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.

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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Gn0meSlice Jun 25 2013, 5:54pm 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, 8:31am 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, 8:27pm 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, 8:31pm 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, 5:30am replied:

There is a Rooks Keep section near the top :)

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XxMaii_HeartxX Jun 24 2013, 3:05pm says:

You get to decapitate ****? AWESOME! :D

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Die_by_Sci-Fi Jun 23 2013, 11:28am says:

And, i want ask, in game planning more animations of body parts cutting? In video i see only cut of heads. But more fan be, if developers make cut of legs, hands, torso and so)))

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RuneStorm Creator
RuneStorm Jun 23 2013, 5:57pm replied:

Sorry, no dismemberment beyond heads just yet :|
We can consider more down the line ;)

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Die_by_Sci-Fi Jun 21 2013, 6:42pm says:

Its something like a Die by the Sword? In this game i can see cut parts of body and rivers of blood?)

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RuneStorm Creator
RuneStorm Jun 22 2013, 1:48pm replied:

Rooks Keep does feature gore aplenty, yes.

And I can't say if it's like DBtS. Never played it :)

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Die_by_Sci-Fi Jun 23 2013, 11:23am replied:

i highly recomended play in Die by the sword, its very fun game. But if you not fear old graphic)

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ceeking Jun 20 2013, 11:48pm says:


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richietenenbaum Jun 19 2013, 2:49am says:

Does this game not have any controller support?? Cuz dats a deal breaker.

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RuneStorm Creator
RuneStorm Jun 19 2013, 5:59am replied:

Yes indeed, it has controller support ;) Works bloody well if I do say so myself.

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richietenenbaum Jun 19 2013, 3:04am buried:


Yes it does! I just checked on their website. Do a little research next time, ******.

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d3fc0none Jun 21 2013, 7:42am replied:

Are you bloody retarded or something?

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megablue7 Jun 20 2013, 8:20pm replied:

you called yourself the guy answering his own question a ****** -_-

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richietenenbaum Jun 21 2013, 1:05pm replied:

It was a satirical joke, graphic and ridiculous. Clearly ahead of its time. Peace out NERDS!

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richietenenbaum Jun 21 2013, 1:06pm replied:

Dude, you're not even funny. Total gaytard.

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gannucard Jun 22 2013, 12:52am replied:

>go to profile
>see this man is 20 years old.
>laugh for 10 minutes while browsing.

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richietenenbaum Jun 22 2013, 7:06pm replied:

Lol, he needs to get a life! What a queerbag.

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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.

Jun 19 2013, 11:40am by hideinlight

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