One of "The Best New Steam Games You Might Have Missed This Week" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun | "A cross between The Sims and a rousing game of Dungeons and Dragons" - Geek & Sundry
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Release Date:
Sep 13, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Participating in Early Access allows us to make our game's development player-centric: we'll be listening to the community's feedback throughout every step of this process. We truly want you and everyone else who plays to feel like you've had a hand in the creation of Epic Tavern.

Our passion is making this amazing concept into the best game it can possibly be-- and we know that can't be achieved without the help of our community!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately 14 months (subject to change at any time).”

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

“Throughout Early Access, Epic Tavern will, with the help of our community, develop into the game it is destined to become. Our ambitions include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanded Story Content
  • Additional quests, based on community feedback
  • Longer quest chains
  • Procedural quests
  • Expanded loot system
  • Expanded Character Features
  • New character classes
  • More custom characters
  • Additional character status effects
  • Inter-character relationships
  • In-depth traits and personality system
  • Regional renown system and factions
  • Pets and Companions
  • Expanded Tavern Features
  • Custom Tavern Editing
  • Rival Taverns
  • Tavern staffing
  • Expanded inventory management
  • Enhanced Tavern economy and business simulation
  • Drunken bar fights!

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Every great adventure begins in the Tavern, and Epic Tavern's great adventure begins on Early Access. We have developed a stable core gameplay experience that will be expanded upon with the help of our community's feedback. Entering Early Access, the game currently contains:

  • Character-based gameplay - Befriend heroes over drinks and learn their stories. Hire heroes based on their skills and personalities, and how they will further your Tavern's ambitions. The better you get to know your team, the more likely you are to unlock custom quests, powerful items, and hidden characters. Finally, carefully guide your adventurers' progression as they gain experience and develop into heroes whose deeds will be spoken of for generations to come.

  • Quest-based gameplay - Guide your heroes through perilous quests as they explore an epic storyline to save the world from destruction. With hundreds of possible quests and thousands of possible encounters tailored to your heroes, the potential for adventure is nearly limitless. Beware: questing takes its toll on your heroes, and their adventures will leave them bruised, battered, cursed, and otherwise changed. Be sure to build the right upgrades to get them back in shape for the next adventure.

  • Tavern-based gameplay - After your heroes return from questing, decide how to divvy up the loot they've gathered on their adventures and how to invest it. Do you generously lavish a large portion on your heroes to gain their favor, or do you keep the lion's share for your Tavern, in hopes of boosting its renown and increasing your power? Savvy decision-making will ensure success and secure your Tavern's place in history.

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

“No.”

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

“We plan on continuing our communication with our amazing community through our Kickstarter Updates, our Twitch streams, our Discord channel, social media channels, and our online forums.

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January 24

Tavern Scrawl #46: Full Speed Ahead!

Greetings, adventurers!

We hope that everyone’s holiday season and New Years was delightful! In our end of Beor, we had the pleasure of welcoming a new addition: Memige (our Lead Engineer) and his awesome wife welcomed their new baby boy into the world! What a celebration indeed! Drinks all around!

Now that we have settled into 2018, we want to let you in on all of the design discussions we’ve been having, what we are working on, and the cool changes we are making for Epic Tavern. We believe tunnel vision stunts overall growth and, by including our community in our processes, we make sure that we continuously hone Epic Tavern so that it becomes a better and better game every day. For this reason, we cherish and appreciate the time you all put in to sharing your passion and your perspective.

So, that brings us to our goals: We must promote a cohesive and naturally self-evident player experience. We must expand player agency and choice in the game. We must make every effort to eliminate junctures that provide conceptual breaks that take the player out of the experience. We must work hard to bridge the gap between a player’s idealization of the game and what they are actually experiencing. From the resultant foundation, we must press to exceed expectation and give new perspectives on what exactly a fantasy management game could be.

To that end, we are embarking on a massive push to capitalize on our potential. We are revamping the Tavern social experience to be more natural, engaging, and connected to the many interesting systems that comprise the player’s experience in Epic Tavern. Our work on this push is beginning now, and will take us through Spring 2018. Players will start to see the first manifestation of this push in our next update, due sometime in Early March.

Of course, we will complement this push with continued work on character stories, quests, and further development of our narrative engine. Looking to the future, we are excited to add tavern editing, advanced tavern management, traits, and hero relationships, as we progress forward.

Needless to say, we are extremely excited to start testing out these features, and even more excited to hear from you on how we can make it better!

Again, none of what we do would be possible without the ongoing support of our community. Your input and feedback has been a big part of our game development process, and we really have been enjoying playing the game alongside you all! Speaking of our awesome community, we wanted to point you in the direction of some awesome sites and channels of those who have contributed a lot of time towards improving our game through posts, streams, and more.



Are you interested in modding options for Epic Tavern? One of our hero community members, Draakdorei, has made some tools and documents that will help you to do so. He’s taken it upon himself out of sheer enjoyment to bring everyone some fun mechanics to play with. You can check out his website here.

We are so thankful to have such an great community on our Twitch streams - you make it easy for our moderators to moderate! Our moderators, Aiydee and FeralDraakdorei, have been so attentive and present in our streams. While they haven’t had to throw down the Dugorim hammer too much, they have kept our chat and channel fun and safe for anyone who comes and visits. Thank you both! Come have fun with us on http://twitch.tv/epictavern



There have been lots of Let’s Plays for Epic Tavern on YouTube, and every single one has been extremely fun and truly insightful. Seeing the perspective of the player has played a big role in our development of the game. We wanted to point you in the direction of some channels that you should check out: Our friends The Geek Cupboard, and PyroFalkon have lots of Let’s Plays including Epic Tavern, and other fun games!

We are very appreciative of everyone who has spent time not only playing our game, but also giving us feedback and suggestions through our Steam forums and Online Forums, and through our Discord channel. It’s really been a pleasure getting to know all of you, and developing the game alongside you. We’ve always said that we want to make a game we all want to play, and without you, that could not happen. Journeying through Early Access and steadily heading towards Full Release is much more fun with you all by our side! (That, and a whole ton of ale, of course).

From everyone here at the Tavern,

CHEERS!
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December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays and 20% Off!

Happy Holidays to all from your friends at Hyperkinetic! We raise our glasses to you and send our warmest regards to you and your loved ones. It has been a pleasure and an honor developing this game alongside our community, and we hold you all dearly in our hearts during this season.

We hope you are all enjoying the Ice Patch and we are happy to announce that we are participating in Steam's Winter Sale at 20% off.



For our part, we are resting, playing games, and enjoying the holidays with our families, so we can dive back into developing Epic Tavern in January. We hope your holidays are amazing, and that all your wishes come true.

Let us know what you are playing over the break! :D

Love,
The Tavern Crew
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About This Game



One of "The Best New Steam Games You Might Have Missed This Week"
- Rock, Paper, Shotgun


"A cross between The Sims and a rousing game of Dungeons and Dragons"
- Geek & Sundry


Epic Tavern is a fantasy-management-RPG where you rule the land from your Tavern. Recruit heroes, send them on quests, and reap the rewards! Build a legendary Tavern to attract Heroes from every corner of a dangerous and magical world. By bringing together courageous parties and sending them off on dangerous (and oftentimes crazy) adventures, every decision you make will alter the destiny of your Epic Tavern!



Player Choice: In Epic Tavern, every quest choice made and every adventurer befriended could unlock new quests, new alliances, or access to characters, items, and tavern building opportunities. The experience grows as you play - your choices will directly steer the fate of your intrepid adventurers!



The Tavernmaster: You and your tavern are at the center of a world full of danger, intrigue and unlimited adventure. Your every choice determines the future of your establishment, bringing heroes and stories together in fellowships that will become the stuff of legend. This is where friendships are made, and where great adventures are started. In Epic Tavern, you build the destiny of your world, one drink at a time.



The Adventurers: A multitude of characters drawn from 20+ classes and walks of life will visit your tavern. Mages, warriors, assassins, and more will be at your disposal! Befriend them over drinks and learn their secrets. Between quests, take their experience, level them up, and influence the nature of their destiny.



The World: You will send your new friends on quests to explore the land of Beor. These quests unfold into an epic storyline unique to your playthrough. Epic Tavern pushes the limits of a player-centric narrative and creates a brand new model of the classic RPG experience. The impact of your choices will inexorably change your adventurers and the World itself!



Attract Adventurers: Build a legendary Tavern that draws the greatest heroes in the world. Befriend your patrons by loosening them up with frothy pints and hire the Adventurers whose traits you desire.



Unlock Quests: Perk up your ears and listen for whispers and rumors to find the opportunities you'd like your Adventurers to pursue.



Assemble your Party: Choose your heroes based on their skills and strengths. Equip them with special weapons and relics, and then send them off to claim victory in their quests.



Track their Progress: Follow your party on the map and see in detail how the quest is unfolding. Each encounter could yield treasure and XP, or tragedy and defeat.



Sort Out the Results: Use what is earned to boost your Tavern's renown, level-up your victorious Heroes, and prepare for ever more treacherous quests.



Not All Challenges are Overcome: Expect to meet failures on your path to glory. Whether or not a quest ends in victory, expect your adventurers to change! Every triumph and every sorrow weave the fabric of your world's unique destiny.

The Path of Transformation: Quests will lead to important changes in your characters. What if your decision to send a fatigued and injured character on a quest leads to critical failure that results in a Total Party Kill? It’s not just a matter of who you send, but also of what happens to them on their travels.



Grand adventure awaits in the world of Epic Tavern!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: I3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 710 / GeForce 620m
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: I7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 980
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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