A real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. The aim is to have pretty chaotic explodey fights and interesting ship design choices.

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At its core, the game is about designing airships and fighting with them. Ships are put together out of modules, and the layout of modules matters a great deal: everything on board is done by individual airsailors who need to run around, ferrying coal, ammunition, water and repair tools - and sometimes their fallen comrades.

 

You can command fleets of airships both against the computer and against other players across the Internet. (A match-making and ladder service is planned, but right now, you just enter your opponent's IP address.)

 

In addition, there is a single-player strategic mode, where you use your fleet to conquer city after city, unlocking new modules and bonuses with each of them.

 

The game has an authentic-ish system of heraldry where you can create your own coat of arms, and register it with the game forums as unique to you.

 

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1 comment by Zarkonnen on Jul 7th, 2014

Let me get down to laying out my future plans for Airships. Right now, the game is still in the middle of development, and is not going to hit alpha for many months. Along the way, I'm going to add a whole lot of features, and the game's price is going to rise to $10 for the alpha, and then to $15 when we approach the final version.

My rough plan, subject to change:

dev4

This is the next release, due in July. I have 12 to-do items left in my plan, then I need to do some testing, and then the release will happen.

The biggest change in dev4 is under the hood: it unifies the ship editor, combat setup, defence layout and combat screens, allowing for seamless transitions. For example, you can look at your city's defences and seamlessly switch to refitting a ship. This also means that zoom and pan will work, and work the same, across the board.

The major new feature is deformable ground for ships to plow into and floating rocks to act as obstacles. This will matter especially once boarding combat and landships are in.

Beyond this, this version will introduce a simple espionage mechanic to allow you to see enemy fleets in the campaign mode, and more weapons: A short-range flamethrower and a long-range Suspendium cannon. Credit to the forums where these were proposed by Chosenlama.

dev5

Boarding combat, finally! You can add barracks modules containing air marines that you can send to disrupt or take over enemy ships. This was originally planned for dev4, but got sufficiently delayed that I'm splitting it out into its own update.

Apart from the boarding mechanic, this version will introduce externally attached modules: ramming prows, Suspendium dust chambers, as well as turreted weapons that have a wider field of fire and bombs for taking out buildings.


dev6

Next up, the major focus will be a new graphics engine: Right now, there's a lot of ugly display artefacts like gaps between tiles. The new graphics system will fix this and hopefully also add dynamic lighting and improved performance. More on that in a future detailed dev blog entry, of course.

Along with the new graphics, I will also polish up the UI components. Mechanics-wise, dev6 will introduce weather effects. Rain that reduces fire, wind that needs your ships to hold position, lightning, sunrises and sunsets that make it harder to aim in one direction.

Around this point, the game's price will rise to $10.

dev7

Dev7 will finally introduce landships with wheels, tracks and legs. Landships are cheaper but less flexible than airships, and have to follow along specific routes in strategic mode.

This release will also add diesel engines as a more powerful if expensive alternative to coal. Diesel fuel can be moved around by pipes instead of needing crew with buckets. But it also burns really, really well...

dev8

The focus for dev8 will be a major upgrade to the campaign mode. You will start with a single ship where you can learn the basics of the game, upgrading it as you go along, and eventually conquering your first city, before ending up in the late-game conquest that currently comprises the strategic mode.

dev9

Dragons! Wild dragons as hazards, tame dragons as allies.

Also potentially planned are ship commanders who give bonuses to individual ships, and a global multiplayer ranking ladder.

At this point, all the major features will be in, and the price will rise to $15.

dev10 and beyond

Finishing the game is a matter of fixing bugs and polishing the experience. Any number of releases might happen between dev9 and release 1.0, depending on how long it takes for the game to be truly done.

release 1.0

In a sense, this is going to be anticlimactic: version 1.0 is simply the version that's good enough to be called "done". There will be a party, though.

version 1.1 and beyond

There will be ongoing bug and balance fixes for a while.So that's the plan! As you can see, I have lots of things still planned, and it's going to take me a while to get there. This is also very much subject to change: I may think up additional features, decide to prioritise something, or even end up having to drop something that just doesn't work properly. If there's something you'd very much like to see in the game that's not mentioned here, I urge you to go to the forums and post your suggestion!

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INtense!
INtense! Jul 10 2014, 9:48pm says:

looking awesome

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Fravoc
Fravoc Jul 10 2014, 6:04am says:

There is something about the charm of an airship. I'm watching this for sure! Good luck! :)

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jroi_bautista
jroi_bautista Jul 9 2014, 2:23am says:

seeing your progress. I think it will be awesome to have factions, you know. some might declare war to the other and you can plunder military ships and such, I dunno, maybe different factions can have different design of ships. Or different ways they fly the ships. well, just a suggestion. :P anyways. Great game, gonna track it now and hope you'll be success full in this game.

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Zarkonnen
Zarkonnen Jul 9 2014, 11:57am replied:

These are excellent suggestions. TBH, I am currently holding back on working on the strategic parts because I don't want to get sucked into it too deep. Otherwise I'll re-emerge six months later babbling about what a wonderful world sim I've made. :P

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Zarkonnen May 9 2014, 10:55am replied:

The custom heraldry is basically a small thank-you for the extra support. So you can choose what heraldic symbol you would like, and I draw it for you. :)

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fazazan
fazazan Apr 7 2014, 12:35pm says:

What are those little white things in quarters really?

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Zarkonnen
Zarkonnen Apr 7 2014, 4:11pm replied:

Badly drawn hammocks. :D Yeah, that bit of art needs going-over.

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Zarkonnen
Zarkonnen May 28 2014, 9:05am replied:

See Indiedb.com for what I ended up doing re: demos. :)

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drjd24
drjd24 Jul 17 2014, 7:42pm replied:

Create any ship you want, and face of against a weak enemy; or a hard one. Just to show the basics of fighting. I agree with @yousefgeneidy1 on that point :)

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