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!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Star Traders 2 Alpha Access

Alpha phases hold a very dear place in our hearts here at Trese Brothers. Our focus during an Alpha is to give you the game when it has reached a point of both stability and fun, butbefore it is finished. We love hosting these Alphas because we get to work so closely with the team members while they are playing the game, sharing their first experiences, and brainstorming with us on how to take the game to the next level.

I wrote up a few questions and answers about the Alpha Access phase I wanted to share. We believe that a Trese Brothers Alpha Access phase is a very unique offering in the game development world. We have 90 Captains signed up already. We hope you will consider joining us!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ship Design in Star Traders 2

As a Star Trader Captain you command a special place within the quadrants and among the mighty Factions. You are one of the elite few who possess the skills, leadership and luck to be a licensed Star Trader and the sole owner of a spacing vessel. As a Captain, you may choose to ally with a Faction or strike your own path - you are the final authority on your spacing ship, and it is both liberating and a great responsibility.

It is your ship, and your license to use it as an independent Star Trader, that sets you apart from the rest of the galaxy.

Want to read more about exactly how you'll design your Star Trader ship?  The rest is in our Update #10 from the KickStarter!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Star Traders 2 - Faction Competition

It is time to come out and support your Faction. We’re opening a friendly competition among our Captains and Backers to spotlight the most popular Factions among those in the Star Traders RPG Quadrant. There are bonuses at stake in the existing Star Traders games (RPG and 4X Empires) so get to your voting poll as fast as possible and make your allegiances known!

Any Faction who receives at least 50 votes will receive a minor Faction bonus in Star Traders RPG as well as a minor advantage to their Faction-specific technology in Star Traders 4X Empires. Getting a full 50 votes is not going to be easy, so get the vote out!

The Faction who receives the highest number of votes will be crowned the winner and will receive a major Faction bonus in Star Traders RPG as well as a major advantage to their Faction-specific technology in Star Traders 4X Empires. Your Faction needs you!

Read all the rest on the KickStarter Update #8!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Star Traders 2 Hits 30% Funded!

We're just hitting milestones left and right here! We've just crossed the big 30% funding mark, and last night we crossed the 500 share mark to unlock the second Social Reward.

We've compiled all the great rewards you've earned into a quick list of links here. Download the Star Traders MP3, or the 8 wallpapers we've released in one of three resolutions.

Thank you for your support, Captains! Together, we are well on our way to seeing Star Traders 2 become a reality.

Star Traders Theme MP3
Portrait Wallpapers(800x1200)
Laptop Wallpapers (1920x1200)
1080p Wallpapers (1920x1080)

Join us on the Kickstarter today!

Cyber Knights RPG 2.3.17 Released

Knights of the NBZ! If you love the constant updates, how Cyber Knights has revolutionized in the last year, and see a bright (yet dystopian and cyberpunk) future in CK 2, please help us achieve those dreams by supporting the Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter. A vote and a pledge for ST 2 is a vote and a pledge for all future Trese Brothers games!

v2.3.17 - 9/8/2014
 - Star Traders 2 KickStarter is live - pre-order today - http://kck.st/1thT41E
 - Lost or released Hunds can be recovered at any Breeders
 - Fixed Blue Ox quest instructions for meeting Ricco at Tobin St. Pit
 - Fixed bugs where hunds apppeared on the team list in VIP Backrooms
 - Fixed crashes in encounters related to Assassinate-to-Steal jobs
 - Fixed crash in HUD when moving (thanks for reporting!)

On Google Play
Cyber Knights RPG
Cyber Knights Elite RPG

On Amazon App Store
Cyber Knights RPG
Cyber Knights Elite RPG

Friday, September 5, 2014

Star Traders 2 - Updates 4 & 5

Last night we crossed the 25% funding milestone for the Star Traders 2 KickStarter! You've shown us such love and support, and we've come so far so fast toward turning Star Traders 2 RPG into a reality! Your positive energy and support is infectious and it's drawing many new Captains to our project as well.

Tonight, I wanted to share this little art video in which you can watch me draw, color, shade, and light the heavy weapons officer. It's a fast transition from line art to finished in the video, but this took a while! Enjoy!


I also wanted to share this fun word cloud that is composed of all the comments on our KickStarter page (removing only the words: Trese, games, game). What a happy picture -- you would think we were forming a commune instead of making video games :P

Read the rest on the Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter page and join us as a backer today!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter - Off to a Killer Start

Join us today on the KickStarter project where you can still pre-order the game at a 30% discount.

The Star Traders 2 RPG KickStarter page covers the rest of the details, but here are a few quick points:
  • If funded, Star Traders 2 RPG is targeted for Q4 of 2015. 
  • We plan to have an extensive multi-month alpha in which the alpha team works closely with the Trese Brothers in the last stages of development, and have a chance to influence the game development directly. 
  • Rewards still include a 30% off pre-order of the game if you move quickly, and the ability to pre-order on multiple platforms. 
  • Higher level rewards allow you to add your own creation (your Captain from the original Star Traders, an officer, a faction NPC, a legendary Captain, or an entire Quadrant!) to the game for all gamers to enjoy. 
  • If you love Firefly or Dune, you should really check this out!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

KickStarter Update #2 - Motivation Engine and Crew

To celebrate passing the 22% funding mark, we've shared an update that takes a deeper look at the goals behind the Motivation Engine and what crew will mean to you as a Captain!

A ship cannot fly without her crew and so one of your most important responsibilities as a Captain is selecting, developing and retaining a talented staff of varying disciplines. Each individual ship will have specific requirements as to the number and type of Crew to operate it efficiently. Ships with high maintenance hyperwarp drives demand more engineers while military ships with heavy armaments will need well-trained gunnery teams. Ships with large crews will need an officer corps to take commanding positions of leadership in the crew hierarchy.

Read the rest on the KickStarter Update!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Star Traders 2 KickStarter - First Social Reward

To our amazing backers, thank you! You've helped us reach 17% funding in the first few days, and share the project 274 times to your friends, clans, and family on social media (212 shares of the project page, 23 retweets of this tweet, and 39 shares of this Facebook post). The call has gone out to the Captains, and they are coming to support the next generation Star Traders!

Even better, we are already well over half way to the next Social Reward (500), so keep sharing. Let's make this a loud, fun project.

To keep things fun, we've released 8 wallpapers instead of the promised 2! To see them all, head over to Update #2 on the Star Traders RPG KickStarter.

Don't miss your chance to back this amazing project. The early bird specials are still open!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Building Vraes for Nightmare

I really like Kincaid.  He is a lot of fun to play ... but ... just look at this screenshot.  When you're playing Nightmare, this kind of unstoppable endurance is priceless.  He is surrounded, battling on blood-slick stone, the snick-snick of Deathkin ringing in his ears, but he won't go down.

My last Nightmare Ironman group came through here with Kincaid.  It was a nail biter of a fight.  I have to admit, this one was too, but I am a stubborn and prideful player, and Vraes refused to retreat from his position.  Then, when enough of the vermin were down, he pulled his classic "Charge!"

This is the first fight in a long run of extremely hard, pitched battles against the Ratkin.  You're flowing a river of souls to Ryethin, and there is an army of Ratkin between you and your target.  To get through this part of the Ratkin Lairs, you need to either retreat and let the enemy come to you, or build a group with a raw talent to survive.

Don't let me forget to mention that Fyona is crushing it with that two handed hammer!

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