Sins of a Dark Age is an action strategy game from the creators of Sins of a Solar Empire. Explore your inventory, equip your Hero and enter a dark world full of decisive team battles, tide-turning quests, treasured rewards, crafted goods, and strategic trades.
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Release Date: Mar 14, 2014
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“Sins of a Dark Age Early Access is here! Its already fun, very stable and has loads of content but we still have a lot of work to do. Want to provide feedback and influence our next objectives? Join up, open your Welcome Chest and enter the battle!

1. Why is our game in Early Access?
First, Sins of a Dark Age (Soada) has a number of incomplete features and experimental ideas that we would like a lot more feedback on. Second, Soada is a complex online game that needs a lot of testing in key areas such as server load capacity, game balance and matchmaking. Early Access allows us to get the volume we need to do this testing without overloading our systems.

2. How long do we plan to be in Early Access?
As long as necessary but we expect it to last months, not years.

3. What is the current state of the game?
Soada is still in development so there are bugs, incomplete features, placeholder assets, unoptimized code and balance issues. The Ai Heroes (aka Golems) are not very bright yet so they won't pose much of a challenge yet. Most importantly we have not been able to fully test our server load capacity which is one of our major reasons for entering the Early Access program. However, even in this state the game is stable, very fun, and has loads of content.

4. What content is missing or placeholder?
There are too many to list but some of the more obvious ones are:
  • Many icons are placeholder (esp Hero Gear).
  • Many Hero Skin paintings are missing.
  • Many sounds, music tracks and vocals not hooked up yet.
  • Lots of front-end and in-game user interface elements are not complete.
  • The Hero compendium is missing tons of data, especially the Lore and Tips in the Inspect Hero section.
  • There are missing Heroes and missing Hero Skins.
  • Lots more missing!

5. What content are we planning to add to the game?
In a nutshell almost every type of content in the game will be growing over time including lore, materials, recipes, Heroes, Hero Skins, Hear Gear, and Quests. But we also have a list of other content to add that we aren't ready to talk about yet. The list of upcoming features below hints at some of the new content.

6. What features are we planning to add to the game?
Listing all future features is an impossible task especially since we expect them to change in response to feedback and ideas from Early Access players. In that light I will only list the ones we have a reasonably high confidence in:
  • Pets
  • Hero Gear for specific Heroes
  • Hero Gear Sets
  • Recorded games
  • Spectator mode
  • Advanced Ping system
  • New Ai for Heroes (aka Golems)
  • More crafting options
  • Game History
  • Achievements
  • League/Ladder/Leaderboards
  • New Modes (e.g. cooperative)
  • New Maps and Environments
  • In-Game Friend Status
  • Additional Steam integration
  • Systems to improve player behavior

7. What is our pricing strategy during and after Early Access?
Early Access is priced at $4.99 but in appreciation of your support you will receive a reward worth far more than $4.99 (see the next question for details). Ultimately, Sins of a Dark Age will become a Steam Free to Play game but we felt it was necessary to gate Early Access for 3 main reasons:
  • To limit the load on our servers until they are fully tested.
  • To provide a solid new user experience.
  • To help ensure we get dedicated testers.

8. What do you get for joining Early Access?
  • You get immediate access to Sins of a Dark Age and you have a chance to influence its remaining development by providing feedback on the forums, participating in our public bug tracker on GitHub or by playing the game so we can collect valuable gameplay and performance data.
  • Every Early Access player will receive a Welcome Chest containing 1 of 3 bundles. In appreciation of your support we've include far more than $4.99 worth of content in each bundle.
  • You will find your Welcome Chest and Key in your inventory when you start the game. Click "Profile" from the top menu to locate the inventory tab. Once in the inventory, move your cursor over the Chest and click the yellow button to open it.
  • When you open your Welcome chest, 1 of the 3 bundles will be selected at random. Each bundle contains an equal value of content and has an equal chance of being selected.

Here are the contents of each bundle:

Berserk Bundle:
  • Rare Skin (Bombardier Slag)
  • Uncommon piece of Hero Gear (Battleborn Axe)
  • Rare Skin Recipe (Recipe: Skylance Torrace)
  • Uncommon Materials (Imperial Brocade x 2)
  • Common Materials (Meteor Metal x 3)

Merciless Bundle:
  • Rare Skin (Tundral Skalla)
  • Uncommon piece of Hero Gear (Bloodthirst Bracers)
  • Rare Skin Recipe (Recipe: Luna Moth Vexie)
  • Uncommon Material (FaerieDust x 1)
  • Uncommon Material (Fungal Spore x 1)
  • Common Materials (Moss x 2)
  • Common Material (Tattered Linen x 1)

Resolute Bundle:
  • Rare Skin (Fireshroud Atasha)
  • Uncommon piece of Hero Gear (Heart of Valor)
  • Rare Skin Recipe (Recipe: Stoneguard Beroth)
  • Uncommon Material (Subterranean Stone x 1)
  • Uncommon Material (Stinging Vines x 1)
  • Common Materials (Moss x 3)

Here is an explanation of what each bundle element means:

  • Skin: Skins are used to change the appearance of your Hero. In Soada you can either buy skins from the in-game Shop, find them in treasure chests, or craft them from collected materials.
  • Hero Gear: Hero Gear is one of the most valuable ways to customize your strategy before entering a match. Hero gear is never sold in the Shop and can only be found in treasure chests or crafted from materials.
  • Skin Recipe: Skin recipes are only found in loot drops or treasure chests. They are usually the most rare item required to craft a skin so they tend to be quite valuable.
  • Materials: These are only found in loot drops or treasure chests and are required to craft a variety of goods such as Hero Gear and Skins. Each Early Access bundle contains enough materials to complete roughly 25% of the included Skin recipe.

9. What are the initial testing and feedback goals?
  • Hero build viability (both in-game and meta-game)
  • Game balance
  • Game duration
  • Alternate Quest Reward Systems
  • Loot Reward system
  • Crafting system
  • Community Market integration
  • Server optimization and load testing
  • Client optimization and compatibility
  • Matchmaking

10. How can the Steam Community help us during our development process?
  • The best way to help is to play the game regularly as this provides us with valuable gameplay data, performance data and stresses our systems. Sometimes the worst bugs are the ones that are difficult to reproduce. The more matches that are played the better our chances of finding and fixing them.
  • If you would like to be more involved we have two in-game buttons that allow you to provide feedback, ideas and report problems.
  • The Forums button takes you directly to the official forums which we monitor frequently. Periodically, we will copy certain types of reports to the public bug tracker on GitHub to improve our organization and work flow.
  • The Official Bug Report button takes you directly to our public facing bug tracker on GitHub where any player can view, edit and add issues. This system is great for the community as they can see what is going on and its great for us because we get a lot of crowd sourced data on what bugs exist and under what conditions they may occur.

11. Where are the Early Access servers located?
  • Early Access servers are only located in North America but we will add more geographic regions as our testing requires. Europe will likely be next. Some players from Europe have reported that playing on the North American servers is acceptable but for some it is not. There is a known bug we are tracking that definitely affects players across the Atlantic (or with pings above a certain duration) that makes it even worse under certain conditions. We are working to correct this now.

Thanks for considering Sins of a Dark Age Early Access. We hope to you see you online soon!
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October 17

Major Updates and Developer Blogs

Since our last announcement we've issued two updates to Sins of a Dark Age and posted three developer blogs.

A quick summary of the updates would include new modes, new queuing, new items, new pings, new wave minions, team balancing, Lore Books, achievements and a lot more!

The full details can be found at these links:

Release Notes for Version 40397

Release Notes for Version 40490

The three developer blogs can be found at the following link. The main subjects are:

Introduction: Sins of a Dark Age will soon be going free to play!

A La Mode: An in depth discussion of all the new modes, new queuing, reward points, matchmaking and team balancing.

Welcome to the Jungle: A preview of many of the new Jungling changes including the new Empowered Creeps and a new Glyph! Jungling will soon be a lot more engaging, strategic, rewarding and fun!

Read all the details here: Developer Blogs

Thank you for supporting Sins of a Dark Age!

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September 4

Version 39436 Released

Version 39436 is available! New Items, improved lighting, new map artwork, updated Hero effects, Twitch upgrades, tons of bug fixes and more! Click below to read all the details!

http://steamcommunity.com/app/251970/discussions/7/34096318857000556/

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About This Game

Sins of a Dark Age Overview


Sins of a Dark Age is an action strategy game from the creators of Sins of a Solar Empire. Explore your inventory, equip your Hero and enter a dark world full of decisive team battles, tide-turning quests, treasured rewards, crafted goods, and strategic trades.

Join fellow players to form a party that will ravage the enemy's army, execute their Heroes, siege their defenses and then raze their Keep to the ground. But that is the just the beginning of the adventure!



Choose Your Hero: The entire roster of Heroes will always be free - no grinding! Before heading into battle customize your strategic and visual preferences by equipping Hero Gear, allocating attribute points and choosing your favorite skin.

Battle the Enemy: Fight in a changing world and decimate your enemies with powerful abilities, glyphs and items. Revel in visceral combat brought to life with an immersive physics and animation system. Bodies will fly, flail, fall and flop as you wreak havoc across the battlefield!

Embark on Quests: Adapt your strategy as each adventure includes a series of tide-turning Quests. Fend off swarms of plague infected vermin, resurrect the undead, steal a Troll's treasure, or feed and raise a powerful Gryphon! Complete quests to earn unique advantages that you can use to crush your enemies!

Treasure Your Rewards: Collect random loot after every Quick Play match - Artifacts are the most desired but even Trash may eventually come in handy! Gather the right materials to craft powerful Hero Gear and rare Skins! Join the community market to buy, sell and trade with other players as you seek the perfect inventory.

Early Access Introduction

Thanks for considering Sins of a Dark Age Early Access. Soada is still in development so there are bugs, missing features, placeholder assets, unoptimized code, brain-dead Ai, and balance issues. However, even in this state its stable, very fun, and has loads of content. Your feedback and influence on our next objectives are vital at this stage of development. Join up, open your Welcome Chest and enter the battle!

Early Access Details

For a lot more detail on the state of Sins of a Dark Age Early Access check out Early Access FAQ. The following questions are all addressed:
  • Why is our game in Early Access?
  • How long do we plan to be in Early Access?
  • What is the current state of the game?
  • What content is missing or placeholder?
  • What content are we planning to add to the game?
  • What features are we planning to add to the game?
  • What is our pricing strategy during and after Early Access?
  • What do you get for joining Early Access?
  • What are the initial testing and feedback goals?
  • How can the Steam Community help us during our development process?

Early Access Rewards

  • For $4.99, Early Access players will receive a Welcome Chest containing 1 of 3 bundles. In appreciation of your support we've include far more than $4.99 worth of content in each bundle.


Berserk Bundle:
  • Rare Skin (Bombardier Slag)
  • Uncommon piece of Hero Gear (Battleborn Axe)
  • Rare Skin Recipe (Recipe: Skylance Torrace)
  • Uncommon Materials (Imperial Brocade x 2)
  • Common Materials (Meteor Metal x 3)


Merciless Bundle:
  • Rare Skin (Tundral Skalla)
  • Uncommon piece of Hero Gear (Bloodthirst Bracers)
  • Rare Skin Recipe (Recipe: Luna Moth Vexie)
  • Uncommon Material (FaerieDust x 1)
  • Uncommon Material (Fungal Spore x 1)
  • Common Materials (Moss x 2)
  • Common Material (Tattered Linen x 1)


Resolute Bundle:
  • Rare Skin (Fireshroud Atasha)
  • Uncommon piece of Hero Gear (Heart of Valor)
  • Rare Skin Recipe (Recipe: Stoneguard Beroth)
  • Uncommon Material (Subterranean Stone x 1)
  • Uncommon Material (Stinging Vines x 1)
  • Common Materials (Moss x 3)

Here is an explanation of what each bundle element means:

  • Skin: Skins are used to change the appearance of your Hero. In Soada you can either buy skins from the in-game Shop, find them in treasure chests, or craft them from collected materials.
  • Hero Gear: Hero Gear is one of the most valuable ways to customize your strategy before entering a match. Hero gear is never sold in the Shop and can only be found in treasure chests or crafted from materials.
  • Skin Recipe: Skin recipes are only found in loot drops or treasure chests. They are usually the most rare item required to craft a skin so they tend to be quite valuable.
  • Materials: These are only found in loot drops or treasure chests and are required to craft a variety of goods such as Hero Gear and Skins. Each Early Access bundle contains enough materials to complete roughly 25% of the included Skin recipe.

Thanks for considering Sins of a Dark Age Early Access. We hope to you see you online soon!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel or AMD 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU with 512mb VRAM supporting Shader Version 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
237.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Sins of a dark age is now my #1 favorite moba. I have spent 130 hours in it so far and can tell you what I have observed so far while playing it.

* The game has a highly active developer team who will help you and are on almost every day quite often. They also even play!

* Skills in the game are very fluid and can also be hotkeyd to whatever key binding you want them on.

* They have a market system where you can trade skin recipes and weapons/armor/trinkets and the components to craft them.

* When playing against high levels as a lower level they turn off their bonus stats and items to balance them to your level so say you had 1 stat point they also would only have 1.

* In game party system where you can team up with 3 other people and play a game with.

* Custom games; This is where you can practice if you dont feel like you are ready to play other players yet or are new to mobas. You can also use them for fun skirmishes between friends or set up a tournament for prizes on the forums and host it in custom.

*Sins Of A Dark Age also has a unique quest system which will give you various buffs and abilities as well as special lane minions and EVEN GOLD!!! Some of the buffs include crippling poison that does damage, a hawk you can use to be a vision ward for a short duration and a team buff that gives more damage to teamates. You can also get a gryphon to push a lane A GRYPHON!!!! You can also slay a DRAGON!!

* One thing you should know before purchasing this game is that there is a very low playerbase as it is in alpha right now so que times will be long during certian times of days and then 5-10 min other days.

I will be streaming this game at http://www.twitch.tv/baal2023 if you want to catch a glimpse at the gameplay and mechanics and I look forward to seeing you in game!
Posted: July 17
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
174.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Worth checking out if you like MOBAs. The realm quests add a very interesting meta to the game.

It's still in Early Access so to play now you'll have to drop $5 on it. However, when it launches it will be free to play with all characters unlocked. (Note: It is in EA and sometimes finding a game can take a while.)

With the Early Access pack you get some bonus items ingame and a chance to learn the game before it goes f2p.

When it comes out of EA you get to keep all items in your inventory (levels may or may not be reset, that is TBD). This alone makes it worth the money right now.
Posted: May 15
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
923.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
After a few thousand hours of League of Legends, the first day I played Sins was the last day I played LoL. In early access, I'm enjoying trying out multiple roles, as the (still small) community seems much more pleasant and much more forgiving of new and/or lesser skilled players. Getting to play with the developers in-game, and being able to ask questions and/or give suggestions is something that will likely only be possible during this early access stage. Once they release this game to the public, that chance will be gone. Queue times can be long (due to fact that Ironclad hasn't really publicized it yet), but the $5 you'll spend on this will more than make you forget about the one or two beers you will have to skip for it.
Posted: June 8
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
233.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Sins of a dark age is a new moba by ironclad games. First off i just want to say this is probably the best moba i have played in years. because it is in early access beta the character pool is small but the gameplay is solid and the addition of quest objectives to a moba adds all kinds of new strategies. do you go fight the troll and risk losing 2 towers top? Do you try to contest the valkyrn watch or push their bottom towers? its really a fun game and worth the cost for early access i would strongly recommend this game to any fans of the genre.
Posted: July 17
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Highly recommend. Only negative I've noticed is a lack of a sort of community on the game, probably because of the $4.99 price-tag. That being said, much preferred over having to play with a lot of freemium junkies with bad attitudes. Really tho, please people... pay the low price so I have someone to duel with!!! :D 9/10
Posted: July 22
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132 of 198 people (67%) found this review helpful
987.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
First things first. I am a public volunteer moderator of the forums on this game. So this review will obviously be biased, but I will attempt to be as fair as possible.

Some background: I am a fan of Sins of a Solar Empire. Once I heard about Sins of a Dark Age, I signed up for the forums. Commander mode came and went, and the beta came out December 2012 or so (around that time.) I was not a big fan of MOBAs at all at the time. I had been a new player and had some terrible experiences with some other games. I sort of shrugged my shoulders and took a hiatus from the genre.

I came back to Soada after 7 months. I had gotten over my beef with other MOBAs and tried it out again. In my second post of Soada's forums, developers personally greeted me and remarked on my feedback. The forum environment was friendly, the game appealing to me, and I was having a blast. I started out just fighting bots. My previous MOBA experience had scarred me against playing against humans. But even against them I was finding myself enjoying the mechanics of the game. I really liked the quest system. It was a neat alternative to the traditional method, and it was sort of a descendant of the Commander Mode.

Eventually Soada came to Steam, and I've been hooked ever since. I started playing against humans, and I even got to play with the developers! It's pretty neat playing with the guys who made Sins of a Solar Empire! (Vasari Loyalists for life!) I am still a fan of League of Legends and Dota 2, but Soada just appeals to me more. I like the dark fantasy setting. I like the mythological creatures and heroes. It is more consistent in tone and theme. The hero design looks grounded in reality and more real than some of its cartoony competitors.

I like the heroes. I think they are cool looking and play great. There are 19 of them at the moment, so it's a lot easier to play them and get a feel for them. League and Dota's rosters can be overwhelming to new players. 100+ heroes and 45 minute matches adds up over time! Quite the commitment! Even though the cast of heroes is smaller, I like them more than some of Soada's competitors. I'd rather have 19 heroes I know and enjoy than be overwhelmed by 100 heroes that I've never played before.

The game has been constantly upgraded these past few months. Character changes, quest updates, new item art, bug fixing, you name it. I feel part of the community. I feel like my feedback is heard, and some of these players are both fantastic teammates and formidable rivals!

Are there any cons? It's a work in progress. Entire systems have been changed in these few months. There was a time where it was more like League of Legends with purchaseable heroes. There was Iron and Crowns, much like Riot Points. It's now truly becoming its own thing. It's technically a MOBA along the vein of League and Dota, but has its own identity. Perhaps "action strategy" may be more fitting since more and more ideas will separate it from the pack and make it truly unique!

I can see this game appealing to fantasy fans. Dragon Age, DnD, etc. The art design, lore, and setting are right up that alley. Table top, pen and paper fans too.

Even hardcore MOBA fans of its competitors might get a kick out of it. I like Dota and LoL, but I don't feel attached to it as much as I do Soada. Would I feel this same way if Ironclad didn't make this game? I don't know. I just know I have a fun time playing it, I feel valued to the community, and it can only get better!

:)
Posted: March 14
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