Pyrrhic Tales: Prelude to Darkness is a dark, sophisticated fantasy CRPG featuring complex, turn-based tactical combat, 3D graphics, a skill-based character advancement system, and an intricate, involved plot.

Prelude thrives on the tradition of true role-playing games, allowing players to craft a diverse team and become part of a large and intricate world with a rich history, hundreds of non-player characters, and nearly endless paths and subplots.


  • A complex, non-linear plot with multiple paths and dozens of side quests
  • Turn-based, tactical combat
  • Skill-based character development system featuring three racial lineages, 18 backgrounds, 16 skills, and three distinct schools of magic. Click here to see a screenshot of the character creation screen
  • Unfettered exploration of the entire game world: no zones or in-game load times
  • Over 500 uniquely scripted NPCs populating fully developed towns and cities
  • Hundreds of equippable items allow for thousands of unique character looks
  • Player choices and character attributes have dramatic consequences on the storyline and on NPC interactions
  • A fully articulated 3D world

"I skipped school and a midterm to play today so I should probably be cursing you instead of thanking you. This game reminds me of Darklands and Realms of Arkania mixed with Ultima 7." [Joey, RPGCodex]

"Finally, another crpg that keeps me occupied." [reaver, RPGCodex]

"I bought about a week ago and have been playing it f*ing non-stop. It's excellent, and that's no mere hyperbole."[Naked Cow, RPGCodex]

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The Official Prelude Walkthrough

Contains gameplay tips, combat strategies, secret items, a complete walkthrough for all of the quests, and more!!!

Updated FAQ

Answers to the most frequently asked questions we have recieved since releasing the game.

How to Finance your Independent Game

The story behind how Prelude was financed. A must read for all independant game developers!

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