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Heroes of a Broken Land

Heroes of a Broken Land – One Week Later

You can resd some of the early coverage of Heroes of a Broken Land is getting, if you want a second option of the game.

Previews & First Looks

Destroy All Fanboys: Heroes of a Broken Land Hands-On: No School Like The Old School (Again)…

Reviews

Hardcore Gamer reviews Heroes of a Broken Land

Video Reviews and Previews

IndieRPGs.com Checks Out Heroes of a Broken Land (Full Release)

Indie Explorer: Heroes of a Broken Land (Gameplay Review)

Wolfman Plays some Heroes of a Broken Land on Twitch.tv

If you’re intested in doing a review, drop me a line andrew@wingedpixel.com

Heroes of a Broken Land is Out!

A year in the making, Heroes of a Broken Land is finally done! Combining the best of old school dungeon crawling and large world strategy, plus prodedural generate for a new adventure each time you play, Heroes of a Broken Land is not to be missed!

You can learn more about the game, or grab the demo.

Purchase the game directly from Winged Pixel
Purchase the game from Desura
Purchase the game from Gamersgate

The game is also now on Steam’s Greenlight, and hopfully with you help will one day be available for purchase from Steam.  Don’t forget to vote Yes, it’s appreciated!

Heroes of a Broken Land Beta 7.9 Released!

Another week, another update!  Beta 7.9 is mostly fixes, not a lot of new stuff.

Check out the demo and more info about Heroes of a Broken Land.

One major fix is the restoration of numerous world objects, which were missing from newly generated worlds.  This restores access to 3 of the elite classes.

Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Improve monster info picking, now accurately selects from back rows
  • Fix issue with monster info now showing up after summoning and row change
  • Only show info from monsters in the current battle
  • Prevent monster info from persisting between battles
  • Fix world keyboard scrolling w/arrow keys
  • Restore unique world objects (Oops, I can’t believe how long this was broken….)
  • Restore access to 3 elite classes
  • Fix Windows XP patching issue
  • Add Gamma slider to game menu
  • Fade out objects when in battle
  • Removed master Volume control, now just Music and Sound
  • Fix tutorial text going off screen
  • Adventure message log now updates while open
  • Fix bug where mass-targeted skills were too loud
  • More spelling and typo fixes
  • First member is selected by default when opening party menu on world
  • Improved fullscreen support

Version 1.0 and Beyond

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while – to give the Alpha and Beta backers and answer to the question of when Heroes of a Broken Land will actually be finished.

When will Heroes of a Broken Land be released?

The current plan is to release Version 1.0 in mid-January. I’ll announce an exact and official release date in early January.

What will change between the latest Beta (7.8) and 1.0?

Not much. I’ll be continuing to improve the game by fixing bugs and polish the game, but there’s not much left on my task list. Beta 7.9 will possibly be the last Beta version.

As the game stands, I’m quite happy with the experience delivered.  Heroes of a Broken Land provides a light but deep, old-school dungeon crawling experience.  It provides countless worlds and dungons to explore. Combined with the town building, world events, and multiple parties, I believe that Heroes of a Broken Land has a good balance of new and old.  A part of me would be happy to stop here.

What are the plans for post-release updates and support?

I will support the game with bug fixes and support for as long as it’s needed.

Needless to say, I have lots of ideas on how to expand Heroes of a Broken Land, and would love to implement many of them. However, I have no specific plan, no list of features or content, and no date for when or if any updates would arrive. The pace will certainly be slower than the Beta updates, expect months between any substantial updates.

I am also interested in how the game is received. I want player input in how to best evolve Heroes of a Broken Land.  I also need updates to make financial sense.  I’ve been working on the game for almost a full year now, so updates will be somewhat tied to how well the game performs financially.

Either way, Heroes of a Broken Land won’t be abandoned upon release – exciting times are ahead!

 

 

Heroes of a Broken Beta 7.8 is Released

Beta 7.8 brings us one step closer to the full release!

The notible changes are custom difficulty levels and monster stats are now visible – once you’ve killed enough monster!

Custom Difficulty SettingsDetailed Monster Info

Changes:

  • Customizable difficulty levels
  • Monster stats are visible after you’ve killed enough of the same type
  • Difficult & Impossible levels now give a slight xp & item boost by default
  • Fix loading of certain save games broken in 7.7
  • Level up skill selection now properly shows full skill details
  • Spelling mistake and typo fixes
  • Add key binding for world map scrolling
  • Haste spell now correctly outputs a message
  • Adjust fountain hit-test boxes so you can click past them

 

Heroes of a Broken Land – Beta 7.6 Released

Another week another version!

Firstly the game now has difficulty levels! The current difficulty is now called Normal. Because the difficulty does affect the world generation you can only select the difficulty at the start of a new game. Time will tell if the new difficulty levels are balanced or not.

Plus, I’ve finally gotten around to adding a full history when exploring dungeons.

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Full list of changes in Beta 7.6:

  • Magic affinity now affects all spells and reduces by a % of MP cost
  • Heroes can now be dismissed at the Town Hall
  • Fix bug in stat modifiers display
  • Dungeon message history log added (click on the compass)
  • Damage number colors added
  • Weapon mastery skills descriptions fixed
  • Fix UI breakage when returning to the world map under certain conditions
  • Fix incorrect Town icons on sidebar when switching worlds (by loading a game)
  • Fix auto map switches in multi party dungeons
  • Difficulty settings added to game creation (chosen on world generation)
  • Fix various spelling mistakes

Heroes of a Broken Land Updated – Beta 7.5

A new week brings a new verions. Beta 7.5 brings a long list of fixes and improvments, some key changes are an autosave system that saves your game at the end of each turn, plus you now have better control over your save game slots.  You’ll also find that larger maps are faster to move around in.

  • Rabid rat poison bite only poisons on hit
  • Tweak Rogue combat skills
  • Mass heal fixed again, properly applies INT and skills
  • Skill categories are now persistent
  • Tweak Curse effect length
  • Altars, fountains and switches are now on the auto map
  • Added ability to view character status on level up
  • Game now autosaves at the end of each turn
  • Load/save no longer limited to a single slot
  • [WINDOWS] Migrated save files to AppData\Local\Heroes of a Broken Land\ folder
  • Fix stat fountain interaction
  • Enchanter now affects all stores in all towns
  • Fix world map not centering on large maps
  • Fix bug where wizard power was not properly applied to all stats
  • Show stat bonus breakdown in character status screen
  • Quick and ugly fix for moving around on large maps (will improve at a later date)

Enjoy!

Heroes of a Broken Land Beta 7.4 released!

Beta 7.4 is a mostly a bug-fix release, addressing some dungeon generation bugs and some UI improvements.

A Wwarning: Due to a change in how dungeons are generated (to prevent broken teleporters) all in-progress dungeons will be reset. You may want to consider completing dungeons before upgrading.

  • Fix issue where multiple teleporters were placed on the same spot
  • Added keyboard shortcuts to item menu
  • Added favorites skill list (starred skills, click next to MP cost to toggle)
  • Prevent monster spawning from Tutorial Dungeon
  • Fix bug with save games while party is on teleporter
  • Added keyboard shortcut for auto-attack (Z)
  • Prevent selling of key quest items
  • Fix hang when removing parties from the guild
  • Add Restore MP ability to fully restore MP by items
  • Teleporters can now be activated by Passing while standing on them
  • Fix farm income not showing in overview screen

Heroes of a Broken Land Beta 7.2 Released

No big news here – Beta 7.2 fixes some save game issues people had with Beta 7.0, and hopefully fixes the auto patching (which will make future updates easier!)

Unfortuately the updater in Beta 7.0 was broken so you’ll have to update manually (this link is in the update message!)

Heroes of a Broken Land Beta 7.0

Beta 7.0 brings a huge amount of fixed and improvements!

The most noticable change is you now choose your Wizard! Each wizard has a unique power that improves your heroes in a unique way.

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Plus lots and lots of bug fixes:

  • Stables added – build to increase movement points
  • Quest log will now focus on quest location if known (double click entry)
  • World map now shows treasure, dungeons and monsters. Clicking will focus view.
  • Fix Holy Light – will now heal even if monsters defeated
  • Skill list scroll bar overlap fixed
  • Books will now be grayed out of skill is already known
  • Monster stats show kill count
  • Fame Lv popup will not correctly handle when multiple fame levels are gained
  • Fixed dungeon quests auto-ending after completing a main Quest
  • Mouse wheel now scrolls lists
  • Items now show stats in stores and inventory (via tooltip)
  • Monster gold drop tweaked
  • Resist spell fixed, was not properly calculating resitances
  • Skill list now has tabs to filter skills (All, Healing only, Fire only, etc)
  • Fixed stupid bug with non-combat skill levels wrong for Elite classes
  • Hero statistics now tracked and viewable (# kills, total damage, etc)
  • Add Auto-heal button to item screen, uses potions to heal party to full health
  • Fix potential bug causing ladders to disappear
  • Level-up screen attributes fixed
  • Teleporters added to dungeons
  • Can modify hero names in Adventure’s Guild
  • Any party standing on a Town or surrounding tile is considered in Town (found in Guild, etc)
  • Waiting in dungeons will auto-collect loose items (gold, potions, etc)
  • Updated SFX for many spells
  • Music playlist more varied inside dungeons
  • R-click town icons to center view
  • Fix Main quest breakage – you can now finish the game once more!
  • Fixed Void altars not giving MP
  • Wizard selection enabled
  • Tweaked ladder collision, should now be able to click through to disarm traps
  • Added tooltips to describe items (books & potions) in stores and inventory
  • Added weapon class info to class help screen
  • Fix issue when locked doors are clicked on to close
  • Added damage/duration info to more spells (Burn, Poison, etc)
  • Keyboard shortcut for save/load (F5/F9 by default, change in settings)

Whew! That’s a lot of fixes.  HOBL is getting closer and closer to the first final release.  It’ll be mostly fixes and balancing for the next while.