Eador is a universe made of countless shards of land drifting in the Great Nothing. Each of the shards is a little world unto itself, with geography and denizens of its own. The power over the shards is bitterly contested by Masters, the immortal beings mortals believe to be gods.
User reviews: Mixed (1,027 reviews) - 67% of the 1,027 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 19, 2013

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"This game is a turn-based fantasy strategy game, where the decisions you make affect the world even deeper than the battles you win! Great Fun!"

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August 31

Update notes (August 31)

Hi everyone,

New Eador update today with some fixes for problems we got on our support email.

Update notes 1.6.3:


- In the tooltip for province's income and in the province list players can now see how exactly their income is generated.


- Dialogue freezes on the astral map.

- Some cases of game freezes after a victory in the tactical battle.

- Problem with a hero’s equipment change in the tactical battle.

- “Horses” resource not counted correctly in hotseat.

- Errors in provinces’ income calculations.

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July 1

Update notes (July 1)

Hi everyone,

A couple of quick fixes today following the last week's update.

Update notes 1.6.2:


- Option for choosing between heroes to transfer to the next shard not working correctly.

- Incorrect turn count for friendly units upon clicking on enemies outside their attack range.

Important note: those of you who experienced graphical glitches after the previous 1.6.1 update, can try to rollback to 1.6.0 version using the beta branch in Steam (called "eadorbeta"). Please let us know if those problems disappear or still stay in place after doing so.

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"Eador’s design is worth your time – a testament to its strength."
8.25 – Game Informer

"Eador is bloody enormous, packed with things to discover and hugely rewarding."
Rock Paper Shotgun

"'If you're a fantasy TBS fan, you should definitely pick this up."
88/100 – Gaming Nexus

Featured DLC

Allied Forces adds 14 brand new units to Eador. Masters of the Broken World.

Each of the seven races in Eador is now reinforced with two additional units which have their unique skills and abilities. Befriending one will now pay off much more.

Choose your allies wisely to get the most out of your combat potential!

About This Game

Eador is a universe made of countless shards of land drifting in the Great Nothing. Each of the shards is a little world unto itself, with geography and denizens of its own. The power over the shards is bitterly contested by Masters, the immortal beings mortals believe to be gods. Take the role of the mighty Master and shape the destiny of Eador! It is in your power to deliver the world from ultimate destruction – or to choke it with an iron fist of tyranny.

Eador: Masters of the Broken World is a turn-based fantasy strategy game, where the decisions you make affect the world even deeper than the battles you win.

Key Features

  • Balanced fusion of grand strategy, turn-based tactics and RPG elements;
  • Boundless roleplaying opportunities;
  • Massive selection of stratagems and ways to wage war;
  • An intriguing, non-linear story;
  • An original fantasy world, living a life of its own.

System Requirements

    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium 2,0 GHz/AMD 2000+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 7300/Radeon 9200
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® compatible
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel® Core 2 Duo 1.6/AMD 3000+
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8800/Radeon X1900
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® compatible
Helpful customer reviews
119 of 128 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,055.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Ok I always look for negative reviews first. My opinion is that someone who hates the game will over exagerate the flaws, but at least will talk about the flaws where someone who loves it is less likely to. That being said, I still love this game even though it has flaws. However, some people won't like it as I do so I will begin with the negatives then move on to the positives since that's how I approach it anyway.

Crashes too much. I'd say once every few hours of play time you will have the game crash. It's not enough to bother me, but it can be frustrating.
AI can be off pretty bad. Battles that will tell you are impossible sometimes can be beaten manually without losing a single hit point. Battles that say they are so weak they are not worth your time will sometimes wipe you on auto. That doesn't happen all of the time, and with some play time you can easilly judge for yourself. Also computer players will keep throwing themselves at your defenses every time they resurect even if they die every single time in some situations.
Bugs. There are a few, one that for some reason will pop up the AI's hero screen in front of me which has shown me they get a +10 gold per turn bonus per hero at the level I was playing at.

It is constantly changing. Every time you start a new character or see a new world, the game will be different, different maps, different quests available. It kind of reminds me of Civ in that aspect.
You can chose how you play. Some games require you to be the hero, some games require you to be the villian, this game requires you to be whatever you feel like being.
It is a great strategy game IMO. Losing a single soldier at the wrong time can cost you an entire map, granted like most strat games you can always load fail (load the game and redo a fight because you lost), but not all of us play like that.

So with all of that I'd say the game play and replayability are worth it. The bugs and glitches and even AI issues can be fixed (or modders can fix them if it ever opens to mod on steam). Overall I'd say the positives outweigh the negatives enough for me.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
197.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18

Fun? 3/5

Work? 6/5 The enjoyability of this game is crippled.

Deep? 5/5

Compelling? 4/5

Good intro to TBS? 1/5

This game's learning curve is poorly designed and might turn off many beginners to the genre permanently. A lot of the game is figuring out "this map is unplayable - I have to re-roll" or "this _campaign_ is unplayable - I have to re-roll." Occasionally a really fun map does show up.


My main complaint with this game is the random map generator. Some maps seem to be fine, but others are practically unplayable. Or they are barely playable in the openning game only to find out later that you were destined to be steamrolled by the opponent.

The game makes no effort to generate "fair" maps from what I can tell.

My second complaint is that the campaign suffers from the same problem, since it also uses random maps. That's right - a campaign with randomly generated maps. Which means a normal distribution of players will see some players able to beat the campaign on the hardest setting, while others won't be able to beat it on even very easy settings.

Sound stupid? Well, whatever you want to call it, it still needs work. Maybe it's similar to how Civ II would sometimes just be a bad map roll - but it is tedious to spend time learning the player skill "oh this map is crappy - now I have to start over".

Of course - it's REALLY TRICKY. The game can offer a feeling of tension, of not knowing "how far behind am I?" and "am I wasting my time on this game?" So maybe that's the largest enjoyment it has to offer - that feeling "do I have any hope of winning whatsoever?" before being plunged mercilessly to your death. Ha!

The weakness seems to be a complete lack of balance between map economy and unit maintenance costs. Don't believe me? Try finding screenshots that show armies with high level units. They are rare. Which tells me the player base just never finds gameplay involving high levels. By the time you could afford the big guns, the map has already been used up. That's my guess anyways.


As long as you clearly understand these shortcomings, I still recommend the game for its unique tactical layout and game mechanics. My first impression of the game has not been overwhelmed by the short-comings I only figured out after playing many many hours.

Don't like tactics? THIS GAME IS NOT FOR YOU THEN. The core mechanic of the game is the tactical map - sort of these mini-chess games that pop up over and over again. I get tired of them after a while, and they can become rather complex. It's not as deep as chess -- nowhere close -- but it's a similar mental workout.

I guess the only thing to remember if you decide to buy this game: "play it looking for the fun that it has to offer." It's in there.

~~~~~~ Here is my response to someone asking how Eador compares to Warlock ~~~~~~

Warlock is a good beginner 4x. It's relatively lightweight, it has a sense of humor, the
graphics are good. But the content is not huge. I played many many Warlock games
even when it first came out and I'd skip 20 turns because the AI back then was crappy.
But they've improved the AI. In Warlock you'll expand your kingdom until you've moved
far enough in your religious rating that one of the gods gets angry and incarnates to
battle you. Then it's that boss battle and the game is over IIRC. Battles are ALL on the
main map - there is no tactical battle map like in Eador. An average game in Warlock
is maybe 300 turns or less, and they go by fast. Probably less than 2 days for a game.
I'll probably play Warlock again in a couple years or so - but it's not as good as say
Civ5. Warlock does "just one more turn" very very well.

In comparison, Eador stands out in that the RPG element is the heaviest I've seen in
any 4x. I have finished a few low difficulty games, which wasn't very satisfying. But
moving into "competent" difficulty and it gets frustratingly difficult. Lots of luck is
involved and restarting games is common (and again, frustrating). But there's a sense
that (or I have this sense anyways) that the tactical options are mind-blowing what
can be available at higher levels. If you can figure out how to play...

The economy in Eador is extremely volatile. Nothing comfortable like other 4x where
you build your buildings and everybody is happy. Even Civ5 which is a great play
experience doesn't offer this sort of challenge. So in Eador it's like the house is
continually burning down and you're always just one or 2 steps in front of the fire.
That's the feeling I get playing it.

Whether a beginner should try Eador.... my advice -- don't take the campaign at
all seriously because it uses randomly generated maps meaning you may get
screwed. Learn the basics and (what I should have done, but I doubt it would help
too much) read whatever guides you can find, and watch the youtube videos.

Also, the tactical battles in Eador are very similar to the experience of playing chess.
Some other 4x TRY to do that (hello Fallen Enchantress) but they don't have stamina
or morale and simplistic in comparison.

Eador also stands out from all other 4x in that it has no tech tree. Instead, the tech
tree is implicit in the buildings you build. I can't remember, maybe Heroes of Might
and Magic does this too, but no where near the complexity of Eador.

I think "should I buy this?" is really a question of do you want one of the most complex
4x TBS available, with a brutal learning curve, or do you want something easier that
you might not play for as long? If you find it's too difficult and just give up - that's no
good. So if you do buy it, don't hesitate to ask in the forums for help and get the
most fun you can get out of it."
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
104.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Diverse and detailed fantasy TBS title with widely branched city building (actually world building) features and "god-game" elements extended with a complex economy structure and large number of diverse units. Sheer quantity of content is difficult to describe because after 100+ hours of campaign I did not even get to see half of the story and haven't unlocked good part of the units and buildings. The karma system is ubiquitous and well executed. Sincere recommendation for anyone looking for a slightly different designed TBS.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Good concept, poor execution. It plays similarly to Fallen Enchantress, and much like it has constant crashes and errors. It also has an exploration feature much alike Sengoku Rance, a feature I actually enjoyed very much. With some much needed bug-fixing, the game could be quite enjoyable, but without it it is sadly not that fun. I wouldnt recommend, or dissuade someone from buying this, but due to Steam Review's nature, Im going to have to learn towards recommending simply because of the ideas that the game holds.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
:ALERT: Strategy Gamers Take Notice

I had 20 dollars. So I bought a steam card.
After hours of browsing and finding nothing to my liking, and developing several different
'steam search' methods of 'titles like this' on a strategy game I came upon this game.

Eador. Don't believe I had ever heard of it before.
But I sounded right.
It sounded tight.
So I bought it. spent some times with it
(after coming off a 4 hour civ v binge)
and I must say!

This game is glorious!
It is totally real.
It is the type of game I was looking for, more so, the type of game I used to play as a kid
but grew up and couldn't find exact anymore. -Its got might and magic.
Its got Civilization,
its got tactical combat where you have effective control over the units
Its got gear to upgrade your heroes...

You know, I love Endless Legend, but after playing Eador, I find myself a little bit
in the stink about that game, not that its not great, it is!
But Eador is a wonderful game, with intelligent design that appeals.

I have never written a review on Steam before.
and this game made me want to.

I like the story, and the setting as it sets up the world for
more playing , -and that's what this is all about, isn't it?
Shattered Worlds across space is a theme very similar to my own
personal fantasy omniverse.

Maybe you're all getting pretty deflated by now, but
I guess it goes without
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