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Take the depth of Dwarf Fortress, add a bunch of lazy mages and update the interface to modern standards? That's Mage Tower in a nutshell. We're building something really ambitious - a world that you can build to your own whim, while carefully balancing resources, knowledge, and external threats.

Red Button Bulletin 8: Release Schedule


Red Button Bulletin 8: Release Schedule

A brief summary of the history of Mage Tower's release schedule, shedding some light on the delay of updates and lack of communication.

Sep 26, 2013 News
Mage Tower Alpha 0.1.4 "Wandering Monster" Update Released!


Mage Tower Alpha 0.1.4 "Wandering Monster" Update Released!

Mage Tower releases the "Wandering Monster" update, adding additional races, NPCs, damaging spells, floating mages, and more!

Aug 22, 2013 News
Red Button Bulletin 7: Mage Tower Q&A


Red Button Bulletin 7: Mage Tower Q&A

After our release on Desura, we got a lot of questions about the game. We've taken the time to respond to some of these questions.

Feb 4, 2013 News
Mage Tower Alpha 0.1.3 "Sleepy Time" update released!


Mage Tower Alpha 0.1.3 "Sleepy Time" update released!

Mage Tower releases the "Sleepy Time" update (Alpha 0.1.3). Adds a day/night cycle, fatigue, interior lighting, and more!

Jan 22, 2013 News
Mage Tower Released on Desura


Mage Tower Released on Desura

Take the depth of Dwarf Fortress, add a bunch of lazy mages and update the interface to modern standards.

Dec 11, 2012 News
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iamaplayer May 19 2014, 12:28pm said:

To conclude what I said:
I don't want a refund, because I'm still hoping that the developer is still working on the game, which has a lot of potential.
I hope that the dev is doing ok, and that he will release a good game in the end.
All I'm asking for, and it's not much I think, is that if possible the dev posts something and tells people what's going on.

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intergang Feb 23 2014, 8:52pm said:

@Devs, what about this makes it anything like Dwarf Fortress at all?

Do the Mages have complex personalities and characteristics? Will a mage go crazy because he can't get his wool to make a sweater? ETC ETC, you know the only kinds of reason someone should have the audacity to claim a game is anything like, or should even be compared to Dwarf Fortress? Because otherwise, it's just another builder/town simulator.

I'm being cynical as hell yes, but lately everything I've purchased that claimed to be like DF, was more of an insult by claiming to be one.

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Kindlesmith May 19 2014, 9:35am replied:

DF-ish game description: because some people are lazy like you:
1) A management game. You are building a "fortress" tile by tile, including furniture.
2) Each mage has its own skill set (learning individually).
3) Your mages will eat, sleep, work, fight
That is enough to throw it in the DF-ish boat.
If you want to know more, free demo available to try out and see how much is implemented.
Naturally there's going to be difference's since they aren't making DF nor remaking DF.
DF is the most known of this type and inspiration for a lot of other games. if you dig around here the devs mention other games that is loosely based on (not a direct complete copy of).

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Kindlesmith May 19 2014, 9:07am replied:

And to iterate: you are paying for the current version and whatever will follow. You aren't paying for the complete finished product it may be. You are paying to support a nobody to use their creative skills to make something they want to make (with or without outside input), at a speed that suits them, until they either complete it or no longer deem it worthwhile to continue on (for whatever reason that may be, and there are many).
Shame on you for asking more than you are entitled to.

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iamaplayer May 19 2014, 12:15pm replied:

No shame at all here, on the contrary, I hope that Desura will follow the Steam example and remove/refund games that are not being worked on.
It happened recently on Steam by the way.

One word from the dev saying he's working on it, and showing some progress, and everything I said will fade away.

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Kindlesmith May 21 2014, 5:34pm replied:

That would be nice, if Desura actually put in the effort to clearing away the dead projects. If you paid for development and the game was dead at that point, then true enough you should be entitled to a full refund. But if you had pitched in while it was still being worked on I don't see any reason for refunds to be allowed. Difference being, you support a game that is being worked on, not a game that was dead and it's remenance is lingering around.

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Kindlesmith May 19 2014, 9:02am replied:

This is why you should never fund Alpha or Beta Projects. Wait till the final version, even if it's the very earliest first full release of the game. Why? It will have the content it should have implemented with most bugs fixed and you will actually get to enjoy it for the money you payed with it. Funding Alpha and Beta games is a stupid gamble (more like devs begging instead of getting a proper loan if they are counting this as a business). If you were dumb enough to pay for an incomplete game, you should not be entitled to a refund as you pay for a game that MAY get completed. Like "investing" in stocks. Your returns may or may not meet expectations.

-I just can't believe how dumb people are when it comes to something like this. DON'T FUND IF YOU EXPECT A FINISHED GAME.

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iamaplayer May 19 2014, 12:13pm replied:

Calling people "dumb" online won't get you far.
I wasn't expecting a final version, however I was hoping that some work would be done, and none has been shown so far.

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Kindlesmith May 21 2014, 5:37pm replied:

I was just stating an obvious fact while venting frustration at the same time.
Asking for updates is one thing, threatening or demanding a refund while the game was still in development is ... I'll leave the harsh obvious description up to your imagination.

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Schwarzbart Feb 14 2014, 8:39am replied:

Just today I wondered that there wasn't a update from this game in such a long time.
Good thing that I decided 2012 to wait for more info before buying me this Alpha as by now it looks like a final release is years in the future if it ever make it.

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