Archive for the ‘Stars Beyond Reach’ Category

Starward Rogue Update 1.011-1012: 4 New Enemies, Performance Fixes

Another two updates!  These one have four enemies, three of which are community-created.  This also fixes the performance-eating aspects of our own recently-added Demesne enemy.  And there was a performance regression in 1.010 in general that is now fixed.  Sorry about all the hitching that was causing — it was worst on linux, but happening on […]

Great work on Starward Rogue, team! Now you’re all laid off…?

Well @#$#@%$.  The TLDR is that almost all the Arcen staff are going to lose their jobs, effective Monday. The Good Starward Rogue is out now, and it’s getting glowing steam reviews (76, all positive, as of this writing) as well as a lot of positive youtube and twitch coverage.  Mostly from smaller channels with […]

Stars Beyond Reach: Release Date Now 2016, and Tales of Woe Part 3 of 3

First up the good news.  You may recall that we were doing  a series of visual shorts set in the world of Stars Beyond Reach.  Well, the final part of that is now here! Since it’s been a while, here are all three parts of the video in one series: “Tales of Woe” is a […]

Interview with SpaceSector about Stars Beyond Reach!

Interview with Arcen Games, By Edward Varfalvy This was a great Q&A with Edward about the game — he asks some really great questions that get at not just what the game is, but what the motivations were behind it.  Some of the questions get at future intent as the current beta progresses, as well, […]

Better a Memorable Defeat than a Forgettable Victory

Chris: This was written by Sean Johnson, one of our beta testers for Stars Beyond Reach, and I’ve only added formatting and images. Sean: I have never had so much fun losing at a strategy game and have certainly never felt compelled to write something about it. Sean: All seemed well in our budding Zenith settlement […]

Podcast with eXplorminate about Stars Beyond Reach!

StraX #17 – Interview with Arcen Games Rob and Nate speak with founder of Arcen Games, Chris Park, about their upcoming 4X hybrid, Stars Beyond Reach. They learn about how the game plays, what their time line is for release, hints about the story connection between SBR and AI War and The Last Federation and […]

Stars Beyond Reach Release Pushed To Early July.

First off, the news: the release date for the game is shifting to early July rather than early June.  Why?  More time for polish, mainly.  Our first wave of beta testers (the redshirts) have been awesome, but there have been enough things going on that we haven’t even brought in the next round of testers […]

Stars Beyond Reach: Beta Begins, and Tales of Woe Part 2 of 3

Two exciting things yet again!  First of all, the beta has started.  The beta is absolutely free (though tips are appreciated if you want to give them), and we are taking people in groups.  Right now our first group has gone in, but we still do have room in later groups if you are interested. Last time […]

Fun With Procedurally Generated Market Item Names

So our players have been (and continue to be) a huge help with working on a system where we’re able to procedurally generate literally hundreds of thousands of names of items in various categories.  “Items” include things like sports broadcasts, entertainment broadcasts, different categories of poetry (romantic, crude, epic, angsty, etc), scientific periodicals, military equipment, […]

Stars Beyond Reach: First Video and Tales of Woe Part 1 of 3

Two exciting things for you today!  First of all, here’s the first video of the game: I know it’s very short and skips through things pretty fast, but I wanted to keep this under a minute and give you an overview of a number of things without getting bogged down in details.  It’s a sort […]

Stars Beyond Reach Beta Approaches! Have some screenshots. :)

  How did you enjoy our accidental pre-April-Fool’s day prank on ourselves?  I’m not really a fan of how the internet turns into a big pile of mostly-unfunny jokes one day out of the year, but this time the joke was unintentional and on ourselves.  Gremlins with the servers! Anyway, it’s been a while since […]

Re: Incident on the previous Thursday

Memorandum ————————————————- From: Skylaxian Diplomatic Corps HQ, Betamax To: Skylaxian Embassy, Burlustia Subject: Re: Incident on the previous Thursday ————————————————- Under no circumstances whatsoever should any of our personnel ever walk in to a Burlustian bar again. . P.S. surveillance indicates that all of their buildings are actually bars. . .

Stars Beyond Reach: What we’re working on, plus spotlight on the Zenith aliens.

Apologies again for my slowness regarding Stars Beyond Reach updates at the moment.  I’ve been active in the forums since this project answering questions here and there if you haven’t been there.  But carving out the time for organized posts sometimes is a bit tricky. The last week or so has seen Keith working like crazy on implementing […]

No Multiplayer For Stars Beyond Reach.

Some things that I’ve been thinking about regarding Stars Beyond Reach, adapted from an email I originally sent to Keith. In my testing at the moment, despite all the early-alpha things that either Keith or I need to fix up before we bring in more players (ETA still hopefully the start of March), I’m finding […]

For shame! No cookie for Chris, lots of Stars Beyond Reach screenshots for you.

Are you kidding me, self?  It’s really been since December 4th that you last posted an update? Sorry about that, me.  I, uh, have been really busy.  First of all, we’ve been working like crazy on the game itself.  Plus some other fun stuff related to the game.  And, you know, Christmas and New Years. […]

Who says dead bodies and smog can’t be fun? (Stars Beyond Reach Teaser)

Keith and I were emailing back and forth about some of the design specs for the internal Stars Beyond Reach prototype that we’re working toward having done in the next week-ish. Cemeteries and crematoriums have been a part of the roster of buildings since way back, and I had the design for them in my […]

A note about “no units” in Stars Beyond Reach.

A bit ago, I announced Stars Beyond Reach, which you can read a lot more about at that link. The very-short explanation is that this is Arcen’s first true 4X title: think Civilization meets SimCity meets AI War meets New Stuff.  More recently, I posted some updated screenshots and some portraits of some of the […]

Sneak Peek At 5 Leaders In Stars Beyond Reach (Plus A Couple Of Screenshots)

New details for you, and some new art! A bit more than a week ago, I announced Stars Beyond Reach, which you can read a lot more about at that link.  The very-short explanation is that this is Arcen’s first true 4X title: think Civilization meets SimCity meets AI War meets New Stuff. A much […]

Announcing “Stars Beyond Reach,” a new 4x coming in April/May 2015.

It is with great pleasure that I formally announce this next game.  Finally, Arcen is doing a true 4x!  People have been suggesting that we do this for years, and I’ve wanted to, but I wasn’t really ready yet.  Even so, bits and pieces of 4x infuse a lot of our games, particularly AI War […]

Podcast: Curating Games and Open Ended Development

This week I went on the excellent Perceptive Podcast once again, which is always a pleasure.  This time we discussed a variety of things: Open-ended development and how that differs from traditional linear game development. Why I think the new Curator system on Steam is the bee’s knees, and why I hope other stores do […]

Free tool for game developers: Random Game Title Generator (with source code)

Bear with me, because this is going to sound strange.  First, let’s get the premise out of the way: naming games is hard, and it’s also incredibly important. Why is it so important?  Well, take the following screenshot of Steam: Unless you have banner rotation featuring, this is ALL people see of your game.  Even […]

Spectral Empire Teaser Video

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 […]

Introducing The Races (And Logo) For Stars Beyond Reach

UPDATE 10/31/2014: Since the name of the game has changed to Stars Beyond Reach, and the logo has changed, I’ve come back and updated this post to reflect that.  Everything else was already accurate, so there was no point having any confusion.  The old name was Spectral Empire. Stars Beyond Reach is our upcoming 4X […]