Design steampunk pixel airships out of functional modules and conquer the skies!
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Feb 25, 2015
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Right from the start, the development of Airships has been extensively covered in the development blog. So as soon as the basics of gameplay were complete, the game became available to interested players to collect reactions and gauge interest.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The development plan projects another six months of work before the final release. Most of this will be spent on polishing the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The following major features are planned:
  • Extended strategic conquest mode.
  • Land-ships with wheels and limbs.
  • Dragons and other aerial monsters.

Beyond this, there will be a plethora of minor additions, new modules, visual improvements and general polish.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The ship design mode and core aerial combat gameplay are complete. You can design airships and buildings by assembling them from modules, conquer the world in single-player strategic mode, fight battles against other players in multiplayer, and design your own coats of arms.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“When the game exits Early Access, its price will increase.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community is reporting issues, making suggestions for additional features, trying out game balance, helping with localization, and already creating mods.

While I cannot guarantee that all suggestions will be included, several features such as paintable ships, flamethrowers, and decks were originally suggested by players.”
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November 11

Map Zoom Alpha



In dev 10, I'll be concentrating on making the conquest gameplay deeper. The first step to this is to make the map zoomable.

The strategic map code is some of the oldest and least-touched code in the game. I wrote it back when I considered 1024x768 a reasonable screen resolution. And because it's at a fixed pixel scale, if you have a high-resolution screen, the maps now look tiny.

At the same time, it's also shockingly memory-inefficient. Each pixel on the map is its own map tile with information about height and city ownership. This means that larger maps - a very popularly requested feature - would consume far too much RAM.

So over the last ten days, I've rewritten it to be zoomable. Now, instead of each pixel being a tile, the tile grid is actually much more coarse, but thanks to some hopefully clever thing with the map boundary drawing, this is not particularly evident. So the new maps require 256 times less memory while being smoothly zoomable.

This is only the first step towards making the conquest mode deeper and more engaging. Nothing has actually changed about the gameplay, yet, but this will enable these improvements to happen. And if you'd like to try it out, you can switch to the "dev10alpha" branch on Steam. One caveat: this new map format is incompatible with the old one, so you won't be able to load old save games while on the alpha branch.

Have fun, and let me know if you find any bugs or have suggestions on how to further improve the zoomable maps.
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November 9

Version 9.5.1

  • Increased rifle damage from 4 to 5 but decreased clip size to 20.
  • Upgrading monster nests now keep their fleet and coat of arms.
  • Having lots of monster nests no longer causes performance problems.
  • Fixed pirate king income and missing upgrade warning message.
  • Fixed weird stone guardian shot display.
  • Fixed inability to design ships from defences.
  • Fixed incorrect width of city menu when building things.
  • Raid progress bar no longer overflows.
  • Raid panel no longer hides weather info icons.
  • Fixed incorrect reference to grenades in German crew shouts.
  • Stopped particles stuck on ships from vibrating weirdly.
  • Fixed scroll wheel hot areas for editor and ships list.
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About This Game

Design steampunk pixel airships out of functional modules and conquer the skies!

In the game, ships are viewed side-on, and their modules are operated by individual crew members. During combat, players give high-level commands to a small fleet, positioning their ships, ramming and boarding others. Ships and terrain are fully destructible: they can catch fire, explode, break apart, and fall. Players can also compete against one another in Internet and LAN matches.

The ships are highly detailed, teeming with sailors moving around at their individual tasks, like an ant farm or a cut-away drawing. The player's choices in ship layout are crucial, and an important part of the game is exploring the design space of different airships and their matching tactics.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz+
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM+ w/OpenGL
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 2.2 Ghz+ Dual-core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB VRAM+ w/OpenGL
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz+
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.10
    • Processor: 2.2 Ghz+ Dual-core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB VRAM+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.0 or similar
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz+
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM+
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10 or similar
    • Processor: 2.2Ghz+ Dual-core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB VRAM+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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