Ever since the ancient wars of mages, the world has been a dark place. As to the Distorted Lands, regular folk avoid them like plague. Yet this is now your new home. Your magic powers bid disciples from all over the land to come look for you. Other forces are looking for you, too – and their intent is much darker.
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Lo que dicen los desarrolladores:

¿Por qué acceso anticipado?

“With our previous game (Gremlins, Inc.) we already went through 6 months of Early Access ahead of the full release – and we loved it! The community feedback that we received, lead to new features and improved balance of the game.

With Spire of Sorcery, our plan is the same: we will release the game, publish the development roadmap, and then will adjust our development plans according to the feedback that we receive from our core Steam community – with frequent updates and regular blog entries.”

¿Cuánto tiempo va a estar este juego en acceso anticipado aproximadamente?

“We plan that Spire of Sorcery will be in Early Access between 6 and 12 months.

However, as with our previous Steam release, we plan to keep updating Spire of Sorcery for many months (and even years!) after the full release. The day of the full release will be the day when we're confident that we arrived at version 1.0 of our game design objective; and then we will just continue updating the game as usual.”

¿Cuán diferente será la versión completa de la versión de acceso anticipado?

“In terms of content, the full release version of the game will have the bells and whistles that the Early Access version will not have at its launch date: unique icons and illustrations for different types of events and items; more music and more sound effects; more events in general.

In terms of game mechanics, the full release version of the game might have advanced levels of gameplay built on top of the core mechanics – depending on how we progress with the balancing of the overall player experience, and whether we find these extra layers of gameplay necessary.

In terms of user interface, the full release version of the game will definitely have multiple improvements based on what we discover during thousands of games completed by the community during the Early Access period.”

¿Cuál es el estado actual de la versión de acceso anticipado?

“When Spire of Sorcery launches in Early Access in 2018, the game will be fully playable at its core level: recruit disciples, teach them and discover their personalities and traits; upgrade your spire and manage your resources; send parties on quests across the global map of the world and receive reports; conduct research and otherwise manage your mage's time. Finally, the game will already have a final stage and you will be able to win (or lose) the main campaign.”

¿El precio del juego será diferente durante y después del acceso anticipado?

“Like with our previous project, we plan to increase the price once the game transitions from Early Access to full release.”

¿Cómo tienes planeado involucrar a la comunidad en tu proceso de desarrollo?

“The close involvement of the Steam community is the sole reason behind our decision to launch Spire of Sorcery first in Early Access. During the Early Access period of our previous game, we already developed the tools that allow us to process player feedback and synchronise our development priorities with what the community feels might benefit the project the most – in a transparent way. We are used to releasing updates as often as every 2 weeks, in order to keep up to speed to the community feedback.

Our first game would not be the same without the many contributions (large and small) of dedicated players from different regions around the world. We know that we can design, develop and deliver a great original game – but we also know that we cannot predict all of the aspects that will make it truly enjoyable experience that will give players 100+ hours of terrific player experience, and this is where the involvement of our community is truly irreplaceable!”
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8 noviembre

#36 – MAGIC



Another week, another issue of development diary. Are you having fun reading about our studio’s development process – or do you enjoy only the information about the game itself? Please let us know in the comments!

For example, today we can talk about how many people work on Spire of Sorcery. Of the full-time developers, we are 7 people and 1 dog. 2 more people work on specific assets outside of the studio (sound effects and inventory art), and 5 translation teams help us prepare the release internationally (based in Japan, China, Korea, Germany and France).

Among the core team, only one of us has a simple role: Daisy the Shetland Sheepdog. She doesn’t comment on art, she doesn’t write blogs and she doesn’t animate creatures. Rather, she is fully focused on helping the rest of the team feel good, going around the office asking for belly rubs.



The rest of the crew wears multiple hats. Monika draws, animates and manages localizations, plus directs music and sound effects. Andrey writes codes, designs user interfaces and draws. Rita provides art direction as well as creates most of the concept art. Sergey helps with game design and handles community work. Paul writes tools and the core code. Alexey handles everything related to game design, and also writes lots of code. The other Sergei produces the game, runs the studio and covers communication.

In pretty much every aspect of the game, you can see the contribution of each of us. Sometimes one of us begins with the sketch, and another finishes with full-color art. Other times one of us flashes out a design idea, then others finalize the details. It is nearly impossible to find something which is not the result of the collective effort. To us, such close collaboration is the magic that makes us able to produce a rather complex game with a fairly small headcount of the studio.

And speaking of magic, today’s topic is: magic skills, magic spells and magic rituals.


MAGIC SKILLS

Out of the total of 13 character skills in the game, 5 skills deal with magic:
  • Battle Magic
  • Travel Magic
  • Domestic Magic
  • Social Magic
  • Concentration


Battle Magic is about causing direct damage to others: hitting one opponent, or a whole party, with a variety of means, from small-time to absolutely deadly. Battle Magic also includes spells that summon demons and other helpful allies.

Travel Magic is about improving one’s life on the go: increasing speed of travel, being better at pathfinding, casting temporary bridges to cross rivers at any point, controlling weather, protecting parties from mosquitos and other inconvenient environmental factors specific to certain biomes – all the way up to protection against Chaos, which is a must if you want to enter the Distorted Lands and come back alive.

Domestic Magic is about repairs, cleaning, conservation, pest control and, finally, construction (which will not be available in the Early Access version, though, as we plan to add construction mechanics only after the Early Access release).

Social Magic is about affecting the minds of others: temporarily blocking the feeling of pain, casting illusions, changing likes and dislikes, making people trust you without any grounds to do so, and so on.

Finally, Concentration is what you could call “pure magic”: it deals with magic energy, from controlling a new Source of power to accepting new disciples into the Spire, extracting magic energy from obelisks and idols and similar.

SPELLS

Spells are cast momentarily and can have either immediate (one-shot) or temporary (several hours) effect.

For example, a spell that opens a loot chest is immediate: BAM!! The chest is open. Or, WHOOSH! The magic bread is created.

A spell that hides one’s party in a cloud of fog is temporary: BOOM! For a few hours, the party of explorers remains hidden, then the effect fades away. Or, HISS! Wounded character’s pain goes away – for a while; once the spell’s effect dissolves, the pain returns.

Most of the spells are cast by your disciples based on their own decisions, while they are away on expeditions – or while they’re performing complex tasks in the Spire. Some spells you will cast through using your own mage character – probably, the most powerful ones that require the highest level of skills.

Casting spells requires one-time expenditure of magic energy. There is no need for additional energy later on.



RITUALS

Rituals take time to execute – from one hour and upwards.

Performing rituals requires one-time expenditure of magic energy, which is sometimes followed by the requirement to continue spending energy regularly in order to support their effects (but not always).

Some rituals have permanent effects, and some – effects that last as long as they are being supported. For example, the Call of the Spire that attracts new disciples to the Spire is a typical ritual: it requires a constant expenditure of magic energy in order to keep it going.

Some magic actions can be done both as a spell and as a ritual. One can summon a demon during a battle, which would cost a one-time energy spend and cause the creature to appear for a limited period of time; or one can summon a golem or an undead back home, to add it to the transport or defense systems of the Spire itself – which would cost a one-time spend, as well as require continued expenditure of energy in order to support the creature’s very existence.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CAST SPELLS OR PERFORM RITUALS?

Spells and rituals require magic energy.

If you don’t have the required energy, you can still cast/perform them – driving your current HEALTH character stat down. With younger disciples, HEALTH may be later restored. With the mage character, this is much less likely, and thus such “borrowing” of the energy costs dearly.

Some spells and rituals also require special ingredients. Like with recipes, the requirements do not concern specific items, but rather alchemic properties, so if a ritual requires an item with the property of “Chaos”, any item with such property will do.

The requirement of ingredients is not obligatory, however: if you don’t have them, you can replace them with an additional amount of magic energy.



HOW DO YOU LEARN SPELLS AND RITUALS?

Spells and rituals are “special knowledge” items – just like recipes in Alchemy, or specific creatures in Monstrology.

Once anyone in the Spire learns a special knowledge, it becomes accessible to everyone whose skill level allows them to use it.

Spells and rituals can be found in scrolls and books. They can also be discovered during research in the laboratory.

WHAT CAN YOU FOCUS ON, WHEN CASTING?

When casting spells or performing rituals, you can focus on:
  • A character
  • A whole party
  • An item
  • A location
  • A specific room in the Spire (when construction mechanics is introduced)
CHANCES OF FAILURE

If one’s level of Theory in a particular skill allows access to the special knowledge that contains specific spell or ritual, those can be attempted. The lower the Practice in the skill, the higher the chance of failure.

Some failures are harmless (say, you create an ideal food ration, but end up with spoiled food ration instead); and some failures are very risky (say, you try to lift a spell off a chest, but end up releasing a curse on the whole Spire).



That’s it for today! As always, for updates on work in progress, please check the game’s official Discord server.

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31 octubre

#35 – QUESTS/ITEMS



Just a few weeks ago, we basked in the sun on our studio’s terrace. Today, dressed in autumn sweaters, we’re looking at the rain and wind that rage in the garden outside.

With the change of seasons, things change outside the studio – and things change inside. Earlier, each of us worked mostly alone, focused on one specific issue at a time. Now, we touch upon multiple aspects of the game in one go, mostly working as a team that’s tightly strung together by instant communication.

This week in particular, several systems are coming together: magic spells and magic rituals; visual design for rarity levels of items and item stacks; visual design for alchemic properties; and interface design for quest log and character information screens. That’s dozens of revisions for each topic, and a lot of comments to process!



ASSIGNING QUESTS AND TASKS

As you may recall, the majority of your mage’s time is spent assigning and reviewing “quests” and “tasks”.

Quests are what happens outside of the Spire – for example, when you equip and send parties to explore ruins in the swamps or harvest fluter’s wings in the Distorted Lands.

Tasks are what happens inside the Spire – for example, when you assign someone to cook diet food rations, or teach another disciple in a specific skill.

Both quests and tasks can be assigned for time and/or for specific goals. For example, “spend one month exploring ruins” – or “explore ruins until they are fully explored”.

This allows for flexible management of your disciples and parties of explorers.

Sometimes, you will want your disciples to produce exactly 100 food rations before a large party is sent off; and sometimes, you will want your disciples to produce food rations on a daily basis, using a part of their worktime.


QUEST PROGRESS

When you send a party on a quest, you are able to follow their progress on the global map – but you are not able to micro-manage an expedition that is currently in progress. This is a key point of the game.

While on a quest, characters may fall ill, or even die. While you will not know the exact events that befall the expedition in progress, you will immediately see the change in the party’s icon on the global map. If the party suffers casualties, the icon starts to pulse, then fade.

While on a quest, characters may also experience ordinary and extraordinary events. Say, you send someone to the swamps to harvest raw material, but before reaching the location, they encounter a party of adventurers. Or, perhaps, they come across a corpse and access new loot. While you will not see the details of such events at that time, you will immediately see the event icons that correspond to the type of event experienced.



QUEST REPORT

The end result of a quest is the Quest Report, presented by the party upon return to the Spire. If the whole party dies while on a quest, their Quest Report can be retrieved by another expedition from the place of death of their last member.

As we started to work on this part of the game’s interface, we put in place some additional mechanics that you should find helpful:

Firstly, there’s the timeline that you can use to navigate the report. Perhaps you don’t have time to read everything and want to just sort through the most important events – such as death of characters, or new discoveries on the global map.

Then, there’s the global map highlight, showing you the part of the world where the particular event being reported has happened. This adds context and helps to build a more detailed picture of the world in your mind as you read through the reports.

Finally, there’s the personal reactions of your characters to the events that unroll.



PERSONAL REACTIONS

As each disciple is a character with their own stats, traits and mood, two different characters would normally view the same situation differently. An old abandoned chest found in catacombs is a promise of great loot for one (trait: brave, state: happiness) and a source of fear for another (trait: cautious, state: depression).

Most events in quest reports feature a personal reaction of one of the characters in the party. The particular phrase is affected by the character’s stats, state and traits. Such reactions are meant to provide a certain insight into the character’s personality – even when you don’t know yet anything at all about that character.

At the same time, there’s no direct correlation between specific values and specific phrases, but rather a general connection between the character’s overall personality and the probability of seeing a specific reaction. So, while you will develop some ideas about your disciples, you will not be able to search the game’s Wiki for a particular phrase in order to confirm a particular corresponding trait.


INVENTORY ITEMS – RARITY LEVELS

While we’re talking about quests, we wanted to share with you the current version of how we show different levels of rarity for inventory items. After going through over 20 different versions, we arrived at this:



INVENTORY ITEMS – CONDITIONS AND STACKING

Another practical matter that we want to share with you is the solution for displaying different damage levels, which also affects stacking.

All inventory items are in one of the following conditions:
  • New (76-100%)
  • Damaged (51-75%)
  • Heavily Damaged (26-50%)
  • Almost Destroyed (1-25%)
When item is damaged beyond “Almost Destroyed”, it disappears (whether it’s a food ration or a sword). Identical items with the same condition are stacked together, and the exact percentage of their damage is not shown.



COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON LOCALIZATION

Even though Spire of Sorcery is not yet available to the general public, we already started to translate the game into different languages – and collect community feedback on such localizations.

Today we’d like to thank :notebook:Standard of Ur, :notebook:Impsuley and :notebook:nsk for their detailed comments and comprehensive review of the Japanese translation of the game’s core terms. We’re very grateful for the chance to work together with the community on improving the accuracy of our professional translations ahead of the game’s release! (if you would like to get involved with this project, please join us on the game’s official Discord server).



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That’s it for today! As always, for updates on work in progress, please check the game’s official Discord server.

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Spire of Sorcery – Character Generator, a free standalone companion tool for the game, is already available on Steam! Download it here, create your own characters – and share them with the community!

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In this original mix of strategy and RPG designed by Alexey Bokulev (author of turn-based strategy Eador. Genesis and digital board game Gremlins, Inc.), you will:

  • expand and upgrade your magic spire, balancing the needs to research, craft and defend;
  • choose and teach your disciples, discovering their personal traits and collaboration capacities when matched in parties and sent on quests;
  • explore the vast open world stretching from the Empire to the Distorted Lands, seeking new knowledge, resources and sources of power – as well as establishing relations with the locals.
But above all else, you will try to survive: the troops of the Inquisition are roaming the land, hunting for runaway mages; and dwellers of the lawless wild, human and not, are on the lookout for easy prey.

Yet your most powerful enemy is neither of those. It is the time itself – the approaching death from old age. Only one thing can save you: the elixir of youth. Several ancient manuscripts mention it in passing... There must be a way to learn the formula. There must be a way to obtain the ingredients... Before it's too late.

THE ANCIENT WARS OF MAGES


A long time ago, powerful mages ruled these lands. They moved rivers, they summoned monsters, they created new races of non-human servants for their own needs and pleasures... They also waged wars. It is one of these wars that brought the whole world to the very brink of collapse. Whole regions burned and mountains melted as thousands of souls screamed in torture. In the end, the great mages completely destroyed each other, and as they died, their final curses tore the land apart, creating anomalies that we nowadays call the Distorted Lands. Places that a few dare to visit. Places where abnormal is the norm.

THE INQUISITION


The suffering of the people following the last war had been so great that once the world cooled down from the violent storms, one of the very first groups to rise from the burning ruins was the order of the Inquisition. Said to be more powerful than the Emperor himself, this order is focused on controlling each and every person who possesses any magic powers – and on hunting down those runaway mages that seek to practice the forbidden skill. To the Inquisition, magic powers are a curse, and any practice of these outside of the strictly licensed guild is a sin punishable by torture and death.

THE EMPIRE


As the troops of the Inquisition were making the first arrests, a new state – the Empire – was proclaimed in the part of the world least touched by the war. Officially, the Empire stretches from the coastline and to the mountains, and, with a number of strongholds, provides protection to the population otherwise besieged by all sorts of rogues. Unofficially, the Empire's influence starts to fade even before you leave the capital's gates, and by the time you're in the wild lands, the decisions of local lords always count so much more than anything that the imperial court may try to impose.

THE SPIRE


Until recently, you were an ageing mage casting simple spells under the strict control of the Guild. As years passed by, this satisfied you less and less. You started to look for books that held secret knowledge, studying them when no one could see you... until the day of the surprise search in your rooms. Ever since, you've been on the run, escaping the Inquisition by moving to the only region which even they avoid: the Distorted Lands.

Here, on the edge of the wild lands, you cast the forbidden spell for Spire of Sorcery and, tapping into the source of power, erected your new home: a magic fortress bound to you alone. You and the spire are connected so close that when one falls, the other follows. This is the domain that you can never leave. Yet from here you can still explore the whole world – with the help of your disciples.

Build, upgrade and customise rooms of the spire: libraries and herbal gardens, classrooms and prisons, living rooms and monster kennels, laboratories and warehouses, treasury and caverns, observatory and watchtower – your priorities define the capabilities of your spire and shape your strategy of exploration and survival.

TEACH!


As you develop your spire, disciples start to arrive at your door. Some heard your magic Call; some just heard about you from their friends. At first, you don't know much about them except for their looks and what they choose to tell you. With limited number of living rooms in the spire, will you prefer to accept a farmer's daughter distressed by her own magic powers – or a dedicated student of arcane who yearns for new knowledge, even though his skill is on a lesser scale?

Some of these disciples come to you to escape repressions. Some seek the light of wisdom. And some come in the pursuit of greater personal power. As you accept and teach them, you will discover their true personalities and find them fitting roles in your spire. One will become a great explorer, traveling fast and surviving any hardships. Another will become a gifted gardener, and secure your supply of the rarest ingredients. Yet another will become a traitor, trying to poison you.

Select, teach and direct your disciples on the quests inside and outside the spire. Your choice of strategy may yield a few powerful young mages focused on deep research into the elixir of youth – or an army of simpletons excavating artefacts all over the land, looking for the books lost in the ancient wars.

EXPLORE!


Legends claim that back in the days of the powerful mages, there were spheres that could show you what happened all the way across the mountains – and that through them, you could even converse with others. Nowadays, one hardly knows what happens across the river, as the wild lands are overtaken by rogues and monsters. But perhaps one day you will re-discover these long-lost magic artefacts of the past?

With disciples ready to depart on the quests of your bidding, ancient ruins and abandoned mines will reveal their mysteries to those who survive the expeditions. By sending parties and setting their goals, you will map dwellings, points of interest and sources of power. Your disciples will meet rogues and vagabonds, settlers and lords, animals and monsters. Through the eyes of your students, you will discover the non-human races of the past as well as the few ancient creatures from the pre-war era who continue to prowl in the wild, accumulating greater and great powers.

Explore the open world created anew each time when you start the campaign, charting new lands and deciphering new secrets. Maybe your brightest disciples will go missing in the Distorted Lands, lured by the innocent-looking fluters; or maybe they will befriend the many-handed Librarian and unlock his treasure trove of manuscripts? The story of the campaign is yours to write.

SURVIVE!


Here in the wild lands, bandits and gangs are a fix of the local landscape. Looking for the weak, they will move to an easier prey once you step up your spire's defense. As to the local dwellers, not everyone appreciates a mage moving in, and quite a few may try to claim the contents of your cellars. Not to mention seasoned adventurers on the mission to raid a castle or two (and make it off with the artefacts).

As your spire gains notoriety, it will start to attract more visitors, including stronger private armies – as well as the troops of the Inquisition, who never forget or forgive. And as your disciples travel the world, other dangers will loom: from illnesses contracted far away on a quest and brought back to the spire by the returning disciples to dangerous spells triggered by the explorers, which can range from having a few ghosts to having to battle a full-blown death curse. Your old age is approaching, too, rendering you fragile... until one day you become too weak to defend the spire.

Survive the immediate dangers while looking for the formula and ingredients of the only thing that can offer you the truly lasting power – the elixir of youth. Whether you find it, craft it or trade it, this is the item that will decide the ultimate success or failure of your campaign!

Requisitos del sistema

    Mínimo:
    • SO: Windows 7/8/10
    • Procesador: Intel 2.3Ghz
    • Memoria: 4 GB de RAM
    • Gráficos: Intel Iris 5000
    • DirectX: Versión 9.0
    • Red: Conexión de banda ancha a Internet
    • Almacenamiento: 1 GB de espacio disponible
    • Tarjeta de sonido: Internal
    Recomendado:
    • SO: Windows 7/8/10
    • Procesador: Intel i5 / similar AMD or higher
    • Memoria: 8 GB de RAM
    • Gráficos: GeForce 7XX / similar Radeon or higher
    • DirectX: Versión 11
    • Red: Conexión de banda ancha a Internet
    • Almacenamiento: 1 GB de espacio disponible
    • Tarjeta de sonido: Internal

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