Epoch Games


Summary

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is a single-player, medieval-low-fantasy RPG being developed by Epoch Games, utilizing Epic Game's Unreal Engine 4, for Windows PCs. The game will feature an expansive, living world that will evolve and grow by itself, instead of revolving around the player’s actions.
The game is currently planned to be released Chapter by Chapter, with each bringing new regional content and gameplay features.





The World of Althas

As old orders crumble and new powers rise, it is time for you to forge your destiny.
Ever since it's early history, Althas has been a land shaken by conflicts. In the early days, these conflicts pitted the Anointed Kingdoms of Men against dark and demonic forces that threatened them. However, with the passage of time, the world has changed: the Anointed order is eroding away and new powers are rising. Another war looms on the horizon, a war of personal and political motivation. Thenodar, a burgeoning new kingdom in the North, and Anorthile, one of the last of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, now prepare for a war that will shake all of Althas. Old demons and new enemies gather in the shadows of both lands as each sets their sights on the ruined wilderness known as the Feralands.


Gameplay Mechanics

There are many features we aim for in The Lays of Althas: SO. The game is in the early stages of development, so many of the features listed below are subject to change:
    • Open World: Adventure on the continent of Althas. A large, open-world awaits the player with full freedom to explore. Regions will be released via Chapters.

    • Deep Lore: The world of Althas has a rich history which is represented throughout the game. Interact with environments, NPCs, and as well as read through in-game books to learn more about the world.

    • Dynamic and Active World: Instead of a world that revolves around the player, we are creating a world where the player must learn to revolve around it. This approach will allow for date-based events to occur in Althas, even if you aren’t around to see them.

    • Adaptive Skill-based Combat: The game aims for a skill-based, first-person, system. Giving the player full control over melee swings and stabs, as well as engaging ranged combat and stealth.

    • Magic: Magic is a rare ability that the player will have to work hard to unlock in the Sundered Order period of Althas. When utilized correctly, it possesses a myriad of usages that can be extremely beneficial.

    • Dynamic Factions and Wars: Factions will make decisions and go to war with each other. Battles happen dynamically, according to the timeline and based on causes-and-effects within the game.


Epoch Games

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is being developed by Epoch Games, an all-volunteer group from all across the world. We are dedicated to making this game as great as possible, and to make Althas a truly epic RPG experience. Being volunteers, we’re doing this for free - our motivation comes from our desire to create great games. Members of Epoch Games hail from all over the world; we are an international group, with members from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, all working together online to bring you the best game experience we can. Visit our DB page.
For more news and discussion, please visit our official forums. If you're interested in joining the Epoch Games team, please see our Jobs link here.
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Wild Animals of Althas: Predators


Hey there, been a little while. We’ve been hard at work on Althas but we didn’t want to leave you hanging while we labor away in the background so we have another new update for you featuring some excellent concept art of Althas’s wild life. This time the subject is the predators that roam the wilds of North Thenodar.

Male Bear by Amanda Starlein


Female Bear by Amanda Starlein


Bear Cub by Amanda Starlein


First up, we have the Thenodrim Bear, a particularly large and imposing breed that makes its home in the forests that cover the foothills of Thenodar’s mountains. Though they often avoid humans, they are very protective of their dwellings and cubs. If you find a lost cub, be weary: an angry parent is likely not far behind.

Wolf Male by Amanda Starlein


Wolf Female by Amanda Starlein


Wolf Cub by Amanda Starlein


Next we have the Thenodrim Wolf. These fearsome predators roam the hills and forests of Thenodar, both North and South. Hunting in packs, they prey primarily on the great cattle that roam the plains and the deer that roam the forest. Cunning hunters, these wolves can prove a real danger to a careless traveler.

Lindworm Male by Amanda Starlein


Lindworm Female by Amanda Starlein


Lindworm Hatchling by Amanda Starlein


Finally, we have the Thenodrim Lindworm. The Lindworms are the smallest form of drake found in Althas and Thenodar’s breed is among the smallest of all Lindworms. Living in small burrows in hillsides, their green scales help it to blend in with the tall grass of Thenodar’s highland hills. Lindworms are fairly indiscriminate, hunting anything they feel confident in attacking from mice, to unare birds, to young calves or fawns if they can catch them off guard and away from the herd.

Though Lindworms tend to live in sizable groupings, they usually hunt alone. However, when hunting larger prey or defending against a threat, they will attack in large groups. Though one Lindworm may not pose too much threat to a skilled fighter, in larger groups they can be deadly to even mighty warriors.

However, the Thenodrim Lindworm’s small size and tendency to hunt mice and other pests has also made them fairly popular pets with those who can afford the costs of obtaining one young and having it trained.

Music of Althas

Music of Althas

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We're back with another update! This time, with Music from our Composer, Arvin Fekri!

Game Over: Odds & Ends

Game Over: Odds & Ends

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In this update, we'll be showing off some of the UI to come out of Graphic Design: our Heads-Up Display (HUD), Loading Screen and Game Over screen. Just...

Bordrima Revisited

Bordrima Revisited

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Its been 2 years since the last time we showed you the Narthendar Village of Bordrima. It is time we show you how it has improved. I hope you enjoy them!

Domesticated Creatures of Althas

Domesticated Creatures of Althas

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In our first update for 2019, we will be showing off some Concept Art for Domesticated Creatures. Expect regular Weekly to Bi-Weekly updates from here...

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The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

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This is the first chapter of "The Hawk and the Stone" in a .pdf file. Download and you can open it with e-reader apps like the Kindle app and of course...

The Hawk and the Stone - Chapter 2

The Hawk and the Stone - Chapter 2

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This is the second chapter of the story Hawk and the Stone. The file is a PDF format. Illustrations by: Joan Maldonado, Owen Yulefield, and Ruo Yo Chen

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Guest
Guest

How are you planning the "timeline based events" to occur with new regions being released as chapters, as you said in the gameplay mechanics.

Will players have to start a new game to experience the events across the whole map, or will the new region timeline events occur after the old regions events have transpired - according to region release order?

If the latter is the case, then wouldn't it mean that any player starting a new game with 1+regions would be limited to waiting for the original region to finish it's timeline, before the next one could begin it's own timeline - according to the release order.

I struggle to see how you can get these timeline based events to smoothly occur for the entire map if you are planning to release regions one by one.

-from an old merp fan

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names_are_useless Creator
names_are_useless

A very good question Guest.

Effectively yes: each Character a Player rolls up would effectively "start from the beginning" of the Timeline. New events are planned to be opened up with every new release. Some of our earlier releases (our currently planned Prelude) will be outside the "regional" releases we plan, taking place BEFORE the main Timeline events (hence the "Prelude").

We also have a plan of separating "named" and "sandbox": "Named" Characters would effectively be characters with a defined history, look, basic attributes and skills, etc and have a very defined "main questline" (a more "railroad" kind of RPG experience), whereas "sandbox" characters would be a bit closer (something more akin to Skyrim).

We will release more details about this in the future. Thanks for keeping up with us since MERP :)

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names_are_useless Creator
names_are_useless

I'm sorry our next update is taking so long ... there is a lot going on behind the scenes. We want to make sure our next update is a big one, and once we get that one out, to be updating more regularly.

Our project is still alive, we just don't want to be posting updates of material already shown OR in an incomplete state.

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Guest
Guest

Do you have an approximate ETA for when we can expect the next update? Or at least the percentage left until the update is fully ready to go?

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Anshalf
Anshalf

Can we get an update, please? As a late Christmas/ New Years gift? Pretty please?

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Guest
Guest

Its been 3 to 4 months since there last update are they going to post anything new?

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Guest
Guest

I think its dead. A shame, it looked promising.

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MiCizek
MiCizek

My common test if are Alive. :-D Google.cz

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MiCizek
MiCizek

It is ok if they recruiting new staff member. :-P

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Guest
Guest

Well at least Skyblivion and Skywind is alive and well.

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Guest
Guest

Exactly! Beyond Skyrim as well. Was hoping this would be finished though. I wonder what happened, they've been saying that they've got updates coming up.

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