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HeroCraft has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Lords of Discord, a turn-based strategy with RPG elements due to be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Lords of Discord is set in a fictional fantasy world, inhabited by two opposing races: Humans and Demons, as well as the odd goblin, orc, giant spider and other nefarious creatures. Breathtaking gameplay, incredible graphics, hand drawn characters and a carefully detailed plot and in-game reality. Drawing inspiration from games like the Disciples and the Heroes of Might and Magic series. Lords of Discord features two intertwined campaigns with 12 missions each, 3 types of landscape with terramorphing ability, 3 types of hero, dozens of global spells for each race, a huge number of usable items such as artefacts, potions and wands, and hot-seat, online and play-by-mail multiplayer.
Lords of Discord is a title made by strategy gamers, for strategy gamers.
- turn-based strategy gameplay
- two playable races: Humans and Demons
- two intertwined campaigns, 12 missions each
- 3D world, gorgeous graphics and high quality animated characters
- 3 types of landscape with terramorphing ability
- 3 types of hero
- system of character development with around 30 units in each race
- dozens of global spells for each race
- engaging battle system
- a huge number of usable items such as artefacts, potions, wands, etc.
- hot-seat, online and play-by-mail multiplayer
The battle system is one of the distinctive features of the game. In Lords of Discord once a battle begins the characters remain stationary and only a combination of strategy and planning will ensure victory. Warriors have different attack ranges, using melee weapons, ranged weapons or magic, it’s up to you whether to gang up on a single enemy or attempt to divide your attacks equally across the battlefield. Each battle is like a game of chess, the slightest mistake can lead to total defeat or at least heavy losses. If you’ve chosen your squad wisely, however, you may walk away from battle relatively unscathed.
There are 3 main classes of Hero:
- Warlord – close-combat warrior relying on his strength and skills in battle.
- Ranger – quickly moves around the map, often used for the exploration of unknown areas. In combat effectively kills enemies with a bow.
- Wizard – rains down on the heads of enemies the forces of the four elements.
The hero’s squad consists of six units including themselves. The way you form your squad determines how often you will emerge victorious from battles. Should you hire ordinary warriors who attack the enemies standing next to them in melee range, or a titan who is much more powerful but takes up two slots in the squad? Should you hire archers who are among the first to take their turn in combat, destroying the most dangerous enemy sorcerers, or perhaps mages, not so swift but capable of dealing great magical damage to the whole enemy squad? Maybe it would be a good idea to get a healer who will support and save the lives of your warriors fighting on the front line?
Terramorphing is a key game feature by which the player takes control over gold mines and mana mines on his territory of the map. To transform foreign territory (neutral or belonging to another race), the player needs to hire a special hero and use him to conquer the land. It’s possible to do it even within an inch of a hostile citadel, robbing them of their last resources.
Of course, Lords of Discord would not be complete without multiplayer for a fans of epic battles. Huddle around your computer, pass around your smartphone or tablet, and jump into the world of mythic creatures and mighty warriors.
Friends stood you up? Don’t worry, with automatic matchmaking you can search for matches in online multiplayer and play against real opponents or create your own game and invite your friends.
And yes, a turn-based strategy game can be time-consuming? Players with a limited time we’re creating a “play-by-mail” option. Log in, play your turn and then get on with your day, log back in when you’re ready. You can start several multiplayer battles at once, so you will always have gameplay options available when you come back.
Herocraft will release the game in June, iOS is the first targeted platform and every two months there will be a release for another OS (Android, PC, Mac, Linux). Initially, there are two races in the game: Humans and Demons, each of them has a unique set of heroes, warriors, and spells.
For those who are eager to become acquainted with the world of Lords of Discord, Herocraft will prepare a dedicated 12 mission campaign for the Human race, fans of fire and brimstone can do the same with a Demons’ campaign, a few months later with a free add-on and game update.
The smartphone and tablet gaming industry is growing rapidly, attracting new players all the time, most of whom can be described as non-traditional gamers. This has led to an increased demand for all things cute and cuddly, casual, bite-sized gaming. All of this means it’s becoming increasingly difficult to take risks, create something truly grand, revolutionary, and cater to real gamers who also want something epic to play on their mobile device. Moreover Herocraft really wants to keep clear of the now ubiquitous freemium model, just pay once and get the whole game, no need for further in-app purchases. Just pure up-front fun.
Staff members are passionate about Lords of Discord, working on concept documents and artwork in their own time. Desperately clinging to the dream of making this game a reality. Kickstarter will enable Herocraft to secure more than funding for this project. Setting a new standard and market for emersive games on smartphones and tablets.