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Barony (videogame)

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Barony
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Original Barony logo
Genre(s)Roguelike, Action role-playing game. multiplayer
Developer(s)Turning Wheel LLC
Publisher(s)Turning Wheel LLC
Creator(s)Sheridan Rathbun
Artist(s)Josiah Colborn
Composer(s)Chris Kukla
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch
First releaseBarony (videogame)
June 23, 2015.[1]
Latest releaseBarony: Legends & Pariahs
December 27, 2019[2]

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Barony is a first-person roguelike action role-playing game featuring cooperative multiplayer developed by Turning Wheel LLC. Expansions include Myths & Outcases and Legends & Pariahs (2019), which were created and released by Turning Wheel LLC after developing two major free content updates, Barony: Cursed Edition (2016) and Barony: Blessed Addition (2018).

Barony is set in a fantasy world, though has many anachronisms and frequently references modern pop-culture, both with in-game content and achievements. Much of the game is inspired by classic roguelike Nethack, and the game's official description has reported inspiration by other first-person PC games from the 1990s, including Daggerfall, System Shock and Ultima Underworld[3]

The game's events follow the fate of a city called Hamlet. Upon the game's original release in June of 2015, the events of the game occurred entirely within a dungeon called The Devils' Bastion. The game's primary antagonist, Baron Herx, is credited with the devastation of Hamlet, the creation of the dungeons, and the presence of many monsters and humans within. When the Blessed Addition released in February of 2018, additional playable areas were added to the game, including Hamlet itself and another dungeon which followed the original.

Barony is built on a custom game-engine created specifically for Barony, and is open-source [4]. The game's assets are unencrypted, with model, texture, text and audio files being modifiable using free software. These things have allowed easy access to modding.

Barony: Cursed Edition[edit]

In the year following its initial release, Barony was updated to the Cursed Edition. In this update, all 2D and 3D assets were replaced. Steam Networking support was added to the game, allowing players to connect using Steam's lobbies, where previously only Direct IP multiplayer was supported.

Many other gameplay and cosmetic changes and additions were included at this time. Notably, the game was given difficulty options, allowing players to turn off some of the game's controversial mechanics which contributed to it's high difficulty. Such options include the minotaur, hunger and randomly placed traps. Cosmetic changes included unique first-person models for each weapon, a separate knocked or drawn model for ranged weapons, among many other smaller changes.

The game also added many more nationality options at this time, including a variety of skin tones, where previously the game only featured Caucasian humans.

Barony: Blessed Addition[edit]

In 2018, Turning Wheel LLC released another update to the game which added new dungeon areas, monsters, items, classes, skills, and a new end climax to the game's story. Major new additions included the addition of throwing weapons, the unarmed skill, the monk, ninja and sexton classes.

Myths & Outcasts[edit]

This was the game's first paid DLC, released in Febuary of 2019[5] and offered access to four playable monster races. Each of the races that were made playable were previously monsters that were already in the game as enemies. Two of the four races (the goatman and vampire) were introduced in Barony: Blessed Addition. The other two races are the skeleton and succubus, which were standard enemies in Barony's initial release. The DLC also offers four playable classes, one associated with each monster, but these classes were also playable by human characters.

Prior to Myths & Outcasts, it was only possible to play Barony as a human character, and human nationality options already provided by the game only offers cosmetic differences. In contrast, each monster race offers optional gameplay modifying qualities.

Legends & Pariahs[edit]

This was the game's second DLC and follows the formula set forth by Myths & Outcasts, featuring four new races and classes. Of the four new races, only one (the goblin) had already existed in the game prior to the Blessed Addition. The insectoid, automaton and incubus are the other three that were added. Like its predecessor, each monster also featured a signature new class which was playable by humans.

Kickstarter and Nintendo Switch[edit]

On July 30th of 2020, Turning Wheel LLC launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the port of a game to the Nintendo Switch, with a funding goal set to $35,000. The Kickstarter ended on September 3rd, 2020 with pledges in excess of $40,000[6] During the campaign, a third DLC was announced to be developed in the event of successful funding. [7]

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