The Maestros is an online multiplayer real-time strategy (RTS) game set in a humorous fantasy world where you control a commander and his squadron of wildy cuddly and mildly vicious minions. Play as either the dieselpunk Knights of Teutonia with their clunky, transforming robots or as the futuristic Alchemists of Regalis with their adorable, mutating monsters.

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Hello everyone! My name is Michael and I am the Lead Artist on The Maestros. We are an action-packed, multiplayer strategy game where you wage war with a Commander and their transforming units.

While working behind the scenes developing The Maestros, there are times where a little bit of fun ends up making it into the game in the form of a joke or Easter Egg. Sometimes humour is added on purpose while others are spur of the moment or even accidental.

One place we purposefully use humour is with some of our animations to help give certain characters a little more personality. While standing around idle, Tinkermeister will randomly scratch his butt or a cute Droplet will do it’s little dance.


While creating the visual effects for when a Commander dies, I thought it would be fun if I could add small quotes as part of the overall effect. By using a sprite sheet I was able to randomize which one you would receive upon death. This experimental visual became an instant hit adding some light hearted humour to a competitive game.


Some humour is tucked away for players to find and can only be activated via cheat codes. One code forms your army into a conga line behind your Commander. Another code pays homage to our friends over at Bloom leaving patches of grass wherever you walk. Both are cosmetic only and have no other function than comedic value.


Sometimes the development process can produce surprise bugs and glitches that add humour. During one of our weekly playtest streams I was able to capture the moment where I had discovered that I could magically select non-playable objects and move around. Here I take control of the Shrine and start running around.


As a strategy based multiplayer game, we want players to feel welcomed regardless of skill level. We feel adding in a little humor helps give The Maestros a fun and friendly charm that everyone can be a part of and enjoy.

Have you heard? You can sign up for the Closed Beta we are hosting on Sunday, November 12th right now! Head over to www.maestrosgame.com with your email to ensure you get in on the action!

The Maestros RTS Closed Beta Test, Nov 12

The Maestros RTS Closed Beta Test, Nov 12

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The Maestros will be running a Closed Beta Test Sun, Nov 12, sign up now for an invite!

The Maestros RTS - Particles & Visual Effects

The Maestros RTS - Particles & Visual Effects

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How we create particle effects for The Maestros to give units and abilities a little extra punch!

The Maestros RTS - Evolving UI Visual Language

The Maestros RTS - Evolving UI Visual Language

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The Maestros is an Arena-RTS, and in today's DevLog we'll discuss how we began to establish the meaning of different text & image styles throughout the...

The Maestros RTS On Steam Greenlight!

The Maestros RTS On Steam Greenlight!

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The Maestros multiplayer Real Time Strategy game with transforming armies & team based combat is now on Steam Greenlight with our brand new trailer!

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I love to give advice when I review a game but this team knows what their at. Smashing intro. Thx for the tour.

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Thanks a lot, we've put a lot of time into the game, and it's good to know the work has been appreciated :)

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