Hard Ancient Life is a city-building economic strategy taking place in the Nile Valley. Immerse yourself in a world full of pyramids, where you will become a part of the ancient world. Create history, be history!
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February 8

History #01

Egyptian light bulb – lost technology?
Imagine you’re an Egyptian craftsman, hired to paint frescoes in a freshly carved tomb. Precise drawing requires good light, but oil lamps in the chamber would leave soot all over your hard work.

So how... about electric light?
A stone relief in the Hathor temple at Dendera in Egypt depicts what some have interpreted to be the very first electric glass bulb with a tungsten filament.

However, the Egyptologists argue that this ‘bulb’ is in fact a stylized depiction of a lotus flower (very common in the art of Egypt), spawning a snake (filament) inside it. The snakes coming from the lotus symbolize fertility, linked to the annual Nile flood.

If so, then why were tombs clean of soot deposits? Did the painters use mirrors to light them or some other way? What do you think?

Tell us what you think about posting interesting facts about Ancient Egypt, if you like this formula, we will write some more every few days!


Author: Maciej Paprocki
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February 3

Devblog #08

A lot of time has passed since the previous post
- so it's high time to get new screenshots! We are working on a new UI, for now we are showing you how the main screen and message panel look like, there are still many new features hidden under the icons next to the date, but we will write about it in the next posts!

On the screen below you can also see a grey granite quarry, a building that is unique because it will be quite rare in the game.

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About This Game

Hard Ancient Life is an economic type of city-building taking place in the valley of the Nile. The story starts in a little-known protodynastic period in which you will be able to observe the birth of the Old Egypt and finished with the death of Cleopatra VII.

The most important aspect is the skillful management of urban planning by shaping the grid of streets, placing buildings and their mutual relation. Well-designed city will greatly improve economic efficiency which may convert into city income.

Diplomacy and politics:
The governor will face very difficult choices to be made in a constantly changing political environment. Costly expeditions, Pharaoh and other cities requests, military threat and a mixture of different cultures will be a commonplace. A series of wrong choices can cost the loss of trading partners and low interest in the city by settlers. Moreover, the total lack of obedience to the rulers may end up with a civil war.

Deity will be able to interfere with daily life but it will be done implicitly. The main aspect of religion will be satisfying the need for access to the places of worship, providing supplies for temples or organizing festivals. Neglecting this sphere may result in a dangerous social unrest on a par with e.g. famine.

Trade is the most important element in royal treasury. Without it, it is very difficult for economic stability built solely on taxes. Therefore, in the interest of the player, producing goods for export at prices that will be able to change dynamically depending on the geopolitical situation, will be required.

What would the real Ancient Egypt be without its monumental sacred architecture? There are mastabas, obelisks, Karnak among others, the Ramesseum and of course the pyramids that are waiting to be built. You will be able to observe the slow process of construction. A team of carpenters, masons, architects and ordinary workers will rise building step by step. It will not be just a graphic feature - the building process is costly and will have an impact on the finances or the public mood.

Egypt's history is full of clashes of emerging and failing empires. You will have the responsibility of defending cities from foreign military attacks, making plans to attack and joining your forces on Pharaoh's own call.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7x64 / Windows 8.1x64 / Windows 10x64
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 Ghz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 Ghz or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB & AMD 7970 or nVidia 770 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device
    • OS: Windows 7x64 / Windows 8.1x64 / Windows 10x64
    • Processor: Fourth Generation Intel Core i5 2.5 Ghz or AMD FX8350 4.0 Ghz or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB & nVidia 960 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device

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