What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder.
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Release Date: Jan 22, 2014

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“Blackguards is a real gem.”
4/5 – The Guardian

“A thrilling story, mixed with a deep, tactical and engaging gameplay.”
8/10 – http://www.everyeye.it/pc/articoli/blackguards_recensione_21543

“Blackguards feels like the gift that keeps on giving. At the heart of its brilliance is an enormously engaging story.”
8.7/10 – Hooked Gamers

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About This Game

What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder.

Play as a warrior, mage or hunter and customize your character's skills as you see fit. The challenging campaign delivers a story of doubt, treason and loss. You decide the course of the story at key turning points and determine its outcome.

Key Features


  • More than 180 unique battlemaps provide ever-evolving and novel challenges.
  • Make sure you have plenty of snacks, as this dark fantasy adventure has 40+ hours of exciting play time.
  • Lead up to five characters in your party to glorious victory or devastating defeat.
  • Enjoy enchanting hand drawn backdrops. They're beautiful even when your party members get their asses handed to them.
  • Your choice of spells, skills and abilities determine your battlefield tactics. Aggressive? Defensive? Tactical? It's your call how to tackle each challenging encounter!
  • Use interactive objects like bee hives or barrels to your advantage in combat, or blow yourself up by carrying a torch into flammable swamp gas.
  • Dish out some serious damage with 40 special abilities and more than 90 spells... or find yourself on the other end and get obliterated.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (32/64 bits versions)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (32/64 bits versions)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275, ATI Radeon 4770 Series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac oder Mac Pro release year 2010 or newer
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD4000, nVidia or AMD graphic card
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
57 of 68 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
Blackguards is a textbook example of a TRPG. Sadly, this genre seems to be dying out, though the Blackguards series gives me some hope for the future of gaming. I love how the Blackguards system is based off of a German roleplaying engine. Old AD&D games like Pool of Radiance, even Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter NIghts (though I hate the real-time aspect of these) are my favorites, and Blackguards is definitely along that same line.

Some of the positives.
*The customization available is one of this game's many strengths. They allow the player to keep each character unique throughout this game without having too many options as to overwhelm.
*The story isn't that happy-go-lucky anime stuff. It's dark and intriguing. The complaints regarding the main character's amnesia seem gripey to me. Amnesia happens, but it's not overdone. What I mean is that your main character may forget a few things, but won't go through the game complaining about missing memories. The amnesia just adds to the mystery and allows the player to catch up on what has transpired. Make no mistake, though, the focus is on the combat.
*Most battles allow for different ways of completing your mission using objects in the field or terrain. The complaint some make along the lines of "I use the same tactics every time and this game becomes boring" is the result of the choice the individual player has made, not the limitations of the game.
*I love the variety of the enemies you'll face and their crazy portraits.
*The soundtrack is mostly dark but there were several battle tracks I enjoyed.
*Don't expect to get the "+5 Sword of Fiery Judgment" toward the end. The weapons in this game do not provide the means to become amazing in combat, which is very unusual for RPGs. I appreciated the change.

What I didn't like.
*Around 75% through the game, my melee fighters were essentially maxed out. Without assistance from magic, fighters need a lot of luck to be helpful.
*Speaking of luck, that D20 (the to-hit random number generator) is the most evil creature in creation. 90% treated me more like 70%. 1s were very rare and usually happened when I was finishing off a foe with few HP. 20s were frequent, as was foul language coming from me. On top of that, there appeared to be a glitch. I tossed, say, a 14 when 19 or below struck, yet the result was miss. This occurred about one in every 15 attacks (Despite this, the game is very beatable, I've finished it).
*I wish there was more story. Not better story, just more story. I still don't understand the motive for one of the player-controlled characters to follow around the main character. I wish one of the foes was more-developed.

Those that haven't succumbed to mainstream gaming and still appreciate TRPGs can not go wrong in buying this game on sale.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
**Not worth the full asking price, still bugged after 2 years, achievements that are impossible to get and various game breaking flaws even in the main campaign**

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This game is like... Being stuck with a Dungeon Master that won't adapt to anything you do, and force you to continue on the path it set for you- even if you don't like it.

Usually, when I play a T-RPG, I'll find something that work, blast through the story once to get the pacing right, and then play it again in a harder mode and take my time. Well... it is not possible in this game, and to tell the truth, the story isn't good enough to justify that I ever finish it.

Let me tell you : You'll not get it right on your first try.
The game will take away things you put a lot of effort into without you having a say in it.
You'll have to start the game over, or read a guide to make sure you plan your characters correctly.
You'll have to use these damn consumable I hate to use, put your points in these damn debuff I hate to use.

In short, if you like to play your own way or feel strong, this game is not for you.
If your the kind that like to find the optimal builds, and don't mind a few bugs, buy it for under $10.

=> 5/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Now that I finished this game, is time to review it.

When I heard about a tactic turn-based strategy game, about some blackguards (that promised some bad guys doing bad things!) with RPG elements, and I saw the game was in my steam library, I said: "Yes!"
But... that was a big mistake.

The story of the game has a good start: A mystery. A murder. Are you guilty? Are you innocent? If you are innocent, who is the true murderer? Why can't you remember nothing?
And with that, you get out of prison to live some adventures.
The characters are charismatic and with personalities of their own. The world is full of life, but most of the secondary missions are only valuable for the Adventure Points (the XP of the game), and they are irrelevant to the story.

The game has a few plot twists and they are not bad at all, but before reaching them you will probably exhausted. The problem is that the ending is... well... is HORRIBLE. It is the ending that you can expect, but is displayed in a really awful and strange way that makes you think: "I really finished this game to see this?"

The gameplay is good in the beginning, but when you are more or less mid-game you will probably be sick of being poisoned. And that's only the start: The machine abuses the use of poisons. You will probably hear every turn "Poison!" or "I am poisoned!" or "I hate poison". Also, some special combats in Act 5 are never explained why are this special or why the special rules.

As many other tactic turn-based games, probabilities are really important. That means you can have a lucky day and impact an almost impossible shoot, or a really unlucky and fail all your 98% chance spells. But, as always, it seems "50%" means "1/2" to me and "1/10" to machine, as I never impacted an attack under 20% and usually failed things of 70-80%, 95% or even 98%. In a game where every movement, every action counts, this can make you sick really fast. Also, the enemies are as if they were taken out of Matrix, because they can dodge easily and usually all your attacks.

So, well, unless you really want to be poisoned EVERY combat, lose your patience failing your 98% chance spells and being parried attacks that shouldn't be parried, and playing a lot of hours to receive a half-cooked last Act with a fast ending as closure, you probably shouldn't play this game.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
204.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
Pro's:
Great voice acting
Very good AI
Incremental difficulty
Good graphics
Good story
Good skill tree's

Con's
Can't pan around battlefield
Frustrating battles (AI very good)
Need better award system for difficult battles

This was one of the funnest strategy games I've played in a long while, even with the frustratingly difficult advanced battles. I would definitley recommend this game.

I'll be purchasing Blackguards II when it goes on sale.
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33 of 58 people (57%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
126.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Blackguards "can be described as a great success for Daedalic Entertainment, an excellent achievement not only for the remarkable and outstanding gameplay shift setting, but also and above all as the first role-playing game software house and the first Hanseatic turn based title developed by the team known for graphic adventure games. Although improved technically, the title shows a deep gameplay and satisfying, nuanced and full of variables. The story is told through exciting and lines of dialogue between the epic and the easygoing, although losing some stain areas due to some "narrative solutions" lackluster. Great longevity, for a title that can take you to dozens and dozens of hours: the longevity of the campaign came on 40 hours, but the player pays attention to the quests will have far more to play
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