Average Playtime: 22 hours

SKALD: Against the Black Priory

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You drag yourself from the black tides, across the corpses of drowned men, and onto the unwelcoming, craggy shoreline. Gulls cry overhead and the stink of seaweed fills your nose. By some miracle you have made it to Idra. It will take all your skill to survive and unravel the eldritch mysteries of the Black Priory. Pray your sanity holds.
‘Skald: Against the Black Priory’ is an old-school roleplaying game that combines modern design and a fully realised narrative with authentic 8-bit looks and charms.
Delve into a dark fantasy world, full of tragic heroes, violent deaths and Lovecraftian, cosmic horror. Explore an engaging, branching story mixed with rich exploration and crunchy, tactical, turn-based combat that will seem familiar yet innovative to RPG fans, old and new.
Do you have what it takes to lead a company of broken heroes from the tainted shores of Idra to the gates of the Black Priory - and beyond?
Lovingly crafted retro-style art
Experience a richly illustrated world of authentic pixel art using thousands of hand-drawn tiles and images
A palette inspired by the legendary Commodore 64 computer.
Optional CRT filter for that authentic old-school experience.
Deep character creation
Build your main character and recruit a party from among a dozen diverse characters, each with their own skill-set, agenda and personality.
Choose from a dozen classes and backgrounds as well as heaps of feats, spells and equipment as you take your party from level 1 to 20.
Crunchy tactical combat
Engage in challenging, fast-paced, turn- and grid-based combat.
Play it your way, with fully customizable difficulty and feedback settings. Or hit ‘auto-resolve’,  lean back, and (hopefully) watch your party cleave a bloody path through their foes.
A richly detailed, living world
Explore the vast expanse of Freymark and the Outer Isles and watch your actions spell doom or salvation for the region.
Focus on the rich, branching narrative… Or live the life of a mercenary and explore varied sidequests and encounters - the plot will wait for you.
Manage your party as you make camp, recruit hirelings, travel by land and  sea, and interact with powerful factions and their visions for the world.

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: macOS 14
  • Processor: M1
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • OS: macOS 14
  • Processor: M1
  • Memory: 8 MB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Iris / AMD Vega or equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel 7th Gen or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvida GTX Series 10 or equivalent onboard graphics
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
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The Queen is Dead
The Queen lies dead by your hand.
Tower of Ash
You’ve learned the mysteries of the Tower of Ash.
A Light in the Darkness
You managed to help the wretched refugees of Horryn.
The Liberator of Horryn
You’ve liberated the beleaguered town of Horryn.
You’ve slain the foul leader of the Reavers on Idra.
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