UTICA, New York, Oct. 29, 2007. Fancy a game where the Non-Player Characters seem to think theyâ€™re real, and that their lives and stories matter too? Independent developer Laurion Studio has announced the release of its new Parhedros fantasy role-playing game for the PC, which uses advanced AI techniques, as well as literary techniques drawn from posthumanist theory and hyperfiction, for NPC dialog and story-line development.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited about this game, since it gave us a chance to experiment with some styles of gameplay that you just donâ€™t see in commercial RPGs,â€ said developer David Van Meter. â€œIn particular, we wanted to really push the envelope with the NPCs. We wanted characters that you can really befriend, or grow to loathe; characters who love to tell their own stories and thus subtly nudge the playerâ€™s story in new directions. Weâ€™re proud of the fact that a lot of our testers told us they got totally immersed in the dialog, to the point where several forgot at times they werenâ€™t talking on-line to a real person.â€
Laurion bills Parhedros as a single-player, 3D dungeon-crawl that looks and feels more than a little rogue-like. Besides its novel dialog and story-advancement interface, the game features random dungeons so that no two games are the same, a magic system that emphasizes the summoning of familiars, and a tactical combat system that stresses good maneuver and sound unit mixes. Players can play as a number of fairy-themed races, ranging from Satyrs and Glaistigs to Centaurs and Spider-Folk, and even as Valkyrja. Laurion has released Parhedros as shareware, and the game can be downloaded for free at the companyâ€™s website at www.parhedros.com.
ABOUT DAVID VAN METER:
David Van Meter is the principal creative force behind Laurion Studio. Dave holds a Ph.D. in History from Boston University, where he wrote his dissertation on Carolingian and Capetian-era political eschatologies. In addition to developing several computer game titles for the PC, Dave has published scholarly articles and a book on medieval history, is a widely-cited authority on Marian apparitions and Catholic apocalypticism around the year 2000, and has written numerous books on collecting ancient Roman and Greek coins. A copy of Daveâ€™s c.v. may be found on-line at: http://www.parhedros.com/cv_dvm.html