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Kickstart This: ‘Eminence: Xander’s Tales’ is a Card-Battling Fantasy Epic

What happens when you combine a competitive card-trading game with an MMO environment and mix in RPG dialogue? Such is the question posed by London-based developer Aeterna Studios, and the answer they’ve devised is called Eminence: Xander’s Tales.

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In this upcoming game for mobile devices and tablets, players will journey to the world of Artalys for an adventure which blends fantasy and science. An ancient civilization, long gone, has left behind amazing secrets just waiting to be uncovered. You can customize your character to achieve the exact look you want. You’ll explore a beautifully rendered world which is continuously expanding, interacting with other players in real time and completing the quests needed to reveal the tales of the titular Xander, a legendary alchemist who has extended his lifetime through centuries in order to save the planet. Opposing him is his former student, Kronos Hildegarde, who seeks artifacts of power for his own use. You take on the role of Xander’s final apprentice, the only one who can help him thwart an ancient prophecy.

As you journey, you’ll collect hundreds of cards, all gorgeously crafted by award-winning designers. Each card is endowed with its own personal story and has a part to play in the overall storyline. Certain quests will unlock special cards, and you can trade cards with your friends – but you can also steal them. (*Insert evil laughter here*) Take part in the card battle system, inspired by the mechanics of card games like Triple Triad, and duke it out with foes in a high-stakes card game in which the winner is rewarded with the loser’s card!

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In addition to the card battles, evolving storyline, and character customization, you’ll experience full online multiplayer. You can participate in special events and tournaments to win prizes like rare cards and exclusive gear for your character. You can also forge alliances with other players to build a team for co-op battle opportunities.

With elegant art and a marvelous soundtrack to keep you company, you’ll explore the four main provinces of Artalys. Visit Aeterna, the birthplace of writing and arithmetic, foremost in the disciplines of science and alchemy; Ixion, traditional home of the finest and most dedicated warriors; Wilkurse, filled with technology created through artificial use of alchemy, and subsequently blessed with a bustling economy; and the Hollows, a sinister southern island populated by unholy beings bent on world destruction. (Not a popular tourist destination.)

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There’s a lot more that could be said about Eminence: Xander’s Tales, but why not check out the Kickstarter for yourself? Meeting the base goal will allow the game to be released on iOS devices; stretch goals would also make it available to Android users and Steam players. Further funding would add a fifth region – Harlequin – to the world’s layout, creating even more adventures. Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for additional information as the fundraising progresses.



Laura, to borrow a phrase from Metal Gear Solid 3, has one good eye and can still fire a gun. She refers to herself as a "video dame," and has been an avid gamer on various platforms since she first picked up a Pong controller over 30 years ago. She takes great delight in explaining different games to her husband.