The forces binding the world together are unraveling.
Harmonia Tactics is an online squad-based tactical RPG - build a force, complete quests, and clash with deadly monsters or powerful player-controlled teams. Superior positioning and tactics will defeat your enemies! Players command forces of one or more heroes and collaborate (or clash) as they battle, conquer, and explore.
Assemble Your Force
Create a party from eight basic character classes, each with unique strengths and weaknesses and an important role to play on the battlefield. Fight for your kingdom, complete quests, earn money, gather equipment, and gain experience to bolster your force. Adventuring alone is possible, but ill-advised; the land of Harmonia is perilous. It would be wise to make a few friends before you make too many enemies.
Defend Your Kingdom
War is everywhere, and the evil forces of the Dissonance encroach on Harmonian civilization from every direction. Harmonia Tactics features an innovative territory-control system, where every player's actions impact the ongoing conflict. As one city is liberated, another falls. But beware: one misstep can seal the fate of your entire army. To assure triumph against darkness, you must work together with other players, explore Harmonia's exotic lands, and recruit new soldiers.
Perfect Your Tactics
Gameplay resembles an RTS but with greater emphasis on effective maneuvering and use of individual units' skills. To be victorious, you must position your forces wisely - protect the Archers, keep the Warriors on guard, use Knights to disrupt enemy front lines, attack the back ranks with mobile Birdsoldiers, and manage the chaos on the battlefield while your opponent does the same.
Roll Your Own
Though there will be an official server with a unique storyline, setting, and characters, the Harmonious engine is designed for modding and players and developers alike will have the ability to run their own servers with completely different elements thanks to Harmonia's built-in scripting language.
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Hi folks, Miles here. You don’t usually hear from me; I’m usually backseat driving for Simon or burying my head buried in the server’s guts, but I’ll be taking a bit more of an active role in publicity going forward.
Now that the combat engine is playable (and rather fun, if I do say so myself…), our attention turns to the mega-game in Harmonia Tactics: the liberation and defense of regions on a kingdom-wide scale. Our first task: developing a world map that allows players to see the relative strength of friendly and unfriendly forces overlaid on the terrain. The map needs to show both hostility and density levels that update as dominance shifts in each region. The players can then decide where to focus their efforts and where to steer clear of.
We’ve gone through a number of iterations already, and we’re nowhere near done trying things. Most of these are cooler-looking than they are actually useful.
Here’s how the color/icon scheme works. Density is indicated by a structure icon, ranging from uninhabited to fortress, which appears within an occupation bubble indicating friendly or enemy dominance in the region. The color spectrum is more of a composite of these two attributes, intended to show general hazard level. Friendly areas appear in blue from dark to light according to density. This allows the players to see safety on the map and help them avoid combat when travelling. Hostile areas range from green to red and light to dark with dark purple reserved for the largest enemy strongholds.
There’s still a lot more to hash out and we’re far from finished. Stay tuned…
After rigorous testing, the Linux version of Harmonia Tactics is confirmed to be stable, so here’s the latest version for both Linux and Windows!
…and more! For a full list of changes, check out the full changelog below.
- New “Tower War” map: Winterforge.
- New music track for Winterforge.
- Several OpenGL fixes and efficiency upgrades.
- Male characters now sport facial hair.
- Bird characters have a variety of beaks and possible face/beard styles.
- Move range is now displayed in combat and while holding “shift”.
- Rollcoon is now a monster in “Battle Arena”, with new spell animations.
- Scary Halloween monster near the end of “Battle Arena”.
- New, better-looking animated water.
- Individual maps can specify their time of day.
- Distributable Linux binaries!
- “Tower War” now broadcasts messages when towers are under attack.
- Priest’s “Heal” spell just got a BIG buff, so… heal more!
- Multiplayer balance changes to “Battle Arena”.
- MP3 files replaced with OGGs.
- JPG files replaced with PNGs.
- Camera is no longer glued to characters in “Character” keyboard mode.
- Height bonuses are now calculated by angles, not tile height difference.
- Magic attacks are no longer effected by height bonuses.
- Messages at the top of the screen now have black bars for extra visibility.
- No longer possible to walk up steep walls using WASD.
- Can no longer be pushed up steep walls either.
- Shadows now properly draw on bridges, rather than on the water below them.
Linux Version in the works!
We’ve been hard at work producing a one-size-fits-all distributable Linux version, and it’s almost there! Our Linux build (32- and 64-bit) is almost ready to roll out – once testing on a few more machines and distros, it should be safe for worldwide consumption. After that’s taken care of, it’s time to get the Mac build up and running, then we’ll have the “big three” done.
In addition to that, we’ve been livening up the look and feel of Harmonia Tactics with new tilesets, effects, and more possibilities for character styles. Here, have some screenshots!
Movement Range During Combat
While fighting or holding shift, characters can now see how far they can run in a single turn. We’re still playing around with this feature to make it more useful, but it sure does look nice!
The old water texture has been remade, with fancier effects! Here’s the water used in the winter tileset. It’s a bit lighter than its warmer overworld counterpart.
Facial Hair, Better Faces for Birds
Nothing is complete without big, bulky, man beards and epic mustachios. In addition to facial hair, the bird’s face has been split into separate beak and facial pieces, allowing them to mix-and-match their looks just like their non-avian counterparts.
New Map – Winterforge
Wooden bridges span across snowy cliffs in this frozen land. A boiling-hot factory nearby contains a special artifact to supercharge your team, increasing their damage threefold for one minute. But beware – the place is HOT, so prepare to leave as quickly as you came!
Additional bug-fixes, changes, and miscellaneous features
- Added a fancy, slicked-back hairstyle for men.
- Camera controls are a lot less frustrating – but still not perfect!
- Can no longer move onto excessively-high cliffs with the keyboard.
- Can also no longer be pushed onto those same cliffs.
- Replaced mp3 files for ogg files.
- “Auto-grab mouse” is now disabled by default (which should have been the case in the last release!)