Grimoire Demo Has First-Person, MOBAish Spell-Slinging

Wizards! None are more video games than the noble wizard and their host of elemental spells. Wizard duels, wizard fights, wizard squads, wizard books: MOBA-inspired first- and third-person spell-shooter Grimoire plans to feature all this and more. Three man studio OmniConnection have it up on Kickstarter looking for $42,000 and there’s a single-player wave-defense “combat preview” you can try out right now.

Having had a lil’ play, it’s got some good ideas. Character selection is determined by which school of magic you specialise in, which can then be customised with utility and mobility spells. The defensive spells operate as intended, being mandatory to survival. Separating skill sets by school gives a nice flavour to each different selection, though with only ten of these intended in the final release there may be a lack of variety. Allowing total customisation could lead to some very broken combos, but with the power of the defensive spells this may not be an issue.

While they’re billing it primarily as an FPS, the increased situational awareness of playing in the optional third-person mode naturally makes it far easier to play. That puts it more in competition with the likes of Smite, but hopefully the option will remain in the final version.

The demo’s available through the Kickstarter page, where there’s still plenty of the $10 early-bird get-the-game tiers remaining at time of writing. It’ll be $15 once they’ve dried up, with release planned for January 2015.

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    Harlander says:

    There's ways to deal effectively with someone giving their thing the same name as yours. You could ignore it, or politely discuss a resolution with them, or escalate to legal action if you feel it worth the time and money.

    What's unlikely to be effective is going to random web sites and posting inflammatory remarks in their comment sections, unless the thing you're aiming for is to look like a person with no sense of proportion at all.
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    Graham Smith says:

    Hello!

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    In fact, that last one pretty much covers it.

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  1. Bladderfish says:

    The only good thing about this Kickstarter, which looks fairly dire, is the comments section, which are comedy gold.

  2. GameCat says:

    MOBAish Spell-Slinging
    I’ve misread it as spell-singing and I imagined moba where every spell is activated by singing into microphone. Of course you can’t mute other players.

  3. DrollRemark says:

    Oh my days, that voiceover.

  4. Borodin says:

    “None are more video games than the noble wizard …”? Most mistakes are obvious, but I can’t grok that one!

  5. Nibblet says:

    If you had told me yesterday that a pc game called Grimoire would be released in my lifetime i would have laughed in your face.
    Cleve’s infamous vaporware has been “a few months away” for about 20 years now.
    Cleve has been scamming gullible twits for ages since he has been selling his none existent game for about as long as he has been “making” it.
    This one the other hand might actually get made.

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    Graham Smith says:

    Hello!

    – Don’t condemn or bait posters from other forums.
    – Don’t make unwarranted or unrelated accusations.
    – Sometimes removing or banning one user causes a bunch of ‘orphan’ comments that requires further, good comments to be removed, because they no longer make sense.
    – Don’t post to repeat a comment that’s just been removed.
    – Don’t needlessly attack other people.

    In fact, that last one pretty much covers it.

    Thanks!