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The end of the beginning.

"Enter Stranger!"

Do you miss the old games? Old school RPGs where winning was about tactics and thought rather than how often and how quickly you can click the mouse? Are most of your favorite games ones which you never finished? Are you sick of grinding? Do you remember when a Sword +1 was something to get excited about? Are you the sort of person who enjoys finding 100/100 secrets? Would you like to play a game which is generated specially for you every time you play? Do you agree that permadeath gives a game real consequences and makes you really feel for your characters?

Well, hopefully this project will interest you.

My inspirations are the old games that I used to play as a kid, I've tried newer games such as Diablo 3 and it seems more like streetfighter than an RPG.

Do you remember these:
Pool of Radiance.
Warriors of the Eternal Sun.
Eye of the Beholder.

These were all great games and I'll be trying to resurrect some of the charm and mystery which filled the early years of RPGs.

This is a project that I've been preparing for a long time, so far I've been making content and testing code but now it gets to the point where I have to commit to actually making something. So hopefully in the next few weeks or months you'll be able to step once more in to the dungeons of your youth as you explore my as yet un-named old school RPG.

A little about myself:
I'm an English teacher living in South Korea, I'm married and have a 2 year old son, which makes it rather difficult to devote much time to my projects, but whenever I can I try to sit down and write some code or make some content and keep on building my dream.


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After a few weeks I'm getting near the the state I was in before.

Infantry are back to their previous state, and vehicles are running OK.
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The original idea I had was that rockets would be large vehicle components that can be fired very quickly, regardless of how much manpower is used for reloading.

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