You are subordinate to the deranged dictator and must plan his doomed invasion in this text-based RPG / Visual Novel. Navigate the shark-filled waters of the Great Leader's presidential cabinet, try to save your family, and survive the purges in a world of power-hungry leaders and nuclear warfare.
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Positive (43) - 97% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 14, 2023

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Why Early Access?

“This is currently a free visual novel. Anyone who is interested in the idea should be empowered to try the novel out for themselves and contribute feedback to the final product.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“3-9 months to finish writing the story, QA test each story branch, and fully implement an aesthetically pleasing GUI.”

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

“The full version will include Steam achievements and a fully finished story with no more major plot/character additions.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All features in "About This" have been implemented.”

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


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

“I plan on engaging the community on a one-on-one basis to find out what they think would make for a superior interactive fiction experience.”
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About This Game

This is A War of a Madman's Making: A combination of Visual Novel and text-based RPG centered around war planning and political survival, inspired by games like Suzerain and Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa.

War of a Madman's Making is set in a fictional world where nuclear escalation has blackened the skies. You are a citizen who has been mysteriously called up to serve as Field Marshal of the Great Leader's army. Through a combination of resource management, political maneuvering, and strategic military planning, you must survive the impending war - and the purges and assassinations that will come along with it.

You have the freedom to be ruthless in your methods, but doing so too freely could have consequences - particularly if you face a tribunal for crimes against humanity. However, mismanage your resources pursuing nobler causes, and you'll find a similar fate at the hands of your beloved Great Leader.

Rein in the disaster, protect your family, and survive the purges.

  • ~70k word story with 5 major endings.
  • Resource management. Maintain a military budget, popularity with the Leader's cabinet, and favor with the Great Leader himself.
  • Choose your allies and enemies. Scheme amongst the Leader's staff or even against the Leader himself.
  • Manipulate your reports when you must give bad news to the Great Leader, but be careful not to push your luck.
  • Retro-style soundtrack by Borealis (Shirli Ainsworth) full of tense overtures and bombastic battle themes.
  • An encyclopaedia filled with lore and character details - including nuggets that an astute player will find useful.

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Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game contains content that is not suitable for all ages: Cursing and crude language, references to alcohol and drug abuse, references to gun violence and crimes against humanity, and other dark themes.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space

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