King under the Mountain is a simulation-based strategy/management game where you design, build and run a settlement in a fantasy world. Then, once you're up and running, you can send out groups of adventurers to explore and loot other players' creations, playing out through turn-based tactical combat. You start a game on a randomly-generated area map with a few settlers, tools and other provisions, and slowly grow into a self-sustaining village, town, or eventually, a city. You play as one of several fantasy races each with their own unique gameplay mechanics.

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If you've not been following development so far, King under the Mountain is a simulation-based settlement-building strategy/management game for PC, Mac and Linux. It's inspired by Dwarf Fortress, The Settlers, Dungeon Keeper, Prison Architect and Rimworld (amongst others), though the plans are to put our own unique spin on things to create a special game that the team has always wanted to play!

grow in size and comlexity

Development so far has been a little slow as it is a hobby project developed in what little spare time we have available. The goal with the Kickstarter is to split the working week between contract work and further game development (unless the campaign is so wildly successful it can fund a lot of development time).

Following the campaign, the target release date for "Alpha 1" is February 2019 to a platform like Itch.io, followed by a long development cycle of feature updates before transitiong to Steam Early Access most likely in late 2020. Development will continue from there, so it's a long roadmap, but this genre is uniquely qualified to benefit from a long early access period, layering new features and systems on top of each other while taking on player feedback.

We hope you'll consider backing our Kickstarter campaign and making the game a success!

June 2018 Update - Return of the King

June 2018 Update - Return of the King

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Monthly dev update for King under the Mountain - a simulation-based strategy game inspired by Dwarf Fortress, The Settlers and Prison Architect.

May 2018 Update - Second Breakfast

May 2018 Update - Second Breakfast

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Monthly dev update for King under the Mountain - a simulation-based strategy game inspired by Dwarf Fortress, The Settlers and Prison Architect

April 2018 Update - Flora and Farming

April 2018 Update - Flora and Farming

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Monthly dev update for King under the Mountain - a simulation-based strategy game inspired by Dwarf Fortress, The Settlers and Prison Architect. This...

March 2018 Update - AI rewrite and heading back to Kickstarter

March 2018 Update - AI rewrite and heading back to Kickstarter

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Monthly dev update for King under the Mountain - a simulation-based settlement-building strategy game inspired by Dwarf Fortress, The Settlers, Dungeon...

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Early playable prototype of King under the Mountain, for Windows 32 bit.

King under the Mountain linux64 v0.3.3

King under the Mountain linux64 v0.3.3

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Early playable prototype of King under the Mountain, for Linux.

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King under the Mountain mac v0.3.3

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Early playable prototype of King under the Mountain, for Mac.

King under the Mountain win64 v0.3.3

King under the Mountain win64 v0.3.3

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Early playable prototype of King under the Mountain, for Windows

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RomanianReaver
RomanianReaver

No beer? And yet you say they're dwarves?! **opens the grudge book**

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RocketJumpTechnology Creator
RocketJumpTechnology

Ah but the beer is coming, with a very detailed production chain and a major part of the economy! :) Just not in this version sadly, but the next major one I'm sure it will be.

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RomanianReaver
RomanianReaver

That'll do laddie, that'll do.

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EarlyAccessGamer
EarlyAccessGamer

Hi, I was really enjoying playing your game. Even so early in development the mechanics are tight and fun. However, the demo crashed shortly after I started using it and I noticed that I was up to 3GB of memory usage from the game. I think you might have a memory leak :(

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RocketJumpTechnology Creator
RocketJumpTechnology

Here's a quick look at memory management under the hood - it's very spikey due to the Java garbage collector but over time seems to use the same amount of memory for the duration, dropping down to about 250MB on average. How much memory do you have on your machine? Any info helps!

Kingunderthemounta.in

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RocketJumpTechnology Creator
RocketJumpTechnology

Thanks a lot for bringing that to our attention! Looking into it now! The game does seem to hover around 2.8GB of memory usage normally (not been at all conservative with memory usage at this stage) which is a lot but shouldn't be a problem for modern desktops/laptops. Will do some debugging now to see if I can find a memory leak.

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EarlyAccessGamer
EarlyAccessGamer

Hi, I have 32GB of memory so it shouldn't be a problem at all (and I'm not even entirely sure it was the cause of the crash - I looked for a log file just now but couldn't find anything). My suspicion is that not enough memory is being assigned to the JVM which could cause it to crash if memory usage spiked. I'm really keen to make a video on this game so I'll try again this evening (GMT+13) and get back to you with an update.

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Rasip
Rasip

The windows demo is using 32bit java. It doesn't matter how much ram your computer has 32bit java will not be able to address more than 4GB, but in most OS it is closer to 3GB.

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ayarger
ayarger

The game's looking good! I enjoy all the activity and movement, and Dave's art is adorable. I think you could really make things feel cartoony and lively if you gave the sprites a bit of bounce as they move, south-park style.

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SenSei76
SenSei76

Look greate! ;)

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