Astrobase Command, 1 Year On

The Ant Farm view: your astrobase at a glance.

What a year!

Just about a year ago, we were excitedly watching the numbers rolling in on our first ever crowdfunding campaign. Even though we didn’t manage to pull in the funds we were hoping for, we promised you all that Astrobase Command would go on.

And go on it has. The project is currently moving along at a good speed, and the team has grown since the early days when Adam and Dave were feverishly working on the project in the back of an Samorran deep space freighter.

Space is a dangerous place

The art has certainly come a long way since Adam’s early space-nouveau designs, with Daniel bringing a keen Swedish sense of design worthy of the finest offerings of the Spacekea catalogue.

Build the space station of your dreams

 Some new stuff

In addition to improving the heck out of everything you saw in our campaign pitch, we’ve been hard at work developing some awesome new features that will let you truly experience a new game every time you play.

Daniel has devised a procedural face generator that will piece together a unique face for every crew member. It is still very early on, but the results are already quite promising. Improvements will include hair, facial hair, more variations in eye and skin colour, as well as variable positioning of the features.

Face, the Final Frontier

Dave has also made some tremendous progress on our most exciting feature, the AI Storyteller. It builds sentence-by-sentence, and in some cases phrase-by-phrase, stories that link several events together. Each of these are threaded together to follow a story arc that will allow you to really get to know your characters, particularly since the results are generated as a consequence of the character’s traits and abilities. This means that two characters presented with the same situation will see it play out completely differently. As an example, here are two scenarios that were generated entirely by the Storyteller putting two different characters through the same situation:

Chief Blahuta

Chief Blahuta began to worry he was getting lost out in the middle of the frozen lake. He started to reprogram a portable probe to act as a locator beacon, but the circuits couldn’t handle the power differential and it caused a minor explosion. (2 Energy Damage) (Character has died)

Crewman Zezelic

Crewman Zezelic neared the completion of his journey through the frozen lake. He paused to admire a shimmering effect and realized a fine powder of naturally occuring ceramics was storing heat from the red sun. His mood changed for the better. (Collected 1 Ceramics)

find out more about the storyteller at: http://astrobasecommand.com/?p=3488

What’s in store?

We’re pushing hard towards a closed alpha test that will begin soon(TM). If you’re interested in taking part, make sure to swing by our forums to find out more when the time comes.

As most of you have probably heard, we were successfully greenlit on Steam Early Access before the end of the Kickstarter campaign. After talking with other devs, we’ve come to the conclusion that we need to make sure that Astrobase is sufficiently polished and developed to give players a decent play through before putting it up. Once we’ve had the chance to fix the problems our testers find and make sure everything is shiny enough, we’ll be putting it out on Early Access, so you’ll want to keep an eye on our Greenlight page for updates, too.

We need your help!

We are trending upwards on IndieDB (currently 45 of 20K+) and there is a vote going on for Indie Game of the Year. We’d really appreciate if you could take the time to pop in and vote for Astrobase Command.
That’s it for now!

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Astrobase Command Is Marching On

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Things have been quiet on the blogging front for a while, but there’s a good reason for that. We’ve been busily chipping away at the pile of work needed to make Astrobase Command ready for release on Steam Early Access this Summer. As you can imagine, there are many things that have to get done to bring a game up from a tech demo that shows isolated aspects of game play to a playable game that can be put into the hands of eager fans.

You can see more of what awaits in this development blog entry, so why don’t you go check it out?

While you’re there, why don’t you sign up to our mailing list for future updates? You can find it on the right of our home page in the “Briefing Room” box.

Astrobase Command Greenlit on January 7th!

Sweet success!

Sweet success!

I know it has been a while, so let me begin by wishing all of you a belated 2014! I hope the year will be a stellar one for everyone.

We’ve been busily working on Astrobase Command from within our super secret hideout deep under an ancient volcano, so it’s easy to so get carried away with our experiments that we forget to post updates. I mean, sharks with missiles AND lasers on their heads don’t just build themselves, you know?

Anyhow, I wanted to take a minute to celebrate some pretty momentous news: Steam greenlit Astrobase Command on January 7th. This is superb, and has us bouncing off of our lair’s walls. What a wonderful way to kick off our work for the next year!

You can follow our progress on Twitter @jellyfish_games, and on our website: www.astrobasecommand.com

Astrobase Command Racing Through Greenlight, Needs Help on Kickstarter

Time is short. Make haste!

Time is short. Make haste!

We’ve just set off on the last two days of our Astrobase Command Kickstarter campaign. While things are going swimmingly on Steam Greenlight (we’re currently at #11), we are falling far short of our crowd funding goal.

Build starbases, interact with your crew using an immersive interface.

This is not to say that it is impossible to reach the $113,000 or so that remain. Other campaigns have clawed back from further in the final hours. Our main challenge for this to happen, though, is to break above the internet’s background noise. There is just so much going on in these last days before Christmas that few have the opportunity to notice our project. The profound success we are having on Greenlight tells us that our concept resonates deeply with players. People are looking for a meaningful and deeply immersing storyline, one that highlights the importance of characters over the fantastic nature of advanced science fiction technologies.

Our modular astrobase construction system will allow players to build starbases of unlimited size.

This is where you come in. Your help in shouting out, spreading the word far and wide across the reaches of the interwebs, will give us a fighting chance to push this across the finish line.

We’d be grateful for any help you can lend.

The Kickstarter funds will allow us to accelerate the game’s delivery and most importantly hire a talented artist to replace all the placeholder art we are using with something gorgeous.

A little information about our game

Getting to know your crew and their personality quirks will be essential to your success.

Astrobase Command is a sandbox base-building RPG in a low-tech science fiction universe. Inspired by the science fiction movies and television shows of the ’70s and ’80s, its focus is on the bonds the player will develop with the characters rather than the advanced technology they use.

The datapad, one of the ways in which players will interface with the game world.

Build 3D starbases, explore exotic new worlds, and wage battles in space or on planetary surfaces. Everything is tied together by an advanced AI Storyteller that is like having a living, breathing Dungeon Master crafting a unique game experience for the player every time the game is played, offering endless replayability.

The action takes place onboard your station, in space, on planetary surfaces, and even on other astrobases.

Astrobase Command is available on Kickstarter at a discounted price of $15 until the campaign ends on December 20th at 10AM EST.

Remember to vote for us on Greenlight, too!

We’re Big on Greenlight!

Well, sort of. Astrobase Command has been doing very well over its first few hours on Greenlight. We’ve already tallied up an impressive number of positive votes.

Screencapture from the Astrobase Command Greenlight dashboard

We’re really excited by the results, since it’s telling us loud and clear that the concept resonates with almost everyone who sees it. We can’t rest on our laurels, though. The curves are only projections, and don’t mean anything if we don’t keep working hard to convince the community that we’re going to deliver the absolute best game possible game, the one they deserve.

There’s still plenty of ground to cover until December 20th, so we’re just getting started. The Greenlight news is a great wind in our sails. We thank all of those who have taken the time to cast their vote (and those who will in the future!)

Head on over to our Kickstarter updates page to get the latest news.