Much improved Critters in Shadow Empire

Alien Fauna is coming to life with the newest version of Shadow Empire!

There were only around 6 different graphics used to display all the possible xeno-biological evolutionary results in Shadow Empire. Now, thanks to artist Mike Tenebrae, there are over 120 different graphics in different sizes and colours. This ensures that every new alien critter you’ll meet feels new and unique.

Read more on the new features over on the Matrix website:

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Shadow Empire gets Air Forces!

Shadow Empire will be released on Steam on December 3rd and it comes with an exciting development: air units will be added to the game. Air forces are the first big post-release addition to the rules of Shadow Empire.

When setting up a new game you can explicitly choose to have the Air Force rules enabled or disabled as well.

Read more over on the Matrix website:

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GD38v3 scenario for ATG received a big update!

British and Soviets are jointly defending the Caucasus in GD38 scenario

Claus E. Füssel did another big update to the grand Global Domination scenario GD1938v3 for Advanced Tactics Gold.

A scenario that has went to many versions and that has been perfected over time. It is a must-play planet-wrapping 1938-1945 ww2 PBEM scenario for many players (or multiple teams).

Here are the update highlights:

Check out the list of the hundreds of different historical airplanes and tanks over here:

And download the actual over here:

Lets end this post with some more screenies:

The whole world is a theater of war

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Great DC:Barbarossa AAR

Daniel McBride has written up a great after action report. Check it out over here:

It is an interesting AAR to read as there is a close resemblance to how things went in 1941. However he did manage to capture that one city, the Germans didn’t manage to do in 1941, but then there is a twist again.

I am not going to give any spoilers. You’ll have to read it for yourself :)

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Shadow Empire Poll #1

There has been a lot of feedback to Shadow Empire already. I have been happy that most of it was positive :) And I would like to thank everybody who supported me in buying Shadow Empire.

At this moment I am churning out “open beta” builds almost everyday as I am focussing on making the game even more stable and improving or fixing rules that were not exactly doing what they should have been doing.

I hope that within a few weeks I can shift time to actually adding stuff to the game. And I would like to have some player input by that time. I am not going to do what the majority wants, but I do want to take it into account. I don’t want to spend my time on something only a small minority of players wants to see added :)

Below I have 4 questions for you all. You can only pick 1 answer in each question and that is done deliberately to force you to commit to a preference. Might be a bit painful to choose, but it will be more insightful for me. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!

What should have the focus of the dev?

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What existing part of the game should have polishing priority?

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What part of AI development should have priority?

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What kind of BIG new feature-set would interest you the most?

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Shadow Metrics #1: What’s the typical ascension speech?

Quite a number of players have accepted to share some metrics while playing Shadow Empire. This will help me (the dev) over the long run to make game balance improvements. However it is also fun stuff to inspect. Anonymously of course!

The variant focussed on society.

Every player in Shadow Empire has to make an ascension speech. There are 3 variants of this Decision, one focussed on economy, one focussed on society and one focussed on politics.

And it turns out that contrary to public myth the majority of the players do not seem to be totalitarians. In fact “Calulating and Logical” is most often chosen. Like the NPC Leader above says: “Science is Power!”

If there is any specific decision you’d like me to feature in a next Shadow Metrics post feel free to voice your opinion.

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