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September 25, 2015 by Frogboy
We’ve been working like crazy to improve stability while at the same time adding in lots of new features and UI improvements.  The next build, 0.55, is due out next week.

If you haven’t joined the Founder’s Program, it is going to be ending in the next couple weeks.  At that point, Founders will start to receive additional keys to give to friends to help build up a proto-multiplayer community.




To join the Founder's program go he...
September 25, 2015 by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations III is one of the first of the “new generation” of natively 64-bit, DirectX 11 games.  More importantly, it is both critically acclaimed and a best seller meaning that the hardware requirements of this game, while non-trivial, are not so high as to prevent it from being commercially successful.

We got the Steam hardware results on tens of thousands of Galactic Civilizations III players. Let’s take a look.

So what do they have?

Operating System

September 15, 2015 by Frogboy
GamerGate: A quick recapFor years there has been a growing awareness that elements of the gaming media have been using their platforms to advocate for their friends and personal politics while punishing foes and ideologies they didn’t like.  For simplicity, we’ll refer to them as social justice warriors (SJWs).  Their most common tactic has been to misrepresent something in such a way as to harm an ideological opponent while improving their standing in their peer group.&nbs...
September 13, 2015 by Frogboy
I'm not sure which is more disgusting. The things that Sarah Nyberg allegedly did (i.e. being a pedophile) or the uncritical defense she's getting from SJWs despite the evidence being overwhelming.

These are the same SJWs that spent years posting in comment threads on every article that covered one of our games insisting I was a "sexual harasser" or worse based on obviously false and disproven allegations by a disgruntled former employee who later had to apologize.

They exemplify "there ...
September 12, 2015 by Frogboy
I love my Surface Pro 3.  Windows 10 has transformed it from something I occasionally fiddled with to my primary mobile device (replacing my iPad and MacBook Pro combo for trips).

But it is, by no means, perfect.

The weaknesses of the Surface Pro 3 include:

It is almost 1.8 pounds.  That's really too heavy to use as a tablet for an extended period of time.While Windows 10 has greatly improved the issue of it getting hot and the fan blariung, the fact it has a fan means ext...
September 8, 2015 by Frogboy
Does your laptop or tablet run out of battery while it’s supposed to be asleep?

You can find out why thanks to a fairly obscure but relatively new feature in Windows.

Step 1: Open a command prompt in adminstrative mode

Step 2: Go to a temp directory (like cd\temp)

Step 3: Type powercfig /SleepStudy

This will create a file in the current directory.  Open that file in your web browser and you will find out why.

Common causes:

Notifications. Even while sl...
September 4, 2015 by Frogboy
 Preface Ashes of the Singularity is an up-coming real-time strategy game that takes place in the year 2178 when humans have evolved to the point in which we interact with the physical world through constructs (think of a modern day Drone as a very primitive construct). A single human (or “Post-Human”) is handling millions of these constructs across many light years simultaneously just as we are “handling” 100,000 billion cells in our physical bodies right now.

The object of th...
August 27, 2015 by Frogboy

I know it’s only been a week since the big update but…we have another big update!

Release date: NOW


Power removed as a resource

Battlegroups can now be made out of groups of T1s or groups of T2s.  No strict hierarchy for low level units is required.

Units accelerate and move faster

Units engaged in battle move at 25% their normal speed.

Lots of misc AI improvements

Smarties are more powerful

Artemis track targets a little c...
August 21, 2015 by Frogboy
Hi everyone!

Are you a serious RTS player?

Have a high end PC?

Want to shape a next-generation RTS?

Then join us on Ashes of the Singularity’s founder’s program where you’ll not only get access to private builds, private forums but also additional keys to give to friends in the future.

The Founder’s program is going to be ending fairly soon. We have a finite number of keys available and we’re starting to run out.

To join us, go here: http://www.ashesofthesingularity...
August 18, 2015 by Frogboy

Individual unit zoomed in.  

Zoom out.  You can’t easily see it but it’s just to the SW of the Seed (the huge building in the center) The units of Ashes aren’t instances of each other.  What we mean by that is that every single unit in Ashes is a unique object. We could (if we had the art budget) ensure that every single one of the thousands of different units had slight variations. We don’t mean cosmetics only but we could let a particular unit have a p...
August 14, 2015 by Frogboy
Like RTSs? Want to be part of the creation of the world’s first 64-bit RTS? The first DirectX 12 game? The biggest scale RTS ever? You can join the Ashes of the Singularity Founder’s Program right now.

On August 20 the first pre-beta build of the game will be coming which will have:

Skirmish vs. AIMultiplayerSupport for large and huge mapsMap editorThe first DirectX 12 benchmark programFounder’s badgeAccess to the Founder’s forumAdditional perksHow do you get it? Go...
August 8, 2015 by Frogboy
Ashes of the Singularity is big.  I mean, really really big.  You’re not fighting a battle. You’re fighting a war.  This is providing ample challenges from a design perspective.

Today we’d like to talk about the game setup options you guys might like. 

The Tools we have to play with

We have a lot of different resources in the game not all of which may survive to final release but give us an opportunity to try out different systems to see what we like and w...
August 4, 2015 by Frogboy

We’re rapidly coming up on the new Founder’s build. Lots and lots of changes coming in.

Here are topics that have been brought up on the forum.

Q: What are you calling the core resource everyone is fighting over?

A: Turinium.  We were calling it computronium internally (it’s a real thing) but we didn’t like the sound of it.  Turinium sounds better and it’s a good nod to Alan Turing.


Q: Will seeds be upgradeable?

A: Yes. But n...
August 3, 2015 by Frogboy
Of the games made in the past decade, Supreme Commander is probably the most similar to what we’re doing with Ashes of the Singularity.  Its creator, Chris Taylor and I have been friends for years (I picked up his backyard chicken hobby and he picked up my beekeeping hobby).   Chris also made my favorite game of all time, Total Annihilation.

A few years ago, Stardock worked with Gas Powered Games to make Demigod. Demigod started out as Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and e...
July 28, 2015 by Frogboy
RecapAshes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game we’re developing with an expected release date of 2016.  It goes into early access later this Summer.  It can best be described as Sins of a Solar Empire on a planet (or Total Annihilation meets Company of Heroes).  Your empire has thousands of individual units spread across a world in which you’re battling other players (single player or multiplayer) for control of its resources.  No game, RTS or otherwis...