A Druid's Duel is a fast paced turn-based strategy game set in a world of Celtic lore where players can create and destroy the board by harnessing the power of nature.
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Release Date: Feb 25, 2015

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“A wonderfully plucky exercise in territory control...landscaping, and rampaging bears.”
4/5 – Tom Chick (Quarter to Three)

“Overall, I found A Druid's Duel to be a fantastic game and wouldn't hesitate to suggest the game to any of my friends.”
4/5 – OnRPG/MMOHuts

“A Druid’s Duel is deceptive in its complexity, with enough strategic diversity to keep you coming back for more”
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About This Game

Welcome to the Realm of Six Seasons, where the predictable cycle of nature's seasons has turned constantly since time began. But now, something is wrong.

A bright Summer's day ends in a snowy Winter's eve. The next morning brings a burst of colorful Autumn leaves and even that is followed by a surprising deluge of Springtime rains. Something (or someone) is tampering with the precious Seasons, making a complete mess of the Realm.

The Druids of the Esoteric Orders have long fostered this fertile landscape and tended to this delicate mystical balance. And it is up to Warren, a young druid fresh from his Esoteric Training, to discover what is causing this disastrous mixing of Seasons.

With a game board that changes based on players’ actions, and units that each have powerful animal abilities, you’ll need to stay focused and never let your guard down.

Whether it’s the single player story told across more than 130 levels, local or online multiplayer for up to 4 players, there’s enough variety for new and experienced players.

The professionally composed soundtrack and recorded music brings the Six Seasons beautifully to life.

Nothing is random in A Druid's Duel. A simple set of rules governs the board, allowing the game to be learned quickly, with various difficulty settings to match your current ability. But at its highest difficulty expect to spend months mastering the nuances that manipulating the board can create.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7+
    • Processor: 1.4GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any from the last 4 years
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 8+
    • Processor: 1.6GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any from the last 4 years
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6+
    • Processor: 1.4GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any from the last 4 years
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: 1.8GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any from the last 4 years
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
Subtle strategy meets simple rules for a deceptively complex game.

If you're a fan of non-random turn based strategy games (no dice rolling folks!) then this is a game you can't pass up.

Think of it like this: Imagine a game of chess where each unit has a simple set of rules. Then add in the ability to conquer tiles on the board, create new tiles and paths, and destroy others (sometimes with enemies on them!). Then add in the ability to collect resources (mana) and buy new units. You now have an idea of A Druid's Duel.

It features Async multiplayer for those of us who can't always dedicate large amounts of time at once and a pretty huge and EXTREMELY challenging campaign.

While on the easiest difficulty it can easy be a gateway for a newcomer to strategy games, on the higher difficulty this game will challenge the very best strategy players among us.

Well worth the price of admission!
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
78.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
I am constantly impressed by the game and the development team. In my opinion, if you enjoy tactical grid-based strategy games, you should definitely give this a try!

Gameplay: In this game, you grab land to generate mana, which can be used to summon four different classes of druids or transform the druids into animals to gain special power. The game plays a bit like chess in a sense that you always kill your opponent in one hit.

Campaign and Multiplayer: In my opinion, the campaign is worth the full price of the game, but the multi player is probably the bigger selling point! The lengthy single player mode takes 6+ hours to finish. It doesn't really have a story, and can get a bit repetitive towards the end. Nevertheless, I still find it really fun and enjoyable. The multiplayer is where the game really shines. It has two different modes: a play-by-email mode, and a live mode, which was added after a patch (v1.05). The action can get really crazy considering that you may have a 4-player free-for-all games!

Excellent Development: I find the dev team to be one of the very best that I have seen on Steam. Despite the game being bug-free, they are still constantly on the forum answering questions and rolling out patches to improve the game!
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
If you're looking for a fun little game, this isn't bad. If you're looking for a strategy game, it still needs quite a bit of improvement. Every multiplayer map suffers from severe First Move Advantage, and One on One is the way I wanted to play a strategy game like this (since I found it reminiscent of chess), but this game is currently not designed for that.

Single Player is just an excercise in manipulating the enemy AI to fight each other and not you. Not too much different than most other single player strategy game ecperiences, but it includes "False Path" maps that are really frustrating and can add hours onto your play time by forcing you to replay levels you already beat.

Levels are small and there's no expandability or map maker.

For $10 I can't really recommend it at this point in time. Wait for it to go on sale and it's a cool little diversion, or wait for the next version and we'll see if it fixes some of these problems.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
UPDATE: The developer, Kris, has been very active on the forums. He's taken all the feedback we've given and in a short month, been able to add multiple features such as a tournament settings mode, a live mutliplayer mode (not async-only anymore), live chat, campaign changes etc. There's more in the patch. Very surprised at the level of dedication and involvement from the developer. Check out the game!

Interesting tactical game. The gameplay mechanics and unit classes are very fun. There is a singleplayer campaign, but I bought it mainly for the multiplayer, because there are several game modes (1v1, 3-player 1v1v1 and even 4-players versus each other, with 20+ maps). Downside is that it is asynchronous unless your opponents are present and playing automatically. Developer has shown interest in improving and making quicker games, hope they add a live game mode option (or shorter time-to-take-turn). Nice little game to pass time. I would reccommend if: 1) you dont mind asynchronous game, 2) you enjoy and support tactical turn-based games. I mainly bought it bc I support this genre and these turn-based pvp games come too few and far between.

With that said, I am not sure how big the multiplayer base will be, and it is a one-man-developer team so there are some inevitable limitations that come with that. There are several updates planned to be released, so definitely a game to look out for. If you're buying for multiplayer, I'd recommend waiting to see how the MP updates turn out.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Very cool entry into the turn-based strategy genre. All the combat is one-hit kills so it's all strategy- no luck involved. Your task is to secure every enemy-held tile on the board. Each tile acquisition increases your mana which is used to spawn more units or use special abilities to increase movement/attack range and create or destroy tiles and obstacles. There are only 4 different classes so the options are limited to that but there is enough there to have very fun and tactical games.

There are a few things to be aware of, though. First, there is only campaign and multiplayer at this point. The devs have mentioned an interest in adding a versus AI mode but it isn't there yet. The multiplayer could also be improved. As of now, unless you are playing with a friend, you will likely be playing games 1 turn per day at a time, similar to the old PBeM games. This is great to have as a feature, but as of now it is the only option. There is no chat or lobby to see if anyone is active. There IS local hotseat multiplayer though, up to 4 players, so that's nice.

All in all, I do recommend especially if you are a fan of the genre. The devs are very friendly and seem sincere in wanting to improve the game if they have the resources to do it. As it stands the campaign is very engaging and I look forward to playing multiplayer with friends. 9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
I kickstarted this one and I have to say the final product is much better than I expected from the modest funds raised (the developer only asked for $7000). It's a solid title with great art style, good mechanics and flawless UI. This is thinking strategy with very little luck involved. The single player campaign is robust, or if human competition is what you like, try the multiplayer. The developer has been super communicative and pleasant throughout development as well, which bodes well for the future of this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
A Druid's Duel is a very simple Strategy game on the surface: but that's only on the surface. What's underneath is a chess match that is pretty excellent: with the ebb and flow of the mana pool being the resource you need to take control of the match, and the different use of tactics with each of the 4 units strengths helping to really bring out your A game in terms of luring your enemy, and tactically taking regions. It's not a game where you're going to make an epic comeback on, as at a certain point the game goes down hill for the team with the mana deficiency, but overall if you're looking for a cheap and interesting strategy game, this is it. Easy to learn: hard to master.

Simple 4 Units and skill design make for a lot of tactics despite the lack of overall variety.
Emphasis on land control and mana collection and how mana is collected makes a great pull-push nature to gameplay.
Art design and sound design make for a relaxing experience but does the job.
Building land and those mechanics help add to defensive play and does open the board as a whole.
Quantity versus Quality of units makes a huge difference in strategies and attack plans: reacting to opponents layout is key.

Lack of options to view range/enemy unit range, which could have helped in strategy elements.
Learning mechanics could be better for medium/high level tactics.
Archers seem a tiny bit overpowered in some senses.

For more information and Gameplay: http://youtu.be/whCOe-IHamk
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
A rather unusual concept - think of it less like a traditional tactical RPG, i.e. Final Fantasy Tactics et al, and more like.. half that and half chess/checkers. Units don't really have spells/abilities/attack/def/HP/etc., they each are a 'type' and each type has a movement/attack range and an animal transformation that lets them move/attack in an unusual fashion (movement/attacks are usually one space/one attack per turn, at a glance.)

If you're looking for a turn-based grid-based tactical RPG with character classes/levels/etc., then look elsewhere. If the appeal of something of a light dusting of that plus some puzzle/logic/forward thinking used in chess, then this game may be for you.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
This is a great turn-based strategy game! The energy / land grab mechanic is a very interesting take on resource management. The goal of the game is not to defeat your opponent's units, (although you will have to do that too!), it's to control the land. You basically have to balance your turns between grabbing and controlling the land, or attacking your opponent(s), using the energy you gain from controlling the land to do so. The more land you control, the more energy you have at the start of your next turn.

In my opinion, this is a very nice "born digital" board game. (And this is a good thing!) But far from feeling like a static game you play over and over again, there are so many options for play that it will feel very different every time. Playing through the single-player campaign, you would probably not even realize this. For instance every level has a different starting setup, and there are a ton of those to choose from when you start a multiplayer game.

Don't let the beautiful graphics / presentation fool you, there is a very tactical strategy game here, and LOTS of single-player content to get you ramped up before you play against other folks.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
The game itself is a very fun and simple strategy concept with quick rounds and decent amounts of depth considering the easy rules. I'd recommend it if you intend on playing it single player.

The online multiplayer, however, is an absolute ♥♥♥♥♥how. I bought the 2 pack to play with a friend, and in the duration of one ~half hour session, we experienced the following:
- Whether we were able to join each other seemed like a complete dice roll; we just had to keep making new games until one finally became visible in the games list. There's no invitation system.
- Upon joining me one time, friend's game did not load the board or characters and they had to quit.
- Said game then became invisible forever, despite both of us attempting restarts/rejoins.
- Seemingly random server disconnects that cause your turn to be reset to the beginning.
- Friend's "end turn" button completely broke; when pressed, nothing happened on my end, it only affected fairies on their end.

In addition, you also have to sign up for an account JUST for this game and use their friends list system on their website if you want to play online. The online interface in general is terrible as well; there's not even any way to see who you're playing against while you're ingame, and there's no local chat (only global).

Note that this was with cross-platform Windows/Linux play. I don't know if that makes it more likely to break, but broken is broken.

Again, the core game is fine. This review takes into account that I bought this entirely for the online component.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
An awesome turn based stretegy game that's quick to get started and then becomes more challenging. Really fun!!
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2.4 hrs
Posted: July 7
This is one of those games that I got in a Humble Bundle and knew absolutely nothing about, but, it’s one that I would’ve happily bought on it’s own. A Druid’s Duel is a turn-based strategy game from Thoughtshelter Games and Surprise Attack. Let’s get rocking.

The Good

Take a moment to imagine the game of chess. Now, imagine that it was cool. The result you’ve come up with my very well look similar to A Druid’s Duel. In a way, it’s like blending chess with Risk: you have several types of units at your command and your goal is to destroy all the enemy units and control as much land as possible. Simple, yeah?

The color palette in this game is pleasing; it’s easy on the eyes. It complements the scenery nicely.

There’s a surprising amount of depth to the strategy in ADD. Every unit has a special ability (some have more than one). Every unit dies in one hit. Every time you step onto a tile of land, you take control of it and earn more mana on your next turn as long as it remains under your control. You use mana to summon units. Bearing all of this in mind, you can work out a strategy for your grand victory.

The Bad

I got nothing here. I got this game on the cheap and I think it is really fun for what it is.

The Meh

There is one unit that can shift it’s shape into a bear. The bear is a bit goofy looking.

Verdict: Yea

If you can get it on sale, good; get it and get a copy for a friend. If you like games of this nature, I’m sure you’ll enjoy playing A Druid’s Duel.
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34.7 hrs
Posted: June 30
fun game that can be quite hard at times, good to play agaisnt friends
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0.2 hrs
Posted: May 12
Woeful! Feels like a free flash game!
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2.4 hrs
Posted: April 26
Played it just for a little while. The AI is challeging, and the game is easy enough to learn, but still hard to master for even on easy the AI will give you a hard time.

It is played like a simple board game, get all tiles in your color and you win. The key to winning is to have a good composition of units on the fields to get all your needs. Those needs are highly dependend wether you are winning or loosing at the moment. Being on the loosing side felt really annoying because every single unit will die, once the enemy uses waywalkers themselves.

I see a big downside, that there are no tooltips of the weapon abilities. While the enemy obviously knows exactly what each ability doas, you have to go through a try and error session just to get the basic abilities.

Was really fun, maybe I will get to play it in local multiplayer soon, for the campaign didn't offer that much story even after two hours.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: April 21
I liked it until I realized that the enemy can attack a druid with an Eagle, I can't. The enemy can destroy ground under me, but in the same setup I cannot from theirs. At the point when the enemy turtle was floating in the air (I kid you not) at the end of their turn, I called quits. If the unfairness was for a plot reason, some explanation sure would have helped.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: April 14
If you are looking for an odd "simplified chess" style game, this game is for you.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: April 1
Assumed it was similar to games like Final Fantasy Tactics but this is completely different. Feels unique gameplay and would definitely play again.
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22.6 hrs
Posted: March 22
A great strategy game. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes these kinds of games. Wholly underrated.
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