Regain your riches, restore your honor and avenge your father's murder. A challenging trading game with lots of RPG elements.
User reviews: Mixed (152 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 10, 2014

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"Medieval hustlah's simulator in which you'll barter for bits, peddle for potions, and use your fortune to find a killer. Buy high, sell low :P"

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Regain your riches, restore your honor and punish those who have wronged you.

Merchants of Kaidan is a challenging trading game fused with lots of RPG elements. You start very humble, one cart, a purse of gold and silver coins is all that you have. Your task is to roam the world and search of opportunities to score some profit. Buy low, sell high - a merchant's motto is easy to grasp. And yet the job is harder than it seems.

A good merchant needs to know everything about the market, he is always on the lookout for a deal, always listening, always engaging and deepening his knowledge. He knows what forces influence the prices, what events affect them. A good merchant listens to rumours and gossips spread by travelers at inns and taverns; hoping for a clue, a hint where to go, where a good deal awaits. A good merchant surrounds himself with specialists smarter than him, people who help him maximize profits and minimize losses. He always expands his fleet of carts, he balances risks, calculates profitability.

The conditions are constantly changing, and supply and demand for different goods with them. Maybe you'd like to pay a cheaper price for furs in the summer, and sell them for a hefty profit as the winter is coming and people need warmth.
But is it worth carrying them for so many days, risking robbery, moths and taking precious space that you could use to transport something now and make a profit immediately?
Or is it worth to buy illegal herb in the out of reach swamps where it cost's next to nothing, and risk smuggling it into the city where you can sell it for an amazing profit? But what if the city guards want to control you? Should you pay a bribe? How big? Maybe the best course of action is to say that you have nothing and hope they don't find anything?

These are the types of questions you will have to ask yourself constantly.


  • Merchants of Kaidan has 4 story lines each with many quests. Main quest that brings you closer to avenging your father's murder, and 3 side-quest lines. A total of over 100 quests each composed of multiple steps.
  • A set of random events that influence your journeys. A storm on the sea, attack by dragons, highway robbery and many, many more.
  • Three types of transport of your goods: by roads, by sea and by flight, each has its advantages and disadvantages and a unique set of events associated. As you grow your fleet you can join a partnership and you'll get to manage 3 traders.
  • You can hire advisers each specializing in a different field. Their council will help you in a variety of issues. Some will show you shortcuts on the roads, some will help you fight of the bandits, some will council you on how to sail better and in case of a storm, how to minimize risks and losses. If you wish, you can also send them to school to improve their abilities for additional cost.
  • 4 seasons of the year that influence the prices of goods, open some paths for travel and block the others. They also impact the way the game looks, each city has a distinct look at different time of the year.
  • Random blessings and curses that influence your statistics. They in turn affect how well you conduct business.
  • A set of artifacts that influence your statistics or can help negate the effects of random events.
  • A complex market fluctuation algorithm that include many variables such as: demand, supply, seasons of the year, localization of the city, random events like droughts or rat infestation.


  • A complex trading algorithm
  • Over 100 quests each with multiple steps to success.
  • 2 out of 10 planned mini games that accompany events with next ones upcoming in the updates
  • Possibility to create a partnership with other traders and control 3 characters simultaneously
  • 1 main and 2 quick scenarios
  • 15 types of goods for trade with varying characteristics, some illegal, some perishable
  • Beautiful hand-drawn localisations.


Your name is Olivean de Calinn, and this was supposed to be the most important day of your life. Your father has been preparing you, for all these years, for this exact moment. Your 21st birthday.

You were finally a grown-up, able to take care of yourself, a person worthy of continuing your fathers' legacy.

He wasn't born into money. To buy his first cart, he had to work very hard saving every silver and copper. One trade after trade, step after step, he climbed the ladder, transforming his tiny one-man venture into a trading company of a rather significant size.

Then he met Van Talodd, the most famous merchant in the whole kingdom, and soon enough he entered into partnership. This enterprise proved very profitable, and Van Talodd promised your father something more precious than wealth. A lordship. Few weeks ago he left to the Capital – Ovoros – to accept the title. He was taking a little longer to come back than you expected, but recent weather was unfavourable, maybe he got stuck, or a road turned into a swamp... it happened all the time.

It was almost dusk when you heard the knocking to the door. A messenger, his clothes soiled with mud, brought you a letter. There was no lordship, your father was found a traitor, an enemy of the Kingdom, and hanged for conspiring against the king, after a very hasty trial. All his assets and estate confiscated and handed over to the person who exposed the entire plot – Van Talodd.

Suddenly everything became crystal clear, Van Talodd maimed him with promises of lordship, the only thing money can't buy. But his real purpose was to entrap your father and take over his fortune.

Instead of your birthday present, you got carts full of kings' sell-swords approaching quickly. There was no time to loose, you had to run fast and far. Flee from the men that were certainly sent to kill you.

That is only a beginning of your story, you're left with only your family ring that you had on you. Take a fake name you need to avenge your father. Follow the same path as him, grow rich and destroy Van Talodd. The road there is hard and long – are you strong enough to make it?



Kaidan is a fictitious world, that was once a home to a space-faring civilization. It's history is almost unknown. Only that, once they developed starships, they relatively quickly left the planet. And on the remnants of the old civilization a new one has sprouted. A far less developed. If not for the artifacts left by the predecessors, they would be no different than a medieval country.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7800, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
This little addicting gem combines a turn-based trading-simulation game (very hard and unforgiving at times) with RPG and Adventure elements. It's not the best in any category, but this melded hybrid is very appealing. I haven't learnt and remembered 30+ cities by name for a game in a long-long time.

The game unveils as you get higher up in rank (via quests) with very difficult phases in the beginning, so unless you're ready to spend time to rinse & repeat often, you won't like the abrupt start.

Carefully crafted visual details or subtle quest hints may make you fall in love with it. E.g. press B and move the pages of the book with your cursor or watch the cities in different seasons. While at the same time, some of the mechanics and especially random events will raise your rage levels. C'est la vie. Literally.

Continuous updates and answers from the developers so far make it a rare game.

Conclusions:

- DO BUY & TRY it if you want a trading game & complex mechanics (even if you'll only be able to reverse engineer over time - the opportunistic approach will ... barely ... keep you afloat financially). Especially if you've ever taken notes / keeping a spreadsheet to master a game.

- DO NOT BUY if you don't have patience, don't want to be challenged by someone else's mechanics or have a tendency to rage-quit games you haven't finished in the first 3 hours.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This is a fun and atmospheric trading game set in the mystical world of Kaidan.

Pros:
+ rich atmosphere. The hand-painted pictures and soundtrack are superb!
+ sophisticated economy. Prices will change depending on season, random events, luck etc.
+ dozens of side quests. I was receiving so many that I began to turn them down.
+ there's a few mini-games to break up the trading grind.

Cons:
- the early phase of the game can be very hard. You can only trade a few items. Some people may be deterred.
- lack of character customisation. You're stuck playing the main character of the game.
- lack of RPG. You have no traits, attributes, relationships etc. The only number that changes is your gold. I would've liked to be able to interact with the world of Kaidan in a more organic way.
- a few bugs still exist in the game.
- some spelling errors.

Overall, it's a fun game. If you love trading games like Elite, but also want to immerse yourself in a fantasy setting, this game should be on your list. During the last session I played, I lost sense of time and suddenly realised it was midnight. Games like this deserve a thumbs up.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
The one mechanic and a reason for some of the negative reviews is that the game doesn't emphasise how luck makes a big impact on events.
I started again and boosted my luck to 3 (with blessings and items) and I rarely had negative events impacting me. The game is still difficult but it makes it much more playable. It's an engaging game, the interface is smooth and with a bit of trial and error, you can work out how much each product buys and sells for.
I had fun for a handful of days with it.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This is a rather simplistic trading caravan game. With a basic picture interface, you can go to taverns, buy drinks for strangers, acquire new and sometimes useful information and even hire mercenaries to guard your caravans. You can earn money by trading, completing quests and objectives, as well as by upgrading your caravan to hold even more goods and merchandise. The simplistic style, combined with the unoriginal concept makes this game a little less palatable than some of the others out there. It isn't exactly a horrible game, but not one I would recommend buying. There are several other trading/caravan-type games out there which have more versatility.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Could be much better
Basically the game is all about trading, making profit, collecting/investing money and climbing social ranks, there are also some rpg-like quests and other elements which makes it even more interesting. This said the game starts wonderfully, you only have around 1500 gold and one transport cart, whats more you are limited on what goods you can trade, all these factors make the game very fun and challenging (In the beginning!). You are pretty much always under pressure as you daily spend money to your crew, you pay prices when crossing bridges and so on. My point is you have to find some nice trade routes and make profit really fast... But! as the game advances and if you reach the midgame successfully it becomes very, very easy and it really breaks the experience. In mid and late stages of game, when you can trade all the goods, its so easy to find profit and you have so much money already, that you don't have to really try to do something, you just go on with the game like hot knife through butter. In fact the late game gets very repetitive - you have to just wonder through towns (Without caring or paying attention to anything) and whenever you see for example Jewerly uner 70 gold just buy it. The events also get very repetitive and boring.
Overall I can not give "Not recommended" to this one as you can have some fresh and new experience with it for some time, but I would give this one only 3 out of 5 stars. My suggestion is - Dony buy it if you are looking for a challenging game which will keep you hooked and interested for days and weeks.
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