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« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2014, 05:35:59 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on January 23, 2014, 07:29:34 PM

I've heard the combat compared to Final Fantasy Tactics (certainly a favorite of mine). Is that true?  icon_smile

Blackguards (another turn-based tactical RPG that) just completed Early Access on Steam and released the other day earlier than expected. Enjoying it OK, but assigning the roughly zillion action points gets on my nerve and the battles tend to involve a lot of popping up a menu and rolling your mouse around to choose menus within nested sub menus. Perhaps Banner Saga would be more my style.
Roughly I guess but I think of it more like elaborate chess. Positioning is very important and for the most part each character only has a regular attack and one special attack. Stat management is pretty minimal and each character can only equip one item.
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« Reply #41 on: February 14, 2014, 02:03:51 PM »

After passing the 50-hour mark in Blackguards, I wanted a little change of pace so finally got this last night. Put 3 hours into it. Lot of fun, very addictive. While there's a lot going on, it doesn't feel painfully micromanaging to me. And aside from assigning one buff-equipment per character, no inventory to speak of (Blackguards is a constant inventory minder).

While some basic concepts echo Blackguards' turn-based combat (which made it pretty easy for me to get into Banner Saga quickly), it's also very different. Doesn't seem to be any ability to heal (no healer, no potions etc.) and to this point haven't gotten any spellcaster types in Banner Saga. Blackguards focuses on the environment in maps playing a role, much of the time, and with Saga it's very much the battle tactics focused on rather than the environment (during combat).

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Very cool look (this is one of many Camps), though sometimes I struggle a bit to pick out what to click on the camp screen (text not always as easy to see as on this one).


Animation's very cool. While it gets a tad bloody, this isn't, say, Age of Conan or Game of Thrones - you spend a lot of time battling robots that seem to be from a Hanna Barbera cartoon.  icon_smile


Sometimes the start point is surrounded. You can reposition characters' starting points within a preset starting field of squares.


I'm still grasping what character is best suited to do what. Have to pay attention to the armor/health ratings; sometimes a fearsome looking character has very little armor rating to start. Most enjoy Rook's (Hunter class) "marked" attack, which causes adjacent friendlies to auto-attack the target too if in range.


The classes are really cool and distinct:
http://stoicstudio.com/classes/
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« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2014, 05:06:33 PM »

Here's some of the special abilities for the various classes. Lot more than this, I just got screenshots for these.  icon_smile

Hunter: Mark of Prey

*I love the visuals on this. The tricky part is lining up a target so you have at least a couple of other friendlies adjacent to it who can do an auto-attack after your Mark. Hunters also have a basic bow attack, and a pretty strong melee axe attack - a very versatile class.  icon_cool

Raidmaster: Stone Wall

*Makes you "tanky." I'm a bit unclear on how long the effect lasts.

Thrasher: Bloody Flail

*Pretty fun, flailing animation. Per the description, has a random effect of slashing at an enemy's armor or strength (health).

Eagle Eye: Thread the Needle

*Not always easy to line up enemies in a straight line, and this damages friendlies on the target line too. I mistakenly took out one of my own guys this morning. Well, it's hard sometimes to tell who's who.  icon_razz

Skystriker: Rain of Arrows

*To me the ability name is sort of ill-fitting. This is more of a one-square "trap" arrow that stops a target and keeps it from doing anything else on that turn. I haven't really mastered using it and have found Skystriker awfully fragile, so I just haven't ranked her to the point that she can fire 2 or 3 arrows (and then live up more to the ability name)
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« Reply #43 on: March 11, 2014, 05:44:42 PM »

figured I'd post this if anyone is still looking for a copy.
Steam has this for sale until Friday
Regular/Deluxe
$16.74/$20.09
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« Reply #44 on: March 11, 2014, 11:03:19 PM »

i think a four-pack can be had for $50, if anyone's interested
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« Reply #45 on: March 11, 2014, 11:19:22 PM »

I'll go in on a 4-pack, I have paypal ability.

I'm digging turn based tactics right now, having a blast with Dogs of War: Online as well.

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« Reply #46 on: March 12, 2014, 03:04:53 AM »

I can go in on a 4-pack as well with paypal.  steam name Countach.

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« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2014, 09:30:27 AM »

I'd like to go in on a four-pack if there's still a spot available - My Steam name is dorthzborn
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« Reply #48 on: March 13, 2014, 09:44:04 PM »

Since the sale ends in 24 hours, is anyone still interested in the 4-pack?
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« Reply #49 on: March 13, 2014, 09:47:55 PM »

fwiw, while I give it two thumbs up, I get my ass kicked in it regularly. You smart folks might fare better.  icon_smile I wish it had some form of co-op (don't think it does).
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« Reply #50 on: March 14, 2014, 12:45:27 AM »

Quote from: EddieA on March 13, 2014, 09:44:04 PM

Since the sale ends in 24 hours, is anyone still interested in the 4-pack?

I'm still interested.  Countach
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« Reply #51 on: March 14, 2014, 01:14:28 AM »

I've never done one of these four-packs before, but I guess we'd need someone who is set up to accept Paypal payments to buy the game, who we would then reimburse.
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« Reply #52 on: March 14, 2014, 01:24:46 AM »

In unless someone else wants the spot.
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« Reply #53 on: March 14, 2014, 04:10:02 PM »

did you guys get a 4th person?
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« Reply #54 on: March 14, 2014, 04:44:27 PM »

I don't have anything in my inventory so I don't think anyone has bought it yet.
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« Reply #55 on: March 14, 2014, 06:00:39 PM »

well, if nobody bought the 4-pack, you can get it from Gamefly digital for $13.35  after discount code MAR20OFF
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