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Overview

What is Pioneers about? Well it's a turn based exploration game with some RPG elements where you lead a party of pioneers each with different professions, skills and attributes. You start out in a town where you first have to assemble your party from the tavern, plan out and buy equipment you need from the supply store and get yourself a ship. Or two. Then by conversing with different people you get quests, which may be to follow the steps of the previous explorers that never came back and find out what happened, find treasures, compose an accurate map, find contact with unknown native tribes and 'export' religion or simply be the first to disover a piece of the world. You do all that while surviving the harsh environments with seasons that change each bringing with them a different set of challenges, fighting wildlife and tribespeople, finding food and water and trying not to die of dysentery. With each part of the world you discover, you gain access to larger regions further away from home. It's not that you couldn't go there to begin with but you need more men and supplies, which means you need to collect more wealth beforehand.

Anything else you can do? One crucial, sort of, aspect of the game will be communication. You see, when you encounter an unknown tribe you are not able to understand them because they speak an unknown language. All foreign communication in the game takes place in form of icons/symbols/glyphs that you have to decipher. To make the players life easier, animals and tribes both share the same system. When you see a wolf start to attack you and this certain icon appears over its head you better remember this, because when you interact with some tribes and the same icon appears, you know you better get out of there.

The game is currently very much in progress but check below for playable builds. The game uses only 4 colors. Different seasons have different palettes with different set of colors.


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It is important to note that the game is still very much in development and does not yet contain most of the features planned. Also, most visuals don't reflect the final product. Downloads listed below are development builds for the brave of hearts, for true explorers. They contain bugs and may occasionally crash. This is normal and all will be fixed eventually. If you like the game, see how you can support.

Latest build:

Build 6 - October 26, 2013

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Discuss the release in the forum

Previous builds:

Build 5 - February 25, 2013
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Build 4 - December 04, 2012
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Build 3 - September 28, 2012
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Build 2 - June 20, 2012
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Tech demo - May 19, 2012
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Support

If you enjoy the game or like where it's headed you are more than welcomed to donate and show your support for the game. But first let me briefly explain what my plan regarding the future of Pioneers is. First of all, it will be commercial game. Once a certain milestone is reached, which won't happen just yet, new development builds will not be released publically. From that point on you will be able to pre-order the game and hopefully soon after that the real game will be released. Until then everybody can try it freely and get a taste of what's to come (and even chip in your own ideas in the Forum section).

I have worked on it in my free time since April 2012 and it's still going strong. I'm just one humble guy doing and giving everything to make it happen, so while not required, it would be great to get a little back during that period. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

If you don't feel like donating, I would also very much appreciate all the Tweets and Likes you can muster.


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