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 (684 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 19, 2013

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"Fascinating combination of strategy, roleplaying and 4X elements, reminiscent of Heroes of Might and Magic."

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July 24

Update notes (July 24)

Hi everyone,

New update 1.4.5 is now available for Eador.



Update notes:

Changed:

- Improved tooltip’s information display about dealt spell damage during a fight.

Fixed:

- All game freezes upon turn change on the tactical map should be fixed now.
- Movement for flying units.
- ‘Dragon form’ spell bug.
- Game freeze caused by attacking some sites.
- Items that weren’t put in the inventory but reemerged after an event caused the game to freeze.
- Bug in the ‘Drainage of swamp’ event.
- ‘No magic can be used’ setting bug in auto-combat.
- ‘Magic weapon’ spell restoring more ammunition than needed.
- ‘Blizzard’ spell not blocking enemy heroes.
- ‘Taint’ skill affecting golems, demons and undead.

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June 19

Update notes (June 19)

Hi everyone,

New update 1.4.4 is coming later today.



Update notes:

Changes:

- Added and improved sounds for a number of units.
- Changed balance (characteristics, skills, upgrades etc.) for a number of units.
- Improved tooltip display during tactical battles.
- Income tooltip is now shown at the bottom of the screen after finishing a turn on the strategic map.

Fixed:

- Foreign quarter's buildings not increasing gold income.
- Incorrect health display for province guards under player’s control after their bribery.
- Units hatched from the eggs of ‘Black Widow’ shown on the victory screen.
- Units immobilized by ‘Slyboots’ ability being able to retreat in close combat.
- Income calculation for the Hippodrome building.
- ‘Roots’ spell bug.
- Catapult and Ballista units can no longer attack other units at close range.

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Reviews

"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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
142.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Even though the "battle for a shard" is a lot of fun, it gets boring and repetitive after a while. The campaign is a sequence of maps (or shards) you have to win in order to meet all other masters. But the game is fun as long as the player wants to play it and can be recommended to anybody who likes games similar to HoM&M.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
356.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
-Bought this when feeling nostalgic about Master of Magic / HoMM. I also like CiV and slower, turn-based games sometimes.
-More complex building options than HoMM and in some aspects MoM.. More specifically the City Build menu can be overwhelming to look at for the first time. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the game - its complexity left me wanting more and more so I would restart a game after losing to tweak the build and see what works best.
-The heroes can be viewed as simple/straightforward - 4 classes. Each time you level you put one point into one skill (out of three offerred).
-Spells are just similar to Heroes of Might & Magic. Build the 4th tower to get the best spells.. except there is a different building for each magic type - there are 6 magic types (I think?) at least as far as buildings / main spells go.
-More complex gameplay & darker theme than Heroes of Might & Magic
-Can't wait to play multiplayer!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Great game. Had an issue with the game, actually an issue with the DLC, e-mailed support..... ONE WEEK later, no reply.

So now I have this game I paid for that doesn't work.

Won't buy anything from these people again.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I wanted to love Eador, but after a couple of painful hours that felt like a total slog, I just had to give up trying. There are a lot of complex systems that the developers have obiovusly spent a lot of time thinking about, and I commend them for that... I can see what their vision was. Unfortunately the core of the gameplay - the battle system - is pedestrain to the point of being drab and boring, and that drags everything else down. If a patch came out to make combat more dynamic and strategic then I'd be all in for re-trying Eador, but until that happens I can't give the game a thumbs up.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
The idea is interesting but the implementation is lacking. Highly random starting positions can vary the difficulty from "cakewalk" to "impossible," and strategy games should be decided more by your decisions than by randomness. Hero units drive the game, so if your starting area is good, you steamroll the map; if not, you may be able to grind through, provided the enemy hero did not get a steamroll start that lets it one-shot your troops and two-shot your hero. "First OP hero wins" is not an interesting strategy dynamic.

Before each fight, the game evaluates your forces versus your enemies and gives you a difficulty estimate from "no casualties" to "no chance." Whatever math is being done does not compare the units' strengths and weaknesses. You will regularly find impossible "easy" fights and "run away!" fights you can win without taking damage. Between this and the highly random elements, you can see why so many places on the forums advocate save scumming.

I encountered fewer crash bugs than other reviewers did.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I would love to review this game and enjoy what looks to be very attractive and fun game play, However the game crashs every 5-15 mins. Its not my PC since i run way above the recomended specs. Its not just me since i have seen posts of other players have the same issue. Oh well 15 bucks down the drain.
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15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A game that is one of the best in its genre.

Difficult battles (fun!) with lots of intricacies (health, stamina, morale, magic, fear....)
Excellent building choices.
Heroes that play very differently.
A game that requires a lot of thought....a lot of thought. It can kick your *** real hard.

Campaign is a bit dull, but the custom games are very brilliant fun to play.

A really great game.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Eador is billed as a stategy game and tries to combine Empire building 4x themes with turn based 'tactical' battles. Although the ideas are sound the execution is pretty bad. Everything seems a bit off at first and the feeling only grow the more you play it. Call it lack of polish or simply the mark of an 'indie' studio, the result is still the same...Not very fun.

The tactical battles as gimped with an impossibly small field of battle (units are constantly getting in each others way if you have more than 5-6 units and archers and mages can wipe you out from across the map) and poor unit balance. Even on the easiest difficulty level the fights go from very easy to frustrating. Before the battle the game gives you an indication of how tough a fight will be but even fights that "You will win easily" can be a total wipe unless you use all your units in perfect coordination.

i wish I would have had the willpower to play more to see if it improves but the game is simply not fun...
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95 of 143 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Linux logo is just for show. All they did is ship Wine with this, apparently without bothering to test it. The wrapper does allow the launching of the game but the graphics are garbled and the game is unplayable. This problem seems to appear mostly on nVidia binary drivers. There are a number of discussion threads about the problem here on Steam and on their own forums but as of yet the developers haven't issued any statements about this. Apparently they suck.

Wine wrapper IS NOT a Linux port. There should be a warning about this on the store page.

As for the game itself. I don't have a clue. I can't play it. If a miracle happens and it becomes playable at some point I might have to review the game again.
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83 of 132 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Broken to all hell on Linux. Doesn't launch on most platforms, huge graphical problems with nvidia drivers, and when it does start by navigating to and directly launching the game, it's so hard to see anything that it is unplayable.

Needs to be fixed.
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47 of 73 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Rumors of a linux version is vastly over rated. It launches in a wine wrapper with graphical bugs that makes the game unplayable.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
94.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
A very clever 4X that follows in the footsteps of King's Quest and Heroes of Might and Magic, but adds plenty of its own to the genre. The scale of the game is horrifying, it's taken me several days to beat my first randomly generated scenario out of what promises to be a 50-100 scenario long campaign.

There's a huge amount of content and plenty to do every turn, but it's presented in an efficient way and turns go quickly.

The game isn't exactly unpolished, but it has some splinters that could be sanded down. Expect a harmless crash every 24 hours or so. There's one bug that can hit fairly often and prevents kills from registering, especially on retaliatory hits and especially on slower combat speeds. It can be resolved without incident by autoresolving at the end of combat and almost always works in the player's favour, blocking its AI reenforcements and almost never occurs on the highest combat speed, which I would recommend using either way, because the second slowest is much too slow. There are other cases in the game where the settings are not as delicate as they perhaps aught to be.

The game seems to be a direct remake of Eador: Genesis. I prefer this version, but there's not a lot between them.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This game takes the best of Master of Magic, the Age of Wonders series, and Heroes of Might & Magic mixes it all perfectly! BUY IT NOW!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I really enjoy it as a strategy game. Many choices, like which shards you go after, greatly affect how things go for you. I played the other Eador game and loved it, this one seems better but the different controls took me a bit to get used to. The AI can be very predictable, this is good at times but also can be very bad when things are going against you because there is little chance to fool it or evade it, it pretty much hits you as hard as it can at all times so most should start on the easiest setting. Even if not the greatest it's a steal for the price.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
224.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game is hard and addictive. A game really meant for older more experieced players. Haven't been able to stop playing since i got it :D
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
I enjoyed this game for around a week or two before I just didn't have time for it. I think, if I played Eador when I was younger, I would have had 100s of hours spent playing it. It seems like the kind of single-player game that manages to reward you for putting a lot of time into it, which is rare.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
359.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Highly Recommended by me if you like Fantasy style Civ games, It plays similar to my favorite mod of all time; RiFe for Civ 4 - mixed with turn based Might and Magic type stuff. The elements of being able to Explore every province is pretty darn fun, and allows for alot of time to sink into a map. But by far the biggest pull for me in the game is the campaign; Imagine starting a game of Civ with a tech cap on most buildings/units. Choosing which "shards" to attack allows you to get new bonuses and slowly unlock everything. It's pretty awesome to have that sort of Metagame aspect to it. seeing as i can easily run through a million and and a half games of Civ that extra layer of progression was really fun to me. If you've got time and enjoy that type of game i'd recommend it to anyone. it's a grade A droning game.

It's more a game of unlocking and and collecting items to upgrade your hero/buff your armies that civilization upgrading, but it works well i feel. and the different spells and unit types definitly give you the ability to mix it up a bit and find whatever is fun for you. That's the best part about this game is it tends to just let you go whatever path you want (beacuse most all paths will eventually let you win lol)

But, Pick it up if it's on sale, and Take care all!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Lots of fun. Strategy game at its best!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Beautiful, super addicting game! :D
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
136.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Complex and challenging, really fun for those who like turn based tatics and have lots of free time
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