Realms Beyond – A classic turn-based fantasy RPG

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Combat System #2: Hexes vs. Squares

As you may recall, we touched upon this particular subject some time ago very briefly when we talked about our die rolling experiments with D&D 4th Edition: Six sides are better than four. Let’s elaborate.

This particular subject led to some of the most heated discussions among ourselves while we designed the combat system for Realms Beyond. There are times in the development cycle of a game that can lead to actual combat. Only in those cases, it typically gets resolved with arguments and words rather than the use of force and weapons.

Players of traditional D&D campaigns and those of the SSI Goldbox Games used to prefer dungeons and battlefields that were based on a square grid. Wargames and virtually every turn-based strategy game, on the other hand, favor hexagons...

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World Building #2: Where do you start designing an open world roleplaying game?

Dragon Avatar

Up to this point, most of our blog posts have covered sources of influence and inspiration and some general game mechanics. What we have not covered at all so far, is the world of Realms Beyond. That’s where I come in…

Some of you may know me as “Dragon” in our forums and I am the Creative Director of Realms Beyond, which means, I am overseeing the creation of the content that you will eventually play in the game.

I do have a background in game design and I’ve worked on numerous roleplaying games before, in a variety of capacities, and when I joined the Ceres Team some time ago, the first order of business was the general world design.

Dungeons & Dragons Player HandbooksWhile we’re using assets and code from the never-released Chaos Chronicles project, we decided early on to create the actual content for Realms Be...

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Source of Inspiration #1: SSI AD&D

Pool of Radiance

SSI’s Gold Box games, Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds may just be the single-most influential games for Realms Beyond. It may not be immediately evident since Realms Beyond looks a lot more like some  Baldur’s Gate or Temple of Elemental Evil variant with its top-down view. But once you dig deeper, you’ll notice that there are, in fact, a good number of features hearkening back to the Gold Box Series, such as the creation of not only a single character but that of an entire party. You will have to set aside some time to do this and chances are that after playing the game for a few of hours, you might want to go back and roll new characters. Perhaps you simply want to try something different to see how it feels, since there are so many options...

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Welcome to our blog!

The idea for Chaos Chronicles sprang from one simple fact: We sat together at lunch one day and discussed a couple of recent RPGs like Dragon Age, Oblivion or Witcher and while we agreed that those were great games, we missed many of the elements that you could find in the roleplaying games we played back in the late 80s and early 90s on our C64s and Amigas. Those were very different kinds of games and we missed many of the elements that made those games so exciting.

This was the very first blog post back in 2010, dedicated to a game project called Chaos Chronicles, a cRPG that we had under development at our former game studio, Coreplay, back then...

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