Vagrus - The Riven Realms, an incredibly engrossing in-development narrative blend of fantasy RPG and strategy mechanics has a fresh build up.
Vagrus is a Strategy-Roleplaying Game for PC, where the player takes the role of a vagrus - a sort of a caravan leader, who makes a living on a strange and dangerous dark fantasy world by leading a traveling company on all kinds of ventures.
Before talking a little about the new build, let's look at some numbers. Lost Pilgrims Studio put Vagrus up on Fig in May last year, so in around eight months they've managed to pass well over $50K on Fig so it certainly seems like they're doing well. Using Fig's "Open Access" funding model, a hybrid that blends Early Access and Crowdfunding. They have a set milestone in funding for certain features, a ton of which have been hit now.
Not seen it yet? Here's some of their early gameplay footage:
Since covering it in September last year (and being seriously impressed) multiple new builds have released adding in features like: Crew Combat, the start of Unrest and Obedience Mechanics for your crew (they've almost hit the feature funding goal for it), a Hidden Stash and Smuggling Contraband to make trading valuables a little more interesting, Extended Narration Voice Over, Character Idle Animations during normal combat which definitely makes it feel better, Random Passengers to find and pick up, a major update to Unity and tons more.
It's really turning into an exceptional narrative-driven experience, the style and writing are fantastic and really do pull you into the world. What's interesting is that I often struggle with RPG experiences that make me sit still and read (I prefer a good narrator and voice over), but Vagrus is just so captivating I end up absorbed by it. If you enjoy a good read with trading, combat and exploration then Vagrus - The Riven Realms should tick a few boxes for you. The Linux version works great, really enjoying it.