You wake up in a dark prison full of vampires and you have only one chance to escape alive. Stoneshard: Prologue is a playable alpha which will get you familiar with some of game’s core mechanics.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive - 84% of the 70 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (1,383) - 89% of the 1,383 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 5, 2018
Developer:
Publisher:

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Play Stoneshard: Prologue

 

Recent updates View all (16)

September 1

Devlog: Art Rework



Hello!

Initially we planned to tell you more about settlement generation, but this system requires some more time to polish, so today’s update will be dedicated to the art rework.

When we first started developing Stoneshard, we planned it to be a small-scale coffeebreak roguelike, taking place in a fairytale fantasy world, kind of similar to Fable and Torchlight ones. Back then our lore was very vague, as we planned to finish the game in a year and move on to more "serious" projects.

However, with a course of time this initial barebones concept was reinforced with many fresh ideas and new mechanics. Then we began to understand that Stoneshard is already becoming that serious project we planned to work on later. So, both our vision and game setting have significantly changed and eventually became something you currently know: gloomy and quite realistic medieval world, torn apart by wars, epidemics and disasters.

Many enemies, items and objects that you may have encountered while playing the Prologue were created at the very beginning of the Stoneshard development back in 2016, when we were making literally a different game. The need to rework some of the art became a necessity, so when we started to revamp many core game systems after Kickstarter’s end, we felt like there’s no better time than now.



Let’s start with skeletons, which became much more gloomy and grim-looking. Previously, they looked like they weren’t wasting their time while being dead: their bones were perfectly white and armor looked new and shiny. Now they seem more dangerous, soulless and believable: we also removed the glowing effect from their eyes to give them more sinister and less magical look. An animated pile of faded bones looks much more threatening than a whitey glowing skeleton in sparkling armor, isn’t it?



These changes also affected the vampires. Previously, they did not look really frightening, and rather produced the impression of transformed people who were not particularly happy with their new vampire lives. Now their bestial origin has become more accentuated, so it will help to perceive them as something they are – dangerous monsters.



In addition, some weapon and armor sprites were also reworked, as their design became more realistic and detailed. We also finished working on the entire line of one-handed swords and moved on to the other weapon types.

Soon we plan to release an update, including fan localizations and many of the changes described above, so stay tuned and have fun!

======

Also you can follow us on:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/625960/Stoneshard/
6 comments Read more

August 23

Devlog: Health System Changes



Hello everyone!

In today's devlog we’ll continue to explain different changes we’re making to current game system. This time we will go through the health system (except for the system of injuries, as it will be described in a separate devlog).

The health system is one of the core features of our game, so we especially attentively analyzed players’ feedback regarding it. Most often people complained about unfair randomness and some other flaws (such as the interaction of injuries and pain system).

The chance-based system of health was introduced by us at a rather late stage of Prologue development. At that time it seemed like a good idea to us, since we thought it will make the health system a lot more understandable and accessible. However, playtesting showed it was a dubious change: on the one hand it indeed made the system easier to understand. On the other hand, it often worked not as it was intended to.

For example, similar circumstances could result into your character getting agony in 2 turns – or in 10, if you’re lucky enough. Such dispersion seems unacceptable to us, so we decided to return to a strictly deterministic system, where each health scale will depend on the actions of your character in linear fashion.

If earlier hunger and thirst worked randomly (although there was a mandatory interval between the ticks), now they will grow gradually. Skipping the turn will accumulate less hunger and thirst than moving, and moving – less than the attacking someone.

The same applies to pain with toxicity mechanics. Pain will also become a scale, the accumulation rate of which now will depend on how much damage (and which type of damage) your character receives. Fire damage, for example, will be more painful damage than frost damage, etc. By the way, you’ll aslo be able to check the exact values of your hunger, thirst, pain and toxicity levels on a separate Health tab, which we plan to add to the character's menu.

We’ve also slightly simplified the system of health conditions, so it may fit better with the new system of attributes. Now there’s only 3 stages of each health scale, instead of 4 – light, medium and severe.

That's it. Since this devlog didn’t really need any illustrations, have a look at a teaser of our next devlog, which we’ll publish next week.


Could you guess what will we discuss in a week? It's really obvious.

Have fun!

======

Also you can follow us on:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/625960/Stoneshard/
4 comments Read more

About This Game

Stoneshard: Prologue is a free playable alpha demo of Stoneshard — the old school turn-based RPG inspired by legendary roguelikes like ADOM and Nethack. This version of the game contains 2-3 hours of gameplay and introduces Stoneshard's world and combat system.

  • Learn the story behind one of Stoneshard's main characters — Verren, who'll play a significant role in the full game
  • Explore grim dungeons beneath the kingdom of Aldor
  • Fight ancient vampires and customize your hero with different armor sets and weapons
  • Get familiar with Stoneshard's health and psyche system — put splints on broken bones, use medical aid and even drugs to ease hero's pain and fend off insanity
  • Face the Prologue's mysterious boss and find out if you're strong enough to defeat him

Keep in mind that Prologue is just an alpha version of Stoneshard and is developed for gaming audience to get familiar with the game's concept.



https://store.steampowered.com/app/539470/Police_Stories/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/526160/The_Wild_Eight/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/671510/DESOLATE/

System Requirements

Windows
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
    • 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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    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
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 512 Mb or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

What Curators Say

29 Curators have reviewed this product. Click here to see them.
Customer reviews
High Volume of Reviews Detected:
Exclude  or  View Only
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Date Range
To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

Show graph



Display As:
Review Beta NEW!
When enabled, will sort reviews by new Helpfulness score. Read more about it in the blog post.
Show graph
 
Hide graph
 
Filters
Review Helpfulness Beta Enabled
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...