So, what is this game about? Well it's a turn based exploration game with some RPG elements where you lead a party of pioneers each with different professions, skills and attributes. You start out in a town where you first have to assemble your party from the tavern, plan out and buy equipment you need from the supply store and get yourself a ship. Or two. Then by conversing with different people you get quests, which may be to follow the steps of the previous explorers that never came back and find out what happened, find treasures, compose an accurate map, find contact with unknown native tribes and 'export' religion or simply be the first to disover a piece of the world. You do all that while surviving the harsh environments with seasons that change each bringing with them a different set of challenges, fighting wildlife and tribespeople, finding food and water and trying not to die of dysentery. With each part of the world you discover, you gain access to larger regions further away from home. It's not that you couldn't go there to begin with but you need more men and supplies, which means you need to collect more wealth beforehand.

What else can you do? One crucial, sort of, aspect of the game will be communication. You see, when you encounter an unknown tribe you are not able to understand them because they speak an unknown language. All foreign communication in the game takes place in form of icons/symbols/glyphs that you have to decipher. To make the players life easier, animals and tribes both share the same system. When you see a wolf start to attack you and this certain icon appears over its head you better remember this, because when you interact with some tribes and the same icon appears, you know you better get out of there.


If you have any questions, suggesstion or bugs to report please post them in the official game forum linked below.


Do download the game directly and to get more info about the development please visit the official website.

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22 comments by EigenLenk on Feb 27th, 2013

Greetings, fellow adventurers.

I'm very happy to announce that a new build is now available. It fixes several issues found in the last version but also introduces a lot of new content and gameplay features. For example along with a simple introduction to the story there is now a basic tutorial mode introducing the core gameplay mechanics.

Here are the download pages (or direct download links, if you prefer):
Windows (Direct link)
Mac (Direct link)

What else has been added? In more technical aspects terrain now has height, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Higher ground offers greater range of visibility but isn't always the easiest to reach and ofen blocks your way. Quest system has also been rewritten in Lua, eventually allowing you to make your own quests.


In graphics and audio department the campsite and brig now have their own screens. Two new headbobbing tunes have also found their way into the game. That is nearly 30 minutes of original soundtrack now!


Please try it out and let me know what you think. Your feedback will help shape this game. If you like what you see and hear, visit the game's website to see how you can show your support.

Thanks for reading.

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Pioneers Build 5 (Windows)

Pioneers Build 5 (Windows)

Feb 27, 2013 Demo 0 comments

Build 5 features a simple tutorial mode along with an even simpler intro sequence, introduction to a story of sorts plus a lot of fixes and improvements...

Pioneers Build 5 (Mac)

Pioneers Build 5 (Mac)

Feb 27, 2013 Demo 0 comments

Build 5 features a simple tutorial mode along with an even simpler intro sequence, introduction to a story of sorts plus a lot of fixes and improvements...

Pioneers Build 4 (Windows)

Pioneers Build 4 (Windows)

Dec 4, 2012 Demo 10 comments

This version adds an overworld and some simple sailing mechanics among other things.

Pioneers Build 4 (Mac)

Pioneers Build 4 (Mac)

Dec 4, 2012 Demo 0 comments

This version adds an overworld and some simple sailing mechanics.

Pioneers Build 3 (Windows)

Pioneers Build 3 (Windows)

Sep 24, 2012 Demo 0 comments

In this version you start out the game in a town where you can hire pioneers, build ships and buy equipment. You then get the first quest to complete.

Pioneers Build 3 (Mac)

Pioneers Build 3 (Mac)

Sep 24, 2012 Demo 0 comments

In this version you start out the game in a town where you can hire pioneers, build ships and buy equipment. You then get the first quest to complete.

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hollisfenner
hollisfenner Dec 5 2012, 3:20pm says:

I hope you don't mind, but i'm featuring gameplay of your game on my Youtube Channel here - Youtube.com - Let me know if you would like me to take it down!

Cheers

PS: Great potential with this game, man.

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EigenLenk
EigenLenk Dec 5 2012, 3:31pm replied:

Thank you! Of course I don't mind. Go ahead. Can't wait to see it :)

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hollisfenner
hollisfenner Dec 5 2012, 8:53pm replied:

It's up!

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EigenLenk
EigenLenk Dec 6 2012, 1:11am replied:

Great! Too bad you never found the first island. That's really where the game begins. I would've loved the see the world map and see where you were exactly but I guess you went too far south-east.

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hollisfenner
hollisfenner Dec 7 2012, 1:43am replied:

yea, I wasn't sure what was going on lol, I'll do another one next update and it will be more detailed. Or you could send me an early build and I could do a preview movie for it. Also, it kept crashing when I went to click explore the island... :/

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EigenLenk
EigenLenk Dec 10 2012, 3:54am replied:

I guess you never got my email. Check your spam folder perhaps :)

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newts
newts Nov 16 2012, 10:23pm says:

Awesome game! played the demo and it was pretty cool. Are there going to be more updates to come?

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EigenLenk
EigenLenk Nov 18 2012, 4:47am replied:

Thanks a bunch! I had brief time off but I'm back and working on it right now. I had a development stream up yesterday and I'm probably back online later today (http://www.twitch.tv/playfulmongoose). That is, if you want to see what exactly I'm working on. Plus the more people there, the merrier.

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DragonNOR
DragonNOR Sep 28 2012, 8:06am says:

This looks like a very interesting game, reminds me of the old-school strategy games :)

+1 Track

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EigenLenk
EigenLenk Sep 30 2012, 3:49am replied:

Sweet! Thanks. Make sure to try out the latest build, that is of course, if you are a courageous pioneer ;)

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