Folk Tale is a single-player fantasy village builder ARPG game. If you enjoyed Warcraft 3, The Settlers, Banished, The Guild 2, Majesty 2 or Black and White 2, we hope you'll like Folk Tale. Village building, economy, heroes, combat and adventuring with both campaign and sandbox play.
User reviews: Mixed (1,235 reviews) - 68% of the 1,235 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 30, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Folk Tale is an Early Access game, meaning that is has been released while in development for players to contribute feedback and help drive the final game. Bugs should be expected, and content - while very playable - is incomplete and still being worked on.

Folk Tale has an established track record of monthly patches that include new mechanics, content, and bug fixes, and our community rate us as one of the most transparent and open developers in Early Access. If you want to invest your heart into a game and a team of developers who listens and more importantly responds, Folk Tale is for you.

We're in the Early Access program because your involvement matters. We believe it's the future of game development, and the best way to ensure we deliver a high quality bug free game that's fun to play.

For more information, please visit the Folk Tale Website.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Folk Tale is expected to be complete at some point during 2016. That said, we love Folk Tale, and we may make it a living game that continues to evolve beyond what we had planned.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“To date, we've prioritized the village building, economy and RTS aspects of the game, and building all the tools that we need to create worlds. That is nearing completion, and much of the team have now moved over to working on the RPG adventuring side of the game. That work involves the addition of storyline, questing, exploration, heroes, factions, and special abilities.

Please feel free to take a closer look at the Development Roadmap.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The village building, economy and RTS aspects are maturing rapidly and provide plenty of challenge with three different sandbox maps (Grassland, Swamp and Snow) with varying degrees of difficulty., and 3 linked maps forming the start of the campaign. Editor tools are available for map creation - you can play your own maps and share them with the community in the forums - with plenty of kits and pieces available for world building. The amount of gameplay available is too broad to define, ranging from a few hours at one end of the spectrum, up to those with in excess of 1,000 hours.

For a good look at the current state of Folk Tale, please watch a recent Dev Hangout stream.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes. Our price plan was announced when we first launched in Early Access, and the RRP price has already risen once. It will rise once more shortly before launch.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We've been in Early Access long enough to build a reputation for dedication to community engagement. You'll find us discussing posts and answering questions in the community forums on a daily basis. We also run a weekly or bi-monthly Dev Hangout live streams where the community can join us to share ideas and follow progress while we play the latest dev builds. And then there are the monthly dev blogs.”
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January 24

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This is an update to the experimental opt-in build.

The primary change in this patch is the introduction of the faction standing system. This is an essential prerequisite to the continued rollout of the campaign. We've also added a number of Workbench nodes aimed at cleaning up spaghetti scripts.

Where can I get it?
Experimental Build:

What's new?
Player: Added faction standing system (precursor to allies and enemies)
Player: Tweaked when healthbars appear (hiding for neutral and friendly non-human factions)
Player: Active Quests: Added red x for when quest failed
Player: Active Quests: Added find icon next to subquests
Player: Added connection cost smoothing to pathfinding code to try to improve path quality
Player: Increased speed of number transitions in marketplace
Player: Slightly extended the Withering Dead campaign (it’s still very much WIP)
Maps: Locked two doors in Mordrich’s Factory unless you are a faction friend of Withering Dead
Assets: Added Zombie Ogre (aka Zombie Harvester)
Assets: Added 46 hand-painted loot icons
Editor: Defined all the proper factions for drop downs
Workbench: Added FactionStanding group of nodes
Workbench: Added ifFactionStanding node
Workbench: Added FactionStandingSimple node
Workbench: Added FactionStanding node
Workbench: Added FactionStandingFull node
Workbench: Added IncreaseFactionStanding node
Workbench: Added IncreaseFactionStandingSimple node
Workbench: Added DecreaseFactionStanding node
Workbench: Added DecreaseFactionStandingSimple node
Workbench: Added ModifyFactionStanding node
Workbench: Added SetFactionStanding node for setting explicit value (e.g. -100 to +100)
Workbench: Added LockFactionStanding node (for when player fully commits to a faction)
Workbench: Added UnlockFactionStanding node
Workbench: Added EveryStart node which is run every time a location is loaded instead of just the first time
Workbench: Added StoreCharacter and GetCharacter nodes to clean up long wires
Workbench: Added duplicate node (CTRL+D), also works on multiple-selection
Workbench: AllCharacters and RandomCharacter nodes now filter using faction instead of allegiance
Workbench: Inspector is now opaque to aid readability in busy workbench scripts
Workbench: Added interaction character to WhenQuestGiverInteraction node
Workbench: PersistentAnimation now has support for playing animations on non-character objects as well
Workbench: Trigger now takes Faction instead of Allegiance (see breaking changes below). Default has been set to Humans so most existing triggers should work as expected.
Fix: Fixed marketplace breaking when closing the window too quickly
Fix: Prevented AOE splash damage (e.g. shield bash) from affecting friendly faction units
Fix: Added new stunned animation to bandit (dagger wasn’t animating)
Fix: Green dotted wall placement outline sometimes not being disabled during initialization
Fix: CharacterSetActiveOnDeath not restoring state properly when loading a saved game
Fix: Character collider being enabled on dead characters when loading a saved game
Fix: Box colliders on static characters not being disabled on dead (e.g destructible door in Bandit Cave)
Fix: Modified script on tall torches in Shirebrook map to prevent null exceptions being logged
Fix: Modified script on spike traps in Bandit Cave so that their state persists correctly

Breaking Changes
Level designers...all factions are now neutral to one another, including the player (Human faction). So it’s likely very little combat will happen in your maps. You can quickly reinstate factional enemies using the LockFactionStanding node, setting the value to something like -100. e.g. Human v Undead.

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January 15

Experimental (


This is an update to the experimental opt-in build.

The primary change in this patch is cross-map tracking of quests.

Where can I get it?
Experimental Build:

What's new?
Player: Added Ser Gregory’s missing voice lines
Player: Edited Lilith’s voice files to flow into sequential dialogue more smoothly
Maps: Bandit Caves: Fixed navmesh causing characters to stick where mine tracks cross stream
Maps: Bandit Caves: Added ladder portal in Kenny’s throne room to save players running back to entrance
Workbench: Cross-map tracking of quests
Workbench: StartSubQuest node added
Workbench: Added SubQuestInProgress node
Workbench: Added SubQuestCompleted node
Workbench: Added CompleteSubQuest node
Workbench: Added FailSubQuest node
Workbench: Popup dialog appearance improved
Workbench: Conversation node portraits can now be explicitly set via categorized dropdown (portrait input still optional). A mini portrait icon will appear above the node to help readability.
Workbench: Conversation node option checkboxes are now hidden in the inspector to reduce clutter; inputs work as usual
Editor: Expanded Swamp Ruins Kit with pieces that will become a dungeon
Assets: Added earth, lava and ice worms; not functional
Assets: Added Jax (Glacian boss); not functional
Assets: Fixed animations used by Goblin Axe Warrior
Assets: Refreshed kobold animations and geometry
Assets: Added portraits for Lavallos and Singularity XB-101
Assets: Added 158 paragraphs of voice acting for Willow, Nara and Ambassador O’Kleefe ready for campaign extension
Fix: Bridge in snow kit had navmesh issues
Fix: Cave waterfall tile had collider issues allowing characters to part climb them at odd angles
Fix: Woodcutters could not manually plant saplings
Fix: Woodcutters would sometimes stop working until manually commanded to move
Fix: Only start cooldown for ability if it was successfully started
Fix: Improved some animation blending when issuing orders to moving targets
Fix: Trebuchet rotation sound volume reduced, no longer constantly plays
Fix: Ser Gregory no longer gets stuck in his stunned animation when Willow uses Purify ability
Fix: Camera framing shouldn’t fly wildly up in the air
Fix: Fixed all conversation dialogs that had the wrong portraits

Developer Notes:
Several quest related nodes are being deprecated and will be renamed with the suffix ‘Old’ in Workbench. They are: QuestOld, SubQuestWhenOld. Please migrate your maps to use the new nodes.

The conversation node portrait input is still valid, and should be used when referencing spawned villagers whose faces are dynamically generated. For all other NPCs, it’s cleaner and faster to set their portrait explicitly using the categorized dropdown. The new portrait dropdown goes a long way to cleaning up wire count in dialogue intensive maps.

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"Folk Tale looks like a marvelously ambitious fantasy city-builder – featuring fully explorable building/dungeon interiors and an adventure-focused RPG component – with some admirably silly humor to boot."
Rock Paper Shotgun

"Folk Tale has some interesting ideas and a sense of humour."
PC Gamer

"Folk Tale is the game we always wanted...a sandbox citybuilder simulation with RPG elements blended in. Probably the best Greenlight game to date"
- Original Curators Group

About This Game

Folk Tale is a fantasy village builder ARPG game in which you lead a ragtag band of peasants in growing a thriving market town, while dastardly minions plot your downfall! Recruit heroes and head out into the wilds to fight back against evil. Or, you know, to get sweet sweet loot. Either or.

Players are comparing Folk Tale with Warcraft 3, The Settlers, Banished, The Guild 2, Majesty 2 and Black and White 2. Folk Tale is not a pure play role-playing game such as Pillars Of Eternity, and adopts more of a MOBA approach to hero abilities than a CRPG.

Planned Features

Please note not all features and content have been completed yet. For more information please visit the Development Roadmap on our website.

Build your own impressive settlement and economy chains;

Manage villager needs and happiness, tackling sickness and rebellion;

Defend your town from attack by manning palisades and stone walls, upgrading towers with siege defenses, and hiding traps to slow and wound the enemy;

Meet, recruit, and level-up heroes and special abilities;

Explore a rich and diverse world spanning multiple biomes, including exploring dungeons, with direct control of your villagers and heroes;

Immerse yourself in the lives of your villagers as they become drawn into their own story lines;

Research new technologies unlocking crafting recipes and economic bonuses;

Collect resources and loot corpses for new gear and ingredients to be used in crafting;

Beautiful stylized graphics with voice-acted characters;

Download community-designed custom worlds, or create your own using the editor to share with friends or the wider community;

Tongue-in-cheek humor for a refreshing blend of fantasy;

Campaign and sandbox modes;

Endless hours of sandbox fun with random events;

Supports different styles of play, from fast-paced war-mongering to slower city management.

Get The Latest Dev News And Progress

Where to catch up on development:

Join in the dev hangout live streams for gameplay coverage and Editor tutorials:

Learn more about buildings, professions, and items in the website Game Guide:

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor:Intel® CoreTM2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or better, AMD AthlonTM X2 2.8 Ghz or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850 or better*
    • Desktop Resolution:1280x720
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.4GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible sound card

    *Intel HD 4000 cards have a known problem and are not supported
    • OS:64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor:Intel® CoreTM2 Quad 2.7 Ghz or better, AMD PhenomTM II X4 3 Ghz or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 or better
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:1.4GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible sound card
    • OS:OS X 10.8.0 or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GT 650M 1GB, Radeon HD 5770 1GB, Alpha may run slowly on Intel integrated graphics chipsets*
    • Desktop Resolution:1280x720
    • Hard Drive:1.4GB HD space

    *Intel HD 4000 cards have a known problem and are not supported
    • OS:OS X 10.8.0 or higher
    • Processor:Quad Core Intel
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB, Radeon HD 6970M 1 GB or better
    • Hard Drive:1.4GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Early Access Review
Diablo had a child with the Settlers franchise and out came ... Folk Tale.

This is a definate buy in my oppinion if you like RTS/RPG with a lot of building and character inventory customization, every single character can be equipped and that includes farmers and the like. The customizations are not visual though, they consist of upgrades and gear, visual effects might be applied or not.

The game is very ambitious and has been in developement for a very long time, I suspect it still has a long way to go, campaign is only about 5% done ...

Before buying watch some recent videos on youtube to get a feeling of it.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
So far, the game is pretty good, but it is can be unforgiving if you mess up. Once villagers become unhappy, they start leaving and they won't stop. This requires more balancing, as once they start leaving, businesses start to empty, thereby reducing the production of things that keep villagers happy, which reduces unhappiness even more and causes more villagers to leave.

Basically when unhappiness outweighs happiness, you're screwed. The only way to really counteract this is prior knowledge of when villagers desire what. So here is an important pro-tip:

At 30 population, your villagers will demand new clothing, and at 40 population, they will demand mead. So try your best to prepare these industries in advance before hitting the population mark, otherwise you will be crushed by unhappiness. The game itself is becoming great, but the unhappiness mechanic really guts your village when it takes effect.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
This game is alright. I like the direction it's heading. The problem is the time it's taking to get there. Shows this game was released in early 2013 and here we are in 2016 with not even a whole level completed. If it were completed, I'd feel it would be a great time...just not sure if that will happen in my lifetime.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
It's not an awful game, but it's a point blank disappointment. I've been waiting years for this game to have some semblance of what it was originally launched to have. It's not an intensive game, it can't be that hard to develop new content for this.

Another example of the steam audience paying some teams salary while they develop a game. It's like buying a pizza that they let you smell but you can't eat it until it's done cooking. That pizza takes 5 years to cook.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
A game that's been in development for a VERY long time. Still, I think something special will come out of this. Recent alphas have been pretty solid and I can't wait to see how it turns out on release day.
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