23 July 2015

New in Steam

King of Dragon Pass will be coming to Steam on 28 July. But the game has been available for mobile (iOS, Android, and Windows Phone), as well as the original version (either on CD or as patched to be downloadable by GOG.com). So what exactly is coming to Steam?

The version on Steam is essentially the mobile version, but tuned for desktop and laptop screen sizes (I ran it on a 30 inch iMac, but it should run on a 1024 x 576 netbook). HeroCraft has been responsible for the Steam versions, since I’ve been busy with Six Ages, so I am not completely sure of the specifics. But I believe the Steam achievements are the same as those we added in 2.0. There are also Steam Cards (which may have some new art).

So if you played on Windows or Mac before, you’d be moving from 1.7 to 2.2. There are 48 new scenes and 4 new illustrations (plus a new Lore map). There are also new advisors, and a lot more advice in management screens. There are also more treasures. We made many bug fixes (such as unblocking two of the original scenes), and fixed typos. You no longer have to worry about sheep. The economics system should no longer be quite as harsh, with death spirals less likely. (Rest assured that the game is still difficult, especially on the Hard setting.)

The Tula screen was too difficult to rework, but it wasn’t part of game play. And HeroCraft originally started their porting before our scene contest, so those scenes are currently only in the iOS version.

We like to avoid spoilers, so it’s hard to talk about just what the four dozen new scenes are about. We did mention the Troll Hero before, however. And here’s the artwork for one of them.

So if you have played King of Dragon Pass on a laptop or desktop, but not a mobile device, there’s a lot of new stuff. And if you haven ’t played at all, now’s your chance!

16 July 2015

Full Circle

The King of Dragon Pass dynasty began in 1999 with its release on CD-ROM for Windows and Mac. We polished the game and enriched it with more stories, and brought it to iOS in 2011. HeroCraft ported it to Android in 2014. We’re pleased to announce that King of Dragon Pass will again be available for Windows and Mac, via Steam.

HeroCraft has brought the game back to the desktop, and added Steam goodness such as trading cards. And even if you played it on Windows or Mac before, you’ll find some game improvements, dozens of new stories, and new artwork.

King of Dragon Pass will be US$12, and available beginning 28 July!

15 April 2015

King of Dragon Pass Map

The upcoming Six Ages game will have a map much like King of Dragon Pass. A blog post describes how the map works.

29 October 2014

Happy Birthday!

Fifteen years ago, the first copies of King of Dragon Pass shipped from a warehouse in Seattle.

Since then, the game has been improved and adapted for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8, and the Windows version can now be downloaded.

We’ve sold over 100,000 copies of King of Dragon Pass. Not too bad for an indie game (even if it did take almost fifteen years). Thanks to all of you (especially the people who have bought it three or four times for different devices)!

To celebrate, King of Dragon Pass is now on sale for 50% off! Get it from the iOS App Store, Google Play, Amazon, or the Windows Phone store. The sale lasts five days.

One more thing.

For fifteen years, people have been asking about a sequel. We’re really excited to be working on a new game, tentatively called Six Ages. It’s an equally ambitious game, and won’t be out until 2016. You can read a little more on its development blog, or follow @SixAges on Twitter for updates.

29 August 2014

Watch It Play / Interview

Last night Brad Cummings of iOS Board Games played King of Dragon Pass for about an hour, while we talked about the game and answered player questions.

Brad was playing the iPad version, but the discussion covered the original desktop version, iPhone, and Android.

The video is archived here.

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11 August 2014


People have been asking about an Android version of the game since before it came out. There were technical challenges, but a major issue was that I have no particular expertise in Android development. And as a single developer, taking on such a major project would have meant that I couldn’t continue to enhance the game. And even if I did the port, selling via the various Android markets isn’t the same as going through the iOS App Store.

Fortunately, like a heroquester travelling on the Other Side, I could call for help. HeroCraft, a “top developer” on Google Play, took on the daunting task of making the game’s 50 screens work on arbitrary screen sizes. Plus all the other work needed to get a game that depends on UIKit, Apple’s Core Audio sound format, Game Center, etc. to run on different operating systems. And they own a lot more Android devices to test on than I do (just a Kindle Fire I bought to check out the port). Actually, with all that work, maybe they were the heroquesters, reenacting “The Making of KoDP…”

I’m extremely happy to say that the journey is now complete. King of Dragon Pass will be available via Google Play on 12 August for $9.99. If you’ve played the Windows or Mac version of the game, this is the updated version, with a host of new content, more advice, heroquest hints, and a somewhat simplified game. If you haven’t played before, you’re in for a treat!

As a veteran Android publisher, HeroCraft made a fun game trailer. (We probably should have made one ourselves, but wouldn’t have come up with their clever way of emphasizing the story aspects.)

Since I’m not an Android user, I was a little surprised that the game was a medium-sized download, but when you first launch, you need to download the bulk of the assets. I thought the size limit was a thing of the past, but I guess this is standard and you’re probably used to it as an Android user.

In a discussion with HeroCraft, the subject of piracy came up. I have no experience with Android publishing, but they certainly do. It’s a sad fact that people steal games for any platform, but it appears to be worse on Android. If my publisher is concerned, then I am concerned, since affects my livelihood, which in turn affects my ability to make more games. And actual sales will encourage HeroCraft to bring their port to more mobile platforms.

I hate to remind people, because I don’t think it’s you, but buy the game, don’t pirate it. (This may protect you and your friends from malware, too.)

If you haven’t played King of Dragon Pass yet, be aware that it’s a unique game that can be a bit hard at first. Check out the manual! We also have a tips page. And, welcome to Dragon Pass!

01 July 2014

Your Reviews (version 2.3)

We want to thank you for taking the time to review or rate King of Dragon Pass. That’s one of the most important ways we can convince new players to buy it, which lets us keep making games.

The App Store shows reviews only for the country you’re signed in from, so I thought it might be interesting to share the reviews you can’t normally see.

Here are all reviews for version 2.3 so far. (And yes, all of them are five stars! So are the ratings without reviews! We are so pleased that people appreciate the work we put into the update.) These are all unedited, so you can truly read what other players say.

Pure Genius ★★★★★ [Australia]
In an increasingly popular 'cyoa' genre, KoDP stands apart via it's depth, detail and replayability. A text-based Civilisation with more personality, if you will. I've lost countless hours to this game, and expect I'll lose many more; hats off to the devs, and I hope to see more like it.

Très bon jeu de rôle ★★★★★ [Canada]
Jeu avec une rejouabilité infinie. Je le recommande fortement!

Great game ★★★★★ [Croatia]
One of the kind!

Glorantha / Sartar comme si vous y étiez ★★★★★ [France]
L'ambiance de l'univers de Gloranha créé par Greg Stafford est parfaitement rendue dans ce jeu totalement différent de ce qu'on peut voir par ailleurs

As Challenging As Ever ★★★★★ [Japan]
Relatively simple to learn in terms of mechanics, King of Dragon Pass is difficult to master. It rewards the player's attention, both to details and the overall story. And it is almost never the same story twice, even from a similar starting point. I've been a fan and owner since the original MacOS version, and I like this one even better. The interface is improved, and the illustrations and music, which were already very good, are better still. And the gameplay and story remain as challenging as ever. Enjoy.

Epic win ★★★★★ [Russia]
Безумно крутая олдскульная стратегия/рпг, получившая второе рождение на ios. Порт идеален и под планшеты, и под телефоны. Даже если есть сомнения - берите. Такие игры больше не делают.

Интересная и оригинальная игра ★★★★★ [Russia]
Полноценная, интересная игра, без доната, коих мало в айсторе. Для тех, кто любит читать и думать.

I can't even tell you how many times I played this game ★★★★★ [Singapore]
Love it to bits.

Ett spel utan like... ★★★★★ [Sweden]
Inte bara på iphonen, utan alla plattformar. Tar ett tag innan man lär sig hur allt fungerar, men det är grymt underhållande -- även när man inte fattar allt.   Rekommenderas starkt.   Låt inte priset avskräcka heller, KoDP har minst lika många speltimmars värde som spel i stil med Skyrim, Dragon Age eller vilket annat stort spel till PC/Xbox/PS som helst.   5/5

Perfect ★★★★★ [Sweden]
My fav game on the iPad. A choose your own adventure combined with deep strategy and resource management all in a pretty package. A must have.

Fantastic ★★★★★ [United Kingdom]
As far as fantasy strategy/simulation games go on the App Store- you'd be hard pressed to find something better.  Gorgeous visual style and addictive gameplay complete with a fascinating game world and lore make this a truly exceptional game.  Offers a deep experience that no other game on my phone can come close to emulating.  The price could easily have been twice as high and I'd still buy it.

A Game Like No Other ★★★★★ [United States]
Not a role-playing game or a Civilization clone, but a storytelling game.

Best IOS Game Ever ★★★★★ [United States]
This is probably the most interactive,strategic,and lore rich game on the App Store right now!I loved it so much,I seriously went around searching for other ios game like this and couldn't find any.Its difficulty is unforgiving!Its immersion is fantastic!Its artwork and script are well put together!You will not regret the hours you'll put into this great game! PS-Reading instructions and tutorials will help any new person to this game a huge deal^ ^!

Enchanting ★★★★★ [United States]
KODP is the greatest ipad rpg experience to date. The events are clever, almost impossible to predict, and playing without totally understanding the inner workings really gives the game a flavor of exploration and discovery few have achieved.

Great game ★★★★★ [United States]
This is a tremendously fun game of you like intelligent strategy within a complex mythology/universe

Hidden Gem ★★★★★ [United States]
This game was a huge surprise for me I had no idea how in depth and enjoyable it would be. If you want a good I highly recommend this.

Hours of fun ★★★★★ [United States]
KoDP is a really great game. Loads of content keep you coming back to try and manage the ultimate clan. Very akin to a more interactive Choose Your Own Adventure with exploration and town building/management elements. The app itself is top notch and plays great on iPhone or iPad. Definitely give KoDP a try.

Original ★★★★★ [United States]
I've never played a game like this. The gameplay and style are unlike anything else. Thoroughly original, like a giant choose your own adventure mixed with the art of Magic the Gathering.

Perfect. ★★★★★ [United States]
Brilliant translation from PC to iOS. This version is actually improved greatly from the original. Interface is fantastic. Gameplay is timeless.

Positively Fantastic. ★★★★★ [United States]
Just complex enough. Great storyline. Interactions with other tribes and clans is superb. Your choices now will have consequences years later. Excellent replay-ability. I return to this app time and again, and am never disappointed.

Utterly brilliant! ★★★★★ [United States]
Also, thanks for the update I started playing it again just now. What a strange coincidence. Replay value, story depth, gameplay and sound can really get you into it. Worth the price I paid for it years ago.

Wondrous Indeed ★★★★★ [United States]
By Far the very best game on the apple store in my personal opinion. Have had this game over a year and still play it constantly an consistently. Love the ability to expand and branch out. As well as the tribal system. I wish there was more room for larger clans the optimum seems to be 1k-1.1k, there should be a little more leeway. Besides that its is my favorite game by far. A must buy, recommended to all players serious and casual!

Kodp ★★★★★ [Australia]
Great game! Great illustrations!

Outstanding ★★★★★ [Australia]
This is one of my favourite games out there by far. A game from 1999 yet it's reputation and pure awesomeness of it makes it seem like it's better than any game on the App Store. Flappy bird can get wrecked by king of dragon pass. A truley worthy game for my iPad.

Amazing ★★★★★ [Canada]
Deep gameplay and a rare gem in the AppStore.   If you are even remotely interested in this type of game then you will not be disappointed.

BEST GAME EVER! ★★★★★ [Canada]
Hands down, this is the best game i've ever played on a phone... Worth every cent!

Awazing Game ★★★★★ [United Arab Emirates]
This game is still amazing whether you are playing for the first or hundred time. Extremely creative and fun for all

Awesome ★★★★★ [United States]
This game. Just goddamn. Get this game. Kickin music and so much to discover! Lots of content and not too draining on the battery.

Perfect ★★★★★ [United States]
Best game ever

Practically perfect ★★★★★ [United States]
Cannot say enough good things about this game. To top it off it is well supported and new content just released. Wonderful RPG/CIV/Story game like no other. Very satisfying.

Storytelling at its finest! ★★★★★ [United States]
Classic fantasy storytelling. No flashy animations needed. Just superb art and words.

Storytelling done well ★★★★★ [United States]
KoDP is highly story focused, with randomly timed events which have consequences years down the line. It is far less a civilization-style management simulation and far more a politicking and plotting story game.

Amazing ★★★★★ [Australia]
Amazing game. Love it.

Just like the original! ★★★★★ [Denmark]
Fantastic game!

Fantastic port of a classic ★★★★★ [United Kingdom]
This is the type of game iOS games should aspire to, polished enhanced port of a classic clan sim/interactive story, chock full of lore, beautiful artwork, music and a great interface. No game is the same, and each is as engrossing as the next. The only thing I can fault is that I simply want more (and they're adding!).   No game exists like this on the iPad, and I have lost many a day in the pursuit if trying to understand the mechanics that underly this game. Two years later it still surprises and challenges my decision making and management skills. Top notch! More please! The only game to top my 150h+ played on FTL, well worth the £££! Do yourself a favour, buy it and enjoy your couch for the next few weeks!

Just astonishing ★★★★★ [United Kingdom]
The iOS management game I've been looking for for literally months.

Amazing Fun ★★★★★ [United States]
Absolutely enthralling game. And the UI is phenomenal. I've never seen an old computer game better ported to an iPhone. Hours and hours of fun, and so much replay value! A must have for fantasy RPG/strategy gamers.

Delightful and deep. ★★★★★ [United States]
This game is unique and fascinating. You may find it hard at first, but rest assured, you will get better. Don't expect to find the one best answer to any problem; leader skills, luck, and other factors matter greatly. Be brave and honest, hope for the best, and keep trying.  I've been playing KoDP for over ten years and I'm still finding new things.

great game ★★★★★ [United States]
best iphone game i have and the developer keeps updating with new content.

Amazing ★★★★★ [Australia]
There is literally no other game like this on the App Store. It's huge, detailed, in depth, and the characters are endearing. You feel loss when one of your best advisors dies, and not many games can do that. It's also HARD the first couple of times you play, but that makes it rewarding. Spoiler: don't agitate the dragon kin too early!

厳しい世界で生き抜く骨太シミュ ★★★★★ [Japan]
RuneQuest(Glorantha)の知識はそれなりにあるのですが、いやあそれでもこれは厳しい。牛を盗まれ、近隣氏族からは因縁をつけられ、獣人だ蛮族だと襲撃が続く。交易騒ぎがひと段落したかと思うと疫病が流行り……。万全の備えで挑んだヒーロークエストに失敗して有能な人材が倒れるとがっくりきます。逆境に次ぐ逆境、神々や精霊の力を得てもなお、Dragon Passで生き抜くのは大変です。Hardの難易度は相当きついでしょう。1999年のゲームの移植版でイベントは紙芝居状態ですが、いまでもアップデートが行われており開発陣のやる気と誠意を感じさせます。全く思った通りに氏族の歴史は進みませんが、自由な選択ができ、とても楽しめています。難は価格だけですね。

Ej juego de siempre muy mejorado ★★★★★ [Spain]
La edicion definitiva de King of the Dragon Pass, el juego basado en el universo creado por Greg Stafford. Infinitamente superior a la edicion de pc, consiste en gestionar la vida de un clan barbaro en todos los sentidos. Un gran juego de estrategia con gran complejidad que no te decepcionara si le das una oportunidad.

Amazing ★★★★★ [United States]
By far the best App on my iPhone right now. I just wish I hadn't bought it on vacation... I'm spending more time playing this than being in the pool.

Deep, well thought out game ★★★★★ [United States]
Simply put, slightly hard at first, but enjoyable deep without being silly in amount of details.

Rich text-based game ★★★★★ [United States]
This is a rich text-based interactive game. It has many role playing elements. Also it has a lot of replay value. The story can be a bit silly at times, but it is also very serious. The story has a very unique Norse-like lore.

GREAT GAME ★★★★★ [United States]
I'm a huge fan of this game since having it on PC so long ago. I recommend buying it for sure. If your playing games for a fun, yet thoughtful challenge, then this is the game for you. It's really great to see a game that isn't just mindless drivel and explosions or gun work. This game is a refreshing change nowadays. AND it's always fun to come back to after a hiatus. The only negative I can think of is that there aren't more of these games.. Playing as trolls or beast men or dragonnewts or any of the other fantastic species would be a blast! Edit: just started again. Can't believe I've been playing this for years and only beat it once :) Edit2: delighted to see new scenes coming to this game. The few negative reviews seem to be people that have trouble understanding written language, or not caring at all to get into the lore. (Everything you need for hero quests is readily available, part of the game is learning them, whether it's from sacrifices/blessings or other tribes).

I literally couldn't put it down for days absolutely awesome ★★★★★ [United Kingdom]
The most complex game I've ever played completely fantastic I'd recommend it to anybody especially because the voice-over support is so good

Episch ★★★★★ [Austria]
Gibt nichts vergleichbares. Clan-Simulation mit Rollenspiel. Viel Text, aber wenn man sich einliest ein episches Abenteuer.

Best app on the store ★★★★★ [United States]
Seriously, you're doing yourself wrong if you don't play this one through. Difficult, unique, quirky, and all around fun.

Favorite Game ★★★★★ [United States]
This is my favorite iOS game. Deeply engaging and continually challenging.

Flawless ★★★★★ [United States]
This can be brutally difficult, frustrating, and confusing. It is also a nearly flawless rpg masterpiece with real far-reaching consequences for actions. For the first week I didn't even know that you could restart days, and I STILL thought it was a great game. Buy it.

Another fact about the App Store: unless you really dig, you won’t see anything relating to an earlier version. And there are twelve earlier versions, each hiding previous reviews. Some of you have taken the time to review more than one version. Again, this really helps us. Thank you!

And one more sad fact: we have no way to reply to any review, positive or negative. If you want to make a suggestion, report a bug, or ask a question, please visit our Support page.

(See also some historical reviews.)