Krondor, but if it makes you feel better, I’ve gotten farther in the game this time. I was nearing the end of Chapter 2 then, now I’m just starting Chapter 5. And I’m glad I waited until now to talk about the game’s overarching narrative, because it got a lot more interesting right after Chapter 2 ended.

In part 2 I discussed how the game’s open world is designed to funnel players through certain narrative experiences, offering a series of clues and encounters along the roads the player must take when traveling. The result is an experience that feels organic and emergent while still providing a set story. Chapter 3 offers even more freedom than the first two, and is the best example of Betrayal at Krondor’s unique narrative design so far.

Roguelike Updates: Gargoyles Are Pretty Good

Readers who are unfamiliar with roguelikes may wish to read my introduction to the genre, or peruse the various Roguelike Highlights posts. Also remember that you can click on images for larger versions.

Only two of the roguelikes I’ve previously covered have seen updates since my last Roguelike Updates post. Brogue had been sitting at v1.7.2 for some time, but it’s now been updated to v1.7.3. I haven’t had a chance to play it much, but the major changes relate to the stealth system and the progression system for friendly allies. Given that the last major update removed player leveling from the game, making combat a completely optional endeavor, I’m excited to see how the new stealth system plays out. A sneaky adventurer who slips past enemies unnoticed would be fun to play.

The other big news was the release of v0.13.0 of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup last month. I have had a chance to play with this one, and I tried the new playable species that came with it: the gargoyle.

Skyjacker Returns To Kickstarter

Over a year ago, I wrote several posts about Skyjacker, a new space sim game which was seeking funding through Kickstarter. It didn’t make it, but developers Digitilus didn’t give up. Instead, they kept crowdfunding open on their own website, and returned to Kickstarter with the Starship Constructor, a tool used to build ships for the game. Backers of the successful campaign got to play with the constructor and funds went towards continuing development on the main game. Now, Digitilus is back to Kickstarter with a final campaign to finish Skyjacker.

Unfortunately, the timing isn’t so great, with high-profile space sim games like Star Citizen and Elite: Dangerous hogging the crowdfunding headlines. But I’m more excited about Skyjacker than I am about those games, and it’s not just because of my predilection for Russian things. Read on for some reasons why you might want to fund Skyjacker too.

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