Disordered Diaries: Chaos Chronicles

Chaos Chronicles was announced back in August, which is so long ago that I’d entirely forgotten that the game was in development. When I saw the trailer at 8.30 this morning I was still half asleep, and twenty seconds of music that might as well be a man repeatedly saying ‘this is a fantasy RPG’ along with short scenes of characters running around and doing very little almost tipped me back into unconsciousness. And then hexes appeared and the turn-based part of my brain woke up and immediately went into overwatch. Observe.

The developers previously worked on Jagged Alliance: Back In Action, which showed an understanding of how to make tactical combat interesting, even if the game as a whole didn’t quite come together.


  1. JackDandy says:

    Oh, fuck YES.

    I’ve been really wanting to play something like this. Will keep an eye out for this one.

    • Memphis-Ahn says:

      Agreed, mite b cool.

    • frightlever says:

      Reminds me, somewhat, of Temple of Elemental Evil from Troika.

      • harrylimet says:

        on this note i would like to know the hive mind`s opinion on temple of elemental evil . is it worth playing after the community had years to fix it ?

        • pegolius says:

          Funny enough I installed the latest CO8 Patch ( link to co8.org ) just two days ago because I was in “need to play something from the backlog”-mode and I have to say that with this patch ToEE is very much playable. It even manages to fix the pathing issues to some extend.

          • harrylime says:

            thanks for the fast reply. as its currently supercheap on gog i guess i will give it a go

          • werix says:

            Thanks for this, ToEE is one of the games on my back log. I can get to it once I finish The Witcher, The witcher 2, Planescape: torment, Baulder’s gate 1 and 2 . . . and the list goes on. I was deprived and didnt play any of the old Iso-metric RPGs growing up save Fallout 1 and 2.

            But yeah, when I get around to it, ill play with this patch.

        • squareking says:

          If you’re not easily turned off by standard D&D character creation and development, it’s very easily worth your time. It was one of the first D&D-type things I played, so it was mostly trial and error, but I stuck with it because I found it so engaging. Definitely grab the Circle of 8 modpack for your first playthrough — they killed hundreds of bugs and added delicious new stuff. The combat is exceptional, the visuals have aged extremely well, the writing is great, there’s quite a lot of replayability…it’s on sale now on GOG and might be cheaper if they have an RPG daily sale, too.

        • harmlos says:

          Depends on what you’re looking for. If you are looking for an RPG with an engaging story, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a game that does tactical combat in a D&D setting really well, look no further.

  2. bill says:

    I’ve always thought watching parties of adventurers run around makes for a really boring looking trailer.

    But I just watched The Hobbit and now i think it looks like all the long shots in that movie.

  3. FurryLippedSquid says:

    I want to put my thing in this game.

  4. gravity_spoon says:


    How about someone make an isometric sci-fi arpg this time ? I don’t recall any except “Greed Black Border” which could hardly be called as a hallmark of that type.

    • frightlever says:

      For someone who wants a SF ARPG you haven’t been paying attention. There was Space Hack and Space Siege, also Metalhearts (less said the better) and… oh. At least another one. Edit: and Dark Spore.

      • gravity_spoon says:

        Space Siege looks equivalent to (if not worse than) Greed and I played DarkSpore when it came out. It was a fucking mess. See this is the reason why there needs to be more sci-fi isometric arpgs. There is no innovation in that area and there is only so many times one can save the world from an ancient mystical evil.

        • Zanchito says:

          Yeh, all Sci-fi ARPGs in memory are pretty terrible, thats a pity.

    • elsparko says:


      Who wants to see the n-th installment of some Tolkien-clone world…

      • Lawful Evil says:

        I want…

      • Tuco says:

        I frankly don’t give a damn about the setting.
        It’s an interesting turn based, party based tactical RPG.
        That’s pretty much all I need to know.

    • SooSiaal says:

      Have you checked out Underrail? Isometric sci-fi rpg thats currently in alpha stage.
      link to underrail.com a link for you lazy lot, also, it is turn based

    • InternetBatman says:

      There’s also Harbinger, by Silverback games. It’s kinda meh. But this isn’t an ARPG, so I don’t know why you’re complaining.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      The idea that you’d have to go from fantasy to scifi for a fresh perspective seems weird since those are the two big cliches of gaming.

      How about a high school setting? Steampunk? Colonial times? Polynesian trade? Streetgangs? Chinese history?

      • gravity_spoon says:

        I did not say lets limit it to sci-fi did I ? And yes that is how a change is perspective is needed ? I am getting fucking tired of elves and dwarves in aprgs after about a decade.

  5. man-eater chimp says:

    I also have a similar part of my brain that immediately wakes me up if I come across turn-based video games I’m the morning.

    Other stimuli’s include bacon, permadeath and juggling.

  6. ThatAznGuy says:

    I’m intrigued to say the least. Won’t pre-order it like I did with Jagged Alliance since we all know how that ended.

  7. Th30n says:

    Combat is turn based!
    It has hexes!
    The game mechanics are based on D&D 3.5 OGL Ruleset and the developers are particularly inspired by Temple of Elemental Evil from Troika!
    I think I have a winner for my most anticipated turn based tactical CRPG :D

    Not gonna preorder though, because they really botched the Jagged Alliance remake :(

    • PoulWrist says:

      Must be rather losely based then, ’cause D&D 3.5 uses squares, not hexes O.o

      • f1x says:

        That changes everything!

      • Crosmando says:

        Not sure about the hexes/squares thing, but the game definitely is using the 3.5 OGL (Open Game License) rules system, which is the open-source version of D&D 3.5 edition, they state such on their dev blog.

        The developers actually post quite a bit on Rpgcodex, because RPS is too casual you see :)

        • Th30n says:

          Compared to RPGCodex… RPS is too casual :D
          I’m surprised the devs do post on Codex, I wonder how will they feel when the game will be available for playing. Codex will tear it down if they spot any flaws.
          But then again, that is the reason I visit Codex – to get a review with expectations and criteria so high as to meet my own :D

        • pakoito says:

          The do post in our forums. Look at this apology for JA:BIA

          link to rockpapershotgun.com

    • Bob_Bobson says:

      I really hope this nails turn based D&D 3.5 OGL. It’s a system that’s perfect for tactical party based combat with a computer doing some of the heavy lifting and yet as far as I know there are no games that use it (ToEE and NWN don’t count – pause often isn’t the same as turn based. Not better or worse necessarily but not the same tactical experience I really want). Hexes or squares makes no difference to me, so long as positioning matters.

  8. vedder says:

    I read Dishonored Diaries :(

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      I also did this

    • Atrocious says:

      Lol! Yep, I also read it. “How the f*** is this related to Dishonored? …. Ah, I see.”

      Looks like an interesting game though!

  9. Kem0sabe says:

    If the game is anything like the previous game from these guys… JA Back in action, then i won´t be expecting too much from Chaos Chronicles.

    Anyways, the level graphics at least look nice, characters not so much.