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Stardock releases new Campaign DLC for The Political Machine 2016

Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (The Political Machine)

Plymouth, MI. – July 19, 2016 - Stardock released a new Campaign DLC for the The Political Machine 2016 today. This new DLC will have players battling for a spot in the White House against some of the most famous (and infamous) presidents in American history.

"Our biggest challenge was choosing which past-presidents to include in the DLC," said producer Patrick Shaw. "There are so many to choose from that we had a difficult time narrowing it down, but we think that people will be pleased with the results."

Each historical candidate comes with a modern perspective on all of the hot current issues and is ready to fight for the 2016 presidency. "Defeating a candidate in the new ladder mode will unlock them for general gameplay," said Shaw.

The new ladder mode allows players to choose Democratic or Republican candidates to campaign against members of the opposite party to win the presidency. Each new opponent will prove to be more challenging than the last, gradually increasing in difficulty until the player has a real fight on their hands at the top of the ladder.

"No one said becoming president was easy," said Shaw. "We've included some new custom challenges for ladder-mode matches, just to keep things interesting." Issues like dealing with high gas prices, the people’s mistrust of politicians, impending war, and much more will keep players constantly altering and adapting their strategies in order to achieve victory.

The new Campaign DLC is now available through Steam or Stardock. For more information on The Political Machine 2016, please visit www.politicalmachine.com.

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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com.

Stardock releases v1.2 for The Political Machine 2016

Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (The Political Machine)

Plymouth, MI. – July 19, 2016 - Stardock released version 1.2 for the The Political Machine 2016 today. This new update will allow for ranked multiplayer matchmaking, an election simulation mode, and a new event for candidates to field during their campaigns.

The new matchmaking system will pair players against someone else online with similar skill. As players win games, their ranks will increase and they will be automatically matched with more challenging opponents.

"As election season heats up, it’s going to be really interesting to see what candidates people are playing as," said producer Patrick Shaw. "We will be watching the stats for multiplayer matches because it will be fun to keep track of."

With the new "Election Simulation Mode," players can satisfy their curiosity by selecting two candidates of their choice and watching them battle it out on the campaign trail. "We added this mode so that people can try out lots of different possibilities in a more leisurely way," said Shaw. "People can relax and watch a game unfold if they’re just feeling like spectating for a bit."

Finally, a new event rounds out the v1.2 update: the "Brexit" event.  In an outcome that shocked the rest of the world, citizens of the UK have voted to leave the EU. The issue has resonated in the voters of the United States, and this event forces players to think about how their candidate will choose to respond to the controversy.

v1.2 is now available and has been automatically added as an update to the game. For more information on The Political Machine 2016, please visit www.politicalmachine.com.

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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com.

Ashes: JULY 2016 Dev Update

Published on Monday, July 4, 2016 By Island Dog In Ashes Dev Journals

Greetings!

Happy 4th of July!

Stardock is closed this week for its Summer vacation but I wanted to give you guys a general status report.

## SEASON 1 ##

With the Steam sale and the holiday, we have extended Season 1 to the end of July. We are in the process of contacting the top ranked players to set up a tournament for later this month which we plan to stream as many of the games as we can.

## NEXT UPDATE ##

We plan to release version 1.24 of Ashes on July 14th. That version will mostly be bug fixes and and balance updates along with Observer mode in multiplayer.

## STABILITY ##

We are seeing problems with certain video driver features that seem to cause some instability in the game. If you are running an app that is designed to "optimize" Ashes, we recommend you turn it off as odds are its optimization focuses mostly on the benchmark.

The dead give away is if you're running DirectX 12 and there seems to be lag when moving around the map. That indicates something has injected itself. The best way around it in my experience is to go to your system tray and unload and so-called experience/optimization apps. 

## GENERAL PERFORMANCE ##

Version 1.24 will probably include some new performance improving code. That said, I strongly recommend people not bother with anti-aliasing. If it makes a visual difference for you that you can actually tell then by all means, use it but in my experience, it's not worth the extra video memory it consumes (and at above 1920x1080 it's ludicrious imo).

## PLAYER REVIEWS ##

As predicted the Steam sale knocked our player review scores down. This almost always happens when a game is on sale since you have players who are not always the right fit for the game.

If you are an experience Ashes player, we ask that you take the time to review the game (pro or con). 

## THE FIRST EXPANSION ##

Most of the team is working on the first expansion pack. This will be somewhat akin to what Forged Alliance was for SupCom back in the day. More units, more players, bigger maps, more map types, better handling of armies, a Global view zoom out map and much more. 

We plan to have this expansion priced at near DLC levels initially to reward those who were early adopters before changing the price to its final price.

We also expect that some of the features of the expansion will make it into Ashes 1.5 which will be a free update for existing players (for example, anything we do to improve AI, modding, unit behavior, responsiveness, etc. would get put into 1.5).

So that's all for now. Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers!

-brad


Originally posted by Brad on the Steam forums.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/228880/discussions/1/358416640401552513/


Ashes: Summer is here!

Published on Monday, June 27, 2016 By Frogboy In Ashes Dev Journals

As anyone playing online must have noticed by now, we’ve basically doubled our user base in June. So that’s good.

Version 1.2 was a pretty big deal for helping make Ashes a more mainstream RTS.  I say more but I won’t say mainstream.  As a practical matter, 40% of the user base doesn’t have the hardware to play Ashes so we’ll always take a bit of a hit in terms of player base and of course user reviews from people who have older systems that won’t be able to play the game well.

I sympathize with players who have outdated systems. I have my sons set up with 2 gaming boxes and when Ashes shipped, neither could play the game. I was certain they had high end boxes but it’s amazing how fast that 5 year old video card becomes…well…5 years old.

Memory Memory Memory

For Ashes, it’s video memory that’s the key. 2GB of video memory is barely enough. 4GB is much better. 8GB is great.  But how many people have that in 2016? Not many. 

As a practical matter, most RTS players are better off picking up SupCom:FA for $14.99.  The only problem there is that obviously, it’ll never be updated.  By contrast, we take every cent we make and put it back into the game.  For us, it’s not just about making Ashes a great game today, it’s about where it’s going to be in 2017 and beyond.

What’s happening

There really are so many moving parts.  For one thing, while our position on “strategic zoom” hasn’t changed, our view on a global view has.  Simply put, you can’t play the game on the upcoming “Huge” maps without being able to zoom out, see the world, and give commands to your forces.  It bugs me a bit that this is necessary but I think it will allow the game to better reach its potential. 

Ashes, at its core, is the natural progression of Total Annihilation.  It hasn’t fulfilled that yet imo.  We need more units, more progression.  I certainly think Ashes is better than TA 1.0 was but people forget that Core Contingency is the version of TA that made it amazing.  That is what we will have to.

There are no game engines, that I’m aware of (and it’s my job to be aware of them) that will be able to remotely touch what Ashes is doing for years to come. It’s not about the art or graphics but rather the scale. 

SupCom is still the best 3rd generation RTS out there by far in terms of capability.  This has nothing to do with whether someone personally thinks it’s fun.  I’m purely talking about potential.  Someone could take Unity and with enough money make StarCraft 2 Deluxe.  But you can’t take Unity and make SupCom even today no matter how much money you throw at it.

So day by day, we are able to take every sale and pour it back into the game.  And thanks to you guys, we’ve made tremendous progress in turning what was already a really good game into a really good game. More to come.

Up to 75% off in the Steam Summer Sale!

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2016 By Island Dog In Offworld News

 It's that time of the year again...the Steam Summer Sale has begun
Stardock's games and DLC are up to 75% off*, snag these deals while you can. 

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Offworld Trading Company
$39.99 Now $19.99

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Ashes of the Singularity
$39.99 Now $19.99

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Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
$39.99 Now $9.99

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Galactic Civilizations III
$39.99 Now $13.59

 

Additional titles on sale:
sdbundle Stardock Bundle 2016
$99.99 Now $49.99
  gc2 ult Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate
$19.99 Now $4.99
gc3gold Galactic Civilizations III: Gold
Up to 75% off
  feult Fallen Enchantress: Ultimate
$39.99 Now $9.99
tpm The Political Machine 2016
$9.99 Now $2.49
  lh Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
$24.99 Now $6.24
sk Sorcerer King
$24.99 Now $6.24
  dem Demigod
$9.99 Now $2.49
trin Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity
$19.99 Now $4.99
  dmd Dead Man's Draw
$6.99 Now $1.74
gciult Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate
$9.99 Now $2.49
  tcm The Corporate Machine
$9.99 Now $2.49


Check out the full list of sales here!

Up to 75% off in the Steam Summer Sale!

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2016 By Island Dog In Sorcerer King News

 It's that time of the year again...the Steam Summer Sale has begun
Stardock's games and DLC are up to 75% off*, snag these deals while you can. 

otc_bigbanner

Offworld Trading Company
$39.99 Now $19.99

ashes_bigbanner

Ashes of the Singularity
$39.99 Now $19.99

sinsreb_bigbanner

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
$39.99 Now $9.99

gc3_bigbanner

Galactic Civilizations III
$39.99 Now $13.59

 

Additional titles on sale:
sdbundle Stardock Bundle 2016
$99.99 Now $49.99
  gc2 ult Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate
$19.99 Now $4.99
gc3gold Galactic Civilizations III: Gold
Up to 75% off
  feult Fallen Enchantress: Ultimate
$39.99 Now $9.99
tpm The Political Machine 2016
$9.99 Now $2.49
  lh Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
$24.99 Now $6.24
sk Sorcerer King
$24.99 Now $6.24
  dem Demigod
$9.99 Now $2.49
trin Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity
$19.99 Now $4.99
  dmd Dead Man's Draw
$6.99 Now $1.74
gciult Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate
$9.99 Now $2.49
  tcm The Corporate Machine
$9.99 Now $2.49


Check out the full list of sales here!

Stardock releases new Outlaw Sectors DLC for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (Sins)

Plymouth, MI. - June 21, 2016 - Stardock and Ironclad Games released the new Outlaw Sectors DLC for the popular Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion today. This DLC provides new gameplay and new maps fit for intimate skirmishes or large multiplayer brawls.

"We love Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion here at Stardock," said Brian Clair, Director of Publishing. "We have been looking forward to putting out this DLC for awhile now. We have an awesome community full of people who still actively play the game,so we know they'll be excited, too."

The new Outlaw Sectors gameplay option adds fresh strategic opportunities. Use the Smuggling Specialization planet upgrade to take a cut of global trade profits at the cost of corruption at that planet. Cooperate with autonomous planetary militias that rally to defend your worlds and raid adjacent ones. The pirates have a stranglehold on this sector and are fiercer than ever. Master the new bidding wars now that pirates can raid multiple players.

In addition to the new gameplay option, Outlaw Sectors contains a variety of maps for up to 10 players. Some are suited for fast 1v1 duels while others are meant for long, sprawling gameplay over a large amount of space against several opponents. Lead your allies into battle on the large "Dogfight" map or face off against an opponent in a duel on the smaller "Power Struggle" map, and much more.

The Outlaw Sectors DLC is now available through Steam or Stardock. For more information on Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, please visit www.sinsofasolarempire.com.

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Media Contacts:
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ONE PR Studio [for Stardock]
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510.893.3271

About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com.

About Ironclad Games: Ironclad Games is the creator, owner and developer behind the top-selling and critically acclaimed Sins of a Solar Empire series. Learn more by visiting www.ironcladgames.com and www.sinsofasolarempire.com.

Sorcerer King v1.5 with New Features and Updates Now Available

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 By Island Dog In Sorcerer King News

v1.5 Brings Improvement Razing, Scouting Report Feature, AI
and Balance Updates, and More

In addition to adjusting the AI of the Minor Races so that they no longer block your roads,
v1.5 adds a couple of new features to enhance and improve gameplay.

The new scouting report feature will allow you to get a head start on your adventures by
scoping out places on the map that are harder to get a scout unit to quickly at the beginning of the game.
The fog of war will be absent from some points of interest, allowing you to gain some information on
the surrounding region.

Until now, there were no "take-backsies" in war - now, with the new improvement razing feature,
you can choose to destroy an improvement you've built in order to make room for something else.
With this feature, you are no longer locked into your early game decisions and can instead adjust in order
to be more prepared to face the endgame.
v1.5 also brings updates to the game's overall balance and AI. For more details, check out the
full changelog at the bottom of the post.

Sorcerer King is available through Stardock or on Steam.
www.sorcererking.com

v1.5 Changelog

Scouting Report  

  • Use the 'Scouting Report' to get rumors of adventure in early game. 
  • When the game starts, some unknown points of interest have their FOW revealed, giving players extra info about the surrounding region.

Increased Intelligence of Minor Race Units

  • Minor Units will no longer clog up roads!
  • If they don't have a destination (ie. they're not moving) and the tile they're on is a Road, then they will find a nearby non-road tile to move onto.

Late Game Unit Scaling

  • Units given from quests will join you at a level that matches your progress in the game.
  • Before, units would join at a fixed value (normally Level 1). In late game, this made them nearly useless, as the first battle they get into they'd get one-shotted.  Now, when a unit joins you, they will be given a level of 60% of whatever your strongest hero is (ex. If your best hero is a Lvl10 Tandis, then the new quest unit will start at level 6)
  • This does not apply to Pioneers. You still need to be careful with them.

Craftable Flagons

Players were getting to points in the game where Flagons weren't dropping any more. Since these are pretty vital to potion-making, we've added some useful recipes unlocked by the Alchemist Improvement.

  • 'Glass Flagon' recipe - Costs 2 Crystal
  • Crystal Flagon' recipe - Costs 10 Crystal

Improvement Razing

  • Players can now destroy improvements to rebuild them elsewhere.
  • Added X button to the 'Built Improvement' icons in City Details to destroy an improvement.  
  • Game will prompt you whether or not you want the building destroyed.  

Gameplay / Balance

  • Fallen Apprentice can now cast Bewilder and Confusion
  • All Drakes now have the 'Deadly Bite' Ability
  • Raised the Mana costs of  'Crusade' (Raised Mana cost from 50 -> 130) and 'Destiny's Gift' (100 -> 250)
  • 'Alchemist' no longer limited to 1 per faction, now gives 4 recipes (from 8) and requires 10 Refined Crystal
  • 'Alchemist' also unlocks recipes for the various types of Flagons
  • Scribe' no longer limited to 1 per faction, now gives 4 recipes (from 8) and requires 15 Refined Crystal
  • 'Jeweler' no longer limited to 1 per faction, now gives 4 recipes (from 8) and requires 5 Metal / 5 Refined Crystal

Bugs

  • Drogon and Xi teleportation abilities now work correctly if those units are stationed in a city.
  • All Trained Units can now properly equip weapons

Sorcerer King v1.5 with New Features and Updates Now Available

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (SK)

Plymouth, MI. – June 21, 2016 - Stardock released v1.5 for its fantasy strategy game, Sorcerer King today. The update adds the ability to raze improvements, a new "scouting report" feature, and several other updates to AI and gameplay balance.

“Players can now get a head start on their adventuring with the scouting report,” said producer Patrick Shaw. “When the game starts, some points of interest will have the fog of war removed and will give some additional information about the surrounding region. Players will be able to start by looking for events and treasure there.”

Some other updates to the game include an adjustment to the AI of Minor Race units. They will no longer block roads and will always move onto a non-road tile when they no longer have a point of destination. Late game unit scaling has also been added, which will cause units from quests to join a player's army at a level that matches their own.

"We paid a lot of attention to balance in this update," said Shaw. "We have adjusted many different spells and drop rates, as well as some unit abilities." Players will also be able to explore more options in building up their civilizations thanks to the new "improvement razing" feature. If an improvement becomes obsolete or is in the way of building another improvement, players can now destroy it to make room for another.

Sorcerer King and the new v1.5 update is available through Steam or Stardock. For more information on Sorcerer King, please visit www.sorcererking.com.


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ONE PR Studio [for Stardock]
stardock@oneprstudio.com
510.893.3271



About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com
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Offworld Trading Company adds New Map Toolkit DLC

Published on Monday, June 20, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (Offworld Trading)

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 adds dozens of new maps based on real locations, many of which enhance the campaign.

"Players can have a great time creating their own maps from scratch," said Soren Johnson, lead designer of Offworld Trading Company, "but we also wanted to give players some maps of real Mars locations, just to get them started."

The Map Editor allows players to explore plenty of different options when creating a map. From larger design details such as creating deep canyons or huge plateaus, all the way down to the finer details of where resources can be found and how abundant they are, players will be able to create a unique map that they can then share with others.

Offworld Trading Company is a new direction for real-time strategy where money is both your deadliest weapon and your toughest defense. With a campaign, skirmishes, and daily challenges, players can enjoy a game by themselves at their leisure. If they want to connect with their friends online, the multiplayer mode can host up to eight people for a knock-down, drag-out economic brawl, or they can join in ranked ladder games to see who the world’s best businessman or woman really is.

Offworld Trading Company's Map Toolkit DLC is now available on Steam or through Stardock. For more information, please visit www.offworldgame.com.

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Media Contacts:
Kjell Vistad | Tom Price
ONE PR Studio [for Stardock]
stardock@oneprstudio.com
510.893.3271

About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com.

About Mohawk Games: Founded by acclaimed game designer Soren Johnson in 2013, Mohawk Games is built on the principles of iterative design, deep gameplay, and community involvement. Mohawk’s first title, Offworld Trading Company, uses the Unity engine and is being published by Stardock.

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