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History of Warlords – China

This week Firefly’s Aaron Hayden continues his journey into the history behind our latest ‘castle sim’. In this episode of ‘History Behind Stronghold‘ Aaron takes a deep dive into one of the most revolutionary, progressive and bloody episodes in history, the now famous period of ‘The Warring States of China’. This fascinating time of interstate conflict and civil unrest was the foundation for the Qin Dynasty, but how exactly did Qin Shi Huang actually become the ruler of this Dynasty and with it the first Emperor of China? Find out in this week’s video!

If you did happen to learn something from this somewhat unqualified history teacher, then be sure to check our our previous ‘History Behind Stronghold‘ on the legendary Thuc Phan and other Vietnamese legends. Make you’re also subscribed for future episodes on Mongolia and Japan, as we investigate the amazing events that laid the groundwork for the epic battles and sieges you will be orchestrating in Stronghold: Warlords next year.

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The Soldiers of Warlords

We have just revealed the first set of units for Stronghold: Warlords, our upcoming ‘castle sim’ RTS. With a range of unique troops types from Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and China, this new trailer focuses on units from the latter two regions. With their own strengths, counters, special abilities and tactics players will need to combine them all to succeed in the game’s 24 mission campaign and online multiplayer. Continue reading

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Stronghold Showcase – Episode 8

This week we return to our fan-favourite series Stronghold Showcase. Firefly’s very own Aaron Hayden takes you through five different sieges, scenarios and battlefields across our legacy titles from Stronghold HD to Stronghold Crusader 2. This small selection of community maps is intended to give you some fresh options in your multiplayer and single player sessions.

Travel to Ancient Greece in ‘300 Spartans’, Slovakia in our very first Eastern European community-made castle ‘Spis Castle’ or even Australia where everything is trying to kill you, Lords and wildlife alike!

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History of Warlords – Vietnam

This week we premiere a brand new series featuring our upcoming strategy-simulation game, Stronghold: Warlords. History Behind Stronghold: Warlords will cover the incredibly vast histories of the different countries which you will be able to play as in the final game: Vietnam, China, Mongolia and Japan.

This episode Aaron takes you through the mythical origins of Vietnam, as well as the state of play for when you join Thuc Phan in our first historical campaign in-game. Learn about the heroes of Vietnamese legend, Lac Long Quan and Au Co. And their tragic romance, producing the ancestors of Vietnam.

If you did learn something from this unqualified history teacher, then make sure you’re subscribed for episodes on China, Mongolia and Japan as we investigate the amazing events that will lay the foundations for the epic battles and sieges you will be orchestrating in Stronghold: Warlords.

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Feature Spotlight – Gunpowder

We’re back with another Feature Spotlight, our Stronghold: Warlords starring series dedicated to highlighting all the new and exciting mechanics and systems coming to our brand new strategy RTS game. This episode features the explosive new addition of Gunpowder!

A key technological event in East Asian history, the invention of Gunpowder completely changed the historic battlefield and how whole wars were waged. To honour this important moment in military history, we wanted to implement all manner of devious and devilish ways to employ gunpowder into your arsenal in Stronghold: Warlords. Through this new resource, you can construct unique castle defences, units and siege weaponry never before seen in a Stronghold title. Which will change up the Stronghold experience for even the most tested RTS veterans! Continue reading

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Alpha Demo Let’s Play

This week we bring you a very special episode of ‘Stronghold & Chill’ featuring Aaron, Nick, the Stronghold: Warlords Alpha Demo and a bunch of burning community questions! Since the Demo was released in its entirety via an Extended Let’s Play a couple of weeks ago, we’ve received all manner of queries and concerns about our new strategy simulation game: from building limits to peasant voice lines, we try and answer those questions here.

Join the defence of Aaron’s Lord as we show you two entirely different ways of playing (and beating!) the demo. Be warned, some of you more aesthetics concerned players may wince, and PETA may give us a ring regarding Oxen health and safety concerns, however none of that matters if our Lordship is fit and healthy!

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Stronghold In The Far East

Last week Firefly Studios marketers Nick and Aaron flew across the globe! Taking the first playable alpha demo of Stronghold: Warlords to fans at Tokyo Game Show, we were able to showcase our brand new East Asian ‘castle sim’ full of exploding fire oxen, gunpowder traps and the game-changing warlords system. After four days of Stronghold vets and strategy newcomers alike getting their first hands-on taste of our new strategy-simulation RTS, the pair then travelled across Japan to the city of Nagoya for location shooting and research. Soaking in the amazing feudal history, filming these medieval monoliths and documenting the features and layouts of incredible castles such as Gifu and Kiyosu, their mission was to provide first hand insight into our move east for Stronghold fans everywhere.

So sit back, relax and let Nick walk you through a brief account of the fascinating histories of Japan, China, Mongolia and Vietnam as we prepare to recreate some of the most incredible castles, battles and warlords of our time!

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Stronghold & Chill – Ben T (Production)

Stronghold & Chill is back! Join Aaron as he interviews Online Producer Ben Tarrant about what he does at Firefly Studios and how production plays a key role in the development of our titles from Stronghold Kingdoms to Romans: Age of Caesar and Stronghold: Warlords. As one of the newer members of the studio Ben has been tasked with keeping everyone on track and in the loop when it comes to Romans: Age of Caesar and Stronghold Kingdoms. It’s a mighty job and one that he excels at. So if you’ve any interest in video game production or development strap in and take notes!

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Official Stronghold Discord

We’re pleased to announce that we have finally launched an official Stronghold Discord server! Owned and operated by staff at Firefly Studios, the Stronghold Discord is designed to bring you exclusive Stronghold content, competitions and giveaways. Join the Discord and pick your team for access to the Stronghold: Warlords metagame and other exclusive community activity between now and launch in 2020. Designed to be a home for castle lovers everywhere, the Discord can also be used to team up for some classic Stronghold multiplayer, share your greatest custom maps, post terrible Stronghold memes and quote our beloved Scribe until the early hours of the morning.

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Warlords Alpha Gameplay

Our first ever playable demo of Stronghold: Warlords made it across the world this month as we flew from Gamescom to PAX West, finally letting fans get their first hands-on experience with the game courtesy of our hardworking developers. Stronghold players of all ages and experience levels gathered at our booths to try out the new Warlords system, gunpowder-fuelled siege equipment, East Asian units and devious castle traps!

Why only allow the lucky few who were fortunate enough to be at these massive shows the chance to see our brand new Stronghold in action? Good question! Off the back of the warm player reception we received in both Cologne and Seattle we thought it would be a great idea to let the entire Stronghold community feast their eyes on the Warlords System and our Alpha demo in action! In the demo Firefly’s very own Aaron Hayden walks us through the titular Warlords System, also showcasing new buildings, units, siege equipment and castle defences as we present the first ‘vertical slice’ demo of Stronghold: Warlords.