Nations and squads
Ways to play
Vikings from the Kingdoms of the North
Anglo-Saxons from the Kingdom of Britannia
Germans from the Holy Roman Empire
Slavs from the Kingdom of Poland
ECONOMY AND BASE BUILDINGS
VILLAGES AND RESOURCE POINTS
Skills and Technologies
SQUAD STATUS EFFECTS
BASIC KEYBOARD & MOUSE CONTROLS
GAMEPAD BASIC CONTROLS
Ancestors Legacy is a game set in medieval times, that aims to depict the harsh, brutal reality of those days. It tries to be historically accurate, which means there is no magic in this game, or any other elements typically found in a fantasy setting. The Nations you can play as were designed around how actual warriors from the medieval lands of Europe looked and fought. Having said that, it is still a game. We want it to be fun to play, so we might have taken some liberties and ‘gamified’ some of the historical aspects. Don’t expect Ancestors Legacy to be 100% free of historical inconsistency, but we did try.
As in most historical strategy games, the playable Nations have been designed to represent the historical nature of their real world sources. This includes not only their visual design, but also their statistics, economy, skills and unique squad types. For example, some are fast and agile, but less durable with settlements that are more easily destroyed. Others, more cavalry focused, can be very tough, but their upkeep cost is respectively higher.
Selecting ‘Single-Player’ from the main menu takes you to the campaign selection menu. At first, you’ll need to complete the first four tutorial missions of the Viking campaign before the other campaigns unlock. Selecting the ‘Multiplayer’ menu lets you set up or join a multiplayer game.
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This is the single-player campaign of Ancestors Legacy, and lets you play as four different historical Nations. Each Nation has two different stories presented throughout five missions.
In Annihilation mode, victory is awarded by destroying the enemy’s base. The player that loses all of their key buildings in their base is eliminated from the game. To help prevent this, make sure that at least one of these buildings is operational at any given time: Town Hall, Barracks, Archery Range, Blacksmith, or Stables.
The key to winning Domination Mode is by maintaining control of captured villages. The game starts with points being distributed evenly, and each time a team owns more villages than their opponent, they gain points from their opponent’s pool. The match ends when one team reaches zero points, or when all of a player’s key buildings are destroyed. Points are displayed in the game interface (see below). The top row shows each player’s points income per minute, while the bottom shows their total points.
Each Nation earns experience (EXP) as you play with it. Even losing a multiplayer match earns you some profile EXP. The experience you earn contributes to your profile level.
Last but not least, upon completing a match, the game shows a detailed statistics screen. Information, such as squad recruitment and casualties, villages captured or lost, and resource income is presented in tables and charts for analysis.
Each player can recruit and maintain up to ten squads at the same time. The squad cap is limited by the number of operational Houses (constructed and not destroyed) in their bases. This is represented by the Population variable (the house icon in the Resource Bar). The other icons are your resources - Wood, Food and Iron - and their rate of income. If you recruit too many squads, you may see a negative Food value. Dismissing a squad can help with this. Each Nation has a basic resource income. However, to increase your rate of income, you should recruit peasants in villages or increase the Technology Tier in your base.
Wood allows you to construct and repair buildings.
Food determines your ability to maintain an army.
Iron is used to research technology and upgrade your army.
There are 9 different structures that can be built in your base:
Town Hall: This allows you to build all available buildings or research Technology Tiers.
Barracks: This is a military building that trains melee squads.
Archery Range: This is a military building that trains ranged squads.
Church / Place of Cult: These unlock temporary buffs for your Nation.
Blacksmith: This provides various technologies that grant permanent improvements to your Nation, and allow you to create siege machines.
Stables: These allow you to recruit cavalry squads.
Houses / Tents: These increase your population limit in order to recruit more squads.
Archery Towers / Towers: These help defend your settlements by automatically shooting at enemies within their range.
Well: This allows your villagers to extinguish any buildings set on fire.
In multiplayer matches, the Town Halls are already built by default. However in single-player missions Town Halls may or may not already be constructed, depending on the chosen mission. Other structures require resources (such as Houses). Some have more specific prerequisites (such as a higher Technology Tier, having an operational Blacksmith, etc). Some structures are Nation-specific. For example, only Germans and Slavs have Stables. Towers are mostly available from the start. However they may be unavailable in some single-player missions. In multiplayer matches there are always three of them to begin with.
The Minimap provides an overview of the battlefield and uses specific icons to show additional important information. Some of those icons indicate squads, buildings, villages, resources, traps, and so on.
Taking over and maintaining villages is at the core of the strategic gameplay in Ancestors Legacy. Villages are not player-owned base structures, but rather computer-controlled neutral settlements (colored grey on the Minimap). The number of resource points around a village determines the number of peasants the village is home to.
The number of peasants also determines the strength of the village, which is indicated by the frame around the village’s health frame/bar:
Bare: No defense (No peasants defending the village)
Bronze: Light defense (Between 1 to 5 peasants are defending the village)
Silver: Moderate defense (Between 6 to 10 peasants are defending the village)
Gold: High defense (11 or more peasants may be defending the village)
A village’s defense indicates how fiercely the peasants will defend it from attacks.
Once you’ve captured a village, you can control its peasants with the following buttons:
Recruit to a specific resource, will recruit peasants to start working at the selected resource nodes (Food, Wood, or Iron).
Recruit to All, will recruit peasants to start working at all empty resource nodes.
Watchtowers can be built to defend the village by automatically shooting at enemies within their range. Once you capture a village all of it’s Watchtowers will automatically be destroyed. Sometimes the Watchtowers are unavailable in the campaign missions.
Better Defense, will recruit extra peasants to work as defenders. However they will be unable to work at the resource nodes.
Alarm will order all peasants to stop their work and defend their village. You need to cancel the alarm to make them go back to work after the fight.
In Ancestors Legacy, the player controls the situation on the battlefield using squads. There are 7 types of squads in the game:
Infantry with spears
Infantry with shields
Infantry with two-handed weapons
Squads are recruited from their appropriate building (Infantry from the Barracks, Cavalry from the Stables, etc). Siege machines like the Ballista or the Catapult can be recruited at the Blacksmith, but their availability depends on factors such as the Nation of the player and their current Technology Tier, etc. Any vacant siege machines can be taken over by squads. To capture an abandoned siege machine you need to have a squad slot available, and a non-cavalry squad with the required amount of available units. Select the squad and order them to take over the abandoned siege machine in order to operate it.
Each type of squad has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. The combat system is based on the game "rock-paper-scissors". For example, a squad of spearmen can handle the infantry with two-handed weapon very well, but on the other hand the infantry with shields will be a challenge for the spearmen. Below is the list of squad types:
Infantry with spears
Infantry with shields
Infantry with two-handed weapon
*These strength advantages only apply to their ranged attacks. They are otherwise very weak in melee combat.
To attack an enemy’s squad, select your squad and hover the cursor over the hostile squad, then give the order to attack. However, if the squad enters combat, it cannot be maneuvered. During the fight, the squad can only use their squad skills. Squads cannot exit combat other than retreating from it, or by killing all the enemy’s squads that are participating in it.
Keep in mind that to enter combat, you do not always have to give the order to attack. If the enemy’s squad is close enough, the fight will start automatically.
Each squad needs food to keep themselves in top condition - some more so than others. In the absence of food, the squad’s morale will start to decrease, reducing the squad's effectiveness in battle. To restore their strength, increase the income of food by dismissing some squads, or by recruiting peasants in the villages to gather food at the resource points.
The squad’s morale is very important for their combat efficiency. The lower the morale a squad has, the more likely they are to suffer from negative effects, such as reduced speed, a weaker defense and attack ability, as well as dealing reduced damage to enemies. Here are some ways a squad’s morale can be lowered:
Heroes are unique and a very important unit type in Ancestors Legacy. If your hero dies in single-player, you’ll fail the mission, so be sure to keep an eye on them. You can recognize a hero unit by both the gold banner above them, and a surrounding aura marker. Heroes don't lose morale and don't need upkeep from resources like other squads. Additionally, they cannot build traps. Their aura keeps the morale of nearby squads (both allied and yours) from dropping, even if you suffer from a lack of food.
In multiplayer mode you can define whether heroes are available or not. Heroes walk out of the Town Hall at the start of a match and cannot be recruited once they die. However, their death won’t end the multiplayer match outright.
Some skills, technologies and actions are universal to all squads and squad types:
Area Attack (siege machines only): This will attack the assigned area for a short time.
Change Stance (toggle): This allows you to toggle the stance type of your squads. An offensive stance is faster and more aggressive, and allows squads to charge, but is weak against an opponent's incoming attack. A squad in a defensive stance moves more slowly, has reduced damage from incoming enemy attacks, but prevents the squad from charging. Only squads in a defensive stance can discover a trap and avoid it.
Hold Fire (toggle, ranged units only): This is the ranged squad’s equivalent to ‘Change Stance’. It toggles the automation of ranged attacks, trap-spotting and trap-avoidance.
Dismiss: This permanently removes your squad from the battlefield and all of their leveling progress achieved up to that point. Dismissing your squad will return a small portion of resources, and has the benefit of making room in your army for another squad.
Healing Camp: This can be used whenever the squad’s health is partially depleted. It can only be done while outside of combat. Be aware that squads using Healing Camp are particularly vulnerable to enemy attacks. Another way to heal the squad is to travel or retreat directly to your base - each squad will automatically heal there.
Retreat and Retreat to base: This sends the squad generally towards its own Town Hall, however in campaign missions their final destination will depend on the design of the map and the mission scenario. Squads will automatically choose the shortest path there. During a retreat you cannot control the squad. The duration of the retreat depends on the squad’s morale level; the less they have, the longer the retreat will last. Retreat to base will send the squad all the way back to their Town Hall regardless of their morale level.
Torches: These increase range of sight at night, but make the squad more visible (even under Fog of War).
Replenish: This recruits missing warriors in your squad. The squad needs to be close to their respective recruiting building or an allied village for this to work.
Armor: Upgrading the squad can make it last longer in combat (giving more health to the squad). Armor can be upgraded up to two times, and with each level it gets heavier, slightly reducing your squad's mobility.
Specialization: This can be set for each unit only once, during the first time they level up.
Traps: These are special devices that can be used to outwit and sow chaos among your enemies. There is, however, a limit to how many traps a squad can maintain at a given time. There are two types of traps. The cheaper one temporarily lowers the affected squad's effectiveness, while the more expensive one instantly kills part of the squad. Once discovered, traps stay visible, and only triggering or disarming it can remove the threat.
In addition to universal skills, technologies or actions, squads can have up to two individual skills. The skills may be available as soon as the squad is recruited, or depending on the requirements of the Nation to develop that skill.
Skills differ from the squad type. For example, some squads can increase their movement speed, or affect the opponent's effectiveness in combat.
A squad gains experience by killing enemy warriors and automatically levels up the more enemies that they kill. The first time a squad levels up, the player can choose a specialization for that squad, which provides a specific boost to its statistics. The player can only do this once in the squad’s lifetime. Melee or cavalry squads have different specializations (Offensive, Defensive, Speed based), than ranged squads (Accuracy, Piercing, etc). A squad’s level and their chosen specialization appear as icons at the bottom of their banner.
The grey bar above the squad shows its morale. Below that are its Health Points (HP), with one chunk per unit in the squad (green chunks are healthy units, red chunks are injured units). The blue and red icons on the sides are the squad’s Status Effects and General Status.
Note: Ballistas and Catapults do not receive EXP and cannot choose a specialization.
The small icons on the right side of the squad banners are its Status Effects. These can heavily influence a squad’s combat efficiency and maneuverability.
The right side of the banner could show the following effects:
Ranged attack modifier
Ranged damage modifier
Ranged fire rate modifier
Ranged accuracy modifier
Ranged defense modifier
Sight distance modifier
The left side of a squad’s banner shows their General Status, based on their environment and formation, etc.
These have indirect effects on your squad’s capabilities:
Water/Swamp (reduced movement speed)
Rain or Heavy Rain (burning down structures takes longer, movement is slower)
In the Bushes (hidden, with reduced sight range)
Snow or Heavy Snow (same as
Forest (sight range reduced, ranged defense increased)
In a Defensive Circle
In a Spear Wall
NOTE: The environment a squad is in can heavily impact their combat and maneuvering capabilities.
In the Main Menu > Options > Controls > Key Bindings, you can view or change the keys they are bound to.
Move camera (w/SHIFT - faster)
Zoom In / Zoom Out
Attack / Move
Show walking routes
CTRL + A
Select all visible squads
SHIFT + SPACEBAR
Jump to event
CTRL + SHIFT + A
Select all squads
Add / Remove from selection
CTRL + 1, 2, 3, 4 etc.
Set Control Groups
F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6
Toggle tabs in Tab Menu
Team chat (w/SHIFT - public)
(In chat) Toggle team/public chat
ALT + 1, 2, 3, 4
Message Ping: 1 - Attack, 2 - Defend, 3 - Follow, 4 - Retreat
Generic Ping (“?” icon on a map)
In the Main Menu > Options > Controls > Controller, you can view the basic control scheme or see a full list of controller functions.
Jump to event
HOLD LT - Advanced selection
LB - Fast travel to squad (left)
CLICK Action camera
HOLD RT - Command menu
RB - Fast travel to squad (right)
HOLD RB - Fast camera movement
Y - Jump to selection
HOLD Y - Follow selected squad
B - Deselect
X - Select
A - Action
HOLD Assign selected squads to group
TAP Select existing group
DOUBLE TAP Select and focus on existing group
LT HOLD + HOLD DPAD Add to existing group
Zoom in / out
CLICK Jump to Town Hall