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Hero Mages is a cross platform multiplayer turn-based tactical strategy fantasy game created by independent game developer, Ross Przybylski. In April 2012, D20Studios released Hero Mages for iOS, Amazon, and Nook (with previous availability on Google Play and web browser via www.heromages.com).
Fans of the game made an overwhelming request for asynchronous multiplayer, the ability to take game turns without having to be online at the same time as your opponent. Ross Przybylski responded directly to fans via the Hero Mages website and the popular iOS game site TouchArcade.com. Despite juggling a full-time job and his responsibilities as a new father, Ross was able to build a robust cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer system in just over four months.
One of the most remarkable traits of Hero Mages is how its developer responds directly to players and even actively seeks out comments and critique to move the game forward. “Hero Mages is more than just a game” says Ross. “It’s a unique and ever evolving world with a diverse and interactive online community. I value feedback and have grown the scope of the game in direct response to player requests.”
Creating asynchronous multiplayer was not an easy undertaking. Despite the popularity of asynchronous multiplayer games like Words with Friends, Draw Something, and Hero Academy, resources for how to actually implement the feature are virtually non-existent upon the web. Ross didn’t let this discourage him.
In fact, he started a new article series on his blog entitled “How to Create an Asynchronous Multiplayer Game” and openly shared how he created a cross-platform compatible multiplayer system that works on web, iOS, and Android devices. Ross’s article series is now the top search result on Google for “how to create async game”.
Hero Mages v1.8.0 launches today for web browser and Google Play, with iOS, Amazon, and Nook releases expected to follow later in the week. New features include:
A complete list of improvements and bug fixes can be found at http://www.heromages.com/news/versionInfo.html
Hero Mages is currently available for purchase in in the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and as a Nook app and is free-to-play at www.heromages.com