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« on: October 27, 2012, 09:46:03 PM »

Antharion is an old-school turn-based party-based RPG set in a huge open fantasy world.

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Antharion Kickstarter

Features:
  • Create and customize a party of up to 4 characters (race, class, sex and appearance)
  • Huge open world that rewards player exploration
  • Full Day/Night and Weather Cycles including rain, snow, fog, thunder and lighting
  • Smart AI: Monsters and NPCs have their own temperaments and combat strategies
  • Dynamic lighting and shadows takes old-school dungeon crawling into a new era
  • Turn-based tabletop-like game-play with rock solid mechanics
  • 3 Magic schools with 45+ unique spells

Hey guys, I've been working on this project by myself for over a year. Recently I brought on board a pixel artist and a world designer. Since then, this thing has transformed into something way beyond what I ever could have imagined. Antharion is the old-school RPG experience taken to the Nth degree. I tried to remove all extraneous elements in ordero to let the core game-play shine through. The result is a game that feels like no other, past or present. Antharion's world is vast and interesting, its story is infused with its game-play, combat and characters. Game-play feels crisp, responsive and transparent. The world seems boundless, immense and interesting with it's own unique character and charm. We feel like we have something really special on our hands and just hope that gamers take notice.


Platforms: PC, Mac and iPad
Tentative Release Date: June 2013


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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2012, 10:33:38 PM »

Looks pretty neat!

The only thing I feel iffy about is the approach to the graphics (in the pictures you posted). I'm not saying they're bad, they're real nice, but the style looks too similar to the MMORPG game Tibia. The colors and designs of the walls and ground tiles look like a 3D version of Tibia's tiles.

Also, it would be cool if the lighting was slightly colored to boost the atmosphere and mood of the dungeons. The torches that hang on the walls especially feel strange because they're emitting white light and not a yellowish orange light.

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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012, 11:29:38 PM »

Looks pretty neat!

The only thing I feel iffy about is the approach to the graphics (in the pictures you posted). I'm not saying they're bad, they're real nice, but the style looks too similar to the MMORPG game Tibia. The colors and designs of the walls and ground tiles look like a 3D version of Tibia's tiles.

Also, it would be cool if the lighting was slightly colored to boost the atmosphere and mood of the dungeons. The torches that hang on the walls especially feel strange because they're emitting white light and not a yellowish orange light.

I hadn't heard of Tibia, but looked it up on google images and I can't really see any similarities between the two styles. There is colored lighting (hence the orange hue in the town screenshot), I just didn't have it active in the dungeon screenshot.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 01:45:23 AM »

Hope you have better luck in this forum Wink

Looks like something I'd be totally into.

Saw the interview on the Codex and mention on RPS Katchup, hope those helped.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2012, 04:13:13 AM »


I hadn't heard of Tibia, but looked it up on google images and I can't really see any similarities between the two styles. There is colored lighting (hence the orange hue in the town screenshot), I just didn't have it active in the dungeon screenshot.


Yea, you're right, I see little similarities now. Maybe it's just that it reminded me of Tibia, since I used to play when I was younger, and it made me feel they were similar. But no matter, the graphics are cool. Hope to see this go through to the end!
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2012, 10:07:26 AM »

Hope you have better luck in this forum Wink

Looks like something I'd be totally into.

Saw the interview on the Codex and mention on RPS Katchup, hope those helped.

Thanks, things have really picked up for us lately and we've accumulated a ton of extremely passionate backers.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2012, 11:19:34 AM »

Nice, reminds me a lot to Diablo 2 and other contemporaneous RPG's. And by the description it seems alot like then too! (wich is not a bad thing, its actually pretty cool)
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2012, 04:24:11 PM »

Nice, reminds me a lot to Diablo 2 and other contemporaneous RPG's. And by the description it seems alot like then too! (wich is not a bad thing, its actually pretty cool)

Thanks, I was inspired by a multitude of different games including Diablo, however, Antharion is actually much closer in spirit to far older games like Ultima, Wizardry and Pool of Radiance.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012, 01:51:36 PM »

Here a are a couple of additional screenshots that reflect several recent advances:








We just implemented female avatars and are working hard to adapt versions of each armor for the female body. We're also considering adding an option for smaller heads. It seems that big heads in a western RPG is a very divisive issue.
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2012, 06:52:30 PM »

Looks great! The lighting reminds me of Diablo II which is great.

I think experimenting with smaller heads would be a good idea. I think the "big-head" style works best in games where the shape of the character is important, like sidescrollers/platformers (ie. Cave Story), because then having a box shaped character makes it easier for your brain to quickly read the scene. But for RPG games like yours, I don't think that's as important since the character art is just an indicators to show which tile they are occupying, what equipment they are using, etc. Their shape or height is less important for gameplay.
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2012, 07:30:32 PM »

Hand Thumbs Up Left Everything that was fun about playing a game on PC rather than a console is re-admitted into my mind. Great levels and characters. I appreciate the attention to detail in the spells/effects.

Hand Joystick Is that the game's music playing in the vid?

Keep up the work
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2012, 07:49:23 PM »

Thanks guys. Yeah the lighting is very similar do Diablo 2's except with way more dynamic shadows.

Is that the game's music playing in the vid?

No, it's a royalty free piece I purchased off of ShockwaveSound specifically for the video. We're planning on doing a totally original soundtrack and are currently in talks with a few composers.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2012, 01:41:54 AM »

Today's the last day of Antharion's Kickstarter. To celebrate we added a new video showing some more in depth combat and environmental stuff.

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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2012, 01:50:07 AM »

This looks pretty cool. Does it have permadeath?
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2012, 05:21:36 AM »

it's nice, but i have to agree with the big head issue. it doesn't look natural, it looks like someone just wearing a big head mask. but then the problem doesn't really happen with your monster or character with helmet on(like the one character with helmet with horn, or robe with hood), it only happen with the character that didn't wear anything on their head.

maybe you can fix it by resprite the head, or tune down the size of their head? choice is yours.
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