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May 2, 2017 by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is almost here.  The biggest, most complex space 4X ever.

Every game is different. This is my story. Your story will be different.

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PART I: We are far away from Earth

There is no Earth here.

Earth is thousands of light years away.

The heroic Jenna Casey has settled a planet on the planet of Haven. 



The last ship of the fleet, The Bounty, looks desperately for supplies.

The remai...
April 15, 2017 by Frogboy
 

Greetings! Spring is here and there's lots to talk about. So let's do this!

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## Multiplayer population ##

While Ashes of the Singularity is primarily a single player game, we are concerned about the multiplayer population.  While people at the lower ranks are having no problems finding people, it gets harder (meaning longer) to find a match the higher up you go.  This is a real problem.

What we are doing:

Use the Escalation browser:...
April 15, 2017 by Frogboy
 

Greetings! Spring is here and there's lots to talk about. So let's do this!

[[..]]

## Multiplayer population ##

While Ashes of the Singularity is primarily a single player game, we are concerned about the multiplayer population.  While people at the lower ranks are having no problems finding people, it gets harder (meaning longer) to find a match the higher up you go.  This is a real problem.

What we are doing:

Use the Escalation browser:...
April 10, 2017 by Frogboy
Stardock Magazine April edition is about to go out.

Use this thread to discuss.

You can also visit the Windows Desktop Discord channel here: https://discord.gg/EZe8uxG (games ones are being set up too).

 
April 6, 2017 by Frogboy
Let's begin this diary with the understanding that conquest is not the primary means to victory in Galactic Civilizations.

While warfare is commonly seen as politics via other means, it is not the only or even the easiest way to "win".  

That said, when you do go to war, you are dealing with battles on a scale that humans of the 21st century could scarcely imagine.  Invading a planet is an immense task.

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Invading entire worlds: BEFORESince the start of th...
March 6, 2017 by Frogboy
Leave your feedback here.  Will be sending this out soon.

 
February 26, 2017 by Frogboy
I'm on my way to GDC.  I write this from first class on a 752-200 from Detroit Metro.  25 years ago I lived in poverty. How did I go from having nothing to being one of those 0.1%ers? The usual, hard work, self-discipline, delayed gratification. But there's another element that rarely gets talked about: Being born lucky.

I took a political test and one of the questions struck me, "Some people are born lucky." as a True or False statement.  I remember watching a vide...
February 13, 2017 by Frogboy
Haven't sent this out yet...

But feel free to chat with me here.
February 13, 2017 by Frogboy
If all goes according to plan, most, if not all, Ashes players will have Escalation in the next few days.

Why are we expanding the criteria?

Simply put: While people like Ashes of the Singularity, the overwhelming message is that the community needs to be merged together.

We originally planned to allow players to play MP against each other but as time has gone on, it has become increasingly apparent that this would have both technical and fairness issues (i.e. do Ashes players get strat...
February 11, 2017 by Frogboy
Want to find other players to play with in Escalation?

Download the Escalation Browser. When in your system tray, it will turn green if number of eligible players grows.  You can also chat with other players who hang out as well.

Note: Steam must be running in order to use Escalation Browser or you will get a "SteamAPI failed to init" error.
February 11, 2017 by Frogboy
Greetings!

I’d like to introduce you to Callum McCole.  You’ll be hearing about him a lot in the coming months as I have asked him to take an ever great role in helping me on design elements of Ashes of the Singularity.  He runs the popular RTS YouTube channel, General’s Gentlemen.

As an RTS player of many years, I have often lamented when game developers fail to make the most use of the RTS community when it comes to design and balance that can be helpful both for the expert...
February 11, 2017 by Frogboy
Greetings!

I’d like to introduce you to Callum McCole.  You’ll be hearing about him a lot in the coming months as I have asked him to take an ever great role in helping me on design elements of Ashes of the Singularity.  He runs the popular RTS YouTube channel, General’s Gentlemen.

As an RTS player of many years, I have often lamented when game developers fail to make the most use of the RTS community when it comes to design and balance that can be helpful both for the expert...
January 29, 2017 by Frogboy
Greetings!

 

The editor

I’m working on Sorcerer King: Rivals v2.1 right now.  Much of my work is actually happening in the Unit editor:

This is just a glorified Excel spreadsheet that lets me change the pre-requisites.  

The new units

There are 5 sovereigns we are enhancing:

The Commander The Tyrant The Guardian The Priestess The Tinkerer Each of these 5 are going to get their own starting units and their own unique improvemen...
December 21, 2016 by Frogboy
Any of you interested in multiplayer (ranked) you can download and run this:

 

http://draginol.stardock.net/files/EscalationBrowser.zip

 

Basically, you run this and it goes into your system tray.  When there are ranked games available for you in your region, it will notify you.  Then, just load up Ashes and join the multiplayer queue.

Future updates will let you launch and go right into the queue, this is an internal alpha.

Do not distribute this link as it...
December 18, 2016 by Frogboy
 



 

In Total Annihilation there’s a map called Caldera’s rim.  It’s a huge naval map with bits of islands in it.  That’s where I want us to eventually get in terms of battlefield flexibility.

Check these screenshot from a mod of Total Annihilation:

  Let’s break things down into bite sized chunks to understand what we have today.   We want Ashes to become the ultimate RTS game There are a lot of things we have to do to get from wher...