A new type of digital board game where strategic planning and swift platforming meet. As nobles vying for power in a mysterious ancient civilization, players harvest resources and bid in real-time auctions in a contest to worship the almighty goddess Inanna!
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Sumer is largely done, but ahead of us is the exciting task of adding online multiplayer. Since successfully funding Sumer on Kickstarter, we have had a large number of playtesters asking how they can continue to play Sumer. We want to open the game up to those eager players and welcome them into our community while we continue to balance, polish and develop the last bits of the game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Sumer’s Early Access will end when we are confident in the online multiplayer feature. We estimate this to take about a year, but recognize that creating a quality online experience means addressing a lot of unknowns as they come up. Players will be kept up to date with release plans, so if online multiplayer takes longer than expected we’ll be transparent about it.”

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

“The Early Access version of Sumer is the full local game. At first Early Access players will be able to play Sumer in its entirety locally with friends or versus AI. Once online is closing in on being finished, we’ll make it available for testing, and release the game soon after! As we develop online play we’ll also be making improvements to various aspects of Sumer including the onboarding experience, game balance and visual polish. Expect to see improvements to the base game during Early Access and further expansions after we release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently Sumer is a fully playable digital board game! The foundations of the game are all in place and we’ll continue to improve upon them while in Early Access. The current version includes:

  • Three competitive game lengths and several tested variants.
  • Compatibility with keyboard, mouse and a variety of controllers.
  • AI with adjustable difficulty for all games with less than 4 humans.
  • Fully accessible interactive tutorials.

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

“Yes, we plan to raise the price of Sumer when online play is added and we leave Early Access.”

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

“Early Access is our community’s chance to take a deep dive into Sumer and help us achieve our vision. We hope that you will engage with us in discussions of game balance, the onboarding experience and more. When online play becomes available we’ll allow you to opt in to the beta and test it out! As part of our Early Access community, you will be a critical force in helping us improve the online experience. Your gameplay will help us gather analytics of player behavior and game balance. We’ll continue showing Sumer at live playtest events and will host seasonal tournaments. We look forward to meeting you all at these events and on our streams and are excited to see how skilled you become at Sumer!”
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November 9

PAX Unplugged Attendance!

Hello Sumerians,

We’re excited to announce that next week Studio Wumpus will exhibiting Sumer at a board game convention! We’ll be at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, PA from November 16th to 19th.

PAX Unplugged is brand new this year! The convention features the best of non-digital design and we’re honored to be sharing the next evolution of board game design with attendees.

PAX Unplugged Giveaway
To celebrate PAX Unplugged we’ll have a little prize for anyone who wins at a game of Sumer while at the convention. Play Sumer at Booth 653 and in the demo area for your chance to win a sticker to commemorate your victory!


New Characters!

You might notice that there are two unfamiliar faces in that image. Say hello to our new contenders for the throne of Sumer!

Stay Tuned!
Even if you’re not making it out to Philadelphia, keep your ear to the ground in the coming week. We have an exciting announcement to share at PAX Unplugged!

Sumer: Early Access will also be getting an update with the newest additions to the roster of nobles so you can join the fun from your living room.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Geoff, Studio Wumpus
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September 4

Beta build updated

Hey there, Sumerians!

In order to fix a rare issue caused when trying to adjust the resolution of your game (discussed here:
Textures not rendering?) we've added a new build to the beta channel. This build also features a few things we're experimenting with, as well as a few fixes. While none of this is official as of yet, we wanted to share them as if they were patch notes:

Audio
  • Added player specific sounds effects that play when goats hit the score UI
  • Increased the volume of some of Gugalanna's voice lines

Balance
  • The Staff of Anu and Golden Ram are now slightly more common in Four and Six year games.
  • Removed the chance for extra clay pits to appear in the Two year game auctions.
  • Breeding Pens may now appear in the 2nd auction of Four year games.

Menu
  • Fixed a typo in the credits

You can access the Beta by Right clicking on Sumer in your Library and selecting Properties. Under the "Betas" tab use the drop down menu for Select the beta and choose 'beta - not stable'.
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Reviews

“It's a very unusual, clever idea, and by the time I was done with it I wanted to play more of it.”
Chris Remo, Idle Thumbs Podcast

“Fun, snappy, smartly-designed stuff.”
Matt Lees, Shut Up and Sit Down

“Sumer takes the best parts of board games and the best parts of video games… and adds the best parts of bankrupting your friends and stealing their goats.”
Bennett Foddy, Designer of QWOP

About This Game

Sumer is a unique blend of modern board game design and exciting real-time action, set against the beautiful backdrop of a mysterious ancient civilization.

To claim the throne, four nobles of the ziggurat must compete for Inanna’s favor. She is not easily pleased, but what god is? To prove your worth you must perform sacrifices according to Inanna’s sacred rituals. Place your workers in workshops to gain resources and goats. Offer up the resources to Inanna and use the goats to trade for new workshops and abilities. Only the swiftest and cleverest noble will become the ruler of Sumer.

A Worker Placement Video Game!


Sumer takes the board game mechanic of worker placement to a new level. Each day, you and your competitors will awaken at dawn to begin your worship. Run and jump around the ziggurat to place your workers so they'll collect resources. You only have 2 workers, so you better figure out your strategy, move fast, and claim workshops before your friends beat you to it!

Real-time Dynamic Auctions!


Whoever is willing to sacrifice the most goats gets Inanna's blessing! The auction is simple — just move left or right to change your bid in real time. Each auction is a mind game of bluffing and bravado, and you never know an item’s real price until time is up! Trick your opponents into overpaying for their bids while you snag good bargains for your own!

Key Features


  • 1-4 players - Play local with up to 4 players. Master playing solo or try to beat up to three of your friends.
  • Devious AI - A variety of personalities and skill levels makes the game a challenge for any player.
  • Comfortable game length - With a game experience of 20 to 30 minutes, Sumer plays in a fraction of the time of a comparable strategy board game.
  • Infinitely replayable - Randomized setup and a huge variety of different auction items make each playthrough a unique strategic experience.
  • Nuanced strategies - There is no single key to winning. Being quick on your feet and making smart long-term investments are both crucial to victory.
  • Sumerian culture - We’ve worked with professional historians to bring you the ancient civilization that invented writing, beer, and board games.
  • Customizable gameplay - Play the way you want by turning on variants like Big Head mode and Hidden Auction Items.
  • Your controls - The game can be played with controllers, mouse and keyboard, all at the same time!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8, 9, 10
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Good
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Good
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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