Winner, Momocon 2018 Indie Games Awards | "A fascinating reverse-RPG" - PC Gamer | "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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September 14

Tavern Scrawl #49: Patch Coming Soon!

Hello, fellow adventurers!

Blessed Beor, are we excited for the next Epic Tavern patch!! Alright Tavern, we are still a bit out from being done, but we are gonna fill y’all in on the magic we have planned and what you can look forward to!

Quests and Story:

This patch rolls out our first specialized region, The Chittering Coast, a zone under attack by the monstrous forces of malevolent The Nether Queen. This not only means new quests, dungeons and boss battles, but all random encounters when traveling along the coast will be related to the invasion and are super, super dangerous. We also now have the ability to remember not just the accomplishments of the tavern, but of specific heroes, so there will be a whole lot of new random encounters that take full advantage of this ability and call back on your past successes and failures.

Art:

A new stone floor option for the tavern has been integrated, we removed the Spring/Summer decorations, and added the Fall Decorations.

Character Management:

This patch was primarily focused on fleshing out Epic Tavern's "character loop" and providing more and better ways to manage characters during both the tavern and adventure phases.

Tavern facilities UI has been completely overhauled and given more of a persistent presence at the start of each day and during tavern gameplay. This includes facility slot portraits which are now present in various contexts to give a clear idea of who is in which facility and how far their recovery has progressed.

Character effects messaging has been greatly improved, and the selection process for checking in to a facility now includes the display of projected recovery times for all recovery candidates.

The character interaction panel has been polished and streamlined, and adventurer tooltips have been added, providing easy hover access to adventurer details in various contexts.

Roster list items have been updated with a new, shiny sheen.

Generic tooltips have improved in appearance and formatting. Many buttons have had their appearance and readability improved; this will be an ongoing process throughout the next patch as well.

Adventure Mode:

Each event during adventure mode is now broken into an Event phase and an Adventure phase. During Event phase adventurers roll against "event actions" to deal directly with the situation at hand, whereas during Adventure phase, they roll against "adventure actions" to recoup, reflect, search for supplies, etc.

Each adventurer possesses a set of actions for the purpose of the two event phases mentioned above, and these actions are dictated by their class and skill levels. As characters grow more powerful and level up, they gain access to more powerful actions.

Questing UI has been completely overhauled and improved.

More control during questing with the addition of the spirit bar showing fatigue, morale, etc.

Set up the groundwork for special abilities being used in encounters like spells, items, etc.

Travel stage appearance is unique from normal stages.

Quest log items are have been completely reworked in appearance, including their content and breakdown of events, with some messaging deferred onto the party portraits.

Oh boy, are we looking forward to getting this patch into your hands, adventurers! We will be working hard every single day until it happens!!

From everyone here at the Tavern,

CHEERS!

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June 6

Flower Power Sale!



G’day, adventurers!

We are pleased to announce our Flower Power Sale has sprouted! (Seed what I did there?) To celebrate our latest patch and our recent win at Momocon’s Indie Game Showcase Awards, we wanted to prune the price of Epic Tavern from June 6th through June 19th!

Our newest update has loads of new quests, new features, and lots of bug fixes! You can read more about our latest Flower Patch here!

Want to talk right to the developers? Join our Discord channel!

From every gardner here at the Tavern,

SHEERS!
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About This Game



Winner, Momocon 2018 Indie Games Awards

"A fascinating reverse-RPG" - PC Gamer

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


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


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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