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Minecraft developers Mojang have released a free strategy game called Crown and Council

Crown and Council

Minecraft developers Mojang have just released a brand new strategy game with barely any fanfare and zero warning. 

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Crown and Council, as the new strategy game is called, was originally created for a game jam and features 75 maps built-in and a map maker so you can create your own.

According to Mojang, Crown and Council is “a fast-paced strategy game about conquering land and obliterating rival monarchs. Click adjacent land tiles to subdue them with your army, earning gold to fund further expeditions, defensive forts, naval attacks, universities and more.

“It’s simple to play, but not quite so easy to win: do you spend all your cash on universities, hoping to survive long enough that your book-learnin’ makes you unstoppable in the late game? Or do yo go for a quick land-grab, hoping to put enough boots on the ground to give you an irreversible early advantage?”

Each turn begins with you granted gold based on how much territory you control, and it’s up to you to use those resources as efficiently as possible: hoarding for a late game surprise, getting in a early assault, or building up your defenses.

There’s no multiplayer at the moment though, which feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. Who knows, maybe they’ll add it in and suddenly spring it on us.

Crown and Council is free on Steam.