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Starlords: 4X Space Game

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Game overview :
  • 4X space game
  • Browser based, runs only in firefox (UPDATE now 98% Chrome compatible)
  • Closed Beta status
  • Basic 2d graphics
  • Strong focus on grand strategy & diplomacy
  • No action, not a RTS & no tactical control
  • Role play possible

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The manoeuvre element is the fleet. Fleets move between stars by an instantaneous jump, but then must wait while the jump engine re-charges. This slows down the pace of the game, giving you time to plan. It creates the feel of a turn based game, even though it is a persistent universe.

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Fleet movement may be automated.
  • Patrol routes may be created to look for enemies.
  • Gathering routes take minerals to stars with a refinery. This works kind of like railway tycoon.
  • Other routes may be configured to move new ships to the front, return the battle weary for R & R, etc.

There is an emphasis on diplomacy.
Much effort has gone into creating organic "situations" that evolve into diplomatic crisis. These come about from conflict between several realms of influence. These being political relationships, trade, military actions, resource access and a feudal hierarchy.

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Trade is encouraged by a mechanism whereby the number of types of minerals governs the efficiency of your refineries and thus your limits to production of assets. Since only a few mineral types are found locally you must trade with other areas to gain more mineral types.

The game is not played in "binges" (hours in a session) but in short play sessions. Think of a normal 4X that has its play session sliced into bits. This is by design, so that those with real lives may fit it into a busy schedule (or a fanatic gamer can play a session between all those other games) allowing them to play a deep, involving game even though "they have no time". Several people have interpreted this to mean it is a tick based game, it is not. Once your realm has grown, there is always things that need to be done, it is just not all time sensitive.

Fog of war is constant. If you have no ship or spy at a star you do not know what is there, you only know what was there last time you visited. This permits a "cat & mouse" situation, where cunning can win out.

Building assets takes a long time. This creates pressure to plan, as you cannot react immediately to a new threat by "popping out" fleets of new ships at a moments notice. You can build & assign additional builders to speed up a project, but there is cost there as well.

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A large selection of technologies are available that affect all aspects of the game. There is no "tech tree" you just research the areas you want an advantage in. you may choose to be mediocre in all or focus on a few that complement your overall strategic direction.

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There is a robust economic model that provides many ways to gain income and many ways to lose it. Taxation, tribute, piracy, export contracts, asset support, salaries are some of the factors.

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In the beginning you manage all aspects, but as your empire grows you can do less micro-management and automate repetitive tasks.

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There is a whole game within the game in regards to spies. Covert agents may conduct espionage, sabotage, incite labour or student unrest and incite rebellions. They can embezzle, slander and assassinate as well.

The game progresses though stages; exploration, buildup, contact and then the core game play begins with diplomacy, trade & conflict.

There is a play through of a typical 1st session on the website. Note this video has the old graphics and the colonising bit is out of date. The game begins slowly as you are mostly exploring and colonising, so the video may be a bit boring. Any suggestions on how to present a "cerebral" game and not make the presentation boring? This slow start is intentional as the game is complex and is designed so that a new player is not overwhelmed and has time to get his bearings.

http://www.starlords3k.com

We need a few more play testers, pm me if interested.
All feedback is welcome.

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  • SleeperHoldSleeperHold Registered User regular
    Some interesting concepts it seems! Good luck!

  • mahksmahks ThailandRegistered User regular
    Thanks, I'll need the luck... difficult to find those .0000124% of gamers who want a complex game...

  • mahksmahks ThailandRegistered User regular
    Running under chrome 100% now :D

    Shadowfire
  • mahksmahks ThailandRegistered User regular
    The tutorial has been axed in favour of in-game hint panels.

  • XadesXades PartTruth Registered User regular
    I love the layers of this game however a little transition screen for FTL and combat would get me more into it.

    Xades.2976 - Guild Wars 2
  • mustafaneguibmustafaneguib Entrepreneur, Founder, CEO of MN Tech Solutions(Private) Limited Lahore, PakistanRegistered User regular
    i tried out starlords and is quite interesting. i like playing strategy games quite alot and have played quite a bit in the past. i believe that despite having the tutorial, this game is a bit overwhelming for the new player. i will surely give it another go some time later. all the best with the game.

    Tardoria is a fast paced 2D space war arcade game for Android. You can download for free from the Google Play Store.
  • mahksmahks ThailandRegistered User regular
    Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve. Your first game should be considered an extended tutorial.

    We are just finishing up the current game and a new one will start soon.

    Getting you feet wet in the current game would get you over some of that curve, so you would not make the novice mistakes it the new game.

  • mahksmahks ThailandRegistered User regular
    We just started a new episode.
    Join in if you would like.

    Feel free to ask questions here.

    michellenelson
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