Greetings Acolytes!

We’ve always loved written descriptions in CRPGs. Think of the gore descriptions of Fallout or Planescape: Torment’s surreal written depictions of its landscape.

There is always something interesting in that text box that adds another layer of immersion to the game. You can learn how the air smells, notice subtle changes in character’s faces, feel tingling sensations under your skin… Right text creates the imaginary stimulant that can’t be shown with fancy graphics and merge player better with the game’s world.

We view this as an extension of the oral practice of Dungeon Master telling the players what’s going on around them in tabletop role playing. We love tabletop roleplaying as any decent RPG developer around and we’re writing our descriptive texts honoring Lovecraft as the Game Master of Stygian. His style and lexicon will be present in all of our game text to create the feeling of weird fiction’s master is actually your game master in Stygian. We shared some examples below:

Vein roots are now infesting Arkham.

“This strange leafless red ivy grows out from the ground and strangulates all buildings and edifices, seemingly spurting out of every crevice. It’s contorted and serpentine form constitutes a threatening appearance.”

The Old Eel House

“This local restaurant, once a bright and cheerful gathering place, is now a haven for hoodlums and fools, a de facto clubhouse for the hard boiled denizens of this doomed town. The uneven chatter within speaks of conspiracy, and the dim light reveals just enough to discourage your approach.”

The Grandfather Altar

“This towering depiction of one of the Elder Gods perches atop the naked base of a shattered statue. Fashioned from scraps of wood and metal, awkwardly fastened together with nautical rope, it displays the twisted aesthetics of it’s makers, men clearly cursed with some disease of the brain.”

Mi-go

“From the creature’s back sprouts a pair of membranous wings, bat-like and striated with thick veins. The ellipsoid skull is covered in weird organ like antennae, from which emanate a wide spectrum of colored rays, the effect of which you do not care to imagine.”

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Greetings readers of the Arkham Gazette!

In this update we wanted to share some of our creature animations with you. We use a 2.5D (pseudo 3D) approach to breathe them life.

When a creature’s design is complete, we dissect it to its separate, movable parts and add a rig for building the skeletal system which is compatible with the creature’s anatomy and momentum of movement.

Then if the creature’s design is suitable for a touch of 3D  (like in Mi-Go, which literally has a sphere for a head :)) we add the necessary depth by making the forms more convex in a 3D software to have that illusion of three dimensionality.

Pickman Ghouls

Idle

Movement

Mi-go

Flight

Attack

Suppression of the Will (Mind Control Ability)

 

And lastly…

The sanity loss animation of the Outsider. Just because we love him 🙂

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Greetings fellow Arkham Residents!

We’re proud to introduce a game system unique to our game and it is called ANGST.

In Stygian, choosing the moral or the mutually beneficial path is sometimes the toughest. You may want to rescue a friend from the clutches of the Cult but trying that may mean suicide or in another case you’ll lose the poor kid who follows you blindly into the oblivion. Stygian rarely offers safe passages or happy endings. From the beginning, one of our goals was exploring the concepts of loss and sacrifice. On your journey you’ll be losing things one by one, your comrades, your sanity and your moral values.

 

This reflects to the mechanics as “ANGST” system in Stygian. Your pain and despair collects like a sort of black experience throughout the game and with ANGST you gain access to unique perks like Masochism which allows you to gain small amounts of Sanity whenever you receive a certain amount of damage or Ill-tempered which allows you to gain Sanity whenever you mistreat a friendly character in a dialogue.

You’ll also be collecting small amounts of ANGST whenever you take a critical hit, develop a mental condition or bleed for a certain period of time etc. ANGST opens new doors to some very interesting choices for the player to consider.

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