• Ancestor added to hero strategies – prizes to be won!

    The Ancestor has now been added to our OMDU strategies page ready for members to upload their expert strategies. The Ancestor is a brand new hero in the most recent OMDU 1.6 patch. If you think you can provide some tips and tricks on how best to play as him be sure to let us know your thoughts.

    We’re running our competition until the end of October. Anyone who uploads a hero strategy will be in with a chance to win 1x set of  OMDU backpack, wrist band, shirt, and button set. Whatsmore if you rate other members strategies one lucky winner will be picked at random to also win those sweet prizes!

    Check out the full details and start submitting and rating hero strategies!

    Robot working on Hero Academy iOS 8 support

    Good news Hero Academy fans, Robot have deployed one of their bots to take a look at Hero Academy compatibility on iOS 8. While the game seems to work fine in the most part some users have reported issues with logging in and some graphical glitches. There is no word on time-scale on when Robot might be ready with a patch but rest assured things are in-hand.

    We’ll keep you updated as and when we have more news. If you are having any issues with Hero Academy on iOS 8 just let us know in the comments and we’ll pass them on.

    Things get spooky with OMDU patch 1.6 coming October 14th

    The Halloween season is soon to be upon us and Robot Entertainment is set to get us ready early for the spooky season with the V1.6 patch for OMDU due to land on October 14th. The patch is, as always, jam packed with not only changes but also some brand new content. Here we go with the REF summary!

    New Hero – Ancestor

    A brand new hero is set to join the OMDU line up and in-keeping the season we’ll soon be seeing the Ancestor as a playable hero.

    As you might be able to guess from his purple themed powers, the Ancestor is an arcane based hero. He has some very interesting abilities. His passive ability lets him increase his Mana pool as others die around him. Primary and secondary abilities are as follows:

    • Primary: A Vampiric main attack that costs Mana to do Arcane damage,
      but also grants Ancestor a portion of that damage done as health.
    • Secondary: Area of Effect centered on Ancestor that heals allies and
      damages enemies proportional to the size of his Mana pool.

    In addition:

    • A convert-health-to-mana burst that allows Ancestor to keep going
      without the need for an afternoon nap.
    • And an Area of Effect terrain ability called ‘Hallowed Ground’.
      Enemies that die on Hallowed Ground are worth double the Ghost Link Mana
      increase. Also, the ghostly hands of his Bridge buddies reach up and
      will randomly Root enemies in the area of effect.

    Three-lane map “Highlands” is back

    Those who have been in the OMDU beta for some time may remember the three lane map which was released for initial testing a few months ago. The map was only available for a short period before being taken back into development. Patch 1.6 now brings back this three-lane map which will be selectable only via the custom game type at this time.

    It is worth noting that there are some interesting things about Highlands. The number of placeable traps on this map has been increased to 20. This suggests we could be looking at a varying number of placeable traps in the future depending on the chosen map or game type.

    Creepy Cliffside Clash

    The default map will be changed in patch 1.6 to a halloween themed version of the existing two lane map, Cliffside Clash. The newly themed map is aptly named “Creepy Cliffside Clash”.

    Featuring Jack-o-Lanterns, hanging skull decorations and a night time theme. Along with the inclusion of the Ancestor as a playable hero you can now get into the holiday spirit without leaving your home!

    More skins!

    Hogarth gets an excellent new Lumberjack skin which suits him well. Blackpaw decides to expand his wardrobe with the amusing Tutu D-Loo skin and Ivy “peaces out” with her  knew skin. The Sorceress and War Mage keep things a little more seasonal with their spooky costumes which will be free for all players. Here are the all new skins:

    Chat & Dashboard sound

    The chat system in the dash has been improved – chat messages are now persistent which means messages won’t disappear as you move through screens. How about that! Also this patch introduces music in the dashboard.

    Hero changes

    As with all patches there are some changes to heroes. There are not too many changes this time round. The most notable are changes to the Prospector and these are as follows:

      • Tunnel (Name change! “Underground Roads”):
          • ‘Dig’ Mana Cost reduced from 50 to 30.
          • Delay between player uses reduced from 5s to 3s.
          • Killing one tunnel end no longer kills the entire Underground
    • Sand Cloud (Name change! “Dust Devil”:
        • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 30.
        • Cooldown reduced from 15s to 12s.

    Gear Updates

    There are some changes to two items of gear. We’ll just list these verbatim from the patch notes:

    Gnomish Repair Kit

      • Mana cost reduced from 60 to 50.
      • Cooldown reduced from 5s to 2s.
      • Now clears trap disables when it hits a trap.
      • Now penetrates through allies or enemies to target.

    Anti-Trap Vambrace

      • Now penetrates too, instead of incorrect previous settings.

    For other hero and gear changes check out the full patch notes which also include full details of all the changes and some miscellaneous changes not covered here. We will also be updating our statistics database on the day of the patch go-live which is October 14th.  See you in-game then!

    Get your OMDU beta key by posting on Facebook (EU)

    Are you in the EU and still looking for Closed Beta access? Good news as GameForge have introduced a new way of securing a closed beta key as an alternative of getting a Founders Pack. You can now get your OMDU closed beta key by sharing on Facebook!

    Just head over to pay with a post and connect to your Facebook account, then share your OMDU post on your wall and you will receive your OMDU closed beta key!

    This method won’t get you all the benefits you would get with a Founders Pack but it does offer another way to get in-game early.

    See you online!

    Orcs Must Die! ‘After Dark’ returns tomorrow

    The Orcs Must Die! Unchained “Orcs after dark” event is returning tomorrow. The stream will see Robot staff playing against the community from 8PM CDT to 10PM. Players can join in simply by queuing up in the unranked game type mode and you never know, you may be featured on the official stream!

    If you havn’t got access to the beta yet be sure to check out the stream on the day as keys will be given out on the Twitch Chat at

    Orcs After Dark is set to become a regular feature and will take place every other Thursday going forwards.

    See you there!

    Robot Entertainment featured on AIAS website

    Andrew Olsen a concept artist at Robot Entertainment along with programmer Shovaen Patel have been featured on the AIAS website. AIAS is the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The prestigious website features studios that are part of the over 20,000 strong academy. These interviews are some of the very first to be featured on the website and give a great insight into how  Andrew and Shovaen broke into the gaming industry.

    Andrew graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and went on to join n-Space and worked on numerous Nintendo DS games. After 2 years he decided to travel back down to Dallas and found his way to his home at Robot Entertainment working on all six games released by the studio so far. Thats Age of Empires Online, Hero Academy, Echo Prime, Orcs Must Die! 1 and 2, and Orcs Must Die! Unchained.

    Getting to work on Age of Empires Online was a great experience. That franchise is very nostalgic for me. I even remember being in 5th grade and Age of Empires was the first game on our family computer. I wish I could go tell my 10 year old self that I’d be painting concepts for an AoE game in the future!

    Shovaen studied at The Guildhall at SMU studying video game software development. After graduating he scored a job immediately at Robot Entertainment and hasnt looked back since.

    It ended up being an easy decision, because Robot is an awesome place to work and an incredible place to start a career in games, with our history and our core group of veteran developers.

    He is currently the Robot looking after the programming of the bots in OMDU.

    Be sure to check out both of these excellent interviews over at the AIAS website on the link below. Many interesting topics are discussed including where they think the industry his heading in the future.

    Submit your hero strategies – win PAX prizes!

    Here at REF we’re looking for your Orcs Must Die! Unchained hero strategies! We would like to build a small database of expert strategies from the community so that players can learn about the strengths and weaknesses of certain heroes and certain play styles. This will be another resource for players to discover new ways to play the many heroes we have access to in Unchained. Strategies can be rated by REF members to highlight which strategies get the communities seal of approval.

    There are plenty of discussion points on hero strategy. At the high level there are things like should the hero be mainly played on offence or defence. Delving deeper though you could think about when a hero should push on offence – should they wait for certain cards or conditions? What about which other heroes and cards work best along side this hero? If going on defence what trap combinations work best for this hero?

    Take a look at our example Ivy strategy.

    Have you got some top secret tips that you would like to share with the community? Hop on over to our Hero Strategy page to submit them!

    Win PAX Prizes!

    We’ve got some sweet prizes lined up from Robot Entertainment and you will be in for a chance of winning some exclusive OMDU PAX swag just for taking part. For those who submit a strategy to the database and are ranked one of the higher ratings you will be in for a chance to win. Also if you take the time to read and rate some of the contributions from the community you too will also be in a chance to win these sweet prizes. Up for grabs we have:

    • 2x OMDU backpack, wrist band, shirt, button set, and Founder’s PAX!

    Two chances to win, either by a higher rating strategy (randomly selecting amongst the  top rated strategies) or being randomly selected by reading and rating strategies (just make sure you are signed in to your REF account!).