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Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, a Lovecraftian turn-based RPG, now on Kickstarter

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Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, a Lovecraftian turn-based RPG, now on Kickstarter

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Thu 2 June 2016, 00:43:50

Tags: Cultic Games; Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones

Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is an upcoming RPG based on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, developed by Turkish studio Cultic Games, that first came to the Codex's attention back in March. Although some were skeptical of the idea of engaging in turn-based combat against Lovecraftian monstrosities, Stygian's art and style were immediately popular with our users, as were the uniquely Lovecraftian classes and concepts that Cultic representative Scrawled shared with us on a regular basis. It quickly become apparent that the game was going to have a Kickstarter campaign, originally scheduled for early May but then delayed... until today. The campaign is live now and doing reasonably well. Here's the pitch video and a basic overview:

Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
is a supernatural horror CRPG (computer role-playing game) set in the strange worlds of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Embracing the themes of pulp and weird fiction, Stygian will draw the player into a bleak journey from a ruined Arkham to the very depths of the Abyss.

The gameplay experience promises a mix of rich role-playing and turn-based tactical combat, in a 2D environment with an original, illustrative graphic style. In Stygian, you will create your main character from scratch, with access to several archetypal backgrounds, each with its own origin story, skills, traits, and belief system, the last of which determines how your character replenishes lost sanity as well as presenting unique dialog choices.

The works of H.P. Lovecraft are elaborately woven into Stygian’s narrative. For example, you'll use the haunted violin of Erich Zann to lure a fiendish deity, and convince the wretched protagonist of 'The Outsider' to join your party. Our goal is to blend the culture and social reality of 1920s New England with cosmic horror to create a living, breathing anti-Utopia.

The burden of fighting a desperate battle with forces beyond comprehension will haunt you until the end of the game. Physical combat will be challenging, spellcasting will have dangerous consequences, and sanity strained from exposure to the abominations of the Mythos will leave characters psychologically damaged. Sometimes the best solution will be to flee from the terrors lurking in the night.

Stygian is being crafted by designers who grew up reading Lovecraft and playing Planescape: Torment, the early Fallout titles, Heroes of Might and Magic and the like. We want to create the best possible experience with your feedback. Your interest and support will be invaluable.

If you find the video overwrought, a shorter gameplay trailer and story trailer are also available. Stygian is seeking €55,000 of funding, with an estimated release date in November 2017. A basic copy of the game will cost you €15 (€12 Early Bird), with various digital and physical goodies available at higher tiers. It looks pretty cool - let's hope the funding continues to roll in.

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