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Solium Infernum’s Vic Davis Leaves PC Game Dev

Who will rule hell? No longer Vic Davis and Cryptic Comet, creator of the RPS-beloved turned-based strategy game Solium Infernum. In a post over at his blog, Davis explains that he's leaving computer game development behind in order to take his boardgamey design skills off to the land of actual board games. Why? "I’ve been selling computer games for over 7 years and it’s been…

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The Occult Chronicles: Death By Door & Other Humiliations

Reader, I died. I died not in epic battle with nameless gods who threatened the very fabric of reality. I died not freeing an innocent from the curse which consumed her life. I didn't even die fighting a bloody haunted suit of armour or a mad necromancer or something. I died opening a door. I died picking a wrench off the floor. I died from…

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Roguelikeboardgamelike: Cryptic Comet’s Occult Chronicles

Good news, everyone. The Occult Chronicles, the latest game from Vic Davis, aka Cryptic Comet, aka creator of splendid video-based boardgames such as Armageddon Empires and Solium Infernum (be sure to revisit our infamous diary about that one), is now available to buy and play. This one's a singleplayer game which finds a hopefully happy middleground between roguelikes and boardgames. It's got a classical theme,…

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Solium Infernum: The Complete Battle for Hell

Normal service resumes tomorrow, at least if four men sleepily trying to remember how to login to our CMS counts as 'normal service'. In the meantime, pray enjoy Gameboys From Hell, one more vintage game diary from the RPS cellars. For just shy of a couple of months in 2009 six arch-demons waged a war in hell. For just shy of a couple of weeks,…

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Cryptic Comet Reveals The Occult Chronicles

Brain-witching turn-based strategy-creator Vic Davis (aka Cryptic Comet) has announced something new: The Occult Chronicles. Davis says: "I’ve set my occult adventure strategy game in a lovecraftian mansion replete with ghosts, monsters, cursed items of all kinds and any other haunted mansion trope that I can come up with." It's got character creation like Solium Infernum, says Davis, but the game has a streak of…

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Impressions: Six Gun Saga

Indie development studio Cryptic Comet are, in some ways, the apple of RPS's eye. Seeking a return to the good old days of PC turn-based strategy, they created both Armageddon Empires and Solium Infernum, two of the best indie games of the last few years, and our write-up of a single Solium Infernum game is my favourite feature RPS has ever published. Imagine my thrill,…

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Shooting The Shit: Six Gun Saga Interview

When RPS' favourite indie strategy developer announces he's making a new game, our response is somewhat predictable. First, we write about it. Secondly, we hang on Vic Davis' leg mewling like sick children until he gives us an interview, revealing everything that we want to know about the aforementioned game. This is the latter. The game is Six Gun Saga, and on past form and…

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On A Pale Horse: Six Gun Saga Revealed

Late breaking news is that Cryptic Comet, creators of Armageddon Empires and Solium Infernum, have just announced their new project. It's Six Gun Saga , a primarily single-player game which span off his continuing attempts to make an old-west Rogue-like. "It will remind you of some games like Race For the Galaxy, Dominion and of course Poker," says Vic Davis. The mention of Dominions is…

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Pitchforked Tongue: Davis On Sol Infernum

RPS' War In Hell is over. The ruler has been decided. But the real ruler of hell remains - and he's Vic Davis. He's Cryptic Comet, and between Solium Infernum and his previous Armageddon Empires, he's positioned himself as the most interesting strategy computer game designer in years. We thought it the perfect time to catch up, discover how Solium Infernum is doing, ask about…

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$5 Off Sol Infernum (Or Armageddon Empires)

Since Bargain Bucket isn't around yet, here's a deal to consider. In the comments thread to the final part of Gameboys From Hell, Vic popped in to say that the talked-about multi-pack deal is probably not going to happen. However... I do love RPS though and I was able to figure out how to create a discount code for $5 US off the price so…

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Independents’ Day: What Is Indie?

This feature was originally published in PC Gamer early last Summer - I republish it here, slightly revised and updated, as it's a few of the indie names we've mentioned often on RPS - 2D Boy, Solium Infernum's Vic Davis, Edmund McMillen... - talking about what drives, defines and binds the independent development community, and why it's on such a roll at the moment. It's…

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Quinns Reviews Solium Infernum

Hell - now there's a setting for a video game. Hell lets a game's artists and writers run naked and wild and free, and in just-released indie strategy game Solium Infernum it also happens to tease out some hugely intelligent design ideas. I'm glad for that, because it balances out the damage done to my precious brain every time I see footage from Dante's Inferno.…

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The Gates of Hell Open: Solium Infernum Out

An lo! there was a cry from the pits. The turn-based-devil-'em-up Solium Infernum is now available to purchase. If you don't want to throw cash down blind - and you probably should at least feel it out - there's a demo available for you to play, which you can get here. To get a feel for the game, here's my first-impression notes, though Tom Chick's…

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Hands On: Solium Infernum

I've been craving Solium Infernum all year. It's almost certainly going to be the last of the 2009 Unknown Pleasures to debut before the year wraps up. For those who weren't around back then, Solium Infernum is a turn-based wargame that places you as an aspirant to the throne of hell. And frankly, that's a perfect set-up for a game as I can think of.…

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Unknown Pleasures 2009: Solium Infernum

Armageddon Empires was our favourite turn-based strategy game of 2007. That Cryptic Comet's next project is a political wargame set in hell is enough to get us to say things like "We're hoping that Solium Infernum will be the greatest use of extraneous latin in a videogame since Deus Ex" with a straight face. We talk to Vic Davis about putting the Demons in Democracy…

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Patches: Too much? Too little?

Two stories caught my eye. Firstly, Cryptic Comet – as well as revealing Solium Infernum – announced their next free content patch for Armageddon Empires. The innuendo-provoking Tip Of The Spear is primarily about increasing the utility of infantry troops through new advanced training cards. It's due on the 17th of July, the anniversary of the game's release. Which is nice. Secondly, Crytek announcing that…

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To Reign In Hell: Solium Infernum Unveiled

We may have mentioned Cryptic Comet's Armageddon Empires a few times. Just a few, you understand. So we're excited that Chief-Cryptic Vic Davis has got less-Cryptic and revealed what Codename Brimstone is. It's Solium Infernum and it's a simultaneous-turn wargame which charts the battles between the Dukes of Hell for Satan's empty throne, complete with six-person multiplayer. The nobles of the cities of sin duking…

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