BETA AI War 2 v0.861 Released! “Strength Of Remains”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • This fixes almost all of the non-cosmetic issues with the lobby.  The big outstanding one is the inability to set your player color or even see it properly synced in the GUI.
  • Seriously considered calling this build “dropkicking dropdowns,” but so many of the release names lately have been about the lobby or interface that I couldn’t stomach it.
  • There is some chance that I broke some form of AI waves with the new data structure that they use, so if you see any waves doing funky things, please let us know.  But the new data format will let Badger cleanly expand the capabilities of waves coming up soon (well, when he feels inspired and has time, anyway).
  • WeaponMaster fixed yet more bugs relating to incorrect math for how things like drones were being created.
  • Additionally, WeaponMaster put in some changes so that now that units that are remains, not fully claimed yet, or crippled no longer count in strength totals for planets.  Now you can get a much more accurate sense of your actual strength at a planet if half your army has been shot to remains.
  • Various other goodies in here, such as ships unloading from transports inheriting orders and stances, and “Ally to AI” mode giving you complete vision of the galaxy since it’s clear that’s a sandbox mode for AI Civil Wars.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.860 Released! “The Lobby Ate My Factions??”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • A couple of random errors have been fixed in the game itself.
  • A whole lot of work has been done on the dropdowns code and the lobby code in order to make them… well, behave!
  • For real this time, you should be able to add any factions you like, and the data should be synced properly.  Except the player colors.  Those still have some sort of issue.
  • Once I finish up the last of the lobby-meets-data sort of problems, then I can finally work on actually making the lobby more visually appealing and functional (such as you being able to add any number of factions without them running off the bottom of the screen).  We’re getting close on that, but boy this has been a mess to untangle.
  • WeaponMaster also fixed some major math issues in the way it was calculating things for claiming entities for your faction, self construction, and so on.  It’s quite possible that all of these things are going to be ridiculously more expensive than you are used to now, since it was kind of giving it to you for free before (maybe?).  If it’s way off, then please let us (Puffin?) know so that we can adjust the claim costs and so on.  But having the math working correctly is kinda important, so that’s good either way.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.859 Released! “Lobby Raid”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • There was an incremental hotfix 0.858 build that made the game unplayable if you changed anything in the lobby.  That came out back on the 9th.
  • The lobby is now pretty much functional again, although there are still some funky bits to it.  But it’s now back to the funky bits that were pre-unity-upgrade, for the most part, I think.
  • The big thing is that you can actually add factions again, in the lobby.
  • Overall the lobby doesn’t look much different (yet), but it has had a huge amount of work under the hood to make it MP-safe and in general lay the groundwork for the visual rework.  And to fix most of the bugs that were plaguing it, although there are still a few knocking around.  It also makes the lobby way more responsive, in most cases responding instantly rather than on a half-second delay.
  • Raid Engines are also back!  Hence the part of the release name about that.
  • Zombies, for both the AI and players, now work vastly better.
  • There are several other features and balance tweaks, and a number of AI improvements to make the AI and other factions smarter in various ways.
  • Several small interface improvements, including the intel tooltips for capturing battlestations and flagships being a lot more informative.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.857 Released! “The AI Strikes Back… Hard”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • This one makes the AI way harder by fixing a variety of bugs and adding a variety of new behaviors.  Thanks, Badger!
  • The galaxy map bloom is less, and can be tweaked now.
  • A flagship of yours getting crippled actually has some consequences now.
  • Your energy going negative now causes construction to halt, and anything that you don’t have the energy to run can be STARTED in construction but won’t actually complete.
  • Wow the amount of balance changes here, particularly to AI stuff.  Here was Puffin’s side of things to make things feel more balanced with the higher-tech stuff that players now have available all the time.  The AI wasn’t keeping up!
  • Puffin also adjusted a lot of your flagships to be stronger now than they were, but it depends on the type.
  • Economic command stations can now have multiple energy collectors again, which is a pretty big deal now that you need energy properly!
  • A variety of bugfixes from Badger and WeaponMaster really clean up a number of annoying issues or strange galaxy seeds.
  • I spent a goodly while trying to fix the lobby, and made a few things mildly better, but didn’t really fix it.  I’ve got a much better idea of how to redo it from scratch (which was already planned), though, now.  I guess I’m doing that sooner than planned!
  • I’m in much better health now, thanks to everyone who was asking after me — that meant a lot.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.856 Released! “Clever Girl”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • This is a smaller-ish release, with great stuff in it thanks to Badger, Puffin, and WeaponMaster.
  • I was unfortunately out with a health incident, although I’m getting functional again.
  • The thing I’m most fond of in this release is the fact that the hunter fleet (which was already meant to be like a raptor stalking you) is now even better at coordinating its attacks on you when a wave is about to hit you.  Hence the release name, which is actually shockingly apt.
  • Beam weapon balance is also possibly now in the realm of sane thanks to WeaponMaster, and then Puffin took that even further.
  • A number of improvements and fixes for when the AI is having a Civil War with itself are now in place, thanks to Badger.
  • Science hacking now scales in cost more intuitively.
  • A number of bugfixes and balance tweaks beyond that.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.855 Released! “Galactic Markings”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • In a lot of ways, this release is NOT hitting the most-important issues that testers have identified thus far.  Please know that we are thinking about those and making plans!  In the meantime, these things also really needed to be addressed.
  • The really big thing that people want are the rest of the controls for fleets so that the feeling of mildly being on autopilot in some areas is no longer there.  There’s been various talk about that being “the new direction” of the game and folks who are unhappy with that, but bear in mind it’s just a couple of pretty key fleet management interfaces missing, not some grand design to take away a lot of control from you.  Though the fact that things function in the main so well without those key fleet management screens is actually a big design goal, which we seem to have hit well.  Nonetheless, that’s coming soon no matter what.
  • Right, so the galaxy map has been a bit of a mess for a long time.  It has been various degrees of mess depending on when you look at AIW2, but suffice it to say that the sequel’s map always felt inferior to that of the first.  Visually and scale-of-stuff-wise, and in general referring to clarity of that screen… this build should be lightyears ahead of any prior build.
  • There’s still plenty more for us to do with the galaxy map as well, and there has been some rumbling of “why did you take away the ability to hover over specific ships and find them easily,” and my only answer to that right now is that those things are coming soon as well.  As far as the ship hover bit, some of the sidebar changes that are coming necessitated a change, so here we are.
  • You can now hack (very cheaply) to get the science off of neutral planets.  If you’ve actually conquered the planet, then just let your command station get the science for free… but this is something that is required for balance reasons because of a bunch of new things in this game (you not getting charged AIP for when a planet is taken over by a third party ally or enemy-to-all faction, for instance).  My initial reaction was “just let flagships also gather science,” but Badger quickly pointed out all the various exploits people can now do if we did that.  This new approach allows you to actually get more science than before for the amount of AIP you incur, but not in an exploity way.
  • Speaking of science… Puffin has completely redone how much the various techs cost to be more inline with the pre-fleets versions of the game, which should make things a lot more affordable-feeling and in general just be more sane.
  • Puffin has also majorly toned down just how much more fearsome the mark 5+ ships are.   Originally I figured that those ships would be AI only (the mark 6 and 7 variants in particular), and so I made the scaling on those pretty ludicrously powerful.  Now it actually turns out that with the new style of techs, it is PLAYERS who are almost exclusively able to reach those higher mark levels (and that’s something that seems thematically fitting), so the numbers really needed a rework in a major way.   Just upgrading your stuff to an insane degree was always the best choice, versus spreading it around.
  • Puffin has also really been busy making forcefields feel a lot more notable, giving you that shield-cracking vibe from the first game again, and in general working on a variety of balance things to differentiate units a bit more.  We had an interesting private discussion about some more things that might need to change in this area, but for now what is in place definitely are major steps in the right direction.
  • Bugfix-wise, the intra-galactic coordinators and other known issues from the prior builds are all now fixed up.  Plus steamworks integration works again, and a handful of other things.  There’s a fun bug with the mousewheel being inverted in Unity 2019.1 on linux, and until they fix that we’ve implemented a settings option that lets you work around it.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.854 Released! “Garbage… Collected!”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • Wow this one was a detour, in the main.  If any build is likely to break for you in some crazy way, it’s this one.  We upgraded unity, and our methods for drawing text, and how dropdowns work, and how the network code (which is used even in single player in a loopback fashion) hooks in… and a whole bunch of other stuff.  How we compile, and what we compile against.  What the post-processing stack is.
  • This was all stuff that needed to happen sooner than later, because there are a plethora of bugfixes in unity and in the textmeshpro asset that we use for text that really make life nicer in general, but this is part of why we did this during the beta period.  Also folks were complaining about the fonts a lot, so they’re wholly new.  There are little issues all over the place with things that could be a slightly better size or slightly more clear, though, I feel like.
  • I’m going to be out until sometime on Sunday, and then back fully on Monday.  So if you have a big problem in this build that doesn’t let you go further, then please just roll back to the prior one in the manner described below (the most_recent_stable thing).
  • That said, it’s seeming pretty darn good in the main, and I wanted folks to be able to bang on this some while I’m off, so here we are.
  • But that’s not remotely all!
  • WeaponMaster has been making some of the individual-ship AI smarter in various ways.
  • Badger has been making some of the threatfleet AI smarter in various ways.
  • A handful of quality of life improvements and bugfixes have been added.
  • Puffin has been making the balance way more pleasant when it comes to techs, in terms of some things being cheaper and some things being costlier.
  • Overall there was quite a bit of refinement, even aside from the big unity upgrade.
  • That periodic stutter (which was caused by “garbage collection”) should now be gone thanks to a new feature in unity to do incremental garbage collection, so hence the name of this release.  We’ve been asking them for a proper generational garbage collector since literally 2010, and this is at the very least a step in the right direction (and they claim that their R&D folks found this performed better than generational GC in most cases, so… okay, I guess).  Anyway it’s something we’re really happy to finally see!
  • Two known issues:
  • 1. In the bottom right corner of the main menu, it says you’re not logged into Steam even though you are, and also if you are logged into Steam the backdrop for the main menu might be just stars instead of the usual colorful thing with ships flying by. We’ll be upgrading our Steam integration dlls next build, which should fix that. Hopefully it causes no other issues.
  • 2. The intra-galactic coordinators for turrets and strikecraft do who-knows-what (maybe nothing?) right now. We wanted to get this build out asap, since it’s beta anyway.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.853 Released! “An Officer And A Bunch Of Fleets”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • This build is perhaps the biggest example of why we wanted all this testing feedback prior to going to 0.900.  Just saying.  The number of things that irritated people in prior 0.850-era builds that are now fixed is pretty enormous.  Let’s talk about those!
  • Auto-assigned hotkeys for your fleets (in new savegames) are now more likely to be useful for you.
  • Your command stations will now auto-rebuild themselves if you lose them but win the battle with battlestations or citadels in place.  Yay lack of busywork!
  • You can actually hack unexplored planets to explore them with nanites, properly!  This is a pretty big deal, as it’s the only means of manually scouting without incurring an AIP cost.
  • Bunch of irritating bugs fixed, and the longwinded backstory has been condensed down to the important points.
  • Tired of having all of your fleets have giant centerpieces in them?  ME TOO!  I, too, like lots of little strikecraft for most of my forces.  Thus we now have Strike type fleets with just a transport at the center, and then “Officer” type fleets that are more like what you’ve been used to.
  • Protip: take Strike fleets against ion cannons and mass drivers.  Officer fleets are suicidal there.
  • Note: we thought about making lobby options for giving you more or fewer Officer or Strike fleets relative to one another, but frankly it’s more interesting if you make those choices in-game (in my opinion).  If there absolutely aren’t enough of one kind of fleet to find, then… we’ll consider lobby options.  But choices made through gameplay rather than the lobby are so much more satisfying…
  • Most of the Officer-style centerpieces are a lot faster, so there’s less waiting around for them.  Even though they aren’t QUITE so central as before.
  • The AI’s costs to purchase most things doubled, so you won’t be getting wrecked with quite so large of enemy forces anymore.
  • Your higher-mark ships no longer cost more metal than your lower-mark variants, so you can’t accidentally hose your economy by upgrading a tech.  Techs are 100% positive goodness now, no downsides (opportunity cost aside).  Don’t worry, you’ll still need that metal for all the other fleets you’re getting now.
  • There’s a whole bunch more cases where you get extra engineers, in new savegames only.
  • There’s a whole bunch more cases where you get extra decloaking ships, in new savegames only.
  • Among those bugfixes, you can actually select between the different starting fleet types, now.  Enjoy those parasites… 😉
  • And the really huge one: there are no more mysterious AIP increase penalties for having too many fleets at one place.  We’ll deal with the exploits that you can potentially get up to later in terms of fleetballing too much, but the first solution we had was just plain irritating and not good.  There is discussion about potential options here, if you want to get in on that.

More to come tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.852 Released! “Directness Is Better”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • Your ships no longer go through a rally phase from the factories they are built at to the centerpieces they will then join.  This was slow and annoying and caused all sorts of intractable issues when it comes to you wanting your fleet to act cohesively.  Now things just directly come out of their centerpiece and inherent the behaviors and orders of the centerpiece.  It’s not like any one factory was doing all the construction, anyhow, in most cases.  This directness solves a lot of logistical irritations, and prior to 0.850 I’d been wondering if I needed to do this.  Turns out yes!
  • Your tooltips now show you what techs upgrade a ship, if any.  Yay!  It also talks about upgrading fleets as a whole, which isn’t in yet but will be soon.
  • AI Command Stations that exist after an AI has reconquered a planet have been a minor pain in the rear for a while.  They seem to suggest that more AIP will be charged to you when in fact that is not the case.  They also allowed more recently for some exploity behavior when you farm them for scouting intel.  All of that stuff is now fixed up by having them simply be split into their own new category of command station that notes that they are a result of reconquest.

More to come Monday.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris

BETA AI War 2 v0.851 Released! “Drones And Economies”

Release notes here.

Reminder: to play the beta, you MUST go into your Steam properties for the game, go under the Betas tab, and choose the “current_beta” option.  Otherwise you’re going to be stuck on the pre-fleets version of the game.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about regarding fleets, then reading this link is a really good thing to do or you are likely to be mighty confused.

So what’s new in this build?  This is obviously an incremental one, headed towards the non-beta full release of 0.900 that we’re aiming at in the next… weeks?  That timeframe is unclear, and will be based on testing feedback, which has been rolling in well so far; but there will be loads of incremental beta releases during this period.  Anyway, what’s new:

  • Your command stations have been rebalanced a bit, and the descriptions have been updated a lot in order to keep veteran AIWC players from making assumptions that get them into trouble.  Aka, economic command stations are not always the answer anymore, and in fact can be kinda risky depending on the scenario.
  • Bunch of bugfixes.
  • Drones actually work now!  At least for the hive golem.  Still have not tested them for the third party factions and AI guard posts.  Let us know (with savegames, please) if those are having problems.
  • Just to save you some pain of hunting down cloaked AI guard posts that are harmless but hiding on your planet, those now lose cloak when their command station dies.  This actually can be used in your favor in a couple of combat ways, too, actually: “the enemy’s gate is down” on heavily cloaked planets, if you catch my drift.
  • There were a bunch of bugs with double-clicking which have been in there forever, and are now fixed.
  • The whole “control groups style number buttons” stuff now works again, except that you can’t (yet) assign fleets manually to the numbers.  But the first 10 you get will automatically be assigned numbers for you.  Baby steps!  The automation is useful long-term for new players and lazy people (like me) anyway who otherwise might not think to set their control group numbers and just do things the hard way, but the ability to manage that by hand is something that obviously we want you to have, too.
  • Dire guard posts no longer wreck your AIP.
  • Some of your forcefield units now have a much bigger forcefield, making them way more useful.
  • Citadels all shoot much further now, and battlestations all now have much more personal shielding.
  • The AI doesn’t tech up remotely so fast anymore (by AIP levels), because the AIP increases are a lot more common in the new versions of this game.  It’s actually a lot more in line with how I used to play the 3.x versions of AIP, where I’d usually have a final AIP of 500ish.
  • Note that you can still play a spectrum of high-AIP and low-AIP games in this sequel, but overall that spectrum has been slid a bit more upwards compared to the first game.  Frankly this is good, because otherwise the AI stays kind of brainless because it really isn’t aware you exist.  The new game mostly forces you to get into the territory of “it knows you’re there, but just really doesn’t care” if you’re playing a low-AIP game.

More to come probably tomorrow!  I’ll be working tomorrow, so might have another build out then.  Enjoy!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris