Draft of Darkness is a survival horror deck builder with roguelike dungeon exploration. Recruit allies, synergize their decks to create powerful card combos, manage your resources, explore procedurally generated maps and determine the outcome of the story.
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Very Positive (102) - 95% of the 102 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 30, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I'd like to involve community feedback on extending the game's mechanics and content until everybody is satisfied with how Draft of Darkness turns out.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I'm planning on keeping the game in Early Access for 6 months to 1 year. Ultimately it depends on the time the players will be satisfied with the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

  • My main focus will be adding more content during Early Access to increase the longevity of the game. I aim to at least double the amount of heroes, companion types, cards and weapon types. I will also focus on adding many random events and trophy items to make every run more unique!
  • "Part 2" of the story will be added. I'm aiming to make the second part of the story much more branching, allowing the player to reach one of many endings according to the choices they made.
  • There are planned mechanical improvements that will be made during Early Access. I will focus on improving the player experience involving UI, using cards in combat, browsing equipment, exploring the map etc. I will take into account all player feedback to make the gameplay feel good.
  • The game will be balanced throughout Early Access.
  • I will be polishing the game during Early Access. Some of the planned tasks: Replacing older card art, improving the looks of the overworld by adding new scenery, improving procedural generation, adding missing attack effects...

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At the start of Early Access, "Part 1" of the story is available. According to our estimates, it's possible to reach the end of this part in 6-8 hours. Of course, there are secrets, achievements and unlocks you can pursue, which will add many hours of playtime.
Some numbers to give you an idea about the content:
  • 3 heroes
  • 4 companion archetypes
  • 135+ cards
  • 3 areas
  • 19 basic enemies
  • 9 bosses
  • 28+ decision events
  • 45+ unique items

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Early Access version will be cheaper than the full version.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I'll stay fully in contact with the community as much as I can. Players will always be able to give feedback through our Discord server and Steam discussion forums.”
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“...if you're a Resi nut like me, you may very well find this both itchy and tasty.”
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About This Game

Draft of Darkness is a roguelike deckbuilder in a post-apocalyptic setting with survival horror and resource management mechanics. Select a hero, build your starting deck and start your adventure!

During your journey:
  • Fight with infected creatures, government robots and other survivors in a turn-based battle system.
  • Explore a post-apocalyptic city consumed by darkness. Each map is procedurally generated and unique for every run.
  • Build a party of survivors to help you on your journey. Each has their own deck of abilities!
  • Trade to collect better equipment and cards, which you can use to strengthen your companions.
  • Make important decisions. Your choices are key to progress the story forward.

Unique Weapon Based Combat System

Each card in Draft of Darkness can be used by equipping a type of weapon. Determine your strategy by building unique decks combining cards from different weapon types. Each weapon has unique mechanics that can be mixed and matched for insane combos!

Explore Procedurally Generated Maps

Find friends and foes lurking deep within the dark corners of the Residence, Streets and Hospital areas. Manage the status of your party, avoid radiation and infection at all costs!

Every Run Matters

At the end of every run, even if you fail, you will receive credits that can be used to open booster packs to unlock new starting cards for your next run. Every death is a chance to try out new strategies!

Every Choice Matters

Draft of Darkness has a unique "meta story progression" system, where every decision can alter the outcome of the story and allow for new ways to progress. You might try different choices on your next run, but be careful, some of them will have serious consequences.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Contains fear, bad language, violence and drug usage references.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with 2GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with 4GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with 2GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Processor: Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with 4GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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