Spacey Snippets – 1/31/12

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Catching Up on News...

Hey y’all, been dang busy with SOL: Exodus stuff and work and so on, so a LOT of news has occurred since my last snippet entry. With that said, let’s dive right in, shall we? :)

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Flotilla for $2.49 on Steam Today

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Colorful, Tactical Pew-Pewness!

There’s this little space indie tactical game called Flotilla that I played a while back and enjoyed. It’s got some random elements and fun, if sometimes frustrating, tactical combat. Well, today it’s on sale on Steam for $2.49, so it’s an easy buy if you like tactical space action.

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New Browser-Based Space Combat Game – Moon Breakers

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You Can Break the Moooooooon! Or Something...

I have to be honest. One thing I’m loving about this blog is getting contacted by folks making their own space games. For example, today I got contacted, out of the blue, by Ed Byrne of Imba Entertainment to tell me about their new, browser-based — Chrome only — space game, Moon Breakers. Click below to read more…

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SOL: Exodus – Hacking and Slashing

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Sol Exodus Review
1 - Back in the Saddle Again

Here I Go...Again On My Own...

And we’re back! If you recall from my last entry, I was having some difficulty getting past the third mission in the game, wherein the Atlas was fighting off waves of fighters and bombers, followed by a couple of frigates. Thanks to some hints from the game’s creator, once the frigates showed, I hacked the heck out of them, revealed their weak spots and eventually brought them down, saving the Atlas. Whew. Keep readin’ on to find out what happened next!

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SPAZ on Sale on Steam

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SPAZ is On Sale This Weekend!

Hey y’all, how are ya? I’m dang busy with work and working on my next SOL: Exodus diary entry, but I wanted to chime in and let y’all know that Steam is having a sale on the fantastic Space Pirates and Zombies throughout the entire weekend until Monday morning for $4, so if you’ve not jumped on the SPAZ bandwagon yet, now is a great time to do so. Enjoy!

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StarDrive Q&A with Daniel DiCicco

Combat in StarDrive looks up close and personal.

We Talk with StarDrive's Creator

A while back, we discussed a space action/4X game on Kickstarter called StarDrive. Several months later, the game reached its funding goals — and much more — making the game a reality. I then contacted the StarDrive’s creator, Daniel DiCicco, and asked for a Q&A to create some buzz for the game, which is described as a mix of Escape Velocity and Master of Orion II. I just got the Q&A back, so I hope you enjoy it.

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SOL: Exodus – The Fit Hits the Shan

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Sol Exodus Review
1 - The Game Begins

It All Seems so Idyllic...

I personally think it’s bad to start off an article by giving away your thoughts, but I’m gonna say it, SOL: Exodus is a pleasant surprise. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the game a few days before release, so I interrupted Distant Worlds – Legends to take a look at this space-focused combat sim thingy. So join me, won’t you, as I go through the first three missions of the game…

NOTE: This game isn’t out until tomorrow, and since my reviews are basically big game diaries, there are BOUND to be spoilers in here, so you’ve been warned. ;)

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Q&A with SOL: Exodus Lead Designer Chris Stockman

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The Game's Out Tomorrow!

A while back, I contacted the press folks behind the upcoming space combat game, SOL: Exodus and asked to do a Q&A. Coincidentally, I got it back last night, less that two days before the release of the game tomorrow! I was fortunate enough to have my questions answered by lead designer and creative director Chris Stockman, and I hope you enjoy the answers.

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Off-Topic: The CRPG Addict in Recovery

Sometimes You Just Need a Break

Sometimes You Just Need a Break

As you may know, this site was inspired by the excellent website, The CRPG Addict, where instead of going through space games, the owner goes through every CRPG ever. It’s been a great site to read, and I’m glad I found it for multiple reasons. Sadly, however, the owner of the site, Chester “Chet” Bolingbroke, has announced that he’s pretty much putting the blog on hold, due to no longer having any fun with it.

I can totally understand. In the mid-2000′s, after playing games nearly non-stop for 20+ years, I just stopped playing for about two years. For many years, they were fun, but they also provided an escape to what was basically a fairly crappy life. Thanks to therapy and hard work, I didn’t need that escape any longer, but I did need time to take a break to find where games fit into my life again, because I too stopped having fun with them for a while.

I therefore know I speak for everyone who visits this blog when I say we wish Chet the best of luck in his time off from gaming, and that he returns reinvigorated and refreshed and ready to play and enjoy games once again. Thanks for the fun and inspiration.

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Spacey Snippets – 1/17/12

All those little dots are news stories...

Catching Up on News...

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so sorry if it’s incomplete from the last one. I kinda took a break during the holiday season. With that, here’s some of the latest spacey gamey news!

  • Evochron Mercenary is now available on Steam, and on sale no less.
  • Angry British game journalist TotalBiscuit has done one of his “WTF Is…” videos covering upcoming indie space 4X/RPG Starfarer.
  • On the Lunar Flight website, there’s a fun graphic comparing the posters of Lunar Flight with Lunar Lander. You can now also buy the game on Desura for half the regular price, which you might wanna jump on after you read their impressions over at Rock, Paper Shotgun.
  • Over on Sugarfree Gamer, they have an after action report covering Armada 2526 Supernova, currently in three articles covering turn 1, turns 2&3, and turn 4.
  • The developer behind Kickstarter darling StarDrive is about to release the first dev build of the game, available for those who chipped in.
  • According to the official Miner Wars 2081 website, you can now pre-order their companion MMO for $19.99, which includes two years of gameplay with no subscription fees. They’re also having a level design competition.
  • According to a press release, the folks behind Star Supremacy have a huge patch in the works, which includes colony ships, an optimized alliance system, architectural effects and more. The folks at RTSGuru also have some new screenshots.
  • Adam over on Space Sector has an article entitled, “A List of Sci-Fi/Space Games You Can’t Miss In 2012 that’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Kerbal Space Program has gotten a new update to their game’s engine.
  • According to their blog, the folks at Soldak Entertainment have added info on two new races in Drox Operative, the Hive and Utopian.
  • As always, the fellow behind Beyond Beyaan has been very busy blogging, with articles on the production screen, a discussion of orbiting, a small update on the overall game, articles on colonization and colonization again, and a look at transports.
  • Finally, in non gamey news, according to Gizmodo, if you want your home to sound like the Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise, they now have door chimes for that. Also, the TV show Wing Commander Academy is coming to the US in a complete series DVD set, according to TVShowsonDVD, which is awesome because I missed it while it was on.

And that’s it. Have a great day y’all!

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