Stars in Shadow - Arioch
Come with me if you want to live.

Last month's patch was a big one, and so predictably there were bugs to hunt. Today's patch contains mostly bug fixes, and we also made some balance adjustments to the AI on "Easy" difficulty. As always, your feedback and suggestions are important to us, so keep them coming!

Patch Notes for 14 February 2019 (ver. 37980)
Gameplay Changes and Additions
  • AI-controlled factions now have an additional handicap when playing on the "Easy" difficulty level (ships cost additional Labor).
  • The technology 'Cybernetic Organisms' is now available to all factions. This allows Harmonized population units to be De-Harmonized, and increases Battle Mech strength by +2.
  • Unescorted transports carrying civilian colonists will now surrender to the enemy if attacked.
Fixes
  • Eliminating an empire by capturing its last outpost should no longer cause an error.
  • Fix for a coin rounding issue in the resource request event.
  • Fix for a bug triggered by battles that included fleeing population transports.
  • Destroying a colony immediately after creating it should no longer cause an error.
  • Fixes for several bugs involving invalid starvation warnings.
  • Fixes for several "likely bug in the attack confirmation logic" warnings.
  • Fixes for logic errors in the "please do not colonize" requests.
  • Reverse engineering captured ships should no longer cause errors in the technology queue.
  • Updated the logic used to determine resource request quantities to better take into account what the player can practically afford.
  • Destroying a ship while it's being refitted should no longer cause an error.
  • Transports arriving at an outpost planet should no longer cause an error.
  • Colonist morale modifiers should now persist when populations are transported between worlds.
  • Agreeing to embargo an empire you don't have a trade charter with should no longer cause an error.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


Greetings, interstellar tyrants!

Today's patch has been a long time in the making: it includes extensive changes to the AI and diplomacy system, difficulty level balance, and adds an oft-requested Victory screen, complete with a stat graphs display. As always, your feedback and suggestions are important to us, so keep them coming!

Victory Screen and Graphs
Upon achieving one of the victory conditions (Conquest, Diplomatic or Allied Victory), a Victory pane will become visible in the Diplomacy menu. This includes options to view a Graphs screen (with selectable displays to compare Population, Military Strength, Scientific Progress, Metal Production, Available Labor, Total Income, and Science Production), exit to main menu, or to continue playing. If the player chooses to continue playing, no further victory conditions will trigger.

The Graphs screen can also be accessed during a game (with display subject to faction visibility) by selecting the Intelligence Briefing option in the Diplomacy screen (or by hitting Ctrl-G). (Note that in games saved prior to the patch, graph data will be missing for pre-patch turns.)



Diplomacy and AI Changes
The artificial intelligence (AI) for the computer-controlled opponent factions has been substantially reworked. We have added a variety of new behaviors and diplomatic events. In particular, AI factions have more context-sensitive behavior regarding its friends and enemies; it can now more capably offer or request help from an ally, and it is more likely to take offense when one is friendly to its enemies. Since the AI opponents now play more effectively, we have also extensively tweaked the balance of the various difficulty levels, removing some bonuses that the AI received on "Normal" difficulty setting, and giving the player some extra bonuses on the "Easy" setting. Even so, players may find difficulty levels above "Easy" noticeably harder than prior to the patch.



Patch Notes for 17 January 2019 (ver. 37958)
Gameplay Changes and Additions
  • Changed balance and AI advantages on Normal, Hard, and Brutal settings. Players may find games on settings above "Easy" to be noticeably harder.
  • The AI no longer receives resource bonuses on 'Normal' difficulty mode.
  • The player now receives resource bonuses on 'Easy' modes.
  • Torpedoes can now be placed in heavy hardpoints.
  • Orthin and Gremak can now research Heavy Missiles.
  • Strike fighters will now attack starships using beam weapons if their beam weapons are more powerful than their missiles.
  • Significantly reduced the range of anti-missiles.
  • Reduced marauder ship spawn rates.
  • Reduced the strength of Marauder fleets.
  • It is now possible to deploy outposts around planets you already control.
  • Added several new diplomatic issues.
  • Added the 'Expansion Request' event.
  • Added the 'Trade War' event.
  • Added the 'International Incident' event.
  • Added the 'Wreckage Analyzed' event.
  • Added the 'Technology Captured' event.
  • Reduced the research cost of 'Defense Grid'.
  • Increased many agreement influence costs.
  • Increased upkeep costs for mid/late game ship hulls.
  • Phidi no longer start without the 'Military Doctrine' technology.
  • Changed the hiring cost formula of mercenaries; in most cases this is an increase.
  • Decreased the spawn rates of mercenaries.
  • Increased the cost of the 'Artificial Organisms' tech.
  • Increased mid/late game strategic fleet speeds.
  • Upgrading tanks no longer increases their build or upkeep costs.
  • Increased the number of stars in 'small', 'normal', and 'huge' maps.
  • Citizens from allied factions will now sometimes offer to join your empire.
  • Allying with an alien faction now removes the "Alien Rulers" morale effect from colonists of their race in your empire.
  • Increased the research cost of 'Battle Mechs'.
  • Galactic council votes can now influence reputation.
  • 'Graviton Physics' and 'Advanced Field Theory' now grant increased tactical speed.
  • Increased mid/late game science boosts from experimenting on slaves.
  • Reduced the number of technologies offered by the Herald.
  • Updated mechanics for ancient data archives.
  • Tinkers AIs should now make use of Asteroid Outposts.
  • Changes to the random number generator used in planetary bombardment / invasions to improve the accuracy of the predicted outcome display.
  • 'Artificial Sentience' now provides +15 science on all worlds instead of +1 improvement slot.
  • 'Adaptive Energy Grid' now provides +10 labor on all worlds instead of +1 improvement slot.
  • 'Social Engineering' now unlocks a varying number of improvement slots depending on planet size.
AI Changes and Additions
  • Various tweaks to the Strategic AI. (Thanks to Harpy Eagle for his contributions.)
  • The AI's ship building strategies should now reflect its research strategies, and vice versa.
  • A variety of fixes and improvements in the AI's economic logic.
  • A variety of fixes and improvements in the tactical combat AI.
  • Significant changes to AI behaviors around starting and stopping wars.
  • The AI should now be less likely to spam colony ships.
  • Adjustments to the AI's handling of planet production changes.
  • The AI should now pursue more varied research paths.
  • The AI should now sometimes transfer population units between planets.
  • AI's will now be more likely to cooperate with allies.
  • AI's should now wait at least 15 turns between making peace and restarting a war.
  • AI's may now demand that you stop trading with their enemies.
  • AI's may now demand that you release their people from slavery.
  • AI's may now issue ultimatums before starting a war.
  • AI's may now insist that your fleets stay outside their territory.
  • AI's may now request to start joint wars against third parties.
  • AI's may now demand that you return control of colonies they have a historical claim to.
  • AI's may now object if you establish colonies/outposts in their territory.
  • AI's may demand control of splinter colonies founded by members of their own species.
  • AI's may offer gifts to friendly players.
  • Allies should now better cooperate when routing defensive fleets.
  • Tweaks to the logic governing AI tactical retreats.
  • Changes to the AIs "sue for peace" logic.
  • Changes to peace concessions.
  • Changes to formula used in resource request events.
UI Changes and Additions
  • Added a Victory screen that includes a Graphs screen.
  • Added an "Intelligence Briefing" option to the diplomacy screen which will display Graphs for known factions (hotkey Ctrl-G).
  • Added a Credits pane to the Main Menu.
  • Added various faction-specific weapon art assets.
  • Updated the layout scheme for population icons in the planet information screen.
  • Added a 'Max Pop' option to the list of sorting criteria in the Planetary Report
Fixes
  • Fix for a low level bug in the AI task dispatching logic.
  • Added debugger hooks for VS Code.
  • Fix for a bug involving intercepted AI transport fleets.
  • Fix for a bug involving AI City Planning.
  • Fix for a bug in the city planning food consumption logic.
  • Fix for a bug caused by absorbing an empire that contained outposts.
  • Fix for a star shader glitch affecting many cards using newer AMD drivers.
  • Attempted workaround for a bug affecting ship designer part placement.
  • Fix for a bug in the AIs handling of captured ships.
  • Fix for a bug in the war/peace logic.
  • Fix for a bug in the AI improvement selection logic.
  • Fix for a bug caused by reverse engineering captured Tinker technologies.
  • Fix for a bug involving ignored ship capture reports.
  • Transferring control of planets will now also transfer control of all orbiting stations.
  • Tinkers should no longer request food aid.
  • Fix for a bug caused when one AI empire absorbs another.
  • Fix for a bug in the "empire eliminated" report.
  • Transfers of planetary ownership should no longer leave invalid "encounter" reports on the starmap.
  • Fix for a bug caused when transports arrive at a planet that has changed allegiance.
  • Annexing a planet will now reduce its planetary defense level to match what is permitted by your technology.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

We hope you enjoy these changes. Until next time: good luck, Emperor!
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


I bid you a formal welcome, Captain.

Today's patch contains a number of updates and tweaks to the base game, adds a new strategic territory overlay, and new functionality for the Orthin capacitors. As always, your feedback and suggestions are important to us, so keep them coming!

Orthin Busbars and Shield Capacitors
As part of their mania for high energy physics, the deep-water dwelling Orthin have developed a unique high pressure metallurgy that allows for ultra high capacity energy transmission subsystems, enabling their vessels to mount unusually powerful beam weaponry. The elegant and elaborate cooling mechanism used by these high-pressure superconducting busbars takes up a significant amount of the ship's hull infrastructure, but also allows for the possibility of useful components being attached to this subsystem.

Each Orthin military hull of cruiser size and larger now has a single special “Busbar” hardpoint. The busbar can accept four different components, the latter two of which are new:
  • Blast Doors (Titanium Construction): increases armor
  • Shield Regenerator (Deflector Screens): increases shield regeneration rate
  • Shield Capacitor (Shield Capacitors): stores a portion of damage absorbed by shields for later offensive or defensive use
  • Power Converter (Zero-Point Energy): provides additional power
Shield Capacitors
The Shield Capacitor is the primary target for the busbar slot, and it provides additional tactical actions. Whenever a ship equipped with a Shield Capacitor takes shield damage, a portion of the energy is stored in the capacitor. This energy can be released at any time and used either to boost shields or overcharge weapons. The "SHIELD BOOST" and "OVERCHARGE" buttons in the tactical UI show the current charge of the capacitor. Clicking on either action will spend the current stored energy on the appropriate function. Once the capacitor is fully charged, no additional energy can be stored until the capacitor is discharged.
  • SHIELD BOOST: applies the stored energy to reinforce shields. Damaged shields are restored up to the reinforcement amount. Reinforcement over the normal maximum shield strength lasts until the next turn.
  • OVERCHARGE: diverts stored energy to the main weapons. Only affects direct fire weapons in the retractable forward hull slots and any siege hardpoints; does not affect missiles, fighters or point-defense weapons. The available energy is divided amongst the eligible weapon mounts.


Improved Outpost Transports
Outpost Transports can now be used to deploy a custom station equipped with any available station module (including a Space Habitat or Construction Module). Editing the Outpost Transport in the Ship Designer will now edit the payload station rather than the transport itself. For example, to create a deploy-able space habitat:
  • From the Ship Designer, select "New Design"
  • From the New Design list, select "Outpost Transport"
  • Add the appropriate components for your custom station
  • Type in a descriptive name (such as "Habitat") and save the design
Done! The "Habitat Transport" will now be available in your build menu, in addition to the existing Outpost Transport (or any other custom versions you design). Note: be sure to embark colonists aboard a Space Habitat station before leaving!

Already built Outpost Transports in older saves may not work, so you may need to scrap them and build new ones.



Patch Notes for 19 March 2018 (ver. 22090)

Gameplay Changes and Additions
  • Orthin 'Capacitor' hardpoints have been renamed as 'Busbar' hardpoints. The Orthin Dreadnaught now has only 1 Capacitor slot. (Old designs may need to be edited.)
  • Orthin ships equiped with Shield Capacitors now have access to the "Overcharge" and "Shield Boost" special abilities.
  • Orthin players can now unlock the 'Power Converter' busbar component after researching 'Zero-Point Energy'.
  • Colony ships can now colonize a planet if the colonists on board would be comfortable there, even if the owning faction's race would not.
  • Editing an outpost transport design now edits the design of the created outpost.
  • Outpost designs are no longer required to include a fuel depot.
  • Outpost designs that include Space Habitats can now embark colonists prior to deployment.
  • Outpost transports built in old saves will no longer function.
  • Colonists in deployed Space Habitats now consume food.
  • Viscid now have the 'vermin' trait, making them immune to starvation.
  • The 'Energy Refocusing' technology is being retired, and will not appear in new games.
  • Added the 'Supergrain Discovery' planetary event.
  • Reduced the frequency of some Star Harpy events.
  • The Phidi Torpedo destroyer, human Missile Cruiser, and human Battleship all now have 'Torpedo' rather than 'Missile' hardpoints.
  • It is now possible to place 'Blast Doors' and 'Scanners' in a Heavy hardpoint.
UI Changes and Additions
  • Added an empire territory overlay to the strategic map. It can be enabled or disabled with 'Show Empire Territory' in Options. The Empire Insignia displayed on the overlay can also be independently disabled.
  • Fleet destination lines can now be disabled with 'Show Fleet Route Lines' in Options.
  • Most options in the Map Settings screen now default to the values used in the most recent savegame.
  • Replaced the 'Pirate Activity' advanced setting with 'Raider Activity', which now also controls the level of Star Harpy activity.
  • A warning icon will now appear at systems blockaded by enemy ships.
  • In tactical combat, +healed numbers will now appear when ships regenerate shields or armor.
  • Clicking on a planet's special resource icon will now open the planet info entry for that resource.
  • Clicking on a fleet's empire icon will now start a conversation with that empire, if possible.
Fixes
  • Fix for a tech tree bug that could be triggered by reverse engineering Fusion Torpedoes while playing as Orthin or Gremak.
  • In the case that battle salvage unlocks techs that are impossible to research, the player will no longer receive a "tech unlocked" notification.
  • Fix for a bug that could be triggered when Vindicators retarget on a new ship.
  • Fix for a bug that was preventing the Shield Piercing abilities of the Force Lance from working as intended.
  • Removed redudant post-battle 'technology unlocked' notifications.
  • The components list should no longer show incorrect small craft graphics when designing planet defenses.
  • The 'hail fleet' option should no longer appear when an empire you are at war with attempts to colonize a planet.
  • It should no longer be possible for the food cost of City Planning to be negative.
  • Fix for a game state maintenance bug affecting battles in which the right-click inhibit weapon fire toggle had been used.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

Well then, we bid you farewell.
We hope to see you again
though with you sitting here, dead in space
vulnerable and alone
we won't hold our breath.

Good luck, Captain.
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


Greetings, galactic despots! We hope you've had a triumphant holiday campaign season. Today's patch includes some expanded functionality for the Legacies features, including some new weapons and technologies. Next we will be working on improving some of the base game systems, including AI, diplomacy, tactical UI and victory conditions. As always, your feedback and suggestions are important to us, so keep them coming!

Herald Reputation and Codexes
The Herald of the Arda Seed now tracks faction reputation with the player. Completing peaceful trades with the Herald will increase reputation over time, while destruction of Arda Seed units or intrusions into Hyperspace Anomalies will decrease reputation. The roster of items which the Herald will offer for sale is also now dependent on reputation; more advanced items will require higher reputation.

In addition to existing technologies, the Herald will also now sell Codexes for new technologies that are otherwise unobtainable. Once a Codex is obtained, the new unresearched technology will appear in your technology tree and will be available for research. New technology codexes that can be purchased from the Herald include:
  • 'Pulse Generators' allows the player to build a version of the Steward Electrocyte shield/weapon system.
  • 'Plasma Torpedoes' allows the player to build a torpedo version of the Protean.
  • 'Arda Thrust Vanes' increases the tactical speed of all vessels.
  • 'Arda Focusing Lens' unlocks a beam weapon modificiation that increases range.
  • 'Arda Puzzle Box' improves morale of all colonists.
  • 'Arda Persuasion Matrix' improves reputation with all foreign factions.
  • 'Arda Fabrication Techniques' increases the Labor output of Factories.
  • 'Core-Tap Mining' unlocks Tier 3 Mines.
  • 'Warp Node Attunement' allows Hyperspace Anomalies to improve your fleets' range as if they were your own bases.
  • 'Warp Node Dynamics' increases hyperspace speed and range.
  • 'Harpy Repellant' prevents Arda Seed units from automatically attacking your fleets in real space.
Some of these Codexes can also be looted from destroyed Arda Seed or Star Harpy units.



Patch Notes for 21 February 2018 (ver. 21910)

Changes and Additions
  • The Herald of the Arda Seed now tracks reputation with the player's faction, and available purchases are now dependent on reputation level.
  • Players may now purchase and discover Codexes, which unlock previously unavailable technologies for research.
  • The Tinkers' Bomber has been replaced by the Vindicator, which is an expendable multiple-warhead manned missile which can be launched from torpedo hardpoints as well as hangars.
  • Arda Seed Proteans will now use an offensive suicide attack after closing on enemy ships.
  • Added five new achievments related to the Legacies DLC.
  • The mining activity now provides +50% output per mine (up from +33%).
  • Earthquake random events are now limited to destroying at most 2 improvements.
  • Added the 'minerals discovery' random event.
  • Added the 'artifacts discovery' random event.
  • Increased Market Coin production from 4/7/12 to 5/10/15.
  • Increased second and third tier Factory Labor production.
  • Adjusted Dread Star production costs.
  • Added a 'hostile environment' upkeep cost for colonies in harsh environments. This new mechanic is suppressed in any game started prior to r21718 so that it will not affect existing saves.
  • AI empires should be less likely to choose to colonize hostile environment worlds.
  • Marauder factions should be less hostile to AI empires.
  • AI empires will now make use of outposts to extend range.
  • Increased the planetary bombardment power of carriers.
Fixes
  • Fix for a rare bug that could be triggered when Harpy fleets returned to their source HSA.
  • Losing a planet should now reliably resolve all pending construction complete warnings pertaining to that planet.
  • Fix for a bug caused by unresolved attacks against fleets belonging to a defeated empire.
  • Fixes for bugs that could be triggered by refitting ships while in the process of issuing a move order.
  • Fix for a production display bug affecting planets with space habitats.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

That is all for now!
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


Greetings, galactic despots! We hope you've had a triumphant holiday campaign season. Today's patch includes some expanded functionality for the Legacies features, including some new weapons and technologies. Next we will be working on improving some of the base game systems, including AI, diplomacy, tactical UI and victory conditions. As always, your feedback and suggestions are important to us, so keep them coming!

Herald Reputation and Codexes
The Herald of the Arda Seed now tracks faction reputation with the player. Completing peaceful trades with the Herald will increase reputation over time, while destruction of Arda Seed units or intrusions into Hyperspace Anomalies will decrease reputation. The roster of items which the Herald will offer for sale is also now dependent on reputation; more advanced items will require higher reputation.

In addition to existing technologies, the Herald will also now sell Codexes for new technologies that are otherwise unobtainable. Once a Codex is obtained, the new unresearched technology will appear in your technology tree and will be available for research. New technology codexes that can be purchased from the Herald include:
  • 'Pulse Generators' allows the player to build a version of the Steward Electrocyte shield/weapon system.
  • 'Plasma Torpedoes' allows the player to build a torpedo version of the Protean.
  • 'Arda Thrust Vanes' increases the tactical speed of all vessels.
  • 'Arda Focusing Lens' unlocks a beam weapon modificiation that increases range.
  • 'Arda Puzzle Box' improves morale of all colonists.
  • 'Arda Persuasion Matrix' improves reputation with all foreign factions.
  • 'Arda Fabrication Techniques' increases the Labor output of Factories.
  • 'Core-Tap Mining' unlocks Tier 3 Mines.
  • 'Warp Node Attunement' allows Hyperspace Anomalies to improve your fleets' range as if they were your own bases.
  • 'Warp Node Dynamics' increases hyperspace speed and range.
  • 'Harpy Repellant' prevents Arda Seed units from automatically attacking your fleets in real space.
Some of these Codexes can also be looted from destroyed Arda Seed or Star Harpy units.



Patch Notes for 21 February 2018 (ver. 21910)

Changes and Additions
  • The Herald of the Arda Seed now tracks reputation with the player's faction, and available purchases are now dependent on reputation level.
  • Players may now purchase and discover Codexes, which unlock previously unavailable technologies for research.
  • The Tinkers' Bomber has been replaced by the Vindicator, which is an expendable multiple-warhead manned missile which can be launched from torpedo hardpoints as well as hangars.
  • Arda Seed Proteans will now use an offensive suicide attack after closing on enemy ships.
  • Added five new achievments related to the Legacies DLC.
  • The mining activity now provides +50% output per mine (up from +33%).
  • Earthquake random events are now limited to destroying at most 2 improvements.
  • Added the 'minerals discovery' random event.
  • Added the 'artifacts discovery' random event.
  • Increased Market Coin production from 4/7/12 to 5/10/15.
  • Increased second and third tier Factory Labor production.
  • Adjusted Dread Star production costs.
  • Added a 'hostile environment' upkeep cost for colonies in harsh environments. This new mechanic is suppressed in any game started prior to r21718 so that it will not affect existing saves.
  • AI empires should be less likely to choose to colonize hostile environment worlds.
  • Marauder factions should be less hostile to AI empires.
  • AI empires will now make use of outposts to extend range.
  • Increased the planetary bombardment power of carriers.
Fixes
  • Fix for a rare bug that could be triggered when Harpy fleets returned to their source HSA.
  • Losing a planet should now reliably resolve all pending construction complete warnings pertaining to that planet.
  • Fix for a bug caused by unresolved attacks against fleets belonging to a defeated empire.
  • Fixes for bugs that could be triggered by refitting ships while in the process of issuing a move order.
  • Fix for a production display bug affecting planets with space habitats.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

That is all for now!
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


WE COME IN PEACE.

WE BRING GREETINGS FROM A FRIENDLY SPECIES.

DO NOT FEAR. WE SHALL NOT HARM YOU.

THIS IS PROBE 2418-B, ON A PEACEFUL MISSION.

WE ARE NON-HOSTILE AND SEEK TO ESTABLISH FRIENDLY RELATIONS.

WE WISH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU. PLEASE TRANSMIT DATA.

THIS PROBE IS NON-HOSTILE. DO NOT ATTACK.

WE COME IN PEACE.

Patch Notes for 15 December 2017 (ver. 21692)

Changes and Additions
  • Added new units for the Arda Seed: the Steward, Engineer, and Harpy Nest.
  • Arda Seed will now periodically reinforce, set up nests, and expand from systems they occupy.
  • Added autopsy reports for the Proteans and all the new Arda Seed units.
  • All Arda Seed units now have some inherent self-repair ability.
  • Updated railgun animation.
  • The Ashdar missile cruiser now has torpedo, rather than missile, hardpoints.
  • It is now possible to embark ground units to a Station equipped with assault shuttle bays.
Fixes
  • Building additional stations should no longer cause planets with Shipyards to lose their production discount.
  • Technologies gained from the Herald or a derelict colony should now be correctly removed from the research queue.
  • Fix for a bug that could prevent Star Harpy Autopsies from being awarded as intended.
  • Fix for a rare bug that could cause stations to attempt to attack themselves.
  • Missile hardpoints can no longer mount torpedoes.
  • Fixes for some sound and animation glitches affecting the Herald and Mediator ships.
  • Stations captured in tactical combat will now be destroyed at the end of the turn unless the planet they orbit is also captured.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

THIS PROBE IS PROGRAMMED TO DEFEND AGAINST HOSTILE BEHAVIOR.

SURVIVAL SUB-SYSTEM ACTIVATED. WEAPONS ENGAGED.

ENACTING THIRD LAW.

DEFENSE SYSTEM HAS BEEN ENGAGED. HOSTILITIES COMMENCE.
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


THIS IS A SYSTEM MESSAGE FROM THE SHIP'S COMPUTER TRANSLATION SUBSYSTEM: INCOMING MESSAGE EXTREMELY UNUSUAL IN COMPOSITION. TRANSLATION INCLUDES MANY LINGUAL ANOMALIES. OVERALL ACCURACY OF TRANSLATION IS: UNKNOWN. MESSAGE BEGINS:

With new *expansion* comes new *bugs*, which makes us *frumple*. And so we offer *fixes* in this *patch*, and some new *juice*. If you are *campers* you will enjoy *the change*, but maybe not yet. We are *friends* now. Never be afraid to *open* enough and *spread the wax*. Let's *spitting* the fun words for several *pieces* and then surprising things!!!

Patch Notes for 27 October 2017 (ver. 21606)

Changes and Additions
  • Added new tactical background art for battles at Hyperspace Anomalies.
  • Added the "Herald" battlecruiser-class unit for the Arda Seed. The Herald will now use this instead of a Mediator.
  • Changed the behavior of Star Harpy swarm events: swarms are reduced on Easy difficulty, and Harpies will not attack planets.
  • Added several new Arda Seed-specific ship components.
  • Updated background art for the Tinkers leaders.
  • Bombers and Strike Fighters now carry regular missiles instead of torpedoes.
  • When scrapping a factory on a colony that has both factories and machine altars, factories are always scrapped before machine altars.
  • Mobile Bases and Asteroid Outposts now have specific description text.
Fixes
  • Fix for an error affecting certain Intel Iris graphics drivers.
  • Fix for a rare bug that could be triggered by rendering certain text strings (Juggernaut bug).
  • Fix for a display bug in the planet production info panes.
  • Fix for a layout problem in the planet production info panes; long colonist names should no longer overlap resource yields.
  • Fix for a bug that was preventing declaration of war notifications from appearing.
  • Fixes for some in game text errors (missing tooltips, etc.).
  • Fix for a bug that could be caused by allying with a player with access to hyperspace anomalies.
  • Fix for a bug that could be caused by opening the fleet list pane while at a hyperspace anomaly.
  • Fixed the on-click behaviors of the small icons in the agreement dialog panes.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs, and here to view the development roadmap post.)

There is *juice squeezing* and then we are not so *frumple*. These are *fat* words. Do you want to play this some more?

MESSAGE ENDS.
Stars in Shadow - [ICE] Surtur


PLAY AS MEGA-MACHINE WORSHIPPING CYBORGS, IN STARS IN SHADOW: LEGACIES DLC, OUT TODAY

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Ashdar Games announce that Legacies, the first expansion for turn-based 4X strategy game Stars in Shadow, is available for purchase today through Steam, GOG and all major digital retailers at an SRP of $4.99. To celebrate the launch of Legacies, Stars in Shadow is currently on a weeklong 40% discount on Steam.

Legacies adds one new minor faction and one new playable faction, the cyborg Tinkers who excel in production. They worship Dzibix, an ancient mega-machine that covers the whole surface of their arid home world of the same name. The Arda Seed are a minor faction who utilize hyperspace lanes, causing hyperspace anomaly locations to pop up in the galaxy. Legacies is the first DLC to explore the causes behind the collapse of the Golden Age and subsequent Great War, Stars in Shadow’s biggest mystery.

These new gameplay features are highlighted in the video on the Legacies product page

Legacies DLC Features
  • New playable faction: Tinkers
  • New population type: cyborgs
  • New planetary special: Planetary Debris Rings and Asteroid Bases
  • Space Habitats and Re-deployable Mobile Stations
  • New minor faction: Arda Seed
  • New “Hyperspace Anomaly” locations
  • Technology Boosts and Researchable Artifacts
  • Herald encounters
  • New technologies, weapons and encounters
Stars in Shadow - Arioch


Do not be alarmed, leader of Humanity. This herald arrives on a mission without violence. Human vessels now delve deeper into hyperspace than ever before. The symmetry is disturbed. It is at this time that we who dwell in hyperspace must come to the surface and impart, and convey… and perhaps interact.

The Stars in Shadow: LEGACIES DLC is available today, and accompanying it is a patch to the base game with a number of new features and changes. For more details about the LEGACIES DLC additions, see below the patch notes.

We are always eager to listen to your feedback and suggestions, so don't hesitate to share your thoughts with us.

Patch Notes for 19 October 2017 (ver. 21569)

Changes & Additions
  • The Tinkers faction has been added to the game, and is available as an opponent faction. The Legacies DLC is required to play as the Tinkers.
  • Hyperspace Anomalies have been added to the map; they are hidden until revealed by the appropriate technology. Beware: they are a source of strange alien activity!
  • Upon researching the Hyperspace Anomalies technology, those with the Legacies DLC will have an opportunity to interact with a mysterious alien entity known as "The Herald."
  • The Space Habitat is a new station component unlocked by a new technology of the same name. Each Space Habitat can house one unit of population, effectively increasing the maximum population of the colony by 1. A station or outpost with a Space Habitat in orbit around an unclaimed planet will give the owning player control of that planet as if it were a colony.
  • A few planets now have the Debris Ring special. This allows the construction of Asteroid Stations (with the appropriate technology), which are cheaper and better protected than normal Space Stations.
  • Huge maps now default to 8 players (up from 7).
  • Planet spawn rates have been altered -- small/fringe worlds of all types are now less common.
  • Tiny planets will now spawn in new maps -- tiny planets cannot be colonized.
  • Ships with functioning Autorepair or Tinkers Forge systems will automatically be fully repaired at the end of combat.
  • Outposts can now provide repair and refit facilities to visiting fleets if equipped with a Construction Module.
Fixes
  • Fix for a bug in the in-game docs for planet food production.
  • Fix for a bug that could be triggered by trying to delete a game when the sound effect volume was set to 0.
  • Fix for a bug that was causing the AI to inappropriately favor shipyards over armed stations.
  • Fix for a bug that was allowing outposts without fuel depots to serve as fuel bases.
  • Successfully rebellions will now destroy all orbital infrastructure.
  • Double-clicking on a save in the Load pane will now load the selected game.
  • Fix for a bug in the Tinkers' mercenary exchange.
  • Reduced the number of Marauder companies generated in new maps.
  • Workaround for a tech-line rendering bug present on older Intel laptops.
  • Fix for a bug that could occur when negotiating to end a war with Marauders.
  • The long range weapon mod now correctly increases range to 150%, as per it's description.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs.)

Stars in Shadow: LEGACIES DLC
The Legacies DLC is also available today. It includes a new playable faction (The Tinkers), a new minor faction (The Arda Seed), and a number of new related features.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/698280/Stars_in_Shadow_Legacies/

New Playable Faction: Tinkers
The Tinkers are a cyborg civilization dedicated to the service of a machine god. Tinkers prefer arid climates and require little food, but reproduce slowly unless they spend metal to manufacture new population. Tinkers vessels have a built-in Forge system, which both repairs the ship during combat and replaces expended ammunition and small craft.

Harmonized Populations
Tinkers are Harmonized, meaning they are connected to a collective, a network of minds. As long as they have access to this connection (provided by the Machine Altar, a Factory variant), Harmonized colonists are immune to morale effects and experience improved productivity. Alien colonist can also be Harmonized, but beware: if the connection to the collective is broken, the realization of what has happened to their bodies may be... disconcerting to them.

Planetary Debris Rings and Asteroid Bases
The Tinkers homeworld has a new planetary special: Debris Ring. Planets with this special can construct Asteroid Stations, which are special versions of stations that have built-in extra armor systems (Chondrite Armor) and which have reduced costs to build, since they utilize existing natural structures.

Re-deployable Mobile Stations
Tinkers can un-deploy stations/outposts and move them, to re-deploy at a new planet. This also applies to their asteroid stations. Moving outposts to extend ship range can be useful for early exploration, and mobile stations equipped with the new Space Habitats can claim neutral planets for the Tinkers' empire, even if they do not currently possess the environmental technology to put boots on the ground.



New Minor Faction: Arda Seed
The Arda Seed are hyperspace-dwelling biomechanical automatons who repair and maintain the infrastructure of the ancient warp lanes created by the mythical Arda, and who can be hostile to anyone who attempts to interfere with their work. However, there is a strange entity calling itself "The Herald" that appears to speak on behalf of this mysterious faction.

New “Hyperspace Anomaly” locations
A Hyperspace Anomaly is a bubble of real space-time trapped in hyperspace. Ships can travel to and from the Hyperspace Anomaly as if it were a star system, if the owning faction has the proper sensor technologies; otherwise, they are invisible on the map. Hyperspace anomalies and the Warp Nodes they contain are fiercely guarded by the forces of the Arda Seed.

Herald Encounters
Although most of the Arda Seed units are mindless automatons, there is an intelligence of sorts at work behind them. Players will be able to encounter and negotiate with “The Herald,” a virtual entity who speaks on behalf of the Seed and who will trade information for the resources which they need to conduct their activities.

Technology Boosts
Codices are tradeable items which provide a tech boost for a specific technology, or unlock new technologies. They can be looted from derelicts or purchased from the Herald.



That's all for now! I will update the roadmap soon to let you know what we plan to do next.

This herald now withdraws. Do not descend deeper into hyperspace than your surface kind is meant to dive. Do not defile the anomalies within the great dark. Leave their warp nodes undisturbed. Observe these warnings, and we may interact amicably and productively, another time.
Stars in Shadow - [ICE] Surtur


We are glad to finally announce the release date of Stars in Shadow Legacies! This first expansion for Stars in Shadow will release October 19 through Steam.

In Legacies, players step into the shoes of the cyborg mechanic race, the Tinkers. The Tinkers worship Dzibix, an ancient mega-machine that covers the whole surface of their home planet. Dzibix now demands that the Tinkers expand beyond their own borders.

The Tinkers are the first new faction introduced since the game’s release, bringing the total of playable factions to eight. They are the first mechanic race to be introduced, with many new features. The cyborgs have their own planetary special: planetary debris rings and asteroid bases. They are also able to build space habitats and re-deployable mobile stations.

Tinkers ships have increased armor, self-repair capability, and special systems for handling missiles and fighters. In battle, players can launch Tinkers fighters from torpedo tubes. Their exquisite crafting skills make it possible for Tinkers lost in battle to immediately be replaced while in combat.



Legacies also introduces a new minor faction, the Arda Seed. They have restored the hyperspace lanes, which collapsed after the Great War. The Arda Seed and their faster-than-light travel abilities are the next step in uncovering the mystery that fuels Stars in Shadow: what caused the Great War?



Legacies Features

• New playable faction: Tinkers
o New population type: cyborgs
o New planetary special: Planetary Debris Rings and Asteroid Bases
o Space Habitats and Re-deployable Mobile Stations

• New minor faction: Arda Seed
o New “Hyperspace Anomaly” locations
o Technology Boosts and Researchable Artifacts
o Herald encounters

• New technologies, weapons and encounters

http://store.steampowered.com/app/698280/Stars_in_Shadow_Legacies/
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