GameSpy: Hinterland Preview

City-builders and role-playing games have an oft-overlooked connection: unlike many genres, they're both about building something up, not tearing something down. It could be anything from a coordinated set of magic armor to a municipal sewer system, but the powerful dynamic of creating something interesting is one that's intimately familiar to Chris Beatrice and Jeff Fiske, two of the principles of Tilted Mill, noted developer of Children of the Nile, Caesar IV and SimCity Societies. That similarity is also the driving force behind Hinterlands, a fascinating $20 direct download RPG/city-building hybrid that aims to let gamers build both magic swords and the blacksmith shop where they're forged.

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