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Griefhelm is a dueling game like Nidhogg, with a 3-directional combat system, meaning that you will need to choose the direction of attack and to avoid getting hit, you'll need to block in the correct direction, or dodge the hit by simply moving (this won't always be an option though).
There are three attack directions (Up: Overhead Slash, Mid: Slash, Down: Thrust). The directional blocking is done through a stance system. For example, if the player is in the stance with the sword up, he'll block incoming overhead slashes.

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While far from actual HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), I put a lot of focus on making fights look as realistic as possible. The main reason why it is very hard to make a combat system that is a simulation of medieval fencing is given by the complexity of control fighters have over their weapon and the speed at which the combat takes place. A very interesting Kickstarter project that wanted to achieve this was CLANG, but unfortunately, the project failed with the reason being that the game focused so much on realism that it ultimately failed at delivering fun gameplay.

That being said, I decided to avoid making a similar mistake and prioritized gameplay over realism while not making it look stiff like in Mount and Blade: Warband ...


...Or clumsy like in Exanima...



... Or hacky and weird like in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare ...



So I decided to not only give weight to the characters' movement so that it wouldn't allow for overly jerky swordplay but also tried to look at manuscripts (and a lot of Skallgrim videos) to get the guards and strikes as accurate as possible.
I made extensive use of the manuscripts by Fiore de Liberi "Flos Duellatorum" and I'm so happy I did since he lived in Udine which is where I live! :) I think he'd be super happy to know that 6 centuries later he was the main reference for a videogame built in his hometown!
Below I made some pictures to show you how I was inspired by these manuscripts

"Posta di Finestra" - "The Window Guard" (for long swords and polearms)


Posta di Finestra


"Posta breve, la serpentina" - "The Shortened Stance, the Serpent" (for polearms)


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- Johnny Lonack



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Griefhelm - Pre-release Demo Released

Griefhelm - Pre-release Demo Released

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Here is the demo for the game! Has enough to give you an idea of what the game is, but doesn't spoil too much! :)

Griefhelm 0.4.5 - Two new levels added

Griefhelm 0.4.5 - Two new levels added

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Take the battle on two brand new levels: Aftermath and Throne.

Griefhelm - 0.4.4 - A lot of new weapons!

Griefhelm - 0.4.4 - A lot of new weapons!

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You can now use weapons such as the hammer, spear, one-handed sword, and the mace.

Griefhelm - 0.4.2 - AI now available

Griefhelm - 0.4.2 - AI now available

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You can now challenge a work-in-progress AI, hop in and tell me what you think!

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Griefhelm - 0.5

Griefhelm - 0.5

Demo 9 comments

Sidescrolling combat dueller game which combines Nidhogg's face-offs with Mount & Blade's melee combat.

Griefhelm 0.4.5

Griefhelm 0.4.5

Demo

Sidescrolling combat dueller game which combines Nidhogg's face-offs with Mount & Blade's melee combat

Griefhelm - 0.4.4

Griefhelm - 0.4.4

Demo

Sidescrolling combat dueller game which combines Nidhogg's face-offs with Mount & Blade's melee combat

Griefhelm - 0.4.3

Griefhelm - 0.4.3

Demo 6 comments

Sidescrolling combat dueller game which combines Nidhogg's face-offs with Mount & Blade's melee combat

Griefhelm - 0.4.2.2 (Experimental AI)

Griefhelm - 0.4.2.2 (Experimental AI)

Demo

Sidescrolling combat dueller game which combines Nidhogg's face-offs with Mount & Blade's melee combat

Griefhelm - 0.4.2.1 (Experimental AI)

Griefhelm - 0.4.2.1 (Experimental AI)

Demo 3 comments

Sidescrolling combat dueller game which combines Nidhogg's face-offs with Mount & Blade's melee combat

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bengalensis
bengalensis

Hello Mr. @johnnylonack. I got a doubt that the discord invitation has been expired. Can you please explain it or it is just my mistake. Thanks in advance.

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

Hey there :), yes you are 100% right, I forgot to check the never expire option. It should now work :) Here it is: Discord.gg

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Markus96
Markus96

Is this game still getting updates?

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

Hey Volt, yes I'm working on it intensively. Trying to add AI which is no easy task. I hope I can update you guys soon! :)

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Markus96
Markus96

Ok, great! Keep doing what you're doing man.

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Markus96
Markus96

Game looks awesome!

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

Thank you! I really appreciate the support!! :)

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Markus96
Markus96

Np, btw, I said it looks awesome because I can't actually play it. Will you be able to make an installer version of the application of the game? Because the rar installer isn't working for me, I can't play the game with the rar thing for some weird reason.

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

Oh really? The game doesnt require installation... You just click on the sidescroller.exe and it should work

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Markus96
Markus96

I have no idea where that's at. Are you able to make an installer for the game? Cause I can't play this unless you make an installer for the game. I have windows 10, and I'm trying to download it with Microsoft Edge, every time I try to download this with that, it takes it to Internet Explorer and it never works after that. Is there something you can do about this?

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Markus96
Markus96

Oh ok, hang on I'll try that.

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

Did you manage to get it working?

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Markus96
Markus96

Nope, I don't know what to do.

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

so you've tried going in WindowsNoEditor->SideScroller.exe and it didn't work? Or are you having issues with the download?

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Markus96
Markus96

Nm, I'll see if I can download this another time then.

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johnnylonack Creator
johnnylonack

Instructions.
The file is a .rar which needs to be extracted. Once extracted, you will find a folder called WindowsNoEditor and within that, you'll find SideScroller.exe.

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Markus96
Markus96

I don't know where that's at that's the issue I'm having. Will you be able to demonstrate to me where that's at?

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