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Siege of Centauri Dev Journal: What Makes A Good Tower Defense Game?

Published on Friday, August 23, 2019 By GGTheMachine In Siege of Centauri Dev Journals

We love Tower Defense games at Stardock. We’ve played our fair share, and many have served as inspiration and reference for our work on Siege of Centauri. Before I started on Siege, I went on a Tower Defense binge to analyze and understand what makes for a good Tower Defense game. Here are the pillars that I think are critical to developing a good tower defense game.


Variety of Creeps

Tower Defense is inherently a repetitive genre, and generally without much narrative punch to keep players engaged. As a result, Tower Defense games need to prioritize ensuring the game doesn’t feel repetitive. Meaningful variety of creeps is critical, not just with different stats but also qualities to make countering them require different towers or tactics. Swarm creeps should be vulnerable to splash but resistant to Cannon Towers, for example. You can think of it as designing creeps and towers in a rock/paper/scissors counter system, but with more interesting quirks mixed in such as shields or healing. Creeps can’t just be superficially different; the player needs to interact differently with them to keep them on their toes thinking about how to respond. Defaulting back to the same strategy over and over is where the feeling of repetition comes from.

 

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Beta 3 for Siege of Centauri is now available!

Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 By Tatiora In Siege of Centauri News

Beta 3 is now available for the massive-scale tower defense game
Newest update adds scenario workshop, endless mode, and much more

Siege of Centauri

Set in the Ashes of the Singularity universe, Siege of Centauri places the player in the role of commander of the defense of Earth's first colony on Proxima Centauri. Beta 3 adds a scenario editor where players can create and share their own missions, and a new endless mode that allows users to see how long they can last against a limitless onslaught of enemies.

“It’s always been important for us here at Stardock to put customization into the hands of the players,” said lead designer Derek Paxton. “Beta 3’s scenario workshop does exactly that: it lets people who have always wanted to design their own tower defense games create their own maps and missions.” Players can learn more about how to make their own scenarios with the Modder’s Guide.

Endless mode is a highly anticipated feature that has also made its way into the Beta 3 update. Players can attempt to survive increasingly difficult enemy waves on a few new maps that will present them with some very challenging choices.

Several new towers, enemies, and upgrades that make for deeper strategic choices are also in Beta 3. In addition, new scenarios that continue the story of the colony’s struggles are ready for players to explore.

The Early Access program is designed to allow fans to have input into game mechanics, pacing, and balance. Stardock has been releasing frequent updates based on player feedback.

“Beta updates and community feedback are a critical part of Stardock’s development process,” said Paxton. “We’ve been really happy with how the fans have helped shape this game.”

Siege of Centauri is currently in Early Access on Steam and Stardock for $9.99. The final version is expected to sell for $14.99. For more information on what’s new in Beta 3, visit the forums.

Siege of Centauri
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Siege of Centauri

 

Visit www.siegeofcentauri.com for more information.

Changelog

New Features

  • Endless Mode- The onslaught doesn't end. See how long you can last against increasingly more difficult waves.
    • Covey- Five paths lead down from the north toward your colony. Can you defend against them all?
    • Mendel- A huge desert map gives plenty of room to build defenses. And you will need it against a wide variety of attackers.
    • Ulrath- An arctic forest with dispersed resources. It will be hard to defend your Colony, Metal Refinery and Fission reactor, hard decisions will need to be made.
  • New Campaign Missions- Follow the story of the Siege of Centauri with seven new missions.
    • Plains of Fire- This Medium sized Desert map will test your ability to withstand threats of all sorts. Air units, dreadnoughts, shielded, swarms and even units that produce aircraft as they travel.
    • Dule- This night map introduces a new enemy whose army grows as it travels. Take it out quickly, or it could be too large by the time it reaches your Colony.
    • Plutus- Your Colony is well defended here, but your resources aren't. Try to keep everything safe, which won't be easy because of a new enemy that speeds up all its allies.
    • Sord- The enemy has also deployed turrets at this location. Be careful where you use Milton and Reinforcements, if they are too close to the enemy turrets, they won't last long.
    • Caina- Spiders eggs dot this map. If the enemies reach them they will tear them open and the spiders will join the attack on your colony.
    • Styx- A new Juggernaut assaults your colony, and it produces waves of Falling Stars as it travels. Can you kill it before it reaches your colony while the stars are disabling your defenses?
    • Sedge- This time there is no Colony to protect. Instead you are building a device that will end the war. Can you complete construction and hold it for the 10 minutes it takes to activate while the enemy assault grows?

  • Download and Share Scenarios- Have you always wanted to make your own tower defense game? Create your own maps and missions, share them with the community and download scenarios the community has created. check out the Modder's Guide here: http://wiki.siegeofcentauri.com/index.php?title=ModdersGuide

 

  • New Towers- Two new towers are available to equip and upgrade.
    • Mortar- A cheap area effect tower, great for weakening swarms and softening any allies without spending much metal.
    • Nova Tower- An assault tower with long range, high damage and and area of effect. Whats the catch? It only damages shields and won't do anything to enemies without them.
  • New Enemies- Lots of new threats to test your defenses.
    • Rolling Hive- This hard to kill hive produces flying Wasps as it travels that will fly directly to your colony from wherever the Hive is.
    • Floating Factory- The enemy produces Scarabs as it travels that slowly add to its army. What starts as a single threat could be a massive swarm if it isn't taken out in time.
    • Harbinger- This flying fortress will need everything you have to take it down.
    • Taskmaster- This slowly advancing enemy will speed up all allies that come near it. From entire hoards, to dreadnoughts barreling toward your base. Be care who you allow it to get close to.
    • Nest of the Queen- A devastating production dreadnought. It can take out your Colony in seconds if it gets close. The Nest is especially difficult to beat because it sends out waves of Falling Stars to disable towers in front of it.
    • Heart of the Phoenix- The toughest and most deadly enemy so far. When this dreadnought is destroyed, it forms a sturdy egg that will birth a new Phoenix after a delay. Destroy the Egg before process can complete.
    • Vulture- A special enemy on Sedge that will take out anything in its path, including your towers.

 

  • New Upgrades- Lots of new upgrades to allow you to customize your towers the way you want. 
    • Nuclear EMP- Upgrades the Carpathia's standard EMP delivery system to a small nuclear payload, allowing for a much larger blast radius.
    • Ares Charge- Reduces the Energy cost of your disruption beam by 25%.
    • Defense Scrambling- For a short period, targets take an additional 20%, 30% or 40% increased damage depending on tower level.
    • Chain Lightning- Overloads an enemy, causing them to pulse with energy that will damage nearby units.
    • Colony Interface- Connect to the Colony's computer network to assist its upgrade procedure, reducing the cost of Colony upgrades by 25%.
    • Shellshock- All enemies hit have their weapon reload increased by 100%, 150% or 200% depending on tower level.
    • Field Leak- Disables the targets shield regeneration for 30 seconds.
    • Lossless Recycle- Reduces the cooldown of all orbital abilities by 25%.
    • Colony Pulse- Colony Weapons ignore shields.
    • Recharge Generator- Reduce the cooldown of Overcharge by 90%, allowing you to spam it as long as you have the energy to use it.
    • Targeting Calibrations- Updates Milton with Icarus targeting capable of engaging airborne targets.
    • Metal Replication- Allows the Carpathia to automatically generate additional metal equal to a small percentage of your existing metal stores.
    • And many more.

Balance

  • Everything has been re-balanced.
  • Really, everything? Yes.
  • What about...? Yes, that too.
  • Difficulty now modifies maximum spawn size (so you wont get as many enemies in swarms on lower difficult levels).
  • Orbital Strike no longer has a 10 second delay.
  • Reduced the time a Falling Star disables towers.
  • Towers are allowed to shoot beyond their range a bit if they have been tracking an enemy that just moved out of range (this prevents a very frustrating issue where towers would aim, then the target gets out of range, then aim, then the target gets out or range forever and never shoot).

Fixes

  • You can't overcharge in the radius of an Orbital Nullifier.
  • So many performance improvements.
  • Fixed edge scroll issues that were keeping players form being able to place a tower at the edge of the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where maps with a lot of waves would overwhelm the wave panel.
  • Reinforcements are better at engaging with enemies.
  • Crash fixes.
  • Fixed lighting on Epicurus.
  • Milton's Jake Peralta module uploaded. Cool cool cool cool cool.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause negative scores.
  • Fixed an issue where your high score wouldn't be updated if you were defeated.

UI

  • Tons of new sound effects.
  • Tons of new and improved visual effects.
  • There is now a briefing screen before every mission (v/o is coming).
  • Added tooltips to the score entries so you can see exactly how the score is calculated.
  • WASD key selection no longer disables tower hotkeys.
  • Victory screen now includes shield damage done.
  • The campaign screen now shows what difficulty level you beat each map at.
  • Added a warning if you try to start a mission with air units without an anti-air tower equipped.
  • Added a warning if you try to start a mission without any towers equipped.
  • When you select an upgrade for a tower, that tower automatically becomes equipped.
  • If you unequip a tower, all upgrades for that tower are automatically returned.
  • We now show if you have unspent upgrade points on the mission screen.
  • We change the cursor when you mouseover an Energy Cell, to indicate that it will explode if you click it.
  • Milton is now displayed with your tower damage on the Victory screen.
  • We now show new unlocks on the victory screen.
  • Updated loading tips.
  • We now display the amount of free towers you have available on the tower button, if an upgrade has given you some.
  • Updated camera to be more top down at farther zoom.
  • New icons for all towers.
  • There is now a view indicator on the minimap.

Villains of Star Control: Origins is coming to Galactic Civilizations III

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Frogboy In GalCiv III News

Last year we released Heroes of Star Control: Origins, and it proved to be so successful that we're following it up with Villains of Star Control: Origins DLC. The DLC arrives on August 27th and comes with 4 new playable races, each with their own unique abilities, ship styles, and theme music.

The Star Control: Origins multiverse is filled with beings of all shapes and sizes.  Here is a preview of some of the darker species coming over to Galactic Civilizations III.

The Measured
The Measured are sentient coral.  They once had a rich, thriving civilization before they were modified by the Scryve (who we will discuss in a moment).  The Measured are the Bureaucrats of the Scryve sector which makes them fit in with the gameplay of Galactic Civilizations III nicely.  They not only get the Bureaucrat ability but receive a new one: Mitotic, which gives them free administrators when they colonize new worlds. 

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The Phamyst
The Phamyst are the galaxy's most polite cannibals. They find other beings generally intolerable.  The galaxy is a messy place and they are just the ones to bring class and refinement to it. 

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The Xraki
The Xraki are considered fanatical monsters that came from another dimension by most. But things are not quite as they seem.  The Xraki were once the shock troops of the Scryve Empire, who harvested them and modified them via the Scryve's exclusive access to the only known Origin in the galaxy (a device that allows its user to go into alternative universes). 

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The Scryve
The immortal Scryve were not always villains.  The Scryve Empire was once full of idealism and hope.  Time and events slowly corrupted them.  Now, the once all-powerful Scryve Empire is slowly dying.  They have controlled our part of the galaxy for so long that few species have been left untouched by them.   The Scryve are unlike any villain from the Galactic Civilizations universe.  Where the Drengin are brutal, violent and intolerant, the Scryve are civilized, thoughtful and methodical.   The Scryve could best be described as a people who followed "the ends justify the means" one too many times.

The Scryve are masters at conquering and then holding.  Not only do they have the Conquerors ability, they also receive the new Imperial ability which gives their ships a HP bonus in their territory based on the number of colonies whose zone of control are contiguous with their home planet.

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Where to get it...

Villains of Star Control: Origins will arrive for Steam, GOG, and Stardock on August 27th for $5.99.  Not only does each new species have their own unique abilities, but they come with their own ship styles, which means lots of new ship parts to play with.

Siege of Centauri Dev Journal: Strategy & Mayhem - Dichotomy of Design

Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 By GGTheMachine In Siege of Centauri Dev Journals

Strategy and mayhem are the core of what makes a tower defense fun to play. Tower defense games need to pose meaningful decisions to the player, but while also containing tension and frenzy. Siege of Centauri went through different iterations internally as we tried to find the perfect mix of strategy and mayhem. Strategy and mayhem aren't inherently at odds with each other, but inevitably will be at times. Each tower defense game has different leanings, but there's always a balance to strike and navigating that dichotomy has been a design challenge. Today I'll be sharing some of the examples where this dichotomy has come up and how we've navigated around it.


Tower Costs

Ignoring balance and difficulty for a moment, how much should towers cost? It may seem like a basic question, but it matters a lot! If towers are too cheap, then placing them can feel inconsequential and a repetitive chore. If towers are expensive, you'll naturally only have a few so as each is more of a commitment, making each one more meaningful. However, overly high tower costs mean you can spend too much time saving up and waiting rather than placing towers. You can feel more like an observer than a player, and overly expensive towers can make the rock/paper/scissors counter system too punishing. Lower tower prices also mean you have more action on the screen, which creates cool visuals! Sitting back and watching towers blow stuff up should be fun.

 


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Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 By Tatiora In GalCiv III News

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Siege of Centauri: Beta 3 Changelog

Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 By Derek Paxton In Siege of Centauri Dev Journals

*** RELEASED 08/22/2019 ***

New Features

  • Endless Mode- The onslaught doesn't end. See how long you can last against increasingly more difficult waves.
    • Covey- Five paths lead down from the north toward your colony. Can you defend against them all?
    • Mendel- A huge desert map gives plenty of room to build defenses. And you will need it against a wide variety of attackers.
    • Ulrath- An arctic forest with dispersed resources. It will be hard to defend your Colony, Metal Refinery and Fission reactor, hard decisions will need to be made.

 

  • New Campaign Missions- Follow the story of the Siege of Centauri with seven new missions.
    • Plains of Fire- This Medium sized Desert map will test your ability to withstand threats of all sorts. Air units, dreadnoughts, shielded, swarms and even units that produce aircraft as they travel.
    • Dule- This night map introduces a new enemy whose army grows as it travels. Take it out quickly, or it could be too large by the time it reaches your Colony.
    • Plutus- Your Colony is well defended here, but your resources aren't. Try to keep everything safe, which won't be easy because of a new enemy that speeds up all its allies.
    • Sord- The enemy has also deployed turrets at this location. Be careful where you use Milton and Reinforcements, if they are too close to the enemy turrets, they won't last long.
    • Caina- Spiders eggs dot this map. If the enemies reach them they will tear them open and the spiders will join the attack on your colony.
    • Styx- A new Juggernaut assaults your colony, and it produces waves of Falling Stars as it travels. Can you kill it before it reaches your colony while the stars are disabling your defenses?
    • Sedge- This time there is no Colony to protect. Instead you are building a device that will end the war. Can you complete construction and hold it for the 10 minutes it takes to activate while the enemy assault grows?

 

  • Download and Share Scenarios- Have you always wanted to make your own tower defense game? Create your own maps and missions, share them with the community and download scenarios the community has created. check out the Modder's Guide here: http://wiki.siegeofcentauri.com/index.php?title=ModdersGuide

  • New Towers- Two new towers are available to equip and upgrade.
    • Mortar- A cheap area effect tower, great for weakening swarms and softening any allies without spending much metal.
    • Nova Tower- An assault tower with long range, high damage and and area of effect. Whats the catch? It only damages shields and won't do anything to enemies without them.

  • New Enemies- Lots of new threats to test your defenses.
    • Rolling Hive- This hard to kill hive produces flying Wasps as it travels that will fly directly to your colony from wherever the Hive is.
    • Floating Factory- The enemy produces Scarabs as it travels that slowly add to its army. What starts as a single threat could be a massive swarm if it isn't taken out in time.
    • Harbinger- This flying fortress will need everything you have to take it down.
    • Taskmaster- This slowly advancing enemy will speed up all allies that come near it. From entire hoards, to dreadnoughts barreling toward your base. Be care who you allow it to get close to.
    • Nest of the Queen- A devastating production dreadnought. It can take out your Colony in seconds if it gets close. The Nest is especially difficult to beat because it sends out waves of Falling Stars to disable towers in front of it.
    • Heart of the Phoenix- The toughest and most deadly enemy so far. When this dreadnought is destroyed, it forms a sturdy egg that will birth a new Phoenix after a delay. Destroy the Egg before process can complete.
    • Vulture- A special enemy on Sedge that will take out anything in its path, including your towers.

  • New Upgrades- Lots of new upgrades to allow you to customize your towers the way you want. 
    • Nuclear EMP- Upgrades the Carpathia's standard EMP delivery system to a small nuclear payload, allowing for a much larger blast radius.
    • Ares Charge- Reduces the Energy cost of your disruption beam by 25%.
    • Defense Scrambling- For a short period, targets take an additional 20%, 30% or 40% increased damage depending on tower level.
    • Chain Lightning- Overloads an enemy, causing them to pulse with energy that will damage nearby units.
    • Colony Interface- Connect to the Colony's computer network to assist its upgrade procedure, reducing the cost of Colony upgrades by 25%.
    • Shellshock- All enemies hit have their weapon reload increased by 100%, 150% or 200% depending on tower level.
    • Field Leak- Disables the targets shield regeneration for 30 seconds.
    • Lossless Recycle- Reduces the cooldown of all orbital abilities by 25%.
    • Colony Pulse- Colony Weapons ignore shields.
    • Recharge Generator- Reduce the cooldown of Overcharge by 90%, allowing you to spam it as long as you have the energy to use it.
    • Targeting Calibrations- Updates Milton with Icarus targeting capable of engaging airborne targets.
    • Metal Replication- Allows the Carpathia to automatically generate additional metal equal to a small percentage of your existing metal stores.
    • And many more.

Balance

  • Everything has been re-balanced.
  • Really, everything? Yes.
  • What about...? Yes, that too.
  • Difficulty now modifies maximum spawn size (so you wont get as many enemies in swarms on lower difficult levels).
  • Orbital Strike no longer has a 10 second delay.
  • Reduced the time a Falling Star disables towers.
  • Towers are allowed to shoot beyond their range a bit if they have been tracking an enemy that just moved out of range (this prevents a very frustrating issue where towers would aim, then the target gets out of range, then aim, then the target gets out or range forever and never shoot).

Fixes

  • You can't overcharge in the radius of an Orbital Nullifier.
  • So many performance improvements.
  • Fixed edge scroll issues that were keeping players form being able to place a tower at the edge of the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where maps with a lot of waves would overwhelm the wave panel.
  • Reinforcements are better at engaging with enemies.
  • Crash fixes.
  • Fixed lighting on Epicurus.
  • Milton's Jake Peralta module uploaded. Cool cool cool cool cool.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause negative scores.
  • Fixed an issue where your high score wouldn't be updated if you were defeated.

UI

  • Tons of new sound effects.
  • Tons of new and improved visual effects.
  • There is now a briefing screen before every mission (v/o is coming).
  • Added tooltips to the score entries so you can see exactly how the score is calculated.
  • WASD key selection no longer disables tower hotkeys.
  • Victory screen now includes shield damage done.
  • The campaign screen now shows what difficulty level you beat each map at.
  • Added a warning if you try to start a mission with air units without an anti-air tower equipped.
  • Added a warning if you try to start a mission without any towers equipped.
  • When you select an upgrade for a tower, that tower automatically becomes equipped.
  • If you unequip a tower, all upgrades for that tower are automatically returned.
  • We now show if you have unspent upgrade points on the mission screen.
  • We change the cursor when you mouseover an Energy Cell, to indicate that it will explode if you click it.
  • Milton is now displayed with your tower damage on the Victory screen.
  • We now show new unlocks on the victory screen.
  • Updated loading tips.
  • We now display the amount of free towers you have available on the tower button, if an upgrade has given you some.
  • Updated camera to be more top down at farther zoom.
  • New icons for all towers.
  • There is now a view indicator on the minimap.

Ashes Dev Journal - Meta Campaigns

Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 By GGTheMachine In Ashes Dev Journals

Many RTS campaigns have a meta-map which dictates the flow of the campaign, such as the one found in Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. Meta campaigns aren't inherently a good or bad approach compared to a traditional, linear mission structure, it depends on how well it's executed.  Meta campaigns are easy to mess up and be an anti-fun grind, so they should not be tacked on as an extra feature. A meta-campaign should be the entire focus for the single player campaign or a substantial DLC like Company of Heroes 2's Ardennes Assault. So what is it that makes a good meta-campaign?

Not all types of RTS games are going to work equally as well with a meta-campaign which is crucial to identify. Meta campaigns tend to consist of procedurally generated skirmish missions with certain perks such as different win conditions. Short 1v1 skirmishes with constraints don't make sense for an RTS game like Supreme Commander, which instead shines in lengthy sandbox style missions on massive maps. With an emphasis on skirmish style missions, the skirmish AI has to be really fun to verse for a meta-campaign to not just feel like a grind. While Rise of Nations has minimal variation in its missions, the skirmish AI is so fun to verse that it hardly matters. Let's take a look at some of the reasons an RTS might want to do a meta-campaign over a traditional linear campaign.

 

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Galactic Civilizations III: Ascension

Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 By Derek Paxton In GalCiv III Dev Journals

GalCiv3 has come a long way since release. It has added governments, mercenaries, citizens, thousands of free to download ships and factions to play as and more tools to manage your growing empire. I sat down to play some today with the 3.8 patch and decided to have some fun.

One of the new features in 3.8 is the Galactic Ascension Status. So I wanted to play a game where I pursued an Ascension victory. I picked the Altarian's since they get a boost from Precursor Artifacts, I set my universe to Huge with 20 other factions in it and divided us up onto 7 teams with 3 members on each team so I would have some allies to deal with. I also increased the amount of Precursor Artifacts and Ascension Crystals in the universe to make fighting for them more interesting.

I like playing with teams in GC3. It means that even from turn 1 I already have allies out there.

I have an Echoing Heartstone artifact n my homeworld. If I upgrade it I can unlock charges I can use to dramatically boost the influence on a planet. That will be very helpful since it is going to be a crowded galaxy with 21 factions on a huge map. My strategy is all set, explore the galaxy, find artifacts and ascension crystals and lock them down before other players get to them. Help my allies when needed and try to avoid war.

I've always loved the look of the Altarian ships. And my plan was going well until I encountered this planet:

A class 12 planet, but I need Xeno Adaption to be able to colonize it. In most games this wouldn't cause me to abandon my strategy, but in a galaxy with 21 other factions (and I didn't boost the default amount of habitable planets) a class 12 planet is gold. So I abandon teching towards Ascendancy upgrades and switch to Planetary techs (so I can get to Xeno Adapation before someone else grabs the planet.

My plan works and I pick up some extra planets and start a Galactic Government. I tend to be benevolent, my planets aren't overcrowded and my people have low expectations so my approval remains high and my people like me.

But focusing on planets means that other players beginning to grab all those Ascension Crystals. And here we see the new UI that makes this all very apparent.

The Iconians have already claimed 5 and the Mu'Kay are 654 turns away form an Ascension victory if they do nothing else between now and then (and they will do things to increase that rate). I'm going to need to start some wars either trade, culture or military if I want to turn this around.

Wish me luck!

The continued refinement of Galactic Civilizations III

Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 By Frogboy In GalCiv III Dev Journals

Greetings!

Thanks to you guys continuing to buy our DLC we are able to keep developing Galactic Civilizations III with new features and improvements.

The last few updates have been focusing heavily on quality of life and the latest version, v3.8 continues that trend.  Below are some of features we've recently added that we hope you find useful.

Adjust difficulty mid-game

Finding yourself doing really well mid game or struggling more than you thought?

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Under the options->Gameplay you can now adjust difficulty on the fly and it will update the AI's accordingly!

UI Cleanup

We don't necessarily respond to every post (or even most) but we do read them.  So many of our updates are pretty minor. A text change here. A font tweak there.  Here are a few examples:

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We now display a little more information about ships than we used to.  For example, tactical speed is now displayed.

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More information, such as research, is displayed in the planet list.

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Capturing Ascension crystals now makes it clear how long it will take players to win through that means.

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The shipyard list displays how much production is going to it.

Immersion

This is hard to quantify but we have been going through the game making small text changes as well as making sure the default ships from every species has a colorful name rather than simply the ship class.

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Also a better use of fonts to better emphasize who is speaking and what options are.

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The work continues

We are keen on hearing your thoughts! We hope you like what we've been doing!

Galactic Civilizations III v3.8 Ascension Update Available Today!

Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 By Tatiora In GalCiv III News

Galactic Civilizations III v3.8 Update Brings Major UI Changes

Set in the 23rd century, Galactic Civilizations III is a 4X space strategy game where humans and aliens compete against each other for domination of the galaxy. v3.8 brings a few exciting changes to this already massive game, which you can read more about below.

No more sneaky Ascensions! At the forefront of the update are changes to the Ascension notifications and UI. Each civilization's progress is now displayed on an easy-to-read progress bar, and anytime someone gains control of an Ascension crystal, an icon will alert you to it. 

The shipyard display now shows how much production is being sent to that shipyard so that you know how fast it's able to build things. The planet list views will now also show research.

We've also made some other improvements to the UI's layout, including updating screens so that they use fonts, colors, and font sizes consistently. We've also added a feature where you can adjust the difficulty level in the middle of a game. Read the full list of changes below!

Changelog

  • As soon as someone controls an Ascension crystal, have an icon show up and informs you that Ascension has started. Mousing over should show you how far along each civ with Ascension is from ascending as a % bar with (turns).
  • UI Layout updates
    • Updated most screens to use fonts, colors, and font sizes consistently.
    • Made fonts bigger wherever possible.
    • General cleanup of margins and list entries wherever possible.
    • Removed extra returns from the "word on the street" blurbs.
    • Move some of the drop-downs in options screens to keep them from clipping.
  • You can now adjust the difficulty level mid-game through the options screen (single player only).
  • Starting ships don't append a number to their name unless another ship of the same design has already been spawned. This is to support custom flavorful names for core starting ships from starting ship designs
  • Updated starting ship names of factions added to the game after Crusade.
  • Shipyard display now shows how much production is being sent to that shipyard, so you know how fast it can build things.
  • Fixed an issue causing the unit buttons from not showing up in Medium UI on the Colony List screen.
  • Planet view list now displays research
  • Aliens can now be tagged as being available or unavailable as random civilizations
  • Fixed Tourism exploit in Crusade version of the Consulate
  • The AI has been ordered to stop freezing time to keep its mission ships safe (stuck turn fix)
  • Addressed "word on the street" grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Removed duplicate planet data in crusade and base game data folders that could potentially cause bad things(TM)
  • Adjusted the choose civ screen to improve text wrapping
  • Fixed alignment issue on the Drath starting screen
  • Fixed a bug that prevented commanders from being assigned to United Earth ships

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