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Stegosoft, whose first game Ara Fell was a rather lovely old-school JRPG, just unveiled their next project. Rise of the Third Power will be yet another retro roleplaying game loosely based on the political climate of Europe in the mid 1930's - and it's looking very promising.

Rise of the Third Power promises a game similar in style, but larger in scope than Ara Fell, with more playtime, greater ambition, and a deeper narrative which features a cast of 8 playable characters.

The combat system in particular warrants some attention. It's the same kind of turn-based combat you know from other games in the genre. However, there are different lines in combat, allowing your full party of eight to participate in each battle:

"The Front Line and Back Line can be swapped as a unit on any active character's turn to act. Characters in the Aux Line provide unique passive bonuses to those in the front line. For example, the priestess Reyna provides a constant regenerative healing bonus when placed in an Aux slot, Corrina increases the party's critical strike damage, and so on."

This sounds interesting and probably leads to less party micromanagement out of combat. Additionally, the full party will be able to gain experience this way - no more needless grinding sounds like a very good thing indeed!

Rise of the Third Power is currently being funded via Kickstarter, with a modest funding goal of $10.000. If all goes well, the game will be released later this year. For more information, visit the website of developer Stegosoft Games or follow them on Twitter.