FTL: Advanced Edition adds all new Alien Race and other Features


Developer Justin Ma (artist/designer) and Matthew Davis (programmer/designer) have introduced an all new alien race – the Lanius including new drones, layout, battery backup and so much more for Faster than Light: Advanced Edition. The game is scheduled for an early 2014 release.

In a new blog post, the developer explained why the Lanius were never seen in Federation Space. Apparently, the Lanius, an ancient civilization, absorbed all evidence of their existence.

Apart from the all new Lanius, they’ve also added some previously unannounced features,

Lanius Ship: New player ship with its own achievements and alternate layout.

Type C Ship Layouts: 8 of the original ships will have a third layout that capitalizes on the new content.  With the Lanius ship, that makes for a total of ten new starting ship designs.

Backup Battery Subsystem: Subsystem that can provide temporary reactor power in a pinch.

New Drones: Expanded drone options includes: the Shield Drone that generates a green super shield for your ship, the Anti-Combat Drone that shoots down enemy combat drones, and the Ion Intruder that blasts into the enemy ship and randomly ionizes systems while stunning and distracting crew.

Gameplay Refinements: Doors and Sensors can be manned to increase effectiveness; you can now rename crew mid-game; each race has a small variety of colors which allows for easier visual recognition;

And more to come: We’re still balancing and polishing the features that are being added. Be sure to keep an eye out for additional content announcements!

FTL: ADVANCED EDITION RECAP

  • Will contain a ton of new content and improvements: although the larger additions can be disabled if you prefer FTL “vanilla.”
  • This large update is free for those who already own the game on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • FTL is also coming to iPad; it will be the full version of the game including the new “Advanced Edition” content.
  • FTL on iPad will have to be purchased separately from the PC version.
  • An exact date for release has not been decided but we are aiming for early 2014.

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Predestination adding 3D Ship Designer, donate via Kickstarter


The indie games studio Brain and Nerd is expanding their 4X Space game by adding a new innovative 3D Ship Designer that will allow players to attach new elements to a spacecraft and offer massive scope of expansion.

The second Kickstarter campaign was lauched because the first campaign didn’t reach the stretch goal (over-funding limit) set by the developers for this feature to be added.

Predestination - 3D Ship Designer - Indie Spring

“The initial plan for Predestination was to have a customisable ship design feature much like Master of Orion II’s ship design. We really wanted to extend this into a full modular 3D ship designer in which you could create unique designs and see the weapons or other add-ons you install.” – The devs.

The developers were also awarded a £10,000 grant by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. They however, need more funding to realize the full scope of their plans to expand the game.

Check out the game and help them out on Kickstarter.

Japanese Scientists believe Universe is a Giant Hologram, Offer Evidence


A group of Japanese scientists have concluded that the Universe is a Giant Hologram. They have also presented evidence to suggest that the Universe is nothing but a projection and a big hologram.

They’ve managed to come to this conclusion after analyzing the hypothesis of the theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena.
Juan
was credited for finding the connection between the string theory and the gauge theory. According to the model published by Juan Maldacena, gravity in the universe arises because of the finest vibrating strings.

At the University of Ibraki, the team headed by Yoshifumi Hyakutake, calculated the the internal energy of the black hole, the position of its event horizon, which is a space-time boundary that separates it from the rest of the universe, and entropy. Corresponding calculations of the energy were made for open space. As a result, the calculations coincided. They’ve also published in their articles that Juan Maldacena’s assumptions are true.

Play an Inventor, Travel in Time, Fix a Broken World in Chronology


Now on Steam Greenlight, Chronology is set in a post-apocalyptic world and lets you play as The Inventor who knows how to travel back and forth in time. Using this to your advantage, you’ll need to undo the destruction of the world by traveling back and forth in time accompanied by your time-stopping friendly Snail and prevent the destruction from happening.

Although this game reminds me of Braid, Chronology allows us to carry items back and forth in time to solve puzzles. You can also plant a seed in the past, come to the future and use the full grown tree to your advantage.

The game’s artwork and aesthetic looks are fantastic. The Inventor is being voiced by Brett Dunnelly and The Snail is being voiced by Nicki Rapp (The Walking Dead, Psychonauts, Broken Age). The music is also being composed in-house. The soundtracks are now available for preview and can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp for $7.

Chronology is developed by OSAO Games – A five man Danish development team. The game is scheduled to release in the first Quarter of 2014. The game is currently on Steam’s Greenlight. Vote for it to bring it on Steam.

Win a free copy of Dwelvers by offering Suggestions


The developers of Dwelvers are looking for suggestions about what should be in the game. They’ve created a contest on Reddit. The suggestions with high votes win a free copy of the game.

Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/IndieGaming/comments/1tt28v/dwelvers_surface_world_introduced_win_a_free_copy/

Dwelvers Alpha v0.6 is currently available for download. Follow this link. The game manual is here.

Dwelvers is a real time strategy game inspired by classics Dungeon Keeper and The Settlers. You play as an Evil Dungeon Lord and guide your minions in digging out paths and rooms, claiming it for yourself and grow your dungeon.

As a Dungeon Lord, it’ll become your responsibility to keep your minions happy, grow a formidable army and defeat your enemies. However, you’ll also need to keep an eye on your supplies and ensure that you’re not running out. Also, you’ll need to stack up on lots of Beer. As the devs would like to put it, “A drunk minion is a happy minion.”

Dwelvers is being developed by a 6 man team,

Rasmus Ljunggren (Developer),
Ben “BurningPet” Palgi (Game and Graphics Designer),
Erin “CobraMode” McClellan (Creatures 3D artist),
Omri Lahav (Original Music) with Jeff Willet (Additional Music),
Ameena (Story Writer)

Help this Girl find her way through Dark Passageways – Match Girl


Built by DDRKirby and xellaya and as one of the entries for the Ludum Dare 28, Match Girl seems to be raking up some likes. The game puts you in the shoes of a little girl trying to make her way through a dark maze. Although there are torches that offer some light, you’ll need to use your matches to see things around you.

In each room of the maze, you can fire up a match to illuminate the entire place, but Hurry! You only get a handful of seconds to memorize the entire place. Also, to stay in sync with the theme of Ludum Dare 28, you only get to use one matchstick in every room.

There are false platforms and moving blocks, rooms occupied by monsters that you’ll need to avoid. Split between two difficulty modes, there are 50 stages available to play.

Ludum Dare 28 is an online jam event where people from around the world create a game in a weekend.

Check out other entries at Ludum Dare 28. They’re fascinating!

Skulls of the Shogun free for iOS until 26 December


If you don’t own an Apple device, a “Bon-A-Fide” edition for Windows is currently at a 50% off ($ 7.49) on Steam. A promotional 4-pack bundle priced at $15.29 includes three more steam keys that you can give away to friends.

For the iOS however, until 26th December, the developer Galak-Z has decided to give it away for free! The game was ported recently to the iOS and features all five episodes, a bonus island from the Bon-A-Fide edition, 36 turn-based multiplayer maps playable over the internet and cross-platform support with Steam.

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