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September 25, 2016 by Frogboy
Hey guys.

Wanted to get some feedback from you as to whether you think this would be a good idea or not.

After Escalation ships, we are considering creating a multiplayer only edition of Ashes of the Singularity (Tournament).  You wouldn't be able to buy this version.  Instead, everyone who buys either Ashes of the Singularity or Escalation would get 8 keys to give out to people.  Those people could then download the Tournament edition.

They'd only be able to play...
September 20, 2016 by Frogboy
For those of you who subscribe to Stardock Magazine, use this thread to comment on the issue.

Detailed responses regarding Star Control and what's next for Object Desktop will show up in the October issue.

If you don't already subscribe go to:

http://www.stardock.com/ and subscribe on the left side.

 
September 15, 2016 by Frogboy
Once upon a time…

In the Summer of 2015, Stardock released a 4X-RPG hybrid called Sorcerer King.  The premise of the game was that after the events of Fallen Enchantress (or choose any fantasy 4X really) the bad guy (in this case, the Sorcerer King) had conquered the world.  The good guys had lost.

Not content with ruling the world, the Sorcerer King had begun to use a mysterious artifact known as the Bane of Curgen (an orb) to destroy the shards of Elemental to ascend to god...
September 15, 2016 by Frogboy
PCGamesN has an exclusive preview of Stardock’s upcoming expansion pack to Ashes of the Singularity called Escalation.

IF I had a time machine, which I don’t…yet…I wish we could have called the game just Escalation. I love that title for an RTS.

Anyway check it out here:

http://www.pcgamesn.com/ashes-of-the-singularity/ashes-of-the-singularity-escalation-strategic-zoom
September 15, 2016 by Frogboy
PCGamesN has an exclusive preview of Stardock’s upcoming expansion pack to Ashes of the Singularity called Escalation.

IF I had a time machine, which I don’t…yet…I wish we could have called the game just Escalation. I love that title for an RTS.

Anyway check it out here:

http://www.pcgamesn.com/ashes-of-the-singularity/ashes-of-the-singularity-escalation-strategic-zoom
September 12, 2016 by Frogboy
I don’t like sounding like chicken little. Nevertheless, the sky is falling.

For those of you who don’t know me, I run one of the oldest independent software companies in the world. My specialty for the past 20 years has been in AI. It is my job to research, evaluate trends and invest accordingly to stay ahead of the curve. And I am here to tell you that the sky is falling.

It is automation. It is inevitable. It is irresistible. And if you think that automation always creates new oppor...
September 12, 2016 by Frogboy
So I finally got a Tesla.

Some of my friends were surprised I didn’t get one earlier.  I have a 20kw solar array that provided more than 100% of my electrical needs. So why didn’t I get a Tesla when they first started coming out? The short answer: I didn’t think they were practical at the time.

When the Roadster came out in 2009, it’s theoretical 240 miles (realistic, 190 mile) range wasn’t far enough for me to do serious distance yet.  Remember, in ...
August 31, 2016 by Frogboy
 

Just some pretties for people who visit my home page…









August 24, 2016 by Frogboy
Some people say that the dream job is to play video games, write about those games, take videos of them, etc. That job does exist and Stardock is looking to hire someone to do it.

The job is called Content Developer.

What does this job entail? Basically, playing our games and helping us get the word out to people what we’re doing via video, articles, screenshots, etc.

Here’s an example using our friends at Firaxis as an example: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/civ-vi-spa...
August 23, 2016 by Frogboy
If you don’t already have Offworld Trading Company and would like an RTS that focuses on economy, plays at the pace you want to play and has really intelligent AI players that you can configure you should definitely go grab Offworld Trading Company.



 

The first major DLC was just released for it, The Ceres initiative.  The base game takes place on Mars.  By contrast, Ceres takes you to the largest asteroid in the Mars/Jupiter asteroid belt and adds new resources an...
August 15, 2016 by Frogboy
Stardock is setting up a number of Wiki pages:

 

http://wiki.elementalgame.comhttp://wiki.ashesofthesingularity.comhttp://wiki.offworldgame.comhttp://wiki.galciv.comhttp://wiki.starcontrol.comhttp://wiki.sinsofasolarempire.com We're looking for volunteers to help flesh them out.  We can't promise payment but we will do our best to reward and thank active contributors. Thanks!
August 8, 2016 by Frogboy
The goal: Create the biggest scale real-time strategy game everAshes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the not-so-distant future where a single person can control thousands of constructs (the distant descendants of today’s drones) in order to conquer an entire world. 

The world is broken up into regions with each region containing various resources that players capture and can then build up defenses, exploit the resources within and use as a staging area to con...
August 8, 2016 by Frogboy
The goal: Create the biggest scale real-time strategy game everAshes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the not-so-distant future where a single person can control thousands of constructs (the distant descendants of today’s drones) in order to conquer an entire world. 

The world is broken up into regions with each region containing various resources that players capture and can then build up defenses, exploit the resources within and use as a staging area to con...
August 7, 2016 by Frogboy
In no particular order.

 

If the Roomba would just empty its bin on its own, it would be a completely autonomous vacuum system. I wish there was an AI bot that could just block posts and messages from friends when they’re about politics. I don’t care which monster you want to support. You’re still supporting a monster. There are not enough bike paths to my office here in Canton/Plymouth Michigan. Nothing reminds you of your mortality like having a car zip past you going 5...
August 4, 2016 by Frogboy
I recently picked up a Roomba and am amazed at how far they have come.

Like many people, I followed the original release of the Roomba robotic vacuum it seemed kind of like a toy at the time.  No more.  It’s for real.

Right now, my office building spends about $1,600 a month on cleaning.  Now, vacuuming isn’t the main thing they do but it is a significant part of what they do.  It is tempting to just buy three high end Roombas (one per floor) and let them go and se...