Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

I remember when it were all Sins of A Solar Empire [official site] ’round these parts. Couldn’t move for Rossignols and Gillens talking about spaceship real-time strategy/4X games. Over eight chuffing years later, oh God I am so old, Ironclad and Stardock’s space management’n’war-em’up is still going strong. It was reinvigorated with the shinier Rebellion expandalone in 2012, which has just now received new, criminal empire-focused DLC that also includes a slew of new maps.

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Community Announcements - Yarlen


Outlaw Sectors DLC is here with a new gameplay option and lots of new maps

Challenge yourself with new strategies and unique setups with the new “Outlaw Sectors” gameplay option and brand new maps for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. The variety of map sizes and designs will let you enjoy any kind of match you want, from intimate 1v1 duels all the way to epic 10-player brawls.

Gameplay Options

The lawless fringe is increasingly hostile, but for those with a criminal mind it's also rich with new opportunities.

Smuggling Specialization: Choose this planetary development to grab a cut of everyone's trade income - but at a cost. The increased corruption from this black market activity will reduce that planet's tax income.

Rampant Militias: Autonomous planetary militias will grow, raid nearby systems, and repopulate over time. Use them to help defend your worlds, or coordinate your attacks with their strikes for maximum impact.

Pirate Turf: Vicious when in their home sector, pirates can now raid multiple players simultaneously, drastically changing the art of the bidding war. And, just to make sure they are fully motivated to do what they do best, all credits spent on bounties will receive an automatic bonus.

Included Maps
Power Struggle - Contest the distant resource fields and nearby planets before striking at the enemy’s homeworld.
Slim Pickings - Claim what remains among the war-torn stars and seize what you can from the other empires.
Crossfire - Take your enemy’s homeworlds and coordinate your assault with your ally in order to win.
High Stakes - Build a powerful fleet and seize the resource rich planets from enemy militia.
Ironheart - Flanked by an enemy on each side, you must prioritize your resources carefully to achieve victory.
Titans of Cimtar - Secure your planet from among the 8 gas giants dominating the map, then make war upon your neighbors.
Death Spiral - The system is falling into a black hole and your enemies aren’t about to let you leave without a fight.
Dogfight - Lead your allies into glorious battle amongst the stars in this huge map.
Buzzsaw - Make one mistake and you may lose more than you bargained for in this spiral galaxy that leaves no room for error.
Rising Empires - Secure your star system amidst the crushed local resistance and set your sights on your rivals’ territories.
Desolation - Claim what little the Vasari have left behind and forge what remains of the worlds in the massive cluster of stars into a force capable of conquest.

Outlaw Sectors DLC is now available on Steam or through Stardock.
www.sinsofasolarempire.com
Community Announcements - Yarlen
Ironclad Games and Stardock Entertainment are pleased to announce the release of version 1.84 for hit strategy game today. This latest update adds more options for modders, bug fixes, better multiplayer stability and more.

For a full change log, please visit the forums.
Community Announcements - IslandDog
The crew here at Stardock cares a lot about our community and the games that we produce for you.

That's why we're pleased to announce that version 2.20 for Galactic Civilizations II is available for you today! 

Even when a title is "finished" and put out to market, there are always little things we find that could use a tweak or a change here and there. We also know what it's like to enjoy an old game so much that you keep going back to it, even when there are newer and "better" versions of it out there. 

With help of some awesome community members, the Dev Team has taken all of the suggestions and implemented them into this update. You can find he entire change log (spoiler alert: it's long!) at the bottom of this post.

A few words from our CEO and President, Brad Wardell:"It was awesome being able to work with the fans to integrate years of their own mods and tweaks into the base game. They also gave me a long list of areas where they thought I could improve the AI, which I used to dig into the now 10 year old AI source code base to implement."

We hope you enjoy the update. We have an awesome community here at Stardock and are so very happy that you're a part of it. Have a great holiday season!

Special Thanks
To Antonio "Mabus" Invernizzi, Gaunathor, SilasOfBorg, Kamil "OShee" Bober, DARCA1213, Sam "MarvinKosh" Edwards. Steffem "Maiden666" Jenter, MarvinKosh, Leiavoia, Frogboy and everyone else who helped out!

See the full list of changes here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/202200/discussions/0/487877107136803698/
Community Announcements - Yarlen
Ironclad Games and Stardock are pleased to present an opt-in for Sins of a Solar Empire version 1.83 today. Since there are many code changes in this build, it will be opt-in only until sometime in January.

For a full change log, please check out the Steam forum.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Marsh Davies)

As ugly as the democratic process can sometimes be, it still has one or two advantages over hereditary monarchy. After all, even the most craven and corrupt politician requires some sort of conniving wherewithal to get into power, though this far from guarantees that they will use it to any decent end. This said - and as The Political Machine suggests - the importance of money and mass-media in the States has eroded the need for any other credential, and with shitbubbles like Trump in the running, you have to wonder if the mixture of inherited wealth and empty celebrity he embodies really does much to set himself apart from the sort of high-born cretins who too frequently took the throne in centuries past.

Each week Marsh Davies unleashes a patriotic aquiline shriek and swoops upon the home of the brave that is Early Access, bringing freedom by way of cash-purchased endorsements and glib media-ready soundbites to all he meets. This week, these skills will hopefully propel him all the way to the White House in The Political Machine 2016 [Steam page], a timely update of the presidential campaign strategy game in which candidates scoot between states, bellowing platitudes to the credulous and smarming their way through interviews while doing everything to sabotage their opponents.>

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Community Announcements - IslandDog
You Survived the Cataclysm - Now You Must Survive the War in
Fallen Enchantress: Ultimate Edition Rise from the ashes and journey into a dark fantasy world.This set includes Fallen Enchantress, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, and all DLC for both games.

In these 4X fantasy strategy games, the world of Elemental is at war and it’s up to you to either conquer it or destroy it.Lead your empire as one of 21 sovereigns, such as the traitor Emperor Karavox, the huntress Lady Irane, or the pyromancer Asha Furnaceborn. Powerful design tools also allow for endless possibilities for creating custom factions, leaders, and units. Fallen Enchantress: Ultimate Edition offers hundreds of hours of exciting game play spanning two full games and six DLC packs.

These games span an epic timeline of war, chaos, and destruction. Civilization has already fallen in the wake of the Cataclysm and it's now up to you to decide whether or not you will crush the opposition and take control or help all of humanity rise to greatness again. Manage your kingdom, lead your heroes to victory in numerous tactical battles against a plethora of monsters, and utilize a rich palette of spells to either bring your opposition to its knees or inspire them to ally with you to achieve victory.

Recruit heroes to champion your cause, expand your kingdom to gather valuable resources, and engage in tactical battles against hundreds of opponents from Ravenous Harridan and Burning Wraiths, to Ashwake Dragons and the legendary Delin, the Pyre of Man. The DLC adds additional items like the Possessed Axe and the Shadowbolt Staff, events like the spread of a new cult in your lands or the appearance of a giant skeleton, maps, and more to further enhance your experience."We wanted to provide the best version of the game for new and old players," said Derek Paxton, Vice President of entertainment at Stardock.  "To do that, we have added a new Stamina system for more tactical combat, over 20 new abilities and spells, and each of the races now has access to new racial abilities. If you already own these titles, you don’t have to purchase the Ultimate Edition to enjoy all of these new features - we have added them into the existing versions of the game."


The Fallen Enchantress: Ultimate Edition includes: 
  • Fallen Enchantress
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Battlegrounds DLC
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Leader Pack DLC
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes The Dead World DLC
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Loot Pack DLC
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Quest Pack DLC
  • Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Map Pack DLC
 
Get it Now on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/85177/
For more information, please visit http://www.fallenenchantress.com/ultimate
Announcement - Valve
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Announcement - Valve
Play Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes at 75% off the regular price!*

If you already have Steam installed, click here to install or play Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes. If you don't have Steam, you can download it here.

The Fallen Enchantress seeks to destroy the civilizations that have risen from the ashes of the Cataclysm. Fortunately, your fame has spread and great heroes have been drawn to your banner. With your new champions, you will confront new horrors like liches, brood hunters, banshees, and the dreaded hergon.

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is the new standalone expansion to Stardock’s turn-based, fantasy strategy game. Players will forge a new empire in a world sundered by powerful magic, fight against terrible creatures, complete quests and rediscover lost secrets in their bid to rule the world of Elemental.

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time

Community Announcements - Yarlen
We've just posted a hotfix for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes v1.8 today. This update fixes a typo in one of the XML files which was causing the game to crash.

Special thanks to Primal_Savage and BlackSmokeDMax for making us aware.
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