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Stormlord Games, Inc.By Stormlord Games, Inc.
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Stormlord Games, Inc.By Stormlord Games, Inc.
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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 19 2013

About

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  Empires of Tahn is a new fantasy MMORTS (Massively Multiplayer Real Time Strategy) game featuring synchronous, real-time, tactical combat playable on your tablet and smartphone.  

  Enter a fantasy world of warfare, floating sky empires, dragon riders, airships, archmages, and Fallen gods who seek to reclaim their former glory.  

  Experience a beautiful, persistent fantasy world filled with nine playable races, four factions, a huge pantheon of gods, epic quests, and a rich backstory of memorable characters and adventures.  

  Participate in epic faction vs. faction multiplayer battles using a rich, real time tactical combat system that is easy enough for beginners to pick up and play but complex enough to keep hardcore RTS players challenged for years.  

  Empires of Tahn combines the immersive sandbox world of a traditional MMO, the rich persistent tactical warfare of classic 4X games such as Masters of Orion and Civilization and hard hitting, multiplayer, strategic combat of classic RTS games such as Warcraft, and Company of Heroes.

  The gameplay is simple; start out on a small Empyrean Island high above the clouds and begin gathering resources to build new buildings and upgrade existing buildings. Resources are gathered in many ways; by sending your workers out onto your island to collect them and by ordering your airships and flying units to gather them from other locations.

  Once you amass enough power you can flex your military muscle by attacking enemy fortresses and fleets and plundering their valuable resources!

  Be warned though, the other denizens of Tahn don’t take kindly to being ransacked so keep building your defenses and upgrading your airship fleets. If you feel the odds are against you, join or create a Guild and ally yourself with other faction members to become the ultimate power in the world of Tahn!

            Real Time Combat System Explained- Featuring in game screenshots

The diagram above showcases the stages and functionality of our combat system. Click to embiggen it!

Basically, combat works like this:

  • Find a target on the World map
  • Tap it to send your fleet to intercept
  • Once your fleet is in close proximity a Combat Arena will load
  • As the Arena loads the servers will sync up and your real time battle will begin
  • Tap your units to select them and then give them commands
  • Your fleet configuration only goes so far in deciding victory - it takes real piloting skills to emerge victorious!
See the video below for in game examples of our real time synchronous combat!

  At this time we only have our combat prototype working but we are working hard on other features and will provide updates to this page as they come online in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more awesome!

  Empires of Tahn is 100% free to play, designed and developed by Indie developers, featuring a team of industry veterans with more combined years of experience than the elder gods themselves. Show your support and join this amazing online community with early beta access to the game! Help steer the game’s development with your feedback and make this the best MMORTS ever!

  Empires of Tahn is an online mobile strategy game along the lines of Clash of Clans and Game of War but with far more sophistication. We want to make Guilds meaningful, combat fun, and the world feel alive with always something new to see when you enter the game. Ambitious to be certain but we have the team and know how to not only meet these lofty goals but exceed them!

Our game pillars include:

  • Gather Resources and construct a mighty fortress
  • Pick up and Play – Easy to Learn Difficult to Master
  • Sandbox Persistent World
  • Real-time, synchronous battles
  • Fully controllable Units - No ‘Plop and pray!’
  • Compelling and Constant Progression - Keep amassing power
  • Faction Verses Faction based Warfare – Guilds
  • Customizable Fortresses and Combat Units
  • An immersive fantasy setting with a rich cast of NPCs
  • Rich story lines – Epic Adventures
  • MMO quality quests and Realm-Wide Events  
  • The Godfells - endgame territory control
  • No "Pay to Win" - ever

                              Build a Fearsome Floating Fortress!

  Your fortress is your base of operations and where all of your progression takes place. When the game begins you choose a faction to represent and then you are assigned an Empyrean Island of your very own. From this floating island fortress you harvest resources to fuel your construction and research costs. Building an empire isn't cheap so you'll always be on the lookout for more resources. How and where you gather them is up to you.

                                        Interceptor class Airship Unit

  Unit construction and research is the other half of the construction circle as you will need powerful ships and beasts to defend and procure resources. There are many different types of units available to you and all are customized to your play style. See the section on Customization below for more information.

Dragons!

We have been hard at work adding dragons to the mix so here is a peek at them in the world map!

  Empires of Tahn features two selectable Player Factions: The Realm Guard and The Warborne. It also features two Non-Player factions: The Magnate and The Fallen. Each faction has a unique visual aesthetic, motivation and goals.

  In addition, players can form guilds to coordinate attacks on the other factions. Faction based events and faction specific missions will create emergent lore and gameplay that fuels the community. Players can lead the pack based on their performance with Leaderboard features that detail all aspects of gameplay.

  In addition to the two player based factions, there are also two NPC factions: The Magnate and The Fallen. These two NPC factions have their own agendas in the Aftermath of the Ascension Wars and will serve as both allies and enemies, providing rivalries, exploration, and quests for the player.

  The Realm Guard of the Alabaster Kingdom of Helmsdale is led by King Chiron Helmsdale. His advisor, Xanilon, is an incredibly powerful and ancient Archmagi and is one of few survivors of the Ascension Wars. Xanilon assisted in Chiron’s rise to power and together they began an alliance comprised of human Knights from Helmsdale, the Rune Fae Elves of Southern Helmsdale and the Goblins/Gnomes of Minas Rhan. 

  The Realm Guard is a sacred order dedicated to the regulation of The Ether and all magic use in the Realm of Tahn. Their main goal is to ensure that another Ascension War never happens and that the people of Tahn are safe from The Fallen’s vengeful reach.

  The Warborn were formed as a response to an “unofficial” excommunication by The Realm Guard in the Aftermath of the Ascension War. Their unconventional, power hungry beliefs and barbaric cultural ties made them undesirable to the Realms of Tahn. They are led by the Druas or Dark Elves of the Fomorian Kingdoms of Hollow Deep. The powerful Archmages of the Druas were in the forefront of the assault that ripped “The Ether” asunder, dragged the gods from their perches and brought them tumbling into the Godfells. 

  Led by the most powerful and ambitious Archmage of their kind, The Irlking, The Warborn are a union bent on the conquest and control of The Ether. The dark elves are joined by the savage, Gareth Sing; human barbarians from the Biting Cliffs, and the ingenious, outspoken, Fomorian Dwarves of Hollow Deep. Together The Warborn’s main goal is to amass as much power as possible, so they alone can dictate the fate of Tahn without judgement or interference from nobleman or god.

  The Magnate are an elite group located in the Tartessean Isles, comprised of the richest and most influential merchants, diplomats, guild leaders and traders of Tahn. Their union is extremely exclusive, by invitation only, and purely motivated by power through profit. Together the heads of the Magnate control almost all trade and commerce in the Empires. This reach extends both to conventional trade as well as information brokering, slave trading, exotic distractions, oddities, and even arcane artifacts. 

  Their influence in matters of trade and negotiations is beyond reproach. All members of the Magnate are of exceptional wealth, influence and possess an almost preternatural beauty. Their ability to influence, seduce and if need be browbeat would be clients is the stuff of legend. Their origins are shrouded in mystery having members of every cultural background included in their ranks. Some believe they were exiled on the “Donjon” Isles of Tartessos for unspeakable crimes. Others believe that they are descended from supernatural beings of some kind and only those possessing the proper blood line are invited to join.  

  No one truly knows what their end goals are, but for the moment amassing power, wealth and knowledge keeps the Magnate quite busy.

  When the Ascension Wars began, the most power hungry of the Archmagi tore through the Ether, ripping open portals to the plane of power that the gods themselves inhabited. The largest rift was so large that many gods fell from their divine perches in the Ether and plummeted to Tahn, landing in a place now called the God Fells. In doing so, these former gods lost their divinity and were trapped on the mortal plane as neither gods nor men.

  Likewise, the most powerful Archmages attempted to ascend into the Ether and claim their place as gods. Unfortunately, most failed or were driven back from the Ether by the remaining gods of Tahn and like their divine counterparts were cursed as they fell back to Tahn. The magical powers exerted when the gods fell to Tahn, wreaked havoc on the laws of nature, causing a crater the size of a small country and miles deep below the normal surface of Tahn.  Together these fallen gods and archmages are now referred to as The Fallen and the the huge depressed mass of land known as the God Fells.

  Since the conclusion of the Ascensions Wars, the God Fells have become a repository for arcane and divine power greater than any other in Tahn. The Fallen continue to plot and harbor great enmity for mortals and gods alike. Each of them with their  own specific agenda and plan to find their way to the Ether and ascend once more to power.



  Empires of Tahn features a huge persistent game world. Each faction will have its own unique territories to explore and defend including beautifully rendered art, unique to the style of the faction. New players joining the game will be able to join in game guilds or learn from veteran players via the in game chat system and robust community forums.

Every time you log into Empires of Tahn something new and exciting awaits you:

  • Go out hunting in enemy territories to search for relics and artifacts to improve your flying armada
  • Write your own epic legend by engaging in the robust, story driven and daily quests
  • Take on huge groups of enemy players with the help of faction and guild mates
  • Lay siege to enemy strongholds and coordinate group raids with your friends
  • Defend your kingdom and allies from enemy attacks that can come at any time
  • Make your mark in the history of Tahn, by carving out your place on the Leaderboards
  • Participate in world wide, week long events for massive rewards and prizes
  • Gather the power and experience to delve into the Godfells and claim their treasures as your own
 

                                                               Click to enlarge

  The world of Tahn is vast and rich with exciting places to explore. From The Whispering Dunes of Minas Rhan  to Alabaster Kingdom of Helmsdale action, conflict and adventure await you. The world of Tahn includes three major faction controlled kingdoms with vast areas of disputed territories, plus a plethora of unexplored and long forgotten lands.

  Whether spend you days patrolling the skies of The Biting Cliffs of Gareth-Sing or high above The Gates of Hollow Deep you are sure to find unique enemies, quests, and scenery. If you need to barter for some rare exotic spell or blueprint, visit The Tartessian Isles home of The Magnate. When your armada, airships and mages are fully stocked with the power of the Ether and prepared for the ultimate challenge, tread lightly into the mysterious Godfells and challenge The Fallen for their power. But be warned, only the bravest and most powerful Lords dare to enter the Godfells and only those that Fate smiles upon can survive.


 
  Our unique and tactical combat system will allow for incredible amounts of customization and strategic noodling. Air ships and mounts have a robust modular system that allows the player to customize the defenses, weapons and accessories of each unit they create. Through time and research more powerful weapons, tools and defense will be at their disposal. Additionally, based on our funding, we plan to include customizable vanity elements for players to personalize their fleets of air ships.
 
  Likewise,Sky Fortresses will offer a similar level of customization. The modular layout will allow players to design and customize their Sky Fortresses into impregnable strongholds. Through experimentation with the diverse selection of defensive and offensive configurations, players will be able to create their own strategic designs for their bases. Additionally, as funding permits we plan on adding vanity customizations for bases to further increase the uniqueness of every player’s base.


                                    Interceptor Airship ready for construction!

  Stormlord Games is a collection of some of the best and brightest developers the gaming industry has to offer. We are a collection of veteran AAA, Mobile and PC developers, designers and artists looking to create a unique and fulfilling gaming experience for fans of fantasy, MMO’s and RTS games.

Our Leadership Team is composed of:

Collectively the Stormlord team has over one hundred shipped titles to our credit including:

  • Imperium: Galactic War
  • EVE Online
  • Lord of the RIngs Online
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Dark Age of Camelot
  • Warhammer: Online
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • Mass Effect 1 & 2
  • Darksiders 1 & 2
 
  Our team currently has a prototype completed that features the basics of our synchronous combat system and a sandbox world (as seen in the introduction video). This working, playable prototype is also connected to our backend technology and playable across multiple devices as well. While this has been an amazing amount of progress for such a short time frame, we still have a long path ahead of us. The team is focused and wants to work very hard to bring this game to fruition. However, all of this work you see so far has been done without any compensation for the team. The majority of our team has families to support. The bulk of the contributions you give would go towards securing contracts and financial stability for the team at Stormlord Games and ensuring this amazing all star team stays together.

  While the company could attempt a traditional VC/Publisher route, we want you the fans and community to be the gatekeepers of this product. We want to be able to create and maintain the game that YOU want and not what someone else thinks you want or demands we make. A developer owned and operated relationship with its player base that will always be more personal, customized and valuable compared to those found at other big name free to play companies. Our team has put a lot of thought into how we want to bring our game to market and we are excited to try our hand at the crowdsourcing phenomenon.

  Our team would also like to make a long term, lasting connection to our player base with “EoT” and we feel that Kickstarter is the perfect way to do so. We would like to create a world, that players can invest in, play in, as well as, contribute to its growth and development. Through Kickstarter, we can gain the funding we need and in doing so allow contributors like you in on the ground floor of our development process. Through rewards we can thank you for your contributions by allowing you to become a unique part of our world. The best thing about Kickstarter is that by making a contribution you are becoming a citizen of the Empire’s of Tahn community. A community that we hope will be one of the richest and most active in gaming.

  By contributing to the Empires of Tahn Kickstarter, you literally become a steward of Tahn and its lands. Our Empire becomes yours to protect and keep. The more people that contribute the larger our world becomes and the greater that task is. This is why each contribution comes with some kind of reward to thank you for taking up our cause. The greater the contribution the greater the mark you will leave on our game!

* All Rewards are DIGITAL Rewards that can be used in all versions of Empires of Tahn that we release regardless of platform.

Thanks for your support!  This wouldn't be possible without you!

For more info on Empires of Tahn or Stormlord Games, please visit our website:

 

Risks and challenges

Any business endeavor has some level of risk involved in it, regardless of its size and scope. To our benefit the team at Stormlord Games has a “Bag of Holding” stuffed to capacity with experience in mitigating risk. The entire team is motivated and willing to work hard to ensure than nothing prevents this project from fruition.

As a team we have a proven track record of accomplishing similar projects and goals in a very limited time frame. Prior to forming Stormlord Games this team developed the popular and successful free to play game Imperium: Galactic War and was able to launch it in approximately 8 months.

Our team is uber motivated to take this experience and apply it to EoT. We value and appreciate your contributions and we will do everything possible to hit our goals.

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