Empyreal: Spells and Steam is Live!

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Empyreal will be our largest and most ambitious project yet. The game features a massive amount of content, brand new art, and high-quality components.

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We have a lot of big plans for Empyreal, and we need your help to make them happen! Join the project today and become part of the next era of the World of Indines!

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Tabletop Day Stream: Empyreal Spells & Steam

Tabletop Day Stream: Empyreal Spells & Steam

Hey, everyone! In celebration of International Tabletop Day, we're gonna be streaming this entire weekend! We're also giving away a lot of free games.

We gave away a copy of NOIR on Stream! If YOU want to win a FREE copy of NOIR, simply share this THIS POST and use the hashtag #EmpyrealSpellsAndSteam

We'll announce the winner once the weekend's over!

Marco, Laura, and Alice already Streamed our upcoming game, Empyreal: Spells and Steam Board Game!

A Legacy Question - and some game pitches for you!

A Legacy Question - and some game pitches for you!

In my recent games of Stonemaier Games's Charterstone, I've been thinking about what kind of Legacy game (if any) would be a good fit for the Level 99 Games line. I've thought about a few possibilities for a game like this since the genre got started, but I'm curious what you think, and maybe if you have any suggestions for me...

Temporal Odyssey and Professor Treasure Physical Proofs!

Hey everyone, I'm Joshua Van Laningham (Ithry), Level 99 Games' Production Director! We recently got physical proofs in for Temporal Odyssey and Professor Treasure's Secret Sky Castle! Check them out!

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Now that final proofs are approved, production will continue. Once finished, it will be shipped out to our fulfillment centers around the world. This will mean that delivery for these items will begin sometime in late May or early June. You can pre-order both of these games now in our online store!

Empyreal: Spells & Steam - Specialist Preview

Empyreal: Spells & Steam is a rail-building game set in Level 99 Games's World of Indines (BattleCON, Pixel Tactics, Argent), and the next major design from Trey Chambers (Argent: the Consortium).

Check out previous articles on Empyreal: Spells & Steam here!

Specialists

Specialists are powerful allies who will join your company as permanent staff. There are 4 kinds of Specialists, and you can get one of each type during the game. Once a specialist joins you, you can't fire them, so make sure you're ready to commit to a certain path when you draft one!

 The four outlined slots at the top of the board are where specialists will be placed once hired.

The four outlined slots at the top of the board are where specialists will be placed once hired.

Specialists are hired via a secret draft. When you gain an opportunity to hire one, choose a class of specialist, then look at the face-down pile of that type. You can pick one of these to join your company, then return the rest for other players to sort through when their opportunity comes.


Captains

Captains represent the leaders of your company. Each Captain has a unique, distinct, and potent ability. These were shown off a bit in earlier posts, though some are still getting a few balance updates as we continue development. Captains are used by flipping them face-down at the start of your turns to activate their effects. You can flip your Captain face-up again when you administrate, or through some other engine effects.

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Rayleigh can move her conductor pawn for free, while Seth can activate all the engines in an entire column without spending any mana.


Engineers

Engineers are a bit less powerful than Captains, but still quite useful. They work the same way–activate their powers by flipping them over, and they refresh when you administrate, or use other means, such as the Gilt Runner engine shown in our previous article.

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Engineers can be used multiple times throughout the game. Their powers are often flexible, though not game-changing on their own. Candide lets you build onto other players' tracks for more aggressive tactics, while Garek allows you to rearrange your engines to play adaptively.


Surveyors

Surveyors are the strongest specialists available, but they can be used only once during the entire game. When you use a Surveyor, they are flipped face-down, and will never be turned face-up again. However, this one special ability can easily change the course of the entire game when used well!

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Surveyors provide an ability that you will only be able to use once per game, but it's very powerful. Anya lets you move 4 of your tracks into adjacent spaces, while Cin will gather all the resources from adjacent spaces into one space you own.


Station Masters

Station Masters provide an always-on ability. Most of these abilities give cost discounts or special actions that can be used once per turn. They never flip down, allowing you to use the ability they provide over and over.

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Some Station Masters give you background powers, like Clive's ability to recover 1 mana at the start of each of your turns. Others provide an extra action. Darios allows you to destroy 2 goods in your network to get a new Mana crystal, up to once per turn.

Choose your specialists and engines wisely to solidify your company's strengths or to diversify your strategic opportunities.


Specialist Art Note

The specialists in this article feature placeholder art from some of our older games. However, all art in Empyreal: Spells & Steam, is going to be originally created just for this game!

Here's a quick look at Nokomento's sketchbook:

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You may recognize a few faces from Argent and BattleCON, while others are new additions to this game. Many of the students at Argent University are now a bit more grown up. It's nice to see that they found gainful employment after graduation! :D


If you want to be notified as soon as Empyreal: Spells and Steam goes live, you can sign up for our mailing list!

And now a special message from our sponsors: the Caterpillar Conveyance Consortium!

Spring is here! A time of renewal! A time to get back to nature!

Experience spring in scenic Druid's Point, the historic landing that links Indines with the Amalao subcontinent! Frolic in crystal clear waters untouched by civilization! Camp under the stars and watch the rising and setting of the sun! And of course, travel in style and luxury with the help of the Caterpillar Conveyance Consortium!

Complete spring tour packages are available at your nearest travel agency.

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Empyreal: Spells & Steam - Engine Preview

Empyreal: Spells & Steam - Engine Preview

This week, we showcase Engines–one of the key components to building your railway company! 

Empyreal: Spells & Steam is a rail-building game set in Level 99 Games's World of Indines (BattleCON, Pixel Tactics, Argent), and the next major design from Trey Chambers (Argent: the Consortium). Follow this series for weekly previews as we prepare to launch the game in late April!

In-Depth Mikhail Guide "Thus the heavens were torn asunder."

In-Depth Mikhail Guide "Thus the heavens were torn asunder."

Welcome to the Mikhail In-Depth Guide. In this guide, you'll learn all you need to learn about Indines' Battle Hand of Divinity! Note that this guide is NOT a substitute for experience. It's always better to go out there and play some games!

BattleCON Online v0.13 is here!

BattleCON Online v0.13 is here!

BattleCON Online's Alpha is open to the public! Download the game now and create your account to duel with BattleCON enthusiasts from across the globe!

The new client is already in your Collection Tab once you log in or create your account on www.battleconnection.com! Click on the button below to download it, then join our online community to find friends and matches!

Tourney Talk - BCO Tournament Meta Dicussion

Tourney Talk - BCO Tournament Meta Dicussion

Marco talks to the Tournament Organizers of the upcoming Argent Arena! They discuss about their predictions and the tournament meta!

Challonge Bracket for Predictions: https://challonge.com/dw0ud6xr

Fasthippy: https://www.youtube.com/user/fasthippy
Windup13ird: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Y3z5V-rXLJpKpDb8oQw9g

BCO's First Fan-Run Tournament (Interview with the Champion!)

BCO's First Fan-Run Tournament (Interview with the Champion!)

Hey, everyone! Marco here to tell you guys about something REALLY cool! So, in case you didn't know, community member windup13ird actually ran a fan tournament for BattleCON Online! Gathering various people of skill, including favorites like Charles (3-time BattleCON World's Champ) to new-comers like Jugan, windup13ird ran a tournament that yielded in some VERY exciting matches!