Monday, June 02, 2008

Solium Infernum

This sounds absolutely, totally awesome. From the Cryptic Comet website (follow the link for screenshots):
Coming Winter 2009!
The Prince of Darkness has vanished and the Infernal Throne sits empty. A conclave of the Powers and Potentates of Hell will be summoned to Pandemonium to select the next ruler of The Infernal Pit. Do you have what it takes to claim the throne and rule Hell?

Solium Infernum is a turn based strategy game set in the profoundest depths of Hell.
Assume the role of an Archfiend and customize your avatar to suit your particular game play strategy. Choose the brute force way of the infernal warlord or tread in the shadows as a deceitful, backstabbing power broker…..or amass wealth and rare treasures to buy the throne.

Each incarnation of Hell is unique and a pocket plane unto itself. Travel far enough in a certain direction and wind up where you started. Confront your fellow pretenders to the throne in all directions.

Control over 30 Places of Power like The City of Dis, The Wood of the Suicides and The Temple of Lust. Places of Power can provide you with different resources including prestige. Earn the most prestige when the conclave is called and claim the throne.

Each turn a unique event card is drawn by the player currently designated as the Regent. This solemn responsibility passes from player to player each turn. The Regent can keep the card to play at a later date, discard it to avoid its effects or play it if it is to his advantage and watch his fellow Archfiends scramble to respond.

Demand Tribute from your minions on earth and use them to fuel your fiendish rituals and increase your own dark powers.

Everything is for sale in Hell. Bid on Legions to expand your territorial holdings.

Hire lesser fiends, known as Praetors, to lead your legions into battle.

Acquire Infernal Artifacts and Unholy Relics to increase your power.

Know your place and observe the protocols of Hell. Declare Vendetta on a rival and wager prestige on how effective you are at making him suffer. Drive him to Blood Feud, crush his legions and banish him to the Abyss.

Deception and Lies can be as great a weapon as a legion of fiends. Frame your opponents for vindictive acts of aggression and watch them tear each others throats out.

Simultaneous turns allow you to place your orders and await the heralds and messengers bringing word of the unfolding events in Hell. Play By E-Mail allows up to six players to compete for the Infernal Throne. AI players can be selected to fill in open slots. Single player games versus AI opponents are also available.

-Customize your Archfiend avatar by selecting your starting attributes, infernal rank, public objective and special perks.
-Level up your Archfiend in 5 different spheres of evil: Wrath, Deception, Prophecy, Destruction and Diabolism.
- Battle for the control of hell across a landscape of beautifully painted hexes on 3 different map sizes.
- Over 50 different unique legions await your orders.
-Legions gain experience and can be augmented with powerful heroes and artifacts
-Over 30 unique Places of Power dot the endless tracks of hell. Capture them and use them to secure your claim on the Infernal Throne
-Retire to your sinister ritual chamber and call on dark arcane powers and over 30 unholy relics to damage, cripple or hinder your enemies… and allies of convenience.
-Over 30 unique event cards keep the game unpredictable. Challenge your rivals in the infernal games of Pandemonium, send your finest legion on an expedition against Heaven’s ramparts or call an ill-timed cessation of all vendettas and blood feuds.
-Compete against up to 5 other humans or AI’s in a PBEM battle royal.
-Games last anywhere from 25 to 50 turns. A small single player game can be completed in just a few hours.
-Over 150 beautifully painted images can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven, what matter where if I still be the same.

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