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Per aspera ad astra. Thats what the contract read, and it was the truest lie you ever signed your name to.

Hoping to make your fortune through interstellar trade and adventure, you became a free agent of the Hansa Star Guild in exchange for a small starship and some big debts. Now you must master the tradeways of frontier space and make a name for yourself at any cost...
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Rogueship is a space trading simulation set in a sci-fi universe where you play an upstart starship captain running galactic commodities between planets, fighting pirates, alien hostiles, and staying one step ahead of guild regulators. Invest in ship upgrades, risk everything by smuggling precious contraband, buy low, sell high, and struggle to survive in the chaotic age of space.

GAMEPLAY OVERVIEW:

+ Single-player, turn-based 2D interface

+ Randomly generated maps and encounters

+ Simple, addictive trade management

+ Balanced risk- and planning-based gameplay

+ 10-15 minute long games

+ 9 planets, 9 commodities, and 16 encounter types

+ Online leaderboard

Rogueship is the perfect coffee-break game, combining core strategy with a simple interface and evocative futuristic universe. Easy to pickup and play, the game is designed for short bursts of devious starfaring where you live or die based on your ability to manage calculated risk. Its a throwback to a time where games were played at a higher level of abstraction, where strategy was more important than tactics.

Randomly generated galaxy maps, randomized encounters, and the erratic pulse of the commodities market make every game of Rogueship a fresh challenge. Highly replayable and capricious, you will experience the rush of victory or the grasping pain of death in the Rogueship universe as a new story each time you play.

Unlike sprawling space epics that try to do a little of everything, Rogueship concentrates on the struggle of interstellar commodities trading. This makes Rogueship ideal for anyone seeking a short, replayable strategy sim. With a simple interface thats natural to the iPhone, youll exploit planetary needs while timing your trades to the fluctuating galactic market, and stay ahead of game events bringing unexpected downturns and windfalls.

For the criminally enterprising, the black market offers contraband trading and tempting rewards to smugglers in it for either a quick profit or a prosperous career. The crushing arm of the law, however, waits to strike in the form of Guild Regulators, relentless enforcers working for the galactic trade cartels.

Yet many other dangers await the rising star-trader. Space pirates ply the tradeways seeking rich cargo loads to pillage, but if you defeat them in battle you can claim a bounty from the guilds. Intruders are alien life forms lurking in the uncharted reaches of space. They feed on Astra and will attack passing spacecraft, but if you can defeat them youll find valuable xenotech to sell.

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You can read more on the Rogeuship website at www.rogueship.net, where youll find developer diaries, release notes, game aids, news, and more.

Rougeship is being actively supported with continued development. A number of minor and major upgrades are already in the works for 2010. Buy it now before the price catches up.

If you have any feedback, gameplay questions, or features requests dont hesitate to email us at cmd@rogueship.net.

Website: www.rougeship.net
Leaderboard: www.rogueship.net/leaderboard
Release Notes: www.rogueship.net/release-notes
Blog: www.rogueship.net/category/blog
Twitter: twitter.com/rogueship

travisdunn's comments:
Hi there,

I'm happy to announce the release of Rogueship, a retro-gaming sci-fi trading sim available in the App Store as of today.

iTunes Link:
itms://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rogue...324321518?mt=8

If anyone is interested in reviewing the game or ad hoc testing future updates, don't hesitate to get in touch, either by PM or emailing cmd@rogueship.net. Thanks! I'd be happy to hear any feedback, be it good or bad. We're just a two-man team, and hope you enjoy our homage to classic sci fi gaming.

R O G U E S H I P



DESCRIPTION:

“Per aspera ad astra”. That’s what the contract read, and it was the truest lie you ever signed your name to.

Hoping to make your fortune through interstellar trade and adventure, you became a free agent of the Hansa Star Guild in exchange for a small starship and some big debts. Now you must master the tradeways of frontier space and make a name for yourself at any cost...


Rogueship is a space trading simulation set in a sci-fi universe where you play an upstart starship captain running galactic commodities between planets, fighting pirates, alien hostiles, and staying one step ahead of guild regulators. Invest in ship upgrades, risk everything by smuggling precious contraband, buy low, sell high, and struggle to survive in the chaotic age of space.

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FEATURES:

+ Single-player, turn-based 2D interface

+ Randomly generated maps and encounters

+ Simple, addictive trade management

+ Balanced risk- and planning-based gameplay

+ 10-15 minute long games

+ 9 planets, 9 commodities, and 16 encounter types

+ Online leaderboard

GAMEPLAY OVERVIEW:

Rogueship is the perfect coffee-break game, combining core strategy with a simple interface and evocative futuristic universe. Easy to pickup and play, the game is designed for short bursts of devious starfaring where you live or die based on your ability to manage calculated risk. It’s a throwback to a time where games were played at a higher level of abstraction, where strategy was more important than tactics.

Randomly generated galaxy maps, randomized encounters, and the erratic pulse of the commodities market make every game of Rogueship a fresh challenge. Highly replayable and capricious, you will experience the rush of victory or the grasping pain of death in the Rogueship universe as a new story each time you play.

Unlike sprawling space epics that try to do a little of everything, Rogueship concentrates on the struggle of interstellar commodities trading. This makes Rogueship ideal for anyone seeking a short, replayable strategy sim. With a simple interface that’s natural to the iPhone, you’ll exploit planetary needs while timing your trades to the fluctuating galactic market, and stay ahead of game events bringing unexpected downturns and windfalls.

For the criminally enterprising, the black market offers contraband trading and tempting rewards to smugglers in it for either a quick profit or a prosperous career. The crushing arm of the law, however, waits to strike in the form of Guild Regulators, relentless enforcers working for the galactic trade cartels.

Yet many other dangers await the rising star-trader. Space pirates ply the tradeways seeking rich cargo loads to pillage, but if you defeat them in battle you can claim a bounty from the guilds. Intruders are alien life forms lurking in the uncharted reaches of space. They feed on Astra and will attack passing spacecraft, but if you can defeat them you’ll find valuable xenotech to sell.

CONTACT AND SUPPORT:

You can read more on the Rogeuship website at www.rogueship.net, where you’ll find developer diaries, release notes, game aids, news, and more.

Rougeship is being actively supported with continued development. A number of minor and major upgrades are already in the works for 2010. Buy it now before the price catches up.

If you have any feedback, gameplay questions, or features requests don’t hesitate to email us at cmd@rogueship.net.

Website: www.rougeship.net
Leaderboard: www.rogueship.net/leaderboard
Release Notes: www.rogueship.net/release-notes
Blog: www.rogueship.net/category/blog
Twitter: twitter.com/rogueship

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Thanks for reading, and I hope you get a kick out of playing.

App Store:
itms://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rogue...324321518?mt=8

.travis.
12-20-2009, 11:57 AM
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12-20-2009, 12:39 PM
#3
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this thing looks pretty neat. i always was a fan of trading games and somewhat of a sci-fi-nerd, so this actually is a perfect scenario.

some questions though:
1) if i play for some days without internet connection, can i later upload the scores to the leaderboards?
2) is there a gameplay video?
3) when you say 10-15 minute rounds. is this comparable to e.g. 100 days in dope wars?
12-20-2009, 12:42 PM
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Can anyone compare this to Dark Nova and let us know which is better?

DEFY THE COSMOS!
12-20-2009, 02:19 PM
#5
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by carnivore View Post
this thing looks pretty neat. i always was a fan of trading games and somewhat of a sci-fi-nerd, so this actually is a perfect scenario.

some questions though:
1) if i play for some days without internet connection, can i later upload the scores to the leaderboards?
2) is there a gameplay video?
3) when you say 10-15 minute rounds. is this comparable to e.g. 100 days in dope wars?
1. Unfortunately, your score won't be uploaded at the moment. There's no reason technically that this isn't supported, so it's a quick win for the first game update. In fact, it'll be possible at that point to upload your top ten local scores retroactively if they weren't uploaded before.

2. No, but I'll certainly post here in the next day with one.

3. A "Round" has nothing to do with tick-based gameplay. A Round in Rogueship is just a marker for when you must pay Guild dues, and planetary commodity counts are reset, and a few other such game events.

Thanks for your questions! Let me know if you're interested in testing and/or review.

Blog : travisdunn.com | Apps : New Breeders, Rogueship, Lobbyist Directory (in review)

ROGUESHIP - Space Trading in a Sci-Fi Universe - get it now in the App Store
iTunes Link | rogueship.net | twitter
12-20-2009, 02:24 PM
#6
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by RankoSao View Post
Can anyone compare this to Dark Nova and let us know which is better?
Actually, if you tell me what you're looking for in a trading sim, I might be able to answer this for you in terms of what Rogueship is and isn't.

I did have some pretty clear design goals in mind with the gameplay and simple trading mechanic.

Blog : travisdunn.com | Apps : New Breeders, Rogueship, Lobbyist Directory (in review)

ROGUESHIP - Space Trading in a Sci-Fi Universe - get it now in the App Store
iTunes Link | rogueship.net | twitter
12-20-2009, 02:29 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by travisdunn View Post
Actually, if you tell me what you're looking for in a trading sim, I might be able to answer this for you in terms of what Rogueship is and isn't.

I did have some pretty clear design goals in mind with the gameplay and simple trading mechanic.
Im asking because i have Dark Nova, and this seems a very similar game to it. i just want to know if its better, worse, or about the same, and if there are any advantages to getting this one.

DEFY THE COSMOS!
12-20-2009, 04:19 PM
#8
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Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by RankoSao View Post
Im asking because i have Dark Nova, and this seems a very similar game to it. i just want to know if its better, worse, or about the same, and if there are any advantages to getting this one.
Well, heh, what I can do to answer this is link to my developer logs, where I try to lay out the basic game design.

That's a bit to read, but in short I think you'd find Rogueship more like a puzzle sim than a 4X strategy game.

Part 1: Design Foundation
Part 2: Gameplay Foundation
Part 3: World Foundation
Part 4: Commodities
Part 5: Combat
Part 6: Events

Blog : travisdunn.com | Apps : New Breeders, Rogueship, Lobbyist Directory (in review)

ROGUESHIP - Space Trading in a Sci-Fi Universe - get it now in the App Store
iTunes Link | rogueship.net | twitter
12-30-2009, 02:19 PM
#9
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 68
I've finally recorded and uploaded a demo video to youtube that runs through the main trading/travel/encounters gameplay to some (imho) very excellent background music.

If you were wondering how Rogueship plays, please take a look:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg2fys34nZc

I assume there isn't a way to embed youtube videos on the forum, so the link will have to do.

Thanks!

Blog : travisdunn.com | Apps : New Breeders, Rogueship, Lobbyist Directory (in review)

ROGUESHIP - Space Trading in a Sci-Fi Universe - get it now in the App Store
iTunes Link | rogueship.net | twitter
12-30-2009, 02:24 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by travisdunn View Post
If you were wondering how Rogueship plays, please take a look:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg2fys34nZc

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