Monthly Archives: November 2013

Shieldbangers

We’ve just unveiled a new class – the Shieldbangers!

 

The Shieldbanger is the varl equivalent of a living tank. He boasts high armor and strength and his abilities allow him to not only soak up damage, but also push enemies out of the way on the battlefield.

 

Shieldbanger – varl tank with shield

Strongarm – knocks enemies back with his shield
Provoker – Taunts an enemy, causing them to miss a turn
Shieldmaster – returns damage to anyone who attacks him

 

By |November 29th, 2013|Class|0 Comments|

Meet Griss

 

Griss, a strongarm is a warrior through and through, having fought in every great war and killed countless dredge and men alike. Dependable, when he’s not shooting his mouth off. He’s your typical varl ready to do whatever is necessary.

By |November 28th, 2013|Characters|0 Comments|

Meet Iver

Iver is a varl who has a friendship with Rook and helps out in the land of men quite often.

When Skogr was still young, Iver wandered into the town’s center, startling the settlers from Rundwall who had rarely seen a varl before. He’s never said why he left varl lands to help men build a small town, but each chieftain in Skogr’s family line is happy to have him. He’s known Rook since the man was young, and the two formed a fast kinship.

By |November 26th, 2013|Characters|0 Comments|

Raiders

Raiders represent the fierce up close and personnel type of fighter, the sort of man who fights for a living. He is your quintessential Viking.

Taking cues from historical combat, Raiders can huddle together to form shield walls, improving their own defenses as well as those of their allies. Put multiple raiders together in the same formation and this defensive bonus becomes even more significant.

Each specialty fills a diverse variety of roles. While all Raiders are highly mobile, the Backbiter takes this to the next level by getting behind enemy lines to wreak havoc while the Thrasher can deliver a flurry of blows to an opponent even when close to death. Meanwhile, the Raidmaster has perfected the shieldwall, becoming a one-man forward charge who can deflect blows that would outright kill a normal fighter.

However you choose to build your raiders they’ll prove to be valuable team players in battle.

 

Learn more about our classes by visiting our classes page! http://stoicstudio.com/classes/

By |November 25th, 2013|Class|0 Comments|

Varls

Within the Banner Saga players will encounter a myriad of characters as well as some unique races such as the varl. Long ago the gods created these horned giants by weaving together humans with powerful and sturdy creatures called yox. Varl are large in stature and while given due respect as brutish warriors on the battlefield are also known as highly intelligent tacticians and savvy traders.

In the Banner Saga, varl can currently either be of the Shieldbanger tree or the Warrior tree meaning they prefer to be up close and personal while in combat. You’ll also notice throughout the story that most of the varl tend to care little of the humans they share the world with, but hold in high esteem those who prove their worth.

One bit of advice – don’t get on a varl’s bad side.

By |November 22nd, 2013|Preview|1 Comment|

The Travel Trailer

The travel strategy in The Banner Saga is a unique game-play element not seen in many other games.

Highlights of the trailer include a focus on how managing morale, supplies and population can greatly affect the player’s personal experience, as well as how they can directly impact each other.  It also touches on how to best use “Camp”, which is where a player can rest their caravan, organize their party and where a lot of decision making with regards to upgrading characters is made. We are leaving lots of options up to the players and it’s up to them to manage their party.

Let us know what you think with a comment below!

By |November 21st, 2013|Preview|0 Comments|

Meet Onef

Onef is the man put in charge of the clan’s supplies and keeping the fighters in line. He comes off as a heartless bastard but isn’t as ruthless as others he’s linked to.

Onef is a backbiter who is capable of breaking through the enemies lines in efforts to go after the weaker targets. Often times this warriors are the first to dive headlong in to battle!

 

By |November 20th, 2013|Characters|0 Comments|

New Wallpaper – City of Strand

Enjoy this awesome view of the City of Strand! You’ll encounter strand quite early in the story and it’ll continue to come up during your adventures!  To use this as your wallpaper – save the image and then right click and use as background! Enjoy!

By |November 19th, 2013|Preview|3 Comments|

Meet Egil

Meet Egil –  A young boy growing up in Skogr without parents, Egil spends a lot of time behind a battered metal shield, training to be a fighter. The few who know him well call him Gil.

Gil has a bright future as a strong fighter but needs to make sure he doesn’t get thrown in to battle too soon. You’ll meet Egil early in the Banner Saga and his fate is up to you.

 

By |November 18th, 2013|Characters|0 Comments|

Meet Oddleif

Meet Oddleif –  The chieftain of Skogr was considered one of the luckier men in town when he wooed the beautiful daughter of well-known fighter. These days most people consider him a lucky man for marrying someone who knows how to run a town. Oddleif is the classic example of the woman in power running the show behind the scenes.

Oddleif – the Sky Striker – has her father’s fighting spirit and brings a calm to the battlefield right before she rains down arrows on her enemies. Oddleif is one battle maiden you never want to cross.

 

By |November 16th, 2013|Characters|0 Comments|