Regain your riches, restore your honor and avenge your father's murder. A challenging trading game with lots of RPG elements.
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Release Date: Nov 10, 2014
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March 5

Update 05.03.2015

Hi,

this update changes the following things

- changed the building buttons in certain locations
- added zoom by mouse roll
- added a possibility to display city names on the map
- optimised the animation of traveling on the map
- fixed the issue when it was possible to travel with a partner who was no longer in location
- lessened the usage of RAM

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February 6

Update 06 Feb 2015

This new update includes few fixes and slight improvements.

- Fixed the infinite sale bug associated with letters of safe conduct
- Fixed the issues with Dvarwen mine stucking the game
- Fixed the low resolution icons in the book
- Added possibility to close the travel summary with ESC
- Added an information about icebox capacity before buying it.
- some misspellings and repeated words removed
- Fixed the issue when the button did not disappear from the locations descrition
- Clicking on the player's portrait now centers the map on him.
- Fixed issue with transitions between seasons of the year

Stay tuned for more :)

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About This Game

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
55 of 56 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
The short version:
Addictive but buggy, don't buy at full price but snap it up in a deal.

The long version:
As you have probably gathered this is a trading sim with a Heroes of Might & Magic sort of vibe, basically you ride around buying and selling stuff and getting really rich. There's also a storyline but I stopped following it pretty quick. Something to do with avenging your father's death (really).

The difficulty curve in this game is INSANE when you start off. I think it took me at least 90 mins to get past the first quest of raising 4000 coins (or w/e the currency is), I was really close to giving up because it will seem like you're not getting anywhere. Some of the random events can be very unforgiving as well (e.g. 'high winds' meant your ship lost about 90% of its cargo)

But if you get past that it gets a LOT easier to do cool stuff. And it is cool, for a while. But once you get to being a millionaire and reach the highest social rank, it's not 100% clear what you're supposed to do, apart from just get richer. There are quests but they usually amount to 'go to place, go to next place', and the payoff for each quest stays quite low - so you're making millions trading, but then spending 10 mins on a quest to be paid 3000. (Unless I'm missing something here).

It's also kind of buggy; a couple of places (mines/monasteries) weren't accessible to me because they made my game crash, which meant I couldn't get a couple of the achievements. So a big recommendation: SAVE OFTEN because there is no autosave. Also there are places you can get trapped when the seasons change - you can't sail in winter so if you get trapped on an island you are pretty done because there's no 'sleep' option where you can just spend a day in the same place.

But overall a nice way of wasting a few hours if you can get it on the cheap (from the looks of the forum the devs are pretty sharp at fixing bugs so some of this may be out of date soon anyway). Also - if anyone figures out how to play the knife game in the tavern, let me know!!
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Unlike some I really like the game. I won't spoil it for you by giving any major tips as figuring it out is the whole point of the game but I will confirm a few things

-prices are not random but they do fluctuate in a wave, diffent towns have different ranges. seasons matter.
-as you progress things get easier in some ways and harder in others
-if your smart and perceptive its not that hard to start off; i have advanced to multicarts in under 10 mins of play
-everything has its use though some items/specialists are mainly usful much later

the only tips i'll leave you with is at the begining concentrate only on trading; don't hire specialists or special items- they are ment for later and you can go broke very quickly if you do.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
90.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This is actually a really fun game. Think a less rigged feeling FTL with trading and such. Very well done and updated often. Love it.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
An RPG where making money and greasing palms is more valuable than any sword, very unique. Needs more polish (as of 7/14), but a really great idea and something I want to come back to.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
A surprisingly refreshing game where you play as a trader, carting and hawking your wares across a beautiful world map. There is freeplay and a story mode, lots of random events and semi-random quests, lots of items, NPCs and upgrades to help you on the way. The art and presentation are relatively minimal but are done very well and fit nicely. Easily recommendable if you're interested in trading sims and / or lightweight RPGs.
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6 of 6 people (100%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
10-15$ for 8-11 hours or so of enjoyment, unless you enjoy trading a great deal, and can get additional enjoyment out of the game.

It's a good simple game that's easy to pick up, but becomes almost laughably easy once you know various city's specialty goods.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
It a bit hard in the beginning but it has a nice aspect for people who love economy/trading/and taking risks with strategy. I would reccomend it!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I love these kinds of trade games and this one had the potential to be really good but it's just such a hard drudge to progress. The cost to get between towns is so high on top of that I get attacked, my men get drunk, nobles take all my food - every bloody time! At such a low level you can only get access to a such a small portion of the game it just becomes a repetitive drudge. With such a nonsense economy (why can't you buy cheap ice from a mountain town? and why doesn't the price barely change from summer to winter?) I think $15 should buy me an easy mode.
I really regret buying this game :-(
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
I was thinking about getting this game for a bit now. After seeing many cool things and new features that were added almost every week (and updates still seem to keep coming weekly) I decided to finally pull the trigger. And I'm glad I did. After playing for a couple of days now I found out you can play this game in, at least, 3 different ways. You can seek best offers chasing disasters and events in different places while trying to make as much profit as possible, complete quests and get rewarded, utilize mine, ruins and (perhaps) other estates to increase your income or play a bit of everything and do whatever you like or whatever falls into your lap. I gotta admit I'm a bit hooked. I can't wait to uncover new things next time I level up. I already catch myself playing way too late into the night... but hey... after all it's holiday season;).

I also really like the fact that sometimes I have to choose between finishing my quest or getting a great deal I had lined up done and it's either one or the other. In most games you don't have to choose or worry about it because your quest will always wait for you to finish it or you can restart it anytime you want. I like that here it's more like things are in real life: you don't always have enough time to do everything you like. Well... at least not until you restart or load game (if you thought of saving in time, that is);).

I definitely recommend this game to anyone who likes games that involve trading, RPG or both and looks for a game they could spend long winter evenings with.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Imagine Port Royale meets Dungeons and Dragons, I love it <3

Also, the crator of this game keeps on adding new things with monthly updates which makes whis this game a real gem.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
This is an excellent trading game with a bit of a storyline and inspiring (albeit somewhat repetitive - only 5 tracks) music. Many people complain about the dodgyness of the economics, but I do understand it from the point of view of a trader. Starting off isn't easy and could take a bit, as you take into account the pricing and fluctuation of the system. Questing provides a sort of guideline on where to go next, and the addition of specialist and "combat missions" with dynamic rewards adds to the mix.

Pick it up on special if you like economics/trading/tycoon games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This little gem will introduce to you the modern world of trading games. The beautiful graphics and well balanced mechanics will keep you playing for long hours. If you liked the games like "Zeppelin: Giants Of The Sky", "Oldtimer, Biing!", "Oil Imperium" and other trading simulations you should treasure this one. Specially that it enhances the genre by introducing adventure elements to it. Too bad that this is a dying breed. Very polished, beautiful and fun. Definitely worth playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Time just flies when I play this game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Purchased this game during one of the early sales at 33% off. Was disappointed and should have waited for the bundle. Prices are pretty much random and have absolutely no relation to the location or type of town you're visiting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This is my first review on steam but i felt compelled to do it since i really like the game and hope to make it more broadly known.
So this a trading game by far and at its heart.
The rpg elements are there but only as a supplement to the game.
I have to clarify the fact that in its present state the game doesnt has the flaws that you will read in older reviews and guides.
There is reason behind the prices (towns vs villages,different agricultural products produced in different regions etc).
Every commodity can be sold for a price but not anywhere.
On the downside i think that after midgame the challenge goes down and that could be something that the developers could look in to it maybe with a dlc?
If you like trading trading games and atmosphere of far off places you should buy t
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Dull, slow, random, and full of too many misspellings and poor writing for a game that thinks it's out of alpha.
There's no real scope to make a plan; prices are arbitrary, travel is a bunch of clicks without much happening.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Not a bad game, but quite limited.

The game has an interesting start when you get to know the game and is fighting for your survival and every earned coin, but it gets progressively easier and increasingly pointless. After 4 hours of game it no longer makes sense. For me the breaking point was getting another merchant to work for me, and realising I didn't really care. I tried starting over, but since there is only one small map and you are limited in what you are allowed to do to begin with, there is no actual replay value.

The only good thing are the merchant rank progression quests which requires some skill, otherwise the main story line progresses apparently randomly and without skill, and all other quests are usually meaningless.

If you like hoarding money for no apparent reason this game might appeal, otherwise you can get 3-4 hours of entertainment out of it until it gets too easy and the pointlessness of money hoarding gets to you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
A good, solid trading game even though its really hard. Would not recomend for people who are looking for a fast paced game. It can be really frustrating but otherwise a good game.
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