Slitherine News Slitherine Latest News List en-us Copyright (c) 2018, Slitherine Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 18 SEP 2018 22:37 CMT 60 Slitherine News 150 50 Aggressors - Dev Stream - Home Politics News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> After last week&#39;s break due to Home of Wargamers, we are ready to continue with our weekly series of <strong>Aggressors Dev Streams</strong>!</p> <p> Many players asked for these streams to continue, and we&#39;re happy to oblige them. This Friday Pavel, designer and lead developer of the game, will stream Aggressors and focus exclusively on how to handle Diplomacy and Home Politics.&nbsp;</p> <p> As usual it will be a very detailed stream, and it will be the best way to learn about the subtleties in the gameplay as well as to find out the reasons behind certain design choices.</p> <p> Tune in on our <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch channel</a> on Friday September 21st at 9 pm CEST. Don&#39;t miss it!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2018 GMT Rise of Persia will come with a free update (Praetorian Guard and Peltasts incoming) News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> <strong>Rise</strong><strong> of Persia</strong> &ndash; the upcoming DLC for Field of Glory II &ndash; won&rsquo;t just feature a tremendous collection of Army Lists from the factions of the period. As always, the DLC&rsquo;s release will come with a <strong>free update</strong> improving many elements of the entire franchise, ranging from gameplay mechanics to AI behaviour.</p> <p> But this time, the update is way juicier than ever. Some of you have asked about the lack of any direct reference to Praetorian Guard units and Peltasts in any Army Lists available. Well, your requests have been answered.</p> <p> <strong>Rise of Persia</strong> will add - to the regular game and the other DLCs as well &ndash; units like the <em>Praetorian Guard</em>, <em>Praetorian Guard (Late)</em>, <em>Greek Peltasts</em>, <em>Thracian Peltasts, Massed Thracian Peltasts, Thracian Spearmen</em>, and several other new units <strong>for free! &nbsp;</strong>These new units are part of a major army list overhaul affecting Greek, Thracian, 1st-3rd century AD Roman, Sassanid, Parthian, Indo-Parthian, Kushan and Byzantine army lists.</p> <p> <strong>Kudos to the developer for this great work!</strong></p> <p> Look at the screenshots below!</p> <p> <em>Get more information about Rise of Persia from its official <a href="/products/733/details/Field.of.Glory.II.Rise.of.Persia" target="_blank">product page</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em><a href=" Guard.png" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=" Guard.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Praetorian Guard</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em><a href=" Peltasts.png" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=" Peltasts.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Greek Peltasts</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" 1.png" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=" 1.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Thracian Peltasts(1)</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" 2.png" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=" 2.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Thracian Spearmen</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" 3.png" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=" 3.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Massed&nbsp;</em><em>Thracian Peltasts</em></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2018 GMT Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach - Sandbox Campaign Update! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> We have a surprise for all <strong>Sanctus Reach</strong> fans today.</p> <p> It&#39;s been a while since the last major update, but the developers from Straylight Studio have not been idle. They have been secretly at work on behalf of the Emperor of Mankind, toiling silently on a secret project... which we are releasing today.</p> <p> With today&#39;s update comes the new <strong>Sandbox Campaign mode</strong>.</p> <p> Now you will be able to completely customize and generate new campaigns to your liking, choosing the faction you&#39;d like to lead and setting the parameters you want.&nbsp;</p> <p> Have you ever wanted to lead a horde of Chaos Daemons, facing the servants of the Imperium? Or maybe you&#39;d like to lead a new massive Waaaagh! and fight a series of battles against, well, anyone who would put up a good fight? Now you can!</p> <p> You can choose to play as any faction you have unlocked, against any other faction. You can also set the number of battles you&#39;d like to fight, up to a maximum of 20. You can of course set the difficulty level you prefer.&nbsp;</p> <p> There is also now a new mode known as <strong>Ironman mode</strong>. When playing a campaign on Ironman mode your units will suffer from permanent death and your forces won&#39;t be replenished between missions! Not for the faint of heart, surely.</p> <p> We believe that this new feature will greatly increase replayability, and we are eager to hear your feedback on it. You can download it <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>,000:.Sanctus.Reach.-.Sandbox.Campaign.Update! Wed, 11 Sep 2018 GMT Afghanistan '11: Royal Marines is out! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> <strong><a href="/products/726/details/Afghanistan.11.Royal.Marines" target="_blank">Royal Marines</a>, the first expansion for Afghanistan &#39;11, is now out on PC and iOS!</strong></p> <p> Afghanistan &#39;11, just like its prequel Vietnam &#39;65, revolutionized the wargame genre by representing counter-insurgency warfare with an original formula. Your goal isn&#39;t to destroy enemy units on the battlefield: by organizing logistics, intelligence, controlling territory, building infrastructure and training Afghan national forces you will be able to engage in nation building and stabilize Afghanistan. But you will succeed only if you&#39;ll manage to win the Hearts &amp; Minds of the locals.</p> <p> <strong>With Royal Marines the co-in formula is back!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> With a new faction (the UK Army), plenty of new units and vehicles, a brand new campaign featuring the lenght of British involvement in Afghanistan, new mechanics such as civilian vehicles, car bombs, roadblocks, Afghan national police, Royal Marines is sure to entertain you and give you dozens of hours of additional fun.</p> <p> It is a must-have for every Afghanistan &#39;11 players, so get it now! If you are new to Afghanistan &#39;11 this is your chance to get the <strong>base game, too, which will be discounted at 40% off for one week</strong>. Don&#39;t miss this opportunity!</p> <p> Last but no least: commander Agrippa will lead the British forces for the first time ever on the hills and valleys of Afghanistan. <strong>Tune in on our <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch channel</a> at 7 pm CEST and stay with us for our release live stream!</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p>'! Fri, 6 Sep 2018 GMT Battlestar Galactica Deadlock - Dev Diary #10 'Hostile Environments' News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>I can</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>t do that, Lucinda. You understand why I need you here.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>Arthur McKennelly was sincere, soft, and perhaps the only person in the Admiralty Lucinda Cain could foster a kind thought for. He strolled the hallways of Daidalos like a kindly uncle, sharing smiles and half salutes to the personnel they passed. Even the overbearing presence of Ragnar</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>s storm clouds couldn</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>t shake his good nature.&nbsp;</em><em>Cain wanted nothing more right now than to knock him to the floor. One right hook ought to do it.</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>Tell me where Sarkis is,</em><em>&rdquo;</em><em>she said.</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>We don</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>t know.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>And Lampros?</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>He</em><em>&hellip;</em><em>he is not getting better, no.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>What does this pin on my uniform mean, if not that I</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>m the most qualified person to be in Picon right now.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>Arthur at least had the decency to look embarrassed. </em><em>&ldquo;</em><em>We need this Jupiter Project online if we want to keep the Quorum onside.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>Babysitting mechanics in the back end of nowhere, just so we can hand the frakking ships over to a bunch farmers and politicians! Some of them don</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>t even think the Cylons are a real threat!</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>The outburst sent a couple of deck crew scurrying out of the hallway. McKennelly wandered aside into a shadowy alcove. </em><em>&ldquo;</em><em>I get it, Lucinda. I do. Just give me time to get the transition plan in order.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>Cain did not follow him into the dark corner. </em><em>&ldquo;</em><em>Get me off this spinning coffin, Arthur.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;</em><em>I will, I will. HQ isn</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>t going anywhere, I promise.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We are well into development of the next update for <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=692" target="_blank">Battlestar Galactica Deadlock</a>, and have some great new additions coming to the game. Today we want to share some information about one of the new additions - environmental hazards.</p> <p> As the game is now, the locations where battles take place have a limited impact on the result. There are asteroids and gas clouds, but they are mostly cosmetic, and unless your ships collide with an asteroid, the environment has little bearing on who wins the battle.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> With the next update, that will change. We will be introducing a number of environment elements that will open up new strategic possibilities when engaging the enemy.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Dust Nebula</strong></p> <p> Dust nebula interfere with guidance systems on missiles, and targeting systems of capital ships. A capital ship that enters a dust nebula can&rsquo;t be targeted with guided munitions, and might be harder to hit with guns. However whilst inside the Nebula that same ship can&rsquo;t target enemies and has reduced accuracy firing with its own weapons.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Asteroid Clouds</strong></p> <p> Asteroid clouds are clusters of tiny rocks that aren&rsquo;t big or dense enough to affect capital ships, but will impede squadrons and missiles. Squadron speed and evasion is reduced, and missiles can potentially detonate prematurely.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 289px;" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>I</strong><strong>onized Nebula</strong></p> <p> Somewhat similar to the storm clouds of Ragnar, ionized nebula crackle with lightning and ionised gas. A more dangerous version of the dust nebula, ionized nebula will damage subsystems on capitals, and cause hull damage to squadrons.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 281px;" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Satellites</strong></p> <p> In more colonised locations, operational satellites networks may still be present. A networked satellite can be captured to give a subsystem boost to ship that secures it, but be aware; the Cylons are just as capable of securing the satellites themselves, and can use the network to coordinate their reinforcements sooner.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> These new environmental elements will be present in the random encounters and resource missions, as well as in single-player and multiplayer skirmishes.</p> <p> Making the environment (space) a more active element adds another dimension to the battles of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. They will add to the dynamism of even the simplest encounters, and throw new opportunities and threats into the mix. There will be a lot more for commanders to take into account when slugging it out against the Cylons in the coming update. Until next time.</p> <p> So say we all!</p>'Hostile.Environments' Thu, 5 Sep 2018 GMT Command LIVE: Kuril Sunrise announced News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> An almost forgotten conflict is on the brink of erupting dramatically. The dispute over the <strong>Kuril Islands</strong>, claimed by the Japanese but held by Moscow since the end of WWII, is turning hot again thanks to an increased presence of nationalists and populists on both governments.</p> <p> The JGSDF has traditionally been concentrated in Hokkaido already, but airborne and amphibious units have moved there, ostensibly for exercises.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"> <o:p></o:p></p> <p> The Russians, familiar with that excuse to concentrate forces, have become more suspicious than ever. Not helping the situation is raucous demonstrators on both sides sailing towards either the Kuriles or Hokkaido in small boats. Several have been killed and dozens more detained.</p> <p> The situation is getting critical hour after hour.</p> <p> <a href=" Live Issue 9.pdf" target="_blank">Read the analysis below to get prepared for what is coming!</a></p> <p> Get more information about <strong>Command LIVE: Kuril Sunrise</strong> from its official <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=739" target="_blank">Product Page</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" Live Issue 9.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" /></a></p> Thu, 5 Sep 2018 GMT Aggressors - Dev Stream - Military Command News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> This Friday we are going to start the first stream of a series of developer streams for <a href="/products/723/details/Aggressors.Ancient.Rome" target="_blank">Aggressors: Ancient Rome</a>.</p> <p> The lead designer himself, Pavel Kubat, is going to stream Aggressors live, focussing every time on a different aspect of the game.</p> <p> All of these streams will be extremely detailed and in-depth, offering deep insight on the game&#39;s mechanics.</p> <p> This time he will focus on Military command: how warfare works, how to get the best performance out of your units, how to exploit terrain to your advantage, how to wage a war from a strategic point of view, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p> So join us on our <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch channel</a> this <strong>Friday on September 7th at 9 pm CEST</strong>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></p> Wed, 4 Sep 2018 GMT Field of Glory II Rise of Persia will be out on September 27th News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> Empires might rise and fall, but their legacy stands forever. Are you ready to fight for the glory of the Old Gods?</p> <p> If so, mark the date as <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=733" target="_blank"><strong>Rise of Persia</strong></a>, the latest <strong>DLC</strong> in the Field of Glory II franchise, will be released on <strong>September 27<sup>th</sup></strong>!</p> <p> With 12 new factions, 32 new units, 20 new army lists, 6 new Epic Battles, 35 new Quick Battles and 4 brand new historical campaigns, <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=733" target="_blank">Rise of Persia</a> will bring players back to 681 BC, experiencing the last flowering of chariot warfare in the ancient near-East.</p> <p> <em><strong>If you are eager to see some action, join us today at 6PM BST on our official <a href="">Twitch Channel</a> for a two-hour stream with Richard Yorke! This will be the first of a regular series of streams featuring Field of Glory II until the release. So, if you want to discover everything about Rise of Persia and its content be sure to subscribe to our channels to receive instant notification of live events!&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></a></p> Wed, 4 Sep 2018 GMT Battlestar Galactica Deadlock - Happy first year anniversary! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> One year ago today we released <strong>Battlestar Galactica Deadlock</strong> on PC. It was extremely well received both from the press and the players, and we&#39;re glad to see so many people enjoy it.</p> <p> Since then it&#39;s been expanded with several updates, two DLCs, and even a port to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We also have more content coming very soon (speaking of which, expect a dev diary next week), and we&#39;re very excited about it. But all in due time...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> First off, we are running a <strong>50% off discount on Deadlock</strong>, starting today and lasting one week. If you haven&#39;t played Deadlock yet, or if you would get a friend into it, this is your chance. Please note that the discount is only valid on our store, but by buying on Slitherine you&#39;re also receiving a Steam key.</p> <p> We also have some free goodies to celebrate the anniversary: <strong>Wallpapers</strong>, featuring the cover artwork of Deadlock and its expansions. You can download the wallpapers as well as take advantage of the discount simply by visiting the <a href="/products/692/details/Battlestar.Galactica.Deadlock" target="_blank">product page</a>.</p> <p> Last but not least: commander Agrippa Maxentius is back! He&#39;s going to run the <strong>anniversary live stream</strong> of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock on our <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch channel</a>, today, at 7 pm CEST! You don&#39;t want to miss it - we&#39;ll be giving away <strong>free keys for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock</strong> to some lucky viewers!</p> <p> So say we all!</p>! Sat, 31 Aug 2018 GMT Aggressors: Ancient Rome is out! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> <strong>Aggressors: Ancient Rome is out now!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Be ready to lead one of twenty factions in a race for domination of the ancient Mediterranean.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Lead the mighty legions of Rome and expand its civilization with fire and steel. Establish a trading empire with Carthage across the Mediterranean, making it <em>your </em>Mare Nostrum<em>. </em>Rule one of the Successor Kingdoms and conquer a massive hellenistic empire, following on the footsteps of Alexander the Great. Take command of a young tribe, new to the world stage, and make older and decadent empires tremble.&nbsp;</p> <p> The choice is yours. <strong>Aggressors: Ancient Rome </strong>is a historical turn-based 4x strategy game that lets you relive ancient history, putting you in the sandals of the great conquerors of those times.</p> <p> Warfare, economy, diplomacy, trade, internal politics, technology, demography: you have many tools at your disposal to shape your empire and gain an edge over greedy and rapacious rivals. All at a <strong>level of depth never seen before in a game of this kind</strong>.</p> <p> The developers from Kubat Software fine-tuned the gameplay for years, implementing mechanics which integrate seamlessly with each other, for a cohese and coherent experience that makes the world you play in feel alive and realistic.</p> <p> You can read more about the gameplay by reading the <a href=";t=87490" target="_blank">Dev Diaries</a>.</p> <p> Aggressors is all about customization and <strong>replayability</strong>. Thanks to the extremely flexible <strong>random world generator </strong>you&#39;ll be able to generate any kind of random map, setting all the parameters you need to completely customize your next campaign. No playthrough will ever be the same.</p> <p> With the in-game <strong>editor </strong>you will be able to create new maps and mods to your liking, then you can easily update them to Steam Workshop with the simple click of a button. Modding has never been easier! We are particularly proud of how modding is taking on in Aggressors: many beta testers already developed new mods and scenarios, and at launch you&#39;ll already find free scenarios and mods available for download from the Steam Workshop.</p> <p> For more information about the game please visit its <a href="/products/723/details/Aggressors.Ancient.Rome" target="_blank">product page</a>.</p> <p> To celebrate this release, the game&#39;s producer Surtur will be playing Aggressors <strong>live on Twitch at 8 pm CEST</strong> on <a href="" target="_blank">our channel</a>. Come and stay with us to take part in the release party for Aggressors, as well as to ask whatever you would like to know about the game!&nbsp;</p> <p> Last but not least: as usual we would love to hear your feedback, and it&#39;s great to gather all players in a single place to stimulate discussion and the exchange of ideas - the best places for that are our <a href="" target="_blank">forum</a> and the newly created <a href="" target="_blank">Discord channel</a>. They are also the places where you would be able to find advice and suggestions about the game.</p>! Fri, 30 Aug 2018 GMT Panzer Corps 2 - Dev Diary #3 News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> Welcome to the third Dev Diary of <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=684" target="_blank">Panzer Corps 2</a>! This time we&#39;ll focus on aspects which were left out in the previous two diaries. As previously, though, we&#39;ll treat them in a rather generalistic way, but from the next dev diary onwards you can expect more indepth information about specific areas of the game.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>Graphics</strong></u></p> <p> Despite a significant change in underlying technology (3D and Unreal Engine), we have tried to preserve the same general approach to graphics which always worked so well in past games. Terrain is clean and unobtrusive, and units are big, crystal-clear and stand out well from the map. This is important when the game has hundreds of different units, and the player must be able to distinguish them all at a glance. That&rsquo;s why we never considered showing several smaller models for a single unit, which might look more &ldquo;real&rdquo;, but ultimately is not usable in this kind of a game.</p> <p> As for terrain, we have drawn a lot of inspiration from Panzer General 2, which was widely considered the most beautiful in the old Panzer General series. At the same time, our maps are not hand drawn or otherwise constructed from small atomic elements, and so they are much quicker to create.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>UI</strong></u></p> <p> The UI in Panzer Corps 2 is a huge step forward in terms of functionality and usability when compared to its predecessor. It can scale to any monitor size (all assets are done in 4K and scale to the required size), adapt to any screen ratio, and allows scaling of certain elements (like the unit list and the minimap) to make the best use of screen space on any monitor, from square to super-wide or multiple monitor configuration.</p> <p> We are making sure that all information about unit stats, traits, game rules etc. is available directly on screen or in the tooltips and is easy to find. All commands will also be available on the screen and easily discoverable, without relying on hot keys and other obscure means to invoke a function. We can&rsquo;t wait to show the new UI in action.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" Corps 2/Panzer Corps UI.png" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=" Corps 2/Panzer Corps UI.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Panzer Corps did not require the player to do a lot of routine micromanagement, but in the sequel we have tried to reduce it even further. For example, the player no longer needs to use &ldquo;Supply&rdquo; button manually. All units will receive their supply (fuel and ammo) automatically, as long as supply is possible.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>AI</strong></u></p> <p> The AI in Panzer Corps 2 is a complete rewrite, it does not reuse any code from Panzer Corps, and it uses some more advanced approaches. This means that the sequel will feature a new, completely different AI opponent.</p> <p> The new AI is designed and implemented with random maps and random campaigns in mind. This means that it cannot rely on AI scripting at all. It must be able to figure out the structure of any map on its own, achieve any kind of scenario objective and try to prevent the opponent from doing the same. It can also purchase and deploy its whole army in case there are no preconfigured units in a given scenario.</p> <p> On the other hand, AI scripting options in Panzer Corps 2 are also richer than in its predecessor. This means that it is possible to fine-tune the AI to exact desired behavior, which can be useful in a historical setting.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>Editor and modding</strong></u></p> <p> Modding community of Panzer Corps was always strong and vibrant, and we are fully committed to making Panzer Corps 2 a modder-friendly game as well. Panzer Corps 2 will include the editor from day one, and this editor will be even easier to use than the editor in Panzer Corps. Although the new map engine is 3D, scenario designer still only needs to specify terrain type for each hex, and the rest of the map will be generated by the engine automatically. Other useful features not found in its predecessor are full support of Undo/Redo, group operations on hexes and units and much more streamlined interface for scripting and AI. At the same time, the designer can bypass all UI and write scripts directly in Lua language which requires a certain skill but gives immense flexibility and power in return.</p> <p> Just like in Panzer Corps, gameplay data tables will remain in open text format and can be easily edited. People familiar with Unreal Engine can download Unreal Editor and create much deeper mods, which includes adding new units, new terrain types, changing map generation rules etc.</p> <p> Also, we are working on a proper mod manager which was sorely missing in Panzer Corps.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The main point we were trying to make in these three introductionary dev diaries is that <strong>Panzer Corps 2 is far from a mere facelift</strong>. While staying true to traditions of the series, our goal is to improve playing experience across the board, and every single aspect of the new game receives a lot of thought and attention. It&rsquo;s a huge and very ambitious project for our small team, and we really want to make it right, so it is taking a lot of time. In fact, much more time than originally expected. In hindsight, we were a bit too optimistic with our estimations and should have probably delayed the announcement. So, please bear with us, and we sure hope that once the game is released, it will be worth the wait.</p> <p> See you in the next dev diary!</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2018 GMT The XTRG Challenge is back! Welcome to the Eastern Front! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> After the incredible success of the first <strong>XTRG Challenge</strong> series, it&rsquo;s time to go back on the frontline, but this time the war moves to Russia!</p> <p> Today XTRG will play <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Gary Grigsby&#39;s War in the East</em></a>, the <strong>Vistula to BerlinScenario,</strong> and the fight is going to be epic!</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t miss the stream on our official <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch Channel</a> today from <strong>6 pm to 8 pm BST!</strong></p> <p> We&rsquo;ll try to keep these events as most regular as possible, so that you can easily follow all the episodes!</p> <p> <a href="">See you on the battlefield!</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></a></p>!! Thu, 29 Aug 2018 GMT One year of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock... News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> We are approaching the one year anniversary for <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=692" target="_blank">Battlestar Galactica Deadlock</a>. It was released on PC on August 31st 2017 and since then we saw a port to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, two DLCs and many free updates, adding tons of new content and features.</p> <p> It&#39;s been a fun ride so far for everyone involved, one that is far from ending. If you&#39;ve been following our dev diaries, you&#39;ll know that we are working on a new update, as well as something new... we&#39;ll have news soon.</p> <p> But let&#39;s get to the heart of the matter: this Friday, on August 31st, we are going to celebrate one year of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> We will be live on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch</a> for a special live stream of Agrippa Maxentius during which we will be running a Steam key give-away! Come for the keys and stay for the stream - get a chance to win a free key of Deadlock so you can play the game yourself in case you haven&#39;t, or give it to a friend for a new pal for multiplayer. Join us on Twitch on Friday August 31st at 7 pm CEST!</p> <p> We&#39;ll also be releasing some free goodies on that day, just a token of appreciation for the players who supported Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. So say we all!</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2018 GMT Afghanistan '11: Royal Marines is announced! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> We have great and unexpected news today: Afghanistan &#39;11 will be greatly expanded with tons of new content, a new campaign, a new faction, new mechanics and more!</p> <p> <strong>Royal Marines</strong>, the first expansion for Afghanistan &#39;11, will introduce Her Majesty&#39;s finest to the game.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> With a new 10 scenarios long campaign, a new faction, the British Army, plenty new units, new mechanics such as civilian vehicles, car bombs, roadblocks and much more, Royal Marines is a must-have for all Afghanistan &#39;11 players.&nbsp;</p> <p> The expansion has been in testing for a while now and we are pretty close to its release. <strong>It will be out on Steam and iTunes on September 6th!</strong></p> <p> For all information on Royal Marines, please visit its <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=726" target="_blank">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> There is more: Paradogs Gamer will be streaming Royal Marines live on our <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch channel</a> for an exclusive first look preview on Monday September 3th at 7 pm CEST! Don&#39;t miss it!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p>'! Tue, 27 Aug 2018 GMT Sci-Fi sale! 30% off on our sci-fi titles! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> Starting today we have a sale encompassing our range of sci-fi games, all at 30% off! <strong>The promo ends on August 28th </strong>so hurry and get them discounted while you can. You can get games like <strong>Battlestar Galactica Deadlock</strong>, <strong>Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach and many more!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="text-align: center; width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> How does it work? Just use &quot;<strong>STARS-30</strong>&quot; as coupon code and you will obtain the discount. Please refer to <a href="" target="_blank">this guide</a>&nbsp;for referral on how to use the coupon code, and should you incur in any technical issue please write to our customer support at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> who will be more than happy to give you all the assistance you need.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> The following games are part of the sale and will be discounted at 30% off during its duration:</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=692" target="_blank">Battlestar Galactica Deadlock</a></div> <div> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=715" target="_blank">Battlestar Galactica Deadlock: Reinforcement Pack</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=728" target="_blank">Battlestar Galactica Deadlock: The Broken Alliance</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=462" target="_blank">Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=515" target="_blank">Distant Worlds - Universe</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=612" target="_blank">Last Days of Old Earth</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=542" target="_blank">Legions of Steel</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=538" target="_blank">Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=435" target="_blank">Pandora: First Contact</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=595" target="_blank">Polaris Sector</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=705" target="_blank">Polaris Sector: Lumens</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=568" target="_blank">Star Hammer The Vanguard Prophecy</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=540" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=573" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Angels of Death</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=627" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Collector&#39;s Edition</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=628" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Da Orks</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=576" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Glory of Macragge</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=600" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Golgotha</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=590" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Ork Hunters</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=570" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Vulkan&#39;s Wrath</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=634" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=729" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach - Horrors of the Warp</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=697" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach - Legacy of the Weirdboy</a></p> <p> <a href="/products/product.asp?gid=711" target="_blank">Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach - Sons of Cadia</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div>!! Sat, 24 Aug 2018 GMT Aggressors - Developer Stream News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> We have something special coming: in sight of the release of <a href="/products/723/details/Aggressors.Ancient.Rome" target="_blank">Aggressors</a> next week, the developers themselves are going to stream the game on Twitch live next Monday!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 302px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Don&#39;t miss it - it will be a very informative stream, with the lead designer speaking at length about Aggressors and answering all your questions in detail</p> <p> The stream will begin at 8 pm CEST on our <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch channel</a> on Monday August 27th.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2018 GMT Aggressors Dev Diary #10 - Map Generator News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> Today we are publishing the last dev diary of <a href="/products/723/details/Aggressors.Ancient.Rome" target="_blank">Aggressors</a> before its release next Thursday, but before we get to it, we would like to remind you that today DasTactic will be streaming Aggressors live on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch</a> at 9 pm CEST, don&rsquo;t miss it!</p> <p> Now, on to the dev diary, and as usual I&rsquo;ll leave word to Pavel Kubat, lead developer and designer for the game.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From recent videos and questions on forums it is quite clear that players are very interested in the Random Map Generator included in Aggressors.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> To be quite honest, the Map Generator was not actually intended to be part of the vanilla release. Despite the fact that we use dynamic terrain even in the scenario setup (it is not a fixed map) as it gives much more flexibility, we didn&rsquo;t consider this feature to be that interesting for players.<br /> Moreover, Map Generator would require a great deal of additional work and we had plenty of other things on top of our to-do list.<br /> <br /> When alpha testing started and feedback and suggestions started flowing in, I was really taken aback by the staggering number of requests to add a custom <strong>Map Generator</strong>. I was expecting that players would prefer playing the historical scenario rather than a random map.</p> <p> And so, as we had done so many times before, we re-thought our priorities and added this feature into our schedule. There was already a raw Map Generator partially implemented but it was a separate tool not incorporated into the game. It was also not that user-friendly and not modular enough to meet the standards we had in mind.</p> <p> <br /> The first phase of the project was mapping out the games already out there. I was looking for the right way to do this, to find the key settings for the map generator and to identify pitfalls of other map generators and how to avoid them. After a couple of months of development the first version of the map generator was ready.</p> <p> We used a number of standard settings such as map size (ranging from tiny to huge world), map type (ratio between water and land mass), climate type (hospitable to barren) or density of population (how crowded the world is and the distance between players). But that was just the beginning.</p> <p> From my perspective the biggest issue in the majority of map generators for other games is the fact that they tend to force you to really long and boring early phases once you have begun playing. You have to hit &quot;end turn&quot; around fifty times to eventually get to develop some infrastructure and build a couple of units to be able to actually play and enjoy the game. This was a no-go for me. I decided early on that we needed to add a Development setting allowing players to choose if they want to start with a lonely nomad unit roaming the unknown world or if they would rather start as a crowned king of a state that stands on solid foundations like cities, roads, fields for farming and few trained military units to build upon.</p> <p> There are five different options to satisfy everyone&rsquo;s taste.<br /> <br /> But soon enough we realized that the basic settings are not quite enough. The worlds we generated were great, some of the maps even surpassing our expectations but we needed more options to modify the gameplay itself.</p> <p> Some were easy to implement, for example Resource abundance that allows the player to configure how many mines will be available on the map which affects the player&rsquo;s ability to develop as well as how fast and tough the conflicts over resources will be. Hand in hand with this setting goes the Player&rsquo;s resource abundance which sets the resources stockpiles the player has at the beginning of the game.</p> <p> Similarly, the Diplomatic Relations setting defines how (un)friendly neighboring nations will be, and the Independent Cities setting determines the number of standalone independent neutral cities on the map.</p> <p> Players can also specify which victory conditions they want in their game - overall victory, military superiority, technological dominance and country development.<br /> <br /> All the above settings were added to the Map Generator in a natural process following the logic of any world creator. However, what makes every single game fun is the way it unfolds in a different direction every time and forces players to adjust their strategy to current conditions. Sometimes you get the upper hand, yet another time you struggle to keep up with other forces around you.</p> <p> There are two settings that determine how fair the game will be, determining whether or not one between the player and AI opponents will start in a more powerful position.</p> <p> The Game Balance setting adjusts starting conditions. Set to max, all players (human and AI) will have similar starting point in terms of number of military units, settlers and cities. Set to minimum, the development span will be quite big &ndash; some nations will be already large developed empires whereas others will have to make do with just a city-state.</p> <p> However, this setting does not really say on which end you going to end up. For this, there is the Player Advantage setting which allows you to choose what kind advantage over all other players you will have. You can decide to create a new world with you leading a mighty and established empire surrounded by younger tribes, or you can take up the challenge and start as the very last runner in the conquest for supremacy. The choice is yours, you can be either Goliath or David.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> That said, designing the Map Generator and all these settings was not the most difficult part. The challenge was in finding the right balance. We invested a huge amount of time into balancing so that even if you draw the shortest straw, you will be able to survive at least few dozens of turns to prove your worth.<br /> <br /> Now back to the map: there is still one thing left to mention. The historical setup has a contour map that we created tile by tile to make the world feel real. But for the randomly generated map we had to come up with a different solution to have nice high mountain ranges, deep river valleys and open bays surrounded by beaches created automatically from the map.</p> <p> We designed an algorithm that detects the different terrain types and then creates a sort of contour map based on these.<br /> To tickle your fancy, I will show you couple of screenshots that we took during testing but to see what the map generator can do, you will need to try it on your own.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <br /> The release date is around the corner. I really enjoyed writing these diaries because I had an opportunity to look back and recollect our long journey. It was full of headaches, doubts and sleepless nights but on the other hand it has been an extremely enjoyable and intriguing ride.</p> <p> I want to thank you for joining me in this nostalgia and I can only invite you to explore the depth of Aggressors on your own. What else can I say? I hope you&rsquo;ll have as much fun playing Aggressors as I still have, even after 10 years of development!</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2018 GMT Aggressors - Gameplay Video #1 - Intro to Basics News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> We just published the first gameplay video for <a href="/products/723/details/Aggressors.Ancient.Rome" target="_blank">Aggressors: Ancient Rome</a>. This video, the first of a series, is a good introduction to Aggressors and what the game is about.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> We&#39;ll follow up with videos about specific aspects of the game. Stay tuned!</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2018 GMT Battlestar Galactica Deadlock - The Tournament Final is here! News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><p> We&#39;re almost there: the two finalists in the Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Tournament are about to challenge each other for supremacy!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Who are the finalists? Well, none other than Sproge and Sir Wagglepuss III! They both won previous competitions and are absolute masters when it comes to fleet maneuvering and wiping out enemy ships.</p> <p> They will fight each other in a live event on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitch</a>&nbsp;this Saturday on August 25th at 5 pm BST. Don&#39;t miss it - it&#39;ll be a best of three final.&nbsp;</p> <p> The prize for the two finalists, as previously announced, will be a copy of the upcoming Battlestar Galactica tabletop game published by Ares Games called <a href="" target="_blank">Starship Battles</a>&nbsp;. The winner of this tournament will also receive two expansion packs for the game.</p> <p> There&#39;s more, though. We have prepared something very special for the winner. As you might have heard, the producer of the game, known among the community as Shards, is retiring... but not before bestowing a special prize on the champion. He is going to give away his Battlestar Galactica Commander pins, the very ones he wore in the <a href="" target="_blank">first ever Deadlock live stream</a>. The champion will have the honour of wearing them and become a Commander of the Colonial Fleet.</p> <p> Who is going to win? Come to Twitch for the final this Saturday and find out!</p> <p> So say we all!</p>! Thu, 22 Aug 2018 GMT Aggressors Dev Diary #9 - Infrastructure News; <IMG SRC="" align="left" ><div> We have already covered most of the main game mechanics and features yet there is still one big question we want to discuss today. How to build up your empire and what to do in time of peace in Aggressors?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It might seem that antiquity was all about wars and conflicts, but people of those times mostly wanted to live in peace and prosperity like anyone else. Emperors might have had great ambitions and pushed the boundaries of their empires still further but at the same time they had to maintain and improve the state infrastructure to keep ahead of other nations.</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=";t=87373" target="_blank">READ THE FULL ENTRY HERE</a></p> Sat, 17 Aug 2018 GMT