In Heroes of Dire, a new massively-multiplayer tactical role-playing game by Spellbook, players command squads of fighters through strategic turn-based battles to win treasure, honor, and glory for their guilds!
Join with friends to defeat challenging boss raids, take up quests for epic treasure, invade enemy guild strongholds, or make wagers on brutal gladiator arenas as crowd favorites live and die for your amusement!
Cross-platform servers bring together thousands of players from both desktop and mobile devices, with launch-day support for Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and Linux!
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Spellbook’s Heroes of Dire released on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android on December 22nd. You can download this amazing free-to-play massively-multiplayer tactical rpg here on www.dire.com, or you can wait for the Steam launch on February 1st.
About Heroes of Dire
Heroes of Dire is all about assembling squads of fighters to make war with other guilds, monsters, and players!
Fighters come in many fantasy archetype flavors such as Mages, Paladins, and Healers. No two are ever the same, with unique names, races, stories, stats, titles, and equipment constructed by procedural generation with impressive and hilarious results that will always keep the game fresh.
The One-Eyed Knight, Two-Fingered Pete, The Laughing Horror, Georgia the Peach, or Screaming Ethel are just a few examples of the trillions of possibilities. For a few Silvers (the in-game currency) players can randomly roll for new fighter names to discover the perfect moniker, or work with a live Dungeon Master to create the perfect name!
Fighters have four gear slots: Weapon, Offhand, Armor, and Trinket.
Different items help determine what role a fighter plays, such as holy wands and bandages for Healers, or poisoned dual-wielded daggers for Rogues to maximize backstabs.
Almost all items in Heroes of Dire are procedurally generated with no two ever the same. Dungeon Masters will regularly appear in the world as traveling magicians or blacksmiths who can enhance your gear, or as merchants offering unique treasures.
When in combat, fighters take turns moving and attacking with actions having a related cost that determines round order.
More expensive actions, such as splitting an enemy archer in half with a greatsword, might push your fighter to the bottom of the action list for 14 rounds while moving would cost 3 or 4. This turn-based combat system creates an incredibly rich strategy simulation where each decision has a direct and immediate impact on who wins or loses.
Skilled players won’t waste a single round — One move in the wrong direction or an attack at the wrong time can immediately swing your massive lead into a crippling loss.
Battles can involve up to 48 fighters. Every battle is part of a greater narrative, such as a guild war or a quest chain, and players can have multiple squads involved in many fights at the same time.
Need to pause the game for a moment?
Exiting a battle puts the AI in control of your squad until you’re ready to return. Utilizing this AI system you can deploy multiple squads to wage multiple battles across the world map simultaneously. This system creates a truly “massive” multiplayer experience as guild wars rage across the world map involving hundreds or thousands of players!
Partner up with friends and follow them into combat for hours of quests, guild wars, and special Dungeon Master events together! Also, because battles can involve up to 48 fighters, you could have as many as 12 friends playing together in a single fight!
Guilds play an integral role driving the story and action in Heroes of Dire! Besides social and organizational hubs, they will wage war for dominance of the world map, with members winning prizes and benefits for capturing resources, such as an ancient relic.
Quests are a series of battles against NPC factions that take place across the world map. Each subsequent battle grows harder, as an opportunity for powerful items and precious Silvers are at stake. Loot accrued can then be bought and sold on the player-driven open market.
Each player will have a custom player title. In addition to looking cool, these titles help inform us of who is who in the community. Players sporting powerful or unique titles will stand apart from the crowd, lending weight to their obviously superior opinions and impressive physiques. Everyone will have the chance to earn new titles when taking part in special Dungeon Master events.