This is an intense strategy board game in a steampunk world of corrupt capitalist gremlins who compete for money, political power and prestige. Save and invest, steal and extort, arrest and get arrested – in single-player and multiplayer, with ranks and ladders, team mode and spectator mode.
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2016

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June 22

SUMMER SALE



Save 50% when buying Gremlins, Inc. these days! Tell your neighbors, tell your friends! In the same period, you can also upgrade your version of the game to The Governor Edition at a special discount of 40%.

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June 21

SUMMER UPDATE



Today we are releasing a major update for Gremlins, Inc. and start the Summer season. The update with the new cards and balance changes for Gremlins vs Automatons will be released in a few days.

A. SUMMER SEASON

Summer season begins and brings following changes:
  1. rating wipe for all players
  2. seasonal chests
A2. NEW FEATURES
  • Player reputation

    New feature: at the end of each multiplayer session (ranked or non-ranked) players will now be given a chance to fill out a survey concerning that session. There are three possible options that allow players to rate their experience with the opponents:

    – "In this session, I did not enjoy playing with this player."
    – "In this session, this player was playing like anyone else, nothing exceptional."
    – "In this session, I enjoyed playing with this player"

    Reputation, accumulated this way, might affect some of the gameplay aspects, such as ranked queue priorities, access to tournaments, and how this player's name is displayed in the multiplayer lobby (names of the players with very high\low reputation will be highlighted in different colors).

  • Boxes with goods

    New feature: and an entirely new way to get items! By using 10 identical items in their Inventory, players will be able to create a “box of goods”. The rarity of the box will be 1 level higher than the rarity of the used items (i.e. by using 10 identical common items you will create an uncommon “box of goods”).

    Each box of goods contains 3 items: the rarity of one of them is guaranteed to be of the same level (or higher) as the rarity of the box; the rarity of two other items might be any from common to criminal.

    “Box of goods” can contain any items available in the game and in the chests, with no seasonal restrictions. These boxes are tradable and marketable, which means that they can be sold at the Steam Marketplace.

  • Simplified activation process for the collected items

    Improved feature: now, if you want to activate a trail, a governor frame or any other item from your Collection, you can do this directly from the Collection screen with no necessity to open the description of that item.
A3. NEW CONTENT
  • New cards


  • New in-game items

    • “Fake coin” – Emoticon | Summer season
    • “Sleepy” – Emoticon | Summer season
    • “Astral Resort” – Main menu background | Summer season
    • “Astral Holiday” – Music | Summer season
    • “Gentlegremlin” – Lobby icon | Summer season
    • “Prestigious Prestige” – Profile background | Summer season
    • “Eminence” – Global effect | Summer season
    • “Astral Essence” – Token trail | Summer season

    • Lobby icon “Foil Gentlegremlin” | Summer Set Prize
    • Animated profile background “Foil Prestigious Prestige” | Summer Set Prize

    • Blueprint “Summer chest” | A Summer Season item, but not a part of the Summer Set.

  • New item on the Black Market:
    • ”Smart Screwdriver” – you can craft a Box of Goods with only 7 items instead of the usual 10.
C. CHANGES
  • ”Quick sessions” have been removed from the game. We have tried this feature and it proved to not be optimal for players that want to play custom games.
  • The matchmaking system is changed for the players with the rating 115 and higher and for the players with the rating 85 or lower. When in the queue, their rating now counts as 115 (85). This change makes the matchmaking faster for the players whose rating is very high\low, as well as guarantees that they will play together more often.
  • The tournament tab in Collection has been moved to the top of the window, so the seasonal tabs now ordered after each other.
  • Main menu background Gremlins vs Automatons has been improved with animated trains!
C2. BALANCE CHANGES
  • Income raise in the Bank now costs ($10 + current income) instead of flat $50.
  • Merchant’s abilities “Stop!” and “Move It!” now triggered if Second-hand is used for movement and draws a card with 1-2 or 5-6 mov points from the opponent's hand.
  • Gambler’s ability “A Wager” now gives $40 instead of $50.
  • A second copy of the card “Kingpin” is added to the deck.
  • The card “A Fraudulent Transaction” now gives $50 instead of $100.
  • The card “Banker’s Benefits” now costs 2 instead of 1.
  • The card “A First Class Teleporter” now gives 7 instead of 8.
  • The card “Business development” now has 4 move points instead of 3.
  • The card “A Somersault” now costs $50 if it spent on movement (it was free before).
  • The card “Devil’s Due” now increases player’s by 2 instead of 1.
  • The card “An Inheritance” doesn’t give $50 anymore.
D. FIXES
  • Fixed an issue where the AI couldn’t take control over a character if a player didn’t take any actions for few turns in a row.
  • Fixed an issue where the rating/session limits for custom multiplayer sessions wouldn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed to create a public multiplayer session with no timer per turn.
  • Fixed an issue where during a session the visual log could cover the opened emoticons window, making emoticons from the lower row hard to use.
  • Fixed few typos in different languages.

F. KNOWN ISSUES
  1. Permanent indicators next to player avatars sometimes remain blinking despite corresponding events being over.
  2. The permanent card "The Astral Elevator" might still work in the next round even after being destroyed.
  3. If the Astral Plane window is open, you cannot switch between Chaos Cards and the cards on your hand.
  4. If you disconnected and an AI won the game instead of you, the game will get stuck on re-connecting.
  5. The dice-roller animation will be visually bugged when rolling two or more times in a row.
  6. Sometimes when loading single-player session, certain indicators will not appear on the playing field/will appear incorrectly.
  7. When activating "An Automated Bureaucrat", values of bribes next to player avatars may not refresh for a few turns.
  8. The stats for the most recently added single-player challenge – A Secret Assignment – do not count the score points that the AI bot already had at the beginning to the session.

Currently unable to reproduce at the studio:
  1. In very rare cases, selection of random spots or locations will not work.
  2. Sometimes, when having a jail rank that allows you to select from 3 jail events, the UI will only show two, but the third will still be clickable.
  3. In some rare cases, activated card "The Astral Elevator" still does not allow you to get to the Astral Plane through the Bank.
  4. Sometimes the "skip turn" icon will not show when working in The Plant.
  5. Single-player sessions will not save when, during that session, you agree to join a ranked session.
  6. Using the card "Secret Knowledge" sometimes might not work properly and will give random cards instead of the chosen ones.
  7. When playing the game on Ubuntu 14.04 x64, some Chinese characters will disappear in the Chinese version of the game.
  8. The visual representation of resources will sometime lose its background.
  9. In some cases the last action that is usually displayed above the visual log, might disappear until you click the log again.
  10. Sometimes when a session ends, instead of the correct results the final table shows 6 players named as Darbl fon Murblenton.

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Reviews

“A smart, well implemented digital boardgame about making money and screwing people over in a steampunk Gremlin dystopia.”
TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit

“Cheat, steal, and bribe your way to victory while destroying your friendships in this digital board game.”
Impulsegamer

“If Monopoly and Mario Party had a Steampunk Baby.”
COGconnected

WHEN YOU BUY THIS GAME, YOU GET 2 PRODUCTS


When you buy this game, you get 2 products in your Steam Library: Gremlins, Inc. – playable online in single-player and multiplayer modes, with item drops and Steam Workshop mods; and Gremlins vs Automatons – playable offline in single-player mode.

Just Updated

Try playing with all-new rules or create your own modifications and share them with the community! Change the deck as well as starting conditions, in single-player challenges or in multiplayer mode.

The DLC trilogy is now available!


These DLCs bring new character portraits, new music tracks, new emoticons, new messages and global effects, new themes for player profiles, new lobby icons – and new menu backgrounds. Uninvited Guests | Automated Competitors | Astral Gamblers.

The Governor Edition


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About This Game


This is an intense strategy board game in a steampunk world of corrupt capitalist gremlins who compete for money, political power and prestige. Save and invest, steal and extort, arrest and get arrested – in single-player and multiplayer, with ranks and ladders, team mode and spectator mode. Featuring seasonal content updates, regular tournaments, item drops, full support of Steam Community Market – and more!

HOW DO YOU PLAY THIS GAME?


Gremlins, Inc. is designed for up to 6 players, in multiplayer or in single-player mode (with AI bots). Each player has 6 cards on their hand (replenished from the same deck) and uses them either to move around the playing field or to perform different game actions. There is a lot of interaction with other players, and duels are significantly different from 3-player or 4-player games. You can play until a certain score limit, or until agreed number of rounds, or for time limit. The game offers both custom and ranked sessions (with matchmaking by rating).

CAN YOU PLAY IN TEAMS OR JUST WATCH?


Yes, you can! In addition to custom sessions (where you define the parameters of the session and may optionally set filters for those who can join you) and password-protected private sessions (so that you and your friends can play undisturbed), the game offers team mode (2x2, 3x3, or 2x2x2) with teams of human players and/or AI bots. Gremlins, Inc. also supports a built-in spectator mode, which allows you to watch sessions of other players right from inside of the game, sharing your emotions with players and other spectators through messages and emoticons.

CAN YOU PLAY THIS GAME OFFLINE?


Certainly! When you buy this game, you get 2 products in your Steam Library: Gremlins, Inc. – the edition that is playable online in single-player and multiplayer modes, with full support of item drops and Steam Workshop; and Gremlins vs Automatons – the edition that is playable offline in single-player mode, without any connection to our server whatsoever.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PLAY ONE SESSION?


The game offers different session settings to make them fit your available time, and single-player mode offers automatic SAVE / LOAD function at every turn so that you can take a break whenever you want (while multiplayer mode offers re-connect functionality as long as the session is still in progress). A quick duel for 20 score points with a fast timer can finish in under 20 minutes, while a 4-player session for 60 rounds can last for 2 hours or more.

SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIES?


There are different types of cards in the game (permanent, regular, secret and criminal) and as each card can be used either to move or for action, you will develop both short-term and long-term strategies for making the most out of where you are, and what you currently have in your hand. Normally, you spend half of your game time accumulating resources and building the foundation for the end-game, and the other half trying to control the progress of your opponents (stealing, arresting, initiating player conflicts, and so on). The more you play, the more new strategies you will discover – especially when combining the effects of several cards played in a combination.

MAKE DECISIONS, PLAN YOUR MOVES


  • This is an intense strategy game: make decisions at every round! Plan your moves, then adjust to the actions of the other players and new cards drawn.
  • The design of the playing field and the multiple layers of optional features (that you can turn on or off, as you wish) allow for a variety of strategies. The more you play, the more roads to victory you discover, using a combination of features based on the particular setup of the session.
  • The game offers a diverse resource system that allows for many comeback chances even after you're robbed or arrested (or both). With score, money, votes, malice, income and bribes, the tension often remains until the very last round.
  • The multilayer mode of the game features a system of ratings, ladders and ranked sessions: compete in a specific league, and take part in the regularly organised tournaments with over 1,000 participants. A system of anonymous masks allows everyone to compete on equal terms in a ranked session.
  • Additionally, the game offers over 10 single-player challenges plus the option to create custom single-player sessions with different settings and a different mix of AI bots.
  • Finally, there's the team mode where victory is determined not only by strategic skill, but also by communication and coordination of each team, which is an entirely different layer of game mechanics.

FACTS & FIGURES


  • 179 cards in the main deck (143 of them – unique): permanent, regular, secret and criminal, each with a hand-drawn steampunk illustration; with each Season update, we keep adding several new cards to the deck.
  • 38 events in the Misfortune deck: these are the special events triggered at certain moments in the game, and may affect the current standing of all players to a significant degree, especially when used on a specific opponent.
  • 6 special Chaos Cards: this is an optional set of cards available to every player in the game; turn them on or off to change the dynamics of the session.
  • 12 sets of Character Abilities: another optional feature that brings to the game special game mechanics unique to each character type; playing with these makes different competing strategies even more pronounced.
  • 11 original locations: the Office, the Plant, the Dump, the Marketplace, the Inferno, the Jail, the Casino, the Court, the Treasure, the Bank and the Astral Plane; and 7 original spot types: Risk, Gamble, Police, Income, Bribe, Misfortune and Tribune.
  • Finally, the game took us three years to develop from concept to full release, and we're still committed to continue supporting the community through development of new content. There are currently over 70,000 players of Gremlins, Inc. on Steam from all over the world, including USA, Russia, China, Japan, UK and France. Collectively, players launched over one million game sessions in the three months since its release.

FINALLY, WHO ARE THE GREMLINS?


You think that’s just a pocket watch in your hand, a watch that’s a bit late because you keep forgetting to wind it up? No, no and no – you couldn’t be further from the truth! What you carry around is a whole gremlin town packed into this tiny mechanism: a town with its own bank, its own casino… and even its own jail! Gremlins are the microscopic creatures that inhabit any mechanism that they can possibly infiltrate. If a watch or a telescope malfunctions, then it’s probably due to gremlins who took up a residence there.

More than anything in life, gremlins value money, political power and prestige: prestige that one can claim after completing some sort of a grandiose engineering project. Aside from working on their own projects, gremlins mostly spend their time preventing other gremlins from building something even more grandiose. This they achieve through bribing officials and lying to the electorate, as well through stealing from their competitors - and outright arresting them.

A DISCLAIMER (JUST IN CASE)


We felt it important to note that Gremlins, Inc. is not a free-to-play game. Also, this is not a CCG or TCG: you do not need to buy boosters or packs; in every session the game offers the same deck to every player, and everyone's chances are equal.

OUR DLC POLICY


We are committed to the principle of continuously updating the game with new features and new game content that come as regular updates, FREE to every owner of the product. At the same time, from time to time we release DLCs that feature fun cosmetic content. If you like it, you can support our efforts by your purchase. However, there is absolutely no pressure to own any of the DLCs in order to play the game or compete in the tournaments. Every player, whether they have DLCs or not, has access to the same game features and the same game mechanics.

STEAM COMMUNITY MARKET, CRAFTING AND ITEM STORE


Gremlins, Inc. features in-game items and fully supports Steam Community Market. While playing the game, certain actions will trigger random chest drops with items of varying rarity: it could be a new emoticon, a new profile background, a new music track, or one of the dozens of other cosmetic items. These items are FREE, yours to use or trade on Steam Community Market. We, the developer, do not engage in the direct sales of any drop items; only players can trade them.

The game also supports crafting: once you find a blueprint of a specific item, you can create as many such items as you wish, as long as you have the required number of charges (you get charges when you convert other in-game items that you do not want, or have multiple copies of). Finally, the game has its own Steam Item Store where we sell a very small number of unique items that influence the item meta-game (but they have no effect on the game mechanics).

ONLINE & OFFLINE VERSIONS


Gremlins, Inc. was designed as a digital board game with the multiplayer mode at its heart. However, this is not to say that we don't like single-player – we do, and there's a separate section with the single-player challenges as well as the mode where you can create any custom single-player session that you like! One of the products that you receive with this game, Gremlins, Inc., features both single-player and multiplayer modes, and requires that your game client is connected to both Steam and the game's server at all times – in order to support item drops, Steam Community Market and Steam Workshop. The other product that is included with the game, Gremlins vs Automatons, features single-player mode and is designed specifically to be played offline.

AMSTERDAM AND SINGAPORE SERVERS


The game currently supports 2 separate servers: Amsterdam and Singapore. Players are able to check their ping value for each of these servers, and play on the server that is the most convenient. Each server has its own player ladder, statistics and player profiles. Most players choose Amsterdam, since ping to Amsterdam from anywhere in the world rarely exceeds 300. However, as we saw more and more players from the Asian region join the game, especially from China, we added the server in Singapore in order to be able to offer faster connection specifically to these players. We hope that this works well for every player, as good player experience is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the quality of our server/client connection in order to adapt the servers to the changing requirements and we thank you for your patience.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris 4800
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: internal
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3+ generation
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9XX or AMD
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: internal
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS
    • Processor: Intel Pentium
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: internal
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: internal
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10+
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3+ generation
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9XX or AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: internal
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Pentium
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: internal
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: internal
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3+ generation
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9XX or AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: internal
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