Eador beta — results of the first stage

January 20, 2013  |  Eador, Эадор  |  14 Comments

Hello everyone!

The first beta stage of Eador is coming to a close. And while we’re still giving out keys to those who wish to continiue playing the current beta, let’s see where we’re at the moment:

1) First of all, a big thanks to everybody who spent their time writing bug reports. We’ve got a ton of useful feedback that we’re looking into right now.

2) We’ve taken into account general feedback concerning the interface. We’ll try to reduce the ammount of unnecessary actions.

3) Animation will be sped up once again, now including attack and heroes movement animation. We’ll also make an option with no animation at all for instant actions.

4) Hotkey system will be added.

5) We’ll probably add sound in the game and a new system of special effects for spells and rituals for the next version.

6) A big part of bugs will be fixed including crashes during shard’s size changes.

7) We’ll add some astral quests for the next version.

The second beta stage will be held in February and the final one is planned for March when we hope to test multilplayer.

The release date for Eador is the end of March – the beginning of April.

Eador is greenlit to be on Steam

January 16, 2013  |  Eador, Snowbird, Эадор  |  12 Comments

After five months Eador finally gets greenlit to be on Steam! The timing couldn’t be better for us as we’re closer and closer to the release date. And in situation when some great and already made games are still waiting to be put on Steam such luck makes us super-happy.

And, of course, we were also glad to see the continuous community support over the passed months. Thanks a lot, everyone! :)

Eador — Linux & Mac OS compatibility

January 14, 2013  |  Eador, Snowbird, Эадор  |  29 Comments

We always get a lot of requests to port Eador. MotBW to Linux and Mac systems. And, of course, this is our intention as well. But initially we planned to make other versions only after the Windows release.  Recent Gabe Newell’s statements made us rethink our plans one more time. If this man puts Linux to such a high priority then we should pay our attention to this matter more closely already at this point.

We’re happy to announce that Snowbird Games starts working with a separate team in order to bring Linux and Mac versions of Eador. Master of the Broken World. We hope that the game will be released on all platforms simultaneously this spring.

Eador — special shards

December 29, 2012  |  Eador, Эадор  |  31 Comments

One of the original game’s shortcomings was that its shards were completely identical. Gamers in general are very rational and always strive to find the only winning tactic which they can then use it to the fullest for any possible obstacles.

So when there is no much challenge anymore interest in the game begins to fade out. The other additional problem is simply visual — you could easily get tired of monotonously green shards.

For Masters of the Broken World we decided to create shards with special rules. They aren’t affected by usual rules of Eador and their balance is intentionally a little off. You’ll have to get used to its anomalies and create a brand new way to victory.

Here are some of those shards:

Crystal world. Gold income is halved but gem income is doubled.

Obviously mages get a big advantage on this shard. You won’t be able to lead a large army and losing units in battles is really going to hit your budget.

Guarded world. The players’ lands are separated by mountain ranges. Narrow passes connecting the enemies are protected by strong guards.

This prevents any attempts at rushing with Warrior hero to conquer enemy’s capital.

World of fear. All tales and legends on this shard tell of unspeakable horrors and torments haunting the mortals throughout their lives. None can say whether these tales are true, but the life of locals is ever tainted with fear.

Morale drop due to wounds and deaths of allies is increased, the units will panic more often in battle. Population mood is lowered, but unrest growth rate is also decreased.

World of knowledge.  Higher population. Nearly all provinces are explored to 80-100% so there’s no need for a player to continue exploring. There are many free settlements and princes’ lands, almost no barbarians. Beginning with circle 2, guards of neutral provinces are stronger than usual. Many provinces already feature buildings (mills, mines etc).

World of faith. The people dwelling on this shard are fanatical worshippers of the Lord of Light. They consider all other Masters to be demons trying to lead them astray from the one true path.

Population mood in all human provinces is lowered by 2. Many abandoned temples and lands ruled by the inquisition. If the campaign player has selected the Lord of Light as an official faith on his shard (campaign event 197, “Your world is sufficiently large, and the human clergymen have long been talking about the One Religion.”), mood penalty is lessened by 1.

These are just five special shard of about eleven ones and you can already see some of these in the current beta version of the game.

P.S. And of course happy holidays, everyone! We’ll see you next year :)

Eador beta launch

December 18, 2012  |  Caribbean!, Eador, На Карибы!, Эадор  |  54 Comments

Hello!

Tomorrow (seriously) we are starting to send out keys for the beta-version of Eador. And as we said earlier, this process will probably take a lot of time so some of you will receive the mail later than others. Thanks for understanding!

As for the Caribbean! beta test, we decided to start it in January as the beta build still needs a bit more work. Sign up is open, everyone interested is welcomed here.

UPDATE: We continue sending out the keys and probably will finish this process early next week. Rest assured, almost everyone will get one, sooner or later :)

UPDATE 2: Aaand it’s done. Did everyone get their keys? If not you can still write us your nickname at our forums to beta@snowbirdgames.com. You still have some time before Sunday, then we’ll be off for holidays :)

First LP series of Eador. Genesis

December 14, 2012  |  Eador, Эадор  |  5 Comments

Since Eador. Genesis was released on GOG we’ve closely followed all the responses at different forums. That’s really fun for us even if we already knew this game for a really long time. But now, when the rest of the world can finally enjoy Eador, finding out how players feel about the game is very captivating.

Anyway, here is the first ever “Let’s Play” of the original game. The author decided to play a custom game instead of campaign but nevertheless his series is very interesting to watch. There are already three episodes available, they are quite lengthy so you should grab some tea and candies, it’ll take a while:

 

Beta tests information

December 10, 2012  |  Caribbean!, Eador, На Карибы!, Эадор  |  10 Comments

Hello!

This is just a quick heads up on the beta tests of our games.

We’ll start sending out keys and all needed information for Eador beta tomorrow. Although don’t worry if you don’t get a mail from us right away. There’s quite a lot of you who wished to participate so there’s a high chance some people will receive the keys the next day.

Caribbean! beta will start in about a week instead of “early December” as was initially announced.

Be sure to come back for any updates in the post regarding this issue and sorry for the delay.

UPDATE: And here is the update :) Our beta build of Eador needs a bit more polishing so the test will begin in a week.  The good news is that if you didn’t apply for beta before you can do it now.

Eador. Genesis is now available on GOG.com

December 4, 2012  |  Eador, Эадор  |  5 Comments

Hi there!

As some of you may already know, Eador. Masters of the World is based on the turn-based strategy that was released only in Russia and in Russian some time ago. That game was made by one man and was called Eador. Genesis.

Starting today you can buy DRM-free copy of the original game in English on GOG.com! If you’re wondering what Masters of the Broken World could offer you in terms of gameplay this is your chance to find out.

GOG team was also kind enough to make this trailer for the game, check it out:

Absolute Games (RUS)

November 30, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  6 Comments

 

Eador — beta sign-up & new video!

November 22, 2012  |  Eador, Snowbird, Эадор  |  25 Comments

Hello again!

Following Caribbean! we are now ready to accept players for upcoming beta of Eador. Master of the Broken World.

To apply for the beta just send us a few words about yourself over at beta@snowbirdgames.com including your username on our forums. Then, after sending us a mail, please confirm it in this thread.

The beta starts on 10th of December, see you there!

Also don’t forget to watch the newest gameplay video on heroes and tactical battles in Eador to be fully prepared for the beta!