Fealty is a real-time strategy-rpg set in a world inspired by the early middle ages. You take control of a family of characters and it is your task to expand your domains, manage your settlements, and muster your forces. The characters in the world are how you interact. They can carry out your will, and just as importantly, report on what is happening in the realm that you need to be aware of. Fealty is played over a series of "kingdom games". Each kingdom game represents a geographical area over which families compete for control of the settlements in the game. Once a player has achieved dominance over the kingdom, then the game ends.

Once a game is over, each family gains Prestige earned from their actions and choices during the game. Prestige can be earned in different ways including: direct control of settlements, economic productivity, powerful/honorable characters, and diplomatic treatises. A family that does not control the map may still come out ahead in the final Prestige count.

The Prestige players earn carries between games and determines their placement on the Prestige Leaderboards - for all to see.

Fealty is early in development with the current focus being the core real-time simulation and strategic elements.

Release 0.5.0

0.5.0 is here - stable builds are rolling out

If you have been following along you know the game has been growing but the last two weeks have seen some real form start to emerge. Frankly, this release ended up being too big and I am not going to cover everything that has changed since 0.4.0 (aka 0.1.4) in November.

If you havent played the game since December, you should definitely check it out and…

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0.1.5.0 is now 0.5.0, and is ready for testing!

The release candidate for 0.5.0 is now available

I might add in one or two more tutorials, but otherwise the release is feature complete.

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Serfs, Yeomen and Tradesmen - Oh My!

This post is about a week late and I am putting the last bits of 0.1.5 together. Besides the impact of the holidays on things, the past two weeks have been tough and slow in progress. The game stuck in a weird place because I had started to make big changes to the settlement part of the game but the feature ended up about half of what I wanted. I saw three options before me:

  • (1) Shoehorn what I could of the remaining half of the work as quickly as possible, knowing I would be redoing it again for 0.1.6
  • (2) Delay 0.1.5 until next-year and do the remaining work properly
  • (3) Leave the scope of 0.1.5 as-is and release before New Year

I really don’t want to delay 0.1.5 because want to leave 0.1.x behind and do a big 0.2.0 release (targeting May) that would be revisions of existing plus multiplayer and meta progression with a fresh coat of paint.

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Tech Debt Tuesday - Game Strings Redux - Part 2

Welcome back to Tech Debt Tuesday. Last week I shared with you the major pitfalls with how the Fealty code handled game strings, and some pain points you migh encounter if you are doing something similar. The two biggest problems I was facing was that (1) bad data could crash the game and (2) there was a lot of code duplication. Today I want to share with you how I modified the code to address those problems and make editing strings possible from within the game.

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Tech Debt Tuesday - Game Strings - Part I

Hello, my dear people. It has been almost a month since I wrote to you last and it has been a busy time. There is always a lot to do, of course, and the first casualty becomes writing.

But the good news is that lots of progress has been done in a few areas. Today I want to focus on what I was working on yesterday, which was addressing a tech debt issue with how I had implemented the handling of game strings.

When I say “game string” I am referring to the text content that players see as they play the game. The most direct way to work with game strings is to create them where you need them.

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