All right now. Solasta: Crown of the Magister is next for us. A game that’s fairly new to us, but the inspiration behind it is not. Well, not in a long shot really. The influence of D&D goes deep, especially in the gaming industry. So far, we had the pleasure to mix D&D with games like Heroes Of Might And Magic. Check out that article here. And yes. Even games like Elder Scrolls. You can read all about it here. But you can find the influence of D&D in both of them. And in many more.
But let’s take a closer look at the game that in fact, inspired this particular article.
What’s Solasta: Crown of the Magister All About You Might Ask?
Developed and published by Tactical Adventures, Solasta: Crown of the Magister is an RPG for the D&D fan in you. A game that allows you to roll for initiative. Furthermore, it allows you to take attacks of opportunity, and manage player location and the verticality of the battlefield. So set yourself up for the finishing strike and possibly roll a natural 20 at that key moment of battle. Indeed. In Solasta, you take control of four heroes, each with unique skills that complement one other. Every hero expresses themselves in the adventure, making each action and dialog choice a dynamic part to the story.
And check this out. Wizards of the Coast granted Tactical Adventures a license to use the Dungeons and Dragons SRD 5.1 Ruleset. You make the choices; dice decide your destiny.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister is available for purchase here. Don’t be shy. Get it now.
And What Are Some Of The Steam User Comments Saying About It?
Well, we’ll get to the user comments in a moment. First, let’s take a closer look at what some gaming websites are saying about it.
“You’re given the means to have a memorable adventure, a plethora of options to suit your playstyle, and tactical depth to keep you on your toes” 8/10 – PC Invasion
“Tactical Adventures gives studios a roadmap for taking different approaches to RPG development, showing how small teams can innovate where larger triple-A teams have not in the past.” 8/10 – VentureBeat
I have been waiting for a game like this for years. This in my opinion is an almost perfect adaptation of DND into RPG form. This is the first of its kind as far as I’m aware, EXTREMELY RECOMMEND! Says The Pear in his Steam comment.
While Eluch adds: I recommend it to play with friends so you can roleplay! 9.5/10 For me! 🙂
Solasta: Crown of the Magister And The D&D Lore That It Has
What influence you might ask? Well, for starters Solasta: Crown of the Magister is based on the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons rules, which it uses via the System Reference Document. Furthermore, it is a tactical role-playing game with turn-based combat. And yes. It is set in a fantasy world that was nearly destroyed in an apocalyptic event a thousand years ago.
Character creation follows the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules and includes five races and seven classes. Next, the plot is generally linear. But here’s the thing. The system reference document (SRD) is a license to use specified D&D rules in publishing. The original 5e SRD was limited and did not include things like warlock’s eldritch blast. The 5.1 expanded the stuff included in the 5e SRD. A few text corrections have been made. Such as a few references to “DM” instead of “GM,” and some typographical errors from importing the text from its original source.
The Similarities Are There… But What About The Differences?
They’re plentiful as well.
For example… the iconic D&D monster The Beholder does not exist in the SRD. Therefore, if you want to create content under the OGL, you may not use a Beholder in that content. Oh, and incorporating errata from the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual.
And according to the D&D’s website, the reason behind this is the actual goal of the SRD is to allow users to create new content. Not to replicate the text of the whole game. Therefore, the SRD and the Basic Rules contain dramatically different amounts of Content.
The Basic Rules only include content for 4 classes: Cleric, Fighter, Rogue and Wizard, each with only a single sub-class (Life Domain, Champion, Thief, and Evoker). Only 4 races are offered: Dwarves, Elves, Humans, and Halflings.
The SRD, on the other hand, contains every Race and Class from the PHB, with at least one sub-class per Class. Additionally, there are several Monsters included in the SRD that are not in the Basic Rules, such as the ‘Tribal Warrior.
But the question remains…
Are You A Fan Of Solasta: Crown of the Magister?
Let us know what’s your favorite thing about it. We’d love to know.