Back the Game and Get This for Free! :)
As I write this, Skyjacker’s Kickstarter campaign has fifty-six hours left, and is only a teeny bit above fifty percent of their goal. This looks like an awesome game folks, so if you can back it, please do.
I mean, these guys are awesome (as evidenced in my VERY thorough Q&A with them), but they’re also generous. Check it out, if you back the game and it still doesn’t succeed, you’ll STILL get a copy of the soundtrack regardless. How awesome is that? If it does succeed, any backer who pledged over $100 will get even more goodies, like a T-Shirt and USB stick.
This is a game I’ve been VERY excited about, so if you can help ‘em, again, I urge you to please do so. Thanks guys.
I’ll be on This Road for a Spell :/
I dunno if y’all have been wondering where I’ve been, but you might’ve noticed I’ve been slack on answering emails, comments, making new posts and so on. This is because life is CRAAAAAAAAAZY right now, for two main reasons:
- I’ve been moved to a new role at my job, which I love a loooooooot more, but at the same time, is easily many times the workload, so while previously I would have time to work on articles during my lunch break and stuff, lately I’ve not had that opportunity, and likely won’t for a couple more weeks yet. Compound that with…
- In a few weeks, my wonderful and supportive girlfriend is moving in with me, so I’ll also be helping her pack, move, taking care of new leases and so on, followed by unpacking, rearranging and so on.
So for at least the next month, I am gonna be busy as all get out. Typically I work on my blog in the evenings after work, but lately I’ve just not had the energy to do so, and for that I apologize. I love this blog and all of you wonderful folks that visit it, but for a while I’m gonna have save what energy I have for other matters until I have more mental energy to devote to this wonderful blog.
I hope y’all understand and continue to visit. I’ll update when I can with at least the news snippets, but new articles are going to be a trickle for a short while. I’ll try to respond to comments, emails and forum posts as I can, but there will likely be delays in that as well. I just wanted to give y’all a heads up so you’ll understand why there might be bits of radio silence for a spell.
Thanks to everyone who visits, comments and so on, I appreciate you all so very much, as this blog would be nothing without the community here. :) Take care, and have an awesome day/week/month. ;)
Hello my friends, how have you been? Me? I’ve been busy, exhausted and lacking in a bit of motivation, mostly due to the busy and exhausted bit. Dammit though, lots of news has happened, so out of my love for you guys, I need to keep y’all informed, right? :) Therefore, here’s just the TON of stuff that’s happened since the last round of snippets! Enjoy!
- There have been a ton of updates over on the Star Command Kickstarter page, in which they discuss making it halfway to their goal, answering questions, updating their tiers a bit and questions on their second Kickstarter campaign. Yowza.
- Over on IndieDB, ScrumbleShip has reached 0.15, which includes a new lighting system and much more.
- Arcen Games has released their AI War beta 5.042 patch, which includes more efficient rendering and tons of small fixes, and updates from their earlier 5.041 patch. They also have more news about their new expansion.
- In Legends of Pegasus news, they have a new update on the X’or race, as well as a trailer showing ‘em off. I’ll also be embedding this after the cut.
- After months without news, we finally get some regarding Strike Suit Zero in the form of a Dev Diary, which I’ll also embed after the cut. Rock, Paper Shotgun also has some coverage.
- RTSGuru has an interesting article entitled In Praise of 4X and Nudging it Forward discussing the need for some evolution in 4X games. I wonder if they’ve played Distand Worlds. ;)
- Space Sector has an article entitled Kickstarters That Made It and … Didn’t Make It – Update that bring us up to speed on the successful and not-so-successful spacey Kickstarters of late.
- The PlaySF Blog has an article entitled Children of Starflight, looking at the original series and some of its successors. They also let us all know about some new Spaceforce games that seemed to have falled under our radar, and they finally have a review of Star Wars: X-Wing.
- The Starmade site on IndieDB has been updated with a new version that includes many core upgrades such as performance upgrades, tons of bug fixes and more.
- The Beyond Beyaan blog has been updated with entries on planets and their economy, squadron UI and music, even with a sample MP3.
- The FleetCOMM : Operation Vigrior Kickstarter page has a new bootcamp update showcasing the difficulty of the game.
- The Skyjacker Kickstarter page — which only has 5 days to go people — has several new updates, including more info on pirates, a personal message asking for help in their success, and a meet the team video, which I’ll embed after the cut.
- Over on the Torchships Kickstarter page, there’s an update about the demo, which will hopefully be released on July 27th.
- According to Space Sector, they have an article about a 4X game I’d admittedly never heard of entitled Horizon still going strong and close to being feature complete.
- The FTL website has been updated regarding progress on the beta, such as a new save and exit feature and more.
- According to the Ensign-1 page on IndieDB, they’ve released a WYSIWYG level editor for your tinkering pleasure.
- The Predestination website has been updated with an article on their new combat system, as well as a video of its implementation. This will also be embedded after the cut.
- There are more Endless Space reviews over on Space Sector, The Scientific Gamer and Out of Eight PC Game Reviews, who also has a video of his playthrough of the game, which I’ll also embed below.
- Speaking of reviews, Rock, Paper Shotgun has posted their review of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, as does Ripten.
- Finally in non-game news, there are excellent example of ship art over on the Concept Ships blog from Jamie Jones and Dorje Bellbrook.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeew, that was a lot. :) I hope y’all feel updated now on the latest and greatest spacey news, and I hope y’all have an awesome day. :) Don’t forget to click below to see the videos I mentioned above. Thanks for reading!
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Some days, you never know what you’ll find while perusing digital distribution sites. I was scanning through Desura a while back, and came upon this interesting looking spacey game named Zigfrak. I’d never heard of it, but since the price was maybe $7, I snagged a copy and added to my list of games to try soon(ish). Now that I’ve had time to play the game, read on to find how surprisingly fun I found it to be. :)
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By Grabthar’s Hammer, What a Savings!
Hey y’all, it looks like Steam is gearing up for its bit summer sale, and while it’s not begun yet, word has leaked of SEVERAL bundles relevant to space game fans. These include:
- 1C Collection Pack – Definitely will have Space Rangers, no idea about Star Wolves.
- Gratuitous Battle Pack – Will have Gratuitous Space Battles of course.
- Stardock Collection Pack – Will have the Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilization games.
- Strategy First Bundle – Will have some Space Empires games in there.
- Sword of the Stars Franchise Bundle – Obvious
You can read the whole document I was shown here. They’ll also have daily indie bundles as well. I can’t keep track of everything on my own, but if you need help, head over to Digital Distribution Deals. Happy savings!
Edit: Oohh, the 1C Space Collection is also on sale. Nice!
Spaceships on the Cheap at GamersGate!
Hey y’all, apparently the good folks at GamersGate are having a Sword of the Stars weekend, wherein you can get all the games in the series for really cheap. The deal includes:
Not a bad deal all around, and if you ask me, the complete collection up there is the best deal of them all. Then again I still have yet to play the second one, so I could be wrong. Enjoy!
Thanks to Strangeblades on Gamers with Jobs for this tip! Apparently over on the Arcen Games News blog, they’ve surprised everyone with the announcement of a new expansion for AI War. Entitled Ancient Shadows, according to the small Q&A on the blog post, this $4.99 expansion to be released in October will focus on the existing alien races and humans in the game, as well as some improvements/refinements for the base game. I’ve not really taken the time to dive into AI War, but this would be a perfect excuse. ;) I’ll bring you more as I get it.
How Much Is This Awesomeness Worth To You?
On several forums I frequent, including Matrix Games’ own forum, there has been more and more discussion about Distant Worlds, namely its current pricing model. Basically, if you want the original Distant Worlds, as well as its two expansions, The Return of the Shakturi and Legends, you need to fork over around $90 ($39.99+$24.99+$24.99, respectfully) for what is considered the “complete package”, since both expansions add so much to the game.
Why Is This an Issue?
Let’s Do This!
I’m gonna say one thing right off the bat before getting to the meat of this preview…I suck at roguelike games. I love them, love the hell out of them, but wow do I stink at actually playing them. I think this is due to my natural impatient tendencies. Roguelikes are typically not kind to their players, and FTL is no exception. I played several sessions of FTL for this preview, and how many did I win? None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Did I have fun while I was on the run? Keep reading, my friends…
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That’s A Lotta Games…
I began my gaming career using a computer that ran on BASIC, but it was DOS which gave me most of my legendary and most treasured classic gaming experiences. Someone feels the same way, apparently, as they’ve created a massive posted of posted listing what they feel is worthwhile DOS games. Sadly I can’t find who the author is, but if anyone knows, please let me know. This list includes the classics like Wing Commander, Starflight, Star Control II and many others. The image above is a shrunken image of the original, since the original was too big for WordPress.
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