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December 6, 2017 by Frogboy
PLYMOUTH, MI.  December 6, 2017 -- Stardock announced today that nearly 30 year Microsoft veteran Kevin Unangst has joined the company as Vice President to head Stardock's global marketing and partnership group.Mr. Unangst spent nearly three decades helping to lead Microsoft's Windows and Xbox marketing efforts, including leading Windows XP consumer marketing, head of marketing for Microsoft Studios, and most recently global director of Windows gaming marketing at Microsoft.

"Kevin has a...
December 3, 2017 by Frogboy
Sunday’s are strange.

Do I have enough time to start a new book?Is the dog getting enough attention? She doesn’t seem to think so.i really want to play game X but shouldn’t I be working on Star Control? Or GalCiv? Or Ashes of the Singularity?My son has math homework. Shouldn’t I be helping? How much?People are mad at the Democrats/Republicans. Should I care? I don’t really care.its cold outside but the solar array inverter needs to be checkedYouTube Let’s p...
November 20, 2017 by Frogboy
I have requested the new changes you now see on the site that make the forums cleaner visually.

The next step is to have a lot more data presented when you mouse over an item.

I know some people won't like the changes, but as someone who lives on these forums, I really need the site to be cleaner and quicker to navigate through.

 
November 19, 2017 by Frogboy
I have 3 children. I love them to pieces.

But dogs? Obviously not in the same league but holy cow there is just something so touching in their unconditional devotion.

Sometimes, especially with the smarter ones, their similarities to small children can be uncanny. For instance, my 6 year old Entlevucher brings her stuffed dinosaur to bed every night, she just sleeps with it.

Who else here feels the same?
November 16, 2017 by Frogboy
 This week, the first beta of the Star Control reboot is unleashed on an unsuspecting universe.  25 years ago, Accolade released Star Control II.Back in 1992, Accolade was a major game publisher.  Some of the best games of all time came from them, including Test Drive, Power at Sea, Hard Ball, Steel Thunder, and many, many other games.  During the late 80's and 90's, they were a match for Electronic Arts and Activision. Eventually, Accolade was acquired by Atari. Stardoc...
October 6, 2017 by Frogboy
What features do you think the forums need to make them more compelling for you and for others to use?
October 2, 2017 by Frogboy
Greetings!

So the team is starting work on the next major expansion pack.  But we also want to keep an eye on the base game.

Right now, the recent Steam reviews for GalCiv are pretty awful with most of the people reviewing it doing so because they don't like some of the changes in v2.5.  So if there are changes you would like in 2.7 and beyond, this would be the place to ask.

The Steam review system is something I have and will continue to complain about because frankly,...
October 2, 2017 by Frogboy
Please vote on this:

 

https://steamcommunity.com/linkfilter/?url=http://www.strawpoll.me/13992658

 

Thanks!

 
October 2, 2017 by Frogboy
It's been a year since we posted the last big public update on the new Star Control.

Last year, we began the Founders Program!  Thank you all that joined.  In the next two weeks, we will be ending the Founder's Program as we prepare for a public Beta program.  If you want to join the Founder's Program it's not too late yet.

A new tier

Right now, we have Founders and Lifetime Founders.  Both get access to our internal vault of stuff.  Lifetime Founders get everyt...
September 17, 2017 by Frogboy
The big GalCiv III v2.5 update went out.  Most people like it.  Not everyone of course (it breaks save games).  If you're liking it, you know the drill "Like and Subscribe" as they say on YouTube or in Steam's case, please leave a review.  Even if you've left a review in the past, you can delete your old one and leave a new one which will have the "Recent reviews" which matters a lot (a lot more than it should imo but hopefully Valve will update their algorithms in light of r...
September 10, 2017 by Frogboy
Last week I did a one on one test against the Drengin AI set at Normal. It was on a tiny map in which I rushed for invasion tech and killed them.



This time, let's bump the AI to Genius...

AI at Genius

The 2.5 GalCiv III AI is a lot smarter than previous iterations. It handles fleets better. It researches better. It builds up planets more intelligently.  But it is really difficult, even in human 1 on 1 games, to deal with a rush.

Now, at Genius, the AI starts out with more mo...
September 9, 2017 by Frogboy
 

Our story so far...

Every once in awhile, Do a 1 on 1 test on a relatively balanced map to see how well the AI is doing.   I play on Normal or Gifted as that puts the AI on roughly equal terms with me.

I choose  the Drengin because they are a vicious, evil civilization that has few redeeming qualities and they play the game very differently than most people do (they are absolutely amoral).  Their strategies aren't always ideal but they do tend to be interestin...
September 7, 2017 by Frogboy
With the increasing evidence that Google operates with an open political agenda, it is not surprising that its employees feel comfortable using their privileged position at Google to smite those guilty of wrong-think.

Take the case of Google employee Tab Atkins Jr.  After a Twitter spat with Zoe Quinn, Atkins decided that social justice needed to be served and wrote a libelous smear of me on his blog with the title "Brad Wardell is a douchebag"...three years ago.

As a se...
September 4, 2017 by Frogboy
Notes:

Using Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade version 2.5 BETA 

In the year 2242...

This is my random playthrough of Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade v2.5.  This is my story.



[[..]]
With the Drengin Empire defeated, the Terran Alliance was free to expand out into the galaxy.  The Perseus sector was the natural next destination for the human race.

 The planet Perseus was a real gem.  A class 14 planet meant it had a large surface, inhabitable sur...
September 3, 2017 by Frogboy
For part 1 go here.

Version 2.5 is easily the biggest update to the base game of GalCiv III since its first release back in 2015.  What makes these updates possible is the continuing sales of DLC and expansions like Crusade.

The much beloved Galactic Civilizations II never got an update like this one.  That is because back then, games were sold at retail and so there was no realistic way to keep updating the base game like we can today for budgetary reasons.  Hence, GalCiv I...