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April 21st, 2013, 10:43
Here are a few reviews for Eador: Master of the Broken World. Just a small word of advice the game seems to be in a somewhat unfinished state.
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When you do fight, your hero and army are dropped onto a hex-based tactical map based on the strategic map—wooded strategic areas seemed to have more woods on the tactical map, swampy areas had more swamps, etc. This part of the game is pretty standard TBS tactical combat. Each of your units has attack and defense ratings, some have ranged attacks, there are spells to cast, healing to be done, and lots of other special effects that can affect combat. Your hero is part of the general melee, so having a Warrior that can wade in and deal some damage can really pull your bacon out of the fire.

Combat is not limited to taking over neutral (or enemy) areas, however. Every time you conquer an area it is marked as being only partially explored. It may start at, say, 15 percent explored. Your hero can then take an action to do further exploration on a turn. When this happens, the ďexplored percentageĒ of the area goes up, which is nice as the more an area is explored, the more resources it might provide. The other thing that happens is that your hero can find sites to have an adventure in (say, an abandoned temple or a strange-looking cave). The hero and his army can fight the inhabitants of this site to get stuff (magic swords, money) and experience points.

Yes, experience points. Both your hero and his units can get experience points and level up, getting appropriate benefits (increased damage, more hit points, etc). This adds the usual conundrums about quality/quantity, troop rotations, and the like.
Greenlit Gaming
While the learning curve is definitely steep, the gameís tutorial system and campaign does do a great job easing you in. I donít believe Eador was ever meant to be Ďsimpleí, and thatís okay. Its greatest virtues are found in its depth and complexity. At the macro level, the game is an armchair-rulerís dream come true as you have to skillfully manage more than just armies. Populations, Provinces, shards, and eventually multiple shards all have to be effectively managed for you to be successful. The storyline will keep you busy for 30 to 120 hours, with branching story arcs and a total of 8 unique endings. Eador brings great empire-management similar to Total War or Civilization, and delivers on the promise of a unique turn-based fantasy experience. Itís easy to forget that this game was made by an indie team.

Ultimately, Eador: Masters of the Broken World is a game that is bursting with ambition and higher-order strategy. You wonít find a new release out there that can keep you busy for upwards of 100 hours for the modest asking price of $20. You canít even go to a movie and buy a bag of popcorn for that anymore. So I say dive into the world of Eador and unite the cosmos! Just make sure you bring a comfy chair because youíll be in it for a while.
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April 21st, 2013, 10:43
If you read the comments on GoG about this game, it's far from being enthusiastic… !
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April 21st, 2013, 15:23
Not sure why they had to release it so early. I have spent many hours on the first Eador game and think it's fantastic. I will buy this game also, but wait a month or two so they can get the nasty slugs (bugs) out of the game. Still I have to support games like these. When you combine role playing and strategy I am a sucker

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April 21st, 2013, 17:33
Originally Posted by Hastar View Post
When you combine role playing and strategy I am a sucker
And so am I. That's why I just bought Genesis from GoG but I'll pass on MotbW and instead wait for Age of wonders 3 then hopefully, for the game from Wasteland Interactive.
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Originally Posted by Hastar View Post
Not sure why they had to release it so early.
If I had to guess I would say that they wanted to release game before Dragon commander and Age of Wonders 3 that target more or less similar audience and generally flood of game that is expected in summer.
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