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 latest build 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 6 (Windows)

Pioneers Build 6 (Windows)

Apr 20, 2014 Demo 0 comments

The world is now one huge and continious area, no more maps per se. You can explore anywhere at any time. Then I pretty much rewrote the town areas. They...

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.

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ceriux Jun 21 2012, 10:04pm says:

hey thanks for the demo! checking it out now!

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EigenLenk Jun 23 2012, 5:02am replied:


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ceriux Jun 20 2012, 2:44pm says:

i would buy it. just hope its not over priced..

btw love the particle effects from the ship =)

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EigenLenk Jun 21 2012, 5:15am replied:

Thanks. I haven't thought about the pricing at all but I don't think it would be too much. Honestly, I don't know at this point :)

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siveon Jun 9 2012, 12:00pm says:

Is this game going to be free?
If not, would there be any way to support development? This looks like my kind of game. ^^

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EigenLenk Jun 9 2012, 3:58pm replied:

Thanks :) No, it's not going to be free. I love doing what I'm doing but it takes a lot of time and effort so I wouldn't want to just give it away. I'm hoping to reach pre-order stage by fall. But if you want to support, which I really appreciate, you can visit my website where I have a little PayPal donation button. It's in the bottom of the page. You can find my website in the Profile section on the right, or simply:

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siveon Jun 9 2012, 8:36pm replied:

Cool,I can't wait to see this game finished. I wish you best of luck, and expect my money soon good sir.

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EigenLenk Jun 11 2012, 3:22am replied:

Big thanks in advance :)

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EigenLenk Jun 8 2012, 5:56pm replied:

No, it's more like Colonization + Seven Cities Of Gold + Colorado + many other older games. The main idea is that you start out with a little wealth to fund your first voyage. You go around exploring the land and maybe come across some treasure which you can take back home with you and use to fund your next exploration to a larger "map". The extra gold allows you to hire better men and buy more equipment and resources. Or maybe there will be artifacts in the world that you try to find and collect to take back to your King who then gives you gold to fund your next voyage. I'm yet to decide. I hope this answers your question :)

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helex Jun 8 2012, 6:05pm replied:

Awesomez :O cool but i wished if there was more Story in this Like Trbies fighting other and your caught inside it but anyway it looks cool :)

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