Goblins of Elderstone brings a unique and chaotic twist to the city-building genre - it’s a Goblin Tribe Simulator! Nurture your tiny clan as it grows to stand against the other races and even the gods. Rule over the chaos and feed the growing goblin war machine by raiding dungeons and villages.
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Release Date:
Jan 9, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We believe that our game suits the Early Access model perfectly. We have been delivering Alpha versions to our backers since January 2017, and it has been an incredibly useful way in which to gather feedback and grow a great community that evolves alongside the game. We want to continue gathering feedback and growing our active and supportive community even more.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Although its always hard to tell and very much depends on the feature requests and demands of the community we would like to only stay in Early Access for 6-12 months in order to focus on getting the game done. If however the community gets behind this game and keeps pushing us to new and greater horizons we would be encouraged to continue growing the game.”

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

“Although it's always hard to tell, and very much depends on the feature requests and demands of the community, we would like to only stay in Early Access for around 6-12 months in order to focus on getting the game done. If, however, the community gets behind the game and keeps pushing us to new and greater horizons, we would be encouraged to continue growing the game.

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

Although the core features are currently implemented, they still need some polishing, balancing, and a few extra touches. The final version will have more content in terms of:
- more gods
- more heroes
- more NPCs
- more Story Moments
In terms of features, the final version will have:
- improved regional gameplay
- finalized tech trees
- finalized balance”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game has been in development for over 2 years now and is currently in Alpha 4.0. We have been actively working with the community on our forums to constantly improve and update the game with their help and input. The game is entirely playable, but it still has a fair amount of bugs and balance issues to sort out. Most of the the core features are implemented but not final. In its current state, you can build a large village up to tier 3 buildings and their jobs.
There are various story moments and random events. Goblin AI and behavior in the village is already very advanced. The full season system is implemented. There are undead that threaten the tribe in winter, as well as starvation, freezing to death, and goblins rioting (which can lead to them burning down the village). The region map we plan to develop next. Heroes will be implemented soon. The god tech tree is still very simple. Then, finally, we will focus on the region map strategic gameplay layer of the game.”

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

“The price will increase slightly after Early Access, as we will have added a lot more features and content.”

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

“We have been including the community through the Lost Goblin and Itch community forums, backer communication channels, Facebook and Twitter design voted challenges, and our subreddit discussions.
We plan on continuing the conversation on our new web forums and the subreddit.”
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July 24

Alpha 8.0: A New Winter - now live!

Hey all you wonderful goblins!
A new winter has arrived in Elderstone and it's prettier than ever!

We have been super hard at work and outdid ourselves yet again with the biggest update to the game yet, even bigger than the previous update. All the suggestions and feedback and bugs reports have been taken in an listed and although we obviously can't address every single issue with each update, we certainly are working our way through them. A few key highlights we have added in this new Alpha are a brand new and much improved UI for the goblin stats and moods, these should be much more clear to you now and will help you better understand what affects the goblins’ mood and behaviour.

Goblins now also all have randomised faction attributes known as the WTF levels. These are levels in War, Trade and Faith and influence the goblins stats in various and important ways. High War attribute give a goblins more hit points and damage, while high trade will make the goblin a harder worker and a high faith score will mean more healing and magic if they are assigned to faith jobs such as priest and shaman.
On top of that goblins can now occasionally be born with traits that affect them in either positive or negative ways. These traits include “lazy”, “berserker”, “worker” and some other with more to come.

The big new art upgrade is a new snow shader and particle system. Winter will now look even better with falling snow and the snow slowly collecting on the ground and on all the buildings and rocks and terrain. The goblins also make deep paths in the snow as they wade through it. We worked really hard on making this look nice and still be performant so we hope you enjoy this updated winter look - more improvements like this will come over time.

Some of the smaller but equally important improvements include new loading screen hints to help you, slower day and night to give you more time to prepare for each winter, lots of small balance changes to make the beginning of the game easier and many more small changes.

We have fixed a lot of bugs and goblins behaviour issues and improved performance overall. Of course this is still Alpha and there will always be bugs and issues as we develop the game, every time we add new features or improve something, there is a risk of breaking something else, this is how development works and we will keep doing our best to make sure the bugs are low but also not stop from pushing forward and adding exciting new content and features.

I want to take a moment to thank our amazing community of fans, players and testers, especially the clan on discord who have been invaluable in providing feedback, suggestions and bug reports. Please join us there to help us if you haven't already and make some wicked new friends.

New Features:
- Added Goblin Traits which change a goblins job stats and can affect their moods.
- Random faction levels, the goblins are now born with predispositions to War, Trade or Faith based roles. ( WTF levels xD )
- Update to the Goblin Stats menu to reflect the previous changes and more easily get this information across to the user.
- New path following setup for goblins. Should be less stuck goblins and smoother movement.
- SNOOOOW!!! Snow Drifts during winter + snow particles.
- Added loading screen hints.
- Grass and Post Processing changes to improve framerate.
- Improvements to the Goblins perception and reactions to enemies.

Balance Changes:
- Increased the time of a daynight cycle from 300 to 400 seconds.
- Increased the number of goblins in a warrens and grandhall to 10 and 12 respectively.
- Important notifications will now slow down time to normal speed.
- Scavenger Hut and War Hall now requires Planks.
- Temple now requires logs so you can built it earlier
- Faith Hall now requires Cloth.
- Brewery now produces Ale also (from Berries)
- Council goblins no longer need Meat
- Productive Condition now reduces Laziness, several other small balance changes to conditions.
- Tool needs reduced on goblins by increasing their lifespan.
- Tutorial no longer on by default + Tradehall moved to be last in the chain.

Bug Fixes:
- More rebalancing to the breeding values for goblins, Copperface also now offers Fertility instead of Moneybags as his neutral god power.
- When a goblin successfully burns down a building all rioting goblins gain the catharsis buff.
- Temporarily removed the End of Season report while we give it a revamp.
- Fixed building resources to not change colors.
- Fixed the sleeping icon to not stay present when cycling through goblins.
- Fix for goblins not going all the way up to buildings to interact with them in some cases.
- Updated the Clan Create screen to reflect the new traits and show more of the relevant goblin stats req to select a goblin for your tribe.
- Fixed some news feed text colors.
- Crash fix from loading a save with a Goblin Under Attack notification active.
- Buildings can no longer be placed on inclines.
- Updated collision volumes on some trees which were not blocking building placement correctly.
- Increased the frequency paths/walkways are generated to more likely have the displayed path equal the final result.
- Updated multiple items tick functionality so that building placement while paused works correctly.
- Several updates to sound volumes.
- Fix for a crash from one of the story moment results.

Coming Soon (some not so soon):
- More buildings and resources
- Improved needs and feedback for not fulfilling needs
- More enemies
- More gods
- Region map gameplay with raiding and traiding
- Heroes
- Diplomacy with other races and the gods
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May 31

Alpha 7.0 is now live!

A really big update from us! We focused on the story moments and many small and big improvements!

New Features:
-Several new story moments!
- changed the birth rate calculations
-Added Winter versions of herbs and hemp. Now you will still be able to see where these resources are on the map in Winter.
-Added 'Game Auto-saved' in game messages.
-Changed watch tower patrol to stand at the top of the buildings.
-Building the second warrens is now one of the last step in the tutorials.
-Enemies will always congregate in the village.
-Added a goblin killed enemy message.
-Changed story quest resources to be added to global resource hud.
-New Notifications for Enemy spawning, overcrowding, sound added to goblin under attack.
-In game message for storage at capacity.
-Changed the interaction points on buildings to use the 'least busy point' reducing stacked goblins at buildings/build sites.
-Added Status actions to Story moment results allowing more
interesting occurrences.
-Added message when population loses all males or all females.
-Added shortcut for opening the main menu 'esc' key.
- added a highlight for region selection of your village
- several new sound effects
- added a blue light to the skeletons to make them spookier and easier to see!
- updated many building lights
- made several of the fonts smaller to prevent text spills
-Performance Improvements.(edited)

Bug Fixes:
- priests now take the dead to the temple properly
-Fixed the save file loading order in the Load Game Dialog.
-Fix for goblins not going to the closest storage building to deliver resources.
-Fix for goblin movement speed when running away from an
-Fix for goblin king death handling.
-Fix for Storage resource cap issue when destroying a unbuilt
Storage Hut.
-Fix for autosaves not transitioning weather changes.
-Fixed the t-pose skeleton for enemies that died offscreen.
-Fix for story moment message spam when interacting with UI.
-Fix for Dropped resources not being picked up.
-Fix for camera becoming stuck following goblins on clicking
the hazard notifications.
-Arrow Projectile adjusted.
-Goblin Killing enemy log fixed.
-Fix for goblins to correctly carry frogs.
-Fix for some enemies not approaching the goblin village.

thanks to everyone that has helped with their time and feedback and positive comments and support!
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Goblins of Elderstone brings a unique and chaotic twist to the city-building genre. It is more than just a city builder - it’s a Goblin Tribe Simulator! In Goblins of Elderstone, you will nurture your tiny clan as it grows to become an awe-inspiring tribe, capable of standing against the other races and, perhaps, even the gods. Rule over the chaos and feed the growing goblin war machine by raiding dungeons and villages.

The gameplay is inspired by the Anno games, Banished, Stonehearth, Rimworld, and the Settlers series, but it is still very much its own legend. We love goblins, and believe that they are underrepresented in games. They deserve a city builder of their own! We have so many great ideas to add to the genre, and we would love to share the experience with you during Early Access. We hope you agree that goblins are awesome and don't always have to be the villains - unless, of course, you want them to be!

In Goblins of Elderstone, the choice is yours. You can use your wisdom and industrious nature to create a trade empire. You can be the divine chosen one and lead your tribe to glory through the power of your faith in the gods. You can be a conqueror and show the world the might of your goblin forces. This is your tribe, and it is whatever you make it!

  • Free-form city building - Goblins don’t much like orderly straight lines, so there’s absolutely no way they’ll use a grid when building. They are rebellious, but creative. As a result, buildings go up wherever desired, but neat little pathways and bridges will always be built alongside them to ensure they’re properly connected.
  • Large resource and crafting tree - With over 30 different resources that can be gathered, crafted, traded, or stolen, your goblins will always have plenty of work to do. As a result, it’s worthwhile to invest in a few Enforcers to ensure they keep at it!
  • Clan, World, and Divine politics - Use a combination of fast-talking, gift-giving, violence, and just the right amount of threats to keep your clans in line. Failure to do so will likely result in a fair amount of murder and potentially the destruction of your entire village. However, diplomacy doesn’t stop there. Other races, and even the gods, can be convinced to do your bidding.
  • War, Trade, or Faith - Whether you choose to trade in violence, commerce, religion, or a combination thereof, the world will be shaped by your actions in some way or another.

  • Scout, Raid, Trade, or Pilgrimage - Goblins aren’t really the patient, caring type. That’s why they’re better at setting fire to farms than actually growing anything. Therefore, as your tribe grows, you will need to send special teams of goblins out to explore surrounding areas in search of wealth and glory. How you deal with what you find is up to you. Will you raid and pillage the region, trade with other cities, or send Spiritual Treks out to holy sites to gain favor with your gods?
  • RPG story moments - Elderstone is never a dull place. There are many unique tales to unravel in this twisted land. Deal with traveling strangers, evil overlords, cunning dragons, and even benevolent gods. With the writing talents of Edwin McRae backing the project (writer on Path of Exile, Bloodgate, and other amazing games), you know you’re in for quite the ride.
  • Defend your tribe - Danger lurks around every corner. Defend your tribe from roaming monsters, pesky adventurers, and enemy raiding parties. Do a good enough job, and you can even retaliate with your own!
  • Friends and foes - You share this land with a multitude of other races. Squishy humans, stuck-up elves, grumpy dwarves, and smelly orcs are all out there somewhere. It’s probably best not to outwardly display your disgust with them, though, as that tends to start war. If you’re willing to put up with them, and maybe exchange a few pleasantries, you could make some friends.
  • Interesting characters - It’s not unusual to run into a few strange individuals as you explore the world. They all have their stories and motives. Some seek adventure, some may request a helping hand, and others might just be in the market for a new goblin tribe to enslave. Be ready for anything.
  • Total world domination - Become the ultimate ruler of Elderstone by controlling critical regions on the map. Fill empty dungeons with your warriors to protect their riches from thieving adventurers, leave trade envoys in neighbouring towns to expand your trade empire, and pray to the gods at monoliths to bring destruction upon your enemies.

Music by Hyperduck Soundworks

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 680 GTX or AM DHD 7970/ R9 280X
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 960 GTX or AMD Radeon R9 280X
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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