Black Forest is a turn-based multiplayer game about cooperation and betrayal. A resource-management strategy game about survival and despair. It is set in the dark and dangerous Black Forest in medieval Germany.
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Mixed (12) - 66% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Sep 9, 2016
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game is currently in beta testing. Almost all of the planned features are already in the game, but balancing, bugfixing and polishing will need not only additional time, but also player feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“a few months”

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

“Two more major features need to be added, a few known bugs fixed (and some unknown bugs discovered) and game balance needs to be worked out with more games played.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Very playable, almost feature-complete, not many bugs, but game balance isn't perfect.”

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

“Possibly, undecided. Current beta testing is free-to-play and might stay that way, but final decision has not been made.”

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

“Open beta testing, everyone can join and play and I hope to get as much feedback as possible.”
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November 13

New version and Discord channel

We have a Discord channel to gather, discuss and also to find players for games:

https://discord.gg/uYdCf7E

Meanwhile, a new version is being worked on. There will be a few bugfixes and resource plundering from dead families.
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October 5

Not Dead !

The game is not dead. Hey everyone!

So here is my thoughts on how to complete it, given that my time available has dropped dramatically:

Planning Mode is shelved for the moment

In-Game Store is shelved for the moment, probably coming back but with in-game currency only (i.e. no real money transfers)

I want to add more competitiveness to the end game, so a new feature will be that if a family is defeated, its resources are distributed, equally, remainders are dropped. That means in the early game, typically nothing will be left (family dies with 12 wood, 16 families still in the game - nobody gets anything). But in the end game, killing off someone can ensure your survival (family dies with 10 stone, 3 families still left in the game - everyone gets 3 stone, 1 stone is lost).

Later on, I want to add a few special events to the deep forest, to raise both risk and reward.


Once a couple bugs are fixed, the game will also need a polishing and marketing drive to restore the player base to something more serious. For this I will need a small team. Not programmers (though one more wouldn't hurt), but artists and social media people.
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About This Game

Black Forest is a turn-based multiplayer game about cooperation and betrayal. A resource-management strategy game about survival and despair. It is set in the dark and dangerous Black Forest in medieval Germany. It is a casual game, meaning that you will spend anywhere from a few minutes to maybe half an hour per day, with a game possibly running for several weeks.


In the game, each player controls one family in a village that is located deep in the forest. Everyone tries to survive the wolves, bears and worse that come at night. Plant and harvest, gather and build, cooperate and betray. Survive as a community, but do not forget about yourself. Try to survive the coming winter to win the game. Or simply be the last survivor to gain a personal victory.

The core element of the game is cooperation and its limits. At some point, you have to think of yourself first. If your community is strong, others will help you. But the forest will sooner or later overwhelm you all - when will cooperation break down? Will people betray openly, or trick? Is that proposal a trick maybe, or really the best? What role will common ground play? Does the village provide shelter for those who lost their homes? Do you share resources or keep them private? All of these and many other questions will be asked and answered in every game.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any DX9 or better graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any DX9 or better graphics card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ or comparable
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any DX9 or better graphics card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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