08 Apr 2016

Flamberge: Synchronous Turn-Based RPG

I’ve had Flamberge on my Steam wishlist for a very long time and finally decided to explore it. What I found made me wish I had tried it months ago, but I’m happy to finally discover this synchronous, free-roaming, turn-based, tactical RPG that can be played singleplayer or multiplayer. There

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07 Mar 2016

5 Tips for Starting Out In Balrum

It must be Balrum-week here on Zero Friction, because I have a short video of tips to help new players get their feet wet. These are more quality-of-life tips than answers to specific puzzles or problems. I wanted to help new players get a handle on how the game function,

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05 Mar 2016

Balrum: Someone Finally Made a cRPG meets Minecraft

What has me smitten is that Balcony Team didn’t forfeit hefty cRPG gameplay when injecting Balrum into an open-world, living sandbox with building, crafting and survival features. I still feel I’m playing a good, old-school cRPG with deep mechanics. But now I can do that along with repairing my grandpa’s house, building my

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22 Feb 2016

Hero and Daughter+ First Hour of Gameplay

Hero and Daughter+ is a tactical RPG similar to Mugen Souls or Disgaea, but made using RPG Maker. Many years ago I poured over the physical version of Battletech. I’d comb through rules and minutia as I scribbled, erased and scribbled some more on homemade Mech sheets. Designing mechs was

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12 Feb 2016

First Hour of Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist

Aveyond is well-received in the RPG Maker community. And while it has higher than average numbers on Steam for an RPG Maker production, the first three games have mixed reception. I received a Steam key for Aveyond 4 and decided to do a blind play. In it I discover Amaranth

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01 Feb 2016

Serpent in the Staglands[1080@60FPS]: #2 First combat

Episode One saw us getting started. Now we slowly head-off into the wilderness where I get my first taste of combat against some Goblins, Wolves and Foxes. I’m definitely feeling the need for caution and saving often as I approach every encounter. I’m also still trying to figure out the

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24 Jan 2016

Echoes of Aetheria: Impressions

Jessica wrote her review of Echoes of Aetheria, but I wanted to share my first impressions of this non-startling yet professional example of an RPG made with RPG maker. It’s a worthy game that justifies its pricetag against other RPG Maker games. It may not win any awards against the

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22 Jan 2016

[GCS] Learning RPG Maker MV #1

I’m going to show you how insanely easy and quick it is to understand the basics of RPG Maker MV, the latest Maker published by Degica. This Game Creation Station series is not exacting in its delivery. I’m approaching it from the standpoint of a newb who is slowly tinkering with

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09 Jan 2016

Dustbowl Gives Fallout Experience In A Unique Indie Package

Either a lazy Alien trash barge decided to use Earth as a quick dumping spot before speeding home to catch the latest Alien crime drama or something more nefarious is afoot. Welcome to Dustbowl. I started a Let’s Play series for Dustbowl and have been discovering a desolate, post-apocalyptic gem wrapped in

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01 Jan 2016

Serpent in the Staglands Let’s Play #1

I’ve been wanting to do a proper Let’s Play of Serpent in the Staglands for a long time now, but it was a to-do item that I all-too-often relegate to an unwritten list with no time or date-stamp and only file away in my mind. This means it’s something I

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