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The Penrose Collective, Nomads of Io

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 By Zultar327 In Offworld Dev Journals

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The promise of a new theater of capitalism has brought new competitors with it. The first of these is The Penrose Collective (also known as "Nomads"), a ragtag community brought together under the unifying leadership of Ezra Hoang. This group’s atypical practices have allowed them to find a place in the still young solar economy.

 

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GalCiv III: Crusade - Ludicrous Game

Published on Sunday, May 7, 2017 By Frogboy In GalCiv III Dev Journals

The expansion pack to Galactic Civilizations III, Crusade, adds a new multicore job system for handling turns.  This means that turns are dramatically faster late game. 

When Crusade first game out, people asked for even bigger maps.  So the first update (due this week) has them.

Now, I don't recommend this map size.  I don't personally play it at this map size (or insane before it).  But many people really love these crazy large maps.

So here's a game of AI vs. AI I'm using for testing. 

Be warned: It uses 15 GIGABYTES of memory and is pushing my 10-core PC pretty hard.  At this size, turn times are not going to be fast.  In the map I'm playing, there are 64 players.  If you figure that each player is able to move in just 1 second, that's still a minute per turn and 1 second would be really fast given the size.

With those caveats, let's take a look..

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Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is Available Today!

Published on Thursday, May 4, 2017 By Island Dog In GalCiv III News

The Critically Acclaimed Space 4X Strategy Game, Galactic Civilizations III 
Gets Its Biggest Expansion Ever!
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade comes packed with tons of new features, base game improvements, and so much more

Experience a whole new side of Galactic Civilizations III with the Crusade expansion! Packed with new features,
Crusade provides a level of strategic depth that fixes the late-game grind and gives players what they’ve been craving.

GalCiv III + Crusade Bundle - $39.98
Buy from Stardock | Buy from Steam
  GalCiv III: Crusade Expansion- $19.99
Buy from Stardock | Buy from Steam
Build Your Civilization*
Create a unique faction complete with leader, ideology, and abilities. Customize your own galactic navy and write unique conversation dialogue for your faction to use when it comes into contact with friends and enemies. Once you've perfected your people, upload your creation to the Steam Workshop for other users to enjoy! *The Civilization Builder uses Steamworks and is only available to users who purchase a copy for Steam.
 
 
Promote your citizens for huge bonuses   Let Your People Shine 
Shape the course of your civilization's destiny with talented individuals called citizens. Choose from over a dozen unique roles - commander, engineer, farmer, celebrity, and more - to help your colonies flourish by unlocking new gameplay or providing bonuses. The unique Promotions system allows citizens to answer a higher calling. They become effectively "retired" in exchange for a large benefit. Commanders can become Privateers and convert their ship into a powerful vessel that belongs to no civilization and terrorizes other ships for fun, profit, and plausible deniability. Celebrities can sing their swan song in a spectacular final concert, Spies can choose to go down in a blaze of glory (and explosives!) as Saboteurs, and more.
 
Spy on Your Competition
Not all wars are won with troops. Train spies to gather information from foreign worlds so that you can formulate the best strategy for conquer or trade. If your enemy starts getting a little big for their galactic britches, send your spies in to knock them down a few pegs and destroy critical planetary improvements. Steal technologies from other civilizations or use your spies to counter against agents that may have infiltrated your own worlds.
  We need a spy on the inside...
 
Invasions are a game in and of themselves   Invade Enemy Planets
Some wars are won with troops! The Invasion system has been revamped to provide a greater challenge and more strategic depth. Train your legions and send them to enemy worlds, choose a landing location, and then watch planetary improvements explode into fire and ashes as your troops march across the planet's surface. Don't forget to leave a few legions at home, too - they're your best line of defense against a revenge invasion!
 
Encounter New Factions
You already know you're not alone in the universe, but there are always new civilizations to discover. Crusade features three brand-new factions: Terran Resistance: The portion of humanity that avoided being trapped on Earth behind the Precursor Shield, years on the run have made them resourceful, but hard. The Onyx Hive: These multi-limbed worms were born from the deep, volcanic vents in the ocean of their homeworld. Natural spies, their society thrives on backstabbing and intrigue. The Slyne: These cybernetic space amoebas look down on other races as being primitive. Fickle and hard to kill, it's probably best to stay on their good side.
  The Slyne think they're far superior

Additional New Features:

  • Updated Civilizations: The races you were once familiar with have been updated so that playing against them is now a more unique experience. The civilization selection screen contains lots of new information on each race so that you can make the best decision about who you'd like to play against. 
  • Updated Economy: Each decision you make matters - a lot. Raw production increases if your population is large and your people are happy. Raw production value also influences things like research, construction, and wealth.
  • Updated Diplomacy and Alliances: Interactions with other races are now weighed more heavily than before. Be careful who you upset - no one in the galaxy likes a civilization of warmongers. When trading, a "fairness" bar at the top of the trade window shows you how much more (or less!) you need to offer before the trade is even. New flavor text unique to each race makes trading a fun and unique experience! 
  • Missions:  Subsidize ventures to the depths of the galaxy to search for resources, abandoned ships, or ancient technologies. 
  • Starbase Mechanics: Starbases are now upgraded at the starbase itself rather that having to rely on distance plants to send additional constructors.
  • New UI: A sleek new UI brings important details to the forefront and emphasizes functionality. 
Citizens are all unique  

Get Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade at Stardock or on Steam today!

 

Missing some DLC in your collection? Get the rest for the complete experience!
Mercenaries Expansion | Mega Events | Revenge of the Snathi | Precursor Worlds | Rise of the Terrans
Lost Treasures | Altarian Prophecy | See the rest here!

OTC's Anniversary, an Update for Returning Players

Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 By Zultar327 In Offworld Dev Journals

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Dev Journal. Jupiter’s Forge development continues, but this week we’re going to take a break from talking about it. This is because we’ve seen many returning players coming back to OTC, and given that we’ve just celebrated Offworld’s first anniversary this past week it seemed like a good to time to catch them up on some of the major changes we’ve seen this year.

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Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade gets release date!

Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 By Island Dog In GalCiv III News

Stardock has set a release date for the biggest expansion pack it has ever created: May 4! A little over a week away from the time of this post.

Galactic Civilizations III is a space-based strategy game set in a future where humanity has begun to explore the stars. Players explore the galaxy, colonize new worlds, research new technologies, negotiate with alien civilizations, design star ships, fight epic wars, build vast trading empires, and much more.

Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade, vastly expands on the base game's feature set adding:

  1. The Civilization Builder. Create your own custom civilizations complete with what their ships will look like via ones you create with the game's designer or by downloading any of the tens of thousands of ship designs created by players as well as controlling what their citizens will look like, how the AI will use them, what they will say in negotiations and more.
  2. Galactic Citizens. The best and brightest of your civilization can now be specialized into Diplomats, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Generals, Commanders, Spies and more.
  3. Espionage. Send your spies to foreign civilizations to steal technology, sabotage worlds, discover their plans and more.
  4. New "Living Galaxy" economy. Over a dozen different resources, of various levels of rarity from game to game, are scattered across the known universe. These resources are needed for everything from researching to weapon systems and even citizen promotions. Obtain these resources through trade, conquest or scavenging.
  5. Interactive Invasions. Players can specialize citizens into Generals who in turn train legions of soldiers that can be used to invade or defend worlds. When a world is invaded, each side places their corresponding legions where they think they're needed most.
  6. Galactic Missions. Late game, players send out missions from their planets and shipyards to gather resources, discover new technologies, spread your culture and more. The missions feature is just part of the overall effort to make the mid to late game engaging and unique.
  7. Commanders & Privateers. Train your Citizens to command your fleets or turn them into Privateers which allow you to attack the ships of other players without them knowing who is responsible (particularly fun in multiplayer).
  8. New Civilizations. Three new civilizations have been added to the game which include their own ship design parts and other goodies.

This is just touching the surface of what the Expansion does. The vastly updated AI is more formidable than ever, every number in the game has been balanced with all the changes in mind and every existing DLC gets automatically updated if the player has it when playing Crusade (i.e. Stardock went back and redid every existing DLC so that if the player plays the existing DLC while running Crusade the gameplay is different).

Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is being released as a Steam DLC to Galactic Civilizations III players and will be able to be purchased for $39.99 package (GalCiv III + Crusade integrated together) on May 4 at GalCiv3.com, Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle and elsewhere.

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And please be sure to subscribe to the GalCiv III reddit sub where Stardock will be giving away shirts and other prizes shortly.

 

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