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Niche Spotlight – Hammerting

Hammerting

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Hammerting, a dwarf colony management sim by Warpzone Studios and Team17 Digital that recently left Early Access.

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Build and manage a dwarven mining colony in the uncharted depths beneath the mountains of Mara. Mine for resources, and craft high quality arms and armor that you can sell to your allies fighting the armies of darkness on the surface. Defend your colony from the monsters that lurk in the darkest depths of Mara, as you expand your operations deeper into the mountains.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Hammerting is available on Windows PC via (GamersGate, GOG, and Steam) for $24.99 USD.

You can find a rundown (via GamersGate) below:

Hammerting is a vertical dwarven mining colony sim with RPG elements.

Manage a clan of colourful Dwarves, establish an epic mining operation, craft legendary swords and delve deep for greater glory, riches… and danger.

With conflict raging on the surface, the Dwarves pledge to delve deep and as master craftspeople, will produce and supply what is needed to support their allies. From humble beginnings, you start with a handful of Dwarves who need to set up their operations quickly. However, as you progress, your small clan will expand and become known throughout the Overworld for their skill and premium craftsmanship.

Crafting for Victory

Allies on the surface will have all manner of requests. Dwarves may find themselves asked to craft a plethora of silver swords against an oncoming vampire army, or alternatively, for an elf princess’ coronation, they’ll be tasked with creating nothing less than a Legendary Diamond-Encrusted Gold Crown of Divine Ruling +3.

With the Overworld in need, every successful delivery takes you one step closer to triumph. As your Dwarves grow in skill and your base expands, build conveyor belts and elevators to free them of manual labour.

Colorful Personalities

Does Åglöf’s fancy ancestry clash with Vargskreva’s humble upbringing? Is your explorer afraid of the dark? Has your master crafter reached their Ballmer Peak? Aim for success and exploit the strengths of your Dwarves, as well as their weaknesses. Each Dwarf is richly and uniquely defined through its stats, Dwarven ancestry, traits, abilities, equipment, move-set and much more, as they are shaped by events occurring in their lives.

Skilled Craftspeople

Anyone can craft an Iron Sword, but only Dwarves can haggle a Crystal Cave Dragon to sell her fiery Plasma Breath, pump it up to an Andthril Forge of Doom and use it to craft the… Iron Sword +2.

With every strike of the hammer on an anvil, a skilled Dwarf has a better chance of achieving a critical result, giving you better and improved gear.

Living Cave

It is as they say – “Fortune favours the bold”, and only in the deepest depths will you find the most powerful materials, the warmest magma, the rarest treasures, but also the most dangerous conditions.

Figuring out the fastest and safest route down – and up again – is a chief concern, but you’ll have plenty of unique Dwarven mechanisms to help you to do so.

Hammerting features liquid and physics mechanics for pumping sizzling lava to your hearths, brewing hoppy beer, tossing burning torches down shafts to light up the unknown and more!

Modding

Want to bring your own spin to Hammerting? We’re building this game with modding in mind! A bundled SDK will allow you to build pre-packaged mods, adding anything from new names, to plugging in full-blown systems in native C/C++. Documentation, additional hooks, and general support for this is something we plan for post-launch updates.

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Frank Streva

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