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Game News Aeon of Sands - The Trail Released

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Aeon of Sands - The Trail; Two Bits Kid

    Today's second release is Two Bits Kid's Aeon of Sands - The Trail. It's a surreal, story-driven dungeon crawler with CYOA elements and a comic book aesthetic, which has apparently been in development for six years. Pretty wild stuff. This is the sort of game the Codex should have paid more attention to, and probably would have if it wasn't a blobber (and a real-time one at that). It's not too late to make amends, though. Zed posted the release trailer back in October, so I'll just quote the game's description here:

    Aeon of Sands – The Trail is a retro low fantasy RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world, with first person, grid-based exploration, puzzles, real-time combat, and a fully illustrated, non-linear, choose your story adventure.

    The game follows the misadventures of a likeable slacker, who is suddenly thrown out of his cozy home into a terrible, infinite desert that seems to hate him.

    Accompany the vain, nap-loving clerk Setrani through his first major adventure.
    Guide him on his travels through a dangerous land, ravaged by the weather and by tribal conflicts. Struggle with him as the desert, wickedly, sets trap after trap on his path.

    The story is driven by multiple-choice dialogues, in which you are repeatedly confronted with new absurd situations.
    Based on your decisions, new areas can be explored while others become inaccessible, you meet new companions or make enemies of them.

    It's basically Choose Your Own Adventure featuring Dungeon Crawling!

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    “One of the most brilliant pieces of design I’ve seen in forever“ Rock, Paper, Shotgun
    • Choose your path, or stumble around blindly! Let nonlinearity be your pal!
    • Replay it! Do it differently all over, and still manage to sabotage civilisation!
    • Travel the large desert like there's no tomorrow!
    • Play with magic, which is most often as dangerous to you as to others!
    • Face multiple endings, and more often, your own!
    • Real-time combat
    • 20 locations and more than 60 mazes and dungeons to explore
    • More than 140 dialogues
    • Completely hand drawn 2.5D environment, 240 hand-drawn illustrations
    • Up to 2 other characters can join your party during play
    • Each character’s personality influences the outcome of the story, and opens up new paths
    You can grab Aeon of Sands on Steam for $20, with a 10% launch discount until next week. I'd like to hear some impressions - this game could be like the Disco Elysium of blobbers.
     
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  2. Think big! Smoking Dicks

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    It's never too late. But do we want to?
     
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  3. BlackAdderBG Arcane Patron

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    Blobber- can't find single screenshot with the character UI. Does it have any stats, abilities, character customization?
     
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  4. Drowed Arcane

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    From what I can see, the game doesn't have one. Clicking on your character's pic opens an inventory that allows you to put equipment on him, but only that. There doesn't seem to be a specific screen with character statistics, I'm not even sure if there are levels in the game. Some items have descriptions like "+2 STR" or "-20 Mana" but there doesn't seem to be a screen that shows your current values, which is at the very least strange.

    The first 30 mins:


    (But a real-time blobber is a pass for me anyways.)
     
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  5. Agame Learned

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    Real time is a damn shame, but it has that Ishar 'janky-wierd-atmospheric' vibe so I am pretty excited about it!
     
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  6. Skdursh Educated

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    You don't like Might and Magic 6-8?
     
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  7. thesheeep Arcane

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    I'll be waiting for the linux version.
    Too bad this is real-time, but it just looks too damn good not to play eventually.
     
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  8. Slimu Scholar Patron

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    I bought the game, but only on Friday I can play it and return with some impressions.
     
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  9. ManaJunkie Literate

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    Stats are there:

    17 min 20 sec
     
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  10. vorvek Savant Patron

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    Played it a bit last night. There are 3 main stats (strength, dexterity? and magic?, don't remember the names) governing 3 point pools (hp, stamina, mana) and 3 main skills (sovereignty, accuracy and concentration) with a 4th skill called focus that seems to be related to some specific forms of magic. Weapons break, or at least, the rusty shanks you find in the first dungeon break. Enemy AI is a bit weird, and a lot of times they'll move a bit erratically past you instead of trying to attack.

    There's a bit of choose your own adventure like fluff, but at least, during the intro, doesn't really allow you to choose anything other than "yeah, let's go". You can get barely a bit of extra fluff, but the setting is not too detailed, and the game jokes about it calling two cities that get names during the first conversation "plot devices" when asking for more info on them.
     
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  11. V_K Arcane

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    There are some more immediately obvious choices later on, and some of the minor stuff you do at the marketplace has consequences down the line. I think this aspect of the game shapes up to be quite deep.
    This one only applies to one specific NPC functioning on a completely different magic system.
     
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  12. Skdursh Educated

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    Nice. Now I'm buying it.
     
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  13. frajaq Learned

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    big yikes
     
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  14. luj1 Cipher

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    Stylish game. I would play it for its visual identity alone.
     
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  15. Urthor Arbiter Patron

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    So, is it shit?
     
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  16. Iron Balls McGinty Literate

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    I bought it.
    Real time aside, and that was a tough one.

    No time to play yet though.
     
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  17. aratuk Arbiter

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    Steam-only. Meh.
     
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  18. Chaotic_Heretic Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Shitposter

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    I was so excited looking at this. But its Real time, so fuck it.
     
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  19. toro Arcane

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    No streams on Twitch. Sign of quality game.
     
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  20. Epsilon Cipher

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    Just bought it and played through the tutorial area, kinda reminds me of Amberstar on the Amiga. But this basement is a fair bit larger! I'm really enjoying the atmosphere and the graphics. Didn't really about breaking the fourth wall during the introduction, it's generally not a good way to immerse the player. Maybe in Monkey Island where you're controlling Guybrush, but not in an RPG. Personal preference of course :)
    So far, money well spent

    It should also be noted that I'm playing it on Linux through proton/steam. It can crash on area transition. Thats just because of proton, the native version doesn't do it. Hit F5 for quicksave before going down/up stairs.
     
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  21. Agame Learned

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    Yea the humor bothers me, I dont mind a bit eg. Fallout/Wasteland, but I am sick and tired of all the Indie "4th wall breaking, I am so meta" bullshit.

    How bad is it in this?
     
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  22. baud Learned

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  23. Hoaxmetal Arcane

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    [​IMG]

    No wonder John Walker likes it.
     
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  24. ceics Novice Patron

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    For fuck's sake. Love some of the atmosphere oozing from the screenshots. Does it at least allow pause to issue orders?

    How are you supposed to issue commands to all party members in real time, ffs? You click at the screen and they all fire what they have equipped?
     
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  25. Tramboi Cipher

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    You need to experience some Dungeon Master goodness !
     
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