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September 20, 2018 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
The most important game release in Stardock's long, 25-year history was celebrated with a party!

Here are a few pictures to give faces to match the names!



Derek (GM of Stardock Entertainment) and Amy (Director of Operations).

 

QA and SUpport team with the marketing team!

 

Sarah and Leo



Chris Kowal (VP of BizDev), me, and Kevin Unangst (VP of Marketing & Partnerships)



Engineers!



Me and my lovely wife Debb...
September 18, 2018 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
This week, Star Control: Origins will be released.  It is, by far, the biggest game we've ever done.  It's the first game we've ever made that might qualify as a AAA game in our 25 year history. 



The first thing people will notice about Star Control: Origins is that it's unlike any game Stardock's ever made.  Not just in terms of genre, but in general production quality.

When you look at Sins of a Solar Empire, Galactic Civilizations, Offworld Trading Company, Ashes...
September 17, 2018 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
In the previous Prelude, I mentioned that, early on, there was an expectation that a lot more time was going to be spent exploring planets than we ultimately chose to execute on.



Today, let's take a look at the menagerie of creatures we had considered back when we believed that the planets would be where players would spend most of their time.



We had a lot of critters designed for the planets. And I don't doubt that, over time, we will find a way to introduce them. But here are som...
September 14, 2018 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
Star Control: Origins is a space action/adventure RPG game set in the year 2088.  It's been designed so that your character will continue forward for years to come (you won't have to keep your saved game safe).  So as new adventures and such become available, you can be assured that your decisions and actions of the past mattered in some small way.

So how do we do that?  The answer is, data-mining.

In Star Control: Origins, there are many dialog choices that might seem to to...
September 12, 2018 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Saw this and it really bothered me, although by this time it really shouldn't have.

At any rate, store your bookmarked sites on your desktop (use the export function under bookmarks), just in case MS decides to uninstall your Chrome and/or Fire Fox.

 

Source:

www.theverge.com/2018/9/12/17850146/microsoft-windows-10-chrome-firefox-warning

 

 
September 10, 2018 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
The best laid plans...



Let's talk about the environments of Star Control...



Explore to explore, in order to explore some more...

At one point, we expected players to spend a lot more time on planets than they actually do in the final game.  I don't mean just a little bit more time, I mean a lot more time.



Early on, we envisioned planet exploration to be the primary activity of the game. We were wrong.I don't know if there was something in the drinking water back in 2...
September 7, 2018 by LizMarr on tervuren
I run Windows prerelease software. I haven't been running many of my Stardock apps because of issues with my video setup and online MMO games but I do run Start 10. Windows has recently started a security system that checks any software being run on the computer and blocks it if it doesn't recognize it (including it's own apps more than not) The system is simple, open the "Ransomware protection" and tell it to let the app through. Except for Object Desktop Manager... You see, each time the manag...
September 6, 2018 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
A great actor has passed away.. he will be missed.

https://abc7ny.com/entertainment/burt-reynolds-dies-at-age-82/4164303/
Back in part 9, I touched briefly on the art style with the debate we had on having a "mobile" style UI vs. an immersive style UI. Today, I want to walk you through how the art style itself evolved during the five year development of Star Control: Origins.



Let's jump right in..



A tale of two philosophies

Let's take a look at Star Control II:



If you look at the box and the screenshot below it, you get a sense that it's trying to convey a classic pulp Sci-Fi look.Pulp Sci-F...
September 5, 2018 by starkers on starkers corner
I was so pleased with myself once I had gotten my Cosmos II Big Beastie all set up with Win 10 and all of my most used programs.  It was a long time coming, what with mobo issues and the like, and it was fantastic to sit here in front of the 35" ultra wide screen connected to it....UNTIL MS decided to sneak in an update around 3.00 AM and borked quite a bit of stuff.

I know it was around 3.00AM cos I walked past the machine to go to the toilet at 3.06 AM and noticed it was on and downloa...
With labor day nearly here in the United States, we are putting the finishing touches on what will be the version that goes out for review.  

Here are some highlights from this week:



Better late than never.  Your ship's fuel range is now showed on the map.  Very convenient if you want to avoid Tywom fan fiction (yes, that's a thing).



The in-game codex continues to be enriched with documentation, lore, and other goodies.

 



Visual effects have be...
August 30, 2018 by Einstein on Knowledge Is Power
I have been running the "Encounter Weather, version 1.0, by Stardock Design" on my Windows 7 PC for years. Today, I got a message that it "Can't reach Accuweather".

Does anyone know if Accuweather changed their Web Service or their security policy to no longer allow weather widgets made for DesktopX to retrieve data? I know that years ago there was a huge complaint from weather information companies that prevented several Stardock objects and widgets from using their servers. Maybe AccuWeathe...
One of the most difficult challenges we've had in developing a new Star Control game has been the delicate balance between the need to start fresh and the desire to satisfy hard-core fans of the classic DOS games.



Today we will look at our solution to that conundrum.



Star Control will be a brand-new game for most people.  Given the number of comments we've seen on Facebook that can be summarized as "Oh this is inspired by Mass Effect!" or "This is just No Man's Sky with a stor...
August 22, 2018 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
This morning I awoke to see one of the most flagrant examples of doxing ever.



Now, to be fair, this person did apologize:



This event started because the social media person at a game company made a joke that this person didn't like.  To make that person pay "in real life", they took it upon themselves to find out who the person was and make their information public.  This is an ugly trend that seems to be gaining momentum.  Someone offends you with words, you try to ...