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Telepath RPG: Servants of God available for pre-order

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Thus, rather than tell you that strategy-RPG / western-RPG wunderkind Telepath RPG: Servants of God has just been made available for pre-order, I will use a picture:

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Word has it that this is going to be a good’n, but in the spirit of visuals over verbiage, I leave you with a trailer:

New release: Through

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Will Swannack writes in with word that he has released a new graphical roguelike by the name of Through. As in, “Will is now Through developing the game,” or “Let’s go adventuring Through this big dungeon,” or “I played Through too much and then I Through up.” Well. Maybe not that last one.

Anyway, here is a gameplay video:


Gameplay video – Indie DB

You can nab the game Through this link, once you’re Through reading this news blurb.

…Through.

New release: Ash

Developers SRRN made a curious choice in creating Ash: they built a brand-new jRPG engine natively for the iPhone, then licensed generic RPG Maker sprites from Enterbrain to decorate the thing.

According to this positive review up on RPGFan, however, the original writing really makes the game. It’s $4.99 up on the app store. Here is a trailer:

 

New release: Millennium 3

Don’t ask me how they managed this, but Aldorlea Games has just released a new RPG less than a week after the release of their last RPG. This latest one is called Millennium 3: Cry Wolf. Here is what it’s about:

Marine and her friends are back!
Time is running out for the showdown and the Lords of Mystrock are nastier than ever – but Marine has other priorities!
She has to explore the Eastern part of the world with the hope to find new warriors! But little does she know that she is going to be sidetracked in order to help some of her friends!
What will happen next? Will Jeanne be back? Is Bokden still as elusive as ever? Play and find out!

Millennium 3 is the latest installment of the award-winning Millennium series, featuring 40 quests, 32 secret rooms, up to 11 animals kings and a whooping 20-30 hours of gameplay!

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Driftmoon available for pre-order

Developer Instant Kingdom wrote to me today to announce that they are now taking pre-orders for their up-and-coming indie RPG Driftmoon. Quoth the developer:

Driftmoon is an adventure-oriented roleplaying game, with focus on storytelling, exploring and quests. In Driftmoon there are always plenty of things to find and people to meet, and instead of killing all of your enemies, you can sometimes talk your way through.

More exciting (in my view) is the fact that Driftmoon comes with full access to the game editor tools. Which means that in theory, you could be looking at some pretty cool mods after the game’s release.

Pre-orders are €11.99 through Paypal, which I think comes to something just short of $17.00 USD. Here is the gameplay trailer:

New release: Jade’s Journey

Aldorlea Games writes in to announce the release of a new RPG Maker jRPG by the name of Jade’s Journey. I’d like to tell you something about it, but all they have up is the following plot description:

Join Jade in her journey to master her powers and save her father!
Jade is a regular girl living in a regular village until one day… it all changes.

Seriously, that’s it. Oh, and there are a couple of screenshots of a girl standing outside of a couple of different buildings. So the game features buildings for sure. And grass. If you like girls standing in the grassy areas outside of buildings, this game may be for you.

EDIT: I am informed that Aldorlea Games did not actually make this game: this game is by Warfare Studios.

Game review: Recettear

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Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is a Japanese indie RPG originally developed and released by EasyGameStation in 2007, now localized and re-released in English by Carpe Fulgur. The gist is that you play a young girl forced to pay off her late father’s mortgage on the house by converting it into one of those ubiquitous jRPG item shops. Recettear is creative, endlessly entertaining, and above all, truly and painfully addictive.

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Aldorlea Games Halloween Contest

Aldorlea Games has announced a contest to win a free copy of their upcoming jRPG Millenium 3.

I thought of spicing up your waiting time for Millennium’s next chapter and give you all a chance to win a copy of the game in an Aldorlean version of Trick-or-treating. Ehehe!!!

The Treat is obvious – a free copy of MM3!

The Trick… well you’ll need to correctly answer a few questions. Every week I’ll post a batch of questions. For each correct answer you’ll score a point (if a question requires more than one answer it’ll be one point for each).
At the end of the contest the member with highest score will win a copy of the game.
In case of ex-aequo, the winner will be randomly drawn among those with the highest number of points.
The points you accumulate will also be added to your clan so even if you don’t win the game you may considerably boost your clan’s chances of winning the Trophy for Highest Points.

Check the thread for more details.

New release: Space Funeral

Paul Eres posts on TIGS about a new, free, short JRPG set in what is reportedly a unique and interesting universe. You can download Space Funeral right here.

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Dead State Interview

GameBanshee has an interview with Brian Mitsoda about Dead State. It has a lot of interesting stuff in it, but from a pure RPG design perspective, I found this perhaps the most interesting:

Unlike a lot of other RPGs, you don’t gain XP from killing things – you get skill points from completing objectives, which means that the player can go about things in any way that completes the task, rather than have to kill everything that moves. These objectives are both reoccurring and also reactive to events that have been set off by the player’s actions. In a lot of cases, avoiding combat or using the zombies against opponents is a better strategy than going in guns blazing. Reaching certain key milestones (like recruiting a certain number of strangers to your shelter) or making critical decisions in your role as a leader can unlock choices of new perks for your character. We definitely want to encourage players to play the way they want rather than grind for success.

Check out the full interview here. Hat tip to RPGWatch for the story.