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In preparation for the Game Developer's Conference we wanted to put a polish pass on the planets in Star Control: Origins.

There are about 3,000 unique planets that are split into roughly 75 different classes.  Each class of planet has its own challenges, as well as its own mineral deposits that you might want to collect (along with ruins, cities, smugglers, creatures, etc.).

Today, I'm going to walk you through how we create our planet classes.

Unique, Procedural and Hand-Crafted ...
March 20, 2018 by Tatiora on tatiora
As much as it pains me to admit it, I’ve been out of college for awhile now - 10 years in April, to be precise. Still, I have fond memories of Ren Faire, campus life, apartment living, and a community of close friends. The less fond memories include apartment living (two sides to every coin!), tuition, and those sleepless nights of crunchtime because I forgot about (or procrastinated on, let’s be real here) a paper that was due the next day.

I did some crazy fun stuff in college&h...
The premise of Galactic Civilizations is that you have united your homeworld and are now ready to send your first colony ship off into space.  What kind of alien worlds do you think we can settle?The reality is, many worlds are not going to be safe for us.  We'll have to live in environmentally sealed enclosures at first.  Not because they are too cold or lack the right atmospheric conditions (though that is an issue), but rather because many worlds will have microbes that just ar...
March 16, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
The weekend is almost here, WinCustomize! We had some real nice skins come in this week but the one I wanted to feature this week is UniGlo by LightStar. This is a Master WindowBlinds skin and I just can't get enough the color design in this skin. Definitely one of my recent favorites. 

Remember, if you are a WinCustomize subscriber you get 20% off Master skins. If you're not a subscriber already, head over here and get started.

Get it here:
March 15, 2018 by Iben on Iben's blog site
We have a space outpost 1 light year from earth that we want

to send a message to in much less than a year.

We have a collection of satellites in large orbit around earth

and a collection of satellites in large orbit around the outpost.

Each satellite will have a large mirror for collecting, focusing and reflecting

our transmissions. Each satellite will travel at 99% the speed of light.

When we transmit our message from earth we will utilize a satellite near earth

and a sate...
March 15, 2018 by Zultar327 on Zultar

Greetings Offworld CEOs! Work continues on Offworld, but we don’t have anything to show off just yet. However, with the recent launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, this seemed a good time to touch on an idea that’s core to Offworld Trading Company: the privatization of space back here on Earth.

It’d be pretty difficult to have an open, competitive market on Mars if we didn’t have companies there to do the competing. While we’re still a fair wa...
March 14, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We celebrated Pi Day at Stardock with a competition!

Kristy took home first place for her "banofee (banana toffee) pie, while Amy placed 2nd with her fudge walnut pie and Sarah took 3rd for her pizza pie!
March 14, 2018 by Hankers on hankers
March 14, 2018 by Matchbook on Wallpapers!
The world feels slightly dimmer without him, but I'm thankful for his massive contributions to the world of science.

I miss the guy, already.

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don't just give up."
March 13, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Birthday, WinCustomize!

17 years ago, in the aftermath of the dot-com bust that took out many popular skinning sites (anyone remember, we launched WinCustomize. It's now the largest site on the Internet dedicated to GUI customization with thousands of user-submitted skins, screenshots, and more.

Do you have a favorite download from WinCustomize? Share it with us!

People don't like to be taxed.  They really don't like to be taxed if they don't have a say in it. The principle cause of the American revolution was not taxation in itself, it was that the colonists didn't have a say in who and what was taxed.

Now, let's imagine how this would be handled when you are talking light years. To understand how distances work in Galactic Civilizations, we need to understand Hyperspace Projection.

I'm the map I'm the map I'm the map! you m...
March 13, 2018 by Tatiora on tatiora
St. Patrick's Day is almost here! I thought I'd celebrate by sharing some of my favorite Dreams, wallpapers, and skins from WinCustomize. There aren't a ton of shamrocks and leprechauns specifically, so I tried to keep the heart of the holiday in my mind as I selected these. You'll see Irish landscapes, a lot of green, and everyone's favorite beverage of choice for St. Patrick's day, too.


What's better than the ruins of a castle beside the sea? Maybe a fully functional castle besid...
March 11, 2018 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
March 10, 2018 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
So this is where I'm at. Skinning on a screen is pretty good, you can make all kinds of stuff. Images on a screen. For a long time now I've been thinking of getting back into 1: A life long passion and 2: Another kind of passion. In my profile it says I like building models and playing with electronics. I got back into both! I got a bunch of pics that I'll be uploading to this threads from time to time. So here's the first one but with a question. The screenshot with the text is the IDE of Ardui...
March 9, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday! Today we are featuring a new start button which can be used with Start10 or Start8. The SciFi WFlag by JoeyW8 might be our first start button feature, and it's well deserved. JoeyW8 has a great library of start buttons and this is a great addition. It has a cool design and should go with a variety of WindowBlinds skins or just use it by itself!

Download here: