Friday, August 29, 2014

Star Traders 2 KickStarter - Goes Live

With a roar of the engines, the Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter has gone live.  Captains, the Quadrant needs you. You're Faction needs you.  Join us in making this epic sequel to our first game a success!

Pledge today at the KickStarter to pre-order a copy of the game, and get many other amazing rewards!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Six games and still going!

Cory and I have created six games over the last 4 years, and we are still trucking.  We want to take this moment to thank everyone for your support, energy, feedback, and pushing us to do better.  You keep us going every day.  If we didn't have you, this wouldn't be much fun!

What stories we've all told!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Heroes of Steel 2.2.27 Released!

With the full scope of the world now revealed in the world map of Steel, we are moving on to work on the KickStarter reward of the 10" x 18" wall map! Very excited to see a stylized rendering of the massive world.

We also fixed another long-standing PC bug around taskbar positioning and are glad to see the list of PC issues slowly being put to rest!

Please Leave a 5 Star Rating if you enjoy this game

v2.2.27 - 8/28/2014
  • Download Heroes of Steel on Steam from "More Games" menu!
  • Added Freeport and western Underdeep to world map
  • Improved Stone Skin 7+ for Vraes (+30 HP)
  • Fixed attack animation for Vraes with 1H Sword only
  • Fixed fullscreen display for left or top task bars 
  • Fixed Typos

On Steam

On App Store
Heroes of Steel RPG
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

On Google Play
Heroes of Steel RPG
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

On Amazon
Heroes of Steel RPG
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

Also, don't miss these detailed maps produced by Lurker on our forum!

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Features for Star Traders 4X

Upcoming updates to Star Traders 4X make Exploration much more exciting and dynamic. Instead of a fix result, each anomoly now gives the player a choice -- Low Risk/Reward, High Risk/Reward and Ignore.

It also adds several new results you can achieve including +300 RP or Credits. Later updates will include things like new Ships, special events like "Galactic Peace" and whatever else our players suggest.

In addition, these updates will let you pick and choose the exact mix of Factions you want to play with, not just Houses vs. Syndicates. Play Rychart, Steel Song and Javat, if you like. Or Javat, Cadar and Thulun.

Thulun, Javat AND Cadar in the same game!
You will be able to pick individual Factions for your team from the "New Game" screen in the Elite edition.

Take your pick, replace one, two or all three.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Star Traders RPG v5.1.3 for iOS Submitted

We have submitted a new update for Star Traders RPG to Apple for Review.

Star Traders RPG from the App Store on iTunes

Star Traders RPG Elite from the App Store on iTunes

v5.1.3 - 8/23/2014

  • 8 New Ship Artwork including new Aliens
  • 46 New Ship Design, including new Aliens
  • Fixed Missing Captains Log Entries
  • Elite: 650 Ship Designs + Design Your Own IAP
  • Improved Upgrade: Water-Fuel Recycling Plant
  • Improved Upgrade: Torpedo Battle Prow
  • Improved Upgrade: Reactor Superstructure
  • Improved Upgrade: Battlecruiser Retrofit
  • Improved Upgrade: Artifact Isolation Chamber
  • Updated Award: Alien Killer I
  • Updated Award: Alien Killer II
  • Updated Award: Space Hive I
  • Updated Award: Space Hive II
  • Updated Award: Alien Flagship
  • Updated Help File for Upgrades, Officers, Rules
  • Latest Combat and Game Rule Updates Applied
  • Accessibility, Usability and Performance Fixes

Star Traders 4X v1.5.1 Update Released

Please vote on our Greenlight page to bring this game to your PC and Mac!

Fire Everything!!!
v1.5.1 - 8/19/2014
Free: 12 New Technologies
Elite: 9 New Technologies
18 New Colony Upgrades
New Political Treaties
4 New Maps, Stellar Region List
UI Improvements in Ship Designer
New 'Dark Terrox' AI (Very Nasty)
Over 100 Map Updates and Fixes

Play now on PC by buying the game on Desura -- get a Steam Key when we Greenlight!

On Google Play
Star Traders 4X Empires
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite

On iTunes
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite
Star Traders 4X Empires

On Amazon App Store
Star Traders 4X Empires
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite

List of New Upgrades in v1.5.1

  • Hab Unit 5
  • Hab Unit 6
  • Orbital Platform 3 *
  • Orbital Defense 3 *
  • Orbital Mine 4 *
  • Exchange 5 *
  • Orbital Platform 4 *
  • Orbital Factory 1 *
  • Orbital Factory 2 *
  • Starport 5 *
  • Starport 6 *
  • FDF Brigade
  • Mine 6
  • Mine 7
  • Orbital Military Base 1 *
  • Spice Hall 2
  • Palace 4 *
  • Factory 6

Read more:

Star Traders RPG v5.6.9 Update Released

Download Today
Star Traders RPG from the App Store on iTunes
Star Traders RPG Elite from the App Store on iTunes
Google Play "Star Traders RPG" Free
Amazon "Star Traders RPG" Free
Google Play "Star Traders RPG Elite" ($2.99USD)
Amazon "Star Traders RPG Elite" ($2.99USD)

Retro Star Traders RPG promotion =)
Thank you for playing the Star Traders games

v5.6.9 - 8/23/2014

  • New Ship: Wolf Class
  • Tap text to save Events to Captain's Log
  • Improved Trade Ban Message to include Reputation
  • Fixed Issues with XXHDPI Ship Graphics
  • Fixed Issues with New Game / Custom Ship
  • New Rumors Added to Spice Hall

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Heroes v2.2.25 - New World Map of Steel

The newest release of Heroes of Steel includes the first version of the world map and reaches the $14K stretch goal for the Heroes of Steel KickStarter.  The world of Steel is immense and it can be easy to get lost.  The first revision of the world map will help yo find your way between all of the known settlements, fortresses, and villages.

Your location on the map is marked by the heroic sword-stuck-in-the-ground.  As you travel, check back and see where you are!  Future revisions, you'll be able to see into the depths of dungeons, see the world map changing as the game changes, and see markers for active quests on the map as well.  We're looking forward to the next iteration!

Please Leave a 5 Star Rating if you enjoy this game

v2.2.25 - 8/21/2014
 - Added World Map to game menu
 - World map shows all towns and connections
 - World map shows location of group
 - Fixed AP inconsistency with Warders Shield 1
 - Fixed typos

On Steam

On App Store
Heroes of Steel RPG
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

On Google Play
Heroes of Steel RPG
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

On Amazon
Heroes of Steel RPG
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old School Star Traders RPG Logo

This was the logo we used when we first launched the game. Do you remember this one?

Star Traders RPG v5.6.5 Includes Event Log Feature

Thank you for playing the Star Traders games 

Star Traders RPG from the App Store on iTunes

Star Traders RPG Elite from the App Store on iTunes

Google Play "Star Traders RPG" Free

Amazon "Star Traders RPG" Free

Google Play "Star Traders RPG Elite" ($2.99USD)

Amazon "Star Traders RPG Elite" ($2.99USD)

Star Traders RPG -- Epic Sandbox Space Trader
v5.6.5 - 8/14/2014

  • NEW: Turn Event log Screen
  • Review past 20 on-screen notifications
  • Available from Map Menu under 'Event Log'
  • New Ship Artwork: Gunnar Lift
  • New Design: Pirate Gunnar
  • New Design: Gunnar Hunter
  • Balancing Updates, Fixed Crashes, Updated Help

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Star Traders 4X Empires Comes to PC

Get ready to play the epic empire building sequel to Star Traders RPG on your big screen. With full keyboard and mouse support, all future expansion packs included, and a user interface that scales up to your monitor, you’re going to relish building your empire and crushing your xeno enemies even more.

Star Traders 4X Empires has released on Desura for PC computers. If our Greenlight campaign lands us on Steam, everyone who purchases Star Traders 4X Empires on Desura will receive a free Steam Key. So – pre-order your Steam copy today. We hope you’ll purchase Star Traders 4X Empires using the widget below to directly support your developer, Trese Brothers!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter

The Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter blasts off on August 29th, 2014. As the Captain of a Star Trading ship, you will lead your crew across the busy shipping lanes and shifting empires of the Quadrants. The universe around you is alive and reactive - every member of your crew and every merchant, spacer, and smuggler you meet is a unique individual with personal motivations, strengths and weaknesses.  The Quadrants await, and you will chart your own path in any diverse role of your choosing - become a spy, pirate, or military officer - the choices are unbounded.  As the Captain, only your decisions will determine your fate - will you earn fame and riches, or infamy and a swift kick out of the airlock?

Star Traders 2 RPG continues the epic tradition of the space-opera story started in Star Traders RPG – that of a single Captain, his or her Crew, and their Ship.  As a Captain in turbulent times, you will help write the next chapter in the Star Trader’s history. The scattered colonies settled during the era of Star Traders 4X Empires are reunited by revolutionary deep space travel. Now, in Star Traders 2, the hundreds of diverse Quadrants reconnect and the horizon for an enterprising Star Trading Captain stretches to the edge of the universe.

The Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter will launch in 21 days. We're excited to close the summer with the next chapter of the Star Traders saga just in time to celebrate the fourth anniversary of this lauded space-opera and trading RPG.  We hope you will mark your calendars for August 29. Join us in the KickStarter and pre-order your copy of Star Traders 2 on any platform (Android, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac).

Everyone to their battle stations!  The KickStarter is approaching at ramming speed!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Heroes of Steel - Starter Guide

Thanks to @rearick on the forum for providing this great Starter Guide for Heroes of Steel!

This is just the basics from one point of view.  For every point in this article there are a dozen posts in the Trese Brothers forum that explore the whys and mechanics and even offer different points of view.

Also, I’m mostly going to focus what I consider the strategy of the game: building your team.  The tactics of each battle will consistently put your strategy to the test as you move through the game.  These are points that I wish I’d known starting out in this game.

The Basics

  • The Team: Any group of four heroes can be wildly effective.  There are certainly trade-offs in picking one character over another but everything is well-balanced as it is.  Another corollary to this is that the DLC characters (mobile only) aren’t necessary but I would recommend them just to have the full range of strategy in this game.
  • Combat System: You don’t have to fully understand what’s going on behind the scenes with the combat to enjoy this game.  For the basics, it’s enough to know that it’s based on dice and increasing your abilities allows you to stack the rolls in your favor.  The monsters are also increasing, however, and since it is based on dice, it is possible to have wild runs of luck in both directions.  You’ve been warned.
  • Focus: As with many games in this genre, it pays to specialize.  The first time you get an opportunity to upgrade your talents after your escape, you may well be overwhelmed by the number of choices.  Resist the urge to take a little bit of everything, this just waters down your heroes and they end up not being able to keep up with enemy progression.  As you’re just figuring out the game, pick about three talents that you want to try and invest in those.
  • Buffs: These can be cast before combat and probably should be unless you’re in a unique situation like pressing through multiple combats on the way to an inn and just don’t have the SP after the first couple of engagements.
  • Equipment: Initially these items are nothing to write home about and it feels like a very slow burn between times you actually find something legitimately useful.  Later on in the game, however, you’ll have more equipment than you could ever want.  It will also become the best way to either cover gaps in your heroes’ development or stack up bonuses that make them more powerful than you can possibly imagine as you escape from the dungeon at Red Hill.

Advanced Basics

  • The Team: Let’s talk about roles.  These are things that your heroes can be doing on your team.  Not every team needs every role filled, but if you don’t a role definitely take advantage of your ability to deepen the specialization of another role.
  1. Tank – absorbs attacks from a massive number of enemies either through actually taking the hit or dodging it.
  2. Off-tank – In Episode 1 you can get by with just one tank, but as the game progresses all of your heroes will need some level of survivability and you will certainly need one hero to stand in the gap to take the hits your main tank just can’t absorb through sheer numbers or positioning.
  3. Healer – self-explanatory, but think through whether you need single target or area of effect healing with your build.
  4. Sniper – sometimes there’s one monster that just has to die for you to make it through without a death.  It’s so helpful to have a hero who can reliably deliver a lot of damage exactly where you need it.
  5. AoE damage – Area of Effect damage.  One action and a whole lot of pain, what’s not to like?  Not strictly necessary early on but makes mid game much easier and a lot more fun.
  6. Buff/Curse support – This is where the real synergy of a team comes from.  If you’re not taking advantage of team buffs or curses that help your team survive and take out the enemy, you’re not really experiencing this game.
  • Combat System: If you’re someone who wants to build the most effective party you can really get into the nitty gritty of this game both through the forums (link) and the info screens provided in-game.  Here I’ll just mention that it’s helpful to be able to be very AP efficient in your builds.  For example, if you have a 4 AP spear and get to take one swing in a round but then you don’t have anything useful for the other 3 AP, you’re really missing something.  Explore different talents that you will use often that end up equally 7.  Or make sure you stay mobile enough to move around to make your actions efficient.
  • Focus: After you begin to get your feet under you, you may (like I did) want to start a new group with what you now know.  I’d highly recommend visiting the forums to think through what upper level talents you want to move towards and go into your group with a plan (link to John Robinson’s tables).  It can be easy to get distracted from that plan at each leveling opportunity, but stick with it and you’ll get to where you really want to be sooner and with fewer extra level one talents.
  • Buffs: Don’t underestimate the power of increasing a buff’s duration with its associated skill (lore, leadership, conjuring, etc.)  This will help you get through multiple small fights on a single buff saving on SP and give you a great advantage in the longer fights.  You can keep hitting the enemy without having to take time to rebuff in the middle of a fight or suffer the effects of carrying on un-buffed.
  • Transitions: Your heroes start very far away from where they will end up.  As you have a plan, don’t feel like you have to jump into it right away.  Some of your heroes will need a good bit of coddling before they are ready to fully take on the role you have in mind for them.  Be willing to have some of your team pick up the slack as you continue to get ready.  A great example would be developing your Paladin as your main tank.  She needs the proper development of attributes, skills, talents and armor to step into her own and it takes a lot of leveling.  Stay the course, though, and it’ll be worth it.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Templar Assault RPG v2.1.3 Update Released

Try the newest update to our squad based combat game:

v2.1.3 - 8/7/2014
Replaced Combat Menu, Easier to Use
Improved Device Compatability
Balancing Alien AI Movement Planner
Fixed Reported Crashes and Typos

Google Play Templar Assault Free
Capture Prestige!
Google Play Templar Assault Elite
Turn based combats vs. three unique enemy armies
Amazon Templar Assault Free
Customize each squad member for speed, power, accuracy or defense

Amazon Templar Assault Elite
Battle over 100 levels with thousands of gear configurations

Templars: Please Leave a 5 Star Rating for Devs!

New in-map menu

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hunder Drops on Cyber Knights New Boston Zone

After 3 years of cyberpunk gaming and 250 updates, Cyber Knight has added so many major features over the years - an all new Encounters system, an all new Jobs system, the Made, Not Born Story.

Now the gritty futuristic story continues with the Hunder, a Cyber Knight who stays even farther from humanity than the rest of his kind.  A threatening and feral edge is almost too apparent in the Hunder Knight, leaving most even more on edge.  Not to mention the pack of slobbering and toothy mutant war hunds that follow the Knight and clearly defer to him as their alpha.

What's more, as the Knight grows in power, he can install the cutting-edge EvoRig, made only by the scientists at AzTek's WinterNorth Research Institute, which will allow him to interface with his pack. Receiving sensory information and pushing commands, the Hunder can execute steely command over his EvoRigged pack.

Join us on the streets of New Boston. The year is 2127, and the $1.00 Hunder Unlock awaits.  The Hunder is available only in Elite games and requires a $1 purchase for the Hunder Unlock.  The Hunder Unlock provides an all new Knight who can play any profession, as well as a new profession that can be played by any other Knight.

Please Leave a Star Rating if you enjoy this game

v2.3.1 - 08/06/2014
 - All new Profession & new Cyber Knight - Elite-Only $1 Hunder Unlock IAP
 - Hunders get 3 job bonuses (Escort, Surveillance, Threaten)
 - Hunder can purchase Hell-Hunds from Pit Breeders
 - Install EvoRig, EvoRigging, EvoSense Net cyberware to maximize your pack
 - New Hund combat talent "Thrash" adds major bonus damage
 - New Hunders combat talent "Command" stops attacking hunds in their tracks
 - Hunder starts with first Hund instead of Clive Zep
 - Fixed map bugs and dialog typos

On Google Play
Cyber Knights RPG
Cyber Knights Elite RPG

On Amazon App Store
Cyber Knights RPG
Cyber Knights Elite RPG

Monday, August 4, 2014

Scoring High on Heroes Leaderboards

In Heroes of Steel tactics RPG, your team of four unlikely heroes are catapulted into a story of friendship, betrayal, crazed Gods, all on the edge of the darkest times in human history.

Your four heroes battle the challenges before them, explore the sprawling Underdeep, fight and overcome the forces menacing the human survivors, and save who they can. These trials force you to battle your way through hordes of enemies, across dangerous territory, with limited resources and gold.

As you play, your score is posted to the competitive community leaderboards. Each marketplace has its own leaderboards – Apple Game Center, Amazon Game Circle, Google Play Games, and SteamPlay Ladders. Leaderboards are split out by difficulty, so there is a ladder for Easy players, Normal players and on up to the top. There are also ironman “No Death” leaderboards for those groups that are playing at the Hard and above difficulty and who have never died.

Submitting Scores

Throughout your time in the world of Steel, your Leaderboard score will be submitted many times.
  • The leaderboards will keep and display only your top score for each difficulty and ladder type. Therefore, if you are running multiple Brutal difficulty groups, expect only to see the best group.
  • Whenever you visit an inn or a Way Station, your score is submitted to the appropriate leaderboard.
  • Whenever you die in combat, your score is submitted before you are docked the points for the death, allowing you to possibly post up your “best” score before getting whacked.
  • Your score is only posted to the No Death Leaderboards if you have never died. If you do die for the first time, your score is posted directly before your death, so that you can leave your high watermark score on the ladder.

High Scoring Tips

To achieve the best score on the leaderboards, the following aspects of your game play are taken into account in your score:
  • Experience gained by your entire team is the most important determining factor in your score. Gain more experience by defeating bosses, completing subquests, and killing monsters.
  • Your gold stockpile influences your score.
  • Dying reduces your score significantly. Every time a character dies, you score is reduced by a death count. Choosing to Retry Turn reduces your score by a single death, where choosing to Restore Point reduces your score by two deaths.
  • Your score is reduced by the turn count during play – including turns used during combat, turns spent walking around the world, turns spent resting, turns spent during inter-region travel, turns spent in fast-travel and turns consumed by story events. Your turn count is the smallest modifier on the leaderboard score, but will have an important impact when differentiating closely contested scores and true pros. To achieve the highest possible score, play with a good efficiency of motion. Achieve a healthy rhythm of returning to town or camp – not too often, but not too little. Do not stay at hotels or Way Stations repetitively unless necessary.


If you have any questions, email and we will add the answers to this document and email you back!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Star Traders RPG v5.6.1 Update Released

Play on iOS
Star Traders RPG from the App Store on iTunes
Star Traders RPG Elite from the App Store on iTunes

Play on Android
Google Play "Star Traders RPG" Free
Amazon "Star Traders RPG" Free

Buy Elite for biggest maps, massive ships and more professions
Google Play "Star Traders RPG Elite" ($2.99USD)
Amazon "Star Traders RPG Elite" ($2.99USD)

Taking a dangerous smuggling mission to Zat Ogotthara

Thank you for playing the Star Traders games

v5.6.1 - 8/2/2014

  • New Contract Type: Smuggler
  • Paid to Transport Cargo to Stashes
  • Increased Military Based & Palace Contracts
  • New Ship: Pirate Shuriken
  • New Ship: Frontier Heavylift
  • 10% More Ships in Free
  • New Elite only Enemy AI
  • Optimized Elite APK Sizes
  • New our newest game: Star Traders 4X
  • Command the Factions, Rule the Quadrant

Star Traders 4X Update v1.3.3 Released

On Google Play
Star Traders 4X Empires
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite

On iTunes
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite
Star Traders 4X Empires

On Amazon App Store
Star Traders 4X Empires
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite

Please Rate to Support Devs and Updates.

New more dynamic political engine in v1.3.3

v1.3.3 - 8/1/2014

  • Solar Wars ended by Xeno Invasion
  • Solar War / Trade War less likely during Xeno Conflict
  • Improved Xeno Activity Log Messages
  • Updates and Balancing for new Maps
  • New Maps now marked with "New" in title
  • Fixed 'Starport 3' Missing Mineral Point
  • Fixed "Unnamed Colony" Bugs
  • Fixed Clan / Syndicate Victory Achievement Reversal

Friday, August 1, 2014

Heroes on Steam!

Heroes of Steel is our first game to reach Steam through the Greenlight project.  It was a major accomplishment and a proud moment for our little indie development group when we passed that major finish line!  We've since had three exciting months on Steam, improving the game for PC and by the community requests, as well as adding Steam Achievements, and very soon, Steam Ladders.

In this regard, Heroes is leading the charge.  If you loved games like Baldur's Gate, Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, or the classic boardgame Heroes' Quest, you should pick this title up and give it a spin on your big screen!

Discord + New Logo

Folks - we're excited to announce that we've started a Discord server. All players, all games, all Trese Brothers, all the time. ...