Dun Aengus (Dún Aonghasa), Inishmore, Ireland
Dun Aengus is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands of County Galway, Ireland. It is on Inishmore, at the edge of an 100 meter high cliff. The first construction goes back to 1100 BC, when the first enclosure was erected by piling rubble against large upright stones. Around 500 BC, the triple wall defenses were probably built along the western side of fort. Its name, meaning “Fort of Aonghas”, refers to the pre-Christian god of the same name described in Irish mythology, or the mythical king, Aonghus mac Úmhór.
One more place to go…
So this game was released today, I’ve sunk a few hours into it so far. It’s called The Banner Saga and it is a testament to the power of Kickstarter. If you are a fan of turn-based tactics RPGs, vikings, beards, axes, hand-drawn animations and artwork, or Scandinavian accents, this game is for you. Everything about it just screams ‘polished’.
The gameplay is immersive, switching back and forth between storylines across the vast world in which the game is set. When you aren’t travelling along in your caravans, tending to your families and breaking up scuffles amongst your ranks, you are fending off the attacking ‘dredge’ armies, in turn-based gameplay that includes special abilities and all sorts of little mechanics that make it feel original and powerful. There is a fully detailed map, complete with annotations, which helps to bulk out the lore of the world.
You can tell it’s a game with a limited budget. One of the (few) downsides of Kickstarter games is that there is no publisher or external producer to provide extra financing, so whatever the developer manages to raise during it’s initial crowdsourcing usually becomes it’s entire budget, more or less. Stoic Studios seems to have put all their money in the right place. The soundtrack is just amazing, the voice work is actually quite cool in places and the art is obviously fantastic. Truly one of the greater projects to come out of Kickstarter, and an instant favourite.
Ja, I was one of the supporters on Kickstarter, so my name is somewhere in the credits, and I designed one of the many “banners” in the game (it’s on page 2; it’s a red field with two gold coloured Vendel Era warriors, reminiscent of the Vendel helmet foils.) This game is so amazing! The art is brilliant, wand the music is fantastic! If you have Steam, I urge you to get the game! You should also listen and/or buy the soundtrack on austinwintory.com.