illyriad - Grand Strategy MMO

Game Overview

player city
A player town map in Illyriad

What makes Illyriad Different?

We've enjoyed playing many of the free-to-play, browser-based strategy games out there - but we always felt there was something missing: Depth.

Too many of these games are limited to building a few towns and a handful of troop types - and then throwing them at other players. The largest army wins and... well... that's it.

We wanted a game where there was a genuine diversity of winning strategies; where different players' gamestyles were valid options reflected in the game mechanics. We wanted a game where players could choose their own path to victory without being limited to a small set of pre-defined options.

We couldn't find that game out there, so we've created Illyriad

  • Free-to-play and no downloads, each server has a capacity of over 60,000 simultaneous competing players
  • Fully interactive and richly detailed gameworld
  • Over 70 building types making each city unique and specialised
  • Hundreds of military units including: Infantry, Spearmen, Cavalry, Archers and Siege engines
  • Multiple military strategies including: Attack, Raid, Occupy, Reinforce, Siege
  • Full technology tree of over 450 research options
  • Rich set of "diplomatic" options including: Spying, counter-intelligence, theft, sabotage and assassination
  • Multiple races to choose from including Dwarves, Elves, Humans and Orcs - each with race-specific abilities
  • Dozens of unique spells to cast to help yourself and your allies or harm your enemies
  • Simple-to-use but powerful trading system in an entirely player-driven marketplace
  • Powerful alliance management system to help you build and sustain your empire with other players
  • Over 90 NPC factions - each with their own agendas.
  • Craft over 150 unique types of weapons and armor for your troops.

The World

The Kingdom of Illyriad exists in a high-fantasy setting. Humans, Elves, Dwarves and Orcs compete to control resources and territories; sometimes working together but more often meeting in a violent clash of armies.

Terrain Confers Advantages
and Disadvantages

Illyriad is a richly detailed place where snow-capped peaks slope down to the hills, plains and forests below, punctuated by settlements, ancient ruins, standing stones and long-forgotten barrows - containing both treasures and terrors for you to face.

The King of Illyriad takes little interest in the day-to-day machinations of his subjects, leaving you free to pursue your own objectives without much interference from the crown.

Terrain forms an important part of Illyriad. Choosing the most defensible location for your (or your alliance's) capital city is critical. Similarly, sieging a mountain fortress using cavalry will only make your army's job more difficult.

tactical world map
The tactical world map in Illyriad
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Quests, Resources
and Adventures

Wild animals, undead claves and savage dread monstrosities roam the land, preying on the unfortunate unless you choose to let your soldier's blades practice on them. Quests are also scattered throughout the world, should you wish to undertake them.

As the ruler of your own city (or cities) you gather resources from the land nearby and process these resources in your mills, foundries and factories to build up a stockpile of vital items such as swords, bows, armour & mana with which to equip your soldiers and cast spells.