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Video Game / Leylines

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Leylines is a 4X Strategy game created by Crystal Shard. You play a powerful wizard, start by ruling a small nation, and plot to take over the world using armies from seven different races, and powerful spells in four different spheres. A notable effect is that the spells can be quite destructive to the world itself, particularly Chaos magic.

The game is available on Steam.

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  • Ancient Grome: one of the races, the Regency is inspired by the Roman empire, and features coliseums, heavy corruption, slavery, and undead.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: one of the races. As usual, dwarves are technically-minded and defensive in strategy. Unusual is that they ride spiders in battle.
  • Our Elves Are BD Ifferent: one of the races, artistic elves with a focus on magic, archery, and diplomacy.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: another race, notable in that they are nomadic and do not build cities at all. Yes, in a city-building game.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: another one of the races, the shapeshifting Theria with particularly un-city-like cities.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: the S'sirthe lizardfolk race, and to a lesser extent the dwarves.
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  • Shout-Out: the spell Seismic Reorganizer comes from Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

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