The focus of Smiling Dragon RPG Studios is to deliver fun, story-driven role-playing games. We believe that RPG-making is a work of art in which the story and gameplay must complement each other in order to deliver quality titles that you can enjoy.

Formerly known as "Shaola development team," we are a small group of fantasy fanatics, writers and indie developers who love the RPG genre. We design user-friendly games with simple mechanics and fun gameplay.

Shaola development team was created in 2015 to focus on the Shaola series and design the world of Shaola. We design a unique and alternative world to maximize our imagination and creativity.

In 2016, after a year of working remotely online and meeting on Zoom (as our members are studying and working all over the world), we finally had two offline meetings in San Diego and Los Angeles. We had great conversations about our vision and overall philosophy on RPG-making.

We discussed in detail some of the well-known parallel universes in fiction, such as Middle-Earth, Neverland, Elfland, Discworld, the rich worlds of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), and The Witcher, as well as the great storytelling of Japanese fiction, notably manga and JRPG. Afterward, we decided to write about the great stories in the world of Shaola.

With that approach, we focused on creating hybrid role-playing games that combine our favorite aspects of old-school Western RPGs and JRPGs, while at the same time removing those things some players didn't like, such as random encounters and time-consuming grinding.

Smiling Dragon RPG Studios was formed in 2016 as the product of those two great meetings in California.

The Shaola series is a long-term project. It is a process of telling great stories about many appealing characters in different kingdoms and regions in Shaola. The gameplay in Shaola RPGs will be based on the distinct story, characters, settings and environment of each title.

Hidden behind the beautiful high fantasy theme is the cruel world of medieval politics, as each character and faction has different motives and conflicts.

We try our best to avoid creating carbon copies of the Tolkien-esque RPGs from the 1990s—the ones in which players go on a heroic mission, meet orcs, wizards, trolls, goblins and hobbits, defeat some dark Lords and win the game. We will try our best to be much more innovative and creative in our storytelling.

Old-time writers tend to oversimplify the struggle between good and evil into stereotypical clichés. The Shaola series introduces gray tones into a black-and-white universe.

Two major characteristics of every game in the Shaola series are: I. Fun and simple gameplay; and II. Innovative, creative storytelling that builds your enjoyment to the fullest. The story in each game will be entertaining, designed to hook you from the beginning to the end, and on par with any adventure game or visual novel.

It is a combination of many fun things that we've loved since childhood, from our very first experiences with storytelling and fiction. The Shaola series is a present through which we share a fun, exciting, enjoyable and delightful experience with you.

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Mysteries of Shaola: The Princess Must Die

Mysteries of Shaola: The Princess Must Die

Role Playing

Every night, a mysterious piano melody echoed from the top of the Shadowy Mountain...

Heroes of Shaola

Heroes of Shaola

Role Playing

Heroes of Shaola is a role-playing game that blends Western RPG settings and JRPG storytelling into one. It blends epic fantasy and medieval realism in...

Mysteries of Shaola: The Cave

Mysteries of Shaola: The Cave

Role Playing

Mysteries of Shaola: The Cave is a role-playing game that brings mystery elements to the fantasy genre. Fight through the Kazen Kingdom and uncover the...

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Old_Timer
Old_Timer - - 1 comments

Hi Smiling Dragon Team,
I downloaded a link to "Heroes of Shaola" demo on "RPG Maker.net", and, though not beeing a fan of story-driven games, was so impressed by the quality of your graphics and animation that I bought immediately the full bundle of "Heroes" and "The Cave" on Steam. I such enjoyed these twothat I immediately downloaded "The Princess Must Die" demo the 2 first finished!
A note: you said that the games requered no special grinding, but you early discover (at some cost!) that only cleaning every monster of every area and collecting very bounty will give your characters strength (preferably HP 9999 and level 99) enough to ease the fights against the stronger fiends and bosses!
Thank you for giving me such a pleasure to play such amazing games!
Old Timer

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Guest
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I just had to tell you how much I have enjoyed playing Heroes of Shaola. The graphics are fantastic. I loved it so much I got on line to try and find any other games you may have produced. I have always bought mine from Aldorlea and a couple others places. I found yours there and decided to give it a try. Thank goodness I did. Any way, Thank you so much for sharing your talent so others can have fun too.

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smilingdragon Creator
smilingdragon - - 3 comments

Glad you've enjoyed the game. :)

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