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Sorcery! 4 (by inkle)

08-17-2016, 06:11 AM
#1
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 272
Sorcery! 4 (out Sep 15)

From inkle's newsletter:

Quote:
Sorcery! 4 launches Sep 15th

After four years and 1.5 million words, the Steve Jackon's Sorcery! series is finally reaching its epic conclusion with Part 4: THE CROWN OF KINGS.

Whether you're a new player, or you've been with us since Part 1, the mountains of High Xamen are waiting for you. Birdmen, guards, traps and ghosts abound; and within the gates of Mampang, ancient magic lies ready to ensnare you.

Watch the trailer here!

New features!
  • Hand-drawn 3D buildings for you to explore, inside and out.
  • Disguises will let you blend in with the people of Mampang - but be warned, they might not like who you're pretending to be...
  • New artwork from series regulars Mike Schley (maps), Eddie Sharam (monsters) and John Blanche (original art), and a new orchestral theme from composer Laurence Chapman.
  • Multiple endings, multiple goals - can you save Analand? Become the next Archmage? Find love? Die in peace - or live a cursed life?

Your adventure ends here...
The fully open-world structure of Sorcery! 3 is back in this final installment, but this time you'll have one clear goal - get into Mampang, confront the Archmage, and get out alive. But sometimes even death is not the end...

The Crown of Kings will offer adventure, mystery, scares and rewards whether you killed all seven serpents, or staggered across the Baklands barely able to stand.

We're really excited to be bringing the series to its epic conclusion: we're certain this is the best installment yet. It's been an incredible journey for us; thank you for joining us on the road. The end is in sight...

Last edited by Kaboobie; 08-22-2016 at 03:50 PM. Reason: Clarified that this is from inkle, not me
08-17-2016, 06:16 AM
#2
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 272
Since the game is coming out soon and at least two forum members (including myself) have been beta-testing, I wanted to get this thread started. Feel free to ask questions and I will spoiler-tag the answers.

One thing I did want to call people's attention to, which I also posted in the Sorcery! 3 thread, is this: if you took advantage of the infinite strength potion in Sorcery! 2, you will want to have a saved game without it. There is a step taken to compensate for this that adversely affects you. It is okay if you have only drunk the potion once, which is all the current version of S2 allows you to do anyway.

08-22-2016, 10:04 AM
#3
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 10
Hey Kaboobie,

Since you've been beta testing I was wondering whether we could get some insight on some of the items we've got in previous games and their level of usefulness in Sorcery! 4. For instance, many of the items in Sorcery! 3 like the heavy arrow, beard, leaves, etc, but also some older items like the Borrinskin Boots, Locket, Badge of the Noble.

Also maybe a hint at the rough amount of gold we need to buy stuff in part 4?
08-22-2016, 12:35 PM
#4
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 272
Remember that S4 needs to be accessible to players who are starting from scratch. Take it as a general rule than any unique items from previous games may be helpful, but not essential.

I've never been a completionist with regards to unique items, but here's what I've found:

1. Locket: gives you one way out of a specific situation, but there are other ways
2. Borrinskin Boots: same as #1
3. Arrow: No use found
4. Beard: No use found
5. Leaves: Option for burning, same as in S3
6. Badge of the Noble: No use found.

Last edited by Kaboobie; 08-22-2016 at 12:51 PM.
08-22-2016, 12:38 PM
#5
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 272
As for gold, I have made it through just fine starting with as little as 20 (which is what you get if you start as a new player). If you have all the magical ingredients that were available to collect in previous games, you're in good shape. The one that doesn't show up in S1-S3 (fire water) can be purchased for 9* gold in one place, but you can also find it for free elsewhere.

You'll be able to find more provisions for free than you can purchase, so don't worry about that, even if you only have 1-2 at the start.

There's a weapon with limited use that costs 70*, but it's not a necessary item. And there's a weapon better than the Legendary or Assassin's sword that you can buy outright for 600, but you can also trade something for it: the gems from the well in S3.

* Price may vary depending on how much gold you start with

Last edited by Kaboobie; 08-23-2016 at 05:41 AM.
08-22-2016, 03:15 PM
#6
Will you be doing any balancing to the previous games in light of S4? Seems like once you have the whole quadrilogy out there, it'd be good to tighten up the whole experience.

Would love to see you "remaster" the first two or something like that.
08-22-2016, 03:42 PM
#7
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 272
To clarify, I do not work for inkle, and the best way to communicate with them is through Facebook or Twitter. I'm just a beta tester willing to share my experience with the game so far.
08-22-2016, 06:25 PM
#8
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 15
I found having 90+ gold is useful; about half way through the game there are several opportunities to gain significant amounts of gold, but it's nice to have some to spend early on. Many magic items, particularly the pearl ring and the skullcap, are really worthwhile. If you have most of the magic items and some rations, I think 10 gold is probably all you need.
Spell counters are valuable (it is the citadel of sorcerers) but if you know or can guess them you don't need to have learned them in-game.
previous encounters with old friends i.e. Flanker play heavily into the plot. Dadu-ley also has significance.
08-22-2016, 06:26 PM
#9
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaboobie View Post
To clarify, I do not work for inkle, and the best way to communicate with them is through Facebook or Twitter. I'm just a beta tester willing to share my experience with the game so far.
Me too!
08-23-2016, 04:05 AM
#10
Joined: Apr 2013
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 68
Hey! inkle here. Just to say we're reading this, and are of course adding in easter eggs for the items @Kaboobie listed.

Enjoy the game when it lands!

cheers
jon