Space Game Poetry Contest: Win a Free Copy of Zigfrak!

Poetry Magnets

Use Your Words, Win a Free Game (Maybe)! ;)

Hey y’all, funny story. A little while back I saw that a spacey game called Zigfrak was on sale on Desura, so I figured I’d chip in and support the author, and put on my coming soon list for an upcoming preview. A week or so later, I got an email from the author of the game with a code I could use on Desura for a free copy, which I thought was REALLY nice. :)

Since I already had a copy of the game, however, I asked him if I could use it for a promotion, and he agreed. So what kind of promotion? The first idea that came to my mind was…A POETRY CONTEST! ;)

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FTL: The Game Makes a Big Resurgence

FTL Screenshot

FTL is a Kickstarter Darling

So y’all might recall this little spacey rogue-type game I mentioned a few months ago called FTL: The Game. It was up for an IGF award at the time, so no one was really able to play it but the judges, which kinda made me sad, but I signed up for further updates.

Well, yesterday I got an email that says that first, you can play the game’s demo on OnLive — which for some reason I’m hesitant to try because I don’t wanna sign up for OnLive, not even sure why that is — AND that they’ve launched a Kickstarter page to get the funding they need to bring the game to a full release. As of right now, they’re at 186% of their goal, reaching over $18,000 of their goal of $10,000, which is pretty gorram amazing, if you ask me. If you support ‘em through Kickstarter, you’ll get access to the beta in a little while as well.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this game, but it’s good to see not only development moving forward on another space game, but that it’s getting so much support from fans. It’s stuff like this that makes me hope one day the bigger companies will see how viable space games are and begin investing in them again.

Edit: One day later, on 2/29/12, they’ve made 450% of their goal, as they’ve raked in $45,453 in pledges as I write this. That is just AMAZING. I hope it shows other developers how interested folks are in space games!!!

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Nexus Conflict Announced – New MMOG Set in Black Prophecy Universe

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Pretty Ship!

A new capital-ship-based combat game that takes place in the same universe as Black Prophecy has been announced, called Nexus Conflict. This game — which is browser based using the Unity engine — apparently takes place in the “nexus” reaches of space, where two universes are colliding, which leads to large scale PvP and PvE conflict. Features include co-op missions, a skill system, ship configurations options and so on.  I’ll bring you more info as I get it, and you can register for an upcoming beta phase as well if you’d like, but you can click below for a teaser trailer and more screenshots.

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Distant Worlds – Legends: The Voyage Begins

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Distant Worlds - Legends Review
1 - This Poped Up on my First Execution of the Game, Nice!

Let's Get This Party Started!

This look at Distant Worlds – Legends is going to be a tad different, at least in the beginning. While reading the manual, it was stated that one could play as a starship captain by automating everything except for one ship…so that’s exactly what I’m doing. Playing the latest version of the game with the beta patch (1.7.0.10), I’m going to take my in-game character from captain to emperor, if he survives that long. Therefore, we’re going to start by looking at the game from a small, focused perspective and slowly open it up as my character, Captain Rubin (I always put myself in games, deal with it ;) gets “promoted”. Enjoy!

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Off-Topic: This Week is Gonna be CRAZAY

Flying Time...

A Busy Life is a Fulfilled Life. ;)

Hey y’all, I just wanted to give y’all a heads up that this coming week is going to be nuts for me time-wise.

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Miscellany: Slight Rules Change

RULES!

Alright, it's not a GREAT graphic, but it's the best I could find, K? ;)

About a month ago, I got an email totally out of the blue from Rich over at Digital Eeel Games. He told me I “really must play Weird Worlds“, the sequel to the excellent Strange Adventures in Infinite Space (which you can now download for free, by the way). If you’re unaware, these games play like a Starflight-esque space exploration game, wherein you find stuff to loot, fight enemies and so on…but an entire game can be played in maybe 10 minutes or less.

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Off-Topic, Kinda – Finding a Balance

I loved seesaws as a kid.

Balance is an Excellent Thing to Strive For. :)

So as you can see by my coming soon list on the sidebar, I’ve got a lot of recent games on my plate to look at, some from several months ago. I just noted this to myself as I finished reading the Distant Worlds – Legends manual today (great manual, BTW!). I got this game to review back in…November-ish, I wanna say. And yet here we are, middle of February, and I’m just getting to it. In a way, I feel bad about that.
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AI War: Fleet Command is Steam’s Daily Deal

Frigates in battle in AI War

Space Battles for A Few Dolars...

Hey y’all, just FYI that today’s daily deal on Steam is AI War: Fleet CommandThe base version is $3.39 and the bundle with all of the expansions is $5.77. This is an excellent deal, so if you’ve yet to acquire this expansive and detailed game, now would be a great time. Enjoy!

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Spacey Snippets – 2/17/12

All those little dots are news stories...

It's a Super Nova of News!!

Hey y’all, happy Friday! I thought I’d finish the week out with the latest spate of Spacey Snippets, so I hope y’all enjoy ‘em! Also, lots of videos came out this week, so they’ll be embedded after the cut.

  • There’s a new Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion trailer, which you can view after the cut below. The developers are also teasing a new game, according to VG237.
  • There a new EVE Online video entitled “Awakening”, which you can also see after the cut below. They also have a new spaceship viewer on their site
  • Space Sector has an interview with Novacore Studios regardings Legends of Pegasus, and there’s also a new trailer, which you can see below. They also have a review of Blue Libra.
  • There are some more blog posts regarding Beyond Beyaan regarding technology scripts, particles and combat plans.
  • The Drox Operative website has been updated with pics of two new monsters, the Storm and the Swarm. They look creeepy!
  • There’s a bit of news on Naev, including a new blog posts on activated outfits, and also you can now get the game on Desura.
  • In Miner Wars 2081 news, they’ve now added a top list of contributors, a new build for paid beta testers and some new pics, which you can see on their website. They’re also looking for more playtesters.
  • According to Space Sim Central, there’s a new trailer for the upcoming game Salvation Prophecy, which you can see below. They also have put up a Solstice review.
  • In Evochron Mercenary news, there’s a new version of the game on the game’s website, and Giant Bomb has done a quick look of the game which is pretty amusing.
  • The folks behind the Freelancer mod Freeworlds: Tides of War have released a new video looking at basic shadows, which looks awesome. Check it out below.
  • The fantastic Starpoint Gemini is now available on Steam.
  • In SOL: Exodus news, SpaceSector is reporting that there’s now a demo out, as well as an upcoming update which includes in-mission checkpoints, a cockpit view, collision damage and more.
  • Over on Doctor Frog’s Horrible Things, he’s written a blog entry about the recently-made-open-source space sim Starshatter: The Gathering Storm
  • Besides my own preview, DIY Gamer also has a preview of Starfarer for ya.
  • Finally, in non-gamey news, a lot of concept spaceships were put up this week at the Concept Ships blog, including fantastic entries by Mike Kim, Dima Goryainov, Fabián J. Cuevas and finally, an amazing Enterprise concept by Shawn Weixelman.

That’s it for now! Have a great weekend!

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Another One…or Three…Bite the Dust…

SpaceShip Crash

Ah Well...

So recently I said I was gonna do a few previews, and even listed them on the site. Welp, I tried to preview a few games and found them…not up to snuff. First, neither Star Supremacy  and Planet War had any kind of direct spaceship control, so they were disqualified. Then, I tried Starjack Online, but a broken tutorial — how can I extract minerals on that planet when there AREN’T any, dangit? — and seemingly no community turned me off, so I’m dropping that as well. Now I’ll be moving onto Moon Breakers as well as starting my review, finally, of Distant Worlds – Legends. Stat tuned!!

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