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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February 10

Barony V3.2.3 - The Alchemy Update OPEN BETA!

Hi All,

I'm making a open-beta branch available now on Steam for our V3.2.3 update! This update has been the culmination of 5 months of rewrites and additions to support our upcoming DLC. If you'd like to get your hands on the new features, then select the V3.2.3 beta branch from Barony properties menu in Steam.

Make sure you backup your savefiles and scores when updating, as you may experience crashes when downgrading to the old V3.2.2 branch. We've been using this build for our Developer Livestreams and it has been fairly stable, so you should be safe to stick to this beta version.

We're still finalising some store page business on the DLC front, but getting this base update out now will allow our DLC launch to go smoother when it's ready.

Let's mix things up with Alchemy!

Combine potions to suit your needs, experiment and learn the secrets of Alchemy! In this V3.2.3 update we've added the Alchemy mechanic with it's own proficiency available for all players!

Getting Started With Alchemy

Alchemy requires 2 potions and a new item to get started - the 'Alembic'. You'll be able to experiment out of the gate using the new Brewer class in our upcoming DLC! Otherwise you might be fortunate enough to find one of these inside a potion chest or sold at your local Apothecary shop.

Alembics are reusable but have small chances of degrading, so it's best advised to keep a spare or two handy. Brewing acidic potions increases the chance your alembic may break.

Once you get your hands on an Alembic, you'll have the option to 'brew' or 'experiment'.

Amateur alchemists learn by drinking potions or combining potions using the 'experiment' option to build up their knowledge of ingredients.

Note: Cursed Alembics will produce cursed brews, and blessed Alembics give you sweet blessed potions. But a cursed Alembic does have uses! A cursed potion may give you the same effect benefits of a blessed potion. The blessing/curse interaction potion changes are shown later on. Also if you have a +0 Alembic, the resultant brew will be the minimum curse level of the two ingredients you mixed.

You'll soon learn a select few 'base' and 'secondary' ingredients
  • Mix a 'base' ingredient with a 'secondary' ingredient and voila! You've discovered a new recipe. Which ones are which? Well you'll figure it out! No chemistry degree necessary!
  • You'll learn that certain 'base' ingredients tend to produce certain potions with similar characteristics.
    • Water can be used to dilute other potions, but be careful to not overdo it or you'll ruin the batch!
    • The sweet citrus notes of dungeon juice create potions that make you feel great!
    • Booze makes you feel bad enough on it's own, but what kind of other effects can you make out of it?
  • To keep track of what you have learned so far, mouse over the Alchemy proficiency in the in-game skills page.

Here our budding Alchemist can make use of water, juice and blindness potions using the 'brew' command.
  • Some potions have no special effects in Alchemy, and using them will always result in a potion of sickness.
  • Using the 'brew' command instead of 'experiment' will show you known "good" combinations that don't dissolve into potions of sickness. That being said, a potion of sickness might just be the ingredient or offense you want!
  • Potion recipes are fixed, so carry your knowledge through each playthrough!

How can I keep up a stock of potions? When you're not assaulting enemies with concoctions, maybe you'd like to stop and have a little taste. The higher your Alchemy proficiency, the greater chance you'll be able to recover an 'Empty Bottle' when drinking potions. Combining potions will also allow you to recover some extra bottles for later use.

Apothecary shops or potion chests also have a chance to carry empty bottles.

Equip an Empty Bottle in hand, and use it on a fountain or sink to tap a potion into your bottle. Keep an eye out for slimes or succubi!

Ways to level Alchemy
  • Drinking a potion you've never consumed before will always result in an Alchemy skill point. If the potion is a 'base' or 'secondary' ingredient it'll be added to your Alchemy tooltip.
  • Brewing a potion you've never tried mixing before will add to your knowledge and result in an Alchemy skill point. Otherwise brewing will level your Alchemy skill with a 50% chance.
  • Throwing potions has a 20% on impact to level your Alchemy skill.
Alchemy Skill Bonuses
  • Alchemy modifies your potion impact and effect damage by [100%/110%/125%/150%/250%/400%] for each proficiency tier
  • Increases chance of duplicating potions with water [50%-100%]
  • Increases chance of recovering empty bottles when consuming potions [60-80%]
  • Increases chance of recovering empty bottles when brewing potions [50-75%]
  • At Legendary Alchemy, your alembics will never degrade, and all potions you create have a +2 blessing!
Potion Changes
  • Thrown potions that heal or provide positive effects (strength, cure ailment, healing, juice) no longer deals impact damage to allies or draws aggro to the player.
  • Added an Apothecary shop to the Hamlet map, replacing a general store.
  • Added particle effects for healing effects of potions (booze, healing, juice)

  • Added 4 new brewable-only potions:
    • Potion of Strength: Grants +5 STR and -5 PER for 1 minute. Each blessing increases the duration by 30 seconds. Cursed Potions of Strength will result in blindness.
    • 'Unstable Potions'
      • These explosive potions deal 10 additional impact damage that is multiplied by your Alchemy skill damage bonus
      • Potion of Firestorm: Razes a target with 3 orbiting fireballs that deal low magic damage and ignite foes. Breaks down walls.
      • Potion of Icestorm: Chills a target with 3 orbiting cold spells that deal medium magic damage and inflict slow status
      • Potion of Thunderstorm: Strikes a target with 3 orbiting lightning spells that deal heavy magic damage
      • Each magic projectile from these potions is able to hit up to 3 other targets nearby
      • Impact damage is increased by 5 for each blessing/curse on the potion
  • Potion of Acid: Deals (10 + (5 * blessing or curse) * Alchemy damage bonus) additional impact damage. (Previously dealt 8-10 fixed damage)
  • Potion of Sickness: Deals (5 + (3 * blessing or curse) * Alchemy damage bonus) additional impact damage and poisons a target. (Previously dealt 2 damage)
  • Bottle of Water: Heals (5 * blessing) health if +1 or above. Cursed bottles of water now randomly curse a non-cursed equipped item when consumed. If no held items are eligible, then randomly curse any non-cursed inventory item.
  • Bottle of Booze: Heals 5 + (5 * blessing) health. Cursed potions reduce the heal by 5 HP per curse level
  • Cure Ailment: Blessed potions will provide (4 * blessing) seconds of increased HP/MP regen
  • Potion of Invisibility: Blessed potions provide (12 * blessing) extra seconds of invisibility. Consuming a Potion of Invisibility breaks monster aggro if the player is greater than 3 tiles away from hostile monsters.
  • Potion of Levitation: Blessed potions provide (12 * blessing) extra seconds of levitation
  • Potion of Speed: Blessed potions provide (12 * blessing) extra seconds of speed
  • Potion of Paralysis: Blessed or cursed potions provide (2 * blessing or curse) extra seconds of paralysis per level

That about wraps up the Alchemy portion of this update, let's move on to the other changes and goodies:

  • Added two new game/server flags (found under settings->misc)
    • +1 Life: Every player spawns with an amulet of lifesaving. Steam Achievements are disabled while this mode is enabled.
    • Keep Inventory On Death: Multiplayer only. Players no longer drop items when they die. On respawn, will revive with all items equipped as they were. Does not disable achievements, but reduces your final multiplayer score by 50%.
  • Added active status effect icons next to the sustained spells UI
    • Icon blinks when the effect has less than 5 seconds duration remaining
    • Option to disabled this UI element is found in video settings
  • Cockatrice Lair secret level now prevents sources of levitation due to soft-locking possibility
  • Insectoids now have 2 animated wings/antennae on their model

  • Added 'Backpack' item
    • Provides 1 more row of inventory if not cursed
    • Equipped in the player's cloak slot
    • Does not burn like cloaks
    • Items get sorted into the last row only if all other slots have been filled
    • Autosort does not modify any items in this additional row
    • Backpacks can be found rarely in hardware shops or chests

  • Added 'Potion of Polymorph' item
    • If consumed by a player, transforms the player into a random humanoid monster
    • If player starts as a monster race, the polymorph effect transforms the player into a human
    • Polymorph duration lasts 4-6 minutes
    • Polymorph effects dissipate when swimming in water, or drinking from sinks
    • When thrown at a monster, the monster will polymorph into a random creature
    • If the new creature can not wield the same equipment, the old equipment will drop on the floor
    • The new creature will copy the stats of the original polymorphed target (Crystal Golem to a rat anyone?)
    • Polymorphing a monster is permanent
    • If a flying creature is polymorphed and there is no floor to stand on nearby, polymorphing will instantly kill the creature
  • Scroll of Enchant Weapon now targets 'melee gloves' if no weapon is held in hand. (Applies to brass knuckles, iron knuckles, and spiked gauntlets)

  • Scroll of Repair now has a GUI (like identify), no longer targets random equipped items
    • Can target any item in your inventory (does not have to be equipped, or unbroken!)
    • Raises status +2 levels if the item is not broken
    • Raises status +1 level if the item is broken

  • Cursed Scrolls of Enchant Weapon/Armor/Remove Curse now reverse the blessing of an item (e.g +2 to -2) or take a +0 item to -1 curse.

  • Reduced crystal weapon breakage chance (now slightly less durable than other equipment types)

  • Crystal weapons now have 2x chance to level combat proficiencies

  • Halved item breakage chances in Hardcore mode

  • 'Melee gloves' (brass knuckles, iron knuckles, spiked gauntlets) now have chance to degrade on use
  • Added tooltips for magic spells, showing damage, effects and sustain costs
  • Spray Acid spell now deals 10 damage per projectile (from 7)
  • Bloodletting spell now deals 30 damage (from 25)
  • Charm monster spell now only can charm 1 monster at a time into your service. The Charmed monster must die in order to be able to take control of another.
  • Invisibility spell now breaks monster aggro if the player is greater than 3 tiles away from hostile monsters.

Proficiency Changes
  • Added tooltips to show all gameplay interactions with proficiencies. Mouse over each entry in the skills panel to see details.

  • Added 'Unarmed' proficiency
    • Monk, Warrior, Barbarian and Wanderer classes start with some Unarmed proficiency.
    • Provides +1 unarmed ATK every proficiency tier (+0 to +5)
    • If 'melee gloves' are worn, applies scaling knockback effect on a fully charged strike
    • Knockback distance is increased with higher proficiency tiers
    • Knocking a monster into furniture or doors deals 5-10 damage and breaks the object
    • Unarmed skill provides additional furniture/door damage each tier
    • Unarmed damage from players has it's own damage type when applied to monsters. Damage effectiveness shown below:
      1.f // human 1.1 // ghoul 1.2 // rat 1.1 // skeleton 0.8 // goblin 1.2 // scorpion 0.5 // slime 1.f // imp 0.8 // troll 1.f // gnome 1.1 // spider 0.8 // demon 1.f // succubus 1.f // lich 1.f // minotaur 1.f // devil 1.f // shopkeeper 0.8 // kobold 1.4 // scarab 0.6 // crystal golem 1.f // incubus 1.f // vampire 0.5 // shadow 0.8 // cockatrice 0.8 // insectoid 1.f // goatman 0.7 // automaton

  • Added new capstone effects for the following melee weapon proficiencies (to trigger the capstone effects, you must strike with a fully charged attack - holding the attack key until the strike):
    • Sword: +5 ATK and inflict 5s bleeding status
    • Mace: +5 ATK and 25% chance inflict 1.5s paralyze status
    • Axe: +10 ATK and inflict 3s slow status
    • Polearm: +5 ATK and inflict knockback status
    • Unarmed: +5 ATK and inflict paralyze status on a backstab strike

  • Other capstone effects added:
    • Shield: Your shields never degrade when blocking (excludes mirror shield)
    • Ranged: Your ranged weapons never degrade on use

  • All melee/ranged/shield proficiencies now provide improved durability on your equipment as the proficiency is skilled up

  • Melee proficiencies: Killing a monster has an increased chance to level your proficiency

  • Ranged:
    • Reworked several damage formulas. Thrown weapon ranged damage is now a multiplier [100%/110%/125%/150%/200%/300%] instead of a static value 0-20 ATK. This enables thrown weapons to scale lategame.

    • Potions are no longer influenced by ranged proficiency.

    • Potion damage is
      (base thrown ATK * Alchemy potion multiplier) + potion effect
    • Thrown weapons are now
      (base thrown ATK + weapon ATK + DEX / 4) * (Ranged damage multiplier) - (target AC * 0.25)
    • Gemstones/Rock damage are now
      (base thrown ATK + DEX / 4 + Ranged proficiency / 10) - (target AC * 0.5)

  • Leadership:
    • Followers now gain +1 DEX every proficiency tier (influences movespeed)
    • Capstone changed to Goatmen, Insectoids and Goblins being recruitable
    • Capstone no longer allows unlimited allies
    • Followers now revert their color palettes back to normal if their leader died (A monster previously always reset it's allegiances if their leader died, but this was not obvious)
    • Followers no longer hunt enemies out of sight if told to wait in place
    • Followers now choose a random spot around their leader to walk to, instead of the same one over and over again
    • Followers scan for enemies more frequently instead of waiting for the player to get hit
    • Players accidentally damaging followers now results in a single attack in return instead of normal aggro
    • Added particle effect on successful leadership recruitment

  • Appraisal:
    • Added message to indicate if your appraisal skill was not high enough when attempting to identify an item

  • Sneaking:
    • Improved sneaking effectiveness (blocking without a shield), player concealment changed from 2 tile distance to 3 tiles
    • Improved assassination/backstab mechanic to be more reliable if the target was moving or otherwise not stationary

  • Locks:
    • Doubled base unlocking chances (previously was 1 in 400 at 0 proficiency, now 1 in 200)
    • Catching a target in a beartrap now always levels your locks proficiency
    • Monsters walking into bear traps now properly update their HP bar to the player
    • Capstone bonus gold on unlocking chests changed from 25 to 100 gold
    • Successfully lockpicking an automaton now always increases lockpicking skill
    • Hardware shops now have increased chance to sell lockpicks

  • Swimming:
    • Waterwalking capstone now does not disable your shield

  • Slight improvements for non-multithreaded networking
  • Improved sound effect processing to reduce frame drops

  • Fixed 'use previous character' button overwriting the oldest savefile always
  • Fixed rare crash that could happen when an insectoid changed weapon
  • Fixed gates causing players/monsters to get stuck when closing. Now are passable until the colliding entity moves out of the way.
  • Fixed followers not pathing through the player when issuing movement commands
  • Fixed boulders spawning over doorways for the 5th time. Added new hat to eat if I'm wrong.
  • Fixed furniture having status effect colored health bars
  • Fixed hunger icon appearing if hunger was disabled mid-game
  • Fixed player arms occasionally animating in the same direction
  • Fixed cursed enchant weapon/armor scrolls not syncing between server and clients
  • Fixed human arm/footwear equipment not showing correctly in multiplayer
  • Fixed incorrect hunger message that could sometimes appear after vomiting
  • Fixed teleporting not updating player position correctly (affected Cockatrice Lair secret level trigger)
  • Fixed wall traps building a wall ontop of monsters and players
  • Fixed forcebolt spell tooltip not displaying 0 manacost when legendary spellcasting is reached
  • Fixed some modded content disabling Steam Achievements when it shouldn't. (Cosmetic mods e.g sounds/models/music do not disable Steam Achievements)
  • Fixed some items wrongly stacking when bought from shopkeepers
  • Fixed issue where identifying an item via appraisal would close your identify
  • GUI from a scroll
  • Fixed issue where multiplayer clients did not get notified of secret level blurbs ("you hear the sound of pickaxes")
  • Fixed crash when throwing a potion of cure ailment
  • 'Greasy' status effect now lasts 1-2 minutes rather than indefinitely to prevent soft-lock at Herx

Please use the new V3.2.3 Bug Report/Feedback thread to give us feedback on any issues or crashes you might encounter.

Thanks everyone!

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January 11

Content Preview : The Myths & Outcasts DLC Pack

We're not quite ready to announce an exact release date yet, as we're still testing, but the first DLC pack is coming very close to completion! Here's a full rundown of what you can expect.

For more details about Barony DLC, including pricing info, please view the DLC announcement.

Myths & Outcasts DLC Pack 1

Skeleton Race
This bony adventurer doesn't eat, but is very slow to regenerate. When filled with magical power, some have said the bones can re-invigorate after death! Skeletons may be a great option for a patient player that doesn't like playing with hunger, but still wants to play through the game legitimately, or with friends who like hunger on!

The skeleton can be played as its new signature class:

The Conjurer
This new class' playstyle may largely depend on their ability to summon an undead ally who grows in experience and power alongside you as you advance through the dungeon! Outfitted with little else, prepare to support your summons while staying out of harm's way early on in the adventure.

Goatman Race
These bleating beasts love the taste of tin-cans and have no need for a tin openers. They also have a nose for booze, and can often make some of it using fountains throughout the dungeon. A steady supply of booze bottles lets the Goatman rely on boosted physical strength and finding new drinking buddies along the way!

These skills come in handy with the Goatman's signature class:

The Drunkard
As the Drunkard, booze doesn't cause you any trouble. It's running out of it that's a problem for you! Without your signature sauce, a horrible hangover will make you feel terrible, which is very much like the effect drunkenness has on other classes. Keep track of your booze supply and make sure you're in fighting shape when you need it!

Vampire Race
Vampires start with a number of classic magical abilities, but are cursed with a hunger for blood. Normal food won't do them any good, only slaying the living will provide them with what they need. Attacking an enemy by surprise allows the Vampire to drink some of their victims' blood, and vials of blood may often be dropped by foes that the Vampire can save for when it is needed.

The Accursed
This class begins the game with a curse - You will hunger more rapidly, but are also imbued with supernatural speed. Vampires or Humans of this class will need to move quickly to keep their hunger from chasing them down! Rumors suggest that the curse can be broken if you find the magic spell you were cursed with in the first place.

Succubus Race
This demonoid is wry and clever. Starting with demonic magical abilities, they prefer to outwit their foes on the way to killing them. But being an unholy entity comes with its tradeoffs. The effects of Blessed and Cursed equipment is reversed!

The Mesmer
The Mesmer is a trickster who, using magic, can charm monsters so they lose the will to fight... or even fighting on the Mesmer's behalf! Why do the fighting when you can convince the others to do it for you? Otherwise frail and poorly outfitted, the Mesmer will have to pick its unwilling allies wisely to stay alive.

We hope that these races and classes are as exciting to you as they are to us!

We'll provide more info as we get closer to releasing the Legends & Pariahs DLC Pack. But as a teaser, we are ready to announce the races for that pack: The Insectoid, The Goblin, The Automaton, and The Incubus.

- "mistersneak" and the Turning Wheel team
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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.


  • 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.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game may content not appropriate for all ages: Combat and traps feature cartoony blood. The game also features alcohol, occult themes, and some sexual content in the form of comedic innuendo. Some players may find Easter-eggs that contain swearing.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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