Folk Tale is a sandbox fantasy citybuilder RPG game in which you lead a ragtag band of peasants in growing a small settlement into a thriving market town, while dastardly minions plot your downfall. Sound the rallying call and head out into the wilds with parties of heroes to fight back the tide of evil in a game of endless possibilities.
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Release Date: May 30, 2013

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“Folk Tale is in early alpha development. Currently the game provides a self-contained mini-campaign tutorial with its own story offering 1-3 hours of play time to introduce the world of Folk Tale and some of the gameplay features. Following launch we've been busy rebuilding the game to become a sandbox aimed at offering a huge amount of replayability, as well as implementing community feedback. Patches now include the Sandbox Editor that we'll be using to develop playable sandbox content.

As a development driven by community, we’d love you to join us in the forums - where we are active daily - to share your feedback and ideas for what you’d like to see included in the game beyond our own vision. Throughout development we'll keep you updated with regular dev blogs posted both in Steam Announcements and at blog.gamesfoundry.com.

The discounted Early Access price includes immediate access to the early alpha, regular updates throughout development, the digital retail version of the game, and all maintenance patches thereafter.

Thanks for considering supporting the team by grabbing a copy during Early Access. We have big plans for Folk Tale and thanks to players just like you we have a fully funded full-time team of 9 dedicated to developing an amazing game. If you choose to buy during Early Access, you'll be contributing towards expanding the team and helping us as we strive to win the crown of best fantasy city-builder.”
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October 18

Folk Tale Patch 0.2.10.0



Platforms
PC, Mac

Changes
Sandbox Player: Added Arbalist unit (trainable at Barracks)
Sandbox Player: Gear now updates character sheet Attack, Armor Ratings and Resistances
Sandbox Player: Added a console. It has support for various commands such as “kill nearby enemies” or “heal allies” or “day” or “gold”.
Sandbox Player: Special abilities prototype (see Dec Comments)
Sandbox Player: Added Tier 1 Wall Towers Damage Visuals
Sandbox Player: Updated icons for train unit on building dialog to support multiple unit types
Sandbox Player: New map added ‘Stinking Swamp’
Sandbox Player: Auto-Grass system updated to detect surface material and tint grass
Sandbox Player: Fishing economy chain completed (villagers now consume fish)
Sandbox Player: I (capital i) is now hotkeyed to global inventory (see Dev Comments)
Sandbox Player: C is now hotkeyed to character sheet (see Dev Comments)
Sandbox Player: Tab hotkey now cycles through selected units when the character sheet is open
Sandbox Player: Corpse sparkles are now always lootable and don’t require nearby friendly units
Sandbox Player: Auto AI toggle is now enabled on the circular character portrait. Turn it off to prevent units such as the Hunter returning to work
Sandbox Editor: Added Swamp Environment Kit
Sandbox Editor: Added Swamp Ruins Kit
Sandbox Editor: Added more loot items (see Game Guide on website for info)
Sandbox Editor: Loot armor items now have their armor ratings set, and the correct sfx
Sandbox Editor: Added kit with invisible camera colliders and navmesh cuts
Sandbox Editor: Undead added to Wave Spawning system
Sandbox Character Designer: Added Arbalist uniform

Bug Fixes
#0106 Sandbox Player: Decals (Roads, Cobwebs etc) Flickering
#0107 Sandbox Player: Peasants don't do any damage
#0108 Sandbox Player: Enemies and villagers are regenerating health during combat
#0109 Sandbox Editor: Moving pieces with navmesh cuts causes large frame rate drop
#0110 Tutorial: Intro Movie Not Playing on OSX (game inaccessible)

Developer Comments
Now that the I key opens global inventory, drawing paths in both the sandbox editor and player has changed to the P key.
Now that the C key opens the selected unit’s character sheet, swapping the camera between overhead RTS camera and the terrain camera has been remapped to T.
Some characters will start to level up, but attributes don't currently affect anything.

Damage taken takes into account Damage Resistance provided by armor.

There is a known issue where occasionally sandbox maps won’t load (progress might freeze around 35%). To fix, please quit and reload (ALT+F4 or Cmd+Q).

There is a known issue with 'C' and 'I' in that if the mouse pointer is over UI, key presses won't register. This is an engine issue that we hope will be addressed in a future update.

Special Abilities Prototype
Special abilities will be hero abilities accessible via the character portrait wheel in the bottom left of the screen. For now we've applied a few to loot items. To gain access to them, open the console and type oneofeverything to create one of every item in the global inventory. You can then equip the following items onto characters:

Cursed Staff - Fire Shield (Passive Aura)

Staff Of The Dead - Firestorm, Life Steal, Electrocute

Amber Staff - Mass Heal Spell

Emerald Staff - Heal Over Time (Passive Aura)


We’d like to remind players that the default build for Windows is now 64-bit, which the vast majority of players are using. Players with older 32-bit versions of Windows will need to opt in to the 32-bit build. For more information, please visit http://steamcommunity.com/app/224440/discussions/0/540744474771635312/

Update: Oops
It appears the starts of the Snow Kit and Colliders kit were included in this patch by mistake. They are far from complete, and it is strongly recommended you do not use pieces from these kits in your maps because they will be subject to extensive change.

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September 20

Folk Tale Dev Blog 27



Welcome to Folk Tale Dev Blog 27. Today’s blog coincides with the release of Patch 0.2.9, so let’s take a look at what’s new, as well as taking a sneak peak at content from the next patch.

Patch 0.2.9 introduces Tier 1 City Walls. At the start of a game, your buildings and walls are all Tier 1. As you expand and your culture grows, in a future patch you’ll be able to upgrade to stone buildings and defenses and the appearance of your village will change from an impoverished hovel into a thriving market town. For the next patch we’re working on the Crossbowmen unit to join your City Watch in patrolling the walls.



In the economy, we’ve added the Fisherman profession. Best situated near rivers and shoreline, these early stage economic units live in Fishing Huts, easily identifiable by it’s boat shape and nets. Fisherman travel to nearby fishing spots where they cast their lines into schools of fish, before returning to fillet their catch and sell on to hungry Villagers.





We’ve continued to improve the editor, adding plenty of new props, many of which have been added in response to community feedback. Patch 0.2.9 introduces the Loot Inspector for both chests and monsters. Adding loot is as simple as searching for a keyword in the loot item name, clicking the item in the results, and then setting the probability and quantity.





We’ve also added loot profiles for assigning predefined loot tables, with blue items randomized during gameplay so that each game is slightly different. For a full list of all the loot we’ve added so far, please visit the Game Guide on our website at http://www.gamesfoundry.com/.

In the next four weeks, we’re focusing on adding several new professions and buildings. The Weaver profession cultivate cotton buds that are then woven into Bolts of Cotton ready for use by the Tailor profession. Weaver’s live in Weavers Huts, waterwheel powered mini-factories that spin the strands of cotton before being woven on looms.





Once the weaver’s have delivered Bolts Of Cotton to the Storehouse, the Tailor profession cuts the fabric into Clothes that your villagers will then buy. Tailors live in the Tailor's Emporium, designed to look like a pin-cushion for easy recognition. Tailors can equip tools to be more productive, including needles and thread, and thimbles, and can craft cloth armor for equipping your heroes and villagers.





The Herbalist cultivates herbs and brews medicines and potions. Medicinal Herbs are grown in Farmer’s Fields, while rarer herbs can be found in the world for use as ingredients in making potions and poisons. Medicine helps cure sick villagers, who would otherwise infect others, revolt from unhappiness, and ultimately die. Herbalists live in Greenhouses, easily identified by the large potion vials on the roof and the outdoor greenhouse.





Merchants work at the Marketplace and act as middlemen enabling you to buy and sell resources on the open market. The Art Team are still working on the marketplace and the Jeweller profession, and we’ll take a look at those once they are ready in the Sunday Dev Hangouts and a future dev blog.



If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest developments, as well as sharing your ideas with other friendly community members, the Sunday Dev Hangouts are well worth dropping in to. For more information, please visit http://twitch.tv/gamesfoundry and subscribe to the channel. The broadcast times can be found towards the bottom of the channel. Hopefully I’ll get to chat with you soon.

As always, our sincere thanks for supporting Folk Tale during development and continuing to provide great feedback. Until next time, bye for now.

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Reviews

"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."
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Folk Tale contains edgy humor that may be considered inappropriate for children or sensitive audiences. Folk Tale isn't a childrens game. We'd like to encourage parents to undertake due diligence before purchasing and fully understand what Early Access is by reading Steam's Early Access FAQ.

About This Game

Folk Tale is a sandbox fantasy city-builder RPG game in which you lead a ragtag band of peasants in growing a small settlement into a thriving market town, while dastardly minions plot your downfall. Sound the rallying call and head out into the wilds with parties of heroes to fight back the tide of evil in a game of endless possibilities.

Rule with tyranny and oppression, or liberalism and justice. Play as a merciless expansionist hell-bent on destruction, or as a gold-hoarding mercantilist who'll sell their own grandmother for a handful of coin. With random events and dynamic story, in Folk Tale you never know how the story will unfold.

Planned Features


Rich and varied gameplay including building your own impressive settlement and economy, defending your city from attack, exploring a rich and diverse world, raiding dungeons, and immersing yourself in the lives of your villagers as they become drawn into their own story lines;

Beautiful stylized graphics with voice-acted characters and fully animated quest/story cinematics;

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

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

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

Endless hours of sandbox fun with random events within a dynamic story framework;

Multiple camera modes for a variety of play styles with massive zoom-in to enjoy the detail;

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






System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® CoreTM2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or better, AMD AthlonTM X2 2.8 Ghz or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible with 512 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)*
    • Desktop Resolution:1280x720
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible sound card

    *Intel HD 4000 cards have a known problem and are not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 or 8 (64-bit)
    • 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®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.7.5 or higher. OS X 10.8.0 or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GT 650M 512MB, Radeon HD 5770 1GB, Alpha may run slowly on Intel integrated graphics chipsets*
    • Desktop Resolution:1280x720
    • Hard Drive:1252 MB HD space

    *Intel HD 4000 cards have a known problem and are not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS:OS X 10.7.5 or higher. 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:1252 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
201 of 258 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I'm not one to write up a review for an early release game as I feel that Steam shouldn't even allow a review till full release but they do anyways for early access games. So after reading a lot of the outdated reviews I decided this game needed one.

First for you impatient people, do not buy an early release game. Some devs prefer quality over quantity and these devs are just that. Yes the process is slower then most of the games I have snagged in early release but it's been worth it.

So far the demo in game shows a ton of promise and I can't wait for the RPG elements to get added into this game. But as of right now they've done a really good job with adding sandbox, character editor, and a map editor. I've monkeyed around with all the features and have enjoyed it.

Personally I could say yes buy the game now but we all have different preferences and patience levels. So where the game sits at the moment if you enjoy editing and messing around with sandbox games it's worth more of a look into for you. If your steam library is lacking sandbox like games this probably isn't the game for you.

I will update this every big patch with my thoughts of the current patch and to keep my review updated unlike many others reviews out there.

You can get more info at the devs blog here http://blog.gamesfoundry.com/
Posted: May 29
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73 of 110 people (66%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I'll start by saying the games a long way from being finished, the current game as it stands includes the old tutorial, from the Campain game they where working on, along with The Sandbox editor,Character Editor and a Preview mode of what they game will be which is based off the Sandbox tech they have been working on. You can load the maps you have made from the editor though which is kinda cool.

The Devs do produce monthely blog updates, which are interesting to read and get you invloved in the work they are doing, they are also very active on the forums as well. On a down side progress is a little slow, but looking at the preview mode it still shows promise to what tuch wood is going to be a great game.

There are more complete games out there for the price but if you want to invest in this city builder, its a great comunity where the Devs are active and continue to release patches although slowley :D
Posted: May 24
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66 of 103 people (64%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Absolutely recommended. Although still in the development stage, this game is amazing for RPG enthusiasts who'd like the added bonus of manipulating their own world and stories. The developers have been actively creating and improving multiple facets of the game since inception, regularly keeping backers involved in the process, and acting on requests and recommendations from us.
As each patch is released, it is abundantly apparent that Folk Tale will be an amazing game, well worth the wait and worth every penny invested by us. I'm VERY excited to see the finished product, yet I'm in no hurry to do so lest a premature final product takes away from the remarkable content being added every time a patch is released.
To the devs, my heartfelt thanks and congratulations on the quality of this game so far! I anxiously await the next integrations and surprised that undoubtedly wiill continue to amaze us.

~ Roxy
Posted: May 29
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54 of 83 people (65%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Yes it is in an very early stage. But so far it looks very promising and could become exactly the right mixture between village builder, rpg, and light strategy game!
Posted: May 10
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I highly recomend this game,many of the current reviews are outdated and since then there has been a massive sandbox mode added to the game and frequent dev blogs as well as forums posts to keep hte community updated. This game has massive potential and is a must have in my opinion.
Posted: May 30
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