Developer diaries

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Developer diaries are articles, sometimes accompanied by videos, published by Obsidian Entertainment to describe the game design in detail.

Base game[edit | edit source]

All developer diaries about Tyranny (base game).

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 The Vision for Tyranny A highly reactive world which the player helped the evil Overlord conquer. 2016-04-21
2 The Basic Game Systems Characters defined by six core attributes, along with skill-based system utilizing progression by skill use. 2016-05-04
3 Fatebinder A background on Kyros' Empire and the role of the player in the world of Tyranny: the Fatebinder. 2016-05-25
4 Archons Archons: the foundation of Kyros' Empire. They can be your greatest ally – or your deadliest enemy. 2016-06-08
5 Combat The Phase of Combat: Real-time, pauseable combat with spells, abilities and companion combos. 2016-06-29
6 Barik Companion #1, the shield: Barik of the Stone Shields. 2016-07-13
7 Verse Companion #2, the battlefield storm: Verse of the Scarlet Chorus. 2016-07-27
8 Lantry Companion #3, the jack-of-all-trades: Lantry of the School of Ink and Quill. 2016-08-10
9 Beasts and Bane The Beasts of Terratus, partially-humanoid creatures; and the Magebane, a mix of arcane and mundane. 2016-09-07
10 Eb Companion #4, the water manipulator: Eb, Tidecaster of the Tiers. 2016-09-28
11 Kills-in-Shadow Companion #5, the stealthy claw surprise: Kills-in-Shadow of the feral Beast tribe. 2016-10-11
12 Spires Your one stop for: fast travel, recruit hiring, and all your infirmary, library, forge and training needs. 2016-10-27
13 Sirin Companion #6, the battle sicknesses: Sirin, Archon of Song. 2016-11-01

Archives & Videos[edit | edit source]

Archive threads (on the forum) and video developer diaries on the various expansions.

No. Diary archive Start date End date
1 Tyranny (base game) 2016-04-21
No. Video archive Description Start date End date
1 Tyranny - Introduction Introductory videos showcasing the different mechanics of Tyranny along with the first hours of the game 2016-07-14 2016-11-03
2 Video Diary 1 - Creating a World This first video features interviews and insights from the design team behind Tyranny with looks at the level of effort and writing that have gone into creating such a reactive game. 2016-08-17
3 Video Diary 2 - Artistry in the Game This second video features the basic concepts of the characters who inhabit the game, the look and feel of the overrun lands and the countless contributions that go into creating a new world where evil has won. 2016-10-22
4 Video Diary 3 - Gameplay and Mechanics This final video features how the many design elements of Tyranny come into play – from the companions to spell creation, reputation, combat, and beyond. 2016-11-04