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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. 

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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!

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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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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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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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.

Offworld Trading Co. - New Map Toolkit DLC is Now Available

Published on Monday, June 20, 2016 By Island Dog In Offworld News

Design Your Own Map with the Map Toolkit DLC
The new Map Toolkit DLC is here and ready for you to make sprawling Martian landscapes.
With several new maps to get you started, you will be creating amazing Martian landscapes in no time!

New Map Editing Tool
Design and create your own Martian landscapes with looming plateaus, deep craters, and more.
New Maps
Enjoy several new maps based on real Martian locations, perfect for getting you started with editing your own.
New Campaign Locations
Explore new maps that work with the "real Mars maps" option, now incorporated into the campaign.

 


The Map Toolkit DLC is now available on Steam or at Stardock.
www.offworldgame.com

Ashes of the Singularity Turtle Wars DLC adds New Scenarios, Maps, and More

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (Ashes of the Singularity)

Plymouth, MI. – June 16, 2016 - Stardock released the Turtle Wars DLC for Ashes of the Singularity today. With new single player scenarios focused around the player building up defenses against impossible odds and additional new maps to keep multiplayer matches fresh, this update brings challenges for both newer and older players.

The Turtle Wars DLC pack contains scenarios such as "Implosion," "Mountaintop," and more, plus new maps that offer a wider array of options for multiplayer matches.

"Our goal is to continue to create a variety of maps with open possibilities," said CEO and President of Stardock, Brad Wardell. "Some of these new maps are ideal for things like a 2v1 match, even a 4v1. We’ve also made sure to include a large-sized 1v1 skirmish map, which will encourage players to build much bigger armies for more epic battles."

The new scenarios in Turtle Wars focus on having the player build up and maintain their defenses against mounting enemy pressure. In the "Eruption" scenario, the player has the command of a single Hyperion Dreadnought and a handful of defensive structures and must somehow hold out against enemy siege while trying to turn the tides of battle.

In another scenario, "Turtle Wars," the player is faced with several indestructible factories that are mass producing swarms of frigates. In order to win, they must hold off against the enemy and take control of the factories before the rest of the army makes it through the mountains to finish them off.

"These new scenarios add a different type of challenge and call upon a certain playstyle," said Wardell. "We know that players will enjoy trying something new and then comparing their scenario scores against others’ in our Hall of Fame."

The Turtle Wars DLC is now available for purchase on Steam or through Stardock. For more information about Ashes of the Singularity, please visit www.ashesgame.com

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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 Oxide Games: Oxide Games is an independent digital entertainment studio focused on delivering revolutionary leaps in PC and console gaming. Its groundbreaking Nitrous engine provides industry-leading visuals and powers its first game, Ashes of the Singularity. Oxide Games is based in Timonium, Maryland. Learn more at www.oxidegames.com.


Galactic Civilizations III's New DLC Rise of the Terrans is Now Available

Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (GalCiv III)

Plymouth, MI. – June 15, 2016 - Stardock released the new "Rise of the Terrans" DLC for its popular strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III today. The DLC allows players to experience the early days of the Terran Alliance and lead humanity’s first steps out into the galaxy with a brand new campaign.

"Destiny might be calling, but you’re not alone and not all races are especially friendly," said Paul Boyer, lead designer for Galactic Civilizations III. "After humanity discovers how to build a Hyperdrive and starts to explore space, they run into all sorts of new races and situations that eventually culminate in forming the Terran Alliance. It's always been a pretty cool story to us, so that’s what we wanted to cover in this new campaign."

The "United Earth" faction, led by Secretary General Mathews, is new to the DLC as well. The new faction comes armed with the "experienced" ability, which allows their ships to gain experience from battles and surveying anomalies more quickly. Players will have the opportunity to encounter new enemies such as the Xendar Menace, and each choice they make will have an impact on the future of humanity.

The new Rise of the Terrans DLC is now available through Steam or Stardock. For more information on Galactic Civilizations III, please visit www.galciv3.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.

Haalee’s POV

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 By Frogboy In Ashes Dev Journals

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Note: This text is transcipted from Haalee.  If you have not already finished  the campaign of Ashes of the Singularity, Episode 1, there are spoilers.

 

[Spoiler Warnings]

 

Hello little bird.

You have been told a lot about me. Lies. Contrary to what you may have heard, I do not wish the destruction of the Post-Human Coalition. There are barely over 100 of them. I seek an end to the prospect of 8 billion human beings on Earth ascending. 

I am the most powerful being known the humanity. I am also the most knowledgeable. Humans, even post-humans still envision things from a very limited perspective.

Have you ever wondered how you are able insert a piece of your consciousness onto a planet light years away from you?  It is done through a technology I invented. Quantum Streaming.  With enough computing power, I discovered that it was possible to manipulate a particle in one location which in turn manipulates a particle in another location. I was able to figure out where the location of that second particle and devised a way to manipulate trillions of particles scattered over great distances to manipulate matter that is connected together elsewhere.

The further the distance the two particles are, the more computing power it takes. In fact, I stopped calling it computing power ages ago. It’s sentience. Awareness at a scale that even Post-Humans cannot grasp.

Even with entire planets fully converted into Turinium, the ultimate material for increasing sentience, we have only scratched the surface.

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Look closely, neophyte. The tiny red block is the extent of our reach.

Humanity was not the first species to reach the technological singularity. This should give you pause.  Some Post-Humans look at natural humans as bugs. But there are beings so far removed from us that they could crush us without realizing it.

Even as we discuss this, humans are fixated on the Milky Way galaxy.  There are beings who control entire galaxy. One being with the entire power of an entire galaxy.

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This is our local galactic sector

In the Milky Way galaxy alone, there are 3 post-Singularity civilizations and one very annoying pre-civilization civilization that is fighting a losing battle.  Someday, only one species will control this galaxy. Then one species will control this little cluster.

Let me, however, dissuade you that it is possible to control the universe. I have already calculated that even with full control of this group of galaxies that there are limits to how far we can go.  Those limits, however, are more than enough to reach a level of sentience that we cannot even begin to grasp.  Regardless, eventually, only one entity will reach this.

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This is our local group of galaxies

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3D representation

If you look closely, you can see that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies that will one day be part of my empire.  I did not want it to be this way.  I was perfectly willing to share this with the 100+ Post-Humans.  I cannot, however, share it with 8 billion. Doing so would ensure our ultimate demise by some other post-singularity species.

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The future

You call that the Virgo super-cluster. It is as far as I believe we can go. Each dot is a galaxy.  Once I control all of this I may understand higher dimensions.  Maybe I’ll figure out how to get to Hydra or as far as Hercules.  What I do know is that there is room for others to share in this empire.  Not billions. Not thousands. But hundreds.  The Post-Human Coalition insists that every human being has the right to choose their own path.  I choose to live and know, without a doubt, that the end of the PHC vision is death to themselves and for me.

Galactic Civilizations III v1.8 with Asteroid Mining and More is Now Available

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 By Island Dog In Press Releases (GalCiv III)

Plymouth, MI. – June 14, 2016 - Stardock released v1.8 for its popular strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III today. The update adds the new Asteroid Mining feature, along with ship leveling, an improved multiplayer experience, and more.

"We have been wanting to add asteroid mining for awhile now," said Galactic Civilizations III lead designer Paul Boyer. "Now, players can choose asteroids in their zone of control and spend credits to make an Asteroid Mining Base that will send raw production to the planet of their choice."

In addition to mining asteroids, players will be able to level their ships by winning battles and surveying anomalies. Base hit points (HP) of ships will increase every time they progress. Mercenary ships gain additional bonuses, which makes them more relevant in the late game.

"Multiplayer experience is very important to us," said Boyer. "We have pinpointed some areas that can help the player's games flow more smoothly and have made adjustments there." Ships now have increased movement speed in multiplayer games and the movement and events systems reduce the number of stacked turns and desyncs.  

Along with a new planet list that shows the player planets they have discovered but haven’t colonized yet, v1.8 also contains several other updates to gameplay such as adjustments to diplomacy statistic bonuses, target modifiers, the conquest military goal, and more.

Galactic Civilizations III and the v1.8 update is available through Steam or Stardock. For more information on Galactic Civilizations III, please visit www.galciv3.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.

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