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TJJ

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Steam Halloween standouts; post your finds!
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:06:51 PM »

Beyond Sol : -75% (£1.74 or your regional equivalent); 4-pack available too for slightly less ea.

Cryptark: -65% (£3.84............); only recently positively reviewed by Total Biscuit.
I like the way conflicts are handled in Beyond Sol; like a bare bones implementation from a paradox grand strategy, opinion modifiers, treaties, war score, call for peace, and truces. The only thing it doesn't have is a CB system.

Still, it's enough to prevent wars from being simple competitions of annihilation, and allow diplomatic posturing.
There's definitely something here that Starsector could learn from.
That said, the UI design is pretty bad.

I encourage people to take a look, if just for broadening your game design experience.

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I would have liked to have seen military bases project influence (as they do now), but when influence overlaps, creates contested space.
Contested space would then be one of the primary Casus Belli for expansion.

If each hex also kept track of who'd controlled it in the past (similar to EU4 cores), regaining said territory after losing it (Reconquest) could be another CB.

They could have created a hands-off trade system too, then to complement it, the ability to sponsor piracy.
Threaten/protecting trade would then become another avenue for CB creation.

The game is what it is, but with relatively few alternations, it could have been a lot more.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2017, 07:05:38 AM by TJJ »
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Re: Steam Halloween standouts; post your finds!
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 11:52:07 PM »

Slayaway Camp: 60% off, USD/EUR 3.59
A little puzzle game with an '80s slasher film theme.
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