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    We're back with another Dev Blog to give you an update on how we're tracking. There's been some great releases thus far, and I for one can say I've very much been enjoying all the new Display Module updates.

    However as much as logic updates are great, one of the most exciting additions recently is Fog of War. Not necessarily because of that feature alone, but because of what that feature is leading us into.

    Now let's say this up front, the main reason for this Dev Blog is to inform you that our release cycle is changing for a bit. Up until now it has been a steady two week release cycle, and has worked great overall. Moving into larger development projects for the game though has seen these two week turnarounds become more difficult, and resulted in slower progress on these larger projects. To rectify this we are now going to be operating with a four week release cycle, at least for the time being. With more similar scale projects ahead in the development timeline you will find us choosing to swap to four week release cycles a bit more frequently.

    Let’s talk about the development project that has spurred on this change.

    NPC Faction Generation

    At the moment StarMade’s default faction stations would randomly spawn on the start of a new universe and populate the galaxies. Additionally you would occasionally encounter pirate ships and a battle would wage. This has been the most basic NPC faction generation, but we have much larger plans for NPC Factions, so in revisiting the system everything has been built from the ground up.



    There’s a number of aspects to NPC faction generation. Thinking about the playtime of games gives a rough look at how complex their NPCs need to be. A simple game like Counter-Strike, in terms of round time, means that any...
    Hello players,

    a new version has been release. Get the full news here:

    StarMade News - StarMade v0.199.253 - Fog of War and Display Block Upgrade

    Thanks for playing StarMade,
    - schema and the Schine Team
    Hello players,

    a new update has just been released, and it got some nice new features. Get the full information here:

    StarMade News - StarMade v0.199.234 - More Logic, New Effects, and Radial Menu

    Thanks for playing StarMade,
    - schema and the Schine Team
    Greetings,

    After much consideration at Schine, we will be postponing the next term until we've sorted a few things out. We want to take some time to solidify what we (Schine) want the Council to be and how it should be operating. We also want to get feedback from the community, former Councillors and take some time to plan for ideas we've already discussed. During this period we'll be evaluating what we've done right, wrong and what can be improved.

    We see no reason to rush into a next term until we're certain on where we wish to head. We believe that the best option is to take some time to focus on making the next Term the best it can be, ensuring that we start from a solid, transparent foundation.

    In the last few weeks, we’ve taken feedback from current and former councillors. We’ve implemented a couple of changes and seen an increase in activity from the Council; this has been in an effort to be more transparent and improve communications between Schine and the Councillors. Given a bit of time for us to evaluate and plan for the next term, we think we can capitalise on the experiences from the previous three terms.

    We have no plans to discontinue the program; we do believe that it needs a bit of work from our end to make the most out of community members' willingness to volunteer time.

    A couple of examples of ideas we'll be investigating are assigning the Council to gather information for new default values for our server config and a Community Events program.

    We know some great community competitions/tournaments are run throughout the year. We think it would be beneficial for both the community and those who run these events if there was some system where these events could be broadcasted to the rest of the community. These would comprise of the typical building and fighting events as well as other aspects of the game such as racing, drones/AI, logic/rails and so on. Along with community events, we'd still be hosting official Schine ones from time to...
    Hello players,

    an update has just been uploaded. Get the full info here:

    StarMade News - StarMade v0.199.214 - Auxiliary Power, Better Graphics, Better Textures, and Bugfixes

    Thanks for playing StarMade,
    - schema and the Schine Team