A desolate realm, kept in flux by the steady rhythm of battle. A proving ground for those with great ambition. A Year Of Rain is the upcoming ultimate team real-time strategy game. Choose your faction, team up and take control of a legendary hero with unique powers and individual talents!
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July 10

Skirmish Map Landmarks and Wacken Open Air

To support your and your teammate's strategy, we got different Points of Interest on Skirmish maps. Today, we'd like to give you an overview over those. Keep in mind, the screenshots were taken in an Alpha state of the game.

Anorium Mines
At the beginning of a match, you'll start with your Main Building right next to a mine. Workers already start collecting Anorium from there. The mines can run dry, because their deposits are limited.

There are multiple Anorium Mines on the map, ready to be found. The number of Mines depend on the map. There might also be rich Mines. They are good starting points for a second base.


Woods
Workers can collect wood from trees. Wood is the second resource in A Year Of Rain and, together with Anorium, also relevant for researches/techs. There are plenty of trees around the map to chop.


Creeps
Mostly appear in groups. You find them usually around other points of interest. They're perfect to level up your hero at the beginning of the match. In Skirmish, they do not respawn.


Boss battles
Some maps feature bosses*. It can be beneficial for your team if you and your teammate kill the boss. It grants buffs to your team that gives you an advantage over your opponents.

* not all bosses are supersized Runecasters. :P

Healing Well
The healing well is a popular point of interest on the map, because it heals well. Sorry. Couldn't resist. There is usually just one (if any) Healing Well on the map. It heals all units in the area around it over time.


Observatory
To increase your vision in an area, it might be helpful to conquer an Observatory. One unit has to stand in the area of the Observatory to increase the vision in a circular area around it.




Attention Metal Fans: A Year Of Rain goes W:O:A




We're going to show A Year Of Rain in the Gaming Village area at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, this year! If you are a lucky owner of a W:O:A ticket, visit us and play a few rounds of our Alpha version with us or your friends.

Not at W:O:A?
Don't worry! We're preparing for more than one event appearance this year. Follow us to stay up to date where to meet us and play A Year Of Rain.

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Until next time.
The A Year Of Rain Team
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June 26

House Rupah Buildings & Role Upgrades

To finish the series of House Rupah-related Steam Hub Blogs, we're happy to present you all buildings of House Rupah as well as the upgrades available for research! Additional to that, we're going to share upgrades you unlock depending on the role you select upon match start.

Disclaimer:
It is possible that some researches/upgrades move from one building to others during the development.
All buildings are subject to change. Some are planned for a visual rework during the Early Access phase.

Without further ado:

Keep
This is the main building of House Rupah. Upon start of the match, you start with a Keep placed at a starting position and a hand full of workers are ready to mine Anorium or chop wood. You can build additional Keeps freely on the map, for example next to an other rich Anorium mine.



Units to be trained here:
Worker

Abilities
  • Ability: Desperate Entrenchment - Orders nearby workers to seek shelter in the Keep, enabling it to attack.
  • Ability: End Entrenchment

Barracks
The first unit production buiding.



Units to be trained here:
Spearman, Pathfinder, Knight

Abilities and Upgrades
  • None

Elven Enclave
It unlocks Pathfinders and is the go-to building for most of the research options.



Requirements:
Requires Barracks.

Additional Info:
Unlocks Pathfinder in the Barracks.

Upgrades
  • Reinforced Shields - Upgrade for Spearman: Reduces damage taken for Spearman.
  • Stormseeker Arrows - Upgrade for Pathfinders: Increases the attack range of Pathfinders.
  • Superior Structures - Upgrade for Buildings: Increases health of all buildings.
  • Spirit Hound - Upgrade for Pathfinders: Unlocks ability to summon an animal companion.

Temple
Especially important for players that chose the Support role.



Requirements:
Requires Barracks.

Units to be trained here:
Cleric, Runecaster

Upgrades
  • Truesight - Upgrade for Clerics: Allows them to see invisible units.
  • Restoration - Upgrade for Clerics: Unlocks the ability to undo a negative effect on a friendy unit.

Library



Requirements:
Requires Temple.

Additional Info:
Unlocks Runecaster in Temple.

Upgrades
  • Warding Glyphs - Upgrade for Runecaster: Unlocks the ability to place stealthed explosive traps.

Stables



Requirements:
Requires Elven Enclave.

Additional Info:
Unlocks Knights in Barracks.

Upgrades
  • Armored Warhorses - Upgrade for Knights: Increases health of Knights.

Floating Gardens



Requirements:
Requires Temple and Elven Enclave.

Units to be trained here:
Djinni

Upgrades
  • Thunderwave - Upgrade for Djinnis: Unlocks an abilitiy that deals damage and pushes enemies away.
  • Elemental Fortitute - Upgrade for Djinnis: Unlocks an abilitiy that decreases incoming damage on a friendly unit for some seconds.

Watchtower
Attacks enemies in a circle around the watchtower. Also grants vision.



Requirements:
Requires Barracks.

Abilities and Upgrades
  • None.



Depending on which role you select in-game at the beginning of the match (Tank, Damage, Support), you can upgrade one additional research. The research can be leveled up to level 4. The first level is already unlocked when you select the role.

Communicate with your team mate beforehand to define who selects which role and how you can best play together.

Role: Tank
  • 1: Martial Training: Reduces damage taken for Spearmen and Knights by X% (unlocked)
  • 2: Advanced Training: Reduces damage taken for Spearmen and Knights by Y%
  • 3: Superior Training: Reduces damage taken for Spearmen and Knights by Z%
  • 4: Nerves of Anorium: Reduces damage taken for Spearmen and Knights by A%
Those upgrades can be researched in the Barracks.

Role: Damage
  • 1: Zephyr's Grace: Increases damage dealt by Pathfinders and Djinnis by X% (unlocked)
  • 2: Cutting Winds: Increases damage dealt by Pathfinders and Djinnis by Y%
  • 3: Song of the Storm: Increases damage dealt by Pathfinders and Djinnis by Z%
  • 4: Hearts of Thunder: Increases damage dealt by Pathfinders and Djinnis by A%
Those upgrades can be researched in the Elven Enclave.

Role: Support
  • 1: Mender: Increases healing done by Clerics by X% (unlocked)
  • 2: Battlefield Triage: Increases healing done by Clerics by Y%
  • 3: Healing Hands: Increases healing done by Clerics by Z%
  • 4: Weaver of Life: Increases healing done by Clerics by A%
  • 1: Clear Skies: Increases vision of all of your units (unlocked)
Those upgrades can be researched in the Temple.


That concludes our overview of the House Rupah faction. Find an overview of all content in the Overview Blog Post here.

In future, we'll proceed with different content while we're preparing for a beta test. Follow A Year Of Rain to stay tuned!

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Until next time.
The A Year Of Rain Team
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About This Game

A desolate realm, kept in flux by the steady rhythm of battle; a proving ground for those with great ambition. War is in peoples' blood. A necessity in their struggle for survival and power.

A Year Of Rain is the upcoming ultimate team real-time strategy game. Choose your faction, team up and take control of a legendary hero who has unique powers and individual talents!

Choose one of three rival factions and get immersed in a gameplay mixture of base building, resource gathering, unit recruiting and battling against other players online or in campaign mode against AI. Structures and units can be upgraded in order to enhance efficiency and power. With your carefully assembled army led by a legendary hero, you will be able to fight alongside the noble House of Rupah, the Wild Outcasts or join the Restless Undead. A battle without mercy begins.

The team RTS A Year Of Rain combines classic real-time strategy elements with a strong focus on hero units. Both the co-op campaigns and online and offline modes are being designed with a team of two in mind. The classic 2v2 skirmish mode is being developed for competitive matches from the very start. Meanwhile, “Against all Odds“ is an innovation in the genre where two lone heroes face two entire armies, who have full command over units and structures.


Features
  • The ultimate Team RTS. Play together across all game modes.
  • Ambitious campaign, designed for co-op experience
  • A 2v2 skirmish that is truly designed for team-play
  • Unique asymmetric 2v2 multiplayer mode “Against All Odds”: Two heroes face two entire armies!
  • Unique factions
  • Compelling multi-layered story
  • Elaborate, stylized art
  • Powerful iconic heroes to lead your army
  • Soundtrack by award-winning composer Neal Acree

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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    • Processor: tba
    • Graphics: tba
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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