Spying on AliensGalactic Civilizations is a game that asks the question: What happens after we start colonizing other planets? For our purposes, we are going to assume that we will come into contact with alien civilizations.
Alien civilizations will have their own histories, cultures and ideals that we can only fathom. In Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade, you will be able to train your citizens to learn more about these other civilizations and, if necessary, do very bad things to...
We’ve had a bunch of new and updated WindowBlinds skins submitted over the past few weeks. Since we have started a new month, lets take a look back and feature some of these fantastic skins.
You can see all the latest WindowBlinds skins here: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds
Pinpoint by DaveBax
True Classic by codewar65
Blue Sapphire by don5318
Black Sails by LightStar
Coming December 15, 2017.
“THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.”
I'm on my way to GDC. I write this from first class on a 752-200 from Detroit Metro. 25 years ago I lived in poverty. How did I go from having nothing to being one of those 0.1%ers? The usual, hard work, self-discipline, delayed gratification. But there's another element that rarely gets talked about: Being born lucky.
I took a political test and one of the questions struck me, "Some people are born lucky." as a True or False statement. I remember watching a vide...
If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $10 each!
Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.
Fences lets you organize your icons and shortcuts by placing them into fences, which are customizable shaded areas located on your desktop. You can even create folder portals, which gives you easy access to freque...
Tons of Map Rebalancing, Single Player Observer Mode,
and More in Escalation v2.1! Map Rebalances are a huge part of v2.1! One of our partners, Callum McCole over at General's Gentlemen overhauled some of our maps and streamlined them for better gameplay. Stardock's CEO Brad Wardell details the adjustments in a recent dev diary over on our community site. Check it out and let us know what you think of the changes!
v2.1 also adds Single Player Observer Mode! In thi...
4X strategy. You may have heard of the term. It stands for: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate. They are a specific genre of strategy game. Today we are going to talk about them and how Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade, aims to innovate the genre.
Besides 4X, there are other genres: Real-Time Strategy games (RTS), such as Ashes of the Singularity and StarCraft, focus on harvesting resources to build units in order to destroy the enemy with it all happenin...
Fences, Stardock’s desktop organization app, has become quite a fan favorite since it was first released. The app lets you automatically organize your desktop icons and shortcuts into fences to keep your desktop area clean and organized. The latest version, Fences 3, added several new features, including compatibility with Windows 10.
Get Fences here.
Fences has lots of cool features to help you organize your desktop just the way you want it. I’m going to share my top 3 ti...
By definition, there can only be one singularity.
Ashes of the Singularity and Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation are being merged. There will be only one game: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation.
Everyone who already has Ashes of the Singularity will also have Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation.
To understand why we have decided to do this a little background on the development of Ashes of the Singularity is needed...
Once upon a time...Ashes of the S...
Sliders. Knobs. Checkboxes. Such is the spread-sheet roots of strategy games. Let's fix that.
Going back 15 years to Galactic Civilizations I for Windows, players managed their economy like this:
GalCiv I: Sliders. In Galactic Civilizations I, you would set your tax rate. Your tax rate affected the approval rate on your planets. You could then decide how much of your GDP the government would take control of with the spending slider. From there, player...
I’d like to introduce you to Callum McCole. You’ll be hearing about him a lot in the coming months as I have asked him to take an ever great role in helping me on design elements of Ashes of the Singularity. He runs the popular RTS YouTube channel, General’s Gentlemen.
As an RTS player of many years, I have often lamented when game developers fail to make the most use of the RTS community when it comes to design and balance that can be helpful both for the expert...
Galactic Civilizations games have had ship building in them for almost 20 years. And ever since, people have used it to create all kinds of amazing designs from robots to their favorite Sci-Fi ships.
Ship designer from Galactic Civilizations IIWith Galactic Civilizations III, players were able to share their designs with millions of other players via Steam Workshop. Suddenly, players could download and play with almost any type of ship imaginable.As much as players loved being abl...
Our story so far... Stardock loves real-time strategy games. Our customers love real-time strategy games (Sins of a Solar Empire remains our best selling game of all time). And we want your opinion on something important to us. When Stardock sold off its digital distribution business to GameStop in 2011, we took that capital to help found a number of new studios including Soren Johnson's Mohawk Games, Mothership Entertainment, Stardock Towson and Oxide Games. Our goal was t...
Greetings! February is here and there is a ton of stuff to talk about. [..] ## VULKAN ## We have been working diligently on Vulkan support and I am pleased to tell you that we have it...mostly working. We are tentatively scheduled to release Escalation v2.1 (Ashes 1.51) on February 16. Unfortunately, Vulkan won't make it in there as it needs a little more time to bake. ## REPLAYS ## We have this. It's not super stable though so we're still working out the kink...
Explore. Expand. Exploit. Exterminate. This is where the term "4X" originates.
The granddaddy of our genre is, of course, Sid Meier's Civilization. Where Sid Meier's Civilization leverages our common history from the dawn of agriculture to the moment we leave the Earth, Galactic Civilizations begins at the moment we leave our home world.
In Galactic Civilizations, players create their own histories. Each game is a different possibility.
When we released G...