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Time to adventure through Transylvania with the upcoming Near-Mage from the developer of Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure. Stuck In Attic are back with what looks like another high quality adventure, this time mixing in a little RPG mechanics too. Near-Mage is set in the same universe as Gibbous as well.

"You have been invited to stay in Transylvania for the summer... Only to find out that you come from a long line of witches. Meet your new vampyre and strigoi classmates, embrace your destiny, and enroll in the Transylvanian Institute for Magick! A supernatural adventure made in Transylvania."

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Features:

  • Study spell crafting in the Transylvanian Institute for Magick as a mage-in-training -  a Near-Mage;
  • Experience a deep and engaging story that plays like an adventure game;
  • Craft your own spell inventory, use it with different results in every play-through;
  • Dozens of unique characters in and around the Institute for Magick - your spells change their lives for better or worse;
  • Vampyres, pricolitch, moroi, strigoi, ghouls, shtima, and more mythical Romanian creatures to interact with;
  • Over 80 lushly rendered environments hand-painted in glorious 4K resolution;
  • Traditionally animated frame-by-frame;
  • Darkly colorful atmosphere bolstered by meticulous on-location research of myths and folklore;
  • Rich cinematic orchestral score (recorded with live instruments if stretch goal is reached);
  • Fully voiced by professional actors (if stretch goal is reached)
  • Dozens of itemized outfits and hairstyles to customize your main character;
  • Switch from pointing and clicking with your mouse to direct control via gamepad on the fly;
  • A game about Transylvania made by Transylvanians!

It's currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with the goal already reached. A dedicated Linux version was the first stretch-goal, which has already been hit too. Clearly their idea is popular with fans of adventure games. Since it's been funded, we've added it to our big list of crowdfunded titles.

You can help fund it on Kickstarter and follow on Steam.

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8 comments

crabel 6 Aug
I played Gibbous a while ago, I liked it in general:
- Really nice graphics
- Good sound, nice voices
- Riddles were good
- No technical issues at all

The only thing I didn't really like was the humor. They tried really, really hard (probably too hard) to create some jokes, but I didn't think it was funny. But maybe that's just me.
CatKiller 6 Aug
I wonder if they'll ensure that the text and UI scales well on, say, a small relatively-low resolution 16:10 screen?
Gibbous was an overall very good game, and probably near-mage too, but somehow the art looks of lower quality than it predecessor. It also looks like the world is based on will be the same than Gibbous.
dibz 6 Aug
Quoting: ArehandoroGibbous was an overall very good game, and probably near-mage too, but somehow the art looks of lower quality than it predecessor. It also looks like the world is based on will be the same than Gibbous.

I thought exactly the same thing watching the trailer. Perhaps it's just because it's so early?
Quoting: dibz
Quoting: ArehandoroGibbous was an overall very good game, and probably near-mage too, but somehow the art looks of lower quality than it predecessor. It also looks like the world is based on will be the same than Gibbous.

I thought exactly the same thing watching the trailer. Perhaps it's just because it's so early?

Very much hope so :)
tuubi 7 Aug
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: dibz
Quoting: ArehandoroGibbous was an overall very good game, and probably near-mage too, but somehow the art looks of lower quality than it predecessor. It also looks like the world is based on will be the same than Gibbous.

I thought exactly the same thing watching the trailer. Perhaps it's just because it's so early?

Very much hope so :)

The game might not look quite as nice as Gibbous, but it's still a lot prettier and better animated than a whole bunch of excellent adventure games. I won't mind at all if this is what the finished product looks like.
Wait, what? Gibbous looks even better than this trailer?
How is it possible that it's not yet in my Steam Library then? That's a mistake that must be corrected at once!

(I just saw that by backing the new game you get a 50% discount on Gibbous - going to do just that.)
Salvatos 7 Aug
Quoting: ArehandoroGibbous was an overall very good game, and probably near-mage too, but somehow the art looks of lower quality than it predecessor. It also looks like the world is based on will be the same than Gibbous.
Having backed the original campaign, they went overboard with the art quality for such a small team and I'm pretty sure they are intentionally keeping themselves in check this time around to finish the game in a more reasonable timeframe and within budget. On the other hand they've gained experience and skills in the process, so I don't doubt that it's still going to look good, albeit less finely polished.
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