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  1.     Greetings Alchemists, time for another edition of our Road to Launch updates.   We sat down and thought hard about when we'll be able to let you guys try out an alpha build. We decided to aim for the fall. We'll do our best to hopefully give you guys a taste of what's to come. The alpha will give you the opportunity to start creating your accounts and challenging other players around the world. In the process, you'll be able to start building your decks and give us valuable feedback, helping to shape the development of the game.    We'll keep you posted in the forthcoming weeks on progress and updates on our road to launch. Until next time!  
  2. Ever since we began the project, we've received incredible feedback over the artstyle of the game. One thing which was constantly pointed out was the design of our characters. We too felt there was a bit of disconnect with their visual style in comparison with the overall art of the game. During the KS campaign, we began a new journey to evolve our character designs and here's the new direction we're thinking of going towards. We plan on moving forward based on feedback so let us know what you think! [b](Please bare in mind this is still a work in progress)[/b]  
  3. We've had a few questions asking whether there will be card animations and the answer is...Yes! Our goal is to make every card beautifully animated when used in a duel to enhance the overall experience. Here are a few examples of how they may look (this still a working progress and the final implementation may change)     Our Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1vqRF9U  
  4. Introducing a sneak peek of our newest division - Scion.    
  5.     You can now buy physical versions of our cards plus more! For more information, visit our Kickstarter!  
  6.   Thank you so much for your support Jonathan! It means the world to us. :)
  7. We are pleased to announce our playable demo ready to test and try out this week! More information can be found on our Kickstarter page.     https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1661433091/eminence-xanders-tales
  8. Roewyn - Arrows of Elysium     Our kickstarter: http://kck.st/1vqRF9U  ... Every little helps! Share, pledge or simply give us your feedback.  
  9. Kujata - The Omnislayer Despite his calm disposition, Kujata has a canning blood thirst for battle. A gifted swordsman, his blades have earned a reputation for being able to slice through the toughest of armours. Having a high intelligence in combat allows him to structure his battles before they begin, making his opponent predictable. He is Wilkurse's first prototype bio soldier, a product of the Empire's secret unit designed to craft bio engineered warriors enhanced with the power of Mecha Alchemy. An artificial eye adorns his face to replace the original one he lost during a violent battle. His single eye, enriched with Alchemy, offers Kujata vision beyond human limits.    
  10. Guilds are one of the most exciting parts of Eminence: XT. Form allegiances with other players or invite your friends to join and earn bragging rights by defeating other Guilds. Work together as a team to tackle some of the games toughest quests and uncover the Eminence: XT story together.   Being a member of a Guild gives you access to Guild Duelling, where you and four other members of your team can go head to head with another Guild. In addition to Guild bases (which will be explained in a later update), cards can still be wagered giving the winning Guild the opportunity to take cards from the losing Guild in ranked GvG (Guild vs Guild) duels.    Here's an idea of how a Guild Card Duel looks:      
  11. Eminence Weapons Today we wanted to give you guys a little treat and show you some of the cool weapons you'll be able to equip your character with. This edition focuses on those who live by the sword.  You'll be able to upgrade your weapons as you level up your character. These images show the progression of weapons in the game for the first four Divisions.    
  12.   Gemini - Divinity of Chaos   Once known by the Harlequins as the beautiful war maidens, Rozlyn and Nimesh wielded legendary fighting abilities. One shined with bright intellect and the other elicited extraordinary strength and agility. The two, un-separated for years went on to win battle after battle.   Nimesh came to resent Rozlyn for her remarkable strength. Seduced by the dark power contained in the relics, she absorbed too much antima and lost her soul to the guardian Gemini. Nimesh, consumed by the guardian waged destruction and began slaughtering in countless numbers. Forced to battle her own, a duel between sisters collided into a bloody fight. With the conflict ending in both of their deaths.   Their legacies lived on through their youngest sister Roza, who cried endlessly for their return. The souls of Rozlyn and Nimesh manifested into Roza's mind, and their war continued. With one trying to use Roza's body as a vessel for destruction and the other vowing to protect her youngest sibling. Over time, the Harlequins have tried to train Roza to harness the power of her kin. However, the two sisters' conflict has driven Roza into madness making her wield uncontrollable strength, which often cannot be contained by the Harlequins themselves.   For more information on our Kickstarter, visit: http://buff.ly/1r6ADe7  
  13.   Thank you SinisterX! <3
  14. Shurikan - Blades of Enlightenment   As Indra's right hand, Shurikan's sole duty is the protection of Ixions relic, its people and enforcing the beliefs and principles of the land. He is regarded as one of the nations strongest warriors and the only person to ever put a scratch on the great sage Indra during a sparring session. A unique mask and armour adorns his body made from the skin of Indra's own guardian, Qinglong, providing him with unparalleled defence against physical attacks. His fierce martial arts skills uniquely combined with the power of Chakra Alchemy has enabled him to easily subdue large groups of enemies at a time.   Card   In Game Version   SUPPORT us on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1661433091/eminence-xanders-tales
  15.   That is truly amazing. We are very blessed with supporters like you!  Thank you so much.   Please check our new Harlequin, Kana.     This sinister harlequin uses trickery to achieve what she wants. Since a young age, she revelled in the misery of others to often mask her own troubled childhood. She was instantly promoted to a higher rank in the Division by strategically killing her predecessor. Kana serves the Harlequins as the organisations key spy and has shifted through many nations under numerous appearances conducting wide scale espionage.   Though detached from the other members, her bond with Riddle is strong and has enabled the two to often work together using one anothers skills to achieve their goals. Despite lacking the same level of physical strength found with other Harlequins, she makes up for it with strong Alchemy abilities and high intelligence.       SUPPORT us on Kickstarter :  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1661433091/eminence-xanders-tales