From the team that brought you The Armchair Historian comes a new strategy game set in the Victorian Era. As muskets become rifles and infantry are replaced by Gatling guns, you must adapt to a rapidly changing battlefield. This is a new age, not of courage and chivalry, but of Blood and Iron.
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Q4 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to work closely with our community to create the best game possible. We have a passionate Discord community standing by to help us test this game during Early Access. This direct feed to our audience will allow us to let the community help guide the game's direction so that new factions and features we plan on adding are the ones our players want most. Creating a polished game that's both fun and historical is important to us.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan on working on making tweaks and adding additional content for the game for at most six months during Early Access, but we would like to continue adding bonus content and DLCs well after the official release.”

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

“We plan on including at least ten playable factions in the full release. We plan on taking player feedback from EA to create a game that is better balanced, has more customization options, more maps, more historical campaigns, as well as Steam Workshop support. All listed additions are planned but can not be guaranteed for full release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The early access version has seven playable factions, with multiplayer and single-player options with fully playable historical campaigns and battles.”

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

“We've always wanted to maximize the number of players who have access to our game, so Fire & Maneuver will always remain free-to-play. However, we plan on adding paid DLC for additional content post-release. Importantly, there will never be any pay-to-win options!”

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

“We have a large, active Discord server open to anyone who plays Fire & Maneuver. There are channels for suggestions, questions, and ideas. The developers are on the server almost every day looking at what players are frustrated with or need help with so we can release the best possible final product. Our community Discord can be accessed using this link: https://discord.gg/23nqyAz5z2
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About This Game

Overview

From The Armchair History team comes Fire & Maneuver, a unique strategy game made by history buffs for history buffs, wargame enthusiasts, and casual players alike. Striking the perfect balance between history and playability, F&M combines true-to-life units created through extensive historical research with clever but engaging mechanics developed by a passionate team to create a strategy title that has a little something for everyone.


Find yourself plunged into Victorian warfare, where every moment seems to bring some new tactical or technological innovation. Forget about such matters as politics and economic affairs, as your sole purpose in F&M is military victory. Fight against your friends in recreations of historical battles, or else forge a new path for Europe as you veer off the tracks of history. Carefully consider whether to push your campaign offensively or cede the initiative to your opponent, as constant offense will drain your precious resources. And with new countries and units always in development, discover new ways to write your name on the pages of history.


Turn-Based Combat with a Twist

No plan survives first contact with the enemy, and F&M places you in the same position as historical generals: anticipating your opponent’s movement.


The game’s innovative “simultaneous turn system” requires careful consideration of your opponent’s previous actions. Instead of passively waiting to react to a move already made, you must actively consider all possibilities, deciding which tactical choice your opponent is most likely to make… and which you can accept not responding to. Withdraw to better ground, vigorously attack, or simply dig in and see what your opponent does - the choice is yours, and your orders are final.

Factions 1853-1871

Take command of the greatest armies of Europe and beyond, and marvel as your troops develop through the Early and Late Periods of gameplay.


Second French Empire
A well-balanced and versatile force with a bevy of units to choose from, including the highly durable Foreign Legion… but beware your foes’ superior numbers and quality of artillery.

North German Confederation
Formerly the Kingdom of Prussia, this new nation boasts strong commanders who lead a patchwork of well-armed units from across the German States, from Bavarian and Württemberger infantry to the dreaded Krupp artillery… but beware the short range of your fast-firing rifles and the danger this poses to your men.

British Empire
Rigorously drilled infantry lay down punishing volleys, and the famed Highlander infantry from Scotland can repel any foolish enough to charge their lines… but beware the cost of your units, the highest in the game.

Russian Empire
Draw upon weight of numbers and the zeal of your soldiers to sweep the enemy from the field, with aggressive columns of infantry while the feared Cossack Cavalry flank behind enemy lines… but beware losing control of your men in the heat of battle.

Ottoman Empire
Fill the battlefield with your forces comprising a seemingly endless tide of militiamen, including the bizarre “Bashi Bazouks”, known in the West as “The Crazy Heads”… but beware the lack of discipline endemic to Ottoman armies.

Austrian Empire [POST-LAUNCH]
Find the balance between two forces in one army, including expert skirmishers to engage your opponent at long range… but beware this sole advantage becoming a liability as the fight draws closer and closer.

Unannounced #2 [POST-LAUNCH]
Nationalism allows you to draw on expert mountain troops and political paramilitaries both… but beware your specialized troops’ lack of professionalism.

Multiplayer

Fight your friends or match wits against other armchair generals as you engage in everything from preset historical scenarios, stepping into the shoes of Moltke or Bazaine, to utter historical fantasy, pitting British redcoats against German Krupp guns on the Steppes of Russia.


Leaderboards and rankings will reflect your martial skill only, as F&M is designed to reward good generalship over random luck. Wear your laurels proudly as you defeat other players, confident that you truly earned each victory.

Customization

As you win battles and earn renown, you will unlock the ability to create your own regiments to bring onto the battlefield. Design your own unique style of uniform down to the buttons, allowing you to field a signature force that will let your opponents know who they’ve trifled with.


Optional in-game purchases will allow for greater cosmetic customization, but there will be NO paying-to-win or wagering on loot boxes. War is enough of a gamble already.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: Pentium 4
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Family Graphics
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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