1. We have added the ability to collapse/expand forum categories and widgets on forum home.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. All Civ avatars are brought back and available for selection in the Avatar Gallery! There are 945 avatars total.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. To make the site more secure, we have installed SSL certificates and enabled HTTPS for both the main site and forums.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Civ6 is released! Order now! (Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR)
    Dismiss Notice
  5. Dismiss Notice
  6. Forum account upgrades are available for ad-free browsing.
    Dismiss Notice

Somnium comes to iOS

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Fall from Heaven' started by Kael, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Kael

    Kael Chieftain

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    17,400
    Location:
    Ohio
    After finishing Fall form Heaven I had the amazing opportunity to go to Stardock and become a professional game designer. It was a dream come true for me. One of the things we want to do at Stardock is bring fun strategy games to mobile devices. I love making grand strategy 4x games, but I also enjoy making smaller strategy games too. That's actually why I designed Somnium as a mini-game in FfH, to see if I could do it.

    When we held the pitch meeting here for mobile game ideas, everyone pitched ideas and I pitched Somnium because I thought it was perfect for mobile. The team selected it as one of the games they wanted to make and it will be Stardock's first iOS game.

    Through the process of developing it the team did an amazing job of making it so much better than the version in FfH. We switched the name to Dead Man's Draw (Somnium isn't a good name and is already in use). We switched the theme away from fantasy (which was perfect when it was in FfH but isn't the best for conveying what the game is about) and they added some awesome features.



    When you start playing Dead Man's Draw it will play as Somnium did. But as you progress card abilities will be unlocked until eventually all cards have a special ability when they are drawn. Oracles reveal the top card of the draw pile, Cannons force your opponent to discard a card, if you bank a key and chest together then you get to bank extra cards form the discard pile, etc. If you plan well you can create combos (use the hook to play the cutless from my bank to steal a cannon and force my opponent to discard a mermaid, etc).

    They also added traits which give you (or your opponents) special abilities in relation to the cards. Some opponents you face may be able to Cannon away all of your cards of one suit instead of a single card. This changes the game and forces you to adopt to whoever you are playing.

    They have also added tournaments which modify the game rules. In some the cards bust on number matches instead of suit matches. In other its the first to get to a certain score, or you lose if your opponent is ever above a certain score. This also forces the player to adapt their strategy and keeps bringing in new challenges (especially when mixed with opponents with different traits).

    And there are a lot of smaller enhancements. I like that it tells you how many points you would get if you collected your current bank so you don't need to do the math. I enjoy playing pass and play on my iPad with my wife while we are eating dinner.

    I'm posting here for anyone who enjoyed Somnium and may want to play a better version on iOS you can check it out here at: https://itunes.apple.com/app/dead-mans-draw/id584916423
     
  2. Terkhen

    Terkhen Chieftain

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2011
    Messages:
    866
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Spain
  3. Kael

    Kael Chieftain

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    17,400
    Location:
    Ohio
    We are open to releasing an Android version as well. But it isn't a specific date on any schedule. The first step was to get the game out on iOS and see how it does. Depending on that we will look at other platforms (Android being the one that makes the most sense).
     
  4. Akbarthegreat

    Akbarthegreat Angel of Junil

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,642
    Location:
    Erebus
    Surely getting it.

    BTW: Thank you SO MUCH for FFH2!

    Edit: Congratulations on your promotion!!!!!!![party][party]:band::band:[party][party]
     
  5. Kael

    Kael Chieftain

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    17,400
    Location:
    Ohio
  6. Bad Player

    Bad Player Chieftain

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Messages:
    3,528
    Location:
    (Bris)Vegas!
    VP of Stardock but President of this forum!
     
  7. Kael

    Kael Chieftain

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    17,400
    Location:
    Ohio
  8. Estelindis

    Estelindis Chieftain

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41
  9. fdrpi

    fdrpi Chieftain

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Messages:
    279
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I preferred the fantasy theme, but I can understand the choice to change the motif. However, I was a little disappointed in the card artwork. It's so minimal and just seems low quality, especially compared to Somnium. The artwork there was so good! I just would have hoped the art would have been better.

    Other than that I only hope that you could still play a version without the extra rules after you unlock them.
     
  10. Estelindis

    Estelindis Chieftain

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41
    In fairness, the artwork for Somnium looked great because it's by professional artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. It would be one thing to use her art in a non-profit mod like FfH, but I imagine that licensing it for a sold product would be a different matter and quite expensive. I don't know, just my guess.
     
  11. fdrpi

    fdrpi Chieftain

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Messages:
    279
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I didn't know that! That puts things in more perspective.
     
  12. Estelindis

    Estelindis Chieftain

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41
    It's a shame that the Kickstarter didn't quite make it. If it was rebooted, with more communication and promotion, and maybe lower international shipping, it might make it the second time round. The game Kael designed is brilliant and I don't think its design could be the reason why the project didn't quite make its funding goal.

    Edit: There's been an update to the project and it turns out that a high quality PDF for home printing is going to be made available for everyone! Now to find good card stock... :)
     

Share This Page