An apocalyptic grand strategy game, in which you take the role of the forces of darkness, trying to bring an end to a fantasy world. Complete with complex internal politics by NPC factions and wide ranges of strategies and types of doom to choose between.
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Positive (22) - 95% of the 22 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Feb 1, 2021
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game is playable, but could still benefit from a range of expansions to its feature set. More agents, more forms of Darkness, more ways for the way for the world to end. And, after that, a set of balance passes, to finish up the design process.

The game is released in Early Access as the design process is often community guided, and we've already incorporated ideas we discussed with the community, and intend to continue to do so.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game will probably be considered "Early Access" for maybe a year after launch.”

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

“The main difference between the first Steam release version and the final version, once the Early Access period ends, is simply quantity of features.
The core gameplay elements are completed, and the gameplay loop established, other than possible tweaks to the end-game. However, room exists for adding interesting new things to do.

Agents remain the primary way to add variety to the game, so we hope to add a range of new agents for the player to use, allowing them to mix and match for wide ranges of different strategies.

Art could also be expanded upon, both in terms of large screens, as well as art UI improvements.

The UI itself may also undergo changes, in response to player feedback and playtesting, to improve user experience. This would mostly take the form of small additional information screens or changes to button organisation, not major reworking.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is playable, with a range of different strategies to bring about the player's victory. All features described in the `About This' section are already present, with the core gameplay loop functional. Climate change, undead armies, enshadowment of the world, complex political interactions, Deep Ones rising from the seas...
The late game's balance needs some work, and the overall product requires polishing, but the current game is functional.”

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

“The game will not change prices during and after Early Access.”

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

“The development of the game has and will remain community focused, and we have taken and responded to comments across the variety of media we use. We intend to discuss the game on the official Steam Discussion forums and answer feedback received there.
Obviously not all suggestions will be implemented, but we have taken ideas about agents, gameplay balance, UI improvements... and will give any good idea fair consideration.”
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About This Game

Shadows Behind the Throne is a game which places you in the role of an Ancient Evil in a fantasy world. The world is a living breathing system, with nobles constantly bickering and playing politics amongst each other, and nations rising and falling. Initially they are unaware of your presence, allowing you to slip in, with both agents and world-changing powers, and use their politics against them.

The game has multiple interconnected systems. You can play within the political sphere, working to get your enthralled noble to the top of the aristocracy, while at the same time moving agents between the cities of that nation, escaping from hostile agents and spreading madness and shadow wherever they can, while also building up a secret army of Deep Ones beneath the waves, waiting for the time to strike.

Ultimately, you aim to destroy the entire world, or bring it under your shadow. Wide ranges of strategies exist and can be combined to bring about the apocalypse of your choosing. End all life by freezing the world slowly; raise up a dark empire of shadow under your rule; consume all flesh into an Unholy Flesh or, in classic Lovecraftian style, turn a chosen few into fishlike Deep Ones, and the rest into fish food.

The game's mechanics revolve around the NPCs' suspicions, fears and knowledge. Manipulate these to your advantage, by preying on their fears and being elected as their `saviour' from a threat you created; get your opponent agents exiled by placing false evidence; start pointless civil wars over economic issues in order to weaken their armies and allow you to fight them piecemeal...

Shadows is a hobbyist game, developed part time over the past few years, going through various changes and approaches, building on community feedback and gained experience through simply trying various things and seeing what plays well. If you enjoy political intrigue, grand strategy games such as Crusader Kings, turn-based strategy and/or collecting bodies on a cart to raise an army of the dead, this game may be worth a look at.

Check out the associated Youtube channel (link in the Steam sidebar) for a few playthroughs of some of the releases, to get an idea of how the game can be played.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5-2500
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Storage: 512 MB available space

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