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Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

2 months ago

Star Control: Origins removed from sale as legal battle continues

Stardock's Star Control: Origins has been pulled from sale on Steam and GOG following a copyright claim from the lead developers of the first two games in the spacefaring RPG series. Stardock did file a preliminary injunction to preemptively block any such attempts from Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, but a judge denied that. By releasing Star Control: Origins despite knowing that the copyright…

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8 months ago

Star Control fellas crowdfund defence for Stardock battle

Fred Ford and Paul Reiche, the lead developers of the first two Star Control games from the 90s, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay legal fees in their battle with Stardock. Both sides are claiming to hold varying rights to the sci-fi RPG-o-adventure series, and scrapping to secure rights the other believes they hold. Ford and Reiche are currently making Ghosts Of The…

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1 year ago

Star Control lead devs fire back at Stardock lawsuit

Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, the lead developers of the original Star Control games, have sent their lawyers into the fight Stardock started over the series and filed a counterclaim of their own. Stardock are currently making a reboot-o-prequel to the sci-fi RPG-o-adventure, named Star Control: Origins, after buying Star Control assets from Atari in 2013 and want to make quite clear who's in…

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Stardock and the original Star Control developers are brawling over the series rights

Up until this month, it was easy to get excited about the future of Star Control. After 20 years of false starts, we were getting not one but two successors to the classic space romp. The original designers, Fred Ford and Paul Reiche, were working on a direct sequel to Star Control 2, Ghosts of the Precursors, while Stardock was working on a prequel, Star…

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Star Control 2 creators finally making sequel

The two lead fellas behind Star Control have announced that, after 25 years, they are now working on a direct sequel to Star Control 2 named Ghosts of the Precursors. Rather than make a mess by ignorantly saying e.g. "Star Control 2 is a science-fiction RPG-a-spaceshoot-o-adventure-y-thingamy-ish game, and many people love it dearly," I'll point you towards Cobbo's Star Control 2 retrospective and leave it…

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2 years ago

Feature: In space, nobody can hear your bias

The RPG Scrollbars: Questing at the speed of light

This week, something a little different. I'm going to talk about something I'm working on myself. Obviously, this brings with it certain complications. I'm won't pretend not to be biased, though I don't mean this to be an advert. I just thought it would be interesting to share some of what I've been working on as the writer and co-quest designer of Daedalic Studio West's…

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3 years ago

Feature: My F***ing Sky

The RPG Scrollbars: Adventures In Spaaaaaaace!

Today, a little bit of heresy. I'm going to talk about adventure games. Specifically, about a thing I've always loved in them, when they offer the chance - that sense of being given a ship and a universe to explore. I get a shiver when I look at the star-map. I feel proud of my usually low-resolution, 256-colour VGA vessel. And yet, jump genres to…

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Feature: Up all night to get Frungy

The RPG Scrollbars: Praise The Ur-Quan Masters

There aren't enough SF RPGs, and of those, there aren't enough that prioritise what I want from them - the feel of being in an impossible universe full of infinite possibilities, not simply being in a futuristic showroom with a lot of tech manuals. It's why I loved Mass Effect so much, why I got on so well with Anachronox despite hating basically every actual…

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Feature: And the clock strikes a critical hit

The RPG Scrollbars: Time And Seasons In RPGs

The times change, and we change with the times. Or in the case of RPGs, not. I've always felt this a bit of a shame, especially in games like World of Warcraft, where your character is officially hanging around long enough to see the leaves fall off the trees and the snow to cover up the capital cities. That's why I was quite keen on…

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Have You Played… Star Control 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. And yes, I'm calling it that, because as wonderful as the modern version is, 'The Ur-Quan Masters' [official site] is the worst name imaginable this side of Poopy McPoop's Wacky Space Hijinx.

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5 years ago

Star Control Reboot Is A Prequel, Includes Multiplayer

If you're going to revive an old game series in spaceyear 2014, it may as well be a space game. That's what everyone else is doing, including Brad Wardell's Stardock with the Star Control series. In an interview with Ars Technica, Wardell confirmed some of the details, including that the game is a prequel and that it'll have multiplayer.

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6 years ago

Ur-Quan Masters HD: A Star Control 2 Remake

Star Control, and particularly its embiggened sequel, is one of those classics of the 1990s that, while it perhaps doesn't inspire quite as much mass veneration as some of its early-PC peers, has remained beloved and deathless in the long years since release. Ur-Quan Masters was an ambitious and well-received fan-made (and free) remake of its galactic exploration and roleplaying, interspecies chat and spaceship-based shooty…

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