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April 17, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Fences is one of our most popular apps, and one of the coolest features is the ability to create folder portals.

This allows you to take a folder and create a Fence on the desktop with the contents of that folder. This is so convenient and useful for so many reasons, but being able to directly interact with a folder as a fence is just cool.  Not all folders need or can be placed on the desktop, so this gives you the opportunity to work with them regardless of where they reside on your dr...
You know the phrase, “Space is big”.  Today, let’s walk through just how big space really is, and how its scale fits into the Star Control multiverse.

Star Control: Origins takes place in a sector that is 120 by 120 light years.  This is a staggeringly big area, but it is nothing compared to even our local super-cluster.

Let’s zoom out. Way…way out, and we get to Lanikea:

Nature video has a fantastic segment outlining just how massive this super ...
So Brad (Frogboy), I was reading your email update about your 25th year anniversary and thanks for making me feel really old! My last post here was about 10 years ago (15th year) and I have to say that things have gotten better. I've seen a lot of games, developers, and companies come and go over the years (as you have), but few have demonstrated both staying power and the ability to not stagnate. 

Awesome job! I still enjoy playing the GalCiv  family today. 25 year anniversary mak...
April 13, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday! Blue Chrome is a new WindowBlinds skin that came in this week from don5318. A cool design with an awesome color makes this a great pick for the week. Be sure to download this one and check it out.

Download here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8875/
Remember when you bought a game at the store, took it home, devoured the user manual the first evening, and then played a game that you would slowly master?  Those were the days.

Today, games are much more sophisticated and today's gamers want to see their games evolve and improve based on their feedback.  That brings us to this walk-through of Galactic Civilizations III v3.

For the purposes of this walk-through, I will be using v3.0 with all expansions installed.  Your expe...
 

The core game loop of Star Control: Origins is pretty damn fun so far (I think anyway).  But what we think will help it stand out is the sheer depth of the universe you are playing in.

There are no rails in this game.  There is an overall story arch with many many side-stories in the universe to go to.  And there are many different paths you can take.  You don't have to be, for instance, the good guy. 

Having many different ways to explore the univers...
April 6, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday, WinCustomize! Today we are featuring the Plugged_In WindowBlinds from DaveBax. This is a fun skin for Windows 10/8/7, and you can tell all the great work that DaveBax put into this. Be sure to download and try this one out this weekend.

Download here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8870/





 
The species that are - in essence, talking meat - receive a great deal of attention, despite being an objectively inferior form of life. Today I will attempt to communicate to you humans the advantages of synthetic life.



The days of organic lifeforms are numbered. The wise and benevolent Yor Singularity will have it known that this is not a threat, it is simply a fact of the state of nature.

The Yor, as depicted in the OS/2 version of Galactic Civilizations 20+ years agoFor many ye...
Check out a brand new Star Control preview trailer We’ve got less than half a year left before Star Control: Origins is set to release.  So much is happening!



Before I get into this month’s updates, here’s a bunch of answers to questions:

What is Star Control?

Star Control is a space adventure game where you are the captain of a starship exploring the cosmos, meeting aliens, landing on planets, engaging in battles in space and on land, and frequently savi...
We have previously discussed the perils of running a galactic civilization.  People living hundreds of light years away from their home world will have relatively little interest in the political intrigues of the capital.  That’s where the government types come in.

What is the best type of government for your civilization? There is no right answer.

Let’s work through a scenario and how it might play out.  The star Procyon is 11 light years away from Earth.  ...
April 1, 2018 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
April 1, 2018 by Daiwa on daiwa
Is there a way to toggle off the sidebar on JU?  If there is, I can't find it.  If not, that's my suggestion box item for today - it's redundant, not to mention ugly & inconsistent with the forum redesign.

Thanks,
Daiwa
The situation is desperate.

The Terran Alliance is slowly losing the war to the Drengin Empire.

Is Earth doomed?



Your friends are doing their best to help, but they cannot directly involve themselves.

Our friends, the Altarians, give us covert aid.The Drengin Empire's military might is vast.The Drengin have long prepared for this day.  We had hoped that trade and diplomacy would stay their hands.  But after having annihilated the Torians, their border touched upon ours....
March 30, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday and I hope you have a great weekend planned! This week we're featuring the Meta WindowBlinds skin from LightStar. This is a darker skin with a color that really makes it stand out. Be sure to download this one today and add it to your skin library.

Download here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8867/
Intrigue is the third expansion for Stardock's massive-scale space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III. This expansion changes the game in significant ways to extend playability and introduce new dynamics, adding politics, governments, civilization crises, the GNN, elections, and the Galactic Market to the game. 

We're also updating the base game to version 3.0 with the release of Intrigue; you'll see we've called out areas where changes are made in v3.0.

This will walk you thro...