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An open world fantasy RPG with building, farming and crafting. For PC, Mac and Linux.
An open world fantasy RPG with building, farming and crafting. For PC, Mac and Linux.
An open world fantasy RPG with building, farming and crafting. For PC, Mac and Linux.
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Beta delay.

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Hello, everyone!

We have got some bad news, and some good news.

The beta is delayed until february. The delay is totally on us. We underestimated the work needed. Thankfully it's nothing too dramatic. We need a few extra weeks to finalise everything for you guys.

On the other side we have a lot of things to share this time around.

  • The main quest’s dialogs for chapter one are all done. We hired a british writer who is proofreading for us. :)
  • Our composer just finished working on the music for chapter one and all we can say is that it is much better than what we expected. Don’t get us wrong, our expectations were high but our composer exceeded them. Thanks Matt for your hard work! Check out Balrum’s main theme. (Just click for the music here - If the music does not start to play please refresh the page!)
  • All chapter one monster types are finished. There are 20 monsters in the game already! All of them use various spells/abilities against each other and of course against the player. :) We won’t show you all of them, but here is one new:
Swamp
Swamp
  • The lock picking mechanic is done. Yes you will need to find the proper combination.. :) Craft a lot of lock picks!
Lockpicking
Lockpicking
  • Teachers are in the world. If you fully progressed a skill level you have to go to a trainer to learn the new level of the given skill.
  • The crafting systems are finally done! We need to balance it a little bit more, but it turned out to be a really interesting feature. All things that we promised like a little randomness in crafting, all kinds of crafting combinations for custom items, naming and selecting an icon for your custom item and special really powerful combinations that you can figure out by yourself are in the game.
  • Hundreds of sound effects are completed, giving the game a totally new vibe.
  • Dozens of UI improvements: 
    Now you have 5 main bars that you can select from. (you can put your foods on bar 1 and your potions of bar 2, spells…etc)
    All new items are highlighted in your inventory.
    The loot panel was completely rewritten.
    Improved trade panel.
    With crafting randomness we had to figure out a problem. The problem was that when you craft 10 minor healing potions they might be a little different from each other. These minor healing potions show up in one icon, but when you shift+click it a new panel appears where all of the minor healing potions are sorted buy their attributes.
New bar
New bar
  • All humanoid and a few other NPCs have complex daily routines. For example: Aron is the blacksmith in your village and he usually works on his anvil during the day, after a hard day of work he sleeps in his bed like a child, but before he goes to sleep he turns off the torches that would disturb his sleep.
  • There are 10 optional dungeons in chapter one, all of them are in a near complete form.
  • A lot of puzzles are completed. For example: You can expect to have a little bit of a headache when you are trying to get in..or out of a dungeon. :)

The list goes on and on but these are the most interesting things and we don’t want to spoil everything. The full list of changes is a multiple hundred item list. :)

Ohh yes, and you can expect the beta for all three platforms! (the screenshots were taken on OSX)

The second village in the Dark Woods.
The second village in the Dark Woods.
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Comments

    1. Creator Matt Honeyball on January 31, 2014

      This is looking really good. So pleased about the lockpicking. Thief, Elder Scrolls, Deus Ex... if there's a lock in a game I want to pick it. Will be interested to see how it works in practice.

    2. Creator Avarchillion on January 30, 2014

      looks good and a little delay is fine with me. will the beta be for mac too?

    3. Creator AstralWanderer on January 30, 2014

      Delays aren't such a problem as long as backers are kept in the loop, and updates like this do just that. Getting a native language proof reader is a good idea but will Balrum be available in other languages also? (or be moddable to allow for fan translations)

    4. Creator shamroxor on January 30, 2014

      looking good! Release dates can slide as long as we get updates like this!

    5. Creator Stephen P. Suelzle on January 29, 2014

      Thanks for the update. Everything looks and sounds great so far! Keep up the good work.

    6. Creator Dawn_ on January 29, 2014

      Is it me or does the soundtrack for the main theme got this Game of Thrones vibe?

    7. Creator Jalister - Wheresheep of Addons on January 29, 2014

      Things were going well, calm even. And now, I'm crazy anxious with anticipation again. I'll be ok though. Do what you need to do.

    8. Creator Dean Thrasher on January 29, 2014

      The UI improvements look great! I'm happy to trade some additional development time for a more polished interface.

    9. Creator Ryan Carey on January 29, 2014

      Definitely can wait an extra month! So excited for this game!
      Looks great!

    10. Creator Neo on January 29, 2014

      Thanks for the update! :)

    11. Creator HunterQC on January 29, 2014

      Great job =)

    12. Creator Chris Chen on January 29, 2014

      Everything looks really good to me - since it's nearly the end of January already, I'm happy to wait another month for you to get it just right!

    13. Creator Azureblaze on January 29, 2014

      I'm just glad you guys are waiting if you need to, fine with me! Looks to be shaping up nicely, can't wait to try it :) Plus, just waiting one month is not bad at all imo xD.