Posts Tagged ‘Aurora’

Interview: Aurora, The 4X Sci-Fi Dwarf Fortress

By Graham Smith on November 21st, 2013.

Not pictured: me, screaming endlessly.

I’m halfway through a tutorial on Aurora’s vast wiki. It’s 3375 words long, and it’s talking me through how to create a new galaxy in the 4X science fiction strategy game. I’m at the point of choosing my ‘Main Empire Theme’, and there are over 60. Canadian? Tolkein? Ancient Egypt? Demonic Realm? I scroll through and settle on Welsh. I skip ahead and hit Create Game.

At which point a galaxy forms, with suns, planets and moons, and then that galaxy’s races are born and placed, and then I’m in. I look at my own race, the Terrans. My xenophobia stat is 75. My ideal temperature is 14.00. One of my leaders is called Cadlywydd Gofod Isabella Walters.

Aurora is most commonly described as ‘Dwarf Fortress in space’, and this is why. I spoke to Steve Walmsley, who has been working on Aurora in his spare time for the past nine years. He talked to me about his boardgame inspirations, enabling roleplay and After Action Reports, and what the future holds for his game.
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The Sunday Spacers: Aurora

By Jim Rossignol on January 23rd, 2011.


So I feel obliged (somehow) to say that this rather minimal RTS, Aurora, is a dead ringer for the fascinating and organic Eufloria (which you should absolutely play, if you haven’t already), but the author acknowledges both that and Galcon, and frankly it’s still rather attractive in its own right. There’s a demo on the site, and there’s a trailer, which I have posted below, purely for the sake of duplicating things. I love just copying information to make more information, don’t you?
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