Sunday, February 27, 2011

Secrets of Steel - Monster Variety in Tactical RPGs

In all RPGs, enemy and monster variety is critical to making battles challenging and exciting. The monsters should both help to define the feel of regions or areas, encapsulate the specific challenges of a set of quests, and present new and changing abilities that force the group to re-evaluate their tactics.

Tactics is a pretty key word there. In a tactical RPG, like Secrets of Steel, new enemies will bring new and changing abilities to the table throughout a game, forcing the player to adapt his strategies. At the same time, as the characters advance, they too gain new and exciting abilities, which can help change up the tactical landscape. For RPGs, and especially tactical RPGs, this changing landscape of abilities, enemies, and challenges (as well as a healthy variance in the battle types) keeps the game exciting and engaging. Suggestions or comments always welcome!

[Herein lines a sample of some of the recent draft work for Secrets of Steel enemies. As you can see, the variety ranges from mundane animals to mythical spirits and beasts to swashbuckling ruffians. As with other monster collages, I will re-post this as it moves along in the work flow ]

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Star Traders RPG v3.4.7 Released

New Star Traders RPG release has been uploaded to the Android Market:

You can see our new icon now. This release includes the following changes:

  • Fixes Button Appearance (White Text) Issue on some phones
  • Fixed Main Menu Crash
  • Reduced Memory Use in Main Menu
  • Landscape Display Fixes for Image Buttons
  • "Buy Rumor" button now Free with Spy Officer

Friday, February 18, 2011

Star Traders RPG v3.4.6 Released

The newest release of our Android game Star Traders RPG has been released to the Market!

  • Grammar Fixes from Captain Stu
  • Buy Rumor Button for Spice Hall
  • Buy Rumor Button for Palace
  • Fix Reputation & Rank vs. Pirate Ships
  • New Spy Officer
  • 2 New Ship Icons
  • 16 New Ships Designs
  • New Main Menu / Buttons
  • Table Display Fixes
  • Fixed Level 50 Award
  • Improved Smuggler Combat AI
  • New Android Market and Google TV Icons
  • Improved Main Menu Visual
  • Customized Android Button Theme
  • New Fixed Display for LDPI Devices (Intercept's WVGA)

New Star Traders RPG Market Icon

Everyone loves icons so we updated our Star Traders RPG Android Market Icon.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Star Traders - Officers Ahoy!

Here is a sneak preview of some upcoming officers--the spy and a hardened veteran of an alien incursion. There are more to come! Who are your favorite officers? Who else should you be able to find and recruit across the Quadrant, and what special bonuses, powers, or (my favorite) disadvantages do you crave?]

As a player, officers in Star Traders are one of my favorite parts of the game. They are keep to helping me define and imagine my captain. Is Captain "Big Hands Regal" the type of pirate who keeps a beautiful political officer and a handy mechanic around to keep him out of trouble, and to keep his pile of space-hunk moving through the Quadrant, or is he a Captain who never leaves a planet's atmosphere without his deadly, trusted, and veteran military office at his side?

I find it to be defining because each officer comes with his or her own bonuses and issues. One issue is that I can only have three officers on my ship at a given time, and they all take their own cut of my profits. I want the smuggler, but I need the mechanic. If I lose the first mate, my crew starts getting grouchy. When I trade the first mate out for another leader, I always make sure to start stashing a lot of luxury rations around the place, just to make sure everyone keeps there heads on straight.

Officers will continue to be an exciting new way to assist, endanger, and personalize your captain. As more and more heroic, villainous, and questionable characters can be found in the Palaces, Star Docks, and Spice Halls across the Quadrant, the decisions about who to allow on board your mighty star liner will become more and more difficult and defining of the type of captain you are.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Star Traders RPG v3.4.3 Released

We have posted another release of our popular Android mobile role playing game (RPG) Star Traders Elite.

I have posted another bugfix release:

  • Over 100 grammar fixes
  • Improved Harvest Scoring Rolls
  • Fixed Explorer Special Ability Description
  • Fixed Memory Crash in Map
  • Fixed Crash in New Character
  • Fixed Bugs with Award Scoring for Level 50 Award
  • Fixed "Out of Memory" Errors on Ship Log (Shows last 5000)
  • Improved MDPI Icons
  • Fixed Android 1.6 Crash
  • Improved Shipyard Performance
  • Improved Contract Generation Performance
  • Updated 4 Ship Designs
  • Added 2 new Alien Ships (Thanks Chris D.)
  • Improved Economic Conditions around Luxury Rations
  • Improved Zealot Luxury Rations
  • Improved Merchant Abilities
  • Increased Risk of Treasure Hunters for Bounty Hunters / Officers / Zealots
  • Reduced Risk of Treasure Hunters for Spy and Pirate

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Star Traders RPG v3.4.0 Released

New features in our brand new Star Traders RPG release!

Here is the changelog:

Released 2/11/11

- Added 4 New Awards
- Improved Fuel Use Curves
- Added 21 Special Abilities for Classes
- Improved Water Tank
- Improved Reputation & Rank vs. Pirate Ships
- Added 16 new ships
- Improved 17 ship designs
- Reduced Memory Use, Improved Performance
- Made Challenging Easier
- Removed Alien from Challenging
- Reduced Chance of Alien
- Improved XP Bonus for Alien, Hulk, Narvidian

Released 2/6/11

- Scaled Torp Damage by Difficulty
- Hide Installed Upgrades & New Messages
- 142 Grammar fixes from Captain Stu
- Fixed Ship Upgrade Rumor
- Fixed Ram Damage Bug
- Fixed Military Base Contracts Button
- Fixed Doom Reaper III Award
- New Explorer Toasts

Released 2/3/11

- Escape Shuttle Upgrade
- Exo Tank (APC) Upgrade
- Barrage Gun Upgrade
- Predator Tracking Array Upgrade
- Merchant/Explorer/Officer Class Bonuses
- Target Tracking w/ Surveillance

The necessary download links on AppBrain and Android Market:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Star Traders RPG v3.2.1 Released

Released 2/6/11

- Scaled Torp Damage by Difficulty
- Hide Installed Upgrades & New Messages
- 142 Grammar fixes from Captain Stu
- Fixed Ship Upgrade Rumor
- Fixed Ram Damage Bug
- Fixed Military Base Contracts Button
- Fixed Doom Reaper III Award
- New Explorer Toasts

Star Traders RPG v3.2.1 a bug-fix release has been uploaded to the Android Market.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lost in an Immersive Fantasy RPG

Andrew Says:
[Earlier this evening, the Trese Brothers Software development and art teams had their first chance to get lost in the truly immersive world of Secrets of Steel. Someone did the math, and said "millions of sectors," and then promptly got lost in the Salt Flats trying to find an oasis. Until the world map view is ready, this is a public warning--you might get lost in the desert. It is big, dry, and very soon to be dangerous.

This is the team--just sharing our excitement about our upcoming release of Secrets of Steel, a vast and dynamic fantasy RPG!]

Cory Says:
[Above you'll see one of the approximately 500 zones of Secrets of Steel. This particular mountain fortress is suspected to be the headquarters of a rebellious group ... Secrets of Steel is our fantasy game and when we talk about fantasy, we always talk about epic.

How epic? Get lost in the desert. Change the world. Walk the coasts, traverse the deserts. Pierce the jungles and scale the peaks. We're talking about Tolkien-style it-takes-months type world. A world that tumbles, crumbles and changes around you and with you.]

... Secrets of Steel ...
Four Friends. Fifteen playable characters. 1.4 million acres of territory. 2000 characters. 500 unique Quests. Never the same ending twice.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Star Traders RPG v3.2.0 Feedback

About Star Traders RPG by Grim Rebuke (February 3, 2011)

Enjoying this. Like a classic pc game. Runs solid so far. Evo 4g.

About Star Traders RPG by Jake (February 3, 2011)

After all the updates, i take back what i said before. This game is addictive, fun, and all around awesome. Highly recommended for RPG players

About Star Traders RPG Elite by Jarrod (February 2, 2011)

Very deep game.

About Star Traders RPG by Randy (February 2, 2011)

Absolutely the best game I have found, and I've been playing the free version this whole time.

About Star Traders RPG Elite by r (February 2, 2011)

Love thus game tis the bomb

About Star Traders RPG Elite by Spike Robinson (February 3, 2011)

Great, highly immersive strategy game. Maybe the most in depth mobile RPG.

Star Traders RPG v3.2.0 Released!

Released 2/3/11

- Upgrade Catalog with Descriptions
- Improved New Character
- Escape Shuttle Upgrade
- Exo Tank (APC) Upgrade
- Barrage Gun Upgrade
- Predator Tracking Array Upgrade
- Fixed Unlocks & Award Text
- Merchant Class Bonuses
- Explorer Class Bonuses
- Smuggler Class Bonuses
- Military Officer Class Bonuses
- Target Tracking w/ Surveillance
- Fix Difficulty Level Text
- Fix Omni-Stealth Array Upgrade
- Fix Crew Pods Upgrade
- Fix Battle Prow Upgrade

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