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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.

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

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Island Dog In GalCiv III 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.

Star Control: Origins - June 2018 Status Report

Published on Friday, June 15, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

Greetings!

Lots of exciting things happening!

Star Control at E3

Stardock had a big presence at E3 this year where it announced the release date for Star Control: Origins - September 20.  The last day of Summer!

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Stardock's Patrick Shaw on stage at E3 presenting Star Control: Origins!

You can watch the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-EnCjcxsJE 

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The WORLD PREMIERE of the new Star Control: Origins trailer is here!

Published on Monday, June 11, 2018 By Tatiora In Star Control News

It’s here: the brand new trailer for Star Control: Origins
just debuted during the PC Gaming Show at E3!

Star Control: Origins will release on September 20th, 2018, and we can’t wait! Pre-order today so that you’re ready to go when the game launches! When you order, you’ll get immediate access to our Fleet Battles beta, where you can face off against other players in epic space combat.

Pre-Order Star Control: Origins today

Tune in to see Star Control: Origins at E3 and the PC Gaming Show next week!

Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 By Tatiora In Star Control News

PC Gaming Show

Hey, everybody! Kristy here, and I’m going to be Stardock’s “feet on the ground” at E3 this year. We’re super excited to be participating in the PC Gaming Show on June 11th and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve got in store!

At the show and on the livestream, we’ll debut our brand new trailer for Star Control: Origins and reveal some exciting news! Director of Game Production, Patrick Shaw, will take the stage to showcase our progress on the highly anticipated game. Make sure to set your alerts for 6:00pm ET on Monday, June 11th, because you don’t want to miss all of this!

If you’re lucky enough to attend the show in person in Los Angeles, be sure to stop by our booth #2554 in South Hall! We’ll have Star Control: Origins adventure mode playable for you to try - also, I’ll be on the floor to say hello and answer questions.

To see the E3 action and keep up with all of our announcements, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Follow this post to keep up with any updates - we can’t wait!

Dev Journal: Experiential Unit Design

Published on Monday, June 4, 2018 By GGTheMachine In Ashes Dev Journals



Experiential unit design is the realm of making units and other game components feel different from each other, players have to think completely differently about Siege Tanks and Zerglings because of good experiential unit design. It may sound like a simple topic, but many RTS games have failed due to not executing it properly, resulting in a bland game where unit control is unsatisfying. Today I'll be exploring examples of superb experiential unit design from a few of my favorite RTS franchises, including Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation. 

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