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September 30, 2014 by Frogboy

So in 2015 Stardock will be releasing 3 new games. As I write this, only 1 (Galactic Civilizations III) has been announced.  In 2016, we’ll be releasing another 3 new games (not expansions but new games) of which only 1 (Soren Johnson’s Offworld Trading Company) is announced (but no images/video have been released).  And of course, this doesn’t count the Star Control reboot which is in development but doesn’t have a release date yet.

Join the battle!

September 30, 2014 by Frogboy
Last week I wrote about the Escalation of #GamerGate. I recommended that advocates of #GamerGate come up with a set of objectives while momentum was in their favor.

A Recap For the uninitiated, #GamerGate is a schism that has formed between the enthusiast gaming press and core gamers. The schism was largely the result of the gaming media allowing their platforms to be utilized by the more radical elements within their ranks to denigrate core gamers as “dead” and “nerds” and “misogynists” i...
September 29, 2014 by Frogboy
We’re getting pretty close to Beta 2 for GalCiv III. This one is the diplomacy beta series.  Part of the challenge is having UIs that can handle potentially hundreds of players.  In this screen, Kael has made his own custom players using Star Control players but players will be able to make whatever they’d like.
September 26, 2014 by Frogboy
SpaceMonger was one of the oldest, best disk space management programs ever.

EdgeRunner has teamed up with developer Sean Werkema to re-design it for the modern age with cloud support (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) and a new Windows 8/9 UI refresh.

You can try out the latest build of it here:
September 23, 2014 by Frogboy
Steam is doing some pretty amazing things this week.  One of the new features I really like is the Steam User reviews that has some real promise if it can avoid the fate of user reviews elsewhere (where a passionate minority can totally mess with the score).

So far, it’s very interesting:

September 21, 2014 by Frogboy
Lately, when thinking about #Gamergate I am reminded of the intro to Total Annihilation:


Warning: this is long… 

Part 1: The participantsWhat started as a relatively minor dispute regarding whether the gaming media was choosing who and what to cover based on pull rather than merit has become a massive, cross industry conflict that shows no sign of decreasing.  Two sides: #GamerGate and its opponents (anti-#GamerGate?).

Each sides has their points (I&rsqu...
September 20, 2014 by Frogboy 


September 20, 2014 by Frogboy
September 19, 2014 by Frogboy
One of the less glamorous but absolutely crucial parts of game development involves building tools to support content creation.

For GalCiv II, we used MFC.  In Elemental, we used WinForms.  Now, we’re making our editors using Windows Presentation Foundation (Avalon aka WPF).  It’s amazing how far things have come.

Internally, there’s a lot of debate on whether we should be using WPF vs. WinRT for this purpose.  I’m curious what others think on this in terms of...
September 18, 2014 by Frogboy
Typical conversation regarding a certain lawsuit goes something like this:

What about <Allegation 1>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 2>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 3>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 4>? They made it up. Oh come on, you’re saying they made it all up? Yes. Can you prove they made it up? Yes. How? Because their own witnesses claimed she did or she directly admitted to doing so during her deposition. ...
September 17, 2014 by Frogboy
September 16, 2014 by Frogboy
Ironically, from the comments sections:

A woman is suspected of sabotaging a charity event with feminism as her justification, even though the event supposedly aimed to support female developers. A more or less reasonable group of people get upset about this, and make the issue somewhat known. An ex decides to share information about this woman's sex life, which picks up popularity because of the aforementioned scandal. A crazy guy builds a conspiracy from...
September 14, 2014 by Frogboy
I’ll hand the SJW anti-#Gamergate people one thing: They have chutzpah.  Seeing individuals who have a history of abusing, ridiculing, lying and misrepresenting people complaining about gamers is…just breathtaking.

The best thing that will come out of this #gamergate thing, and this is the one thing that I think its supporters should really take some pride in is this: The free ride is over. 

So many lurkers and neutral observers have been able to see how these guys o...
September 14, 2014 by Frogboy

Today I would like to ask you guys some questions about strategy games.

1. What specific features of diplomacy do you traditionally like the most? I want you to be as specific as you can be. Which parts of diplomacy from any game do you like the most? What parts do you remember long after playing the most?

2. Looking back, how many turns do your favorite games last? This is important to know the specific number of turns the game in Question lasted. 

3. Consi...
September 12, 2014 by Frogboy
Forever now, I’ve been naming my PC’s “Frog-<Year purchased>”, Toad for my home machine and Turtle for my laptop and then benchmarking them.  My

Here’s a brief history of their Passmark scores:

Frog-2003 (Dell Pentium IV):132Turtle-2006 (ThinkPad T60)150Turtle-2007 (ThinkPad T61)286Frog-2007 (Dell XPS, Intel Core 2 Extreme) “Total monster”798Frog-2008 (Intel Core2 Duo E8200 Alienware Area 51)2280Frog-2009 (Intel Core2 Quad Q8300)3040Frog...