Assume the leadership of one of the lands of Sovereignty and guide your people to glory and prosperity. By wisely combining soft and hard power, you can eventually hope to reign over the whole land. However, In this divided and merciless land, holding onto power is likely to prove harder than seizing it!
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Release Date: Apr 9, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“Sovereignty is grand and ambitious…and we need your help!

It all started three years ago with a small team of passionate developers who set out to create a rich and unique campaign world. Become the ruler of one of 34 unique realms. Raise armies, conduct diplomacy, research powerful spells, expand your economy…conquer.
But that was just the beginning.

Over time, the team looked to the horizon and said, “We want more.” A separate tactical battle system was added, Heroes were created and the Resource system was re-imagined .
Now it’s the community’s turn.

It is your chance to get in early on Sovereignty and make a real impact on specific features you would like to see in the game. We will be here to listen and act on your feedback.
Everything, from the gorgeous artwork, to the period music, to the rich interplay of systems was created by a small group dedicated to a single goal: to create an epic fantasy strategy game. Now it’s your turn.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“While we are not yet in a position to announce a final release date, we are committed to supporting Early Access through the next year. A lot can be done in that time, and we are excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the community.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are loads of things we are planning to add to the game. Overall game features, such as a wide support for modders and a random event system to improve overall game experience. We are also looking at adding specific things in game, such as building and upgrading forts, a bigger and more integrated foreign affairs system, both at a UI and map level.

We are also looking at adding more coherence in art, with better integrated UI and higher quality terrain textures and units.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is in a true beta stage. It means it can be played from start to finish and all main features are working and integrated. What is missing is the overall balance and key features to make the game experience more compelling and immersive. Exactly the areas where we are asking the help of the players.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Sovereignty is truly massive, but we are definitely looking at encouraging players to jump into the program to help us finish it. So we are looking at a $ 24.99 price point for this version and looking at increasing it at release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“That is entirely the reason why we are looking at running the Early Access. The game requires the help of the community to be finished and make sure it is the game we initially thought it was going to be. It’s a humongous project we need the fans to help us finish. We will definitely be looking at the community feedback as it is essential for us. Every detailed feedback and comment about a feature will be reviewed internally and then prioritized in the development process. Of course we will be reaching out to the community with a constant presence in the forums. What is working well? What could be improved? And most important of all, what new ideas are suggested.”
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June 21

Sovereignty 2.0.4 patch!

Hello everyone! We are releasing a small update for Sovereignty, bringing the game to 2.0.4. It consists mainly of bugfixes. Here is the changelog:

• Fixed crash when quitting from tactical battle
• Fixed several issues with spell trees
• Fixed overrun not allowing unit to move again
• Fixed Fear of the Lash not allowing units to move again
• Fixed Ghastly Laboratory not working
• Fixed Ladvia campaign not starting
• Fixed battle bonuses persisting after end of battle
• Fixed buildings which requilre a Landmark to build
• Fixed spells which require the presence or absence of a Landmark
• Fixed hero powers which require the presence or absence of a landmark
• Fixed bug allowing permenant alliances to be broken by the AI
• Fixed all realm maximum ally numbers
• Fixed Odenheim campaign: Player can now counterattack
• Fixed Odenheim campaign: No attack restriction removed after war is declared
• Fixed possible negative gold when recruiting a Hero
• Fixed player being able to recruit prisoners when they do not have enough gold
• Fixed crash when trying to promote a unit which lacks any available promotions
• Fixed possible crashes after quit to menu and starting another game
• Fixed crash when attacking a province from the sea
• Fixed various problems with the Game Tips
• Fixed trade offer/demand menu not resetting when changing trade realms
• Fixed Irregular units not getting Hit and Run (fix applies only to new units)
• Fixed Group units ranged damage not scaling with their health
• Fixed River Rapids not working when crossing river to start battle
• Fixed Courtesan's Guild effect only lasting for one turn
• Fixed Black/Blue Ley Lines effect only lasting 1 turn
• Fixed Fell Mists not working on attackers after reload
• Fixed Astral Gate not allowing units to teleport to remote provinces
• Fixed crash when AI is considering retreat from Briarwood province
• Fixed AI deploying too many units to a province
• Fixed Battle Log always showing the defender as the capturer of VPs
• Fixed Bounty Hunter unit having Shackles as a promotion option
• Fixed crash when fleet attacking a harbour is intercepted
• Fixed AI being able to move into harbours occupied by an enemy fleet
• Fixed incorrect deployment of units when attacking land from a harbour
• Fixed AI being able to attack it's own stack while occupying an enemy harbour
• Fixed incorrect display of unit XP required for next level
• Fixed being able to deploy land units to sea tiles during battle deploy
• Added new Prince Halas unit artwork
• Improved contrast for selected items in unit promotion dialog
• Added "Your Turn" splash message to tactical battles
• Removed dead realms from the Foreign Affairs screen

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June 15

Sovereignty reaches 2.0!

After weeks in open beta we are finally proud to officially release the 2.0 update for Sovereignty. Since we’ve entered Early Access we have been facing several obstacles, but, thanks to our community’s involvement, dedication and feedback, we continue to move forward. In order to deliver a more ambitious game, we decided last year to switch to a new engine. This was not an easy decision to make and we changed a lot of things under the hood, which were almost invisible from a player point of view.

Now we know that this decision was necessary, and that it was instrumental in creating the game we all want to play. Going public with version 2.0 is a huge step towards the end of the Early Access phase. This major update includes many UI and game mechanics changes but also brand new features. For instance you can now customise your province by constructing buildings in them and design your empire according to your play style. Prisoners are also now completely under your control; would you want to trade them, recruit them in your own army, or keep them in jail for other dark purposes. The more the game evolves, the more you are in control, and be ready to have again a lot of surprises by the end of the Early Access program!

If you want more details about the 2.0 changes, please read the changelog below:

User Interface


Title screen is now animated
Placeholder art replaced
All lists and texts now support scroll bars when needed
New text rendering system
Improved on-map realm names
Political map view - now appears on the main map
Relations map view - now appears on the main map
Relations map view - now has on-map buttons to interact with realms
Added Economic map view (replaces upgrade mode)
All map modes now have instructions and a color key
Improved realm selection - added list of realms
Improved realm selection - uses higher quality map
Improved realm selection - allows scrolling and zooming
Auto Battle - updated layout of armies
Auto Battle - made it clearer who is fighting whom
Info panels (armies, spells, etc) have all been cleaned up
Foreign Affairs - Improved resources list
Foreign Affairs - Improved "Current Trade" information
Promotions - promoted units now appear in a list
Campaign Objectives - all objectives now support numerical progress
Added an income/expenses panel

AI Players


The AI has been heavily modified, and realms should act more in line with their expected personalities now - for example, Jotland and Vessoi will actively attempt to obtain the totems to call the horde.

Auto Battle


The auto battle changes are not just aesthetic, the armies are lined up in formation (infantry in front, archers/ranged behind, cavalry on the flanks). This affects how they fight as well as looking better.
In addition, the way targets are chosen in auto battle has been improved - the AI will no longer select targets based on only their combat stats, but will also consider the amount of damage which will be dealt.

Trading and Treaties


The trade system has been overhauled - when a trade is offered, all negotiation is done instantly, no more waiting for your agent to travel across the world first. Once trade is negotiated, the deal is finalized immediately.
Agents still play a part, as they must transport the goods agreed in the trade, this means that while the deal is agreed on instantly, the actual goods may still take several turns to arrive - the progress of the agents can be seen in Foreign Affairs under the Current Trade tab.

Unit Promotions


Unit promotions are no longer random. Units will instead gain XP as they participate in battles (visible on their unit info cards). When they have enough, they are promoted. It now takes longer to get 4 medals for a unit, but it is a more predictable system.

Balance


A lot of small changes to game balance have been made, and the special class abilities have been tweaked somewhat, in particular, cavalry charges will now be less effective in rougher terrains, and shield wall is less powerful than it used to be.

Buildings


Instead of increasing an Economy value to get more income from provinces, you can now customize your province by constructing buildings in them - choose to create an economic powerhouse or a heavily fortified defensive bastion, build special buildings to influence the course of your empire and mold it to your play style.

Prisoners

Instead of automating the process, prisoners are now entirely under your control. Choose when, or if, to trade them back to their owner for money and influence. Keep them in your prisons and use them to improve your own empire - recruit them into your armies as mercenaries, experiment on them for greater power, even raise them as powerful Undead units.

Bugs and Crashes

We have fixed a great number of the bugs and crashes which were present in 1.9, this should result in a much more stable experience. As always, if you do run into any bugs, let us know using the bug report tool or on the forums.

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“Though still in Early Access, Sovereignty: Crown of Kings is showing a lot of good things”
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About This Game

The old Empire is crumbling. Younger hungrier realms wait like vultures for their chance to pick at the carcass. Thus begins the grand campaign of Sovereignty.

Rule your realm wisely and decisively. Play as the Boruvian Empire and try to recapture former Imperial glories. Or play any of 34 other realms, each with their own rich history, culture and play-style.

Play as different cultures and races: Humans, Orcs, Elves, Dwarves and Undead. Guide your people to glory and prosperity. The challenges you are going to face are intimately linked to the faction you select and the geography of your location in the world. Whether you build a wealthy kingdom or become a famous conqueror, your subjects will expect you to make the right diplomatic and economic decisions. Do you covet a precious resource produced by your neighbor? Try sending an agent to negotiate a trade deal… or your army to seize this key region.

Spies, treaties and solid alliances can prove powerful weapons. But when words fail, answer with steel and blood. Raise mighty armies. Recruit legendary heroes. Research powerful spells. And if you’re ready to get your hands dirty, you can even take direct command of your troops on the battlefield in the tactical mode!
By wisely combining soft and hard power, you too can realize your ambitions and reign supreme over all others.

Are you ready to plant your flag in Sovereignty?

Main Features

  • 35 factions with specific races, traits, heroes and units for a unique play-style and challenge in every game.
  • Campaign modes, plus unique storyline campaigns crafted along the story of your faction.
  • Resources, Trade and Landmarks enrich the basic economy of a realm.
  • Conduct covert actions to spy on your enemies: badmouth them or improve your image in the eyes of others.
  • Learn new magical spells and use them to gain advantage or trick your opponents.
  • Lead your armies directly on the field and take advantage of terrain to outsmart enemy troops.
  • Use your hero ability at a key moment to swing the tide of a battle.
  • Veteran units can gain experience and unlock new skills.
  • Mod tools included! Create your own mods, or download mods shared by others.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or later
    • Processor: 2.8 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 200 series or equivalent (OpenGL 3.0 support)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated Graphic Cards such as Intel HD series are not officially supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7 or 8
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 500 series or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
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Grammar Centurion
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
FIrst off; the game is Early Access. EARLY Access. I really cannot stress this enough.

The developers just released version 2.0 which has changed core aspects of the game. I find that a lot of the changes are positive towards overall gameplay.
-Capturing a province? No more worrying about razing it and rebuilding it in order to benefit, the provinces now benefit from a resistance counter instead of burning it to the ground in order to capture the province.
-Gone are the days of increasing a province's economy and therefore, tax rate. The tax level is now static and you build unique buidings for each province. This can lead to a lot of replayability and different strategies instead of just mobbing armies and moving them like risk pieces across the map.
-Armies have been reworked to prevent certain faction from vastly overpowering their neighbors with elite troops (cloud dragons, anyone?).
-There are a number of improved gameplay aspects that have also been implemented in the latest update, but I'm lazy, and I'm not going to list them here.

This being said, the game is still a bugged mess. I mean, so bugged you cannot even finish the tutorial. And this aspect permeates the core of the game. Saves won't load, Crashes are frequent and random. Trades get stuck and then crash. Units get recruited and it will crash. Alt-tab? Forget about it.

BUT

Early access. Seriously. Early Access.

Overall, this game has incredible potential to become an excellent fantasy strategy game. The factions are diverse and with each update their flavor and history becomes deeper. Every update brings gameplay improvements, modernizes the core, and creates a smoother, more enjoyable ride. The tactical map gameplay is semi-complex with the hex-grid core, the diverse unit stats and abilites, and a standard morale system. The auto-resolve feature is not unfair, dipomacy is straightforward and intelligent, there are multiple gameplay modes (story, conquest, etc.). This title, with applied care and well-thought out development, could become a classic one day.

At $25 though, I'd usually advise to wait for a sale (I did), but with each purchase the developers can realize a little more potential and make this great. If you love fantasy, strategy, board games, 4x, etc., I'd suggest you give this a try like I did. Just don't expect it (at this point in development) to become a genre-changer.
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kukumisu
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
Barely scratched the surface of this one. Gameplay is solid. The range of reals to play really is fantastic; they all play completely differently so offer a challenge on each play. The writing seems good - the flavour text really adds to the immersion (you get a sense the devs have really created a proper 'world', and there is a real variety of units to slect based on the faction you choose -Fantastic - has a real 'one more turn' feel. Had to really tear myself away to write the review. The recent update adds loads of tweaks to make it more beautiful and to deepen the economic play but I haven't really had a chance to experience the breadth of the changes. Haven't had this much fun in ages - recommended for turn based, grand strategy tinkerers and fiddlers.
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JohnnyMontana79
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
Bought this ages ago and have barely played it. The reason is im kind of waiting for it to be out of early access to really get into it.

I havnt played enough to get too in depth with it but its basically a strategic map where you can upgrade your land and hire troops etc. Then you can invade other territories and do battles. Battles can be autoresolved but its more fun to play them out. To play a battle you have counters for your different units and you move them about and attack in turn based battles.

I have played this more than my hours suggest as i played it before I bought it and thats what made me buy it. But i have not played it much.

Overall I really like the game and think its great I would recommend it if you like turn based strategies.
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thespartan78
( 106.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 8
This is still an early access game. Fun to play and could be a very addicting turn based strategy game when ita hopefully finished and polished up a bit. Even if this were released as is right now I likely would still own it. After purchasing I found myself sceptical but discovered myself coming back for more.

Pros:
-Diverse troops that represent a multitude of factions, yet staying simplistic to give a solid prformance to basic strategy concepts. Infantry, Cavalry, Support Troops.
- Good variety of terrains to support the home turff of the controlling faction.
- Appreciative economic system that takes time to develope but not overly frustrating to neccessitate micromanaging.
- Magic system that supports the game, takes time to gather but does not give an uber advantage once developed. Each faction seems to have its own path and spells.
- Dipolmacy: Alliances are fun to develope and chance to gain an auxilliary troop from them once its been secured. Due to slight differances in each factions troop you might get a troop with beter atk or mor mobile cavalry.

Cons:
- Diplomacy: although some good parts some actions seem to get lost in the mix like convincing an allie to make war on a shared enemy or to send an ambassador to undermine there relationship. Tried many times but seems to do nothing so I have stopped trying.
- Naval Warefare: Absolutely abysmal. Hopefully this is still in progress of developement. Personnaly I could do nothing but wait for an enemy to be intercepted during there turn. Never was able to make a calculated attack on the enemy. At times an ally would occupy my naval yard and completely delete my ships there bcause there is no program function to switch between the two forces. By late game there is an inability to move much of anywhere bc you cant attack things and you every nation has troop ships occupying almost every space in the sea.
-Art work ia nice but could use a little more variety instead of just name and stat changes for the different empires. Still good but nothing to rave about.
-Campaign objectives offer good variety of game play but some are a bit far reaching requiring the perfect condition to succeed. My experiance thus far has been Myrmont needing my two rivals to be minor powers. One rival having only one region and no economy or troops still somehow manages to be more than a minor power. Seriously?
-Free Market: Resources for troop types is cool but the market seems to be stuck in poor or worse conditions. Anyone seeking to capitalize of fluctuating market price and use their strength of of a shrewd trader will be sorely disappointed.

All in all, good game and happy to have in collection. Hope to see it improve in its maechanics much more as it developes.
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cassembler
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 7
Pretty awesome strategy offering; offers new goodies and modern mechanics to a healthy dose of old-school conquering (Defender of the Crown, Romance, etc.) It's playable as-is, and will start eating up your time in short order. If the map screenshots above do anything for you, you're in the right place.

The Good:
- Fun and engaging (this is why we play games, yes?)
- Overall simple and deep mechanics
- Sense of "empire" is supported at several levels. You do feel like an emperor of a vast kingdom.
- Reasonable level of micromanagement; I don't get a sense of tedium from most gameplay.
- Tactical combat is nicely done; I'll only auto-out of battles if it's completely lopsided
- Aesthetics create a nice tone
- Tool tips everywhere you want them
- Tutorial is short and effective, if moderately "hunt-and-pecky"

The Bad (I.e. what I hope Early Access addresses):
- Only crash I had was trying to launch in 3440x1440; game was stuck loading. Changing resolution back allowed me to launch, and interestingly, I could change it in-game back to 3440.
- User interface can be unintuitive at times (exiting a screen can be right click, or checkbox, but only one or the other), but it's clear that it's a work in process, and some elements are spot-on

TBD:
- Not sure about AI yet; it doesn't strike me as bad or good yet... We'll see.
- Replayability - you can pick any faction and a handful of victory conditions, but it seems the start of the map is static. See below.

Wish List:
- Random map generator (good lord, this would be huge!)
- Faction editor
- Unit editor
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Cablenexus
( 50.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 28
My followers and friends possibly noticed that I reviewed this game once and it was not that positive.
Since much happened in the development process last few months I have no choice to revise my review and I think now is the time to do so.

Sovereignty is a strategy game like no other and the development process isn't either.
There is a small dev team consisting of three people (I know of) Brecca, Jekky and Lordzima and there where moments in the EA process that I was so angry for them that I wanted to travel from Amsterdam to UK (figuratively) to shake up the dev team because of indifferent forum responses while they were playing Clicker heroes and Skyrim around thousand hours a day.
I even tried to refund the game twice (without success because I was already twenty hours in the game ;-) and in the end I'm very VERY happy that my refund request was rejected.

For one magic reason the most untactical dev team (marketing and customer support wise) was able to make one highly enjoyable strategy game and I still wonder if they are aware of that themselves and what supernatural powers they own to achieve this?

Sovereignty is the only game at the moment I know of which combines turn based tactical battles like in Field of Glory, Fantasy General etc etc with a campaign map like in Crusader Kings or Europa Universalis (in a less complex and less detailed way). There are many good tactical turn based strategy games and some really nice grand campaign games but their is a serious lack of combining them both and I think Sovereignty start to deliver and achieve this any time soon.

Development of the game is ongoing for about two years in EA (I guess) and just before release last year the team decided to rebuild the engine and start from scratch. Reason they mentioned in the forum was that the game was starting too complex for his own good technically/engine wise and the ambition to make the game multiplatform.
Result was that in the middle of the EA progress the game went from 80% completion to 10% completion with the new engine and it tooks a long LONG way to manage to get the game back on track and achieve the same quality of the almost finshed game.

But in the end after six major updates (around 100 serious bugfixes, tweaks, wishes from the community per patch) to the new engine this year the result is here and I can finally recommend the game because it is a pleasure to play now.

The replay value is gigantic. You can choose over 20 different realms (possibly more) and they are all very different and have there own unique role in the big campaign world. Every realm has it's own story campaign you can try to achieve victory with and you can choose around another five victory conditions for every realm you choose to start.

It's not just some stats which makes some units unique compared to each other but it's a totally different playstyle not seen in any other game. Dwarves who owns iron resources on the map and are good defenders and like a drink sometimes, elves who live in magic woods and all kind of fantasy monsters and humans with their own unique units, own resources, own buildings, own unique economy and spell list.

You can send spies to other realms, trade with other realms and have a good set of diplomatic options which not only affect AI behaviour towards you but influence the whole campaign map.

The best thing for me in this game if that war happened you can finally play out the battle yourself on a high quality tactical battlefield and those battles can last an hour easy. (I like to play on a slow speed setting and calculate every move etc etc). After battle you are able to upgrade units with medals, or choose traits for your hero.
In the battle itself you have an arsenal of tactical traist like "hit and run", capture units and break the morale of enemy units.

The game is far from finished but at the moment of writing the closed beta 2.0 is almost finished to release public and with all the tweaks, new updates, new mechanism (prisoners, buildings and economy system) this is the right moment to start your EA adventure in this game.

If the devs keep their ambition to deliver like they did the last few months I can imagine that this game can become a big hit for strategy and turnbased tactical fans if they get some attention from the better game journalism magazines, like Explorminate[dot]net for example, they absolutely deserve.

It's just a massive title grows for some reason to big for the devs to handle last year but they are back on track and get my well deserved recommend thumbs up today.
Final verdict 7,5 out of 10 score at the moment but can easily get an 8+ when developing continues the way it does now. Gameplay is a 9 score for sure. But some elements are rushed and made without enough eye for detail. Some incosequent artwork in buttons, cut off lines in tiles on the battle map, no explaination for all battle traits and some game crashes for some people even after two years of development makes this final score.

So only buy at the moment if you like to help to shape the game whithout getting daily updates from the devteam (updates now are on a monthly base) and without expecting they respond to all the suggestions you make.

Instant buy when it's on sale. As a Slitherine title it isn't on sale very often.

Or wait till the game shaping up when beta 2.0 is released to public and more people can give input and help the small team to fix bugs. Hope the review was helpful for you.
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fascist_p3ngu1n
( 20.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23
I personally have had no issues with this game. Found it very promising and pretty fun but definitely rough around the edges. There just isn't the micromanagement/building/diplomacy aspect that feels necessary in a game that seems to want to become a grand strategy. And compared to some other EA games the development is slow. Would recommend at $17 USD and lower
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Principes
( 52.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10
The game has potential. However, development is proceeding at a slow pace. Beta launch almost immediately had a bug that prevented game from finishing the first turn. The estimated time to fix this bug looks to be about a month. Despite its promise, it is hard to recommend a game that is so unstable and infrequently patched.
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dphalen2
( 209.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 18
I love this Game! It's a blast to play but there is a glitch that makes it unwinnable in most cases. Dragonhold has a spell it can cast call "Sky City". The problem is that they can cast it over and over endlessly so if your race doesn't have sky units, you can never attack them. Could you please edit the spell? Other than that, this is one of the best, most addictive strategy games I've played!
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Monokuma
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 3
The Early Access development for this game is a shambles...communication is poor, and the majority of the Early Access time so far has been spent on an engine change with no update patches in months.

The worst example I have seen of Early Access since the likes of The Stomping Grounds. The gameplay has potential but honestly, the game is so content light. There are many factions but only a few units each, the Magic tech tree is small, and most spells are unimportant and the only non-combat features are trading and the ability to press a button to increase the economy of a province.

Wait till the game is properly released and discounted heavily.
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19.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
Barely scratched the surface of this one. Gameplay is solid. The range of reals to play really is fantastic; they all play completely differently so offer a challenge on each play. The writing seems good - the flavour text really adds to the immersion (you get a sense the devs have really created a proper 'world', and there is a real variety of units to slect based on the faction you choose -Fantastic - has a real 'one more turn' feel. Had to really tear myself away to write the review. The recent update adds loads of tweaks to make it more beautiful and to deepen the economic play but I haven't really had a chance to experience the breadth of the changes. Haven't had this much fun in ages - recommended for turn based, grand strategy tinkerers and fiddlers.
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18.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
FIrst off; the game is Early Access. EARLY Access. I really cannot stress this enough.

The developers just released version 2.0 which has changed core aspects of the game. I find that a lot of the changes are positive towards overall gameplay.
-Capturing a province? No more worrying about razing it and rebuilding it in order to benefit, the provinces now benefit from a resistance counter instead of burning it to the ground in order to capture the province.
-Gone are the days of increasing a province's economy and therefore, tax rate. The tax level is now static and you build unique buidings for each province. This can lead to a lot of replayability and different strategies instead of just mobbing armies and moving them like risk pieces across the map.
-Armies have been reworked to prevent certain faction from vastly overpowering their neighbors with elite troops (cloud dragons, anyone?).
-There are a number of improved gameplay aspects that have also been implemented in the latest update, but I'm lazy, and I'm not going to list them here.

This being said, the game is still a bugged mess. I mean, so bugged you cannot even finish the tutorial. And this aspect permeates the core of the game. Saves won't load, Crashes are frequent and random. Trades get stuck and then crash. Units get recruited and it will crash. Alt-tab? Forget about it.

BUT

Early access. Seriously. Early Access.

Overall, this game has incredible potential to become an excellent fantasy strategy game. The factions are diverse and with each update their flavor and history becomes deeper. Every update brings gameplay improvements, modernizes the core, and creates a smoother, more enjoyable ride. The tactical map gameplay is semi-complex with the hex-grid core, the diverse unit stats and abilites, and a standard morale system. The auto-resolve feature is not unfair, dipomacy is straightforward and intelligent, there are multiple gameplay modes (story, conquest, etc.). This title, with applied care and well-thought out development, could become a classic one day.

At $25 though, I'd usually advise to wait for a sale (I did), but with each purchase the developers can realize a little more potential and make this great. If you love fantasy, strategy, board games, 4x, etc., I'd suggest you give this a try like I did. Just don't expect it (at this point in development) to become a genre-changer.
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Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
Bought this ages ago and have barely played it. The reason is im kind of waiting for it to be out of early access to really get into it.

I havnt played enough to get too in depth with it but its basically a strategic map where you can upgrade your land and hire troops etc. Then you can invade other territories and do battles. Battles can be autoresolved but its more fun to play them out. To play a battle you have counters for your different units and you move them about and attack in turn based battles.

I have played this more than my hours suggest as i played it before I bought it and thats what made me buy it. But i have not played it much.

Overall I really like the game and think its great I would recommend it if you like turn based strategies.
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129 of 165 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10, 2015
EA REVIEW! NOT A FINAL VERDICT! (Also, I'm just a guy who plays games, not a professional).

I won't recommend it at this time, as it seems like they took Wizard Kings (Columbia Games, Boardgame) and changed just enough to muck it up. The devs seem extremely engaged, so I hope that over the next year, all of these items will be addressed.

-The means of conquering provinces: You deplete the resources (not raiding and gaining immediate, but just destroy it) until it has ZERO value, and then it becomes yours as a pyhrric trophy. You now have to spend money to rebuild it based on the type of terrain it is. This is clunky and offers the player exactly ONE way to gain land.

--On a related point, now there is a chance of revolt in that province. 2% doesn't seem too bad, so you leave it alone for 5-10 turns... It will eventually burst out with a ridiculously large force of local rebels that are stronger and better equipped than the nation that spawned them. Also, didn't I just DESTROY the economy? How are they getting their arms and supplies? (I suppose the 7 Samurai argument of hoarding farmers applies...).

-/+ I both love and hate the campaign. I know it's a work in progress, but it could use some more balancing yet. This is due mostly to the number of variables: Empires all have their own version of units, they all have different types and quantities of lands (each yielding different ammounts of gold), and they start next to adversaries or potential allies of varying strength. Your goals are unique for each to compensate (somewhat) for the difficulty of your initial state.

-- However, if you were looking for a game with less static values (e.g. "I want to play as a 5 star Elven race"), you can't. At least, not yet. Who knows? I would prefer to have the map's ethnic boundaries variable in at least one game mode, allowing the player to choose their race for a domination game, but use another races starting area and resources. It would convert the land to your type and swap with theirs, so they would then take your area. This would only be for non-campaign games (obviously).

-No multiplayer. Not even hotseat. Hopefully will be implemented in some form.

-A lot of turns are spent gathering resources (gold), without much to do. Overall, not a huge issue, but the pacing is a bit slow even for my tastes (and I love Twilight Imperium-style BGs with 6 players...). This is not so much of an issue for larger races, but for some starting positions, it can impede the fun factor.

-Can't improve areas other than economically. No forts, no special sites. If it wasn't on the map to begin with, it's not there. Should have some sort of specialization process for areas (military, economic, magic, diplomacy). Would give more options for those slow turns. Even is it's just a minor bonus, they add up over time.

-Can only directly command battles with a hero. This means that composition determines likelihood of victory, but not all races have ranged, cavalry, or versatile units, making this treatment especially harsh and the conclusion more tragic.

-Stacking limits (20 per army, only one army per zone). This makes it feel more boardgamey again, and really detracts from the strategy. Why can't I have two armies move into the same zone to do a coordinated strike? Why not make the PLANNING of the attack happen during the turn, and the actual combats all happen after you hit "end turn"? This would be more like Warhammer's "Mighty Empires" rules... Then have an increased upkeep modifier for "overage", such that you now can keep more than 20, but it will cost you (1.5x or something).

-Tactical movement. It is like moving a ladle through molasses. There need to be options for scroll speed and mouse response. As it stands, it feels disjointed. Additionally, near screen edges there are issues clicking on units, so you have to center them and then deliberately click on them. It gets frustrating and also occurs on the strategic map.

-/+ Music glitches occassionally. Has a "tick" that occurs in the songs and I've taken to switching it off. Otherwise, it's fitting and pleasant.

RECOMMENDATION: Keep an eye on this one, and if you want to help out in its development, buy it. Otherwise, I'd say go for Dominions 4 for now and check back. It just has more options and is (right now), the better game in almost all respects.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
92.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10, 2015
Well the only thing wrong with this excellent game so far is that since I brought it 5hrs ago its caused "onemoreturniste' and I haven't been able to stop playing it.Fortuneatly the undead wiped me out so I could get a bite to eat and go to the loo. It's a very good game,stable,no bugs, lovely maps,splendid music and help along the way with a steady flow of information that is never intrusive.Layout is good ,looks grand,everything seems to operate perfectly and its fun learning how things work in in the game.Being a very, old man and doing what old men do I read the manual and watched the walkthrough over on youtube before I started playing and this was, most likely, not needed as though it surely is a complex game, I could easily blunder along picking it up as I went.It aint cheap but its worth every cent. 10 out of10.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10, 2015
A call back to the days of Age of Wonders, I found Sovereignty to be a compelling turn-based grand strategy game that pulled me in with the motto of "one more turn" as easily as it did years ago. Brutal, but not as unforgiving as Dominions, the game has a level of difficulty that can appeal to veterans of the genre but not high enough to detract casual players.

The game's nations have unique goals and storylines, with several having multiple objectives while some have harder single objectives. These can vary from reclaiming your kingdom's old glory, to forming a Grand Alliance of free states. Several even have no ambitions beyond seeing other specific nations do better than everyone else.

The rosters are different depending on race, with variations depending on nation in that race. Allying someone gives you one of their nation specific units as an Auxiliary. Combat is tough, and forming armies for either auto-resolving or leading the attack yourself are viable strategies. Sadly only armies led by heroes can actually be commanded, and other than random chance there is no way to recruit heroes (who can die). Different unit types (cavalry, infantry, "archers" which include mages, and siege) have different effects that when combined with your hero or other units special abilities can be devastating. There is a magic system in the game, it is a little shallow but still very useful. Upgrading it can be risky as you have to invest a percent of your income to it.

There is currently no economy tab, just an overlay when you hover over your gold which sadly does not always work. Income is easy enough to calculate, 150 gold per economic level in a given region. Each region can be upgraded, and each nation is able to upgrade a certain terrain type cheaper. There are special resources, gathered at 1 per turn with no way to change output, that can either be put towards buying certain units or selling on a world market.

The devs have added modeling tools to the game, and soon it will be workshop connected. I can't wait to see what players will come up with, and I hope this helps keep a thriving community. Also active, the devs released a bug patch after only a day of release. Their attention is on this game, and I hope to see additional improvements in the future.

I would recommend this game to anyone who has every felt the tug of "one more turn" or anyone who likes heavier board games. It is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for beginners, but anyone at least familiar with the genre should easily enjoy this game.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 9, 2015
UPDATE 26th FEBRUARY 2016. V2.0 is getting back to being a stable version and the developers are now picking up pace of the fixes, and will hopefully soon be putting in new features for the game. There are still some basic issues for me, not enjoying the tactical battles so much as they are today compared to 1.9, but progress is going in the right direction and developers are actively taking on board suggestions and feedback. Suggest if you are interested in buying you keep an eye out on development and feedback in the forum of the latest updates. Getting back to being a recommended game, a little more to develop.

UPDATE 15th FEBRUARY 2016. I apologise to the 15/16 people who found my original positive review helpful. As a warning, while v1.9 is still available, the game using the new engine build (v2.0) is backwards in many aspects and has multiple issues with bugs, CTD, UI, that hinder enjoyment for established players, so I suspect new players especially would struggle with 2.0 (although you can still play 1.9 and may enjoy this). As 2.0 is the future for this game, and the state is poor (albeit it's been in beta review since prior to Christmas and development appears quite slow for the tiny development team) I can no longer recommend purchases of this game in the present state. If the state improves to an enjoyable game, following successful patches, I will be able to revert to my original review. My original review is left up for reference, regarding how enthusiastic I was for this game in 1.9. I still support this game and its development, but can't recommend people spend significant money on this game in current state. My review would change to Not Recommended today.
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I really enjoy fantasy wargaming over futuristic (Warhammer v Warhammer 40,000), so this type of game really appeals to me. It feels like Game of Thrones on a board. I was worried about purchasing because of mixed reviews on how the early access is going. I wasn't disapointed to buy in December 2015 - it's a very good game, and turning into one of my favorites. It's not a bad game at all as it is, but I'm looking forward very much to future developments and polishing up.

Positives:

Excellent fantasy setting, many unique factions to play (Humans, Giants, Orcs, Elves, Dwarves, Undead, etc) all with unique troop types and abilities. The factions vary in strength and size, making for some unique gameplay.

The tactical battles are good. With so many unique troops you have to plan how best to use them against a wide variety of opponents. Reminds me of games like Fantasy General. Each troop has morale and health, and you need to keep an eye on both.

Reasonable magic system where it takes a little while to build up your spellcasting capacity.

22 hours on record and only one crash (but it was a crash at an annoying position just as I was winning a major battle).

Hours and hours of campaigns and scenarios (most are VERY lengthy) due to having some kind of World domination requirement. Even the smaller Scenarios will require you to wipe out 5 or more factions.

Each province is unique so has a description, and possibly some good bonuses if you take it on - a new resource, a boost to magic experience or a unique feature available to just the holder of the province.

The art work and theming is pretty nice, though I agree with some peoples thoughts it would be nice to have more background to the factions for immersion purposes.

Land and sea combat represented, plus some flying monsters available and siege (to take on enemy forts).

Some Improvements Required:

The economy is quite basic. There are a number of goods to trade, and goods are required to build unique troops. But for province income, you simply have to pay to build up economic value of a province, which in return gives you greater future income.

There's no buildings in provinces.

Diplomacy is quite simplistic and limited. There's no way currently to move through a faction to get to another faction, you fight provinces around you only. Also if you start as a major faction, and just take over just one other factions capital (wiping them out) everyone will hate you. You'll never be able to get friends easily again, let alone alliances.

Overall : If you're thinking about this and worried about early access, I would recommend buying anyway if you're half interested. It's excellent value for money. I put in more hours on this than I do major game studio releases that cost more than twice the money. Highly recommended by a wargaming strategy and tactics fan.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
50.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 28
My followers and friends possibly noticed that I reviewed this game once and it was not that positive.
Since much happened in the development process last few months I have no choice to revise my review and I think now is the time to do so.

Sovereignty is a strategy game like no other and the development process isn't either.
There is a small dev team consisting of three people (I know of) Brecca, Jekky and Lordzima and there where moments in the EA process that I was so angry for them that I wanted to travel from Amsterdam to UK (figuratively) to shake up the dev team because of indifferent forum responses while they were playing Clicker heroes and Skyrim around thousand hours a day.
I even tried to refund the game twice (without success because I was already twenty hours in the game ;-) and in the end I'm very VERY happy that my refund request was rejected.

For one magic reason the most untactical dev team (marketing and customer support wise) was able to make one highly enjoyable strategy game and I still wonder if they are aware of that themselves and what supernatural powers they own to achieve this?

Sovereignty is the only game at the moment I know of which combines turn based tactical battles like in Field of Glory, Fantasy General etc etc with a campaign map like in Crusader Kings or Europa Universalis (in a less complex and less detailed way). There are many good tactical turn based strategy games and some really nice grand campaign games but their is a serious lack of combining them both and I think Sovereignty start to deliver and achieve this any time soon.

Development of the game is ongoing for about two years in EA (I guess) and just before release last year the team decided to rebuild the engine and start from scratch. Reason they mentioned in the forum was that the game was starting too complex for his own good technically/engine wise and the ambition to make the game multiplatform.
Result was that in the middle of the EA progress the game went from 80% completion to 10% completion with the new engine and it tooks a long LONG way to manage to get the game back on track and achieve the same quality of the almost finshed game.

But in the end after six major updates (around 100 serious bugfixes, tweaks, wishes from the community per patch) to the new engine this year the result is here and I can finally recommend the game because it is a pleasure to play now.

The replay value is gigantic. You can choose over 20 different realms (possibly more) and they are all very different and have there own unique role in the big campaign world. Every realm has it's own story campaign you can try to achieve victory with and you can choose around another five victory conditions for every realm you choose to start.

It's not just some stats which makes some units unique compared to each other but it's a totally different playstyle not seen in any other game. Dwarves who owns iron resources on the map and are good defenders and like a drink sometimes, elves who live in magic woods and all kind of fantasy monsters and humans with their own unique units, own resources, own buildings, own unique economy and spell list.

You can send spies to other realms, trade with other realms and have a good set of diplomatic options which not only affect AI behaviour towards you but influence the whole campaign map.

The best thing for me in this game if that war happened you can finally play out the battle yourself on a high quality tactical battlefield and those battles can last an hour easy. (I like to play on a slow speed setting and calculate every move etc etc). After battle you are able to upgrade units with medals, or choose traits for your hero.
In the battle itself you have an arsenal of tactical traist like "hit and run", capture units and break the morale of enemy units.

The game is far from finished but at the moment of writing the closed beta 2.0 is almost finished to release public and with all the tweaks, new updates, new mechanism (prisoners, buildings and economy system) this is the right moment to start your EA adventure in this game.

If the devs keep their ambition to deliver like they did the last few months I can imagine that this game can become a big hit for strategy and turnbased tactical fans if they get some attention from the better game journalism magazines, like Explorminate[dot]net for example, they absolutely deserve.

It's just a massive title grows for some reason to big for the devs to handle last year but they are back on track and get my well deserved recommend thumbs up today.
Final verdict 7,5 out of 10 score at the moment but can easily get an 8+ when developing continues the way it does now. Gameplay is a 9 score for sure. But some elements are rushed and made without enough eye for detail. Some incosequent artwork in buttons, cut off lines in tiles on the battle map, no explaination for all battle traits and some game crashes for some people even after two years of development makes this final score.

So only buy at the moment if you like to help to shape the game whithout getting daily updates from the devteam (updates now are on a monthly base) and without expecting they respond to all the suggestions you make.

Instant buy when it's on sale. As a Slitherine title it isn't on sale very often.

Or wait till the game shaping up when beta 2.0 is released to public and more people can give input and help the small team to fix bugs. Hope the review was helpful for you.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 11, 2015
Early Access Review!

Sovereignity: Crown of Kings is a very unique game. Although there are plenty of games that it has a superficial similiarity to, such as Dominions 4, Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, ect, it definitely does its own thing and has something to bring to the plate, especially if you want your turn-based wargaming itch scratched.

The game revolves around picking one of 35 nations, each with their own history, diplomatic/geographic/military/magical advantages and disadvantages, and gameplay style. These nations are not balanced, but even the smallest and weakest of nations can fight off larger nations and become victorious. There are also multiple win scenarios you can choose from the very beginning, including a storyline campaign for each of them with unique victory conditions and events (And these storyline campaigns are very cool. This is one of the killer features of this game, in my opinion)

Production values are a little bit higher than standard Slitherine fare, but not by much. Right now many units share splash art, but what art there is in the game is great. The map is also beautiful, but missing some of the nice features that Paradox games have (Though these features are on the minimap). The user interface is a little weak too.

More importantly than that stuff though, the game is actually fun. Battles are interesting, and when you get into a fight, provinces are represented correctly on the tactical map, which is a really awesome touch and adds a bit of strategy as to which province you might want to attack from. The grand strategy component is also fun, but aspects like trade and building up provinces could use some fleshing out.

As far as bugs go, there are some annoying ones, but nothing too game breaking.

The devs have stated that they want to add new features, and hopefully those new features will strengthen up the weaknesses of the game, but I think I can't stress enough that the game is fun to play right now, and should only get better and better. There is a lot of content to delve into already, and even though the price may seem a little steep compared to some of the flashier games, I think it was worth it.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
47.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10, 2015
Review based on EA1: A great success, barring a few minor localization errors this game is already awesome in the very first version of the early access. An absolute triumph. If you're fond of a distinct mix of characterful nations with unique goals then this is the game for you. Although a few minor quibbles exist such as I feel that there should be more distinct art among the various human nations.

It's a pretty special game and it gives you that 'just one more turn feel' of old civ combined with a unique realm driven setting.

Can't wait to see what's added.
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