A turn-based grand strategy game in space: Defend Earth against an alien invasion from the edge of the Solar System. Negotiate with the various governments of Earth and secure their support - One way or the other. Establish your bases on other planets to take the fight to the enemy. Design and build powerful spaceships, then take them into battle.

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0 comments by Cironian on Aug 1st, 2013

With the 1.00 release coming up soon, I have opened up the character creator one last time. Through this, you can design your own character to be added to Solar War. This feature is available to everyone who bought or still buys the game before the release.

Since this was originally promised as a bonus for Alpha users only, Beta customers will only have 35 character points available to build their character instead the the 50 Alpha users get. Alpha characters also get a special trait that reduces promotion cost by 5 experience points.

To get started, hit the "Connect" menu item on the Desura page for the game and follow the instructions. Once you are done, you can start picking the stats for your in-game persona at Solarwar.net

Once you have finished making your officer character, it will be included in the game starting from the next released update (possibly excepting minor bugfix updates ending with a letter).

Connecting your Desura copy of the game to the Solar War site also gives you instant access to the latest standalone installers for the Windows and Linux versions of the game.

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stuntaneous
stuntaneous Aug 27 2013, 1:00am says:

Intriguing but again, you're reaching with that price.

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fitzitz
fitzitz Aug 25 2013, 6:39am says:

I'm sorry but who in their right mind would pay £12.99 for this?! You can get so many better games for a lot cheaper with better graphics and gameplay!!!

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SlickWhiteRabbit
SlickWhiteRabbit Aug 24 2013, 9:54pm says:

Got to agree with nshill20 on the price point. £19.99 is way to much for this game. I certainly won't be purchasing it unless the price drops significantly. I love most space oriented games, so will miss this one unless I see it on a 75 % or more sale.

I'm sure if the price was dropped to a fairer price, sales would increase significanly.

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graspee
graspee Aug 25 2013, 3:43am replied:

I agree with you, but it's $19.99 not £19.99. It's £12.49.

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nshill20
nshill20 Aug 24 2013, 4:41am says:

And yes, I realize your game is not a 4x but a turn based strategy defense game but that is more your competition than say an FPS or Action game=) Not too mention, a 4x has a lot more depth so...the pricing still works. I can compare you to tower defense and turn based strategy games but then one will make you look way expensive and lets not even try to compare you to the great TBS games such as Xcom....

and a tl:dr -> Basically way overpriced...there actually is a decent demand but not at your price point. Lowering the price will increase sales and it is not in a linear fashion. Lower the price by 3/4 would increase sales by tenfold especially if you go to certain forums and spread link of the game.

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Cironian
Cironian Aug 27 2013, 1:35am replied:

Trust me, if setting it at 1$ would sell a million copies, I'd do that right away. But I tried some 50% off sales during beta and on an average sale day the game didn't quite sell twice as many copies there. More, sure, but not enough, especially since most of the additional sales seemed to come from the extra marketing impact of the sale.

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nshill20
nshill20 Aug 24 2013, 4:36am says:

part 2 of post

Now to put that in perspective...in theory...

if 19.99 nets you 1000 sales
then at 9.99 you should only need 2000 sales to make the same
then at 4.99 you only need 4000 sales to make the same as 19.99. However, in reality with a price point of 4.99 which is about what your game should be going for on a platform like desura...maybe 9.99 with half off sales occasionally, you would easily clear 4000+ sales. Furthermore, the more people that buy your game and like it, the more word of mouth spreads and it is easier to justify to friends to spend 4.99 on said game...or 9.99...however, 19.99 is just way to hard to justify when i could get any of the above mentioned games on steam for 50-75% off if I just wait for a sale...

So Star Drive at 14.99 on a normal steam sale...or your game at 19.99, heck even at 9.99, I am taking Star Drive 100% of the time.

Heck, Aurora is free (they are working on Aurora 2) and the only thing it was lacking was graphics but it is one of the most in depth space 4x games probably in existence.

If you want to see sales increase and make money...then you need to consider a much better price point for your game, possibly get it in a groupees, indie royale, some form of bundle, and get some press for your game. Otherwise it will just sink into the endless vacuum of space to be enjoyed by few and far between.

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nshill20
nshill20 Aug 24 2013, 4:33am says:

I have to ask, where in the world did you come up with the price point of $19.99...too put it in perspective

$29.99 Endless Space
$29.99 Star Drive
$19.99 Star Ruler
$19.99 Gal Civ II
$19.99 SotS II Enhanced
$18.99 Horizon
$9.99 Gal Civ I
$9.99 SotS Complete
$5.99 Master of Orion 1 and 2 (GOG)
$Free Aurora

Now on top of Aurora there are a handful of free 4x games you can find that are free because there graphics are somewhat lacking but there gameplay is great.

Now, I am just going by the screenshots and what information is given. I would need to try the demo...however...Star Drive, Endless Space, Star Ruler, and GC II are at that same price point and provide wonderful gameplay along with solid, very nice graphics.

"Sorry, I don't have the money to buy any new graphics. (And the game hasnt't sold nearly enough copies to fund it off that, which was my original idea for the beta)" per you on May 8....You have not made enough money because your price point is sadly not going to ever get you there. The above games are done with teams, and justify the cost. While your game sounds different and you have some interesting ideas, with a tag of $19.99 you will not make it to steam and you will not compete against the more polished space games. There are even a couple games on Desura that you are competing against that are 1/4 the cost of your game.

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graspee
graspee Aug 23 2013, 12:30pm says:

I really don't know what you were thinking when you came up with this price. £12.49?
You would make more money by setting the price lower. At the moment the price is cutting off a large percentage of your audience.

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Cironian
Cironian Aug 20 2013, 4:53pm says:

There you go: 1.00 is released on Desura too!

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Quite a good game here. But quite expensive for old school graphics.

+ Techno-tree
+ Designing own ships
+ The map
+ tactical battles
+ No bug

--- graphics (i don't really mind btw but others would)
- Officer's management quite difficult to understand and handle
- price

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