Rooks Keep is a PC based, fantasy melee deathmatch/arena game. Best described as "UT with swords", players will battle it out in a selection of game-modes, across a variery of maps.

-Fantasy Deathmatch:
Primary to Rooks Keep is the 3rd-person combat system involving quick and slow attacks, blocking, parrying, dodging and a selection of upgradeable skills. Each character also features their own unique skill. In addition, a basic character skill system allows asymetric fights, eg: The Rook is more powerful than the Pawn. Players can use skill points to either use a more powerful piece or upgrade their current one.

-Game Modes
Rooks Keep features a selection of game-modes, from free-for-all and team based modes, to Chess variations:

  • Deathmatch: Free-for-all combat; killed or be killed.
  • Team-Deathmatch: Any number of teams duke it out for victory.
  • Conversion: Teams attempt to convert members of other teams to their own side by killing them. Last alive on the team becomes the Warlord!
  • Combat Chess: It's Chess, but with a chance for the victim of an attack to fight their way out of certain death.
  • Classic Chess: Classic Chess mode; the victim does not fight back..
  • Last Man Standing: You have a set number of lives; be the last man standing after the dust settles.
  • Last Team Standing: You, and by extension your team, has limited lives; fight to be the last team standing.

-Factions & Theme:
Rooks Keep currently features two unique factions; the forces of the Kingdom and the beasts of Darkspawn. The game is set in a varierty of detailed fantasy environments, featuring maps for both deathmatch and Chess modes. Players will get control of six character per side, based on traditional Chess pieces (Pawn, Rook, Queen, etc) and each uniquely animated and ready to commit hideous acts of carnage.
Rooks Keep also features an extensive blood and gore system for particularly messy battles.

-Multiplayer & AI:
Singleplayer, Online and LAN is supported for all game-types, where up to 32? players can fight it out in all the non-Chess modes. AI bots can be added to all deathmatch game-modes and there is even a slightly functional Chess AI! Alternatively, players can simply play on the same computer in the traditional Chess mode.

-Unreal Tech:
Rooks Keep is running on Epic Games™ excellent Unreal® Development Kit™ which allows us to create great looking environments and pieces.

We will be revealing more information and features as the project evolves, so stay tuned.

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3 comments by RuneStorm on Jul 4th, 2013

Hell again!

Today, we bring another cool playthrough of Rooks Keep, this time by youtuber GamersDissent. Check it out:

So, go on, buy, vote on Greenlight, try the demo, tell your friends, sacrifice a small goat to us! :)

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Source code - v1.01

Source code - v1.01

Jul 27, 2013 Source Code 1 comment

This is the source code for the game that you can use as a guide to create your own mods.

Slow Time Combat Mutator 01

Slow Time Combat Mutator 01

Jul 17, 2013 Slow Time Combat Mutator Script 0 comments

V01 Time is slowed down for a brief period everytime you take or deal damage. The more damage, the more time is slowed down.

Rooks Keep - Patch v1.01

Rooks Keep - Patch v1.01

Jul 11, 2013 Patch 0 comments

A small patch to address a number of issues, mainly relating to network functionality.

Rooks Keep - Demo

Rooks Keep - Demo

Jun 23, 2013 Demo 3 comments

The Rooks Keep demo is free to download and try. Included content: -Three maps (2 Deathmatch, 1 Combat Chess). -Gametypes: Deatmatch, Conversion &amp...

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ZEROshift Jul 9 2013 says:

Game keeps on saying "Not Ready", every time I boot up. I have tried re-installing it, and Verifying the files. But evry time I boot up Desura. The game is not ready.

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SkEyE Jul 10 2013 replied:

I'm having the same issue. My game is already installed on a separate unprotected drive so the suggestions below do not solve it.

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al53guy Jul 9 2013 replied:

found a work around on the forums to fix this. seems the game isnt allowed to save its settings in a program files fold, so just change the install path to something else and it should stop doing that.
here's source link since i imagine u have no reason to trust random ppl on the internet

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ZEROshift Jul 10 2013 replied:

How do you change the install path? I could not see it in Desura settings.

Also, Why does Desura keep having this problem, it's Really annoying. I don't experience this nonsense with any other gamng client.

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RuneStorm Creator
RuneStorm Jul 9 2013 replied:

Ah, UAC combined with "protected" folders :| It can't create teh config files to save the settings if UAC doesn't let it. Install to a non-protected folder, such as "D:\Games\xxx" etc.

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Carnival73 Jul 9 2013 says:

MUCH better than expected! Don't think I will be installing Forge anymore.

One complaint: Can we please please please have a Targeting or Strafe button!

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Storander Jul 8 2013 says:

Looks awesome! Gonna try out the demo when I get off work haha

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ninjaman999 Jul 8 2013 says:

Does anyone know if this game supports controllers? :)
I use a Duelshock 3 with Motioninjoy so almost all games that have controller support works. Anyone tryed controller with beauty yet? :3

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Carnival73 Jul 9 2013 replied:

Used both a Logitech Wired and Wireless and they work surprisingly great. The Logitechs are based on PS2's design but note that my Logitechs were set to X-Input (360)(Sony's controllers are D-Input) when playing.

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Gn0meSlice Jun 25 2013 says:

Great job on the game guys, this is quality stuff! I like the chess archetypes as classes, that's an interesting concept.

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Gn0meSlice Jun 25 2013 says:

Strangely, when I choose a resolution lower than 1920x1080 (my monitor resolution), the game no longer fills the screen in fullscreen mode; it has a black box around it. Is this intended?

Combat Chess mode runs a little slow on my PC at full resolution, even with some of the settings turned down, so it would be nice to be able to scale it down a little. But I like having the game fill the screen. Any way to get around this?

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Carnival73 Jul 9 2013 replied:

I had the same problem - A windowed 1440 X 900 doesn't fill my 1440 x 900 monitor and in fullscreen it was letter boxed smaller than normal. I had to opt for a lower res in Fullscreen to fill in the letter boxing. Lowering res for windowed mode still didn't stretch the window across the entirety of my monitor however.

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RuneStorm Creator
RuneStorm Jun 25 2013 replied:

Hi there. Can you show us this mishap through the medium of screenshot? :)

Also, if you could post it on the forums, that'd be great :)

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Gn0meSlice Jun 25 2013 replied:

Actually, I'm thinking it might be a problem with my monitor. When I printscreen, there's no black box in the image data. Strange. My bad. Also, where are the forums? I found another issue I'd like to bring up.

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RuneStorm Creator
RuneStorm Jun 26 2013 replied:

There is a Rooks Keep section near the top :)

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Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10

All features work as advertised, and there's a lots of awesome features that's missing in other AAA titles, like mod support, LAN, and even gamepad support.

That and it's extremely fun.

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