Wizards of Unica is an hi-fantasy turn-based tactical roleplaying game with roguelike elements.
It features an intense story into a world fullfilled with creatures originate by real-life myth and folklore. Emerging gameplay focus on freedom of terrains interaction, creative use of spells and their mix to gain new powers. Inspired by contemporary roleplaying and tactics classic (Mass Effect Saga, Divinity: Original Sin, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics). Supports QWERTY Keyboard and Mouse.

Release TBD. Alpha 0.2 is out now!

Dev Blog: Wizardsduelgame.wordpress.com
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Hello Wizards & Sorceresses,

after completing my last personal challenge of 500 assets in 60 days, I got a straight month of resting. As every active creative person knows well, there is no such thing as complete rest for artistic minds, but I tried to keep distance from direct production, just taking care of my family and business, playing games in my queue and writing creative notes.

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Exekiel gathering Guard’s power into the Guard glyph


After intense crunches as I lived in the past months a pause helps the brain to refresh, and boost the will force, making you missing once more in your life the beauty of modelling materials and ideas into something sharable.

And so, when Luca, last week, asked me to prepare some assets for our forthcoming alpha 0.3 I was full of new energies and ready to make something good!

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Exekiel gathering Earth’s power into the Earth glyph


Luca needed some spells, and as you could know, I designed and animated almost all of them last year, so they were ready. But revisioning them, I realized that they were designed to work just on main characters, gathering powers on their staves… but what if an enemy with magic ability and no staff would have cast a spell? Main characters are 32×32 pixels, and spells are based on this size, so what if a 64×64 enemy for some reason would be able to cast a spell? Would be the animation I designed for Exekiel and Rake looking just funny?

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Exekiel is gathering Earth energies on his staff.


The limit in my design was that I customized every spell, with a unique gathering phase as well as the effect phase. But in Wizards of Unica, your basic powers (Guard, Hurt, Fire, Ice, Necro, Holy, Summon, Wind, Earth and Illusion) will be mixable to cast combo spells.

But with unique animation for every combo, this mixing feeling where getting lost somehow, because there were not recurring graphics elements. Sure, both in Necrosis (Necro+Fire) as in Nightmere (Necro+Illusion), the Necro iconic pale green were present, but it was a light hint. As game’s main mechanic I wanted combos to be the most iconic possible.

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Necrosis (Necro+Fire)


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Nightmere (Necro+Illusion)


So I pull out of my note-book some ideas I scrabbled last summer, about symbols as materialization of those powers, based on Platonic Solids. As I saw those sketches I understood how every power should have a precise incarnation into a glyph, a logo recognizable by the player. More, with a unique logo, every spell could have been overlayable with another to make an exclusive combo design, informing the player about the two powers involved.

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Exekiel gathering Necro energies into the Necro glyph


When I started designing Wizards of Unica I was concerned to design and paint every element as unique. I was sure I would have not used lazy color swap, or modification, just to create every element as independent and precious. I’m so glad I changed my mind, and realized how useful is to have repetitions where the players can find references and familiarity, especially when assets magnify game’s mechanics.

In fact, human brain approach chaos and random elements finding patterns even when there are not. So, is better to make player’s brain comfortable and give em scheme that can be quickly detected, in graphics as in the game itself, to never let the player down.

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Some combo’s glyphs


So I learned a big lesson here: to standardize your choice design as soon as possible. This tropization revealed to be so useful into every ludo-narrative element (classes, races, skills and weapons), as well as in architectural visual structures (floors, walls, doors), so could help you too. And don’t worry about the risk to get your creativity stuck into this rationalization: this will help you to break free in focused moment, with the proper exception at the right place and time, and break patterns and standard when it’s needed, multiplying the power of those choices.

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Exekiel gathering Summon’s power into the Summon glyph


So, a new pre-alpha will be avaiable soon, and we’re working hard to put everything together to build a great turn based RPG, and if you like to give us the boost in this task please, feel free to make a donation and offer us a coffee!

And please share your opinion about standardizing design and graphics!

Thanks for reading,

Daniele Lynx Lasalandra

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Guest
Guest

Hi i tried your Demo 0.2 but got stuck in long turn waiting times +10 seconds.
https puu.sh/y9Vy5/5645dace59.png
I went bottom, destroyed enemies, blocked 1 way and put a demon in the other. MEanwhile attacking the Statues until they break.
The long times happen when i was in the middle of breaking the second Statue

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blindlynx Creator
blindlynx

Thanks for your feedback. Yeah that's something that happens from time to time. On crash just close and reboot the .exe
But keep following because the new alpha will be a huge improvement!

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Melerski
Melerski

I enjoyed 0.1
Downloading 0.2 now

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blindlynx Creator
blindlynx

Hey Melerski! Happy that you're following our improvement! Please share yourfeedback with us if you like to, thanks and enjoy!

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igrad
igrad

Awesome gameplay! I'm looking forward to the new combinations in the next update. The current combinations, once you learn the different spirits' effects, are pretty intuitive and easy to pick up. The only critique I would have is that it's a little tough to differentiate between the floor and walls at some points, but the art direction you've used suits the gameplay perfectly. Keep it up!

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blindlynx Creator
blindlynx

Glad you liked it and for your kind feedback! Next update will be probably focused on another level, and new interaction, but for sure some other spell will be added soon! I appreciate your art critic, which I agree, a balancing will be made when all the stages will be available! Thanks Igrad

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Sweet_Lemonade
Sweet_Lemonade

I tried it out. I like this style of combat, it's pretty fun.

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blindlynx Creator
blindlynx

Thanks for your feedback, I'm glad you liked it. The alpha 0.1 is minimal with no combo and limited interaction with environment and enemies, but things are gonna grow quikly and for these holdays an alpha 0.2 will be released, so stay tuned!

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