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Star Hammer is Released!

Star Hammer is Released!

Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is now available on PC and Mac! 

Developer Black Lab Games focused on designing a unique sci-fi game with deep tactical mechanisms. Thanks to the simultaneous turn-based approach, not only do players have the time to think about their next moves, primary targets, and fleet positioning on the battlefield, but they also have the excitement to see the result of their choices during intense real-time sequences.

Human and Nautilid factions have very different assetsand superior firepower will not be enough to seize decisive victory when the enemy benefits from more units and better positions. So daredevil commanders will have to keep a cool head if they want to see the end of the war…

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Pandora: First Contact Patch 1.6.0 is out!

Pandora: First Contact Patch 1.6.0 is out!

Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Pandora: First Contact has been updated to Version 1.6.0!

This large free update tremendously improves the AI, overhauls espionage and rebalances diplomacy. Thanks go to community member Alexander Stumpp's hard work for making it possible. The update also adds the long-awaited French translation, thanks to Steve Torres.The AI will now play a lot more like the best human players play the game: expand slower, dynamically improve tiles, adjust the tax-rate, handle resource emergency situations, prioritize refitting, perform flanking and out-of-sight maneuvers, build more diverse units, effectively use artillery and much more.

To address the repetitive nature of the espionage mechanic, success chance for missions can no longer reach 100% and agents can now lose health even if they complete a mission successfully. To combat exploitative behavior when factions have cities close to eachother, agents now lose all their movement points when entering another faction's territory.

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How15 - The Price is Right?

Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

There are always discussions going on about this topic. Every single release has its own thread on how expensive the game is, how it should be sold at a lower price to attract a wider audience, how a good discount would sell more copies, all the way to very strong opinions about how our business should be run. 
 
It is definitely something that players are very sensitive about and of course not only in games. You can buy Vietnam '65 for the price of two beers in a decent pub and Order of Battle: Pacific for less then a dinner for two. Still, there is someone saying prices are too expensive, or various other arguments and they all sound prefectly reasonable and valid. 
What is also interesting is the perception of prices out there. Matrix Games and Slitherine are perceived as companies that never discount games, despite a total of over 500 temporary price reductions per year, including a 7 weeks long Holiday Sale at Christmas time, an Easter sale including all releases and a massive number of other rebates. 
 

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Vietnam 65 Napalm Version 1.11 Update!

Vietnam 65 Napalm Version 1.11 Update!

Posted: Monday, June 01, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

We were succeeding. When you looked at specifics, this became a war of attrition. We were winning.” (William Westmoreland – Chief of Staff of the US Army from 1968 to 1972)

Vietnam ’65 has been updated to what we could call “the Napalm Upgrade”!

Releasing today on both iPad and PC, this new version of the game introduces major changes that not only affect the gameplay but also the overall replay value and immersion level! A custom game mode with 10 variables to tweak, combat modifiers, fog of war, zones of control mechanics, village and unit names, weather, hex overlays on maps, and many other new features come together for a completely overhauled Vietnam experience!

Download the patch from here

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Star Hammer Human Vessels Preview!

Star Hammer Human Vessels Preview!

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

It’s time to see what the Naval Strike Group 7 has in store to face the Nautilid threat!

All of the human military spacecrafts have shields on 6 different segments that receive individual damage. Also there is a specific setup for every single alien unit. As a consequence, attacking from top rear or left front, for instance, will have totally different results depending on the target and weapons selected.

Be sure to the check the videos on our YouTube Channel!

Stay tuned! Space is vast, but it is not empty. Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is going to fill it with plenty of capital ships and aggressive aliens next week, on June 4th.

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HoW15 - Why is this game about World War 2, again?

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Eastern Front is out fashion, they say. Ardennes are trendier these days. Pacific has been ignored for far too long and North Africa campaigns are not too popular, Husky is not doing too well and so it goes. But why are we always talking about World War 2, in the end? 
 
There are interesting studies about this, that range from psychology to actual gameplay and customers behaviour analysis. One goes, for instance, that World War 2 allows a natural progression for players, from invasion of Poland to harder fought Operation Barbarossa, to get into gameplay mechanics gradually, in a historically accurate setting. 
 
Reality is that World War 2 as a topic sells games. Or gives more chances for games to succeed in the market, at least. According to data we have on hand, which take into account over fifteen years of history, the only setting that's able to compete with World War 2 is Sci-Fi. So scienc

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HoW15 - Does complexity define wargames?

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

What defines complexity, after all? Does a game for experts need to be hard to play? Over the years there has definitely been a race to add more details to the games. Abstraction has become an design target few wargames developers are willing to pursue, because it breaks the rule of historical accuracy, but is the real thing fun to play? 

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Scourge of War: Waterloo Diaries Part 2

Scourge of War: Waterloo Diaries Part 2

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

The second part of the Scourge of War: Waterloo Diaries is now online on our YouTube Channel! Surtur is back with an interesting focus on one of the most important features in the game: the Chain of Command.

In Scourge of War: Waterloo battles can be fought from several perspectives depending on your position in the military hierarchy.

As in the previous video, this is in-game footage, without any post-editing!

Stay tuned for further videos!

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Revolution Under Siege Gold announced!

Revolution Under Siege Gold announced!

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

“An ally has to be watched just like an enemy” - Leon Trotsky

At arms Comrades!

Five years has passed from the initial release of Revolution Under Siege, the simultaneous turn based historical wargame set during the postwar struggles in the eastern Europe, but we had never rest!

Revolution Under Siege GOLD is a project of SEP REDS aided by volunteers from all over the world, all dedicated fans and contributors of the historical strategy games from AGEod!

This new edition contains a myriad of new options and game mechanisms to immerse you even more in the Russian Civil War; dozens of big fixes and game balance additions, as well as hundreds of minor improvements based on the last 4 years of players experience and feedback, and more!

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Warhammer 40.000: Armageddon  Collector's Edition

Warhammer 40.000: Armageddon Collector's Edition

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Armageddon’s battlefields will tremble with this Collector’s Edition!

You asked for salvation and the Salamanders came from the sky! You asked for vengeance and the Blood Angels heard your call! You asked for glory and the Ultramarines raised their flags with you!

Now the fate of Armageddon lies in your hands!

This ultimate edition contains

 

• all the DLC Scenarios (Untold Battle, Vulcan’s Wrath, Angels of Death, Glory of Macragge)

• a digital version of the game soundtrack, featuring over 10 tracks;

• 4 folded posters (2 double sided) detailing all units present in the game, including Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard), Salamanders, Blood Angels and Ultramarines.

• Full colour printed manual.

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Star Hammer Nautilid Preview

Star Hammer Nautilid Preview

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

The Nautilid constitute a dangerous threat for Mankind, but are still a mysterious one. No one really knows about their weapons or what kind of adaptation deep space has forced them to evolve.

But the Intelligence has collected some data about two classes of them and today they are ready to share them with you!

The Disruptor and the Sprayer can be very deadly and full of trickery so be careful!

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Scourge of War - The Waterloo Diaries Video Part 1

Scourge of War - The Waterloo Diaries Video Part 1

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

From its announce on, Scourge of War: Waterloo – the upcoming title on the Scourge of War series - has reached a high level of attention by the wargamer community with a lot of questions about its features and gameplay. Now, it's our great pleasure to satisfy your curiosity!

We have just released on our Youtube Channel the first chapter of the "Waterloo Diaries", featuring the producer of Scourge of War: Waterloo whom is going to share some key elements about the game (scope, main features, mechanics).

This is an in-game footage, without any post-editing!

We will publish more videos until the release date in order to give you the best coverage of the game, stay tuned!

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Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon  Glory of Macragge DLC is out!

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon Glory of Macragge DLC is out!

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Today will be a bloody day for the Ultramarines, because these highly disciplined and courageous warriors finally will have their hour of glory with the release of an expansion focused on their contribution during the Second War of Armageddon!

In Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon – Glory of Macragge, you can lead the glorious Ultramarines in a brand new campaign that features 11 challenging scenarios, organized in 3 different Acts. The sons of Macragge who fight in the manner prescribed in the holy pages of the Codex Astartes are known to be versatile and able to master any style of warfare.

With such powerful reinforcements on Armageddon, the Orks had better watch out!

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Home of Wargamers 2015 Ask us anything!

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Just over one month to the opening of this year’s Home of Wargamers event and we need your contribution!

As you know, #HoW15 is all about the future of wargames. 30 developers will be meeting in CastelBrando to debate the market, exchange views and put their heads together to make the best games you could possibly play in the future.

What is it that you really want to see? What would you ask to Matrix Games, Slitherine and their development partners?

This is your chance to have all your questions answered, live! You can ask your questions by sending us an email to how15@slitherine.co.uk, posting on the forum or tweeting #HoW15 @MatrixGamesLtd.

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Distant Worlds: Universe Version 1.9.5.12 is out!

Distant Worlds: Universe Version 1.9.5.12 is out!

Posted: Monday, May 18, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

“Humanity has the stars in its future”– Isaac Asimov

A major new update is available for the critically acclaimed 4x space strategy game Distant Worlds: Universe, bringing the game to version 1.9.5.12 with many improvements, changes and bug fixes! For example, major improvements to the private sector freighter system, AI improvements, fixes to achievements that were not being retained, and bases will now launch fighters at attackers even when they have no other weapons!

But the list is very long, so be sure to check the whole changelog here

You can download the patch from here

Distant Worlds is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.  

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Home of Wargamers 2015 Be part of it!

Posted: Monday, May 18, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

This year’s Home of Wargamers (#HoW15) is approaching.

The dates are now officially fixed for June 23rd to June 25th and the event is being held at Vittorio Veneto, CastelBrando, a town full of heritage and history between Venezia and Treviso.

The first and most important news is that this year’s event will be solely open to our development partners: we have decided to organize a developer’s conference, rather than a press conference, so that we could really focus on the future of wargaming and strategy gaming.

We will have keynote speeches to talk about game engines, business cases, game play issues, sales channels, price positioning and many other topics to create a true debate about where the wargaming and strategy gaming markets are going, and what we should all do to drive change.

You, as players, are all invited and you will have a chance to take part to the event through live streams, ask anything on Twitter and through the forums. So stay tuned and watch out for further information!

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Order of Battle Pacific is Updated to Version 1.6.7!

Order of Battle Pacific is Updated to Version 1.6.7!

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Good news!

Order of Batte has been Updated to Version 1.6.7!

This Patch brings many changes, improvements and bug fixes. The most important are two new maps added to play in coop (vAI) and “Scenario restart” now correctly resets campaign events!

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Tigers on the Hunt needs true wargamers for beta!

Tigers on the Hunt needs true wargamers for beta!

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

"The prerequisite for bravery is fear” (Otto Carius, “Tigers in the Mud”)

A new project is awaiting for your help, the strongest and toughest wargamers! If you are searching a real tactical challenge, then Tigers on the Hunt is what you were looking for!

From the product page: Tigers on the Hunt creates a truly immersive in-depth tactical simulation.  The game boasts a ferocious and adaptive AI which will dynamically respond to a player’s manoeuvres. Players can enjoy massive battles across up to 12 connected geomorphic maps with over 200 Infantry units, 100 Support Weapons, 100 Ordnance pieces and 50 Vehicles per side!

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Distant Worlds: Return of Shakturi and Shadows Updated!

Distant Worlds: Return of Shakturi and Shadows Updated!

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Rulers of the Universe (or aspiring candidates), there is important news coming from the emptiness of Space!
 
Distant Worlds: Return of Shakturi and Shadows have been updated to versions 1.5.0.12 and 1.9.0.14 respectively! 
 
The new version of Return of Shakturi fixes a couple of critical issues for the German release while for Shadows substantial changes are taken directly from DW: Universe such as improvements to AI and game logic, especially pirates and freighters!
 
This is a fantastic final update for Shadows before we celebrate the Universe Anniversary (yes guys, it is already a year!)
 
Be sure to check the changelog here

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Battle of the Bulge (Mac) and Order of Battle: Pacific (Mac) are ready for Beta!

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Daniele Meneghini

Soldiers of all fronts!

Your help is urgently needed! Two great games are set go to Beta and many platforms are involved!

Two years on from its release on iPad, Battle of the Bulge is eager to reach further peaks and thanks to the hard work of the developers the game is now ready to enter the beta phase for Mac! We wish to ask players to join the Beta and to help us to make the game even better than before!

What's more, the iPad version of the game has been extensively rewritten and you have the chance to test it and to give us feedback!

Click here sign for the beta!

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