Lords of Xulima is a challenging Role-playing game set on the mythical continent of Xulima, where Gods and humans once walked side by side. Experience a genuine RPG featuring over 100 hours of gameplay, and discover one of the most epic sagas ever told.
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Release Date: Nov 14, 2014

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March 21

New Languages: Russian, Chinese and Italian



Greetings!

New Version v.2.1: Three New Languages Available

The new version of Lords of Xulima is available now and includes three new languages: Chinese, Russian and Italian.

We would have loved to release it sooner but we have experienced several delays with the translations. Also, languages with different alphabets like Russian and especially Chinese have been a real challenge to support. Anyway, we have learnt a lot and we promise that future games will be translated into all the languages for the official launch. Everything, from the world map to the Deluxe Edition books have been translated. Hope you enjoy it!

Future Projects of Numantian Games

We are currently working on two main projects.

First, porting LoX to consoles. We have just finished the gamepad support for LoX. It has been quite complex as the game has many different mechanics, but after a lot of work the game is fully playable with a gamepad. It feels very intuitive and fast to play.

Second, we are working on a new game in a different genre. What could it be? Any guess? :) It is a secret at the moment... but we hope to start talking about it very soon.

In the meantime...

We are also sketching what Lords of Xulima II will be. We are exploring new ideas and taking all the feedback possible from the forum comments and reviews. We have created a new forum branch "Lords of Xulima II Feedback" where you can write your ideas and wishes. Here you can comment on what parts or mechanics you have enjoyed the most from LoX, and which of them you enjoyed less or would change.

We would love to hear your ideas! We will periodically update the post to collect and summarize the feedback.

Thank you very much to all the players of LoX. Thanks for sharing it and recommending it. The success of this game has only been possible with your support.

All the best!

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About This Game

Lords of Xulima is an original Fantasy RPG set on the mythical continent of Xulima, where Gods and humans once walked side by side. Become the Herald of the Gods and travel to an uncharted land to fulfill your mission of restoring balance in the known world.

The Talisman of Golot Edition

This edition includes the game Lords of Xulima and the Talisman of Golot DLC.

The Deluxe Edition

This Deluxe Edition includes the game Lords of Xulima, the Talisman of Golot DLC and the Special Digital Rewards DLC.

More than 100 hours of authentic Role-Playing Experience


Looking for a challenging adventure?
In Lords of Xulima, we do not hold your hand through the journey. We have created a world of diverse regions that are as vibrant with life as they are fraught with danger; from the alluring Golden Woods, through the Great Desert of Pernitia, to the daunting icy peaks of Karraga. You are free to explore and choose which path to follow, but be careful about where the adventure takes you. Your success or failure in Lords of Xulima all depends on your strategies and ability lead your customized party. Immerse yourself in the playability and depth of old school classics, presented through modern visuals and a user-friendly interface.

A Tale of Gods and Humans


Discover one of the most epic stories ever written and follow it to its twisted conclusion
Legend has it that many years ago, people lived in peace on the great continent of Rodinia; a peace that would not last. Soon, the Great War broke out, dragging every kingdom and village down an endless spiral of ruin and desolation. The people prayed for salvation from the Nine Gods, whose unreachable homeland lay beyond the Great Sea, on the forbidden continent of Xulima.

Eventually, the conflict came to a point where it threatened to ruin all creation. Thus Golot, Lord of Works and Dreams, appeared to Gaulen, a seasoned Explorer who lived on a remote island off the coast of Rodinia. The Lord of Works appointed Gaulen to be his Herald on Earth and to set sail for Xulima, so that balance could be restored to the world. Thus begins the adventure of our young protagonist.

Create your group of characters


Create and customize five characters to accompany Gaulen on your journey. With 9 character classes and over 100 useful skills, the possibilities are endless. Each group will be unique. Who will you decide to take with you? Choose among familiar classes such as the Mage, Cleric, Barbarian, Soldier, Thief, Bard and Paladin or try out the Arcane Soldier and Divine Summoner. Develop your characters’ abilities to suit your play style as they gain experience and grow stronger to face the trials ahead.

Strategic, fluid, turn-based combat


Discover an addictive combat system. Over 100 unique types of enemies roam the wilds of Xulima , each capable of posing their own kinds of threats to your divine mission. There are thousands of possible strategies to lead the group to victory, including the use of scrolls and divine blessings. Will you be able to match the strength of Nilfonte, the Ocean Titan? Or survive an encounter with Xabraluz, the Demon King of Vilak?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 / Intel HD 3000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1280 x 720.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bits
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 4670, NVIDIA GT 240, Intel HD4000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The first time you start the game can take one or two minutes due to pre-processing that the game needs to do.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lyon
    • Processor: Quad Core 3Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The first time you start the game can take one or two minutes due to pre-processing that the game needs to do.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14+
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 / Intel HD 3000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SO and Steam Client fully updated.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14+
    • Processor: Quad Core 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SO and Steam Client fully updated.
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robertaccomando
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game is like eating your favorite comfort food; like a warm plate of Mashed Potatos and gravy. Excellent throwback RPG that is challenging and fun. The music, sounds and graphics and gameplay are great. You need this in your library if you like old school RPGs.
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Shadowgl00m
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 23
A difficult game with an unfun drawback. I guess if you don't play it on the hardest difficulty it may be more enjoyable.
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vokiel
( 65.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The SteamOS version of this game is simply filled with bugs to the brim. The game leaks memory and ends up crashing every time I play it. The amount of FPS I get from it is horrible and that's a 2D sprite based game. As soon as you fight anything that flies the games slows down to a crawl. Besides that, the odds are fixed poorly. The game's balance is hanging by a thread regardless of which level of difficulty you play on. It happens often that the game crashed after an important battle for some reason. You need to keep multiple saves in this game.

The only positive I can agree about is the length of its story. Unfortunately, I haven't seen enough to say whether it's really original content or not. Right now it looks like a regurgitated story line.

Only bother if you're looking for lengthy game experience on Windows.
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j0ny_brav0
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
A Good Game.
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vladkins
( 60.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Pure excellence - can't recommend enough if you enjoy games like:
- Baldur's Gate 2
- TRPGs
- Divinity 2 & Similar
Very well hand crafted game - only annoyance was slow running speed & having to force clear random battles on maps.
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tenthousandface
( 115.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
This game is a good begining of series.The two biggest problems is ordinary art and repeating process.
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Aug
( 65.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
This is a remarkably polished indie RPG. It does a lot of really unique ideas and generally hits more than it misses.
The most noticeable aspect is its open world, with no difficulty scaling. The game teaches you right away (literally the first encounter) that fighting everything you see immediately can kill you. Your characters' strength scales quickly though, and you'll frequently go back and crush the things which previously required a lot of Save/Load failures. It's quite satisfying, but frustrating when you find yourself in an area you're not supposed to be yet.
The RPG system is unique and well designed. It has your usual characters (fighter/rogue/mage/cleric), along with some really unique ones (divine summoner.) You can use excess money to improve your skills, and min-maxers will really enjoy how the system works.
Graphically, the world is really vibrant and varied. Which is good, because the game is LONG, and you'll be staring at it for a while.
The combat can get a bit old by the end. You definitely are encouraged to specialize, which means you're usually using a lot of the same skills and abilities for the entire game. The difficulty keeps things tense, but encounters can become tiresome.
The mod tools are very intuitive and you can easily tweak things you are annoyed by. (such as the random encounter rate or the skill distribution on a pre-generated character.)
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reinselc
( 79.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
I really enjoy this game. I'm mid 30s, so it reminds me of a reboot of the old Xeen Might and Magic games, with better classes and skill building. Some complain it is too hard. They are wrong. You do need to think and build a team, but it's not nearly as hard as Baldur's Gate II, which isn't that hard either.
This game will give you hours of old school RPG fun. Definately has that one more battle, one more level up feel.
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Predator
( 116.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
One of best polished oldscool RPG in ages.
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eric653
( 71.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
What each statistic does is unclear. What each skill does is unclear. If you make any mistakes in character development, it is impossible to take back short of reloading however far into the past. There are stat choices at levelup that are flat-out mistakes / traps, and the same with skills. The way you purchase extra skills and the scaling cost also leads to mistakes in char dev due to a false sense of skill abundance at first. I've gotten through the game so far only by reloading every fight until the enemy misses enough that I can win. The game is difficult, but not in a fun or challenging way.
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gogol1st
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
You want it Oldschool but you want it Beautiful
You want it Beautiful but you want it Oldschool
here you got both
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spicausis
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Fairly unplayable under linux, the Powerpoint Engine™ kicks in during the fights.

Which is sad, as it looks like there's a fun game with interesting mechanics underneath — yet after reading the forums it looks like the linuxen lag is quite unlikely to get diagnosed and fixed.
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kennfusion
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
If you are looking for a recent "old-shcool" RPG like a Wizardry or a Might and Magic, this is proably it, in that I don't think there is anything else out there. Party Based, Turn-Based Combat from a first person perspective, this might be it. And I really want to like this game, as it is faithful to old-school while adding something new.

But I cannot recommend it, as it just takes itself too seriously.

It is hard, very hard, unecessarily hard. For some people this might really make it more appealing. But the game has really come down to only two things, have I saved recently and resource management. Everything is based on gold, every hitpoint you have really does boil down to how efficiently you can use it, and the cost to replace it. You can replace hps with food, with mana or at an inn, but all come with a cost. And every battle is hard. At least at level 6 they all are. There is no resting after every few battles, you need to rest after each fight. unconsious party members don't get exp for parts of battles after they go down. And the monsters progress in difficulty very fast. And there is no place to go grind easier monsters a bit and catch up, let alone get ahead.

With all of that said, I made it to level 6. I can make it further, every battle comes down to a very tough fight that a little RNG love going your way means victory, a quick save and move on. But that is not fun. Fighting a long hard battle out, and having it come down to a point where you are just barely going to win, only to have your soldier critically fail and kill himself, instead of the enemy is not fun. Having to start a battle over and over again that the game says is balanced fight is just not fun.


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Dr.Nopants
( 57.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
This game is great for people looking for a game with a classic rpg feel. Only problem with the game is if you don't build your party correctly the end game can be nearly impossible and with some classes being completly worthless; it can be extremely frustrating. The creators did a great job of building there world and i comend them for it.

overall score 8/10.

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maestroanth
( 43.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
This game is fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnn............
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20centurygirl
( 51.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Somebody told me that kill the city guards at the beginning of game can get special rewards! I tried many times. That is true, well, I'm glad! thank them!

o(*≧▽≦)ツ
好玩!!!

-----A friendly Chinese player
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Zanicar
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
As an avid RPG fan, having recently played Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin, I am thoroughly enjoying Lord of Xulima. The puzzles require you to think and the solutions aren't too insane to figure out (though some forum posts may suggest otherwise).

At first the combat system seems very simple in comparison to the above mentioned titles, but it is a very different take. Think more along the line of Hearthstone and other card game combat systems and you'll get a better picture. The audio and music is satisfactory, the graphics rather pleasant (albeit jittery at times) and the very limited in-game voices not too bad...

If you enjoy cRPG games, like the turn based combat games (the card variety) and love good old fashioned puzzle solving, then you have to get this game, especially when on sale!
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deliamic
( 52.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Amazing game that I will play again and again for a long time to come.
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Octavarium
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
A great game. Wish more games like this would come out! Classic style with a lot of modern polish. Wish I had more time to complete it... from what I hear, its a long one.
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foxinsox2
( 59.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Do you dream of being a bland, pot-bellied religious zealot?

Feel like you don't do enough gardening in your life?

Have you ever wanted to cut a mushroom with an axe?

Man, do I have the game for you!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is like eating your favorite comfort food; like a warm plate of Mashed Potatos and gravy. Excellent throwback RPG that is challenging and fun. The music, sounds and graphics and gameplay are great. You need this in your library if you like old school RPGs.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Pure excellence - can't recommend enough if you enjoy games like:
- Baldur's Gate 2
- TRPGs
- Divinity 2 & Similar
Very well hand crafted game - only annoyance was slow running speed & having to force clear random battles on maps.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
A great game. Wish more games like this would come out! Classic style with a lot of modern polish. Wish I had more time to complete it... from what I hear, its a long one.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Somebody told me that kill the city guards at the beginning of game can get special rewards! I tried many times. That is true, well, I'm glad! thank them!

o(*≧▽≦)ツ
好玩!!!

-----A friendly Chinese player
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
As an avid RPG fan, having recently played Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin, I am thoroughly enjoying Lord of Xulima. The puzzles require you to think and the solutions aren't too insane to figure out (though some forum posts may suggest otherwise).

At first the combat system seems very simple in comparison to the above mentioned titles, but it is a very different take. Think more along the line of Hearthstone and other card game combat systems and you'll get a better picture. The audio and music is satisfactory, the graphics rather pleasant (albeit jittery at times) and the very limited in-game voices not too bad...

If you enjoy cRPG games, like the turn based combat games (the card variety) and love good old fashioned puzzle solving, then you have to get this game, especially when on sale!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
One of my Chirstmas purchases - took me about 50 hours of play to complete. Quite a bit of effort seems to have gone into making the game. I didn't need to use the no food mods - there's quite enough money and free food in the game that I think I only ran out twice.
There's the odd spelling mistake and I don't think the narrator knos how to pronounce "impious" but overall it kept entertained for about three weeks.
Can't really go wrong with levelling up and the games difficulty is much higer at the start - once you've done the first couple of areas the fights are rarely dangerous and it becomesa lot less frustrating.
Very enjoyable - if there's a sequel I'll probbaly buy that as well
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Amazing game that I will play again and again for a long time to come.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
You want it Oldschool but you want it Beautiful
You want it Beautiful but you want it Oldschool
here you got both
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
This game is fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnn............
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
This is a remarkably polished indie RPG. It does a lot of really unique ideas and generally hits more than it misses.
The most noticeable aspect is its open world, with no difficulty scaling. The game teaches you right away (literally the first encounter) that fighting everything you see immediately can kill you. Your characters' strength scales quickly though, and you'll frequently go back and crush the things which previously required a lot of Save/Load failures. It's quite satisfying, but frustrating when you find yourself in an area you're not supposed to be yet.
The RPG system is unique and well designed. It has your usual characters (fighter/rogue/mage/cleric), along with some really unique ones (divine summoner.) You can use excess money to improve your skills, and min-maxers will really enjoy how the system works.
Graphically, the world is really vibrant and varied. Which is good, because the game is LONG, and you'll be staring at it for a while.
The combat can get a bit old by the end. You definitely are encouraged to specialize, which means you're usually using a lot of the same skills and abilities for the entire game. The difficulty keeps things tense, but encounters can become tiresome.
The mod tools are very intuitive and you can easily tweak things you are annoyed by. (such as the random encounter rate or the skill distribution on a pre-generated character.)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
It's like when I was a kid again, except now with better graphics. Wish this type of game was more successful, but it probably won't appeal to kids raised on CoD.

If you like 4x games, hard rpg's, or old school games, you'll definitely get sucked into this one as well.

The only criticism I can give is that the game is a bit too long (How many people can sink in 100 hours on one rpg?).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
This game is great for people looking for a game with a classic rpg feel. Only problem with the game is if you don't build your party correctly the end game can be nearly impossible and with some classes being completly worthless; it can be extremely frustrating. The creators did a great job of building there world and i comend them for it.

overall score 8/10.

Pet your dogs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I really enjoy this game. I'm mid 30s, so it reminds me of a reboot of the old Xeen Might and Magic games, with better classes and skill building. Some complain it is too hard. They are wrong. You do need to think and build a team, but it's not nearly as hard as Baldur's Gate II, which isn't that hard either.
This game will give you hours of old school RPG fun. Definately has that one more battle, one more level up feel.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
116.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
One of best polished oldscool RPG in ages.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
115.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This game is a good begining of series.The two biggest problems is ordinary art and repeating process.
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64 of 69 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
193.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
Tips for Hardcore and General Review

Positive's: Old school, challenging enough, quite long, good story, have many features , have secrets, and much more;
Negatives: Traps :) , limited valuable classes, weapon quality over levels ; no set items etc.. terrible loots; Gaulen's being classses! , stock prices increases with your level (how nonsense is this)

Overall 9,5 / 10 ; buy it :)

Tips for hardcore: (no mods installed)
I directly started in hardcore; finished game at level 66, did all maps clear (no single moster left, killed princes after killed armies, killed guardians first,even the powerful demon that gives horn which was in my idea the hardest fight to survive etc.) ,have all achives, ranked 99/100 in the end with score 33,183
My party was - (front) Gaulen -Barbarian- Thief (back) Divine summoner , Mage, Priest;
Though you can prove otherwise, here is my experience ; "you cant finish the game without a thief and a priest"; both you must have; and "you will have many difficulties if you dont master shurikens";

Now, general rules;
-Dont buy food; there is enough food in Nabros; and strating area
-Get treasures from imps (i killed all imps but not worth it believe me)
-Dont harvest plants until level 30;
-When you feel you are struck, and all armies left quite powerful, know that there is a fight with some small sacrifices to be done and you will in the end find an area that is simple to you ,
- In lower levels always get Constitioun blessing and then go explore ( it makes a huge difference)
- when you have enough money, buy like 30 torches/lockpicks/cyrstals and always shurikens in early stages, later these will be quite expensive;
- Dont rely on loots and stock sellings,
- Wounds and bleeding is quite important, so i suggest two classes that one goes for sword (barb. for exp.) and one for axes (Gaulen in my case), and thief with sword;
- After level 10 or so, equip shields for back row and no weapons; cause waepon damage is quite low for magic classes, and weapons dont gives stats but shields do :)
-Check the world map and try to locate teleporters; and go in that way first :)
- Be patient (i m a working man did 1 months to finish the game),
- Save often

Feel free to ask any questions
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
179.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
One of the most unknown best old school rpgs out there. If you like turn based strategic crpg's then this game is for you. If you like grimrock or any of the older style rpgs like baldurs gate and icewind dale , divinity etc. This game is for you.

I finished the game on veteran difficulty and i restarted many times to get the party i liked most. The first 15 levels is very challenging at this difficulty and i recommend reading a guide just to for party makeup and skill management or you can severly hamper yourself. However, once you have a good understanding of the game you will enjoy yourself.

I am impressed with the quality of the game for an indie team. Highly recommended even at full price it's well worth it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
149.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Lords of Xulima is pretty fantastic if you're a fan of old school CRPGs. It blends Ultima style isometric world exploration with turn-based Might & Magic style combat and delivers over 100 hours worth of adventuring.

Xulima’s designs and art assets are extremely reminiscent of the classic Ultima games with numerous familiar character models and items, to the point where one could question whether it’s more homage or theft. The story also progresses in a manner which is somewhat similar to the Ultimas and some of the NPCs even spout similar catch phrases, so fans of the old Lord British series will feel right at home.

Combat is turn-based and fairly similar to old school Might & Magic and Bard's Tale games (or Paper Sorcerer would be a more recent example). Your party is arranged in front and back rows, with melee up front and only spells, missile weapons, and polearms capable of attacking from the back. Turn order is shown on the right side of the screen, with your Initiative stats and some randomization determining the initial attack sequence and Speed stats determining attack frequency. Each weapon type has a bonus effect, either stuns, bleeds, or wounds, and different spells also leverage those effects plus others like burns. Attack success is determined by a die roll exceeding a target value which is set by comparing the attacker's Attack stat to the attackee's Defense and Evasion stats.

It's actually a pretty cool system that pays homage to classic CRPGs while adding some modern updates, with a bit of extra depth thanks to effect stacking and turn order manipulation, plus an emphasis on resource management for power points, potions, scrolls, etc.

World exploration is also fun, each area has a unique flavor with distinct terrain and other characteristics. Towns tend to be small, often just glorified outposts, but overall the world is fairly interesting and the entire game benefits from being hand crafted to show off the land’s unique features.

Xulima tends to be somewhat challenging compared to many recent RPGs, you can easily gimp your characters by building them incorrectly, and it doesn't provide quest arrows and other modern conveniences. It's not for everyone but the world exploration and combat is fun enough to make it worth the effort.

A few noteworthy negatives… Xulima isn't truly open world, the available paths are far more restrictive than in the classic Ultima games and the world is split up into separate zones instead of being one continuous map. There’s also no monster respawn, once you clear a zone it stays clear, so that prevents the world from feeling as alive and realistic as the old Ultima games and it eventually limits how much you can level your characters. While the game offers a fun mix of classes there are some issues with class balance which tend to marginalize some of the options, and the combat system can be fairly unforgiving if you don't put points in the "correct" stats.

The Talisman of Golot DLC provides an item that you can use to periodically give your party a little boost. It collects energy as you kill things and progress through the game, then you can spend that energy to request assistance from the talisman in the form of money, food, bonus stat points, or bonus skill points. Also, if you're not sure what to do next to advance in the game, the talisman will tell you which objective you should be pursuing (and those little hints don't cost any energy). And that's all there is to it. No extra quests or other content, just a talisman that collects energy which you can occasionally exchange for a little boon (plus it's tied to an achievement or two).

Xulima isn’t a perfect game but it’s a fun homage to some of the classic CRPGs from the 80s and 90s. If you're looking for something that captures the feeling of the old Ultima games, Xulima will have no problem scratching that particular itch.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
164.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
While my initial Impression of Lords of Xulima was not positive as there didn't seem to be much Role Playing aspect to it my opinion of it kept improving as I played the game. While the Game is still Role Playing light and Combat heavy and the Role Playing is mostly during combat with the enemies communicating with you and a few villagers communicating with you the game is very well designed. There isn't much of plot line and the ending plot line means there really needs to be a Lords of Xulima 2 but one of the best things about the game is character customization. The characters in this game are highly customizable via the ability to add two Stat points each turn to your normal stats such as Strength, Constitution, etc but you also gain ability points each turn that you can put into various spells, lockpicking skills, detect traps skills, learning skills, etc. The list is huge of things you can put your ability points into making for a very customizable character. Not just your typical Thief or Wizards but you can have guys that Identify things, Killing machines with Wounding skills and Blood drawing skills, etc. There are quite a few puzzles and secret doors in the game to discover, there are vast areas of Frost and Desert to explore that are deadly at lower levels and there are 9 gods to appease :) . You can gather herbs and raise your herb finding skill which is really useful as you can bump up many Stats with herbs. The game grew on me a lot and I really felt I wanted to play more by the time I finished it. I felt one of the very best aspects of the game was how you could super customize your characters. I defintely recommend this one.
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Recommended
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
Fantastic little gem, with over 100h of gameplay.
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