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Posted by MaxBytes - 8 days ago


Hi there!

Yet another big update! New update for Lost For Swords incoming, with loots of additions, improvements, changes and bugfixes!


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If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here are the details:

  • between rooms, you’re given the option to pick the next room layout to go to, with differing amounts of monsters and loot
  • Rogue rework: updated mechanics (push), new mechanics (stealth), new and updated cards. See below for details
  • push rework: pushed cards continue to push the cards they bump into
  • boss rework: reduce the size of the initial monster deck, but boss adds new monsters to the deck after each phase
  • teleport rework: teleportation is now an explicit counter on hero that determines how often hero can still teleport to empy spots on the board
  • additional difficulty (+5): increased vendor prices
  • reduced boss difficulty: decreased boss attack and monster amount
  • disallow upgrading of some starter deck cards: Rusty Sword, Broken Shield, Leather Cap
  • Healer shows up in some mezzanine rooms, offering healing in exchange for emeralds
  • switched effects of Poison The Well and Everlasting Poison
  • reworked Bagoas Belt: adds potions of poison to deck now
  • reworked Shield Slam
  • reworked Pocket Wormhole
  • reworked Shadow Presence
  • removed Reactive Armor
  • removed Defensive Dagger
  • buffed Poison Cloud
  • nerfed scaling of Lance
  • nerfed scaling of Mjölnir
  • increased healing of Large HP Potion from 6 to 9
  • when attacking with regular speed weapon, and target dies before attack hits, the attack is now cancelled
  • preview of card that will be drawn when hovering over replaceable cards
  • improved rendering of equipped trinkets: more space, unobstructed trinket counters
  • show indicator for teleportable locations
  • map shows highest unlocked difficulty for each tower
  • improved visuals when hero takes damage beyond defense: armor is hit first, then HP
  • fix: moving off pressed card on board after click/tap does not trigger a selection

New Cards:

  • Concealed Rapier
  • Stealth Dagger
  • Cap Of Healing
  • Plague Doctor Cape
  • Stealth Cloak
  • Tripwires
  • Tear Of Nyx
  • Ninjutsu Pendant
  • Stealth Potion
  • I-Barrel
  • Push Wall
  • Secret Tunnel

Thanks for reading and see you at the next update! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


Posted by MaxBytes - April 12th, 2024


Hi there!


Oh boy, another big one! New update for Lost For Swords incoming, with loots of additions, improvements, changes and bugfixes!


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If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here are the details:

  • Boss rework:
  • bosses are immune to all damage while there are still other monsters on the board
  • rebalanced boss HP, Attack and Monster spawn rate
  • reworked most of the Sins and Sin related cards:
  • Sin interaction does not move hero onto the Sin anymore, but next to it
  • many Sins replace themselves by putting a card in their place after interaction
  • reworked Stalker to not swap place after attack: was too strong
  • reworked Blessed Hammer: now triggers before monsters act
  • reworked how damage is dealt to Monsters in deck: before, Monster defense always stayed at the Monster’s base value while in the deck, and never got reduced when they took damage. After the change, Monster defense in the deck behaves the same as on the board. And a Monster’s defense is reset to their base value after the deck gets shuffled between rooms
  • Hero XP: each hero gains XP by completing floors of towers, unlocking cards
  • renamed Feeble to Cowardly
  • reworked Cowardly: a cowardly Monster can only flee when its their turn, not directly after getting attacked
  • slightly reworked how Brute attack increase works: Brutes gets +2 attack when its their turn, if they have been attacked this turn (including unarmed attacks)
  • Bloody Chest and Strange Chest have Eager
  • reworked Doublecast into a Scroll (was a Spell)
  • Mimic drops 20 Emeralds when defeated
  • switched order of deck shuffling and auto-equip: auto-equip is first, then shuffling
  • ability to unlock content in options menu
  • better visuals when Monsters in deck are dealt damage
  • show hero (and their HP) on card-find screen
  • shuffle deck sound effect
  • fixed rendering for many different resolutions, including Galaxy Z Fold5
  • added particles for cards with quick or slow interact
  • added particles for quick and slow cast spells


New Cards:

  • Force Multiplier
  • Hungry Sword
  • Intimidation Ring
  • Auramancer’s Amulet
  • Ring Of Patience


Thanks for reading and see you at the next update! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


Posted by MaxBytes - March 14th, 2024


Hi there!


Oh boy, this is a big one! New update for Lost For Swords incoming, with 100s of additions, improvements, changes and bugfixes!


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If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here are the details:

  • reworked bosses: instead of a regular 3-room floor, bosses appear on special single-room floors. Players must defeat the boss in three phases
  • Trinkets are now equipped in mezzanines too, offering more interactions and possibilities for the future
  • mezzanine rooms with Merchants now appear in addition to other mezzanine rooms, not instead of them
  • Merchant rooms have Herotrap
  • new NPC - Trader: trade away your cards in exchange for random new ones; appears in prison mezzanine
  • Mirage creates Illusory Walls in 4-neighbor spots (instead of 8-neighbor)
  • Monster attacks can become negative (will deal 0 damage while negative)
  • cards at vendors and in Mezzanine are properly sorted
  • Trinkets are equipped in Mezzanine too
  • Trinkets show up one floor earlier in towers
  • reduced healing of Ring Of Health from 3 to 2
  • improved Solomon’s Hammer
  • reworked Forged By Flames
  • removed Thick Skin from Rogue
  • renamed Curses to Afflictions
  • allow Monsters to walk off the map when their telegraphed movement says so
  • Potions replace Priest and Healer in prison mezzanine
  • hide yet-to-be-discovered cards in card library
  • different floor tiles for different towers and training cellar
  • improved animations when interacting with NPCs
  • improved emerald spending animations and sounds
  • enable previewing upgrades when inspecting a card
  • cards wiggle just a tiny bit when hovering and when activating
  • improved wording regarding “board” and “room”
  • bugfix: 2 or more unidentified loot in the same room now offer different rewards each


New Cards:

  • Hammer And Anvil
  • Samson’s Sword
  • Fencing Rapier
  • Jester’s Bottoms
  • Shadow Presence
  • Vicarious Shame
  • Augustin’s Charm
  • Sword Trader’s Ring
  • 50 Emeralds
  • Bloody Chest
  • Large HP Potion
  • Constitution Potion
  • Herotrap

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Posted by MaxBytes - February 5th, 2024


Hi there!


New update for Lost For Swords, including keyboard support, new content and new cards! :)


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


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Here are the details:

  • reworked map screen and forts: map contains only towers now. Forts have moved into the “training cellar” of the new castle, which serves as the place to select/change the hero.
  • greatly increased size of Paltry Tower: 5 floors, including a new monster, the Sentry.
  • added basic keyboard and controller support: Controls explained in options screen
  • in hero deck screen, differentiate between cards on the board and in the deck
  • nerfed Shield Maiden starter deck: -1 Shield Slam, +1 Broken Shield
  • Rat Conjurer: +1 Timer
  • slightly changed highscore calculation: each collected emerald is worth 2 points instead of 1
  • bugfix for To Arms
  • limit Pocket Wormhole to 2 uses per room
  • change to interaction between Slow Weapons and Brutes: Brutes now get +2 attack AFTER being hit by the slow weapon, not before
  • small bop animations when cards get pushing into each other or monsters try to move to occupied spot
  • bugfix: alternative starting decks were not unlockable


New cards:

  • Sentry
  • Pauldron
  • Arbitrage


Thanks for reading and see you at the next update! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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Posted by MaxBytes - January 21st, 2024


Hi there!


New update for Lost For Swords, with a bunch of balancing changes, improvement and new cards! :)


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here are the details:

  • reduced Gathering Tower to 8 Floors: this makes for a better gameplay loop! To balance it out, a couple of changes to benefit the player:
  • increased Emeralds options in Loot Select from 10 to 20
  • increased Emeralds in Strange Chest from 10 to 20
  • in Prison-Mezzanine, spawn Unidentified Loot instead of 20 Emeralds
  • added highscore and win streak system to towers!
  • gameplay change to Push mechanic: push now also flips the affected card(s) before push and damage happens
  • gameplay change to cards in decks and shuffling: order of cards in decks is now consistently shown to player in deck popups. Cards returning to a deck are put on the bottom of the deck. Effects that draw cards from the deck draw from the top of the deck. Effects that affect first X Monsters in deck do so in order
  • buffed Shield Slam
  • buffed Graceful Exit
  • buffed/reworked Sinner’s Might
  • reworked Achilles’ Armor
  • reworked Greed (Sin): gets destroyed after atoning
  • slightly buffed Hammers
  • slightly reworked Fawkes Pendant: all barrels are now X-Barrels
  • nerfed Defiance: 1 Armor Plate instead of 2 at base quality
  • bugfix for Puncture Ring affecting ALL kinds of attacks/damage
  • bugfix for rare occurrence allowing players to move to an already occupied spot
  • when inspecting card, related card is shown properly upgraded


New cards:

  • Brewmaster’s Tunic
  • Ring Of Fortitude
  • Strange Chest


Thanks for reading and see you at the next update! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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Posted by MaxBytes - January 10th, 2024


Hi there!


Another update for Lost For Swords, this time focussing on difficulty and additional content! It adds multiple difficulty modifiers to the big Gathering Tower. Tone down the difficulty if the game seems too hard, or beat the tower to unlock higher difficulties! The update also includes alternative starting decks for both Knight and Rogue, which you can find and unlock while on a tower run! The update adds various new cards for the Knight, which enable different Hammer-focussed builds.


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here are the details:

  • introduced difficulty modifiers for Gathering Tower: adjust the game to your liking, make it harder or easier. Unlock harder difficulties by beating the tower
  • introduced alternative starting decks for Knight and Rogue! Unlock them by finding deck inventories in the tower
  • reworked how slow weapons/hammers work when their attack target moves out of the way: attack is cancelled and weapon is not dropped → effectively buffs hammers and makes them much more viable!
  • added quartermaster that stands in front of towers. Hands out alternative starter decks
  • added quartermaster intro cutscene when first visiting tower
  • added campfire scene when beating Gathering Tower
  • captured Rogue call for help right when you enter the room, so you won’t miss them as easily
  • buffed Spiked Armor: deals all of your Defense as damage
  • buffed Atonement: flips Sins before destroying them
  • increased all hero HP by 3
  • starting with second backtracking on a floor, punishment “Tired” produces more punishing Fatigue cards
  • reworked input buffering so it “sticks” to cards, not card locations


New cards:

  • Fear Dagger
  • Solomon’s Hammer
  • Hammer Artisan
  • Blessed Hammer
  • Goro’s Hammer
  • Achilles’ Armor


Thanks for reading and see you at the next update! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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Posted by MaxBytes - December 27th, 2023


Hi there!


Another update for Lost For Swords, this time focussing on language! It adds a second language to the game: German! Additional languages will follow soon, as I have now set the basis for proper multi-language support. The update also includes a lot of improvements and bugfixes.


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here's what's new:

  • support for German language in card descriptions and explanations (set in options)
  • added indicators for weapons and monster attack values when higher or lower than their base
  • increased damage of exploding barrels from 5 to 6
  • added credits screen
  • renamed Burning Sins to Common Penance: to avoid it getting mistaken for a Sin
  • added better tooltips for sin explanation
  • better explanations for a lot of cards
  • bugfix: crash bug that occured when card select screen appears in specific cases
  • bugfix: choosing greyed out backtrack option is not allowed anymore
  • bugfix: related cards can now be clicked on and inspected as well

new cards:

  • Pocket Wormhole


Thanks for reading and see you at the next patch! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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Posted by MaxBytes - December 17th, 2023


Hi there!


A smaller update for Lost For Swords, but still an update! It includes a lot of improvements and fixes, but the biggest thing is a new fort that should help beginners learn the game a little better :)


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here's what's new:


  • movement indicator shows the path hero will take when hovering over a card or empty board spot
  • added second fort for knight, teaching about monster movements
  • improved first fort for knight
  • improved map: enabled camera pans and better readability
  • room clear bonus (1 emerald per hero card) is paid out immediately when room is cleared


Thanks for reading and see you at the next patch! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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Posted by MaxBytes - November 29th, 2023


Hi there!


A new update for Lost For Swords! It includes a full rework of the systems and visuals outside of a tower run, including an overworld map. Furthermore, lots of improvements to help beginner players learn the game better, such as a second tower and better visual guides... and lots of other stuff too :)


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here's what's new:


  • Introduced overworld map
  • Added second tower that serves as a better introduction to tower gameplay
  • Reworked first fort
  • Reworked objective system: defeat monsters to obtain winged key, which opens door to next floor
  • NPCs and Bosses are more talkative
  • Added options for disabling post-processing and particles/flashing
  • Healer can raise your Max HP by 2 if you visit her fully healed
  • Slightly increased base HP of Knight and Rogue
  • Small HP Adjustments to Monsters and Props
  • Visible healthbars for cards
  • Renamed “Dungeon Deck” to “Monster Deck”
  • Reworked Defiance to only trigger when hero is 8-neighbor
  • Many visual improvements to movement and attacking
  • Small changes to monster pathfinding
  • Fixed Ethereal Shuriken returning to deck - thanks @Jam2020
  • Fixed upgraded Reactive Armor not working as described - thanks @Jam2020
  • Fixed Vainglory shuffling one too many Vanity into the deck - thanks @TheOneWhoWondersThere


New Cards:

  • Subtle Body Charm


Thanks for reading and see you at the next patch! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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Posted by MaxBytes - November 9th, 2023


Hi there!


A new update for Lost For Swords! It includes a lot of new cards that enable new decks and synergies... and lots of other stuff :)


If that sparked your interest, head over to https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/897692


Here's what's new:


  • Rework of unlock structure: tower and rogue need to be unlocked before they are available. (cheat code for players on the web who lost progress: press “5” at hero select screen to unlock a hero, and at tower/fort to mark it as completed, unlocking next fort/tower)
  • Rebalanced Sin based cards
  • Reworked To Arms and split it into two hero specific Auras
  • Reworded push and retreat mechanics
  • Pushing cards off the board has a proper animation
  • Lots of smaller visual improvements, such as better room layouts
  • Fixed bug where removing multiple cards of the same type at the pyromaniac removes only the first one - thanks @TheOneWhoWondersThere


New Cards:

  • Geldkatze
  • Push In Boots
  • Break Morale
  • Hothead Locket
  • Stronghold
  • The Metronome
  • Rashness (Sin)
  • Greed (Sin)


Thanks for reading and see you at the next patch! :)

Bye! (ʘ‿ʘ)╯


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