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What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder.

Play as a warrior, mage or hunter and customize your character's skills as you see fit. The challenging campaign delivers a story of doubt, treason and loss. You decide the course of the story at key turning points and determine its outcome.

Key Features:

  • More than 180 unique battlemaps provide ever-evolving and novel challenges.

  • Make sure you have plenty of snacks, as this dark fantasy adventure has 40+ hours of exciting play time.

    • Lead up to five characters in your party to glorious victory or devastating defeat.

    • Enjoy enchanting hand drawn backdrops. They're beautiful even when your party members get their asses handed to them.

    • Your choice of spells, skills and abilities determine your battlefield tactics. Aggressive? Defensive? Tactical? It's your call how to tackle each challenging encounter!

    • Use interactive objects like bee hives or barrels to your advantage in combat, or blow yourself up by carrying a torch into flammable swamp gas.

    • Dish out some serious damage with 40 special abilities and more than 90 spells... or find yourself on the other end and get obliterated.

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Customer reviews


Enjoyable lengthy game with a unique combat system

Legolas_Katarn | Oct. 16, 2015 | See all Legolas_Katarn's reviews »

Lengthy game, with enjoyable unique combat. Abilities and attacks are able to cause wounds that will decrease stats in battles and choosing to focus more on attacking or on defense by changing how characters assign their skill points to their weapons weapons adds more strategy to the fights. You can switch someone to a much more defensive stance when needed and then change to something more appropriate if the situation changes. Story isn't that interesting and while characters might have a few funny moments they are mostly forgettable, the plot does start to get more interesting further into the game and has multiple endings. The game has some pointless elements like needing to rest or pay for an inn to regain magic points, which regenerate while in battle but for some reason won't once the fight is over, or you might be forced to look for arrows to buy all the time as you can run out from using your attacks in battle.


It looked good.

sycomantis1991 | July 8, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

Blackguards is an odd mix of Civilization and Fire Emblem. Unfortunately, the Fire Emblem battle controls feel awkward and the battlefield is far too small to justify it when more troops are on the field. On top of that, it's far too shallow to serve as an alternative to Civilization. It would be a decent game for beginners to the strategy style of games, but disappointing otherwise.


Passable Turnbased RPG

Zaggeta | May 13, 2015 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »

Blackguards started out as a severely overpriced RPG on Steam that nobody seemed to know anything about. After picking it up in a bundle, I decided to give it a try. Blackguard utilises an almost completely unknown RPG ruleset (I should know, I've been playing RPGs for 10 years now) and then allows us to just ignore it. The story starts pretty abruptly and the gameplay starts with the pretty Elder Scrolls trope of the player being in a prison. From there, the game reveals a transiently fun turn-based combat system, a confusing and unnecessary skills-system, some passably entertaining characters, unreasonable difficulty curves and a story that I really didn't care about. A definite miss.



markegiani | Oct. 23, 2014 | See all markegiani's reviews »

We waited for a long time for turn based RPG !!! This game can promise a lot of playing hours if you're into TBRPG. When you enter character creation, then you'll decipher that this is low budget game trying to beat AAA titles. Developers tried to create a perfect game, but character creation is just too shallow and the story is very linear. When you bypass these facts then you'll enjoy in above average RPG game. It sucked me in because of REAL RPG drought on the market today. Worth tryin'


Decent RPG that has an oldschool feel to it

ceero | March 16, 2014 | See all ceero's reviews »

I enjoy playing this game from time to time. Definitely not the best graphics out there, but decent for the type of game it is. Could have added some more features and better multiplayer in general. Its better when you have a group to play with.