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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.
1,384 backers pledged $52,940 to help bring this project to life.



First of all, we are sorry for the extra delay! One thing we learned is that it might seem like there are no problems at all.. but sneaky problems always lurk in the shadows! Oh, and another thing is that we need to be more careful from now-on with deadlines.

All of you who are eligible to participate in the beta already received a key that will allow you to play the beta. For everyone else we put together a video showcasing the new content.

There are a few areas that are considered really early prototype versions: -weapon crafting -armor crafting -bow abilities. All crafting systems need more work and will be much more complex in the future! Also not all features are in the game (character creation).

We are planning to release a couple of updates for the beta version. With your kind help we hope to fix a few nasty bugs hiding in Darkwood so please if you find a bug and your time allows, send us an email describing the bug and how to reproduce it. Also if you find a fatal error (an error that will cause the game to crash) please send us the debug info by pressing the “Send debug.txt” button in the launcher.

Enjoy the beta and have a nice day in Darkwood.

P.S. you need to put abilities/spells into your main bar (at the bottom of the screen). You can find your spells/abilities in your spell book 'S'. You can select one melee ability and one magic to be your main attacks (left click is the melee, right click is the selected spell). There will be tooltip informations everywhere in a future update.

We updated the beta to version 002. If the window title says 002 that you have the newest version. If it displays Balrum_v0.0.85_beta instead of Balrum v0.0.85_beta_002 than you have an old version so please re-download the game. This is an important update so please make sure you have the 002 version.

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    1. Missing avatar

      Francois Feugier on May 19, 2014

      @Brandon Dannenhoffer I had the same issue, seems to be something like the path to "java.exe" is not known to the system. So rather than tampering with system variables you can edit the .bat : replace 'java' with wherever java.exe is installed, and use double-quotes if you have space character in the path ; for me the new command is :
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\java" -jar Balrum.jar iszonyatbagoly nem

    2. Brandon Dannenhoffer on April 7, 2014

      @Panagiotis Papadopoulos I am trying to run the game using start_win.bat. A window pops up, but instantly goes away. Any idea why?

    3. Chris Chen
      on April 2, 2014

      Oh, and hover over the creature you want to attack, if you are in range, the sword will turn red. Right click for ranged attacks like Fireball or Bow, and left click for melee attacks with your sword up close.
      P.S. If you manage to find and kill a skeleton, you'll get a better sword that does 6-12 damage. I don't know if you need to level up your Swordsmanship skill with Fred the Bartender before you can use it.

    4. Chris Chen
      on April 2, 2014

      At the left of the main bar, click on Spells. Take the spells and load them onto the numbered spaces on the main bar, esp. Attack, Shoot and Fireball.
      Right click on your sword and bow and arrows to load them onto your Character sheet. Now whenever, you press the relevent number your Attack, Shoot or Fireball space will be highlighted. Please note that Fireball requires Mana points, which will be replenished over time or by quaffing an item, and your bow will not shoot if you run out of arrows on the "CHARACTER SHEET". They must be equipped before you can fire.
      On another note, anyone found Barnabas, or the NPC that will be able to upgrade your Archery skills?

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      akarnokd on April 1, 2014

      Looks adorable, but how do I attack with the sword?

    6. lokiracer on March 31, 2014

      I'm a beta backer and have not received my key.

    7. Panagiotis Papadopoulos on March 30, 2014

      @Brandon use start_win.bat to start the game
      @Nathaniel use start_osx.command
      Both of you also need to have Java installed.(I think it's installed included in OS X, but i'm not sure)

    8. Brandon Dannenhoffer on March 30, 2014

      I'm having trouble launching the Beta on Windows 8 (I recently just switched over). When I try to run the launcher.jar file it asks me to choose an app to open it with. Does anyone know what I should do?

    9. Nathaniel Alson Hatten on March 30, 2014

      Not able to get the Mac version to run.

      And I would actually prefer a Steam version IMO.

    10. Panagiotis Papadopoulos on March 30, 2014

      Good job guys. The beta works on Linux even though there is no launch script included for Linux, as the Mac script works for Linux as well. Would be nice if you guys could include a .sh script in the next release though
      @Noah Click on the spells menu and add them to your quickslot(even for melee/ranged attacks). You can then activate them with the num keys.

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      AstralWanderer on March 29, 2014

      Thanks for providing a beta that doesn't require Steam, unlike several higher-profile KS projects.

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      Paul Mikhail on March 29, 2014


      I've been waiting for this immensely. Downloaded, now I just need a good block of free time to give this a whirl.

    13. HunterQC on March 29, 2014

      Thanks for the update !

    14. Dawn_
      on March 29, 2014


      My we are only 600 to get the beta..i guess i'll have to really make my job as a beta tester for once :P

    15. Noah! on March 29, 2014

      I must be clueless because I can not figure out how I am supposed to attack anything

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      on March 29, 2014

      Looking good. Thanks for the update, guys!