Set during the Second Punic War and beyond, A Legionary's Life lets you play as a Roman conscript soldier. Rise up through the ranks and win prestigious awards or just focus on making it home in one piece; it's up to you.
This is a single-player game with RPG elements, extensive usage of attribute and skill checks, a turn-based combat system involving many variables (including morale, reach, confined space and high ground) and a touch of roguelike features. Among them, permadeath. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it means you'll have to start over if your character dies; but don't worry, the game is designed to be replayable and you'll see only a fraction of it in each run. Also, in non-demo versions you'll be able to spend points on your next legionary based on how well your most successful characters performed.
The demo includes the first three parts of the game and is available here.
The full game is now available on Steam.
After two years of development and five months in Early Access, A Legionary's Life has been released today.
A Legionary's Life is a mostly text-based RPG where you impersonate a Roman soldier during the years of the Second Punic War and the Second Macedonian War.
Before each battle, there is a Lull phase, usually spanning over several months, where you can train, buy new equipment or engage in other activities. Occasionally, random events and encounters will happen.
The campaigns and the main battles are heavily based on historical accounts.
Your stats are checked very frequently through the game. The higher the relevant stat(s), the better your chances, but each check has its own difficulty coefficient. For example, a check to avoid being left behind by your companions while crossing a swamp would be very easy, as you would have to do worse than all of them.
On the other hand, an Awareness check to hear a distant noise that all of your companions fail to perceive is very hard, and can be failed often even if your stat is good.
Combat keeps track of many variables, from Skills and Attributes to Stance, Attitude, Fatigue, Morale, Weapon Reach, Weapon Handiness, environmental conditions, etc.
Permadeath is an important aspect of this game. Even though you get points to spend on future characters when your current legionary dies, it is much preferable to survive for as long as possible. The longer he survives, the more your character will change from a green recruit to an accomplished veteran.
Your choices will determine the difficulty level. A cautious style of play will dramatically improve your chances to survive. In general, the hardest fights are optional, though they are can be more rewarding.
The changelog for version 1.0 is here.
The Second Macedonian War, the third and last campaign in the game, is available at last!
As usual, most of the development time is being devoted to the Second Macedonian War. I decided against a partial release....
This is the first major update after the Early Access version launched weeks ago. There have been many important improvements and changes, mostly based...
A Legionary's Life is finally available on Steam. Let's take a brief look at the latest news.
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