Barony is a 3D, first-person roguelike that brings back the cryptic and intricate designs of classic roguelikes such as Nethack and melds them with RPGs like Ultima Underworld, System Shock, and Daggerfall. Challenge is the calling card of this hard-boiled dungeon-crawler.
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Release Date: Jun 23, 2015

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June 24

Barony Steam Trading Cards!

I'm very pleased to announce that we've completed

Steam Trading Cards for Barony!
Here are a few examples of each type of content to demonstrate what you all get out of this.
The theme we selected for our cards is "Death By...":

Death By Boulder Trading Card Death By Strangulation Trading Card
________
Each of those cards can be viewed at full 1080 HD wallpaper resolution.
Death By Boulder Full Card Art

Death By Strangulation Full Card Art

By being a diligent collector, you can earn Barony badges which level up to demonstrate your collector commitment!


Doing so will also earn you some sweet Emoticons to enhance your posts:

And some hot Steam Profile Backgrounds to show your fandom!:



We really appreciate you guys, especially you die-hard fans, and we hope you find this to be high-value content, even if it doesn't add to the game directly. We know some of you are pining for some pet feature additions or fixes, but lucky for you, I'm not a programmer, so all this Steam Card stuff hasn't distracted our code wizards at all from that other stuff.

Completing all the required content for Steam Trading Cards took a lot more art than was initially anticipated (I mean, isn't it just a few little cards?!), but we think it was worth it!

Also a big welcome to everyone who just hopped on the Barony bandwagon thanks to the sale!
I hope you love the game to death.

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June 11

Official Steam Controller Configuration

Heads up!
We have a Steam Controller Configuration set up for Barony! You can currently find it in the Barony Steam Controller Community Configurations list.

The Steam Controller interface has given us an opportunity to prototype gamepad-style controls with ease, and I'm happy to report that the game feels at home on the couch. We're excited to share some early-stage results with you. The touch-menu for the hotbar works great, and Appraising is a snap.
Note this configuration is optimized for a 720p setup. At this point, the reason is 100% because of the UI size being unreadable from a couch distance at 1080p for most players (something we'll work on more in the future), but it will function fine at higher resolutions.

There's a little more effort to put in on our end before the game recognizes this as the "official" configuration, but it'd be great to hear what you guys think at this stage!

I realize many players aren't into the Steam Controller and want standard Gamepad support! Believe me we haven't ignored that fact and there's more we hope to do for you guys in the future. But if you're on the edge about a Steam Controller, my experience with Barony makes me happy to recommend it.

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About This Game

Barony is a 3D, first-person roguelike with cooperative multiplayer that brings back the cryptic and intricate designs of classic roguelikes such as Nethack and melds them with RPGs like Ultima Underworld, System Shock, and Daggerfall. Challenge is the calling card of this hard-boiled dungeon-crawler.

Features


  • Gameplay inspired by RPG classics like Ultima Underworld, System Shock, & Daggerfall
  • Roguelike mechanics such as perma-death, random dungeons, cryptic messages, and more
  • Meticulously narrated action that mimics the insane events one could expect to find in games like Nethack
  • A complex yet intuitive drag & drop interface to manage items and character stats
  • Cooperative multiplayer for up to 4 players over internet or LAN (includes Steam and direct-IP connections)
  • Hundreds of unique collectible items and loot, including several rare and mystical artifacts
  • Chock-full of secret areas, special levels, developer easter eggs, and more
  • Bundled level editor, exposed assets, and simple file formats for easy hacking, modding & tinkering

The Story So Far


Barony tells the story of an undead lich named Baron Herx, who terrorized the town of Hamlet in a previous life and is now holding out in a vast subterranean complex known as the Devil's Bastion. As a single hero or a group of adventurers, it is your mission to descend the depths of his abode, confront him in his hellish lair, and destroy him forever. Whether you will simply meet your doom in the dungeons as many have before you or rise to victory against the Baron and his hellspawn is ultimately up to you.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 3.0 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse is required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.5 ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse is required
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7.5 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i3 3.0 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse is required
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.10.2 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.5 ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse is required
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i3 3.0 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse is required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 15.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.5 ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse is required
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Corrupted FREE 1 Motives
( 28.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Too much like Terraria tbh.
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Zerim
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I'm tired of roguelikes that want to be super hard for no reason. The game is unfair, unoptimized, unbalanced, and not fun to play after several tries. The voxel graphics are unimpressive at best, and they can't even run simple voxels without the game dropping in frames.

To be more precise, the UI is garbage. The fonts are small and barely legible, and the design is atrocious. Why do have to hold right click just to appraise or drop something? Why does one right click in the inventory automatically use the item? If I know what something is by a glance, why is there not a tooltip that tells me what an item is if I'm looking at it before I pick it up? Realistically if I saw a mouldy apple, I would not pick up the apple to simply to confirm it is a mouldy apple. I know it's a mouldy apple, therefore would have no reason to pick up the apple.

The minotaur is a useless element that only adds to the game's unfairness. It adds a ticking clock to each floor that throws away any exploration or any reason to take your time on any given floor. There's no reason to have, and it adds nothing extra to the game.

Speaking in terms of gameplay and theme, there's nothing new here. It's another roguelike, it's another dungeon crawler, it's another retro-style first person indie game. The story is uninspired, and there is nothing new here. For $10, this is a waste of time. It's interesting for 10 minutes, then it wears down you quickly. Give it a pass.
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Clever Dog
( 47.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very challenging game with great replay value! I have never played a game that I can't memorize, that in turn gets boring, because I am no longer challenged. The fact that the levels are different everytime you play was a genuis idea!
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冰龙
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Very interesting and difficult game.
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DykeOnAScooter
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Google nethack, play that instead its free and more extensive and this game stole nearly every gameplay mechanic from it
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Medereyes
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
**Edited out of respect for the developer**

If you liked Delver but thought it was too easy, this might be the game for you. Barony has the same feel, but that's where the similarity ends. It's got quaint pixel graphics. It's got hacking and slashing, but it's no boss rush like Delver. For a simple player like myself, this game was brutal; cursed weapons, teleportation traps, facing demons with a rusty spear! I'll be the first to admit that I'm a below average player, so keep in mind the subjectivity of this review.

In the likes of Darkest Dungeon, Barony comes with plenty of challenges like hunger management, a non-trivial spell system, and aggressive AI that can humble even the most masochistic of players. Be prepared to die a lot, but also be aware that survival and discovery is most of where you'll find enjoyment in the game. There's lots of learn, and you'll need to learn quick because the very first level of the dungeon will put you to the test. It was a steep curve for me, so I personally experienced much frustration, but it made every discovery that more enjoyable. And if you just can't deal with the brutal difficulty, you are given the option to disable some of the more unforgiving aspects of the game like hunger and minotaurs. In essence it's a much appreciated difficulty scaler.

Barony is a solid dungeon crawler abound in treachery and treasures. Oh and the developer cares about his game, which is ultra rare these days. That's a huge plus in my book and reason enough to recommend this game to everyone.
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Thespian
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Really fun, doesn't hold your hand, rewards the player decently, at least so far. I am having a great time with this game. If you enjoy fun loots and roguelikes and don't mind retro-style graphics, this is a great one to pick up!
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determinism89
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
This game is teaching me to enjoy roguelikes
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Mohl, The Tumbleweed
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
Put on a necklace without identifying it first, cursed necklace of strangulation.

Teammate laughs at me choking to death and then eats a boulder in the teeth.



Good times.
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Mr_Duck_UNiT
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
This is a great game, has huge potential to add more features in it, although it doesn't get a lot of love by many, I feel this game will grow bigger in time, it really feels like an old school D&D game and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging dungeon crawling game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Boulders, boulders everywhere. 11/10 would get my dreams crushed into a fine paste again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Good execution of a first person roguelike that captures the spirit of nethack and other various influences.
To put things in perspective, I was able to clear the dungeon after about 13 hours and a dozen failed playthroughs.
To add to this perspective, I still haven\'t beaten nethack. The total playtime of my winning character was 2h30.

PROS
-Great ambience for a voxel engine
-Excellent soundtrack, very fitting
-Challenging, true to roguelike genre
-Solid level progression and game balance
-Immersive dungeon features
-First person gameplay is refreshing

CONS
-Some framerate issues in larger more populated levels
-Monster AI is fairly simple
-Could use some more content and variety
-Feeling of linear level progression despite procedural generation


I really enjoyed this game and my hat goes off to the lead designer and project contributors. It would be a good move to open the source files to the community to allow it to continue to expand in depth and complexity. The game could benefit from more mobs, items, spells, class features, traps, etc...this could be handed off to open source contributors and fans. Make it happen!!!!!!!!




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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Product received for free
If you want a hard rpg this one is for you. It is a unforgiving game which will wrap you around its finger. It is so much fun to play with friends that you will find yourself playing for hours. The items are cool and the spells will amaze you. I would pick up this game for a good time.

P.S. play with friends that will not mind restarting over and over again
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Its a solid game, and hit me right in the nostalgia.

Is it groundbreaking?

Probably not, but it does everything well enough that I have to give it a reccomendation.

I kind of wish this had more open surface world with dungeon stops like daggerfall, but a lot of other
games didnt do this either, so I guess its more of a design choice than anything.


Its fantastic to play with friends, I highly reccomend multiplayer, albeit without minotaurs or hunger.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
A great Rogue-Like in first person. It is hard, but rewarding. If you have ever played a Rogue game, and always wanted it to be in the first person style, or to play with a friend or two at the same time, then this is the game for you. Loads of fun!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
This is actually a really good game, even if it doesn't exactly look like the best of games, it's actually really entertaining! I would definitely recommend to people who just want a chill game. One little thing though, it's definitely more entertaining if you play multiplayer, simply because it takes a lot of teamplay.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
All three of my teammates were dead and I could hear the menacing voices of goblins everywhere. I ran into a room and found a spider that almost killed me. I swam across a river to where I thought I was safe, then a boulder fell from the ceiling and killed me.

10/10 Great game
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
For those of you old enough to remember, Windows once had a screensaver simply entitled, "Maze." 1998 me desperately wanted that to be a video game level within which I could roam freely.

Fast forward 18 years. I see Barony, I wishlist it for its aesthetic, it comes down to a ridiculous price, and I buy not only the four pack, but also a fifth copy to distribute among friends. It's not the best game in the world, but it carves out its own niche and brings back the feel of every game I ever wanted to play as a ten year old. It's unforgiving. You'll certainly die, if not to rats and "passive" trolls then to traps and hunger, but with each play, you get a little better, you get a little farther. My recommendation? Buy it! What do you have to lose? Grab a few friends and git gud!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Suprisingly fun! I came into this game with low expectations but I was suprised by how deep it was. The skill system is deep and somewhat complex but easy once you figure it out. There is now crafting but there is a large amount of loot for you to get from chests, enemies, on tables, and sometimes just lying around! The best part about the game is how immersive it is. When you get in you can get lost playing, Started at 8:00 AM, its now 9:30 PM. BE WARNED: this game is not an easy game, you will die countless times but dont give up! If you can play with friends or just take the time to figure it out then it is very fun! If you are an impatient person, do not buy this game. If you like slower but still action filled games, definetly buy this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
**Edited out of respect for the developer**

If you liked Delver but thought it was too easy, this might be the game for you. Barony has the same feel, but that's where the similarity ends. It's got quaint pixel graphics. It's got hacking and slashing, but it's no boss rush like Delver. For a simple player like myself, this game was brutal; cursed weapons, teleportation traps, facing demons with a rusty spear! I'll be the first to admit that I'm a below average player, so keep in mind the subjectivity of this review.

In the likes of Darkest Dungeon, Barony comes with plenty of challenges like hunger management, a non-trivial spell system, and aggressive AI that can humble even the most masochistic of players. Be prepared to die a lot, but also be aware that survival and discovery is most of where you'll find enjoyment in the game. There's lots of learn, and you'll need to learn quick because the very first level of the dungeon will put you to the test. It was a steep curve for me, so I personally experienced much frustration, but it made every discovery that more enjoyable. And if you just can't deal with the brutal difficulty, you are given the option to disable some of the more unforgiving aspects of the game like hunger and minotaurs. In essence it's a much appreciated difficulty scaler.

Barony is a solid dungeon crawler abound in treachery and treasures. Oh and the developer cares about his game, which is ultra rare these days. That's a huge plus in my book and reason enough to recommend this game to everyone.
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