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RPG Maker VX
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Kisareth Studios
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7.1

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Enter a world of shadowy intrigue where stained pasts collide with the present in an explosive confrontation that will define one young man's dark destiny, as he attempts to thwart the machinations of a true evil beyond all imagining...

- Immerse yourself into a dark and complex world of intrigue with over 15 hours of Gameplay
- Enhanced retro graphics melded with HD-quality background animations offers a more unique graphical styling presented within a dark atmosphere
- Side-view active-time battle system (ATB) reminiscent of the classic 16-bit RPGs
- Optional quests and bonus dungeons
- Critically-acclaimed soundtrack from independent artists such as Kevin Macloed, Chris Hurn, zero-project, and Sketchy Logic. Also featuring the track "Day to Fall", written and performed by Marielle Thomas.
- Decisions you and your party make will affect later events and even whether townspeople live or die by your hand and much more!

  • Nightmare Vision DLC
  • Nightmare Vision DLC
  • Nightmare Vision DLC
  • Nightmare Vision DLC
  • Nightmare Vision DLC
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A number of our players have given us feedback...

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A number of our players have given us feedback...

We've received an influx of messages from our players here on Desura, and here are some answers. :)

Jun 6, 2014 News
CoaDL: Ep 1 DLC now live on Desura!

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CoaDL: Ep 1 DLC now live on Desura!

Relive the experience of the first Chronicles of a Dark Lord with new graphics, more content, a post-game dungeon, new superbosses, new music, and much more!

Apr 15, 2014 News
CoaDL: Tides of Fate DLC arriving on the 11th

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CoaDL: Tides of Fate DLC arriving on the 11th

Experience the upcoming DLC for Chronicles of a Dark Lord: Episode 1 Tides of Fate titled "Nightmare Vision" arriving April 11th!

Apr 9, 2014 News
Top 100 Indie Game of the Year Awards

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Top 100 Indie Game of the Year Awards

Our game has been nominated for the Top 100 Indie Game of the Year Awards on IndieDB! We're now asking for your vote to get us to the top 10!

Dec 12, 2013 News
Upcoming DLC for Chronicles of a Dark Lord: Episode 1

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Upcoming DLC for Chronicles of a Dark Lord: Episode 1

DLC for the game will be arriving soon featuring various mapping upgrades, a few tweaks and minor bug fixes, in addition to a new dungeon and much more!

Dec 11, 2013 News
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MihiNomenEst
MihiNomenEst Jun 23 2014, 12:14pm said:

Just wanted to say great job on this game! Story is engaging and evenly-paced throughout, love the fact that you play as a fully realized Dark Lord and your companions are family members (at least as far as I am in the game), battle system is solid, the retro HD graphics are really nice to look at and the soundtrack is simply amazing! Already looking forward to the sequel!

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MihiNomenEst
MihiNomenEst Jun 24 2014, 6:34am replied:

I'm definitely a fan now as well. :) I had no idea this gem even existed until just a few days ago, and on a lark I bought it and now I can't stop playing it. If you do that review be sure to link it on here I'd love to see it too. Oh and Kisareth Studios, I upvoted the game on Greenlight. You definitely deserve to have your games on Steam.

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skysenshi
skysenshi Jun 27 2014, 6:18am replied:

Yup! When I give a rating, I make sure that I've experienced the game fully (took me a while to take out that final boss) so that I can write a fair and balanced opinion piece. This is actually the only RPGMaker RPG I've finished (To the Moon, Ninja Clause, and Touhou aren't counted because they're not RPGs). The full review can be found here: Skysenshi.com

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Grey-Ghost
Grey-Ghost Jul 2 2014, 12:31pm replied:

I just read through your review, it's a shame you didn't kill the old man. Unless I am mistaken killing him is needed to unlock an extra battle later on. I was also curious if you defeated the "Invincible" boss (Tanya Botelho), or stuck mostly to the main story. I'm only familiar with the non-Nightmare Vision version of the game and it seems they changed quite a few things with that DLC.

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skysenshi
skysenshi Jul 2 2014, 5:17pm replied:

@Grey-Ghost
Oh, there was an extra battle that I unlocked which had all the ghosts of the people I killed except I was too weak at that time and skipped it. Unfortunately, I could no longer activate that battle. I guess it was a one-time thing. Wasn't able to encounter the "Invincible" boss though. I think what I had was the Nightmare Vision version because it says so on the title screen.

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Grey-Ghost
Grey-Ghost Jul 2 2014, 8:24pm replied:

Ah, I thought I remembered that the old guy was one of the NPCs that needed to die to trigger that, it's been a little while since I played this game so I might have misremembered. I ended up skipping that part too, and you can only trigger the event the first time you pass that spot. Including the "Invincible" boss there are two optional bosses on the floor where you encountered the Alpha and Beta Guardians, you can find the instructions to reach them at the end of the guide here: Gamefaqs.com To get to Tanya Botelho you need an item called "the key to nothing?", which can only be found in the corner of an area where a side quest takes place. If your free time is limited you might want to skip that battle anyway, as it's basically impossible to win unless your party members are each at least level 85~ and have at least 8000 health. My party members were all about level 90 with at least 9000 health each on my attempt, in addition to this you would want a lot of healing items. Another question occurs to me, did you unlock the secret character after you beat Anto?

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MihiNomenEst
MihiNomenEst Jul 2 2014, 9:28pm replied:

I unlocked the secret character but can't beat the final bosses of the bonus dungeon. I'm at the right level I think, but it's just one of those really tough boss battles where you've gotta get a few lucky turns. Also, the main final boss of the game was the bane of my existence until after 7 tries I beat him lol.

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Grey-Ghost
Grey-Ghost Jul 2 2014, 10:37pm replied:

Hmm, by bonus dungeon are you referring to the Zataron? If not it's probably something I haven't encountered, but if it is the Zataron I can at least provide you with my experiences and see if they help. Personally, by the time I was done with the Zataron Magus was level 82, Xiria was level 75, Isis was level 60, and "secret character" was level 69. The strategy I used was pretty simple: on the first turn I had Isis use Agility Bless on herself (though I might have used a Quicken Scroll here), Magus and Xiria did everything they could to inflict damage, and "secret character" used Dragon Form. Hopefully Dragon Form will inflict a status ailment on The Lady of Despair and on turns where Isis doesn't need to heal she would use Agility Bless on herself or one of the others as needed. You could also try the strategy outlined in the walkthrough I posted above, it's similar but I used fewer of the one-off items than they seem to endorse and I remember using Agility Bless quite a bit. I was pretty over-leveled by the time I tried the final story boss (I try to stay a few levels ahead of the "recommended level" when possible) and after trying to face Miss Botelho pretty much anything seems easy by comparison.

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MihiNomenEst
MihiNomenEst Jun 28 2014, 12:10am replied:

That's a great review! You hit on alot of points, and I agree with pretty much everything you said. This game deserves to be in the mainstream, and I'm just about to start playing the demo for Episode 2 (I just beat Episode 1 that final boss was challenging for a welcome change).

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skysenshi
skysenshi Jul 2 2014, 5:23pm replied:

@MihiNomenEst
Yup! I gave it a final grade of 8. I have a feeling the sequel will be better but I am afraid of touching a game beyond 20 hours due to lack of time. I am so glad a friend led me to Desura. I see promising games here that aren't in Steam. Steam now is full of games I'm not even interested in.

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