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Posts tagged “Stoic”

Feature: Ramblerok

The RPS Verdict: The Banner Saga

Separated from all else by a great storm that ripped the land asunder, Alec and Adam huddle on a fragile, knife-shaped peninsula to watch the world freeze and die. They dream of old gods, they think of roads not taken, they mourn for the lost. And they have a right old natter about Stoic's recently released, uncommonly beautiful, Viking-inspired roleplaying/strategy/giants'n'conversation game The Banner Saga.

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Feature: For the ages?

The Banner Saga review

The Banner Saga is a tantalising prospect. An independent release from a small team of former Bioware employees, it promises a rich story, a new world and intricate tactical combat. It also has the most stupendously attractive art I've seen in a long time. Impressed by the opening hours, I've since spent several days in the game's icy company, I've deliberated long and hard to…

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Feature: Banner Banter

Hands On Verdict: The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga's first chapter is due out next month. It's certainly much anticipated, coming from a team of ex-Biowares, and following a phenomenally successful Kickstarter. A tactical RPG, turn-based combat combined with a unique way of delivering its narrative, it's going to be interesting to see how it suits people's tastes. It certainly divided John and Adam, as they played through the first three…

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Oregon Frail: The Banner Saga’s Brutal Journey

Order Of Business The First: You should know that The Banner Saga - which I developed a sort of gleeful Stockholm Syndrome toward after it crushed my spirits like so many brittle icicles for three hours - has a release date! Shamefully, we missed the initial announcement, but I will now atone for that mistake by a) telling you and b) dripping hot wax into…

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Feature: Oregon Trail With Vikings

Impressions: The Banner Saga’s Single Player Story

Multiplayer smart-o-battler The Banner Saga Factions might be out and (mostly) free for all, but even the former BioWare-ites at Stoic will readily admit that it was always a sideshow. The Banner Saga is, at heart, a story and a place. It's a world in conflict, sure, but pensive Viking biffery is only one piece of a much larger, more varied puzzle. I recently got…

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Feature: Cold Soldiers

Stoic On Using Kickstarter Again, TBS Factions’ Future

Viking caravans might be slow, methodical machines, but they make their arrival worth the wait. By mercilessly slaughtering all who oppose them. I'm mostly certain that won't be the outcome of The Banner Saga's impending arrival, but I don't like to make assumptions. What I know for sure, however, is that Stoic isn't just tossing chapter one out in the cold and leaving it in…

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Fly The Flag: The Banner Saga: Factions Now Available

The Banner Saga: Factions is, you will recall, the free multiplayer aspect of The Banner Saga, rather than the single-player campaign that you're going to have pay up front for. Nathan went hands on with the game previously to tell us all what to expect. I'm downloading it right now for turn-based impressions. Anyone else jumping on this particularly wagon? It being F2P and all…

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Banner Saga Out Now For Backers, Everyone Next Week

Friends, countrymen, flowing cloth aficionados, lend me your ears. OK, now put those away, because they're not very good for reading. The Banner Saga: Factions - the free-to-play intro to Stoic's world of handsomely bearded vikings and handsome-beard-stroking strategy (no word yet on an immersion-enhancing handsome beard peripheral) - will be out for everyone next week. Better still, it's open to some of everyone right…

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Of Yules And Rules: Banner Saga’s Holiday Update

What do boulder-shouldered fantasy Vikings do for the holidays? It's a question that I've pondered far more than I care to admit, but I've never been able to come up with a conclusive answer. Evidently, however, I just wasn't looking in the right places. Instead of scouring their mead halls in search of wafting feast fumes and bawdy tunes, I should've headed straight for the…

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The Banner Saga Goes Into Open (Paid) Beta

Update: Huzzah! The issue is all fixed, and the beta now loads. It's been a mere nine months since The Banner Saga was a twinkle in the internet's eye. But now the teeny team of former BioWare artists have put their tactical RPG into open beta. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, providing a big funding boost, those who backed have been in the beta for…

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Feature: The Banner Saga Blowout, Pt 3

Dredging Up The Secrets Of Banner Saga’s Story

The Banner Saga saga's not over yet. Not by a long shot. First, we brought you multiplayer impressions straight from the front grid lines, and then you learned everything there is to know about balance, microtransactions, and - in the process - yourself. So then, what could possibly be left? What frigid depths of Stoic's mighty ice fortress have we yet to plumb? Well, mainly…

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Feature: The Banner Saga Blowout, Pt 2

Of Banners, Sagas, Microtransactions, And Balance

Last week, you (probably, I hope; otherwise we can't be friends anymore) read my impressions of The Banner Saga: Factions, the soon-to-be-released F2P multiplayer spin-off of Stoic's gorgeously animated Viking strategy epic. Those are some of my favorite adjectives stacked together into a¬†scrumptious¬†sentence sandwich, so I came away predictably pleased. But after finishing my session and quaffing a hearty Viking ale grilled cheese from a…

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Feature: The Banner Saga Blowout, Pt 1

Impressions: The Banner Saga’s F2P Multiplayer

I recently ventured to the definitely-not-cold, completely-un-northern reaches of sunny Austin, Texas, where Stoic welcomed me into its Kickstarter-funded Viking castle with open arms. OK, it was more of a paper-walled one-room office, but still. More importantly, the four-man squad of former BioWarians spent hours showing and telling me every last detail about their upcoming hand-drawn turn-based epic, The Banner Saga. So, in an attempt…

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The Banner Saga Reveals First Combat Shot

I'm not sure I should be encouraging this recent habit of indies releasing a single screenshot of their in-development games. When major publishers do that we roll our eyes and shout things like, "THEY'RE ADVERTS FOR YOUR GAMES, YOU IDIOTS - JUST RELEASE DOZENS OF THEM." Of course, Brian Fargo, and now Stoic are both showing the very first in-game image of a project they…

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Living On The Pledge(s): The Banner Saga

I'm sure that many of the people reading this have pledged their hard-earned to at least one Kickstarter project and it may be of interest to see where that money has gone. Not into an actual game in most cases, not yet, but what happens when a project reaches its goals, the timer ticks down and the money rolls in? Stoic, the ex-Bioware staff working…

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Banner Saga Kickstarter Wraps, Big Features Added

The seemingly infinite font of generosity that is Kickstarter has given rise to yet another rags-to-riches-to-restoration-of-faith-in-humanity tale - this time for the ex-BioWare trio at Stoic. If your only chance at survival after being crushed under a massive stack of cash was a bank-breaking, spine-saving donation to The Banner Saga, well, I don't know what to tell you, seeing as the drive has now officially…

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Heroic: The Banner Saga Funded In Just 48 Hours

Morning, Internet. Lovely news from the West: The Banner Saga has been funded on over on Kickstarter. The collective approval of the internet found its way to over $100k in just 48 hours to ensure that the beautiful-looking turn-based RPG with Vikings would find its way into our game collections. This pleases me. Now let's hope that Stoic - a handful of ex-Bioware staff -…

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Loot, Pillage, Fund: The Banner Saga’s Kickstarter

Turn-based combat, a low-fantasy approach to vikings and a scenario that is more concerned with surviving a world's end than preventing it. That's what The Banner Saga promises, as well as beautiful animation, conversations with consequences and a changeable world that doesn't revolve around the player. It's the kind of shopping list I so often take to the supermarket, only to return with the ingredients…

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Waving A Flag For Turn-Based Combat: The Banner Saga

The ex-BioWare bods, Stoic, with their offices in a goat shed have released a trailer for the intriguing The Banner Saga. Revealing the traditional animation style, as well as the ye-olde-school grid-based turn-based combat, along with RPG-like dialogue options, it gives you an idea of the tone being aimed at, if not how it will feel to play. We've also got some rather lovely screenshots…

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Former Artsy BioWare Devs Creating The Banner Saga

Former BioWareites, Stoic, are formed from a gathering of those who worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic, then ran off into the Texan wastelands to form their own studio. The three-man indie team is working on an online hybrid called The Banner Saga, that plans to merge RPG, turn-based strategy, and vikings. It is the combination mentioned in the Mayan Codecs.

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