However enchanting the sea itself might be, no sight makes a sailor’s heart swell with glee like that of dry land on the horizon. In case you missed the news, independent developer Tiamat Games are beyond excited to share the treasure-laden details of inland expeditions in their seaswept roguelike RPG Maritime Calling. Could that tropical island ahead be a bastion of delicious fruits the crew could use as food? Or is this voyage about to turn into a tussle with murderous pirates? Going ashore is always a risky endeavor, so aspiring captains best keep an ear close to the ground with a steady hand on their flintlock.
With a classic text adventure flavor, inland expeditions in Maritime Calling are brought to life through beautiful hand-drawn maps and lavish storylines that ensure every excursion is unique. Sometimes, you might stumble upon vital resources like gold, iron, ship-worthy timber, or even animals to hunt — the sort with meat just aching to be stripped from the bone. Other times, however, narrative-rich questline scenarios submerge you deep in the history of the lands you’re exploring or your crew’s backstory. Perhaps there’s a note from past shipwrecked sailors that leads to long-forgotten treasures!
But be warned: locals who are not particularly fond of outsiders may have left behind a devious trap or two, so it’s important that the best crewman join your party. Be it those sailors specializing in resource gathering, combat effectiveness, or supply management — the right guy for the job is essential to survive. Each inland expedition is rife with splintering paths for you to trudge forward unto, so adequate preparation is key!
You can find out more about how land excursions work in Maritime Calling by checking out the latest post on the game’s Kickstarter, found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiamatgames/maritime-calling-seafaring-rogue-lite-adventure
Tiamat Games are keen on giving fans a chance to pen a tale as well, which is why high-tier backers of Maritime Calling’sKickstarter will get to design a scenario of their own! Ever want to sew together a story of first-mate Johnathan Rikersman, who is totally-not-based-on you? Now’s your chance! Tiamat Games would be thrilled to share their narrative expertise with anyone who’s equally passionate about old-time sailing stories and history.
Inspiring a sense of adventure akin to Master and Commander, while coupling it with the crew-management elements of FTL: Faster Than Light, Maritime Calling is a roguelike sailing game for those eager to see what’s beyond the horizon. As a ship’s captain, you'll manage everything from stem to stern as you oversee the wellbeing of your crew, survive deadly oceanic hazards, and explore uncharted lands, while a procedurally generated map keeps every playthrough fresh and exciting! Dark and dangerous waters, breathtaking island paradises, and clashes with rival adventurers await — still up for the role of captain?
Key Features of Maritime Calling:
Take the Helm, Captain: Steering a ship back in the day was a smidge more involved than it is compared to motorboats of today. It’s the player’s job to prep the sails, measure for wind direction, and steer clear of any rocky crags sticking out of the water — there’s a lot of authenticity to ship control here.
It’s a Sailor's Life For Me: Set day-to-day shifts for the crew, order them to plug any leaky holes in the hull, resolve quarrels among them, and make sure everyone gets their fair share of provisions (and booty!). Life at sea can be exhausting, so managing the crew’s mood is essential to survival. Don’t feel bad about bossing everyone around, either — it’s the captain’s job after all!
Master and Roleplayer: The more players sail the seven seas, the easier it gets. With successful voyages comes the opportunity to sink experience points into the crew’s attributes, building on specific traits that could help with land expeditions!
The World is An Oyster, so Pry it Open: These undiscovered countries are just waiting for players to explore them and exploit their riches!
An Ever-Changing World: The map shifts with each playthrough thanks to procedural map and terrain creation engine. There could be a beautiful coral reef in a region on one playthrough, and the next, a violent tropical storm!
Maritime Calling will be available for PC via Steam in Q3 2021.
More information is available on the game's Kickstarter page, found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiamatgames/maritime-calling-seafaring-rogue-lite-adventure