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New alternate cover!

Hi everyone!

I have commissioned a new alternate cover. Thanks and kudos to the very talented artist, Omri Koresh!

New cover art in the works

Hi everyone!

I'm commissioning some new artwork for the cover and wanted to get your feedback. Here's a draft of what it looks like so far. The character is Iolanthe, those hands aren't hers.

Thank you!

Baldr's Squid Isekai now available in Early Access!

The stealth sequel to Memoirs is released!

You can find it here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2610440/Baldrs_Squid_Isekai_A_Parody/

Planning... something... for Fall 2024

Hi everyone!

For no reason whatsoever, and definitely not related to a certain other vampire... RPG, I think I will be planning "something" with this game for this Fall.

Is it a full release? Probably nothing that optimistic. Or is it? Dun dun DUN!

TBD. Stay tuned.

So, I spent months obsessively designing a RPG combat system from scratch

It’s no secret that I’ve been less than happy with the combat systems in my released games. While they are serviceable, a combination of technical and design inexperience, as well as time pressures, meant that I was unable to make them what I wanted them to be. But that’s to be expected, after all, game development is a learning experience.

I’ve said a few times during the development of Memoirs that I was refining the combat in that game to be more fun and open, but that came at the cost of challenge, and in many ways, it was a crude system that lacked mathematical elegance.

Of course, what I want is a combat system that could stand alongside any of its peers, both video games and tabletop RPGs, and still hold its own. A system that provides a crunchy simulation of turn-based combat, one that is simple but still contains depth, and above all is fun to play.

A lofty goal for any game designer. Veteran RPG devs, people who have been working in this field for years, are still striving towards this goal. It’s something that I’ve personally desired for a long time too.

I certainly wasn’t going to achieve it in my first two or three games. But on my fourth, I’ll give it a shot :D.

This isn’t a system designed in a vacuum. I spent months contemplating what RPG enthusiasts really like about turn-based combat, as well as my personal preferences from both tabletop campaigns and the cRPGs I’ve enjoyed. Low numbers vs high numbers, types of damage mitigation, RNG vs determinism, build balance and tactical considerations.

In the end, what I have can neither be described as unique nor startlingly complex, but hopefully as something that is robust and fun.

I am very excited to unveil the Memory Battle System 3.0 with the Early Access launch of Baldr’s Squid Isekai next month, my low-effort parody game that is getting decidedly more high-effort every passing day. The same system will also be present in Vampire Syndicate and That Which Rises, although possibly with changes.

I hope you enjoy it, and as always, I appreciate your feedback.