[Strategy / Risk] Rise of a Realm : Kingdom Builder

Level 15
Joined
Jul 1, 2008
Messages
1,024
ROAR PREVIEW.JPG


Rise of a Realm

By Marshmalo
[Release date: Out now]

MAP SUMMARY: Rise of a Realm (ROAR) is a sandbox base builder/RTS game with a mythological/medieval theme. Players must first choose whether to found a Warrior or Mage Kingdom, then select a King or Queen to lead their Realm to glory.


Players may remember my Viking Settlers map, this is a complete remake of that map where I have removed the mechanics which weren’t working and added many new unique features to make this map stand out from the many other Builder maps.


GAME FEATURES

- CUSTOM DIPLOMACY: Diplomacy plays an important part in ROAR, players an ally through the typical -ally command but also form unique alliances such as trade pacts, which generate passive income that increases the longer the two kingdoms stay allied. There are plans for other diplomatic options such as Threatening an enemy kingdom into submission and military pacts.



- VASSALIZE OR CONQUER: Once you conquer an enemy capital you can chose whether to destroy your enemy or show mercy and Vassalize them, which allows them to live but incorporates their kingdom into yours.



- MULTIPLE RESOURCE OPPORTUNITIES: ROAR uses gold and iron as its main resources, but there are various different ways of gaining these valuable materials. Kingdoms can breed livestock, fish the rivers, capture Iron mine, harvest iron deposits or trade iron for gold and vice versa.



- BUILDABLE WALLS AND GATES: Protect your growing Kingdom by erecting mighty walls and gates, perfect for people wanting to build a mighty and beautiful city.



- COMMANDERS: Most human soldiers and units can be appointed into commanders, which act as secondary heroes to your King or Queen. They can help manage and lead your armies and have improved abilities and stats over their normal unit counterparts.



- LEGENDARY CREATURES: Capture strategic ancient landmarks around the map to summon powerful creatures of legend. The most powerful creature in the whole game is the mighty Dragon, but only the greatest of Kingdoms may wield these ferocious monsters in battle!



- HQ TERRAIN: ROAR uses a selection of beautiful models from WoW alongside custom textures and resources from The Hive which I hope will give the game a “Warcraft 4” vibe. The imports have been compressed so map is around 15-16 MB which is very small for a map with so many high-quality art assets.





HELP REQUEST: This announcement is also a plea for help, the map is currently very prone to crashes. The game can crash ten minutes in or an hour in, I really have no idea what could be causing this so if anyone has advanced knowledge of crash fixing and thinks they can help please message me privately. Assistance will be greatly appreciated!

SCREENSHOTS


ROAR SC 2.JPG

Warrior Kings: A kingdom founded upon military principles and conquest!
The Warrior Kings utilize a champions and powerful beasts bred and domesticated for warfare.

ROAR SC 5.JPG

Mage Kings: A kingdom ruled by a small but elite group of powerful mages and wizards.
The mage Kings utilize their spells as their first line of defense but can also summon legendary, mystical creatures onto the battlefield.

ROAR SC 1.JPG

ROAR SC 3.JPG


ROAR SC 4.JPG

CREDITS

MODELS:

Fingolfin
communist_orc
Cavman
Mike
Callahan
Sellenisko
Talavaj
nGy
Malvodion
Thrikodius
Wandering Soul
Ujimasa Hojo
General Frank
Ergius
DCrimson

TEXTURES:

Daenar7
GolluM[KoMe]

ICONS:

kola
NFWar
PeeKay
67chrome
Darkfang
Sin'dorei300
Static
Darkfang
I3lackDeath
Sunreaver
Lockheart
AL0NE


Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone off the credits list, big thanks to everyone at the hive for help and resources!
 
Last edited:
Level 14
Joined
Nov 17, 2010
Messages
1,267
This looks like a completely different RTS game. I'm always impressed with your terraining and modelling/texturing abilities. Awesome job, as always
 
Level 3
Joined
Sep 28, 2014
Messages
34
Welcome Back! Marshmalo! This is completely different game.. It's Amazing! For the most part, the map seems still to follow the WC3 RTS building formula like allowing buildings to be built infinitely such as towers, walls, gates etc. I already like the limitation for units and the resource gathering. Improve the map balance for sure this will also be a great success like LTA. I love your Rise of the Vampyr & Rising Zombie uniqueness in terms of terrain and modelling. You also made your own mechanics in terms of using WC3 RTS formula. I wonder when we will get our first hands for this amazing terrains & modelling when it comes to RPG's.
 
Level 6
Joined
May 11, 2008
Messages
107
Another project from Marshmalo, I am hyper now. I can't describe the amount of entertainment I have enjoyed with your maps (special mention to LTF & Rise of the Vampyr) and your terraining mastery is just from another world. Best of luck with your new project!!
I will keep an eye on it.
 
Level 10
Joined
Jun 15, 2016
Messages
463
All of these mechanics sound extremely difficult to manage, but I see you already got the coherent settings going from those screenshots. It looks incredible! Crossing fingers production will go smoothly.
 
Damn, I had independently cooked up an idea that is quite similar to this.

Just for the fun of it, and if you want some inspiration, I'll list some of the ideas I had for my map below. It should be noted a major goal of mine is to emulate simplified versions of real-world strategic considerations - from army supply logistics, to relationships with your vassals - whereas your map seems to be more sandbox-y and arcade-y.
  • GoT-inspired. You play as a noble house (family) and the win condition is controlling a majority of the vassals in the kingdom. The lore backdrop is essentially right after the King dies, the realm is uncertain of who should succeed, and you play as an opportunistic highborn family vying to secure supporters to crown you. Differs from your map, since it sounds like in yours you control a kingdom, whilst in mine you control a house within a kingdom.
  • You can obtain vassals by conquest, or through my Favour mechanic - a symbolic numerical value for how much a vassal likes you.
  • Conquest involves mobilizing units, with a twist - unlike traditional RTS unit production, specific cities are given a set amount of trainable units at the start of the game. Furthermore, units have Resolve (represented by mana). In a skirmish, your units are likelier to run out of Resolve far before they run out of HP. When units run out of Resolve, they flee to their home city. TL;DR - you're encouraged not to send units to their death - they're literally irreplaceable, and if the odds are stacked against them, they'll run away.
  • To conquer a city, reduce that city's Resolve to 0 by attacking it with units. The real-world analog to this action is besieging a city until its lord surrenders and/or the lord's citizens overthrow him. Consequently, that city becomes vassalized.
  • A city's Favour value (displayed on a Multiboard or something) can be increased in several ways, including but not limited to marriage, continuous trade, sneaking in religious sycophants, and granting fiefdoms to them. After a city's Favour reaches a certain value, it can be vassalized. Other players do not know a city's Favour towards you (and vice versa), nor is there an in-game notification when a neutral city is vassalized - so you can sneakily gain control of cities. Theoretically, you can win the game with clever diplomacy and politics, and not have to fight a single battle!
  • More misc. ideas, incl. espionage, assassinations, racial persecution against elves (yep) etc.
Well that's me done. It does look like you have a set goal of what you want this map to be, and I hope you finish it! (even if it's partly so I can steal ideas off the end product hehe)
 
Level 4
Joined
Jul 18, 2007
Messages
106
So is there no way to stop someone you vassalize from just tking you..? Seems like a big mistake to allow them to attack you and not be a command to instantly kill them?
 
Top