Held together by the monarchy, the galactic empire has prospered and grown to encompass much of the existing known galaxy. The peace was enforced by the empire's vast armada of war ships. No one would dare to stand against the monarchy, or they would be crushed. However, the monarchy tended to be fair and used force rarely. This led to most of the systems complying with the demands of the empire and a tenuous peace resulted.

That changed 30 years ago with the death of the previous monarch. Rather than accept the eldest child as the rightful heir, the children quarrelled with each other. The argument became a war that continues to this day. The resources of all the systems have been drained to such a point that only the numerous capitol systems have any real power. The people have grown impatient, hungry and rebellious.

You were a general in the empire's armada. Growing impatient with the war, you have turned your back on the old empire and usurped control of one of the many systems in the empire. Your goal is to return the empire to its previous glory by establishing a new monarchy -- your own.

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0 comments by stepwoodalan on Aug 5th, 2013

StepWood Productions, LLC has decided that it has to temporarily cut funding for one of the projects we are working on. Unfortunately, with such a small crew, we couldn't maintain the necessary pieces to keep both of our major projects running.

After much consideration, we decided to shelve Galactic Usurper in favor of our other project.  There are a few reasons for this:

  1. Galactic Usurper didn't add much to the "Turn Based Space Combat" genre.  It's got some interesting components, but we couldn't really find our special place next to such great games as Master of Orion, etc.
  2. The multiplayer aspects of  GU were weighing down the development time.  We tried over the past 6 months to make an interesting version of GU that would be single player, but it just didn't come together.
  3. The multiplayer aspects of GU were going to cost us for the infrastructure, and we couldn't see a clear path to earning that money to keep it running without going the free to play, pay to play route.  We were opposed to making game play based on people paying money into the game which left us with subscription models.  We weren't sure how that would go over in the mobile space.

The code is still ready to be developed, but we needed to focus on a more interesting, direct to customer model that didn't require the larger infrastructure GU will require to be successful.  So, we have decided to temporarily shut down development on GU until our other project is in the hands of all of you!

That being said, I hope to be able to announce the other project here once we have some decent media to show off.  It's coming together nicely, but artwork is not our studio's strong point.  So, stick around for the next project and then we will revisit GU when the time is right to bring the best turn based space conquest game to market!
 
 

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After a full weekend of #gamedev, we have galaxy generators now in Galactic Usurper. Here's a picture... T.co

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