The Obligatory Link
- so, the game is in open beta, you can download it from the site or via Steam and, of all things, it resembles Ogame the most. It has some nice graphics (recycled from the original Stronghold), big-ass research tree and enforces cooperation between players by way of dividing the map into parishes, counties and countries. Every one of them gives some bonuses, depending on what buildings are in the capital of a given parish/county/country (World 4, where I play, hasn't reached the "someone actually manages to take control of a county capital" yet).
There are also player levels - your popularity (you know, the stat responsible for getting more villagers attracted to your stronghold) is multiplied by an amount of your research in Arts - that's your daily Honor that works like typical Experience Points
And tomorrow, jerkassery officially starts on the World 4 server as the grace period expires.