A developer reached out to me on Twitch and offered up a code for their game Warsim: The Realm of Aslona – and provided no other information about it. I was already curious because two other friends who also play / stream / write about Dwarf Fortress received these same types of offers, and my interest piqued. The game is on steam, early access, and has a very positive response from players so far.

You’re king of Aslona, and you can either prosper or have the kingdom fall due to your actions. There’s staff, knights, politics, visitors, and lots of bad guys out there to kill. There’s a lot of random events – and if you’re a fan of BBS games, Dwarf Fortress, and other ASCII art text-format based games, you might be a fan of this one.

I immediately hired some new muscle and set forth pillaging whatever I walked into. Came home and filled the coffers and then started dealing with the desk politics of running a kingdom – but not before I hired a jester. Priorities, after all. It’s one of those games where before you know it, an hour has passed, and you don’t miss the graphics because your imagination does all the work. I’m glad the developer reached out to people because otherwise I am pretty sure I would have never heard of this game.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!