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In this first North American release from Bulgarian developer Black Sea Studios, players set out to conquer all of Europe in a seamless, real-time flow of development, destruction, and diplomacy. Billed as the first "Empire-Conquering Simulation in Real Time," Knights of Honor is a real-time strategy game that combines the historical context of Age of Empires with the empire-building elements of Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns or Medieval: Total War.
Players are placed in the role of a monarch, who must oversee every major aspect of the growing empire. Since hands-on management would be far too great a task for any single person, the monarch must employ knight characters, who will carry out various orders across the continent. There are six different types of knights: Marshal, Spy, Merchant, Landlord, Builder, and Cleric. Each offers different bonuses and restrictions.
Games are set in one of three medieval periods — "Early" (circa 1000 A.D.), "Middle" (1200 A.D.), or "Late" (1350 A.D.) — each with its own distinct challenges based on the historical politics and technologies of the time. In any of these eras, Knights of Honor features three large geographical regions to conquer, with over 150 individual provinces to claim. Once players have learned to rule a computer-controlled medieval Europe, they can compete against up to five other human opponents, over a local network or the Internet. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide