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  1. The independent portal Age of Games officially publishes the Beta version of [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/free-rpg-games/2349-iron-warriors-beta-registered-only.html"]Iron Warriors[/url]! [center][img]http://www.ageofgames.net/images/stories/underdev/IronWarriors/IW_Logo.png[/img][/center] [b]Title[/b]: Iron Warriors [b]Genre[/b]: strategic RPG game [b]Numbers of Players[/b]: Single & Multiplayer [b]Platform[/b]: PC/MAC [b]Developer[/b]: Age of Games [b]Publisher[/b]: Age of Games [b]Release Date[/b]: 2012 [b]Official Website[/b]: [url="http://www.ageofgames.net"]http://www.ageofgames.net[/url] [b]Official Forum[/b]: [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/community/31-iron-warriors.html"]http://www.ageofgame...n-warriors.html[/url] [b]Description[/b] Ruled by a terrible dictator, the violent city-state of Iperborea is in complete chaos. Only an old, and wise, master can contrast the power of the evil Colonel, by recruiting and training young heroes to fight for the freedom of Iperborea. [b]Screenshoot:[/b] [center][img]http://www.ageofgames.net/plugins/content/multithumb/thumbs/b.300.300.16777215.0.stories.underdev.IronWarriors.main.jpg[/img][/center] [center][img]http://www.ageofgames.net/plugins/content/multithumb/thumbs/b.300.300.16777215.0.stories.underdev.IronWarriors.01.jpg[/img][/center] [center][img]http://www.ageofgames.net/plugins/content/multithumb/thumbs/b.300.300.16777215.0.stories.underdev.IronWarriors.07.jpg[/img][/center] [center][img]http://www.ageofgames.net/plugins/content/multithumb/thumbs/b.300.300.16777215.0.stories.underdev.IronWarriors.04.jpg[/img][/center] The game is a strategic RPG game where the players lead a party of heroes in battle in a sequence of arenas of increasing difficulties. Every character has their own, unique, special abilities, that the player can train to increase the character's fighting skills or to unlock new type of attacks and powers. Choose carefully the warriors to bring to battle, taking into account injuries, tiredness, and physical condition.
  2. Monday, August 6, the independent portal Age of Games officially publishes a New Episode of the Dev Diary of "[url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/under-development/fantasy-kommander-wars.html"]Fantasy Kommander - Eukarion Wars[/url]". [i]Big, Ferocious and Evil. To kill one, it takes 10 men. Their bodies regenerate wounds and their screams are scary. Trolls are coming![/i] [center][img]http://www.ageofgames.net/images/stories/featured/featured_FK_DEV_11.jpg[/img][/center] [b]In this journal, the developers will talk about the Kingdom of the Trolls in "Fantasy Kommander- Eukarion Wars".[/b] [b]About "Fantasy Kommander - Eukarion Wars"[/b] Title: Fantasy Kommander - Eukarion Wars Genre: Turn Based Strategy Numbers of Players: Single & Multiplayer Platform: Pc Online Developer: Age of Games Publisher: Age of Games Release Date: 2012 Official Website: [url="http://www.ageofgames.net"]http://www.ageofgames.net[/url] Fantasy Kommander is a strategic turn based RPG game with a setting inspired by European fantasy and medieval tradition. Entering the world of Fantasy Kommander you will be able to play as a general from one of the featured races, such as humans, elves, orcs, dwarves and many more, coming from several worlds. Following the storyline which develops playing each game you will live a never-ending adventure in the Land of the Seven Pillars of Eukarion, leading great armies to victory. Fantasy Kommander is for those players who love strategy and military tactics, a game with a well-constructed combat system which asks the player for dedication in order to be deeply understood and appreciated. If you think you are a great general, if you want to fight on broad battlefields ruled by heavy armored knights, orcs, trolls, giants, magicians, centenarian dragons and an enormous amount of powerful creatures, Fantasy Kommander is the game for you! [b]Game Features:[/b] The game contains the following outstanding gameplay features: Strategy-RPG turn based game; A new, advanced Strategic-Rpg Battle System; A deep and involving Storyline set in a world inspired by the European Middle Age and enriched by the Fantasy narrative tradition; Several different Armies to buy, upgrade and unleash in Battle! Every Army has many characteristics that you can manage and upgrade; Special Abilities to increase the power of your Army; Incredible spells; Hordes of Enemies; Hours and Hours of pure Strategy and RPG fun! High Replayability in Campaign Modes; Multiplayer Battles.
  3. Hi all, I'm Fabio Belsanti, managing director and lead designer at [url="http://www.ageofgames.net"]Age of Games[/url], an independent Online Gaming Website. Since April 2010 we have sponsored a lot of indie games and developed several Strategy and RPG projects, such as the series [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/games/kings-island-series/"]King's Island[/url], [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/games/eukarion-tales-series/"]Eukarion Tales[/url], [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/games/chroma-wars-series/"]Chroma Wars[/url], and [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/games/fantasy-kommander-series/"]Fantasy Kommander[/url]. [url="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/homepagefc.jpg/"][img]http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/7589/homepagefc.jpg[/img][/url] Our website features an amazing user profile which allows players to submit high scores, earn achievement badges, create gaming groups, make friends, upload contents (photos, artworks, videos etc.) and become the AOG Weekly or Monthly Champion winning our $ 50,00 Gift Cards! [url="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/594/communityi.jpg/"][img]http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/7880/communityi.jpg[/img][/url] In the next few days we are going to release the sequel of the successful game [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/free-strategy-games/2197-medieval-wars-2.html"]Medieval Wars 2[/url] and to announce the Open Beta of [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/under-development/iron-warriors.html"]“Iron Warriors”[/url], a crazy action-rpg-strategy-parodic game! If you are an independent developer who created a great game, contact us for sponsorship opportunities. Stay tuned for upcoming news! The [url="http://www.ageofgames.net"]AgeOfGames[/url] Team
  4. Hi, Ageofgames.net is proud to announce the release of the second episode of [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/free-strategy-games/2197-medieval-wars-2.html"]Medieval Wars[/url]! [center][url="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/profileheaderimage.jpg/"][img]http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/2563/profileheaderimage.jpg[/img][/url][/center] [url="http://www.ageofgames.net/en/free-strategy-games/2197-medieval-wars-2.html"]Medieval Wars 2[/url] was created by the indy developer Gian Luca Malagnini and produced by Ageofgames.net [b]Description[/b] Medieval Wars 2 is a turn based strategy casual game based on hex maps. Create your hero, choose your combat style and lead your company of mercenaries into the battlefield, fighting on the side of the Lord who will pay more for your services. Compared to the first Medieval Wars the game has a more advanced combat system and several new units like Swordsmen, Pikemen, Archers, Knights and many others. Terrains influence the battle's outcome and can affect the line of sight of ranged units. As in the first title, there are ruins, towers, and castles, but we added Cities and others structures like mines, markets, orchards, and wheat fields that will increase your gold income per turn. You will be able to play the campaign, play in skirmish mode for a quick fun game or create, share and rate maps easily with all the players for many more hours of fun. The game features deep Historical Campaigns that will be updated on a monthly basis and a fast skirmish mode. Players will also be able to use a Game Editor to create, share, rate and play endless maps. [b]Game Features:[/b] Several Historical Campaigns Customizable in-game character Level editor Unlimited user-created levels 11 different kind of units 15 Achievements [b]Here is the trailer:[/b] [center][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p1k-88vIQI[/media][/center] [b]Screenshots:[/b] [center][url="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/32/personalizeyouhero.png/"][img]http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/6091/personalizeyouhero.png[/img][/url][/center] [center] [url="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/100/mapcreator.jpg/"][img]http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/5003/mapcreator.jpg[/img][/url][/center] [center] [url="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/screen3kp.jpg/"][img]http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2340/screen3kp.jpg[/img][/url][/center] Thanks for your attention! The [url="http://www.ageofgames.net"]Age of Games[/url] Team