TLF Version 1.031 Released (Tonight We Dine On Turret Soup)

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Version 1.031 is out, despite some slowdowns on my part from helping get the awesome new expansion for AI War out the door. This new version improves the art in particular for the turrets, as well as the other stationary centerpieces, to match the newer style of ships that was introduced back in July.  There […]

Spectral Empire Teaser Video

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Spectral Empire is our upcoming 4X title, which is slated for release in April 2015.  This is something that we’ve been working on in tandem with the current expansions for AI War and The Last Federation, as well as the general ongoing work on those two games, and the linux ports of all our other […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.016 “Next Official’s Release Candidate 2″ Released!

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This one is a bit more tidying up in preparation for the next official release. I’m hoping that will be later this week; we’ll see. If any of you have been getting sniped by BlasterBots in range of your spawn point, you’ll be pleased by the change that makes BlasterBots not be able to fire […]

AI War 8.0 Launches alongside Expansion 6: Destroyer of Worlds (and Linux Support!)

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AI War’s run from 7.0 to 8.0 took a long break during our development of The Last Federation, but still contained over 60 new releases in 425 days. Thanks to player feedback (some new, some from years ago) the game is now better than ever. Biggest on the radar is the addition of the new […]

TLF Version 1.030 Released (Birth Control)

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Version 1.030 is out, and is a relatively smallish update that is nonetheless the start of a lot more goodness to come.  This one fixes some issues surrounding massive numbers of births and clonings that could cause issues in certain savegames.  Also a fix for selling resources if you have fewer than 800. By the […]

Welp, Apparently I Can Retire Now

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Not really, and certainly not financially.  But apparently we’ve hit a point where My Work Here Is Done. Let me explain.  Ever since I was introduced to Boatmurdered, which is an epic LP (Let’s Play) for Dwarf Fortress, I’ve wanted to create a game that could inspire something similar.  To me, Boatmurdered is one of […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.014-1.015 “Next Official’s Release Candidate 1″ Released!

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This one is just tidying up so the new goodies can be officially released. If there’s no major issues with this version it will probably be functionally what’s released as the official. For this specific beta it’s mainly that’s the new achievements for the new conducts, a few balance changes (which do rather alter the […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.013 “Explosive Refinement” Released!

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This one is largely some quality-of-life UI improvements, but also fixes a few bugs and makes some AOE changes with substantial balance implications. In general I’m trying to polish this up a bit more so we can do an official update with the new goodies for the rest of the folks playing Bionic (that aren’t […]

AI War: Fleet Command 8.0 Trailer

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AI War: Fleet Command version 8.0 is set to launch August the 18th (so two Mondays from now), alongside its sixth expansion, Destroyer of Worlds. One of the best-reviewed PC games of 2009, AI War has continued to grow each year with new expansions, new free content, and continual refinements to the deep strategic gameplay […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.012 “Bots Under Assault” Released!

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This one makes it easier to mod the game’s graphics, but is mainly balance changes: Mission Bot Population Now every normal mission will have at least one type of “fodder” bot, and at least one of the higher-pain bot types. This is important because otherwise the game could (somewhat rarely) pick all high-pain bot types, […]

AI War Beta 7.048-7.052 “Because It Was Going Too Smoothly” Released!

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This one is a break from your (ir)regularly-scheduled bugfixes and polish to bring you a large engine upgrade and native-linux support. NOTE: as of this writing distribution of the linux build is still being worked out. We’d been planning to release 8.0/DoW during the week of August 4th and then wait until a week or […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.011 “Hoist By One’s Own PITAR” Released!

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This one makes a number of improvements, such as: Bot Rebalancing The details are in the notes above, but basically each bot type now has a “Pain/Irritation/Traumatization Assessment Rating”, or PITAR for short. This is used to better regulate the relative frequency of bot types (in a normal mission) and presence and quantity in the […]

AI War Beta 7.047 “Beltsander of Worlds MkIV” Released!

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This one is another coat of polish for the new expansion and 8.0 in general, so nothing earthshaking here. That said, there are changes I think will make some folks pretty happy: – The galaxy-display-modes for fabricators and golems are now much nicer to use, with both showing the names of the actual units on […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.010 “Shotgun Distribution” Released!

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This one contains several changes, including: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone (But Now You Can) Now when starting a new game you may select “(None)” for one or more of your exo slots (but not all four). This allows you to increase the challenge of the game and/or simply reduce the number of exos (and […]

AVWW Official 1.500 “Linux Support” Released!

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This one brings official linux support to the game for the first time, as well as a 64bit build for OSX. There is also one minor bugfix in there, too. License Keys No More Another nice thing about this version is that the license key that was previously required is now optional instead.  If you […]

Valley 2 Official 1.500 “Linux Support” Released!

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This one brings official linux support to the game for the first time, as well as a 64bit build for OSX.  There is also one minor bugfix in there, too. License Keys No More Another nice thing about this version is that the license key that was previously required is now optional instead.  If you […]

AI War Beta 7.046 “Beltsander of Worlds MkIII” Released!

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This one is yet more polish work for the new expansion, and also for the rest of the game in preparation for the 8.0 official release. That means almost entirely bugfixes, balancing, etc. Including a lot of text work and updating the Objectives screen logic, etc. Here’s what’s left (not yet done) between now and […]

Introducing The Races (And Logo) For Spectral Empire

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Spectral Empire is our upcoming 4X title, which is slated for release in April 2015.  This is something that we’re working on in tandem with the current expansions for AI War and The Last Federation, as well as the general ongoing work on those two games, and the linux ports of all our other titles.  […]

Followup to last year’s AI War postmortem (now discussing Bionic, TLF, etc).

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Last June I wrote a postmortem of AI War, which also wound up being a form of history of Arcen as a whole.  But now a whole year has passed, and we’ve released Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura, Bionic Dues, and The Last Federation in that time.  We also have a lot more data on […]

Tidalis Official 1.500: Linux Support!

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Recently I said that we weren’t going to port Tidalis to linux, because it’s just not a profitable enough game for us, and it’s on a super old version of our engine.  Well… man if I didn’t boot this game up and just fall in love with it all over again.  I get to say […]

Major updates to the Arcen Store, plus discounts on Skyward and Shattered!

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Skyward Collapse and Shattered Haven have both gotten official linux support this week, but that’s not all that’s been going on. The Arcen Store has had a visual and functional overhaul and now both looks better and works better.  There are a number of things that are easier for me on the back-end, but more […]

Skyward Collapse Linux Support in v2.500, plus new Complete Edition!

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Version 2.500 brings official linux support to both the game and its expansion for the first time, as well as a 64bit OSX build.  There are also a couple of bugfixes in here, as well. Not only that, but there is now a “complete edition” for Skyward Collapse that you can get from our store […]

Shattered Haven 1.500 “Linux Support!” Released!

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This one brings official linux support to the game for the first time, as well as a 64bit build for OSX.  There are also a couple of other minor tweaks in here for your enjoyment. Enjoy! This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have any […]

Bionic Dues Beta 1.009 “Be On Your Toes” Released!

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This one introduces two new options for your beta-testing pleasure (if you use the in-game updater to get the beta version) : Dead Is Dead If you enable this optional rule at the beginning of the game, and an exo is destroyed during a mission, it is not replaced after the mission. On Your Toes […]

Bionic Dues 1.008 (Minor Update) Released

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This one is very very small, simply updating our Steamworks integration and fixing achievements on linux. Enjoy! This is a standard update that Steam will automatically download for you. However, if you want to force a quicker update and are currently running Steam, just restart Steam. Edit: Just another quick note to add that Bionic Dues is in […]

AI War Beta 7.045 “Beltsander of Worlds MkII” Released!

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This one is more polish work for the new expansion, and also for the rest of the game. – Fallen Spire has been substantially rebalanced in favor of powerful capital ships (on the human side) and powerful FS exos (on the AI side), and away from its naturally high AIP causing runaway wave sizes (due […]

TLF Version 1.027 Released (Dispatched And Funded)

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Version 1.027 is out, and has some very nice goodies! The biggest thing here is the increased power of a number of the dispatches — not just those related to the RCI at planets, but several of the others, as well.  There are also 4 new dispatches, which allow you to affect RCI negatively at […]

TLF Version 1.026 Released (Brace For Options!)

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Version 1.026 is out, and contains a number of things that fans have been asking for, as well as a number of important fixes. There are some overall improvements to the solar map AI in this update, and there is also an overhaul of the ship graphics and their ships. There are also new Advanced […]