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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 21 Sep
Quoting: kaimanclassless per-use skill-based character development
While Betrayal at Krondor wasn't classless, it also had per-use skill-based character development. You could set a focus, but skills improved by using them.

Quoting: slaapliedjeFor 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.
That makes me think of Unreal World.
randyl 21 Sep
Betrayal at Krondor is one of my all time favorite RPGs and I can definitely see the influence here. It felt quite new and cutting edge, at the time, to freely wander the map in Midkemia in 3D. That wasn't something most RPGs offered at the time.

By the way Liam, the like button for the article is hidden with uBlock origin enabled. I disabled it for the site and it's probably just my restrictive default configuration, but I thought I'd pass it along in case you were unaware and it mattered.
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slaapliedje 21 Sep
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Quoting: soulsource
Quoting: kaimanclassless per-use skill-based character development
While Betrayal at Krondor wasn't classless, it also had per-use skill-based character development. You could set a focus, but skills improved by using them.

Quoting: slaapliedjeFor 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.
That makes me think of Unreal World.
I love classless / levelless RPGs. Probably why I enjoyed Ultima Online so much, and am still a GURPS Player.
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