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For those of you who don't yet have enough Humble Bundles in your lives, the new one from Stardock is really quite good. For a minimum of $1, you'll get Sorcerer King: Rivals, Fallen Enchantress, The Political Machine 2016, and The Corporate Machine. That's a really good deal for a dollar. But it's only the beginning.
Beating the average price, which for now is still well south of $6, and you'll also claim Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Galactic Civilizations 3, and Fallen Enchantress Ultimate Edition. And for $15, Offworld Trading Company, Galactic Civilization 3: Crusade Expansion Pack, and Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation will be piled on top.
It's obviously a strategy-heavy bundle, but it's a heck of a deal if that's your cup of fun. Picking it up will also net you ten percent off of a new Humble Monthly subscription, if you're not already signed up to that program. The Humble Stardock Bundle will be available until October 24.
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Galactic Civilizations 3, Stardock’s gargantuan space 4X game, got another update this week, bolstering the base game with some of the Crusade expansion’s UI and design changes, along with general performance and balance tweaks.
Crusade lavished improvements upon Galactic Civilizations 3, and while you’ll still need to shell out for the expansion to see most of them, some important ones have been ported over to the base game.
The UI, from the tech screen to the ship list, has been upgraded, and it now contains the convenient summary tab from Crusade. The way resources work has also been taken from the expansion. Now, resources generate over time, instead of mined resources yielding only a single unit. Crusade’s performance and AI enhancements have also been brought over too.
Even if you’ve already got Crusade, you should notice improved performance, trickier AI opponents and faster turns.
Here are the full patch notes.
Galactic Civilizations III [official site], the excellent space strategy game, has just received its biggest expansion yet.
The Crusade expansion pack adds new factions, spies, and powerful individual citizens that can take starring roles in your colonies. … [visit site to read more]
Do you like space, Ace? More to the point, do you like going into space and blowing things up? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions (and particularly the second one), then perhaps you'd like to take a look at the new Humble Intergalactic Bundle, which offers up to seven games, for $1 to $15—plus a free copy of Galactic Civilizations 1 just for signing up.
The $1 entry-level tier gets you Space Hulk Ascension, Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, and Galactic Civilization 2: Ultimate Edition, and there are certainly worse ways to spend a buck than that. If you're feeling generous, you can pay more than the average—which at the moment will cost you a little more than $6—and you'll also get Planetary Annihilation: Titans and Rebel Galaxy. And finally, at the $15 price point (or more, if you really want to make it rain), you'll get the excellent Galactic Civilizations 3 and Offworld Trading Company too.
That is, as I like to say, a solid deal: GalCiv 3 goes for double the cost of the full bundle, and Offworld Trading Company is priced even higher. Doing a solid for charity—in this case, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and Direct Relief—is always nice too, and on top of all that you get a ten percent break on Humble Monthly subscriptions, too. The Humble Intergalactic Bundle will be available until April 25.
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Stardock has announced that the second Galactic Civilizations 3 expansion, called Crusade, will be out this spring. The add-on will include a graphics engine update, a new campaign, new aliens (including "cybernetic space amoebas"), and several embellishments to GalCiv 3's galaxy conquering toolset.
One of the big changes is the addition of 'galactic citizens,' who will pop into existence every few turns and can be trained for special roles. New interactive invasions, for instance, will put citizens trained as soldiers to use. "Invaders choose where they will land and defenders will choose where they will resist, both decisions requiring considerable strategic thinking," reads the press release.
Other citizen roles, which there are "over a dozen" of, include scientist, engineer, farmer, diplomat, merchant, spy. Citizens trained as spies will "destroy planetary improvements, steal technology or assassinate enemy agents."
Finally, Crusade will add the Civilization Builder, an in-game tool for designing custom factions. It'll include Steam Workshop support for easy access to the GalCiv community's wealth of shared ship designs. See what it looks like below.
Crusade will go for $20 when it releases this spring, and requires a copy of Galactic Civilizations 3. There's more info on the expansion's official site, and Stardock will be livestreaming on Twitch today starting at 11am PT/2pm ET, which you can catch in the player below. And below that, some new screenshots.
Stardock's space strategy game Galactic Civilizations 3 has undergone some big changes courtesy of the newly-released 2.0 update, including the addition of a new resource, Starbase Administrators, who are now required in order to construct starbases. Stardock said the admins, which will be available in restricted amounts, will make small empires viable by reducing the pressure to crank starbases out in large numbers.
Diplomacy has also been reworked to improve the AI's ability to determine the quality of trade offers and react accordingly, while the Ship Builder interface has been changed to simplify navigation while simultaneously providing more information in the shipyard window, including currency, morale, and population.
"Version 2.0 is the culmination of many months of working closely with our community on the kinds of features players like but often don't get a lot of attention," Stardock boss Brad Wardell said. "The diplomatic AI is more sophisticated and plays a lot like a human would both in terms of trading and how they deal with the complex web of foreign relations. We also added a new concept called administration that is designed to let players have smaller empires that are competitive."
To mark the release of the Galactic Civilization 3 2.0 update, Stardock has both the base game and the Gold bundle on sale on Steam until January 30. A full list of the changes in the update is below.
UI Improvements / Bug Fixes
Take humanity's first faltering steps out into the wider galaxy in Galactic Civilizations 3's Rise of the Terrans DLC, which takes you back to the formative days of Earth's Terran Alliance. It's a new prequel campaign for the strategy game, and you can buy it now for the price of $4.99/ 3.99, from Steam or Stardock, or maybe by flinging a couple of coins into a wishing well. I haven't tested that method, but you never know. Developer Stardock has this to say about the DLC:
"Destiny might be calling, but you are not alone and will soon discover that not every race is welcoming. Your choices will guide your people s future as you face down new and unexpected threats, build your empire, and explore the furthest corners of space."
To be fair, you could use that description for the main game, or for any space-based 4X, really. You'll play as a new faction in this campaign, a faction featuring a new trait that "boosts experience gained from ship battles with the United Earth faction". Which is nice. (Ta, Blue's News.)