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More information.'Solasta: Crown of The Magister' Preview: A Strong Start
If social distancing has your D&D gatherings on hold, "Solasta" should be on your wishlist. The game recently launched in Early Access on Steam, under the title "Solasta: Crown of the Magister." The RPG is an ongoing project from Tactical Adventures, with combat based on the 5e ruleset.
You don't have to have prior knowledge of D&D to enjoy the game, and you can pick up the gameplay mechanics rather quickly. Many tactical games have borrowed from D&D in the past, so if you enjoy the genre, it shouldn't take you long to get a basic understanding of how combat and actions in Solasta play out. You will undoubtedly have a few stumbling blocks right out of the gate, but the game offers a lot of help and explanation along the way. Players will find familiar UI elements like spell and weapon slots, armor ratings, enchantments, positive and negative charms, a combat grid, turn-based gameplay, and a bit of randomized chaos.
Wizards of the Coast granted Tactical Adventures a license to use the Dungeons & Dragons SRD 5.1 content and rules in "Solasta: Crown of the Magister," so experienced players shouldn't have any trouble diving into the more advanced mechanics.
The game's official description reads, "Solasta is a team-based adventure game where each character plays a critical role in the campaign and can be a hero. The dynamic and mysterious world features elements of verticality, allowing players to use their surroundings as an element of strategy. Players can position ranged characters on high vantage points or send their thief down into shafts and caverns to scope out what lies ahead. In Solasta, light is a tool to explore the depths and hallows of dungeons or can be used as a weapon against the creatures of the dark, but if players aren't careful, it will give away the party's position to nasty creatures bent on their demise."