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Goblins Of Elderstone

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Outerdawn
Release Date: 2021

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'Goblins of Elderstone' Early Access Update Adds Diplomacy - Trailer

by Rainier on May 14, 2021 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Goblins of Elderstone is a unique take on a city-building game with a far more chaotic, goblin-fueled survival, RPG approach to the genre.

In Goblins of Elderstone, you will nurture your tiny clan as it grows to become an awe-inspiring tribe, capable of standing against the other races and, perhaps, even the gods. Rule over the chaos and feed the growing goblin war machine by raiding dungeons and villages.

The gameplay is inspired by the Anno games, Banished, Stonehearth, Rimworld, and the Settlers series, but it is still very much its own legend. We love goblins, and believe that they are underrepresented in games. They deserve a city builder of their own! We have so many great ideas to add to the genre, and we would love to share the experience with you during Early Access. We hope you agree that goblins are awesome and don't always have to be the villains - unless, of course, you want them to be!

In Goblins of Elderstone, the choice is yours. You can use your wisdom and industrious nature to create a trade empire. You can be the divine chosen one and lead your tribe to glory through the power of your faith in the gods. You can be a conqueror and show the world the might of your goblin forces. This is your tribe, and it is whatever you make it!


A long-requested feature from the community, the Diplomacy update allows players to forge alliances and political relationships with other races they will meet during Treks in the game’s procedural world map.

“We’re really excited about the Diplomacy update, as it not only fills countless community requests, but it also marks another major update of several that will be implemented into Goblins of Elderstone as we gear up for full launch later this year,” said Gustav Seymore, Studio Head of Outerdawn. “We have a lot more in store, including updates to Heroes and Gods, combat, multi clans and achievements, which will roll out through the summer in time for launch.”

In addition to gathering resources and crafting buildings, the Diplomacy update allows you to navigate relationships with neighboring factions and other ruling races. Boost your trek chances by becoming enemies or allies with each settlement leader, actively gifting and complimenting fellow rulers, or insulting and requesting favors from them. But tread carefully in your political relationships. Allies will trade more favorably with you and be more responsive to faith pilgrimages, while enemies may send raiding warbands to your village. Orc, Elven, Human and Dwarven raider units have been added to the game, so upsetting the wrong leader(s) before you are strong enough may expose yourself to devastating attacks.

Key Features:

  • Free-form city building - Goblins don’t much like orderly straight lines, so there’s absolutely no way they’ll use a grid when building. They are rebellious, but creative. As a result, buildings go up wherever desired, but neat little pathways and bridges will always be built alongside them to ensure they’re properly connected.
  • Large resource and crafting tree - With over 30 different resources that can be gathered, crafted, traded, or stolen, your goblins will always have plenty of work to do. As a result, it’s worthwhile to invest in a few Enforcers to ensure they keep at it!
  • Clan, World, and Divine politics - Use a combination of fast-talking, gift-giving, violence, and just the right amount of threats to keep your clans in line. Failure to do so will likely result in a fair amount of murder and potentially the destruction of your entire village. However, diplomacy doesn’t stop there. Other races, and even the gods, can be convinced to do your bidding.
  • War, Trade, or Faith - Whether you choose to trade in violence, commerce, religion, or a combination thereof, the world will be shaped by your actions in some way or another.
  • Scout, Raid, Trade, or Pilgrimage - Goblins aren’t really the patient, caring type. That’s why they’re better at setting fire to farms than actually growing anything. Therefore, as your tribe grows, you will need to send special teams of goblins out to explore surrounding areas in search of wealth and glory. How you deal with what you find is up to you. Will you raid and pillage the region, trade with other cities, or send Spiritual Treks out to holy sites to gain favor with your gods?
  • RPG story moments - Elderstone is never a dull place. There are many unique tales to unravel in this twisted land. Deal with traveling strangers, evil overlords, cunning dragons, and even benevolent gods. With the writing talents of Edwin McRae backing the project (writer on Path of Exile, Bloodgate, and other amazing games), you know you’re in for quite the ride.
  • Defend your tribe - Danger lurks around every corner. Defend your tribe from roaming monsters, pesky adventurers, and enemy raiding parties. Do a good enough job, and you can even retaliate with your own!
  • Friends and foes - You share this land with a multitude of other races. Squishy humans, stuck-up elves, grumpy dwarves, and smelly orcs are all out there somewhere. It’s probably best not to outwardly display your disgust with them, though, as that tends to start war. If you’re willing to put up with them, and maybe exchange a few pleasantries, you could make some friends.
  • Interesting characters - It’s not unusual to run into a few strange individuals as you explore the world. They all have their stories and motives. Some seek adventure, some may request a helping hand, and others might just be in the market for a new goblin tribe to enslave. Be ready for anything.
  • Total world domination - Become the ultimate ruler of Elderstone by controlling critical regions on the map. Fill empty dungeons with your warriors to protect their riches from thieving adventurers, leave trade envoys in neighbouring towns to expand your trade empire, and pray to the gods at monoliths to bring destruction upon your enemies.

Goblins of Elderstone is currently available through Steam Early Access for 19.99 USD / £15.49 / €16.79 with a final launch expected later this year. 


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