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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...
July 25, 2016 by Frogboy
When it comes to DLC, what is popular is not always what one would expect.



To that end, here are the top 3 most popular GalCiv III DLC in terms of units sold per day average.

 

#1 Revenge of the Snathi



Not in a million years would I have guessed this.  The DLC that delivered the psychopathic squirrels that have been a gag in the GalCiv games for years as a major civilization takes the lead.

 

#2 Precursor Worlds



This is the on...
July 20, 2016 by Frogboy
Yesterday, Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter.  The reason, ostensibly, was that he was targeting Leslie Jones, the actress in the recently released Ghostbusters reboot. It would probably be more accurate to say that it was “the last straw” from Twitter’s point of view given Milo’s engagement with Jones was relatively mild and no reasonable person would argue that Milo is responsible for the abuse his followers do. Twitter’s tolerance tends to be based o...
July 9, 2016 by Frogboy
In no particular order:

People often lightly suggest that “you should sue X”. Lawsuits are multi-year arduous, tedious affairs.  My opinion is that the threshold for a lawsuit should be if you lived without civil society would you be willing to commit violence to achieve your objective? If no, then find another way.A customer of ours recently got banned on Wikipedia for aggressively defending me on my Wiki page.  Apparently he had been contributing for years. I feel some...
July 6, 2016 by Frogboy
Greetings!

Season 2 has been delayed until the end of this month so that we can get in contact with the finalists.  That gives us a bit more time to get the observer mode feature in and prep for Season 2 balance changes.

 

Below, in no particular order, are some of the upcoming balance changes:

T1 units are now slightly fasterPHC Athena is somewhat slowerPHC Brute squad size reduced from 6 to 5, firepower and HP on each unit substantially increasedPHC Falcon Flak Cannon fir...
June 27, 2016 by Frogboy
As anyone playing online must have noticed by now, we’ve basically doubled our user base in June. So that’s good.

Version 1.2 was a pretty big deal for helping make Ashes a more mainstream RTS.  I say more but I won’t say mainstream.  As a practical matter, 40% of the user base doesn’t have the hardware to play Ashes so we’ll always take a bit of a hit in terms of player base and of course user reviews from people who have older systems that won’t...
June 27, 2016 by Frogboy
As anyone playing online must have noticed by now, we’ve basically doubled our user base in June. So that’s good.

Version 1.2 was a pretty big deal for helping make Ashes a more mainstream RTS.  I say more but I won’t say mainstream.  As a practical matter, 40% of the user base doesn’t have the hardware to play Ashes so we’ll always take a bit of a hit in terms of player base and of course user reviews from people who have older systems that won’t...
June 18, 2016 by Frogboy
When running an Internet business, trust is one of the most valuable commodities a business has.  That’s why I was so surprised to discover that Teleflora seems to operate on what appears to be an unscrupulous business model.

For my wife’s parent’s big wedding anniversary she ordered this:



What they actually got was this:



Besides the fact that it only had a handful of the roses, the most ridiculous part is that the little white flowers they included rather than th...
June 14, 2016 by Frogboy
Note: This text is transcipted from Haalee.  If you have not already finished  the campaign of Ashes of the Singularity, Episode 1, there are spoilers.

 

[Spoiler Warnings]

 

Hello little bird.

You have been told a lot about me. Lies. Contrary to what you may have heard, I do not wish the destruction of the Post-Human Coalition. There are barely over 100 of them. I seek an end to the prospect of 8 billion human beings on Earth ascending. 
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