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June 6, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
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This is a response to the excellent article over at one of my favorite sites, Explorminate. In the article, author Oliver Kiley laments on what he sees as the current unpolished state of the modern 4X market.

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He defines what he defines what he means by polish:

Before going further, I should clarify what, in my mind, a “polished” game has:

No major imbalances or exploits in the game that undermine its intended gameplay No major bugs – particularly ...
June 4, 2017 by Anthony R on TonyR
Here comes the NJ Governor election to replace Chris 'Bridgegate" Christie. I did vote for Christie the first time, but it was only in the hopes of replacing corrupt, Goldman Sachs criminal, John Corzine. It was good to get rid of corrupt Goldman Sachs sleazeball Corzine, but Chris Christie vs John Corzine was really just a choice between whether or not we wanted to die quickly by consuming cyanide, or if we wanted a slow and painful death with shots of antifreeze. The corruption of NJ gover...
June 1, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Greetings!

We are working on version 2.3 for Crusade and the base game simultaneously. We don't have a final date but I expect you will start seeing opt-ins very soon.

I want to make you guys aware of some important changes happening on Steam that will affect you.
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Review Scores

Some of you may have noticed I've been harping about the Steam user review scores.

If you're noticing an ever increasing disconnect between your opinion of a game and the user review score of a ga...
I'm not sure how I missed this article but looking at it now it's kind of interesting to read how the interviewer, Jeremey Peel reacted to my interview responses. 

Broadly speaking, my belief is that people are people and should be treated well without qualification.  This does not, however, mean that you should feel obligated to absorb abuse.

For example, on our software, we will go to great lengths to help a customer.  But the moment they start making personal attacks...
May 29, 2017 by Anthony R on TonyR
I couldn't help but notice that some on the left have chosen Memorial Day of all days to pour out their livers in the most unflattering of ways to spew political vitriol. Memorial day isn't here so that people can spend the day demeaning President Trump, its a day where we all remember our war heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice. So when people embarrass themselves and their families on fb with their real identities by posting complaints about Trump, like hes a draft dodger, or ...
May 24, 2017 by Nitro Cruiser on nitro locker
We  know that the Obama administration "weaponized" many, formerly trusted US agencies. The first was the EPA in an effort to bully businesses, pushing the global warming cult, to the point of falsifying scientific data. This was followed by the IRS, targeting conservative organizations and businesses in this largely ignored scandal. Exposed, leading culprits plead the 5th and electronic records were destroyed (sound familiar?). Little to nothing was done with a complicit DOJ turning a blin...
The biggest, deepest space 4X just got bigger and deeper![[..]] Ludicrous update to Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade has arrived!The best-selling space 4X series of all time recently got its biggest expansion pack ever: Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade.  Today, Stardock has released the first major update to it that adds a new map size, fixes bugs, improves balance and adds some new features.Plymouth, Michigan. May 14.

Owners of the Crusade expansion pack to Stardock's best-se...
May 24, 2017 by Zultar327 on Zultar
Jupiter’s Forge is the first major expansion to Offworld Trading Company and it certainly wouldn’t be complete without additions to the campaign. Io has come to OTC, bringing with it significant changes to to resource tree, specifically centered around water. This means that simply adding to the Martian campaign was never going to be enough, and Io therefore has received its own separate campaign.

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Every CEO in Offworld has received a new set of engineers that will be...
May 23, 2017 by Nyxmorph on iansplace
Anyway yet (or future product suggestion) - of getting transparency back on Windows 10 title bars.

This guy has done it with Glass8 ( http://www.glass8.eu/ ) but it's 'donation' only and you are not guaranteed the product or any number of keys for the software.

If it was built into Window Blinds - so that you could select the default theme and adjust the transparency, that would be great.

Tonnes of people on the Glass8 forums are interested in this, so definitely a worthwhile ...
Here we go:

The universe is a whole.  No part can contradict that.  (thought experiment goes here)

Dimensions of analysis:

Art, Artificial Intelligence, Cybernetics, Decision Theory, Evil, Freedom, Justice, Limbic Resonance, Love, Perceptual Reaffirmation, Personal Trust, Perversion of Thought, Physics, Property Theory, Sex, Singularity, Social Contract, Sociopaths

I'm using my algebraic analytics.  While I adopted this methodology in the mid-'70'...
May 17, 2017 by Zultar327 on Zultar
The Nomads of the Penrose Collective aren’t the only ones throwing their hats into the ring. With them comes the Diadem Trust, known quite simply as the Elites. Led by Philippa Ndiaye, this faction is not looking to be sneaky, crafty, or clever. Their plan is to overwhelm to competition with the raw strength of their corporate empire.

Every last bonus the Trust brings with them comes from their superior advanced buildings. Some of these bonuses are straightforward, and easily exploitabl...
From time to time I like to do a full AI evaluation to see where a given game is.  The reason I started programming in the first place was to write AI.  25 years later, we have Crusade.

So how does it stack up?

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I've scored the other AIs Stardock (or I) have developed over the years and I suspect my literal score changes slightly due to faulty memory.  But here is where I see the various GalCiv games. 

BTW, while the score is 1 through 10, it ...
Long ago there was Galactic Civilizations II, Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords, Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar and Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor. 

While Twilight of the Arnor is often considered the best of the GalCiv II series, for many it was really Dark Avatar that took GalCiv II from being a good to a great game.

This month, we released the second expansion to Galactic Civilizations III. Crusade is a similarly major change to the base game's re...
May 13, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

History: "Shadow Brokers" hacked the NSA in April 2016, and leaked the American cyber weapon ETERNALBLUE for the Microsoft Windows system. WannaCry's developers used ETERNALBLUE as the basis of their ransomware (not confirmed by experts), which gains access to a Windows computer, through a Windows vulnerability which was patched by MS on 3/14/17. 

"Organizations that lacked this security patch were affected for this reason, and there is so far no ev...