Stoneshard is a challenging turn-based RPG set in an open world. Experience the unforgiving life of a medieval mercenary: travel across the war-torn kingdom, fulfill contracts, fight, mend your wounds and develop your character without any restrictions.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are a small team creating a complex game with many interconnected and overlapping systems. It’s important for us to receive timely feedback from our community, as it helps with setting correct priorities and making necessary adjustments and fixes.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“For now we’d rather not set a strict date for the full release. Our guiding principle is “quality above all”: when an occasional gameplay element ends up not meeting our standards, we try to take some extra time to tweak or rework it, which doesn’t mesh well with a long predetermined deadline.

To get a rough idea of how close the game is to its 1.0 release, check out the section titled “What is the current state of the Early Access version?”.”

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

“Right now our main priority is implementing and polishing all major systems required to make the game a fully-functional sandbox experience.

Once those systems are in place, our plan is to fully focus on adding all the remaining content and implementing a fully-fledged story mode, the release of which will conclude the game’s Early Access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Playing through the most recent build takes about 14-20 hours on average (this includes visiting every dungeon and killing every boss). Additionally, there’s a great deal of replayability provided by different ways to level your character and numerous procedural elements, which makes it worthwhile to play through the game more than once or twice.

Right now the game features:

  • Combat System: melee and ranged weaponry, dual wielding, magic
  • Leveling System and improvable Character stats
  • Health System: survival needs, injuries, psyche, pain, intoxication, fatigue
  • Economy and Exploration: contracts, trading, reputation, rumors, paper maps, crimes
  • Supplementary Mechanics: traps, throwing, hunting, drugs, statistics
  • 11/13 weapon types
  • 20/27 ability trees (216+ abilities in total)
  • 4/7 enemy factions
  • 3/5 dungeon types
  • ~40% of the planned global map
  • 4/6 biomes
  • 1/3 major cities
  • 2/6 major villages
  • 20+ unique and 10+ recurrent Points of Interest
  • 3 bosses
  • 200+ enemy types
  • 360+ pieces of equipment with varying stats and effects
  • 50+ combat consumables
  • 50+ Steam achievements

The next major update, “Rags to Riches”, will also feature:

  • The final major system to be added to the game: the Caravan (complete with a Fast Travel mechanic, an upgrade tree, and Followers)
  • Cooking and Consumables Crafting
  • Reworked Dungeon Generation and Contract System
  • Updated Economy
  • Dungeon Modifiers
  • Settlement Modifiers
  • New type of Points of Interest
  • And more: new weapons, enemies, items, and so on

Further updates will introduce:

  • Character Creation
  • Character Traits
  • Random Encounters
  • Stealth Mode
  • Enchantments
  • Maladies
  • Alchemy

After that, the work on gameplay mechanics will be complete, allowing us to start developing the main story in earnest.”

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

“Yes, the price will be gradually increased to reflect the addition of new content and mechanics.”

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

“Our main platform for interacting with the community is our official Discord server. Other than that, we also rely on Steam discussions and reviews as well as our social media: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.”
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“It's something like playing D&D with a stickler of a dungeon master who makes you describe every step you take, and also hates you.”
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“It's witty, it's bold, it's gorgeous, and it's immaculately put together.”
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“Stoneshard already feels like a classic RPG in the making, an ambitious project with vast potential.”
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About This Game



Stoneshard is a challenging turn-based RPG set in an open world. Experience the unforgiving life of a medieval mercenary: travel across the war-torn kingdom, fulfill contracts, fight, mend your wounds and develop your character without any restrictions.

There’s no hand-holding, and the game will punish you for your mistakes: you’ll have to carefully prepare for each expedition, plan your actions in advance, and weigh your resources against possible risks. Saving can only be done in certain spots, so each wrong move can potentially lead to a swift death and lost progress.

EXPLORE THE RAVAGED LANDS



  • Open World
    War always leaves its mark: villages lie in ruins, dungeons are infested with monsters, and old roads are abandoned. Travel through Aldor and learn more about its past.
  • Economy
    The wartime economy is ruthless, but it also presents many opportunities: fulfill contracts, hunt for treasure, trade in a variety of goods, and travel the land to earn your fortune.

CHOOSE YOUR PATH



  • Character Development
    Experiment with 200+ abilities and 400+ equipment pieces without any class or level restrictions. Create your very own playstyle!
  • Enemy Variety
    Take part in intense battles against numerous factions. Brigands, abominable cults, the undead - all of them require a unique approach.
  • Tactical Battles
    Only the thoughtful ones shall prevail - plan a few turns ahead, adapt to your surroundings, and fully utilize your character’s strengths.

SURVIVE AGAINST THE ODDS



  • Health System
    Master the simple but deep health system: cauterize bleeding wounds, relieve pain with alcohol and drugs, practice bloodletting and heal your maladies with various concoctions.
  • Psyche
    Different in-game situations have a distinct influence on your character’s mental condition. High morale may turn the tide in your favor when fighting even the most hopeless of battles, while low sanity brings panic attacks and paranoia.
  • Permadeath
    Do you like risk? Then try out the Ironman mode, where every decision is irreversible and your character dies once and for all.

PLANNED UPDATES



  • New Content
    Additional settlements, enemy factions, and even more activities, equipment, and abilities.
  • Caravan
    Gather your own caravan to travel the world. Acquire upgrades for it and recruit followers - their knowledge and skills will likely benefit you along the way. Feeling weary? Return to your camp to hear new stories or just rest by the fire.
  • Main Story
    To solve the mystery of Stoneshards, you’ll have to undertake a long journey full of dangers, hardships, and adventures. What choices will you make in this bleak world?

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages: Fantasy Violence, Cartoonish Gore, Depiction of Alcohol & Drug Usage, Mature Topics.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/10/11 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/10/11 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 18.04.2
    • 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 18.04.2
    • 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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