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Customize your Windows Icons with IconPackager

Honestly, the thought of changing the icons on my desktop had never crossed my mind before I started exploring the apps in the Object Desktop suite and came across IconPackager. Initially, I didn't think much about it - I have no idea how to make custom icons, after all - but the good news is, you d...

WinCustomize Monthly Wrap-up - September Edition

We have finally hit Fall and now we start our way through the holiday season! First up, we have Halloween coming up and we've been busy getting some Halloween wallpapers and other spooky themes up. We're also featuring a ton of Halloween skins this month so be sure to check the daily feature.

Science Fiction World Building

Here at Stardock, we love Science Fiction of all kinds: books, movies, comics, shows, you name it. Admittedly, I'm a bit more of a high fantasy girl myself, but I definitely love my Star Wars and Star Trek, and let's not exclude the glory that is Galaxy Quest.

Genres in Gaming: Strategy

There are far more genres and ideas than I have time to touch on here in a single blog, so today we're going to focus on one of the big ones for us here at Stardock: Strategy.

Multiplicity KM: Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

When I first came to Stardock and started learning about all of our software, one program in particular eluded my understanding: Multiplicity. What exactly is Multiplicity? Why on earth would I ever need to use it? It felt somewhat intimidating to me.

A History of WindowBlinds

Today we're going to talk a bit about the history and evolution of WindowBlinds, which released all the way back in 1999 (for the mathematically challenged, that's 21 years ago...yikes!). WindowBlinds was the first program that let users customize the look and feel of the Windows GUI and is still wi...

Creative Modifications: Animal Crossing

As you’re probably well aware, we love mods here at Stardock. We encourage them for our own games (our Sins of a Solar Empire mod community is especially robust) and we love seeing them in games we enjoy playing in our free time.

Remember RightClick? I tried it on Windows 10

In one of my last blogs, I downloaded and tried out ObjectBar on my Windows 10 laptop. It was a fun experiment, and I enjoyed reading your comments on whether we should try to bring back ObjectBar. Since that got such a good response, I'd like to take a look at another app that was quite popular man...

Secret Salt Water Ocean Discovered on Ceres

Recently, seven new papers published to a special Nature collection assert that the bright spots on Ceres’ surface indicate a gigantic reservoir of salty water beneath the dwarf planet’s crust.

Make your next video stream seamless with Multiplicity

Video streaming and video content creation have risen greatly in popularity over the past few years. Video game streaming alone has turned into a multi-million dollar industry, and even just hobbyists are getting in on the action. Video creators like vloggers and many other channels on YouTube have...

Video Game Movies from Our - Okay, MY - Childhood

We are all well aware that video game movies, at least critically, are not good. The best you can do, typically, is rank them from “least bad” to “worst” - but that doesn’t mean they aren’t entertaining! So, I’m going to share my favorite top 5 “retro” video game movie adaptations.

We love mods: check out this new one for Dark Souls III

If you’ve spent any time in the Stardock community, you know that we love mods here. Between Galactic Civilizations III, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Star Control: Origins, and our other titles, there are thousands of available mods out there from an abundance of talented creators.

The Puzzle Games of Yore

Honestly, “puzzle game” is a fairly broad term. You’ve got your literal puzzle games like your Match 3’s (Bejeweled, Candy Crush, etc.) or your “piece it all together” games (like Glass Masquerade), but then the concept of “puzzle” game widens with games like Myst, Portal, Monkey Island, and a...

Cheat Codes in Video Games

Who doesn’t remember (and even revere) the days of silly codes and secrets slipped into games? As I think back about how word traveled regarding these surprises, it astonishes me that they became as well known as they were in the days before the Internet.

What Would You Like to See in an Updated SkinStudio?

SkinStudio doesn't get as much attention from the general skinning consumer since it's primary focus is the creation of skins, but lets not forget its importance as it plays a big role in bringing us skins for WindowBlinds.

Remember ObjectBar? I tried it on Windows 10

I was doing some updates with Object Desktop on my laptop and while grabbing an installer file from my account, I noticed the download for ObjectBar. Wow, that brought back some memories of skinning. ObjectBar would let you create and use your own start menus, docks, sidebars, etc. and was very cust...

Star Wars Video Games Through the Years

Monday was Star Wars Day, and as I’m writing this it’s currently Revenge of the 5th, so...I’m just declaring that this week is “Star Wars Week” and so you’re getting a Star Wars blog. Yub nub!...

Music in Video Games

While my tastes vary widely anywhere from metal to musicals, one musical genre in particular frequently seems to suit my workflow, and that is: video game soundtracks. There are, of course, a lot of elements that go into making a good game: graphics, story, gameplay, mechanics - the list goes on and...

What would I do without Start10?

One of the most notable differences for me was moving from Windows 7 over to Windows 10 - the new menu just wasn’t working for me. Before I came to Stardock, I honestly knew little-to-nothing about desktop customization and would have had no clue that I could fix this little problem of mine using St...

How Groupy Helps Me Work From Home

Prior to coming to Stardock, I never got to work from home. I was the director of an afterschool program for K-4 kiddos and if you couldn’t be in the “office,” then you couldn’t work. Now that I'm working from home all week long, Groupy has been indispensable in helping me save space and navigate...

A Tour of Stardock Plymouth

While the majority of Stardock employees are working from home, CEO Brad Wardell provides a tour of our Plymouth studio.

Kickstarter as a Marketing Tool: What Makes an Effective Kickstarter?

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I recently backed a Kickstarter campaign for a board game called Marvel United. The combination of the board game’s designer, publisher, and Marvel theme (I love me some Avengers - who’s your favorite?) had me on ‘board’ (I won’t ask for an excuse for the pun) imme...

When faced with isolation, I do what I always do: I play games

I know there’s an overall stereotype about gamers being solitary and reclusive by nature, and while it’s not altogether untrue, there are definitely outliers. I’m one of them, and the coming weeks of isolation are looming over my head like an ominous shadow - dramatic, sure, but that’s not exactly o...

The New Mars Rover is About to Get its Name - TODAY!

Just like NASA did back in 2009 for Curiosity, they recently held another contest allowing school-aged children to suggest names for the new vessel. The winning name will be announced today, followed by a teleconference at 3:30pm ET.

RIP W7

W7 ran its course from 2009 to 2020. MS has notified that there will be no more support for W7, meaning its kernel will become vulnerable to attack: "Security updates are essential to staying safe online, and Windows 10 is getting them while Windo...

How can I make my desktop look more unique?

I have to admit: before I came to Stardock, I'd never given much thought to desktop customization. Don't get me wrong! I changed my screensaver to slideshows of my college years and updated the background on my desktop as much as anyone else. But, I ha...

Groupy is a superset of Windows Sets anyway

Before Microsoft even announced their windows as tabs feature, "Sets", Stardock had released Groupy v1.0. Groupy is pretty straight forward: We like having our browser windows organized by tabs, why not the rest of the OS experience? There are a num...

Stardock Announces Siege of Centauri

Earth's first colony is under attack by an unknown enemy Communications to Earth's first interstellar colony in Proxima Centauri have gone dark. In response, Earth has dispatched the Carpathia to investigate. Upon arrival, they find a colony under sieg...

Get ready for an epic space adventure in Star Control: Origins

Explore the galaxy, investigate unique worlds, contact new civilizations, and battle hostile aliens in Star Control: Origins! Take command of Earth's first interstellar starship in this exciting open universe space-adventure RPG and save the Earth at all ...

Get ready to fly: Beta 3 for Fleet Battles releases today!

Fleet Battles just received another massive update and we can't wait to see you online to try it out. We've added some new alien ships, devastating new weapons, new maps, a new feature called "scavenging," and more. In addition to Fleet Battles Beta 3, we...

All-Star RTS Gold Editions are On Sale for Up to 80% Off!

Celebrate 25 years with us with awesome deals on our All-Star RTS games! From June 7-20, you can get the Gold Editions for 3 of our top RTS titles for just $19.99 each! Each game's Gold Edition contains all DLC and expansions for that title. Learn more

Star Control: Origins Fleet Battle Beta Begins Today

Star Control: Origins is a science-fiction adventure game set in an open universe that puts the player as the captain of Earth's first interstellar vessel on a mission to find allies to help save humanity from certain annihilation. The new ...

Star Control: Origins Pre-Orders Begin Today

After two decades of waiting, a new Star Control game is finally coming! Pre-order today to get a special discount on the game and access to our “Super Melee” beta in November. Learn more here.

Why Space?

To Boldly Go Why Stardock Loves Space Strategy - Stardock has a long history of strategy games set in space. Starting with the original Galactic Civilizations back in CEO Bra...

Stardock's Multiplicity Software Launches on Steam

Multiplicity is a versatile, secure, and affordable wireless KVM software solution that lets you connect multiple PCs and work easily between them with a single keyboard and mouse - and now it's on Steam! Learn more here. &...

Start10 Quick Tips Video Exploring Styling

This quick tips video will show you some of the key features of Start10 and the personalization settings you can use to customize your PC. Watch to see the Win 7 and Modern Start menu style options and configuration of the appea...

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation v2.3 is Now Available

Dominate the battlefield in v2.3 of Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation! With two brand new tier 5 Juggernaut warships (Leonidas and Nest of the Queen), a fully voiced "Genesis" campaign, and updates for the existing campaign, the game is ...

Start10 is Now Available on Steam

Customize your Windows experience with Start10! Return to the classic Windows 7 look or try out the new Modern style. Change colors and apply textures, create filtered searches, and easily access Universal applications.   Learn more

Fences is Now Available on Steam

Fences is now available on Steam!  Go here to read more about how Fences can help you conquer your desktop clutter to free up space for painting, designing, streaming, and more.

Galactic Citizens will be part of the Crusade

The world's most popular turn-based space strategy game is getting a major overhaul with this Spring's Crusade expansion.  In this week's Development Diary, we discuss the new Citizen system.  To read more, go

Galactic Civilizations III Releases New Lost Treasures DLC

Plymouth, MI. - July 27, 2016 - Stardock released the new Lost Treasures DLC pack for Galactic Civilizations III today. With new colony events, improvements, and ship components, many of which are affected by the player’s choice in Ideology, this up...

Offworld Trading Company adds New Map Toolkit DLC

Plymouth, MI. - June 20, 2016 - Stardock and Mohawk Games released the new Map Toolkit DLC for Offworld Trading Company today. The downloadable content allows players to build their own maps to share with friends and rivals using the new map editor and ad...

Soren Johnson's Offworld Trading Company Releases Today

Plymouth, MI. – April 28, 2016 - Stardock and Mohawk Games released Offworld Trading Company today. The economic strategy game from Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson is set in the near future where humanity has begun to colonize on Mars to...

Stardock Announces the Release of WindowBlinds 10

Plymouth, MI. – March 15, 2016 - Today, Stardock announced the release of WindowBlinds 10, the latest iteration of its popular desktop customization software. WindowBlinds allows users to make their desktop interface uniquely theirs by customizing t...

Up To 75% Off - Stardock Steam Weekend Sale!

September 24, 2015 - This weekend Stardock is having a massive sale of all its titles on Steam. Stardock's new epic strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III is half off this week. Similarly, its just released 4X strategy/role playing game Sorcerer...

Stardock Announces Sorcerer King Release Date

Plymouth, MI – June 30, 2015 – Stardock, software and video game developer, announced today that its new fantasy turn-based strategy game Sorcerer King will release on July 16, 2015.   In the ...

Steam Early Access for Servo Available Now

Stardock and BonusXP are thrilled to announce that Servo is now available on Steam Early Access. Customize your team of giant war machines into the perfect force to carry out your orders in this sci-fi real-time strategy game from the minds of some of the...

Galactic Civilizations III Beta 6 Now Available

Galactic Civilizations III Beta 6 is now available! The team is putting the final touches on the game before our May 14 release date, and everything is coming together nicely to fulfill our vision of the largest strategy sandbox to date. Beta 6 includes ...

Founders Alpha Begins for Servo

Stardock and BonusXP are thrilled to welcome our early adopters to the Founders Alpha of Servo, the RTS where how you design and equip your team of giant war machines is as important as the skill with which you command them in battle. Servo is being desi...

Offworld Trading Company Early Access Now Available

Plymouth, MI – February 12, 2015 – Players are now able to begin colonizing Mars in Offworld Trading Company, the economic RTS from Mohawk Games, as the title is now available on Steam Early Access for a limited-time discount of $35.99 (

Synthetic Empires Join Galactic Civilizations III Beta

Plymouth, MI – December 11, 2014 – Stardock released today the third major beta update for its genre-defining space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III, further enhancing and altering the strategies that lead to galactic dominance. Avail...

Stardock Joins the 2014 Steam Summer Sale

Get deep discounts on Stardock’s stable of highly rated strategy games in this year’s Steam Summer Sale, running exclusively through Steam (store.steampowered.com) through 6/28/2014 at 1pm Eastern time. The

Stardock 2014 Customer Report

One of the ways we like to thank our customers here at Stardock is through our annual reports, compiled and authored by Stardock President and CEO Brad Wardell. This year’s report, as always, combines a look at Stardock’s recent past and its ...

Stardock's 66% Off Memorial Day Sale

Starting today through May 26th Stardock has a Memorial Day sale going on where you can purchase Stardock Entertainment titles and DLC at 66% off. Highlights in the sale: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - $39.99  $13.60 Fallen Enchantress:...

STAR SWARM OFFERS GLIMPSE INTO FUTURE OF STRATEGY GAMING

TIMONIUM, MD. – Jan. 30, 2014 – Oxide Games has released today the first look at its next-generation Nitrous engine, Star Swarm. The engine demo, freely available for Windows PC through Steam, demonstrates the ability of Nitrous-powered games ...

Stardock Partners With Soren Johnson's Mohawk Games

PLYMOUTH, MI - NOVEMBER 5, 2013 – Stardock announced today a strategic partnership with Mohawk Games, the new studio founded by Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson. Mohawk's first game, codenamed Mars, will be published by Stardock. F...

Stardock Announces Strategic Relationship With Oxide Games

PLYMOUTH, MI – OCTOBER 23, 2013 – Stardock revealed today its strategic relationship with just-announced digital entertainment company Oxide Games. Oxide is currently developing a next-generation engine for PC and console strategy games named ...

Stardock Announces Galactic Civilizations III

PLYMOUTH, MI – October 15, 2013 – Stardock announced the third installment of its award-winning PC strategy game series today as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary: Galactic Civilizations III, the long-awaited next chapter in one of t...

Dead Man's Draw Now Available in the App Store

Plymouth, MI – October 2, 2013 – Stardock Mobile announced today that its debut iOS card puzzle game, Dead Man's Draw, is now available for $1.99 in the App StoreSM https://itunes.apple.co...

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Releases Loot Pack DLC

PLYMOUTH, MI. – September 4, 2013 - Stardock released the third DLC pack for its most recent release, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes today. New treasure is available to be found in this latest DLC installment. Explore abandoned graveyards a...

Monroe Bank & Trust Interview with Stardock's Brad Wardell

Stardock is approaching its 20 year anniversary in October this year, so Monroe Bank & Trust interviewed Stardock's founder and CEO, Brad Wardell.  This article focuses on the customers and gives a great insight to the beginnings and continui...

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes v1.2 released!

This update focuses on improving the AI at both the strategic and tactical levels. The top players have developed their winning strategies and their input was used to improve the decision making of the AI (special thanks to our Forum and YouTube subscribe...

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Releases Map Pack DLC

PLYMOUTH, MI. – June 20, 2013 – Stardock released the first DLC pack for its most recent release, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes today. Play on maps custom designed by Stardock's artists and developers. The pack includes a new, ha...

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes released

PLYMOUTH, MI. -- May 22, 2013 – Stardock released the expansion pack to last year’s hit fantasy strategy game, Fallen Enchantress today. Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes takes place on the world of Elemental, a land that is recovering f...

ObjectDock 2.1 beta is available for download now!

Today we released the ObjectDock 2.1 beta featuring Windows® 8 support and drag and drop application launching for quick access to your favorite applications. ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch ...