Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Star Traders 2 Update and 50% off Games for Backers

Dear Captain-Backers,

It’s Cory here, and we’ve got a few things to share. We are in the final days of the Star Traders 2 Kickstarter, and it has been a wild ride. So hold on, everyone … this landing could get interesting.

In today’s update we got a few things to ask, and a few things to offer. We’ll start with the asking.

If you are the sort that uses the Facebook or Twitter, click these link and help us promote our announcement posts:
While you’re here on the project page, press the Share and Retweet buttons to get the word out. Every Share puts us one step closer to the next Social Reward, print-it-yourself digital propaganda posters for the backer-elected Factions.

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Now for the good part, our offers -- negotiating and such not. As you may know, we've got some other games you can play on your PC or Mac and we’re offering a 50% off, Kickstarter-exclusive deal. This type of deal normally comes up once a year in Steam Summer Sale and now, for the rest of the project, it is here on KickStarter.

These games usually run in the $10 to $12 range and you, our honored backers, can get them for just $5. This offer is good on Heroes of Steel RPG and Star Traders 4X, PC and Mac. We will honor these purchases with a Steam Key and a Desura key so you can play on either gaming network.

If you wish to add one or both games, increase your pledge by the corresponding amount above the reward you have selected. For example, if you wish to get a copy of Star Traders 4X Empires ($5) and get the $10 Reward for Star Traders 2, then you would increase your pledge to $15 in total and leave your selection at the $10 reward tier. As a second example, if you were already pledging at the $100 reward, you could raise your pledge to $110 and the leave your reward selection at $100 to get both games.

As soon as the project funds, we’ll reach out to you and arrange the game (Heroes, 4X Empires) and gaming network (Steam, Desura) you’d like and send you your keys.

If you have any questions about the add-on setup, please leave a comment or send me a message. We are in the final days and under $2,000 in final funding to cross the line. Thank you all for your support, increases, and constant encouragement. Together, Captains, let’s bring this ship down safely.

Our deepest gratitude,

Andrew and Cory Trese

Trese Brothers - Two Brothers on a Mission

Monday, September 29, 2014

Star Traders 2 -- A Million Maps Await

We are in the final days of the Star Traders 2 KickStarter. We want to thank you again for your amazing support, for raising your pledges, and for driving us every day closer and closer to the goal. Death before dishonor, Templar -- let’s fund this project!  

Star Traders 2 is built around a procedurally generated galactic map that will change during the game. Where previous titles focused on isolated worlds and quadrants where territorial ownership had stagnated, Star Traders 2 is set in a rapidly expanding universe with numerous Factions contesting control of individual systems and whole quadrants. The reunification of the scattered quadrants has triggered a tsunami of change and the washed away old power structures and agreements. A new frontier awaits, just beyond the next hyperwarp gate -- and every Faction with Credits to employ a Star Trader wants a piece of it.

Space travel before the discovery of the hyperwarp gate network was dangerous and slow. No Captain would have risked travel between quadrants which required drifting in deep space for years, far beyond the range of the solar winds capable of powering a ship's sails.

The gates changed everything. The vast hyperwarp network stretches across the galaxy like the strands of an ancient spiderweb waiting to be explored. Built in the distant past by a long-gone race of beings known only as the Alfan, many of the gates are open and working while others are damaged or broken. With its creators extinct, only the existing network of gates can be utilized, the technology or power to repair or expand the network is lost.

Each game in Star Traders 2 will feature a unique, procedurally generated network of hyperwarp gate for your Captain to explore. When you create a new Captain, you’ll have the option to use one of the classic maps provided with the game, to pick an existing map from another one of your Captains, or generate a brand new map. This setup will allow you to replay your favorite maps or try a new experience with every Captain.

Star Traders 2 will blend hand-crafted maps and procedural content. Therefore the Quadrant known as the Rinze Arm will appear in each game. While the Rinze Arm may feature similar planets and resources, the hyperwarp gates that allow access to it will be different, as will the Factions that struggle for control over it and the key political players within its boundaries. In every game, the Rinze Arm will be a new instance of itself, and a new horizon for a Captain to experience.

The hyperwarp gates that are used by most Captains are located far outside of a system’s gravity wells, at the very edge of deep space, beyond the pull of the stars and planets of a quadrant. These distant gates are used because activating a Gate Drive within a gravity field is very dangerous and can result in catastrophic damage to the drive or the ship. This also makes Gates notoriously difficult to locate, and Captains that have skills locating them can reap tremendous profits.

From within a hyperwarp gate, the traveling period appears to be instantaneous to an observer on the inside. In standard time as recorded by those outside the gates, travel along different hyperwarp routes requires different amounts of time -- some routes take only hours, others take weeks. This can be a mixed blessing for Captains who crisscross the galaxy via hyperwarp gates -- political shifts, changing allegiances and news that travels slowly across the galaxy can all complicate the life of a spacing crew.

The endless Quadrants of Star Traders 2 await you Captain!  Let's get this project funded!

Star Traders 2 is our dream for an open-universe space RPG in which you command your ship, hand-pick your crew, and roam freely through a complex, changing universe with freedom of choice in your goals, morality, and career. We'll be building on the tradition of the original ST RPG and expanding the game in both depth and breadth.

Thank you for your support!

  • If we don't get to 100%, you will not be charged and you get your $10 back
  • By backing the project, you or a name/memoriam/nickname you choose will be listed prominently in the game's credits
  • You'll get to name a character in the game, if you want to

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Final Pledge Match Drive for KickStarter

Dear Captains, Fans and Backers,

As we close in on the final week of our KickStarter, we are honored to announce the final Pledge Match Drive, hosted by the Lord Gansai, one of the fabled Storm Brothers from Heroes of Steel RPG. A long-time friend and repeat backer, Lord Gansai has offered match up to $2,000 in pledges added by the community.

If you have not joined the Star Traders 2 RPG project, now is the moment. Join in for just $10, and Lord Gansai will increase his pledge by $10. Raise your pledge by $5 and he will raise his pledge by $5. The mighty Storm Brother will increase his pledge to match the community as we reach the $500, $1,000, $1,500 and final $2,000 matching milestones. Back us now and every dollar you add to the KickStarter will be magically doubled.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Star Traders 4X Empires - Wallpaper Download

I am excited to share the recently minted Star Traders 4X Empires wallpapers! Download them at your favorite resolution! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Staff Pick for Star Traders 2

Tonight, we are excited to share that we've scored a Staff Pick on KickStarter for Star Traders 2 RPG.  It's a great honor to have our project, created by two brothers and fueled by an amazing community, picked out from among over 500 game projects currently running.

We'd like to thank our amazing fans for giving the project so much energy and drive that it could not be ignored!  Let's make Star Traders 2 RPG a success together!  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Profession Competition

The Faction competition was so much fun, that we've decided to open a second friendly competition -- this time all about your favorite profession! As a Captain and a backer, you’ll help us highlight the most popular and most beloved professions. There are bonuses at stake for the professions in Star Trader RPG, so get to your voting booth as fast as possible and make your allegiances known!


Any profession that receives at least 15 votes will gain a minor bonus in Star Traders RPG. With so many professions to choose from, getting 15 votes will not be easy! The profession who receives the highest number of votes will be crowned the winner and will receive a major bonus in Star Traders RPG.

Voting will close promptly at midnight EST on Monday, September 22 - so we have a solid weekend of voting ahead of us! To vote, add a new comment to the KickStarter page that nominates your profession of choice. Use the simple format:

Profession Vote: Bounty Hunter

A few quick notes:

  • Only backers of the project are able to vote and you can only vote once.
  • The valid voting options are: Star Trader, Merchant, Smuggler, Pirate, Bounty Hunter, Military Officer, Explorer, Captain, Zealot, Spy
  • Tell us why you love your profession in your comments! Tell us what you think your profession’s bonus should be!


If you aren't a backer for the Star Traders 2 KickStarter, just pledge $1!!! Every backer we add to the project increases our chance of getting noticed by KickStarter and in the news. Please help us by pledging $1 and voting for your favorite Profession!