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May 26, 2020 by Frogboy
This will be the feedback and discussion thread to the upcoming May edition of Stardock Magazine.
May 2, 2020 by Frogboy
Elemental: War of Magic (most fun) [2010] Galactic Civilizations OS/2 [1993] Galactic Civilizations II [2006] Star Control: Origins [2018] The Corporate Machine [2000] Sins of a Solar Empire [2008] Fallen Enchantress [2012] Stellar Frontier [1999] Ashes of the Singularity [2016] Trials of Battle [1996] Avarice [1996] Offworld Trading Company [2016] Galactic Civilizations I [2003] The Political Machine [2004] Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade [2017] ...
April 21, 2020 by Frogboy
Last year, Microsoft released “Dark Mode” to Windows 10 users.  Dark Mode gave users an alternative color and style option to the Windows GUI.  Now, Stardock is preparing to release a new customization program called Curtains.  Curtains works similarly to the modes that Microsoft has implemented.  Any app that already supports the existing dark and light modes will automatically benefit from Curtains. Stardock CurtainsStardock Curtains includes several new s...
April 20, 2020 by Frogboy
The first 3 rows are ones I set.  The second 3 rows are just ones MS’s “frequently used” populated.  edit: columns!!! This early, I haven’t used much. These are the apps I first install onto a new PC.  What are the first apps you install?
April 15, 2020 by Frogboy
So we are on the road to v4.0.  It's hard to believe that GalCiv III was released five years ago.  We've made a lot of changes since then. Version 4.0 is designed to do a lot of different things.  I won't go over all the changes here but instead will take you on a bit of a guided tour. Most of the changes are for users of Retribution which is the latest expansion.  If you don't have that, I highly recommend getting it. Turn 1 On your first turn you're going to lik...
April 14, 2020 by Frogboy
This PC is using Windows 10.  But not just Windows 10 on its own.  It's been upgraded a bit with Object Desktop. That's what Object Desktop does.  A lot of the things in Windows we see today first showed up in Object Desktop.  A few examples include transparencies, shadows, gadgets, ZIP files as folders, GUI skinning, etc.  There is a natural progression to the operating system. On this screenshot I have Groupy, CursorFX, Fences, Start10 and a new app that hasn't ...
April 9, 2020 by Frogboy
April 8, 2020 by Frogboy
This week’s update to the Political Machine adds Ronald Reagan.  He’s the first candidate that includes a scoring handicap which means that your score is modified slightly because he’s a bit easier to win with than other candidates.  We’ll show you here. The update also includes AOC, Al Gore, and Barry Goldwater.  The Reagan Era Ronald Reagan was one of the last Presidents we had before the hyper politicization of American life really took hold...
April 2, 2020 by Frogboy
With our state on lockdown, our offices are empty.  This gives me a rare opportunity to give a little tour of our offices with almost no one here.  A little bit about Stardock So I started Stardock from my dorm room back in 1991 and incorporated it in 1993.  The building we’re in now, we bought in 2005.  We own it, so we are able to do whatever we want with it.  It’s about 20,000 square feet and we’ve had the opportunity to try out various worki...
March 30, 2020 by Frogboy
I found a magic planet. It’s not that it is a class 20 planet – it only started as a class 14 and I’ve upgraded it since.  It is that it had 6 fertile tiles with 5 of them ready to have something amazing placed in the middle.  In this case, Kimberly’s Refuge.  Combined with the planet being a fertile world the result is that this one planet produces 34 food.  Of course, having the time to build this up required relative peace to be the norm w...
March 27, 2020 by Frogboy
As I write this, we’re starting to find a lot of friction due to the way some communications apps work when it comes to multiple servers.  I’m looking at you, Microsoft Teams. While connecting multiple Teams servers (not teams) isn’t hard, it is a bit tedious.  I end up having to click on the drop down and then select the server I want. Now, ideally, I would like Teams to let me have a truly integrated experience (where I can move teams from various serve...
March 24, 2020 by Frogboy
The next update to The Political Machine will be including mod support to Steam Workshop.  Specifically, we are going to let people make their own ideologies and share them with others.  We include quite a few in the game.    We will be uploading a few ideology mods to get things started and to help others learn how to make them. What is an ideology? An ideology is a set of issues your candidate wants to run on.   Unlike normal campa...
March 3, 2020 by Frogboy
Today let's do a quick walk-through of The Political Machine 2020.  This will include what's new from previous editions as well as a discussion of the underlying simulation. Creating a candidate When creating a candidate you have a finite # of points to use to figure out what your candidate's strengths are. Stamina: How many moves you get per turnIntelligence: Enhances how well you do on interviewsCharisma: Affects how well your speeches and ads doMedia bias: Affects how many i...
February 22, 2020 by Frogboy
We’ve had some great discussions on Hard drive speeds over the years. One of my favorites was the one about whether SSDs was worth it. I’ve also been benchmarking my PC’s for a very, very long time: https://forums.wincustomize.com/168111 Here is a brief recap: ...
February 19, 2020 by Frogboy
The biggest, most game changing feature of The Political Machine 2020 are the ideology trees.  Each candidate can have their own ideology tree which makes Bernie Sanders play quite a bit differently than say Joe Biden. For today's entry, I am going to try out making a custom candidate and choose the Fascism ideology.  I'm going to loosely base him off of one of my favorite villains of Stephen King's book, The Dead Zone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEE141IC4Q8 We inc...