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Today is the 20th anniversary of Stardock’s incorporation.

Having my own company was never my intention. It sort of just happened. What started in my dorm room has, over the past 20 years, expanded into an exciting but sometimes maddening adventure.

Twenty years ago I was a college student at Western Michigan University studying to become an electrical engineer. My mom and I had moved to Michigan when I was four years old, and she had taught me the importance of working and saving fr...
Keep a close eye on the Stardock sites tomorrow…

Tomorrow, Stardock turns 20!

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow.

October 15, 2013.
 

It can be quite a challenge to work at the same place for 20 years. I think that’s doubly true if you’ve never worked anywhere else.

That said, looking back, I haven’t really worked at the same place for 20 years. I’ve actually worked at 5 places, all called Stardock and all very different.

  Stardock Primoridal “This really seems exciting!” –College Student Brad Wardell, 1993 This was back when it was just me. The year was 1993. The closest thing I had to “employ...
 

Far be it for me to hype something we make but...HOLY COW is this awesome!  

 

GET IT GET IT GET IT!
September 26, 2013 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
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1992



My friend Bill and I used to come up with comics and draw them out.  He would later help on the art on our first game.

 

1993:



Worst. Box. Ever.  Started a lifetime suspicion of “business” people.



So much retconning.

 



GalCiv for OS/2!

 



My future wife and I got engaged that year.

 

1994:



And married the next year.

 

 ...
September 24, 2013 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
Greetings!

I’d like to introduce you to Stardock’s new Brand Manager, Adam Biessener.  For the past decade, Adam has been one of, if not the top strategy game reviewer at Game Informer Magazine and frankly, the games industry itself.

You can read some of his excellent work at Game Informer here: http://www.gameinformer.com/members/giadam/default.aspx

So what is a Brand Manager? It’s a leadership position that was created to help make sure our games are just plain better. ...
September 22, 2013 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
Back in the early days of Stardock, style of dress and the way pictures were taken was very different.

Pictured from left to right:

Pat Ford (T-Man)

Angie Marshall (Karmagirl)

Me (Frogboy)

Kurt Westerfeld (lead developer of Object Desktop for OS/2)

Mike Duffy (lead developer of the Pear game library we used right into 2003)

Maurice Saylor (Sales manager)

Melanie Westerfeld
In October 2013, Stardock will be turning 20 (incorporation date). The first software product we made was…Galactic Civilizations. 

I began working on it in early 1992 while in college and it went into public beta at the start of 1993.  It was “published” by a guy going by “Advanced Idea Machines” who also designed, ahem, the box.



Galactic Civilizations for OS/2 box (we had nothing to do with this..box)I was going through my stuff today and found...
September 26, 2013 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
In the good old days of gaming, the game studios weren’t public and so they could give little sneak peeks and teasers of things they’re working on. 

Unfortunately, the number of indie studios is dwindled and so there’s very little spontaneity in what companies share (which the Xbox One unveil showed us can be quite a bummer).

Below is just some artwork from a few of the things that are in development.









 













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March 13, 2013 by taltamir on soviet-overlords
I cannot report spam, it gives me an error message when I try to report it:

http://forums.joeuser.com/369371/page/1/#3329939
 



It’s a mad house! A MAD HOUSE!

 



I can feel your anger.

 



Prince Ari, turns out to be, Aladin!

 



I…don’t know what this is. Journey?

 


You gotta find that paw print!

 


She is in charge of our health care insurance.

 



The marketing team is ready!

 


Don’t let Kotaku see this  



Awesome

 



This costume ...
I used to have more time to blog. Then I had kids.  Here’s a random stream of consciousness.

Wish I had something handy to clean my keyboard. I love these old Dell keyboards but it might be time to get a new one. Seen a lot of articles about lawsuits lately. It’s a shame people don’t read the actual filings and instead focus on the sensational, misleading, headline. Speaking of lawsuits, if you operate an IP-based company, lawsuits are daily life unfortunately. IP lawsuits (so...
If you’re an Object Desktop customer or a user of any of Stardock’s non-games, you’ll soon be getting emails from us telling you to begin migrating to the new Stardock Central.

A year ago, retail giant, GameStop acquired Stardock’s Impulse to run handle their worldwide digital distribution requirements.  As part of our agreement, Impulse was required to support Stardock’s non-game software for a period of time after the transfer.  GameStop has held up its part of the agreement and...
I tried to start a new blog yesterday on JoeUser, and decided to label it "adult," until I was finished and satisfied that I wouldn't be upsetting any kids. 

BAD MISTAKE!!!

After saving the first few paragraphs, I discovered that I could not get to my own post, due to the "adult" checkoff.

So, I tried going to my profile, where allegedly I could also change my password...

Oops...  Not only no option to select age - although I did find out that now I am one year old.&nbs...
Check out this quickie video for WindowFX 5 coolness

http://screencast.com/t/ZipMGksIV

Beta shows up for Object Desktop users early next year.