StarFire is an ambitious (so far) one-man project, initiated on 19th August 2012 by b5cully. It was created with the intention to provide a tool to explore the depths of the universe and its secrets in a playful, educational, and thought-provoking manner. In order to do so, the player must design his spacecraft in such way it fits his individual needs and play style, and most importantly, withstands the dangers that linger in the dark. As such, StarFire implements models based on science, and may also cross the border between reality and the paranormal.

This game is inspired by Freelancer, Galactic Civilizations II, Fallout 3 and Minecraft. It's development is currently halted, but will be resumed some point in the future.

The StarFire Source Code by b5cully is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License with additional conditions and permissions.

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0 comments by b5cully on Feb 8th, 2014

Been a while since I last posted something here. I have a little surprise for you, too: a playable StarFire demo! Get it here:
Or via indiedb

StarFire v0.18 Demo

Please check the readme + controls.txt inside of the archive first for instructions. Install by extracting to a folder of your choice (ideally where you have full permissions), then clicking on StarFire.jar to run. Beware of buggy-ness & unfinished-ness! If you encounter problems or weird display, please report back!

Graphical&Internal Overhaul

This is still very rough work. I've been working towards creating something playable this iteration and I indeed succeeded to create a very basic simulation. Creating the framework enabling me to spawn items in space (hint: press the left mouse button in the demo) took up most of my time. This eventually is going to enable me to let loot drop on death of an entity (asteroids, enemies...)


The lack of time efficiency and easy-to-create data for the game has me forced to create this editor which postpones the development of multiplayer a little. The upside is that you, the player, too will be able to create your own content, and that includes ships, weapons, engines, resources, and even celestial bodies.

After my exams are over, I will occupy myself with multiplayer implementation, a basic AI and lots and lots with improving existing features. There's going to be many interesting things that I plan to add, such as overlays to display conditions (i.e. heat, injury, damage), better particles effects for weapons and engines, better sound and much much more.

Thank you tons for tracking StarFire! Peace out :)

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StarFire v0.18 Demo

StarFire v0.18 Demo

Feb 12, 2014 Demo 1 comment

explore the depths of the universe and its secrets in a playful, educational, and thought-provoking manner. In order to do so, the player must design...

StarFire ShipEditor v0.0.037b

StarFire ShipEditor v0.0.037b

Oct 29, 2012 Demo 0 comments

"Patched" version of the Editor. I recommend using 0.0.037b over version 0.0.037, as 0.0.037 models will not be compatible using this version due to a...

StarFire ShipEditor v0.0.037

StarFire ShipEditor v0.0.037

Oct 25, 2012 Demo 0 comments

Are you ready to try out the newest StarFire Demo? Download, unzip and play! Please read the manual and changelog for more information. Before doing any...

StarFire ShipEditor v0.0.036 Demo

StarFire ShipEditor v0.0.036 Demo

Oct 2, 2012 Demo 0 comments

The newest version of this ship editor features a new interface, copy/paste and undo/redo functions. Download, extract and run StarFire_ShipEditor0.0.036.jar...

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ZeroBits Feb 15 2014, 12:06pm says:

Finally tried out the demo, Pretty cool, but there is a zoom bug, where the camera is stuck inside the ship.

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b5cully Creator
b5cully Mar 26 2014, 10:38am replied:

...maybe "buggy" is the wrong word. "Unfinished" would suit better.

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b5cully Creator
b5cully Feb 16 2014, 5:33pm replied:

There's different camera "points" on each ship, and one happens to be inside it. You can press 1 and 2 (above Q&W key) to switch through available cameras (one should be inside the cockpit, the other behind the ship). Everything's still very very buggy Lol.

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b5cully Creator
b5cully Jan 10 2014, 5:23pm says:

Work on StarFire is going along well, a demo release with some gameplay can be expected in around 2 months. Hope to start dev'ing on multiplayer till then, too :)

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Guest Oct 17 2013, 12:37pm says:


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ZeroBits Sep 22 2013, 7:39pm says:

the controls in the ship editor are not very user friendly, something to consider for next release. especially because most people wont read a readme or manual.

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b5cully Creator
b5cully Sep 23 2013, 7:41am replied:

Care to elaborate what you mean by "user friendly"?

As far as I remember (its a while back ever since I programmed the ship editors prototypes), the key mappings were placed in such way that the keys you used the most were accessible best (i.e. selecting or removing blocks). As I also made multiple models using these editors, it indeed took a little to get used to, but once you got the hang of it, working with it was relative fast for being a keyboard-only interface.

If you refer to the lacking ability to control the interface using a mouse, this feature is something that is already implemented in the most recent version.

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ZeroBits Feb 15 2014, 11:59am replied:

"If you refer to the lacking ability to control the interface using a mouse, this feature is something that is already implemented in the most recent version"


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AJSorvillo Aug 13 2013, 8:39pm says:

I've been tracking your game for a short while now. I am impressed with how far you have come along. Keep up the awesome work!

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b5cully Creator
b5cully Aug 19 2013, 4:27pm replied:

Thanks a lot for your support :) Trying to do my best here as one-man dev team :D

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ZeroBits Sep 19 2013, 8:49pm replied:

Won't be a one man team for long, I'm going to try to keep up with my promises, and work on something when I have time, right now i'm still settling in after moving, and I can't seem to stop playing freespace 2. (classic space combat games are too good!)

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b5cully Creator
b5cully Sep 20 2013, 1:49pm replied:

haha thanks, glad you remembered ;)

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