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Friday, August 15, 2003
Posted by Exitium at 6:38 GMT+8

I've been a bit busy lately with college exams but I'm not gone. Hell no. In fact, the Lionheart Demo has been released and you can get it right here at fileplanet. Oh yeah, Lionheart is in stores now!!!

Besides that, there's a ton of new updates at the Official Lionheart website including a Lionheart Q&A with Ion Hardie at GamersHell and the FINAL INSTALLMENT of the Lionheart Items Feature at RPGDot.

Be sure to check out the AlienWare contest if you own a copy of Lionheart.

Saturday, July 26, 2003
Major Updates!
Posted by Exitium at 5:25 GMT+8

Tell you what, guys - I'll let Jessica do the talking this time since she's so fun to read:

Wacky Weekend Lionheart Web Update Ahoy!
Wahey and howdy all you Lionhearters out there! We've got loads o'new Lionheart loot lined up for your weekend perusal! First head on over to the SPECIAL page to read about more PERKS than you can shake a stick at! That's right gamers; feeling less than popular with your friends these days? Well then Disease Ward could be just the perk you're looking for! Has binding with your spirit made disease your friend? Do you eat the plague for breakfast and vacation in leper colonies? YES?!?! Well then head on over and read more about all this good clean wholesome fun! But wait, before you go getting all crazy out there this weekend, be sure to check out some ALL NEW SCREENSHOTS over on the VISUALS page of the site! Whew, Happy Friday everyone!

Well there you have it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Lionheart Goes Gold!
Posted by Exitium at 10:48 GMT+8

Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader has gone gold! This original PC role-playing game from award-winning Black Isle Studios, and developed by Reflexive Entertainment, combines an intriguing story of alternate medieval history and fast paced real-time combat. It also features the SPECIAL system for character advancement previously found in the Fallout® series of PC games. Hordes of monsters, hundreds of weapons and items and over 60 spells are found in the game to challenge your combat and spell-casting abilities. Get ready to enter a hauntingly familiar yet fantastically foreign world to our own.

Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader will be available in August 2003 on PC for a suggested retail price of $49.99 with an ESRB "Teen" rating. For more information, log on to Head over there now.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Lionheart Interview/Preview at AVault
Posted by Exitium at 18:34 GMT+8

The Internet's favorite son, Ion Hardie, and Lead Designer/Co-Producer of Lionheart has been interviewed at the Adreneline Vault. Here's a snippet that'll make your pants very, very moist:

Sneaking Experience: Another unique factor is how we made Sneak a viable path in Lionheart. I know sneaking around a gaming environment has been done before, but we have things in place that make it a definite option. For example, a player can obtain up to 75 percent of an enemy’s experience by sneaking past him successfully. This experience is earned every few seconds while the player is successful in their attempt, with the maximum experience being earned in about 20-30 seconds. A small portion of that enemy’s experience is given to the player as a reward, and is subtracted in real-time from the potential experience the enemy could give you if you killed them. If you want the other 25 percent, the enemy has to be killed, but that’s the breaks. I find Sneak to be very viable, especially when combined with Speech and a few non-offensive tribal spells. I heard that someone at Black Isle made it through the entire game without attacking a single enemy by using a combination of non-combat skills.

Don't forget to get a towel after reading the whole article.

Friday, June 27, 2003
Lionheart Site Updates
Posted by Exitium at 21:00 GMT+8

The official Lionheart site has been given another neat update! The MAGIC page in particular has been updated to contain everything (well, almost) about Lionheart's Tribal Magic. They've added a nasty little spell called the Corpse Bomb which allows players to "infuse a corpse with tremendous energies, causing the body to detonate." As Jessica put it, "I mean sure it may sound a little messy...but really, I mean what's not to love?!?"

Also updated is the VISUALS page which contains six all new screens featuring both the inventory screen and the quest log interface. Check it out.

Saturday, June 21, 2003
Lionheart Q&A #14
Posted by Exitium at 2:04 GMT+8

RPGVault has posted their 14th group interview asking their usual one liner questions and getting everyone from Reflexive to answer. Saves time, right? This time, they're asking about what characters the developers don't play, but would like to play, in Lionheart. Here's Lead Writer Eric Dalliare's answer:

Jonric: What are a couple of character types you'd like to play but haven't had the chance to play very much yet, and why do they appeal to you?

Eric Dallaire
Designer and Lead Writer, Reflexive Entertainment
One character type that I'd like to play soon is a character that tags the following skills - Dominate, Diplomacy and Sneak. (In the SPECIAL system, 'tagging' a skill gives you more points to spend for that skill). Using Sneak, I could avoid encounters or scout out enemy areas. With Diplomacy, I can use the speech skill to talk my way out of some major nasty encounters, and with the Barter skill, I can save bags of gold while dealing with the shifty merchants of Barcelona.

For those times when my 'feets fail me' and my mouth has me in hot water, the spells of the Dominate branch still allow me to get through encounters without spilling blood... or at least my blood. The Charm spell allows me to control the mind of an enemy for a time and use that creature as a companion. The Discord spell will turn several hostile enemies against one another. One tactic I like to employ is to sneak up to guards in a narrow corridor that might be too difficult to sneak through, drop a Discord, and then continue on through as the guards fight each other.

Good stuff! An almost pacifistic method of winning the game. Read the rest here. You please the elder gods, Mr. Dallaire.




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