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« on: January 01, 2023, 04:22:28 AM »



Vikings Hnefatafl: Kings of the Dark Age is an upcoming turn-based strategy based on the ancient Scandinavian board game, hnefatafl.

For a long time, I've wanted to make a game based on vikings. Now, after the two previous projects The Finnish War (https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=69704.0) and Sotidrokhima (https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=69847.0) have been finished and released, I could finally start working on this idea.

The game is already well underway, with basic gameplay all being implemented. Much of the work now lies with audiovisuals, adding maps, and playtesting - lots of playtesting.

Vikings Hnefatafl is based on the viking board game, but takes some liberties in gameplay. Simplified, the aim of a hnefatafl match is to capture the enemy king without losing yours, playing on a (usually) 9x9 or 11x11 grid board. In Vikings Hnefatafl, some things are added:
  • different types of 'units' (pieces) which have their own Strength value, indicating on how many sides they need to be surrounded to be captured
  • terrain: different terrain types increase or decrease the Strength of certain units (pieces)

The game will have a small campaign, detailing the Viking conquest of England, and Custom Battles for single player and perhaps two-players (hotseat) as well.
I'm planning to add a giant amount of randomized map seeds for Custom games, to have a lot of replayability. The AI will have 3 difficulty levels; easy to very hard.

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2023, 07:46:11 PM »

Here's how a game of Hnefatafl basically proceeds:


Both sides begin the game with the same number of pieces, and a King + Castle.
NOTE: Size of the board, and the amount of pieces can be customized.


It's a good move to put the King safe in the Castle. Notice the flag when King's home! (also customizable!)


AI is starting to move on the offense.


By this point, we've destroyed two of the AI's pieces.


AI is going all-out, surrounding the King. He doesn't need much more to take the Castle.


In the end, we destroyed all but three of the enemy pieces, meaning they were left without means to capture our King. We win! Achievements screen is looking a bit off-center at the moment, but I thought it was a nice addition after a match.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2023, 09:15:26 AM »

Recent work done for Hnefatafl:

  • All units added to both playable Factions (Viking and Saxon)
  • All terrain types added + Unit buffs and debuffs related to them
  • (Vastly!) improved AI


Here's the Custom Battle setup menu as it looks now.


Here's all the three types of units (Pieces) from both factions.


Under siege by the AI enemy (Vikings). Notice the Finnish flag hoisted in my Castle! (customizable!)

Didn't get any screens of the different Terrain types into this post yet, but they're waiting to be included into more maps at the moment anyways. That'll be for the next post!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2023, 07:37:31 PM »

https://soundcloud.com/user-988631900/my-mother-told-me-hnefatafl-main-theme

First song for the game.

Gameplay video coming soon!
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2023, 09:42:53 PM »





First gameplay footage!
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2023, 10:36:21 PM »

https://acrogames.fandom.com/wiki/AcroGames_Wiki

Spare time project. Fun to write!
Learn more of Vikings Hnefatafl, and all the other AcroGames projects released so far (and TBR) there!
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2023, 04:19:37 AM »

Different seeds for normal/large game boards in Custom Battles.
Different terrain affects pieces differently.

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2023, 11:52:19 AM »

Hand Metal Right Vikings Hnefatafl: Kings of the Dark Age will release 23.05.23! Hand Metal Left
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2023, 10:20:27 PM »





More gameplay!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2023, 08:17:23 PM »

New screenshots of Vikings: Hnefatafl. Five weeks to go!



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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2023, 10:53:34 PM »

Release date approaches!
Here's some new footage. Now in widescreen.







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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2023, 11:23:38 PM »

Game's out 23.05.23!
 Toast RightVikings Hnefatafl: Kings of the Dark Age will be available on itch.io and Steam. Toast Left
Steam version comes with online Remote Play to challenge friends.
Steam Page live soon (Monday?)
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2023, 04:26:01 AM »

Releasing early!
https://acrogames.itch.io/vikings-hnefatafl-kings-of-the-dark-age

Whaddya know?
Our Viking turn-based strategy will be available on itch.io already  Toast RightTONIGHT!Toast Left
Steam release (with Remote Play online) is aimed for 23.05., but you can already play Vikings Hnefatafl solo or with your pals today.
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2023, 08:45:52 PM »

LAUNCH SALE:
-50% / $0.5 for the first 24 hours!
https://itch.io/s/94121/launch-sale-for-vikings-hnefatafl
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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2023, 08:18:29 AM »

Steam release now set for 28.05.23.
Soon soon!

Wishlist now: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2425540/Vikings_Hnefatafl_Kings_of_the_Dark_Age/
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2023, 08:55:44 PM »

RELEASED Toast Right

Our third game, Vikings Hnefatafl: Kings of the Dark Age, is out today on Steam as well!
Launch Sale: 25% off

https://store.steampowered.com/app/2425540/Vikings_Hnefatafl_Kings_of_the_Dark_Age/
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2023, 07:35:58 AM »

https://acrogames.itch.io/

ALL games by AcroGames now under $1 for June.  Toast Right
Turn-based strategy, real-time strategy, hack-n-slash... check 'em out.
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« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2023, 01:52:19 AM »

https://store.steampowered.com/app/2425540/Vikings_Hnefatafl_Kings_of_the_Dark_Age/

Summer Sale!
50% Off  Toast Right
Give those Christians a beating or punish the pagan Vikings in turn-based form today!
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