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Alpha 8 Deployment: Culture Victory, Information Age, and more...

Today we launched Alpha Test Stage 8. This new version of the game features the addition of a new Culture Victory, a whole new Information Age, totally new world map exploration mechanic, new minigame and a lot of smaller additions.

Let's go into detail about everything step by step.

Culture Victory

Up until this Alpha only War Victory and Wealth Victory had been implemented - only two victories out of a total of six. Now we are presenting a third victory type - Culture Victory. In order to achieve this you will need to build the Pantheon (unlocked in Medieval Age) and then fulfill special tasks that will increase your country cultural prominence. When you do so, special characters will begin to appear in your town. These characters are of cultural professions and have their own troubles and doubts which you will need to dispose of so they could join your country in Pantheon to boost it's culural greatness - and eventually reach the Victory.

Information Age

As always, the new Age adds a whole lot of new buildings, units, technologies, upgrades, and so on. We had previewed some of the stuff earlier, but I will describe the key ones:

  1. Energy! Information Age adds a sixth and final basic resource - energy. Energy is required by a number of things in Information Age. Oil still plays a significant role in this age, but energy is taking over as well. It also requires a power grid to transfer it between towns.
  2. Atom bombs and Nukes! Now it's time for some serious destruction if you can reach this far. Beware though - your own people won't be too happy about it. You will also need a global resource Uranium, which is extremely rare.
  3. Helicopters - better delivery and exploration.
  4. Stealth Fighters and Bombers - now you can deliver some powerful ambush attacks!
  5. Aircraft Carriers - allow your planes to reach further.
  6. Highways - even better than railroads!

Places of Interest on the World Map

Apart from regular quest locations, global resources, and towns of other players now you will find some new places of interest on the world map. These places of interest do not require your hero, but do require some action on your side in order to claim a reward. For example, there is a desloate mine where you can send traders and they will salvage some resources. Furthermore, you can find multiple places of interest of the same kind so they are basically endless - you will be finding more and more of them as long as you keep exploring, unlike the quest locations which are limited.

Land places of interest:

  1. Desolate Farm
  2. Desolate Felling
  3. Desolate Quarry
  4. Desolate Mine
  5. Country Fair
  6. Auction House
  7. General Store
  8. Climber Camp
  9. Plague Village
  10. Kung Fu Master
  11. Black Widow
  12. Thieves Guild
  13. Blacksmith Guild
  14. Razed Village
  15. Druid Drove
  16. Caravan
  17. Desecrated Temple
  18. Artisan Workshop
  19. Jail
  20. Old Graveyard
  21. Precursors Lab

Naval places of interest:

  1. Fish Market
  2. Shipwreck
  3. Survivors
  4. Message in a Bottle
  5. Treasure Island
  6. Pirate Ship
  7. Lighthouse
  8. Tornado
  9. Savage Island
  10. Kraken

New Minigame

Three previous minigames were popular enough among players to warrant the addition of a fourth minigames - about Billy Bonkas and his Candy Factory. Will you be able to help him find an apprentice?

World Map Changed

This time the world map was slightly redesigned to separate regions from each other by sea, so naval travel from one part of the region to another will be faster. Also this time you are playing in Jungle climate.

The wipe of progress and Enkord Cash refund

Just like it was announced in previous news post - all Enkord Cash spent since the 1st of June will be refunded. Needless to say, any unspent Enkord Cash will not be lost and you will be able to spend them during Alpha 8 without problems. Additionally, here are some other things worth mentioning:

  • All items purchased with Enkord Cash (those which have E sign) were transferred from Alpha 7, so you will be able to start a new hero with these items from the old Age.
  • You can take up to 3 equipment items from the old hero to the new one, so your best artifacts can be kept! Heroes who have completed the game with Victory before can take more items.
  • Last but not least - there are different bonus packages - second wind and loyalist packages - so you will have a better start at Alpha 8.
  • Appearance items were removed from Cash Shop, so now you can only use previously purchased items or get a unique appearance by inviting new players to the game.

All existing heroes and countries are wiped, because the changes in Alpha 8 are too complicated to allow us keep your progress. We apologize if it causes you inconvenience, but don't forget that this game is still in an early stage of development. Such progress losses were expected and announced in advance.

The rankings are wiped for everyone as well - but achievements are kept and can be continued in Alpha 8.

What's Next?

We will start the deployment right away. But as always, the early version of the new Alpha stage might be extremely buggy. Critical bugs might even require us to reset the progress again. Plus, it will be extremely crowded at launch. If you want a relatively smooth experience you might decide to wait a few days or even a week. If you can't wait - welcome, but expect bugs, crashes, and a tight map.

In the comments below, let's reminisce about Alpha 7 - which is over - and also post impressions about your early dive into Alpha 8.

Posted 3 months ago.
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Below are the top lists of players and alliances at the end of Alpha 7 as seen in the game. I have recorded the stats almost before the wipe after all final major battles ended so it shows everyone who was stuck till the end. Congratulations to those who made it to this another historical record :)

Alpha 7 Hall of Fame: top countries/players/heroes:

Population:

  1. Tuey
  2. Bababandos
  3. Keirra
  4. JayLow
  5. Desert
  6. Hezekiah
  7. Queen Arya
  8. Sprite
  9. Pesky Blinder
  10. Aurora

Domain

  1. Keirra
  2. Brim
  3. Sprite
  4. savipats
  5. Jack
  6. JayLow
  7. Hezekiah
  8. Pesky Blinder
  9. Babd Catha
  10. savi

Science

  1. Neso
  2. Hezekiah
  3. savipats
  4. Ondine
  5. Bababandos
  6. GreatGram
  7. cavemanjack
  8. dbarns
  9. Sprite
  10. jehelenna

Experience

  1. Desert
  2. Queen Arya
  3. Tuey
  4. Keirra
  5. savipats
  6. Brim
  7. Bababandos
  8. Pesky Blinder
  9. JayLow
  10. Jack

Attack

  1. Desert
  2. Tuey
  3. Queen Arya
  4. Keirra
  5. savipats
  6. dbarns
  7. GreatGram
  8. Red Eagle
  9. Jack
  10. Sprite

Defense

  1. Brim
  2. Bababandos
  3. Pesky Blinder
  4. Mr H
  5. Akaterine
  6. Horacio
  7. Dragonseeker
  8. Fungi
  9. Alibaba
  10. JODYB

Plunder

  1. Tuey
  2. Queen Arya
  3. Desert
  4. Keirra
  5. Myleneliah
  6. savipats
  7. GreatGram
  8. Brim
  9. savi
  10. Red Eagle

Profit

  1. Brim
  2. Heimie
  3. GreatGram
  4. Shalala
  5. Aurora
  6. Coolit
  7. Azhriaz
  8. Alkis
  9. Migail
  10. Nchama

Edited by berserker 3 months ago.

3 months ago

Alliances:

Population

  1. Dragonriders
  2. Black Flag
  3. Blackhawk
  4. Aya da Storm
  5. Firefly
  6. Volunteers
  7. Raging Chariots
  8. Fleur De Lys
  9. Nomads
  10. Mylenian Dominion

Domain

  1. Dragonriders
  2. Black Flag
  3. Aya da Storm
  4. Blackhawk
  5. Firefly
  6. Volunteers
  7. Raging Chariots
  8. Fleur De Lys
  9. Pleiades
  10. Nomads

Science

  1. Dragonriders
  2. Black Flag
  3. Blackhawk
  4. Aya da Storm
  5. Firefly
  6. Volunteers
  7. Fleur De Lys
  8. Raging Chariots
  9. Pleiades
  10. Nomads

Experience

  1. Black Flag
  2. Dragonriders
  3. Aya da Storm
  4. Blackhawk
  5. Firefly
  6. Volunteers
  7. Fleur De Lys
  8. Raging Chariots
  9. Nomads
  10. Pleiades

Attack

  1. Black Flag
  2. Dragonriders
  3. Firefly
  4. Aya da Storm
  5. Volunteers
  6. Raging Chariots
  7. Nomads
  8. Mylenian Dominion
  9. Memento Mori
  10. Blackhawk

Defense

  1. Aya da Storm
  2. Nomads
  3. Pleiades
  4. Dragonriders
  5. Blackhawk
  6. Volunteers
  7. Koh I Noor
  8. Firefly
  9. Black Flag
  10. Raging Chariots

Plunder

  1. Black Flag
  2. Dragonriders
  3. Firefly
  4. Aya da Storm
  5. Mylenian Dominion
  6. Raging Chariots
  7. Volunteers
  8. Blackhawk
  9. Nomads
  10. Memento Mori

Profit

  1. Black Flag
  2. Dragonriders
  3. Pleiades
  4. Blackhawk
  5. Aya da Storm
  6. Firefly
  7. Volunteers
  8. Raging Chariots
  9. Nomads
  10. Koh I Noor

Edited by berserker 3 months ago.

3 months ago

Woo Hoo cannot wait to see new things :) thank you

3 months ago

Loyalist packages ? Second wind packages ? I can only laugh about that! I started today with them, but had to leave the game for some hours soon thereafter. When I came back, another player already knocked at my door and (at least) asked me friendly to leave the place, where I was just starting, and gone were the packages. It's the ridiculous "war-game-aspect" once again.

3 months ago

All excited about this new alpha. Also very happy where we ended as a small new alliance :)

3 months ago

Reply to Andruxius :

Loyalist packages ? Second wind packages ? I can only laugh about that! I started today with them, but had to leave the game for some hours soon thereafter. When I came back, another player already knocked at my door and (at least) asked me friendly to leave the place, where I was just starting, and gone were the packages. It's the ridiculous "war-game-aspect" once again.

Instead of deleting, let your hero auto delete, then you will get your packages again.

Edited by Sprite 3 months ago. Reason: spelling correction

3 months ago

Reply to Sprite :

Loyalist packages ? Second wind packages ? I can only laugh about that! I started today with them, but had to leave the game for some hours soon thereafter. When I came back, another player already knocked at my door and (at least) asked me friendly to leave the place, where I was just starting, and gone were the packages. It's the ridiculous "war-game-aspect" once again.

Instead of deleting, let your hero auto delete, then you will get your packages again.

It would be nice to have an option in the first 12 or 24 hrs of a brand new hero, to be able to delete and keep everything. That way we would not have to wait like 3 days for it to disappear to start again. 

3 months ago

Concur with SandySue. (Love the current hat!)

3 months ago

Inviting friends as it was before? 1 invitation for a special link? Or whether it is possible to make a single reference to all

3 months ago

There is a button "Invite Players" on donate tab - it explains everything.

3 months ago

Yes, sorry, I saw, I thought that something will change. And it would be possible to post one link and on it everyone could register and play, but ok, will try invite this way

Edited by Qwars 3 months ago.

3 months ago

Yes, it requires personal approach. I get what you are talking about - you want a single link to post on some forum or somewhere else so everyone who got into the game through it would count as your referrer. No, currently it's not possible but it makes sense to implement it some time. Invites system originates from the time when game access was limited...

3 months ago

Hi! Please check my account I purchase like one month ago Enkord cash which I use all ,at the finish of the game I have very small amount now I have a lot . I did know were to post this so I did it here. Thank you!

3 months ago

Reply to Anonymous :

Hi! Please check my account I purchase like one month ago Enkord cash which I use all ,at the finish of the game I have very small amount now I have a lot . I did know were to post this so I did it here. Thank you!

Cash spent in the last month and a half was refunded. No need to worry :)

3 months ago

Really nice addition those new locations: Desolate farms, Kung Fu Master, Black Widow, Country Fair = already investigated .

Found also Old Graveyard and Kraken...

Well done !!!

3 months ago

Kung Fu Master : upgrading units is very useful  - my favorite location so far :)

Black Widow : i have 6 or 7 now, I'll wait a lil bit to send my guys there lol, the reward is not enough ineteresting atm.

Caravan is useful when nothing else to do better with your army :-) 

Druid dove: perfect for extra animals, at some point I prefere to send them to the druid than killing them ..

Plague village: good way to get exp when no other way ..same for the Razed village (  quite expensive tho that one ) 

Jail : cool to get some extra units ! 

Precursor lab : absolutely great !!! 

Desolate farm, mine....: not very big amounts atm, maybe later will be more interesting 

Blacksmith guild : nice, I hope later I will get level 3 upgrades . Didnt taste yet Artisan guild .. 

Thieves guild has a cool interest lol I like it a lot 

Country fair is good too, having double for what you send it's nice ( only if you have to spare tho the required ressource) 

General store :dissapointing and expensive, the ores or crystalS must be higher level since the begining imo, considering that the location is quite rare 

Graveyard : i dont have skeletons yet, and not sure i would like to have more, except if they count for the quest for the necromancer 

Didnt found Desecrated Temple, nor Climber camp 

Found only the Kraken so far for the naval locations

I like those locations a lot, and the idea of better rewards as you're exploring further is very interesting :)) I cant wait to explore the naval ones as well! 

Well done team ( again !!!! ) 

Edited by Arya 2 months ago.

2 months ago

I love the new places but hate losing my scouts lol.  I haven't found all of them of course but I like the jails, the kung fu master and the auction house if you have spare resources.  :-)  The plague towns are okay as a last resort for experience.  I've not been to any others yet.

2 months ago

I love the new places, everytime I send my scouts I wonder what will appear. The Kung Fu Master I really like and hoping I will find a couple of him. I never collected animals but now I do to send them to Druid Dove. The rest of the places I need to visit but will wait untill I have more stuff to send.

Overall I like the places and it is een very nice addition.

Edited by Snooky 2 months ago. Reason: addition

2 months ago

How much resources I have to bring to General Store to get anything from it?

2 months ago

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