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Call of Saregnar is a nod to 90s party-based RPGs and it's on the way to Linux

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Do you miss earlier party-based RPGs? Call of Saregnar is an in development title from Damjan Mozetič inspired by the likes of  Betrayal at Krondor, TES: Daggerfall and Realms of Arkania.

The developer explains that it's a game of exploration and investigation with an emphasis on story and characters, and that it "proudly ditches the cliches of the RPG genre and expects you to think". What makes it real interesting is that it blends together a low-poly 3D style with the characters made from shots of real-life actors.

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"Call of Saregnar is a nod to the wonderful era of party-based RPGs from the 90's. It’s got an intriguing story and interesting characters in a unique low-fantasy medieval setting. The graphics are charmingly old-school with billboard trees and a low-poly 3D world. All the characters are photographs and frame sequences of real actors, that you can interact with, see them in the world and fight with. The combat system is a turn-based hex grid affair with many tactical options. Also the game has a magic systems based on gods and divine favour, which is really unique and immersive. Overall the game has a very relaxing pace, and it feels like reading a good novel; Makes you feel right at home."

Features at a glance:

  • 10 chapters involving a mature story in a believable world,
  • A tribute to the early 90’s: Low-poly 3D, hand-pixelated custom goodness,
  • Real-life digitized actors as characters,
  • 100% hand-built levels, 100% hand-placed props, enemies and items,
  • An open world to explore, filled with engaging NPCs, locations and quests which support the main storyline,
  • Classless per-use skill-based character development,
  • Strategic turn-based hex grid combat,
  • Unique magic system based on divine favour,
  • Less is more: fewer, but well-defined items,
  • You won't find a quest marker here, just a map and a journal to aid you in your quest.

Seems the idea has been quite popular with it closing in on having enough monthly funding via their Patreon to be a full-time thing. On the status of Linux support, the developer made it clear on Twitter that it's already hooked up.

You can follow it on Steam.

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soulsource 20 Sep
Shut up and take my money!
You had me at 'Betrayal at Krondor' ;-)
Wishlisted -> dragged to the top
slaapliedje 20 Sep
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Sure, I just started playing the new Pathfinder game. Which is also hard to get into because of Valheim finally dropping the new update and I have some that insist I should play that :P This looks good, I'll wait until the Linux release and pick it up.

Edit: Realms of Arkania was an asshole of a game, and fit as well into the 'survival' genre as RPG!


Last edited by slaapliedje on 20 September 2021 at 3:21 pm UTC
kaiman 20 Sep
From the trailer I clearly see the inspiration from Betrayal at Krondor and the open world and classless per-use skill-based character development just screams Elder Scrolls. But I'm not quite sure where Realms of Arkania fits in there. And I would so love to have another game like those, complete with the Dark Eye ruleset.

Edit: In this interview, the developer says the game "is 90% Betrayal at Krondor inspired, but you may find a bit of the old Realms of Arkania trilogy in there, as well as Microprose’s Darklands, Might and Magic VI and other games of the ’90s.". But no specifics given.

Quoting: slaapliedjeEdit: Realms of Arkania was an asshole of a game, and fit as well into the 'survival' genre as RPG!
I assume that's meant as a compliment :-). If I think back on the series, its one of the aspects I remember fondly. Traveling the wilderness or entering a dungeon required a bit of preparation, lest you run out of arrows or, god forbid, your boots fell apart. You also wanted some blankets and camping gear or resting wouldn't restore much health / astral energy. It mostly came down to a one-time investment and some blocked inventory space, but it helped reinforce the feeling of leaving the safety of civilization behind and going out on an adventure.


Last edited by kaiman on 20 September 2021 at 6:04 pm UTC
Keyrock 20 Sep
The important thing will be the writing, that was Betrayal at Krondor's biggest strength and what set it apart from its peers. In a RPG landscape littered with "find the sacred sword to stop the great evil" stories BaK threw you into a spider's web of political intrigue with a murder mystery, deception, and back stabbing.
Iggi 20 Sep
Quoting: kaimanEdit: In this interview, the developer says the game "is 90% Betrayal at Krondor inspired, but you may find a bit of the old Realms of Arkania trilogy in there, as well as Microprose’s Darklands, Might and Magic VI and other games of the ’90s.". But no specifics given.

Thanks for the find! I'd have wished for a bit more of Realms of Arkania influence, but the aesthetics of the game alone are totally my thing.
slaapliedje 20 Sep
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Quoting: kaimanI assume that's meant as a compliment :-). If I think back on the series, its one of the aspects I remember fondly. Traveling the wilderness or entering a dungeon required a bit of preparation, lest you run out of arrows or, god forbid, your boots fell apart. You also wanted some blankets and camping gear or resting wouldn't restore much health / astral energy. It mostly came down to a one-time investment and some blocked inventory space, but it helped reinforce the feeling of leaving the safety of civilization behind and going out on an adventure.
For sure it was. If I recall it is one where you could get disease and freeze to death.
Still wasn't as bad as Robinson's Requiem / Deus, in which if you tumbled down a hill, you would break your ankles and have to bandage and heal them. 'Survival' games these days are weak sauce compared to those.
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Quoting: kaimanI assume that's meant as a compliment :-). If I think back on the series, its one of the aspects I remember fondly. Traveling the wilderness or entering a dungeon required a bit of preparation, lest you run out of arrows or, god forbid, your boots fell apart. You also wanted some blankets and camping gear or resting wouldn't restore much health / astral energy. It mostly came down to a one-time investment and some blocked inventory space, but it helped reinforce the feeling of leaving the safety of civilization behind and going out on an adventure.
For sure it was. If I recall it is one where you could get disease and freeze to death.
Still wasn't as bad as Robinson's Requiem / Deus, in which if you tumbled down a hill, you would break your ankles and have to bandage and heal them. 'Survival' games these days are weak sauce compared to those.
Good lord! So what happened if you took an arrow to the knee?
skinnyraf 21 Sep
Sounds like a great Steam Deck candidate :)
slaapliedje 21 Sep
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: kaimanI assume that's meant as a compliment :-). If I think back on the series, its one of the aspects I remember fondly. Traveling the wilderness or entering a dungeon required a bit of preparation, lest you run out of arrows or, god forbid, your boots fell apart. You also wanted some blankets and camping gear or resting wouldn't restore much health / astral energy. It mostly came down to a one-time investment and some blocked inventory space, but it helped reinforce the feeling of leaving the safety of civilization behind and going out on an adventure.
For sure it was. If I recall it is one where you could get disease and freeze to death.
Still wasn't as bad as Robinson's Requiem / Deus, in which if you tumbled down a hill, you would break your ankles and have to bandage and heal them. 'Survival' games these days are weak sauce compared to those.
Good lord! So what happened if you took an arrow to the knee?
You became a guard. :P
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