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Posts tagged “Defiant Development”

Hand Of Fate 2 gets gobby

I've not waddled back over to solid CCG/rougelite combo Hand Of Fate 2 since reviewing it last year, but the sound of goblin trumpets drew me back today. HOF2's Arkham-lite fighting was always a lot less interesting than its deck-building and choose-your-own-adventure progression, but that had a lot to do with seeing the same few types of Bad Man time and again. The free Goblins…

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Hand of Fate 2 goes all-in with its Endless Mode update

Hand of Fate 2, that weird, brilliant blend of solitaire deck-building RPG, roguelike and hack n' slash action game has been improving steadily since launch. Free new characters, mod support and now an endless challenge mode with global leaderboards. Can you hear the heart of the cards? Well, you shouldn't, that's another game entirely, but this is a great reason to come back and ask…

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Hand Of Fate 2 shuffles in mod support

Card-collecting action-RPG Hand Of Fate 2 has launched mod tools to let players make their own campaigns with new cards and events and whatnot. Defiant Development say these are the same tools they used to create Hand of Fate 2's own campaign, so there's your bar; now hurdle it. The tools are free to download, and the game now has a Steam Workshop for players…

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Hand of Fate 2’s best character becomes semi-playable in free DLC

Hand Of Fate 2 is a nail-on-the-head sequel (and one of our 2018 GOTYs), hanging onto what made the first game's card game/roguelite/brawling combo so compelling while expanding in smart ways that save it from repetition. However, one thing it arguably didn't do was make the best of HOF's excellent sneering narrator/nemesis figure The Dealer, who in HOF2 has an altogether more chillaxed thing going…

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Feature: Better in every way except the most important one

Hand Of Fate 2 review

The great rage is dead within me. I no longer feel hatred. In the first Hand Of Fate (review), a sly and effective singleplayer collision of roguelite and collectible card game, I fought onwards primarily due to a deep and burning desire to wipe the imagined smirk off the face of The Dealer, an AI-controlled dungeon master and nemesis rolled into one, whose e'er-taunting voice…

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Hand of Fate 2 deals delights and disasters in November

"I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW," Alec shouted in his Hand of Fate review, proper riled by its personification of procedural generation. He is the Dealer, and it's his gnarled hand laying out our hardships in the action-RPG. All locations, enemies, items, battles, and decisions of an adventure are represented by cards he deals from a deck, see, and he's a right smug git…

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Hand Of Fate 2: Sarky Wizardguy’s Revenge

The Dealer, surely one of the best game villains of recent years, is back. I don't even know the guy's name, to be honest. Does he even have one? Doesn't matter. For he is my NEMESIS. The great wizardry of solo CCG vs RPG Hand of Fate [official site] was that you were faced throughout by a more-or-less evenly-matched opponent. The guy didn't do much…

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Deal Me In: Hand Of Fate 2 Announced

A sequel to deck-building action-RPG Hand of Fate [official site] is in the works, creators Defiant Development have announced, coming our way next year under the snappy name Hand of Fate 2. Adam and Alec were both quite taken with the original, or at least determined to beat the dastardly dealer who turned their decks of items and encounters into an adventure to battle through…

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Classy Cards: Hand Of Fate DLC

Hand of Fate's [official site] Wildcards DLC isn't a major expansion but it could be reason enough to revisit one of 2015's early surprises, or to shuffle the deck for the first time if you've never played. There are many ways to incorporate cards into a game - Hand of Fate deals 'em out and constructs adventures with them. There are cards representing monsters and…

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Feature: "I’m gonna give you what for, Australian Raistlin"

Hand of Fate review

Hand of Fate [official site] is a CCG/roguelite in which a masked, magical figure challenges you to play an increasingly deadly card game against him, switching to high-speed, stabby third-person combat whenever you get into a fight. It's out now. The reason I so often want to play boardgames despite having a hard drive full of more videogames than I could ever hope to complete…

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Dungeon Deckbuilder Hand Of Fate Exits Early Access

I've peered at Hand of Fate [official site] through a one-way mirror over its journey from Kickstarter through Early Access, scribbling words like "impressive" and "promising" onto my clipboard. It's a dungeon-raiding, decision-making, monster-murdering fantasy action-RPG where each adventure is generated from cards you collect and build into decks. Cards drawn become weapons, artifacts, locations, encounters, choices, and 3D battles with Arkham-y combat. Fancy. This…

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Top-Decking The Perfect Dungeon: Hand Of Fate

If I'm to make my millions in indie development, it will almost certainly be by ripping off one of the many great deck-building games I've played in paper. There'll be no new ideas from me, just stone-cold stealing of others' work. I won't have the smarts to do something new with it, unlike Hand of Fate which takes the concept of combining cards into a…

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Manos To Manos: Hand Of Fate

Hand Of Fate is a handsome Kickstarter project, a Tarot-themed RPG that looks like a tactical ARPG twist on Card Hunter's deck-building formula. Despite the headline above, the game has nothing to do with the 1966 film Manos: The Hands of Fate, but too much time spent watching irredeemably terrible films in my teenage years has left the connection hardwired. With less than three days…

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Make Film, Not War: Warco

Warco - which has been in development for a while but recently seems to have surfaced properly in a small surge of publicity - looks intriguing. Australian devs Defiant describe their UDK project like this: "In the role of war correspondent ('warco') Jesse DeMarco, the player must capture battle footage and edit together a news story, while trying to make it out alive." The proof…

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