Stoneshard is a turn-based RPG about exploring a vast, procedurally-generated medieval world, managing your own caravan and surviving by managing both physical wounds and trying to stay sane. Embark on an epic journey and decide the fate of a kingdom in this grim adventure!
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November 3

Devlog: Improvements & Fixes



Hello!

Yup, it's new devlog time. Currently our team is working on some big features that we aren’t yet ready to showcase, so therefore in today's development diary we will discuss several small improvements and fixes we’ve accumulated. Most of the targeted aspects are probably well known to you because of the Prologue, so I guess today's blog will be pretty interesting.

Destructible Environment


You don’t have to fix the impassable objects being generated if you can make them destructible.

Firstly, we’ve added the ability to destroy most of the dungeon environment objects. Yes, all those beds, bedside tables and chairs, which previously were purely decorative, now can be properly broken, burnt or blown up. This small innovation introduces a significant variety to tactics, making you to take a different look at the use of the environment in battle. In addition, each environmental object is made of a certain material that sets the level of its resistances to different damage types. For example, wooden furniture can be easily crushed by slashing and blunt weapons, but, let’s say, iron maidens are way tougher.

Enemies & Door Interaction


Verren gets he's probably screwed, but prefers to remain optimistic.

Mysterious vampires doorphobia has long been a target of our community’s mockery. In the public version of the Prologue, timely escaping behind a closed door was an unbeatable strategy: it gave you unlimited time to heal.

Of course, it was an obvious exploit, not intended by us. So recently we’ve told the mobs that doors don’t present any threat to them and can be actually interacted with. However, the type of door interaction depends on enemy’s type.


Small-sized beasts like bats will need looots of time to break the door, however.

For example, vampires have no problems simply opening unlocked doors, while the undead or beasts will try to break them – which means you won’t have that much time to take a breath anymore. By the way, the same goes for any environment objects that prevent mobs from getting to your character.

All this was made possible by changing the door system as well. Now, like the rest of the environment, they have a durability pool, which can be depleted by attacking or using spells. Which means that now you can get injured only when trying to break the door down with your bare hands.

Attacks of Opportunity


Some pretty angry skeleton.

Another feature added to counter The Most Popular Tactic #2, the scourge of many turn-based roguelikes – endless kiting (referred to as “tactical retreat” by some people). If a player is sure the back areas are secure, he can start to run away – and, because of the turn-based system and the “1 move = 1 action” rule, his enemy will chase him potentially endlessly, unless he has some long-range skills. Usually it was used to reset cooldowns on powerful skills or to lure an opponent to the right spot – for example, closer to the ashfire barrel or spike trap.

Therefore, we’ve added the so-called attacks of opportunity: whenever you try to retreat, the enemies surrounding you may receive a chance to deal a bonus hit. In addition, thanks to the change of the movement system, now enemies will no longer wait for one turn before taking the tile of the retreating player, but will do this instantly. In sum, this makes kiting a disadvantageous strategy, forcing you to rely more on movement/knockback skills if you want to escape some sticky situation. Or, alternatively, level up Agility: high Agility unlocks the perk allowing you to avoid attacks of opportunity.

Durability system change

And finally: some changes were made to the durability system. Previously, durability penalties were calculated dynamically depending on the percentage of lost durability, so your equipment started to get debuffs from the very beginning, which was pretty annoying, honestly.

Now the penalties are divided in tiers: when at > 50% durability, your items won’t receive any penalties; at >25% <50% durability, items will receive a 30% stat penalty; at <25% durability, items will receive a 60% stat penalty. This will make it easier to determine the state of the equipment just by taking a look on its appearance: depending on the durability tier, the sprites of the equipment will become more shabby and battered.

That's all for today. See you soon, until the next devlog!

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October 20

Devlog: Biomes



Hello everyone!

Stoneshard team is back in action, and in this devlog we will talk about another aspect of the global map – biomes.

The global map (alongside with the tiles it's composed of) is generated procedurally. The map is also divided into several climatic zones, which will affect the biomes and the order in which they may be encountered. When moving to the north, the climate conditions will gradually become more harsh: the southern steppes will be replaced by fields and deciduous forests, then pinewoods will take their place, which will finally turn into the snow-covered expanses of taiga and tundra.

Almost every climate option will have a unique visual and some different gameplay features. For example, in fields with their lack of vegetation, it is easier to spot enemies from a distance - which is not true in forests, where trees and complex landscapes make exploration and movement much more difficult.

It's time to show how these biomes look like. While working on the design of the environment, we temporarily turned off the spawning of animals and emeies, so we could enjoy the beauties of Aldor nature in splendid isolation.



Field environments are rather laconic: green meadows, flowers, butterflies, small bushes, boulders, and very rarely – some saplings.



Most of the Forest sprites were completely redrawn to create a more holistic and dense forest feel. Small glades here alternate with areas of dense vegetation.



Pinewoods consist mainly of fir trees and centuries-old pines. The soil here is also different, more dark and stony. Due to the proximity of the mountains, boulders and rocky areas are more common here.



Well, finally the Taiga biome. The main difference from pinewoods is - yes, you’re right – snow. We also plan to introduce some unique gameplay mechanics to this biome, but they are still under discussion.

As you can see on the GIFs above, the weather and lighting will also dynamically change depending on the time of day and the biome. The day gives way to night, the rain got replaced by the fog, and in the northern regions of Aldor you can experience the snowfall.

Some biomes (like the Swamp or the Seashore) are not ready yet, so we will show them next time. That's all for today, see you soon!

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About This Game



You start out as an ordinary mercenary, travelling across the medieval world of Aldor. The kingdom is about to fall, when a mysterious stranger makes you an offer you can’t refuse. Set off on a dangerous journey, explore beautiful lands as the leader of your own caravan, recruit new allies and fight hordes of monsters. This adventure won’t be easy, as you will have to deal with physical diseases, psychological traumas and disputes within your party.

Inspired both by classic roguelikes and modern RPGs, Stoneshard invites you to shape the future of Aldor… and die countless times along the way. Explore the grim medieval world in this epic turn-based adventure, welcoming and challenging both for roguelike veterans and newcomers.



  • Explore the medieval kingdom

    Embark on a journey through the vast procedurally-generated world of Aldor. Explore the dungeons, cities and forests of this once magnificent land, now ravaged by war.

  • Lead your caravan

    Recruit new allies to your own caravan. Be a true leader and keep morale high, so you can get help and unravel the mysteries of your loyal followers.

  • Treat your wounds

    Take medication or even drugs to treat physical wounds and diseases. Spot symptoms early and don’t let your hero die of fever, blood loss or broken bones.

  • Fend off insanity

    The horrors of a decaying, war-torn kingdom can maim your mind. Take care of your mental health and use different ways to fend off insanity and fear during your journey.

  • Build an unrivaled hero

    Develop your hero however you like, be it an axe-wielding mage or a potion-brewing ninja. Choose from more than 100 weapons and build a unique skill set for your character.

  • Get tactical

    Create your own play style, marching to victory with sword, sorcery or stealth. Study your enemies, learn to use the environment to your advantage and emerge victorious.

  • Decide the fate of Aldor

    Pledge your allegiance to different factions fighting over Aldor. Your choices will decide the fate of the whole kingdom. Will you save Aldor or turn the kingdom into ashes?

  • Pray for victory

    Follow the will of ancient Gods and gain some of their astounding power in return… if you are ready to pay the price, of course.

  • Die to fight another day

    Don't let death frighten you. Should your hero perish, another shall rise up and take over the caravan, continuing your quest.



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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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