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‘Eador: Masters Of The Broken World’/’Fallen Enchantress’ Hands-On: Fantasy RPG-Strategies, Just For You

Posted by on April 26, 2013 at 9:02 am
You can have it this, or you can have it that.

You can have it this, or you can have it that.

I’m not sure how two eerily similar PC-based fantasy-themed RPG/strategy games with weird and clunky names wound up in my hands within such a short window, but I was obliged to give both a gander! Seriously, if any of that sentence sounded even slightly enticing

Fallen Enchantress is a turn-based 4X game from Stardock in the vein of Civilization. Playing very similarly to that game, but on a smaller, more intimate scale, you’ll establish settlements, mine for resources, build armies, research technologies and squash your foes. You won’t be conquering the world or advancing through the ages, but you’re given a Hero character imbued with impressive stats and the ability to upgrade their skills and powers as you progress. The world is dotted with quests that your Hero can complete for extra bonuses in either item or coin, lending it an extra layer of personality and play beyond the norm. Combat is instanced away from the main board in a tiled environment where you can get hands-on with the decimation of your foes, rather than letting the game simply knock stats against stats, opening up for some interesting tactics. The game features a tutorial and it’s all done with video, so you’ll have no issue learning all of the game’s offerings, especially as detail screens pop up from time to time to give you even deeper control. If deep fantasy settings and Civilization are your jams, I would definitely give this a look. I was given access to the Legendary Heroes (beta) expansion content, but my hands-on meant that much of it was out of my reach.

Eador: Masters of the Broken World is a turn-based 4X game from Snowbird in the vein of a deeply Dungeons & Dragons-inspired Risk. Playing very similarly to that game, but on a smaller, more intimate scale, you’ll capture territories, establish buildings in your castle for resources, survey your lands, build armies and squash your foes. You won’t be conquering the world or advancing through the ages, but you’re given a Hero character imbued with impressive stats and the ability to upgrade their skills and powers as you progress. The world is dotted with quests that your Hero can complete for extra bonuses in either item or coin, lending it an extra layer of personality and play beyond the norm. Combat is instanced away from the main board in a tiled environment where you can get hands-on with the decimation of your foes, rather than letting the game simply knock stats against stats, opening up for some interesting tactics (although you can if you want!). While the art direction is deeply reminiscent of WarCraft 3 (and by deeply, I mean deeply) it is such a polished beauty that it’s worth installing just for the look alone. The game features a tutorial, but it’s all horrible, horrible text, so you’ll might have a time learning all of the game’s offerings, especially as detail screens pop up from time to time to give you even deeper control. If deep fantasy settings, deep RPG/strategy games and Risk are your jams, I would definitely give this a look.

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