A true role-playing adventure. Set in the icy Staglands, this party-based CRPG has you take the role of a trapped god on a perilous journey across a beautiful, deadly peninsula.
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Mixed (94 reviews) - 69% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 28, 2015

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January 6

Additional Performance Optimizations: Update 18 live

We're ready to push out the second part of some optimizations we've been testing to follow up with our last update.

Of note:

  • Some maps causing occasional performance hiccups have been fixed
  • Combat performance update
  • Herbology UI has been updated
  • Polymorph Wolf no longer utilizes range of missile weapons equipped
  • Sound and Music levels balanced since last update


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December 21, 2016

Faster Load times and optimization: version 17 now available!

In celebration of the Winter Solstice and Necholai’s worst after party, we’re ready to release update 17! We’ve been poking at Shroomers and Serpent for a while now to optimize a lot of the behind-the-scenes systems, especially load times. The engine has been updated and with some heavy optimization to art and loading structures we’re looking at 60-70% speed increase. Maps should load in at ~5 seconds, depending on your system or how large the map is.

Besides that we’ve had some other system updates for stability and content tweaks listed below.

We have some art and content for the expansion, A Banquet For Fools, that we’re planning on releasing next year. There is the perfect amount of monks, mead and illuminated manuscripts.

Merry Christmas!
Joe & Hannah

Update log:


  • Load time optimization
  • Revamped ammunition system — for fringe cases of some equipped ammo disappearing on game loads


  • Cursor can move off the edge of the screen in windowed mode in Windows


  • Stabilized fringe cases of temporarily de-syncing party order in inventory screen when a member is removed in certain conversations
  • Seraphim will allow you to retry to let him in your party after refusing him.
  • Various dialogue and NPC inventory tweaks

This version is up on Steam, and GOG should be as soon as they push it live on their end. If the game was purchased on our site DRM free you can also re-download it from your purchases page — that's automatically updated with the latest version for you.

We're depreciating our old patching application, but if you prompt the download on startup it will instead contain an updated game you can swap with your existing one, there's some brief instructions in the folder if needed.

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“The game's primary point of interest is the Open World map with unbarred freedom to explore any nook and cranny you want in any particular order. Your only barrier being your ability to defeat the level of monsters in that area, or rather your desire to keep yourself in safer combat zones.”
4/5 – RPG Watch

“Those who enjoyed the openness of the first two Fallout games will feel right at home in the Staglands.”
8.0 – Nichegamer

“Serpent in the Staglands is a little gem and a great new entrance to the old school RPG renaissance. It has an excellent RPG rule system and a wonderful, magical and unique world.”
90/100 – http://ragequit.gr/reviews/item/serpent-in-the-staglands-pc-review

Soundtrack Available!


Serpent in the Staglands soundtrack by V-Axys! Listen to some of the finest adventuring music around while outside of Vol! Featuring 30 tracks of Staglands horror, exciting adventure, mysterious undergrounds, and chilling landscapes. Perfect for any Spicer's listening pleasure!

Demo Available!

Want to check out if the game works on your system or get a feel for gameplay? Download the demo for Windows, Mac or Linux!


About This Game

A true role-playing adventure.

A campaign within the world of Vol, a fully realized setting inspired by the late bronze age in a Transylvanian landscape, with unique politics, races and gods steeped in history. Featuring a chosen party of five, you role-play Necholai, a minor god of a celestial body who descends to the Staglands for a moonlit festival only to find the way home blocked and immortality slipping away. Seeking answers and aid, you take on a mortal body and the guise of a traveling Spicer. This isn't a story of good and evil, saving the world or being a hero, it's about intrigue and your adventure of survival in a harsh land.

While the game rolls the dice for you, you'll traverse the Staglands on a path narrated by your own wits and choices. A tabletop inspired experience with adventure-game like navigation, Serpent in the Staglands offers no auto-populating map markers, checklist quest grinding and rigid story exposition.

Examine hand-drawn maps in your inventory for secret locations, diagrams of foreign languages, note encounters of interest in your in-game journal and figure out on your own how best to smuggle Spices. Roleplay, investigate, and pray to the RNG god when combat begins.

Serpent in the Staglands features:

  • Party-based, real time with pause combat focused on macro tactical decisions and creative party skill combinations
  • Classless role-playing system: create builds via any combination of the over 100 magic, combat and aptitude skills available to create or find up to 5 unique characters
  • Non-linear storyline to explore as your adventure allows
  • No level scaling or story-blocked map barriers impede your adventure
  • Dynamic item use, including an incantation book, hand-drawn maps, and a herbology kit for brewing potions
  • Combat designed for minimal pause spamming and without cooldowns, instead focusing on pre-buffing, positioning and auto-triggering skills
  • An unmarked map filled with wilderness, cities, towers, temples, dungeons and caverns to explore.
  • Write your own journal notes for quests, puzzles and leads as you investigate. The game won't hold your hand or tell you what to do.
  • Huge variety of enemies and challenges, including monsters, rogue mages and mutilated outlaws, which all can have the same spells and skills you do

You'll never pay for updates, patches, or DLC of any kind for Serpent in the Staglands.

For more gameplay information and official forums, please visit: http://serpentinthestaglands.com

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP +
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB +
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 +
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB +
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 +
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB +
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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