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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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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. 
...
June 14, 2016 by Frogboy
I grew up in a steel town. A dying steel town.  I wouldn’t have called the area I grew up as “rough” but no one would describe it as “privileged”.

In my high school, there was a group of 5 jocks who would go around beating up “nerds”.  One of my friends came in one day with two black eyes and his face incredibly swollen up.  He had been “chosen”.

One afternoon, while leaving my advanced math class, I was punched in the back of the head.  I fell to the ground and tur...
June 14, 2016 by Frogboy
Back in 2012, Stardock released Elemental: Fallen Enchantress.  It was the sequel to 2010’s Elemental: War of Magic.  War of Magic was an ambitious game but had a very rough launch due to its brand-new engine just not being able to handle the game.  We released a series of updates to address those problems but ultimately, we felt we needed to reward those who had bought into the early access.

With the launch of Fallen Enchantress, I sent out an email to all those who had boug...
June 5, 2016 by Frogboy
So if you haven’t already see the v1.2 Preview, click here: http://forums.ashesofthesingularity.com/477887/

Lots to talk about this month!

 

## Version 1.2 is a pretty big deal ##

From 1.0 through 1.13 the game has been operating on the Nitrous engine that was built during early access.  For those of interested in how games are made, think of a game has two pieces: The engine which is 90% of the work and the “game” which is a thin icing on top of the engine.  1...
June 5, 2016 by Frogboy
So if you haven’t already see the v1.2 Preview, click here: http://forums.ashesofthesingularity.com/477887/

Lots to talk about this month!

 

## Version 1.2 is a pretty big deal ##

From 1.0 through 1.13 the game has been operating on the Nitrous engine that was built during early access.  For those of interested in how games are made, think of a game has two pieces: The engine which is 90% of the work and the “game” which is a thin icing on top of the engine.  1...
June 4, 2016 by Frogboy
I think long before global climate change matters one way or the other that the fate of humanity will be determined by how we make use of strong AI.

In the near term (next 5 to 10 years) we’re going to see a huge swath of jobs disappear.  This past week Panera bread added a kiosk to let me order my food.  Wendy’s and McDonalds are already heading that way too. 

Transportation is next.  My Tesla Model X with auto-pilot is on the way. I should have it in the next mon...
June 4, 2016 by Frogboy
Got a Kindle Oasis. 

I won’t bore you with a full on review because there’s a ton of reviews that basically say it’s wonderful but too expensive.

It is a lot more expensive than the other Kindles but the screen is noticeably better thanks to having a more consistent series of lights and it is also noticeably lighter.

If you do a lot of reading on the Kindle and you’re not price sensitive, get it.
June 4, 2016 by Frogboy
 

We’re putting the final touches on Ashes of the Singularity version 1.2.

Below are some screenshots on what we’ve got going:

  Global Chat   Voice-over based single player campaign from scratch.   Lots of little touches to the multiplayer league stuff   If you have enough CPU cores, you can enable some new visual effects   A new benchmark for measuring your CPU’s gaming potential   New PHC unit: Athena (short-ranged...
June 4, 2016 by Frogboy
 

We’re putting the final touches on Ashes of the Singularity version 1.2.

Below are some screenshots on what we’ve got going:

  Global Chat   Voice-over based single player campaign from scratch.   Lots of little touches to the multiplayer league stuff   If you have enough CPU cores, you can enable some new visual effects   A new benchmark for measuring your CPU’s gaming potential   New PHC unit: Athena (short-ranged...
June 2, 2016 by Frogboy
With the 1.7 series done, we’re well on our way to version 1.8 which has a pretty substantial update in terms of the underlying plumbing of the game as well as new features.

A lot of work has been spent on the multiplayer parts of the game.  While few people currently play GalCiv III multiplayer, it is a part of the game that we want to improve the general robustness on as it, in turn, makes the single player game more robust.

We are also putting some work into the AI diplomacy. T...
May 30, 2016 by Frogboy
[Not released yet]

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Deluxe Campaign: All dialog now voiced, 3 new missions, 2 new cut-scenes, dialogs no longer modalNew Units!Hall of FameLots of UI improvementsSubstantial AI improvementsUI

Health bars and more informative tool tips for unit within an Army in the Army unit panelUnit panels can be data driven such that new units can be added by modders and hooked into the UISkirmish map sortingSelect air hot key (F2)Add someone as a friend from the MP lobbyUI will d...
May 28, 2016 by Frogboy
Ok, so internally we've been playing on huge maps and another type of map size called massive.

Huge maps are (I believe) 4X larger than Large.  Massive maps are 16X larger than the large maps.  We won't support Massive in Ashes 1 (you have to have 4GB of video memory to run them and at least 6 CPU cores).

However, even on huge, yes, we are going to need a way to zoom out and see a strategic view of the map.  

We aren't going to turn every individual unit into ...
May 26, 2016 by Frogboy
A few topics I wanted to address based on forum feedback.

 

Re lore:  This is something that matters a lot to us.   Hopefully some of you check out Dawn of the Singularity. It is really really good.  http://amzn.to/1OQkvpZ

David Simpson, who is arguably the master of the singularity genre with his Post-Human series spent 2 years on this.  It's where Mac and Haalee and everyone else came from.

Re Deluxe campaign:  This will internally be done...