Shadow Empire Podcast

You can listen to me talk about Shadow Empire on the Single Malt Strategy Podcast. Although I might sound a bit tired (new family extension arrived) I do manage to share some interesting pieces of information on my upcoming game. Check it out over here:

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Shadow Empire Dev Diary #3

A typical game start

Bit late. But a number of days ago we posted part #3 in the Dev Diary series on the Matrix Games website:

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Shadow Empire Dev Diary #2

Posted the second Development Diary on the Matrix Games site:

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Shadow Empire Dev Diary #1

Generating a new Planet

Posted the first official Development Diary on the Matrix Website:

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Shadow Empire officially announced & Beta tester positions available

This will not come as a surprise to many :) But yes.. Shadow Empire is going to be published by good old Matrix Games. Read the official announcement and detailed game info now:

There is also an opening right now to join the Beta Test! Surf over here:

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Shadow Empire Design Snippet #30

Snippet #30: The Tech Tree

Time for a new Snippet. Shadow Empire will have a Tech Tree. But it is not completely your regular kind of tree…

Part of the Tech Tree

The essence of Shadow Empire research is that it is a two-step process. First you have to discover a Tech and then you can chose to research that Tech.

Discovery is easier than researching, thus often you’ll have to make a choice which of your discoveries you’ll actually want to focus your research on.

Due to the random discoveries you’ll never have exactly the same Techs between which to chose to focus your Research on.

However having said that… the system is only partly random. This is because Techs always belong to a Tech Group. Once you have researched 3 Techs in a Group all the Techs in the connected Groups will become open to Discovery. So for example in the above screeny the Player will only be able to make discoveries in the Basic Tech Group. Once the Player has researched 3 Techs of this Group he’ll be able to also discover Techs in the Chemistry and Engineering Tech Groups.

In case anybody wonders what the small letter codes “Mi”,”Ec” and “Ap” signify… They signify the Council you’ll need to Discover and Research them: The Military Research Council, The Economy Council or The Applied Sciences Council.

That’s it for this Snippet!

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