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Hey everyone, welcome to episode #02 of the Space Game Junkie Podcast! This week, Jim and I try to become more streamlined and efficient (me especially), yet still discuss some news, some games, and our main topic, the best music from spacey games!
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Lots of News for Today’s Update!
Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a great week ahead. To help things start off on a positive note, here’s today’s latest spacey game news!
- In Kickstarter news, the ScrumbleShip Kickstarter has about 50 hours left as I write this, yet has made their funding goals. Yay! In less positive news however, the Blackspace kickstarter has three days left, yet isn’t even at 50% of their goals, so I implore you to check it out and, if you like what you see, kick ‘em something to help ‘em out. Remember, if you know of a spacey gamey Kickstarter I’ve not covered yet (has to be PC or Mac, FYI), please let me know.
- The Blackspace folks also have a new post on their Kickstarter page explaining where the money they’ll get is going to.
- According to Rock, Paper Shotgun, Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen has already brought in $730,000 in crowdfunding. I plan on adding to that total soon my own self. ;) There’s also a great FAQ thread on their forums with a lot of info, and a great article on Gamasutra entitled, “Why Wing Commander‘s Chris Roberts turned to crowdfunding“.
- In Nexus 2 news, their Kickstarter page has been updated with a note on ships and ship management. Secondly, and thanks to VidMaster for this tip, a fellow on YouTube named “The One Source of Truth” has a video entitled “Introduction to Nexus – Why we need Nexus 2 (Part 1)” which is pretty cool, and I’ll embed after the cut.
- Also on YouTube is a new video from the M.O.R.E. folks showing their space battles module, which I’ll also embed after the cut. There’s also an update about it on their Kickstarter page if you’d like to learn more.
- Over on the Ring Runner Kickstarter page, they have word of a new demo, which I am itching to try.
- According to the EVE Online news page, Inferno 1.3 will be deployed tomorrow. The patch notes for the update are here.
- The Rubicon website has screenshots of the release version (which is free, by the by) for your viewing pleasure.
- The ”Apply MkIII Sanding Machine” beta 5.093 patch has been released for AI War.
- Eurogamer has an article detailing more about Minecraft creator Notch’s upcoming space hame 0x10c, which includes a video I’ll embed below. In speaking of landing on planets, Notch said, ”The goal is to have it feel a bit like Firefly,” which TOTALLY has sold me. ;) Take my love, take my land…
- On the Matrix Games forums discussing the as-yet-fully-announced expansion for Distant Worlds, Matrix’s Erik Rutins confirmed the inclusion of gravitic weapons, or “Tractor/Repulsor beams and singularity creation (though perhaps not in the way that you might expect).” What I EXPECT is to be able to create black holes, SIR. ;)
- Over on Steam, updates for both Sword of the Stars II and Really Big Sky have been released.
That’s it for now! If more comes up I’ll update this post as I get it. Thanks guys, and have an awesome day!
Continue reading “Spacey Game News – 10/15/12” »
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What? Look, I Know This Image is Stupid, But It’s Tough Finding Free Stock Images of ‘News’. :P
Hey y’all, happy Friday! I’d like to say this first week of daily news digests is going well! It’s keeping me focused on writing SOMETHING each day, and I hope it’s helping keep y’all informed as to all the spacey gamey goodness out there. Now with that said, let’s dive in:
- Sol Trader has been updated with new AI traders, revised UI screens, and save/load functionality. Seems like a good time to try this little beauty, huh? I know I’m gonna.
- According to a press release, the folks behind Iron Sky Invasion are using actors from the film — which I still need to see — in the game, which is pretty cool.
- The folks behind Blackspace posted an update on their Kickstarter page talking about new reward add-ons.
- Also on Kickstarter, the folks behind Ring Runner have announced a new award tier that allows users to help create a whole new skill for the game.
- And in the final Kickstarter update, the folks behind M.O.R.E. have announced that their game has been fully funded. Congrats to them!!!
- Paste Magazine has a great review of FTL up.
In today’s deals, we have a couple worth mentioning:
Thanks to Bryan for this tip! The folks at GetGames are having a Sci-Fi Sale
which includes the following spacey games (which are all pretty good deals in my opinion):
In non-space-gamey news, Cliff Harris — the bloke behind Gratuitous Space Battles – announced that after many years, his game Diplomacy 2 is finally on Steam! Congrats Cliff! Finally, there are some fantastic spaceship paintings by Adrien Girod over on the Concepts Ships blog.
That’s it for now y’all! Have a wonderful weekend!!
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It's a Supernova of News!!!
Heeeeelllo everyone, how y’all been? Me, I’ve been busy, not only with work, but with some articles for here as well, so a lot of news has happened in the interim. I’ve got a ton to go through, so let’s get started:
- According to Eurogamer, the long, long, long delayed fan-based project, Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn will finally, FINALLY be released on March 22. I know I’ll be trying out this bad boy. You can also see a trailer below after the cut.
- There’s a mod being planned for The Ur-Quan Masters that will be called Project 6014 according to this forum post. This mod takes place shortly after the end of Star Control II, so it should be a good time.
- In the world of EVE Online, Eve News 24 has a fascinating article about a few folks two trillion ISK due to exploits in the contract system. The dev blog also has new entries on little improvements, a streaming FanFest feed, launcher issues and price indices for February.
- In Starfarer news, Space Sector has their own look at the game, which also got a new version released recently.
- RTSGuru has some tidbits about beta updates and changes to the current beta version of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.
- There’s a new blog entry regarding Starfare that involves modding that looks pretty neat.
- PC Magazine has a list of the “10 Classic Computer RPGs” and, as I’d hoped, Starflight makes the list.
- According to folks at the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC), folks compared Miner Wars 2081 to Descent, Freespace and Red Faction, which seems fair I s’pose. There’s also a new version of the game available for beta testers.
- Speaking of the GDC, the folks behind FTL: The Game wrote up a little recap of their experience there. Their Kickstarter page also recently passed $100,000. Woooow!
- There’s a new patch available for Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter that has a few critical fixes.
- Over on the Beyond Beyaan blog, Brent admits he’s never played Master of Orion on impossible difficulty, and then discusses the result of his first attempt to do so. He also has entries on his game, covering topics like the combat screen (video embedded below), a tutorial and a new version!
- There’s a new version of Arvoch Alliance available that fixes a few things, but not the difficulty wall, apparently *grumble*. Thanks Blue’s News for the tip.
- Apparently the composer for the music in Descent Freespace and Freespace 2, Dan Wentz, is now on the Hard Light Productions forums to get help making remixes of the music from those games. AWESOME!
- According to VG247, the lead ship designer for Star Trek Online, Adam Williams (blog with ship designs here), has left Crpytic to join Bungie. Sad, since I did love the designs of STO.
- There’s a new version of Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, according to this forum post,, which adds among other things, a GM console! Cool!
- There’s a new version of Kerbal Space Program that you can buy in their store, according to their dev blog.
- There’s an update for the exceptional Really Big Sky over on Steam.
- Out of Eight Reviews has reviewed both Star Hammer Tactics as well as Lunar Flight.
- If you want more Lunar Flight reviews, you can head over to Impulse Gamer, MetaGem and IGN Germany.
- In somewhat related gamey news, Cliff Harris — the bloke behind Gratiutous Space Battles — is now taking pre-orders for his new game, Gratuitous Tank Battles, which looks pretty cool.
- Finally, in non-gamey news, the Concept Ships blog has some fantastic concept art for spaceships from an upcoming web-comic called Carpe Chaos that look REALLY cool, so check out parts 1, 2 and 3.
WHEW! That was a lot! Thanks for reading y’all, and have a great weekend!
Continue reading “Spacey Snippets – 3-16-12” »
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Plenty of Spacey Games for Sale on GamersGate!
GamersGate has a ton of spacey game deals, including:
For my money, the best deals there are for Master of Orion II, Sword of the Stars Complete and Space Rangers 2: Reboot, but many of those are great games. Enjoy!!
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Oh God, SO MUCH NEWS...
Hey y’all, me again. Been SO busy lately that the news has just been piling up and up, but now I have some time to finally open the flood gates. With that said, here’s a bunch of spacey news from the last week or two. Again, there are vids and pics this week, so check ‘em out below the cut:
- There’s been a bunch of Lunar Flight news, such as it being available on GamersGate, as well as writeups by Rock, Paper Shotgun, The Examiner and Voightkampf.
- Space Sector has a first look at Solstice, a simplistic space-based RTS for PC, iOS and Android. They also have a video of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.
- Speaking of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, the official site has a new preview video (which is embedded below), the beta has gone live for folks who pre-ordered, and Gamespy has a preview.
- There’s been some updates regarding SOL: Exodus, such as a new cockpit view (a video of which you can see below), and word on Steam as to how to check out the beta of the next major revision.
- The Star Conflict site has been updated with some artwork of Imperial ships.
- Even though a beta of Starfarer was just released, you can already read patch notes for the next version, which looks great. There’s also a great looking mod using ships from Star Control II, and a writeup on Rock, Paper Shotgun.
- The Beyond Beyaan blog has been updated with posts on weapons hots and misses, release plans, and progress on combat.
- Lots of bits on EVE Online recently, including an interview with CCP’s CEO and CMO, news that CCP made $66 million in revenue in 2011, and blog posts about Crucible’s 1.1 deployment, their new launcher, a team avatar introduction and a massive post about their upcoming expansion, Inferno.
- According to Arcen Games, a new beta patch for AI War: Fleet Command is out.
- X3: Albion Prelude got an update recently, and someone named “Grubber” made a nearly hour long YouTube video on how to be a pirate in the game, which looks great.
- Miner Wars: 2081 has shown off some new faction ship prefabs which look pretty cool.
- There’s a news update for StarDrive that talks about a new patch and other fun tidbits.
- The Drox Operative blog has a new post about doomsday weapons, and Gamespy has a new interview with Steeven Peeler, the creator.
- There’s new news on the Stellar Impact front! First is a new publishing deal with Meridian4, which should gain them some exposure, as well as some new screenshots, which I tried to download but couldn’t, dangit. Sorry. :(
- Reall Big Sky — the dynamically generated shooter that I really enjoyed — is now available on Steam.
- The Kerbal Space Program blog has been updated with a new story of their history, this time on version 0.4.
- Finally, which generous soul out there wants to buy me this AWESOME Dralthi Kilrathi model from Etsy? ;)
Thanks guys, and I’ll see you next week!
Continue reading “Spacey Snippets – 3/2/12” »
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More Spacey Sales!
Hey y’all, I’m swamped at work, but there’s a couple of sales I wanted y’all to know about. First, the latest Indie Royale bundle has launched and is called “The Really Big Bundle“. It includes four games, one of which is the excellent Really Big Sky that you might recall I enjoyed a lot in my review. :) Secondly, Impulse is having an SF Week, which includes five games such as EVE Online, Flatspace II, Armada 2526 and Star Ruler. I might get Flatspace II, but the rest I already have. Happy savings. :)
Tons of Space Games on Sale!
There are lots of sales of space games accross multiple digitial distribution sites today, such as:
- Show me the games — a site wherein all the proceeds from sales go to the developers — has games such as AI War: Fleet Command, Gratuitous Space Battles, Smugglers IV, Space Pirates and Zombies, Evochron Mercenary, and Starscape for 50% off each. Check out their sale page for more info.
- Impulse has quite a lot on sale today, including a Gratuitous Space Battles Collector’s Edition, an AI War Alien Bundle, an AI War/Gratuitous Space Battles Pack, Freespace 2, Independence War 2 – Edge of Chaos and a Master of Orion Collection.
- Finally, GamersGate has a ton of spacey goodness on sale, including Evochron Mercenary, a Space Empire Bundle with Space Empires IV and V, Star Ruler, Really Big Sky, Space Rangers 2 and its expansion Space Rangers 2 Reboot, Star Wolves 3: Civil War and a Mass Effect Complete bundle.
That’s a ton of sales, my friends, so if you’ve been putting off getting some of these amazing games, don’t dawdle and get ‘em while the getting’s good. Enjoy!
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Holy crap, dinosaurs with freaking laser beams!
A day or two after this site was launched, I noticed a game on sale at Impulse called Really Big Sky. I’d never heard of it before, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting a game sight unseen on sale before. Unlike a not-so-good game I found randomly on a sale a little while back, Really Big Sky — which is a sequel to ANOTHER game I’d never heard of called Big Sky from the same developer, Boss Baddie — turned out to be something of a genuine surprise! Read on to find out what I thought after some hours of play time. :)
Continue reading “Really Big Sky – A Shooter Made with Love and Lasers” »
So because I’m underemployed, I usually have a decent amount of time to dedicate to this site, and I’m enjoying finding news and working on content immensely. However, because of the theme breaking today, I got absolutely NOTHING done for this site today, and for that, I apologize. I hope to get back on track tomorrow with regular news, plus I’m in the process of reviewing two games (1972′s Star Trek and Really Big Sky) as well a preview of Starfarer. I hope to have more content for y’all soon, and I thank you for your patience and your patronage. :)