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For those like me who adore your city builders, Hearthlands [Steam, GOG] is a great choice. It's still being updated after release too!

This latest update isn't a big one, but it is interesting for those who prefer a slightly more peaceful approach to winning the game. They've added a new peaceful win condition, which involves building a rather large Wonder. It will take a lot of time and a huge amount of resources:

If you manage to hold onto your Wonder for 10 years, you will win the game. However, be aware that whilst you're building it, your neighbours might get a little more aggressive towards you. So while you're going for peace, they may try to take you down. That is, unless you set them to passive.

On top of that, they've also added a Russian translation.

It still has a bit of an issue when in fullscreen on Linux, if you have more than one monitor, but thankfully it does work great in windowed mode. I admit that's a bit of an edge case though, since the majority of gamers likely only use one monitor (as backed up by our stats).

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Avehicle7887 10 Dec, 2017
Liam you always mention the dual screen problem. Have you considered running 2 separate X screens? The only limitations it has is that you can't drag windows from one to another or play in 3840x1080 (which is horrible in most cases), otherwise it works perfectly and games always run on the monitor I want them on, including Unity ones.
razing32 10 Dec, 2017
Yup , this is pretty much how me an my friends play AOE2 after a few beers. :D
One builds wonders others build castles filled with archers.
stan 10 Dec, 2017
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Oh, there are winning conditions in this game? That’s good to know. I thought it was purely sandbox (nothing in its description on GOG suggests there is a goal).

After checking the comments on GOG, I see that one of them says there is a campaign…

… Wishlisted.

Last edited by stan on 10 December 2017 at 8:14 pm UTC
Kuromi 10 Dec, 2017
Good they still working on this game. Gotta check on Humble Library for update.
Last time i played it, though, i found game to be quite unbalanced and overloaded with micromanagement. It (was) kinda hard to build stable production chains and constantly i had either lack of some stuff or excess of others. But, overall, it was very nice game to play.

P.S. They already uploaded update to humble. nice!

Last edited by Kuromi on 10 December 2017 at 8:07 pm UTC
ronnoc 11 Dec, 2017
I've owned this game and can highly recommend it. BTW - Without an obvious "win" scenario, the default "win" condition is to survive and not be obliterated by neighboring nations and enough baddies and thieves within your own ranks to take your empire down. Don't let the cuteness fool you, on "default" settings the game is hard. Your army can turn on you. Disease. Invaders. pizzed-off and power-hungry nations eying your spoils.

On top of that, a few wrong moves and your population (those that survive, that is) can just up and leave your ass high and dry and go search out a better place to live, thus leaving you with a massive labor shortage which of course is as bad or worse than what a neighboring army can do to you.

Of course, you can customize the game to your heart's content, thereby playing the game to suit your needs and plastyle. Highly recommended.
Ketil 11 Dec, 2017
Any game that doesn't work properly on dual monitors isn't worth playing, but running it windowed is an acceptable workaround.
14 12 Dec, 2017
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I don't think I've ever had a problem running the games Liam mentions with dual monitors. Do you have a default selected? Also, I know Liam uses Ubuntu, but KDE has an option to open windows on the monitor where your cursor is. I have that turned on.
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