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Colonize the Universe with 4 Awesome Games: RimWorld, Planetbase, GalCiv III, and Offworld Trading Company!

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 By Island Dog In GalCiv III News

Colonize the Universe in an EXCLUSIVE bundle that's out of this world: Get 4 highly rated games for only $39.99*!

Colonize the Universe Sale

Tell a dramatic story of colonizing a distant planet in RimWorld, face the challenges of survival in harsh
climates in Planetbase, rule an entire massive galaxy in Galactic Civilizations III, and engage
in fast-paced RTS action against foes in the Martian stock market in Offworld Trading Company.

Reg: $109.96     Special Sale Price: $39.99*
Claim your Steam keys for each game, activate them, and start playing right away!

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THIS NEW EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE INCLUDES:

RimWorld
A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Inspired by Dwarf Fortress and Firefly. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.
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  RimWorld

 

Planetbase   Planetbase
Guide a group of space settlers trying to establish a base on a remote planet. Grow food, collect energy, mine resources, survive disasters and build a self-sufficient colony in a harsh and unforgiving environment.
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Galactic Civilizations III
Build a civilization that will stand the test of time in the largest space-based strategy game ever! Choose from dozens of unique races and make a name for yourself across the galaxy through diplomacy, espionage, technological advances, and more.
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  Galactic Civilizations III

 

Offworld Trading Company   Offworld Trading Company
Mars has been colonized, and Earth's corporate titans fight to dominate the new market. Competition is fierce in this fast-paced economic RTS from Civilization IV lead designer, Soren Johnson.
Campaign Length: 3-4 hours per CEO (9 total)
Skirmish Length: 20-30 minutes.
More Info

 

Reg: $109.96     Special Sale Price: $39.99*
Claim your Steam keys for each game, activate them, and start playing right away!

Buy the Bundle Now

 

 

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*Sale ends August 21, 2018 at 1PM ET.

Copyright © 2018. Galactic Civilizations is a registered trademark of Stardock Entertainment. Planetbase is a trademark of Madruga Works. RimWorld is a trademark of Ludeon Studios and Tynan Sylvester. Offworld Trading Company is a trademark of Mohawk Games. Steam and the Steam logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Bank Gothic is a trademark of MyFonts and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All rights reserved.

Star Control: Origins Prelude 4 of 13 - The Mid Spur

Published on Monday, July 23, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

Star Control: Origins is a space action adventure game.  You are the Captain of a ship with a mission to protect Earth and explore the galaxy. 

From a technical perspective, Star Control is a story engine.  We don't generate new quests.  Instead, we are looking to populate a deep and rich world with hand-crafted Sci-Fi stories.  But we won't be doing it alone.  Much of our effort has been to create consumer (i.e. user friendly) apps like Adventure Studio, the City Crafter, and the Ship Designer, so that people can create compelling stories to share.

Of course, our job is to tell the first story: Star Control: Origins itself, starting in 2088. Over the past four years, we've written a lot of stories.  And while the main mission might "only" take 20 hours to complete, that is not the end of the story.  It's a big galaxy out there.  And mind you, this is just our universe.  People will be able to travel to completely different universes as well with their own stories and characters.  But it is also our hope that fans will want to help flesh out this universe with us over the coming years.

To understand how big our playing field is, let's talk about our setting: Orion's Spur.

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Star Control: Origins Prelude 3 of 13 - Creating interactive stories

Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

The Star Control universe is rich with interesting characters and species.  From the cowardly Spathi to the horrifying Kohr-Ah, players will be frequently caught off guard by the juxtaposition of so many different experiences.

In Star Control: Origins, the ever-so-needy Tywom are introduced.  They will be your best friends whether you like it or not.

Stardock is best known for its strategy games.  Well, technically, we're best known for our software and technology, but we've always loved making strategy games.

Star Control is not a strategy game. It is a role-playing game.  And the best RPGs have excellent writing.  

At the very start, we knew that we would need to work with talented writers. In 2013, we hired Chris Bucholz to lead the writing effort for Star Control.  His How-To guides on Cracked and his ability to write both serious and comedic stories was compelling. No one has spent more time on Star Control: Origins than he has.  

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Star Control: Origins - Freedom to Fail

Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 By GGTheMachine In Star Control Journals

Star Control: Origins lets you do a lot of dumb things. Starting off in command of humanity's latest and greatest spaceship, your orders are to travel to Neptune's moon of Triton. On the way there, you're free to fly into the sun and melt your entire crew or explore the planet Venus and watch your planetary lander immediately get obliterated.

This game doesn't hold your hand in the way most RPGs do, where you're forced sit through a tedious tutorial and it takes a long time to encounter a possible failure state. Most RPGs only have failure states in the context of combat, where multiple choices tend to only affect combat and narrative outcomes, rather than wider gameplay and progression consequences. 

In Star Control: Origins, you can attack a new alien on sight and ruin the potential to have an alliance with them, or you can strip an ally of too many of their ships, so they get annoyed and no longer help you when it counts. When writing dialog for even minor alien races, we try to distance ourselves from the RPG tropes such as "if someone offers me something, I should take it because it will end up paying off later on!" Maybe it will, and maybe it won't. Space is big, and there's a lot of junk out there.




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Star Control: Origins Prelude 2 of 13 - So Many Planets

Published on Friday, July 6, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

Greetings!

Space is big. We know that.  But how interesting is it? That remains to be seen.

Let's take a look at the orbital bodies in our own solar system.

Orbital Body

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Mercury

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 Basically a hot rock.

Venus

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 A poisonous, toxic hell.

Mars

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 A really cold desert.

Jupiter

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 Big ball of gas.

Saturn

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 Another big ball of gas with cool rings.

Uranus

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 Ice gas ball.

Neptune

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 Ice gas ball.

What about the moons?

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Ashes Dev Journal: Map Making Considerations

Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018 By GGTheMachine In Ashes Dev Journals

 

During my time working on Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, I have made many new maps and reworked countless of the existing ones. There are recurring characteristics for the changes I make to maps, and criteria that I base most of my maps on, so I thought it would be interesting to articulate what it is that governs my map making and rework process. 

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Star Control: Origins Prelude 1 of 13 - The Living Universe

Published on Friday, June 29, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

Greetings!

We now have an official release day: September 20, 2018!  Almost five years since we began our adventure with Star Control. 

For this occasion we have begun to number these journal entries to count up to week 13, which is when the game gets released!

13 weeks...Not much time.  So even though it's a Sunday as I write this, and my birthday, I'm pleased to share this blog to let you know where we are.

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Star Control: Origins - Professional Modder

Published on Monday, June 25, 2018 By GGTheMachine In Star Control Journals

"Designer" is a rather vague term; it's my role on Star Control: Origins but it doesn't communicate particularly well what I do on the project. So how do I explain when someone asks me what it is that I do? Professional modder, is what I tell them. I create ships, but I'm not an artist. I create quests, weapons, and transform stars, but I'm not a coder. I work with the in-game ship editor and Adventure Studio, our powerful modding suite for Star Control: Origins. I'm creating content for the campaign in the same way modders later will, our entire single-player campaign is built using the tools that will be available to everyone when the game launches. My title is designer, but practically I'm a modder getting paid to make stuff for the campaign in synergy with the rest of the talented design team. So why does this matter?


With Star Control: Origins, we're allowing everyone to be their own designer of their own universe; modders can create and shape their own galaxy, making it as rich and vast as the one we're working on. Have a story you'd like to tell, or a race of aliens you like to draw? You can bring them to life now in a matter of hours. Create a planet or entire star system for your aliens, assemble ships and scatter their colonies amongst the stars, write some dialog and scripts with our visualized conversation tree, import your drawings and assign some behavior. You now have your new aliens, ready for befriending or conquering. 

 

 

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Stardock Titles - Up to 75% Off in the Steam Summer Sale

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Island Dog In Sins News

Stardock - Steam Summer Sale

Offworld Trading Company

Offworld Trading Company Gold Bundle
Over 70% Off
Includes the Base Game, Jupiter's Forge expansion pack, Real Mars Map Pack DLC, Scenario Toolkit DLC, The Ceres Initiative DLC, The Patron and the Patriot DLC, Blue Chip Ventures DLC, Conspicuous Consumption DLC, Limited Supply DLC, and Soundtrack DLC.

Offworld Trading Company
Base Game Only
$19.99    Now $9.99

Offworld Trading Co.: Jupiter's Forge Expansion
$14.99    Now $9.89

Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III Gold Bundle*
Up to 70% Off
Includes the Base Game, Intrigue Expansion, Crusade Expansion, Mega Events DLC, Revenge of the Snathi DLC, Precursor World DLC, Rise of the Terrans DLC, Lost Treasures DLC, Altarian Prophecy DLC, Mech Parts Kit DLC, Mercenaries Expansion, and Soundtrack DLC.

Galactic Civilizations III
Includes Base Game, Crusade Expansion, Mega Events DLC, Builder's Kit DLC, and Map Pack DLC
$39.99    Now $13.59

Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue Expansion
$19.99    Now $17.99

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Gold Bundle
Over 75% Off
Includes the Base Game, Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, Outlaw Sectors DLC, Stellar Phenomena DLC, Forbidden Worlds DLC, and Soundtrack DLC.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
(Base Game Only)
$39.99    Now $9.99

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Gold Bundle
Over 65% Off
Includes the Base Game, Epic Map Pack DLC, Overlord Scenario Pack DLC, Turtle Wars DLC, Gauntlet DLC, Oblivion DLC, Inception DLC, Secret Missions DLC, and Soundtrack DLC.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
(Base Game Only)
$39.99    Now $13.59

gc12pack
GalCiv I and II Pack
$24.99 Now $6.24
tpm
dmd
Dead Man's Draw
$6.99 Now $3.49
tcm
The Corporate Machine
$9.99 Now $4.99
Multuplicity
Multiplicity
$19.99 Now $9.99
 

 

 

Best Deals

Stardock Pack 2018

Stardock Pack 2018
Reg. $89.99   Now $44.99

Includes 9 items: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - Co-Op Map Pack,
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - Juggernaut DLC, Galactic Civilizations III, Galactic Civilizations III - Builders Kit DLC,
Galactic Civilizations III - Map Pack DLC, Offworld Trading Company, Offworld Trading Company - Almanac DLC,
and Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion

 

Stardock Legends Pack

Stardock Legends Pack
Reg. $39.99   Now $19.99

Includes 7 items: Dead Man's Draw, Demigod, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, Galactic Civilizations® I:
Ultimate Edition, Galactic Civilizations® II: Ultimate Edition, Sins of a Solar Empire®: Trinity, The Corporate Machine


 

Check out the full list

Sale ends July 5, 2018 at 1PM EST and is valid on select titles.
Steam is required to play these games and software.

*The Intrigue expansion is not included in the Steam Gold Bundle,
but is available in the Gold Edition when purchased direct from Stardock.

Stardock Titles - Up to 75% Off in the Steam Summer Sale

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Island Dog In Ashes of the Singularity News

Stardock - Steam Summer Sale

Offworld Trading Company

Offworld Trading Company Gold Bundle
Over 70% Off
Includes the Base Game, Jupiter's Forge expansion pack, Real Mars Map Pack DLC, Scenario Toolkit DLC, The Ceres Initiative DLC, The Patron and the Patriot DLC, Blue Chip Ventures DLC, Conspicuous Consumption DLC, Limited Supply DLC, and Soundtrack DLC.

Offworld Trading Company
Base Game Only
$19.99    Now $9.99

Offworld Trading Co.: Jupiter's Forge Expansion
$14.99    Now $9.89

Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III Gold Bundle*
Up to 70% Off
Includes the Base Game, Intrigue Expansion, Crusade Expansion, Mega Events DLC, Revenge of the Snathi DLC, Precursor World DLC, Rise of the Terrans DLC, Lost Treasures DLC, Altarian Prophecy DLC, Mech Parts Kit DLC, Mercenaries Expansion, and Soundtrack DLC.

Galactic Civilizations III
Includes Base Game, Crusade Expansion, Mega Events DLC, Builder's Kit DLC, and Map Pack DLC
$39.99    Now $13.59

Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue Expansion
$19.99    Now $17.99

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Gold Bundle
Over 75% Off
Includes the Base Game, Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, Outlaw Sectors DLC, Stellar Phenomena DLC, Forbidden Worlds DLC, and Soundtrack DLC.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
(Base Game Only)
$39.99    Now $9.99

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Gold Bundle
Over 65% Off
Includes the Base Game, Epic Map Pack DLC, Overlord Scenario Pack DLC, Turtle Wars DLC, Gauntlet DLC, Oblivion DLC, Inception DLC, Secret Missions DLC, and Soundtrack DLC.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
(Base Game Only)
$39.99    Now $13.59

gc12pack
GalCiv I and II Pack
$24.99 Now $6.24
tpm
dmd
Dead Man's Draw
$6.99 Now $3.49
tcm
The Corporate Machine
$9.99 Now $4.99
Multuplicity
Multiplicity
$19.99 Now $9.99
 

 

 

Best Deals

Stardock Pack 2018

Stardock Pack 2018
Reg. $89.99   Now $44.99

Includes 9 items: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - Co-Op Map Pack,
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - Juggernaut DLC, Galactic Civilizations III, Galactic Civilizations III - Builders Kit DLC,
Galactic Civilizations III - Map Pack DLC, Offworld Trading Company, Offworld Trading Company - Almanac DLC,
and Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion

 

Stardock Legends Pack

Stardock Legends Pack
Reg. $39.99   Now $19.99

Includes 7 items: Dead Man's Draw, Demigod, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, Galactic Civilizations® I:
Ultimate Edition, Galactic Civilizations® II: Ultimate Edition, Sins of a Solar Empire®: Trinity, The Corporate Machine


 

Check out the full list

Sale ends July 5, 2018 at 1PM EST and is valid on select titles.
Steam is required to play these games and software.

*The Intrigue expansion is not included in the Steam Gold Bundle, but is
available in the Gold Edition when purchased direct from Stardock.

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