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Thea: The Awakening

Thea: The Awakening review

A survival 4X RPG roguelike with crafting and card combat.

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1 year ago

Thea 2: The Shattering smashes into early access

Today we become as gods again in Thea 2: The Shattering, guiding our wee tribe of believers through a fantasy post-apocalypse rooted in Slavic mythology. It's the sequel to 2015's Thea: The Awakening, a game described by Rob Zacny as "a survival 4X RPG roguelike with crafting and card combat" in our lukewarm Thea: The Awakening review. That's a lot going on and it didn't…

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3 years ago

Feature: The fall of Bilge Finger

My Town Of Bones In Thea: The Awakening, Part 2

Thea: The Awakening [official site] is a turn-based game of survival and strategy set in a dark world of Slavic myths. As a group of humans, you have emerged from an era of bad times and must regrow your village into something resembling a society. In the conclusion of this two-part diary, Brendan loses control. You can read part one of the Thea diary here.…

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Feature: Welcome to Bilge Finger

My Town Of Bones In Thea: The Awakening, Part 1

Thea: The Awakening [official site] is a turn-based game of survival and strategy set in a dark world of Slavic myths. As a group of humans, you have emerged from an era of bad times and must regrow your village into something resembling a society. In the first of this two-part diary, Brendan attempts just that. I have 5 bones, 77 meats and 6 children.…

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Thea: The Awakening Adds Co-op Multiplayer

Both Graham and Rob Zacny have been intrigued by Thea: The Awakening [official site]. Zacco explained it was "a survival 4X RPG roguelike with crafting and card combat" and Grammers is into that differentness. I'm not saying those two need help making friends, but I will point out that they could now play it together if they wanted. Developers MuHa Games yesterday launched an update…

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4 years ago

Thea: The Awakening Gets Free And Big Giant DLC

Turn-based not-a-4X Thea: The Awakening [official site] is better than good; it's interesting. A novel mixture of mechanics that arguably breathes new life into a stagnant genre even if those same mechanics fail individually. It's the sort of game that's ripe for a sequel. In the meantime, I'll settle for this big bit of free DLC that offers a bunch of improvements, including an in-game…

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Have You Played… Thea: The Awakening?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I am bored of traditional 4X games and am eager for something different. Thea: The Awakening [official site] is certainly that. It's a 4X-alike which skips 'expand', giving you just a single village to look after, and a mobile expeditionary squad with which…

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Feature: A survival 4X RPG roguelike with crafting and card combat.

Thea: The Awakening review

If nothing else, Thea: The Awakening [official site] is different, and different can go a long way. That also makes it a difficult game to assess. Most games lend themselves to comparison with the best games in their genre, or they are clearly borrowing from other games, and I can look at how one design is in dialogue with another. None of that changes how…

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Thea: The Awakening Is A 4X Roguelike And Out Now

In spare minutes during the last day or so I've been trying to get my head around Thea: The Awakening [official site]. It's a "turn-based strategic survival game." It feels at times like a crossover between Civilization and my beloved NEO Scavenger, in that it's a 4X but one in which you only ever have a single village and in which individual villagers have real…

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