In combat, emotions can pierce the strongest armor. Political influence is your shield. The relationships you foster will make or break your cause.
Will you unite the tribes of Caledonia and defend your home from the Roman army, or will you crumble under the burden?
Sacred Fire is an enticing RPG from newcomer Poetic Studio which places you in the role of a 2nd century Irish resistance fighter. As the Romans eye your lands, you will rise to prominence and create your own story as a leader, strategist, troublemaker… or whatever else you think will save your people from subjugation.
Instead of grinding for loot, the game will lead you through a turn-based Story Phase where you make choices that resolve conflicts and build renown. During the following Fort Phase, you’ll manage resources and create powerful alliances with other characters.
Sacred Fire touts customization as one of its strongest selling points, and as such you’ll be able to select your character’s gender, appearance and attributes that will influence how they handle important events.
Similar to Torment: Tides of Numenera, there will be a “willpower system” (instead of “effort”) that allows you to increase your chances of success at a certain action. However, willpower is in sparse supply, and you’ll have to adapt to new circumstances should you fail.
The major NPCs you can befriend include four men and four women who represent psychological challenges such as overcoming prejudice or resisting envy. If you wish, you’ll even be able to romance some of these characters, but there are many other “states” they can fall under such as: respect, admiration, gratitude or friendship.
These potential allies will live or die by your decisions, so you’ll need to carefully manage the needs of a growing (and sometimes divided) resistance as you move forward.
Sacred Fire reminds me a bit of the dastardly difficult visual novel/stat-raising game Long Live the Queen, but with more leeway to play as the character you envision and explore different choices. Of course, you’ll still have to act with a keen mind if you want to get a “happy” ending!
Sacred Fire reached 100% funding over the weekend and will finish its Kickstarter run on April 12th. Go fight the good fight, fellow warrior!
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