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App description: WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF VAMPIRES

"Those that do not fear history are condemned to relive it."

VEmpire - The Kings of Darkness is a vampire themed digital deck-building game, inspired by one of history's most influential royal dynasties - the house of Habsburg.
Imagine: The resurgence of the Habsburg rulers as terrific vampires!

It not only offers amazing art and a strong atmosphere but also a truly unique game-design with fresh mechanics that have been tested and balanced over the last 4 years!
We believe that a game created with dedication and passion has the power to bring back some 'fire' into the big store.
We are extremely grateful for all the love of our followers and players, without them we would not have made it that far.

VEmpire is an honest & complete product, 100% Pay2Win free!
There are no micro-transactions or payments within the game & there never will be!

The player can choose to play against a serious AI, invite a friend for a casual game, or play a match against a server-selected opponent.
If you have no internet-connection - you can still play AI games!
You can Save & Load AI-games whenever you want - to get yourself ready for duels against others!

OVERVIEW

VEmpire is a turn-based card game about building an empire that is stronger than your opponents!
To win: Knock down the empire-points of your opponent to zero before he does!

VEmpire is a deck-building game like Dominion, Ascension or Star-Realms, just to name some popular games of this genre.

VEmpire includes more than 100 unique cards with amazing artwork in four factions!
All cards (vampires, locations, artifacts & spells) are drawn based on real historical characters, famous ancient buildings and gory battles!

GAMEPLAY

-SELECT YOUR KING
Decide the king & faction you want to battle with. Depending on this choice you get your start-deck and your private-deck in the Market-Place to acquire cards from.

-DESTROY YOUR OPPONENT
It is the goal of the game to destroy the Empire of your opponent.
Look out for Attack-Cards to build up your dark army, but do not forget to protect & strengthen your own Empire of blood!

-COLLECT GROUPS
You collect and play Groups, the most powerful entities in the game, which are designed after its historical examples (e.g. Pairs like Sisi & Franz Joseph). They count twice if they are completed in your Empire!

-HOLD CARDS
Location-Cards not only provide you with permanent guldens every turn but also with 'hands', which means holding-ability, this gives you more strategic flexibility and control!

-PLAY POWER-CARDS
Play Power-Cards for fast and surprising play!
Depending on your chosen king & faction there are different types of Power-Cards available for you at the Market-Place.

-ACQUIRE OR ATTACK, ACQUIRE OR EMPIRE
Attack-Cards can be played for acquiring new cards or they can you guess right: ATTACK!
Empire-Cards can be played for acquiring new cards or they can be played into your Empire to increase your empire-points.

-PLAY SPELLS
Use offensive or defensive Spell-Cards, depending on your strategy and all for one goal:
win the battle!


The history of the Hapsburg dynasty is the inspiration for our extraordinary theme.
Our artists did an amazing job in turning mighty rulers into terrific vampires. Our cards are subtle interpretations of historical characters, places and events.

We love to look at VEmpire as an atmospheric blend of game-mechanics, artwork, story and music.
Hopefully you will enjoy this experience as much as we do!

Boardumb's comments:


12-06-2017, 02:27 PM
#2
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 391
Most excellent! downloading now

12-06-2017, 06:15 PM
#3
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 19
been waiting on this, do add any gameplay descriptions, likes, dislikes, etc. Cant instabuy just yet.
12-06-2017, 06:36 PM
#4
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 391
Ok so thoughts from tutorial and 2 games

- A lot of love has been put into the game, artwork and app. It’s very nicely put together for a single person or small team project.
- I say single / small team because there are some ideosyncrasies, not crazy bad ones or anything
- The UI, while busy, makes sense (mostly) and is damn sight more polished than many other games. It’s not quite Ascension, but then what is
- It has a tutorial, single player with 3 AI levels and 3 starting health (empire) settings, good options. It has MP but I haven’t been there yet
- The tutorial is a bit weird though. Full marks for going through everything, but some of it is nonsensical and it lacks a bit of clarity in explaining concepts and UI. Having said that, if you play deckbulders, one game later (and maybe a mini revisit to the tutorial now that you have some basic concept of the terminology etc) you are fine. (I thought a couple of mechanics were missing, but just needed to revisit tutorial)
- Nice mechanics of player only cards and shared cards to buy in the trade row.
- But weirdly some of the trade piles ran out during both my games - felt like options became limited and we both still had lots of life left (empire points)
- Also both games felt a little odd on balance, Star Realms has a growth where attack really ramps up once your factions get going, it’s early days but this seemed a bit like that but not as nicely balanced.

All in all very happy with purchase, very nicely themed and presented. Will have to see if balance and gameplay is as compelling as the classics on iOS over longer period

(feedback may be slightly coloured by just starting to beta test Evolution on iOS , which, while not a deck builder is just so freaking amazingly awesome as an app and game, my standards bar is high today )

Last edited by skoptic; 12-06-2017 at 07:21 PM.
12-06-2017, 07:03 PM
#5
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,611
Oh this looks very interesting, cool theme for sure.
Does this have iPhone X optimization?
12-06-2017, 10:06 PM
#6
Could someone explain the gameplay mechanics to us?
12-07-2017, 02:39 AM
#7
Hi guys!

iPhoneX:

It is not optimized atm, but this is our nr.1 open issue, and it comes within the very first updates!
We simply did not get a real device in time so it was too risky, but we have players on iPhoneX already, they love it anyway! (Yes black borders on the side!)
We are going to continuously improve the app, you can proove that this are not just words on steam, we are delivering updates and improvements permanetly:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/61...s_of_Darkness/

The same will be the case for iOS! We do not let you alone in the rain if there is any problem or issue with the game, not with us!
If you have a problem, just drop me a line: wolfgang.lueger@vempiregame.com or feedback@vempiregame.com!


Rules:

I will post a five sentence HowToPlay here a little later! In the mean-time you might check all in detail here:
http://vempiregame.com/ [Menu:'The Game']

So far, thanks everyone for joining VEmpire this means everything to us after more than 4 years of development!

cheers, wolf!
12-07-2017, 02:44 AM
#8
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 162
@skoptic you are good at short review a game
12-07-2017, 05:16 AM
#9
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 350
I've been looking forward to this one for a long time - I've had its website bookmarked in Safari for years. I like what I'm hearing so far and the prospect of offline play really excites me after things like Dominion and Legendary have required a constant connection. Please, folks, if you're playing this, give us some more impressions! I'm a little busy with Xenoblade 2 on the Switch right now, but something tells me I'll be picking this up by the end of the month.
12-07-2017, 06:45 AM
#10
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by skoptic View Post
Ok so thoughts from tutorial and 2 games

- A lot of love has been put into the game, artwork and app. Its very nicely put together for a single person or small team project.
- I say single / small team because there are some ideosyncrasies, not crazy bad ones or anything
- The UI, while busy, makes sense (mostly) and is damn sight more polished than many other games. Its not quite Ascension, but then what is
- It has a tutorial, single player with 3 AI levels and 3 starting health (empire) settings, good options. It has MP but I havent been there yet
- The tutorial is a bit weird though. Full marks for going through everything, but some of it is nonsensical and it lacks a bit of clarity in explaining concepts and UI. Having said that, if you play deckbulders, one game later (and maybe a mini revisit to the tutorial now that you have some basic concept of the terminology etc) you are fine. (I thought a couple of mechanics were missing, but just needed to revisit tutorial)
- Nice mechanics of player only cards and shared cards to buy in the trade row.
- But weirdly some of the trade piles ran out during both my games - felt like options became limited and we both still had lots of life left (empire points)
- Also both games felt a little odd on balance, Star Realms has a growth where attack really ramps up once your factions get going, its early days but this seemed a bit like that but not as nicely balanced.

All in all very happy with purchase, very nicely themed and presented. Will have to see if balance and gameplay is as compelling as the classics on iOS over longer period

(feedback may be slightly coloured by just starting to beta test Evolution on iOS , which, while not a deck builder is just so freaking amazingly awesome as an app and game, my standards bar is high today )
Nice thanks! Helpful