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Spire of Sorcery is a turn-based party RPG developed and published by Charlie Oscar Lima Tango Interactive Entertainment, who also made the native digital board game Gremlins, Inc. It was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows on October 21, 2021.

Description[]

Lead a party of runaway mages through the unexplored lands full of dangerous encounters! Combine spellcasting, alchemy and equipment to prevail over opponents. Unlock spells, discover recipes, find new party members and expand the Spire to forge your own path to mending the world!

Lore[]

Environment[]

On the western cost of Rund stretches the Empire, the last known shard of human civilisation. The Emperor controls the lords, and the lords exploit the rest of the population that is already hardened by the unfriendly nature. To the east of the Empire, across the Great River, begin the Wild Lands. Once civilised, they are now home to predators, ghosts and demons. Further to the south-east lie the lands of the non-human tribes: Dismal Marshes, Elderwood, Blue Mountains, Deceiving Plains... all ripe with resources. And further yet are the Distorted Lands: the source of Chaos, and a cause of growing concern among the non-humans.

Mages[]

Occasionally, a person with the magic talent is born on Rund. This invisible power is feared by the established order of the Empire, for little is known about the potential of a trained mage. The Inquisition, a force of its own that reports to no state official, roams the cities and villages, sniffing out the use of magic that they label as corruption. Packed into the Sanctuaries for the Corrupted, under the watchful eye the suspected mages are made to work for the good of the Empire. The general population supports the policy – for magic is an unknown, and on Rund, you avoid dealing with the unknown.

Spire[]

Deep in the Wild Lands, at the feet of the Blue Mountains, rests the Spire of Sorcery: a sentient citadel that spent centuries in slumber. Maybe it was a place of sacrifice, maybe it was a moving castle, maybe both. It's a dark legend from the past, just like the Rusted Forest and the Sea of Bones. Yet one day, the Spire awakens – threatened by the Distorted Lands that begin to encroach on their surroundings, as well as by the amassing of imperial legions intent on marching east to plunder the settlements of the non-humans. Fresh from its slumber, the Spire sends a Call that reverberates across Rund, reaching the mages that are confined by the Inquisition. Among the mages who answer the call and attempt to escape, three manage to cross the Big River, and here the story of the Spire of Sorcery really begins.

Features[]

  • Explore the original world of Rund to discover creatures, resources and recipes
  • Cast spells, including combos, to affect opponents and trigger environmental effects
  • Concoct substances that range from curative to explosive
  • Prevail in encounters by combining the effects of spellscasting, alchemy & equipment
  • Manage your party, considering mood and personal traits of its members
  • Find new party members and increase their stats to reach their true potential
  • Taste any resource that you find to modify the looks of your party members
  • Collect resources to cook food that may taste great (or horrible)
  • Expand the Spire with new rooms that offer new mechanics
  • Break into ancient barrows, dispel cursed weepers & battle infection-ridden gigglers
  • Resolve mini-stories that pose moral choices, affecting the mood of your party

Updates and releases[]

The game, currently in early access, is looking to reach version 1.0 before the end of 2022. They're trying to ship new content and new mechanics as fast as they can, and improving the balance and the interface based on the feedback that they receive.

The game updates every month with quality-of-life improvements, and once every two months with new chapters and new mechanics. In this way, they’ll regularly have new challenges to try and mechanics to sample – all the way towards the full release.

System requirements[]

Minimum
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel 2.3Ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Iris 5000
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Internal
Recommended
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel i5 / similar AMD or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 7XX / similar Radeon or higher
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Internal

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