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Herocraft's upcoming cross-platform tactics game Lords of Discord coming in 2014

#Herocraft has made a lot of games for #mobile as well as publishing #games by other #developers as well. However the company is looking to expand their reach and in doing so they are breaking into an area where a lot of games don’t reach into. This area is the cross-platform gaming experience and while there’s a lot of games that are cross-platform between iOS and #Android, there isn’t a whole lot that move past that into the realm of PC/Mac/ #Linux #gaming.

While some games get ported over to those platforms from mobile, and the same is true the other way around, that doesn’t mean a mobile gamers can play against a PC gamer most of the time. They are two separate versions of the same game. Lords of Discord is one of Herocraft’s upcoming games just announced that will actually be cross-platform multiplayer with iOS, PC, Mac and Linux users as well.

Lords of Discord is a turn-based tactical strategy game with some rather nice visuals and some interesting gameplay to it. From the short teaser video we’ve seen and some of the details we have learned, this game is almost like a MOBA to some degree, at least in terms of maps. There are two playable races in this game: Humans and Demons and while there is single-player content available (a campaign for each race with 12 missions), the real meat of this game will be the multiplayer.

There are three types of heroes as well as three different types of landscape to play through. Each area also has terramorphing abilities as well which players will have to deal with. Heroes will have a number of items to use including various weapons, armors and support items like potions. There will also be an additional 30 unit types as well to support each hero.

When it comes to multiplayer modes this game will pretty much let you play anywhere at any time. There will be hot-seat multiplayer, online match-ups and the ability to play-by-mail, almost as if you were playing a game of Chess.

Herocraft has already launched a Kickstarter campaign for Lords of Discord for additional funding and as of today it is also now on Steam’s Greenlight program for voting. No matter what happens though with funding and all that good stuff, Lords of Discord will be released in 2014.

Reblogged from: droidgamers.com

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Lords of Discord a game similar to Might and Magic Heroes on Kickstarter

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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 strategy game cross-platform support

Lords of Discord is a title made by strategy gamers, for strategy gamers.

Game features:

  • 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.

Lords of Discord a game  on Kickstarter

Release Schedule

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.

Why Kickstarter?

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.

For more details, check out Lords of Discord on Kickstarter

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