Welcome to Stardander School for Witches! Embrace your magical side by learning spells, solving mysteries, making friends and battling (or befriending) Fae creatures in a turn-based battle system. Do you have what it takes to pass your classes in a world besieged by a malicious enemy?
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Oct 2, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We had a great experience doing Early Access with our previous game, Aground - incrementally adding content and getting feedback to improve the game before our full launch. We’ve already finished the first half of Stardander (Years 1-4), and we wanted to try out something similar as we continue working on the second half (Years 5-7). We’ll be updating the early access version with improvements based on your feedback, as well as every time we finish a new year until we get to the end, at which point we will transition to the full release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We’re planning for the game to be in Early Access about 6 months, for a Spring 2024 full launch. This is based on the progress we have made on the previous years and how much remaining art is needed - although it could take longer depending how much feedback and revisions we decide to make during Early Access.”

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

“For the full version, we plan to add the second half of the story - years 5, 6 and 7.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game has all planned features and is fully playable up until the end of year 4, which has a major boss fight and mini climax. Depending on your reading speed and battle preferences, the game is currently around 8 hours of game time (and we’re expecting the full game to be about 16 hours long).”

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

“Since the full version will have around twice the content, we plan to raise the price once we leave Early Access. However, anyone who buys the game in early access will receive all updates and new content for free.”

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

“We are active in our Steam Discussions and our Discord server, and we love to hear feedback on the story, pacing, and gameplay! While we have an outline and know where the story is going in the final years, that doesn’t mean we can’t add side stories in the navigation sections or clear up confusing or poorly explained details. So please let us know if there was anything that didn’t make sense to you, or wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been. We’d like to make the experience of playing the game as fun and immersive as we can!”
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About This Game

Delve into the lives of four young witches as they learn magic, protect their families, try to stay on their brooms, and work hard to unravel the mysteries surrounding Stardander, the best school of magic in the world.

Your time at Stardander will be full of surprising discoveries, strategic battles against many fae creatures, late-night study sessions, and not a few delightful pranks at your least-favorite teacher’s expense. Breaking a few school rules is to be expected, but try not to get yourself into detention in the pitch-black (and probably haunted) dungeons!

Long ago, humans summoned Fae creatures to this world and bound them to their will. But when pacts were broken, the power of the Fae turned upon humanity and brought chaos.

Only the aid and protection of a group of sympathetic Fae kept humans from being annihilated. These Fae became known as the Protectors, and founded the human-Fae Alliance. But one notoriously powerful and malicious Fae - Apexsens - has a deep grudge against humans and has not given up his quest to exterminate them, using any means necessary.

The safety of the Protectors cannot last forever - only through mastering their own magic do humans stand a chance. For nearly 300 years it has been Professor Dare's task - and atonement - to teach humans the very magic that once dominated and enslaved her.

After mysteriously vanishing for seven years, Professor Dare is now back to re-open Stardander, the best school for witches and the hope of all humanity.

Callie is frilly, pampered, and thinks magic is for common folk. Why in the nine realms does she end up at Stardander?!
Freya is the deathly prankster who might see ghosts, but is the sweetest of cinnamon buns.
Rory is the overachiever who tries to do what is right but is overshadowed by a notorious family.
Mira is the feisty Fae-touched fighter who doesn't quite understand how to be human (yet).

Witches always have more to learn and players will be able to take part in a multitude of classes to help hone their magic. Learn projection, transmutation, channeling, telepathy and more. You never know what spell may come in handy at a desperate moment!

Play as four complex main characters, each with their own reasons for learning magic.
Make friends (or enemies) with your fellow witches-in-training.
Recruit your friends to help you battle dangerous Fae in a unique turn based battle system.
Talk to and form pacts with enemy Fae to gain familiars.
Take classes, learn spells, pass your exams, cultivate magical plants and brew potions.
Solve mysteries in a multi year story arc with a high-stakes conclusion.
Grow magical materials to brew potions and enchant items!

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: Any 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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