Rogue Empire is a innovative Roguelike game with a rich twisted story and infinite replayability. It will spawn a huge world, a growing number of races and classes to play, lots of secretes and interesting new mechanics this type of games can potentially have!

Please support my development at Patreon.com! Would be a huge help!

Where to get the current early access version of the game: Early Access

Some of the distinct features you can expect from Rogue Empire:

  • A beautifully illustrated epic story involving an unbalanced world engaged by a mysterious shadowy force!

  • An innovative talent system that borrows concepts of TCG's (Trading Card Games)!

  • A world map with unique exploring mechanics and events!

  • Exciting boss fights with fun and cool mechanics!

  • Permadeath with a twist: Dying will provide you with valuable soul points, used to unlock perks and new gameplay options!

  • An ever continues growing number of races and classes to play with. Each with strong differences in gameplay. The initial release is planned to go out with 7 races and +5 classes!


Thanks to your support Rogue Empire is Greelight!

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Introductions first!

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First of all let me do a brief introduction about myself :) My name is German Wachnitz (just call me gw), I am a software engineer and have a master's degree in finances. Before working full time on Rogue Empire, my very first indie game title, I worked in several non-premium gaming industries.

At some point I had the savings and confidence to make something I dreamed of: My very own game. To sum it up Rogue Empire is a fantasy themed turn based roguelike rpg dungeon crawler with some interesting mechanics.

So here we are now, almost 2 years after this and about to release the game into steam early access... Oh boy the nerves!

Some interesting links:

Official Rogue Empire site

Current thunderclap campaign

Trailer (I need to update it a little ;)

Not only is this release important but it also brings many questions I hope to answer to myself and to you guys!

1) How does Steam Early Access fair against Itch.io?

Steam VS Itch


This one has been in my mind for a while and researching about it came up with poor answers to say the least. The thing is: can you do a projection? This could be very interesting for other folks out there or myself if I work on another title in the future. So I want to know M modifier in :

[Steam Sales] = [Itch sales] * M

Obviously one has to know if this is anywhere near correlated. But my guess is it might be somewhat correlated. Would be awesome to have other developers jump in and do a correlation test.

Rogue Empire has been on itch.io as an early access title since around 3 months ago. So far the reception has been exceptional from everyone who bought it which is somewhat reassuring :P. It has been some days in the top 3 sales/popular in the rpg genre and is currently in the top 4 when sorted by rating.

As a personal note, itch.io has been invaluable as a source of user feedback and a way of adjusting the game.

Now when translating this into sales, I am a little short of a 100 sales. I know this marketplace is not too big, but I always wonder if there is any correlation when finally releasing on steam.

Let's see what happens the coming days after the steam EA release. :O

Another question here, is the acceptance rate going to hold up in steam? I have the feeling itch users are much more tolerating toward games in the platform. One of the main reasons for me to do a rather late Early Access release on steam.

2) Will press notice the game more?

press


With this entire thing about the indieapocalypse press has been bombarded with new titles day after day. This makes me think press mostly ignores you until you got some serious traction going. Or (high chance here) I am failing to grab the presses attention. :S

For me press access has been hard. Reaching the press using mails so far has a 50% click through rate (they open the mail) and around a 20% response rate. Then again half of the responses are I have no time now.

To clarify, I know early December is the worse month to contact the press so I concentrated this after the 25th.

So my hopes are the game as being officially on steam will improve the various rates mentioned above. Let see how this fares!

3) Will streamers notice the game more?

twitch


For me getting streamers and YouTubers to play the game really made the difference. I am not talking big streaming celebrities here (in fact those usually ignored me) but people like unhollydonnuts, esty8nine, Razors Edge and Mage Masher, many of which didn't even ask a key, made a huge difference.

How will this go on after release? No clue haha. Probably a tone of key requests at keymailer :S

4) Will this impact my patreon support somehow?

patreon

Oh yea, I got a patreon :D Its was set up on the very early stages of development when some art was still stick mans! Oh those memories...

I have to admit patreon is not really the way to fund your premium game. Usual way to do this would be a kick starter campaign. But... at almost a 100$ it helped a lot on ad hoc stuff like unity assets, page maintenance, domain maintenance and coffee. And over the course of months it sums up.

I am not sure if a successful early access release would bring more patreon supporters. We shall see.

5) Will bug fixing and support be a nightmare?

bugfixing


Honestly I am terrified about this. So far being away from a large user base meant I could take my time to do stuff.

Anyone who bought the game so far can tell you I am a very active developer and try to fix stuff ASAP.

But in the current world of everything needs to be done yesterday and I don't think the early access tag will ease this at all.

To be honest I will have to hope for the best with this one. To the Haters: Please don't hate, all you need is love ;)

OK I think that covers it for now!

Please don't be shy and let me know what you think! Also If it is in your heart, help me get this thunderclap campaign going!

Cheers and happy New Year!

GW.

Time to satisfy those dungeon crawl cravings

Time to satisfy those dungeon crawl cravings

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Telling you about the new release of Rogue Empire: 0.8.7! Lots of updates, including new bosses, chests and events!

Forwarding a cool Interview about Rogue Empire

Forwarding a cool Interview about Rogue Empire

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A small interview done by gamelyst about Rogue Empire!

Its time to get dungeon crawling again!

Its time to get dungeon crawling again!

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Come close and lets do some dungeon crawling this weekend! I released the latest version of Rogue Empire!

New Release (0.8.3) and Early Access!

New Release (0.8.3) and Early Access!

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I decided to start putting up the full alpha version of the game as early access in several platforms! This would be the Alpha v0.8.3 Release! For the...

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New Development Diary for 01-20-Jan-2017 released!
You can check it out here:

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New version release!
Roguempire.itch.io

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New Development diary for 01-06-Jan-2017 released!
You can check it out here:

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Rogue Empire got GREENLIT !! I am so happy! Thanks for all the support!

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Latest version of the prelude available on Roguempire.itch.io

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Check out the latest development diary for the 17th of December 2016:

Roguempire.com

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Hi everyone, third alpha release of Rogue Empire: The Prelude! Lots of additions! Changelog in the indiedb forums!

Just go to: Patreon.com


Enjoy! Share! Support!

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Check out the latest development diary for the 11th of November 2016:

Roguempire.com

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Hi everyone, second alpha release of Rogue Empire: The Prelude! Lots of additions! Changelog in the indiedb forums!

Goo.gl

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Hi everyone, let me share with you the first alpha release of our Rogue Empire: The Prelude! It's quite challenging!

Patreon.com

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