As Imperia is developed and grows, like all games, it started out as an idea. Maybe just a germ of an idea, or perhaps an incomplete vision, but nonetheless all great works of all media types start with an idea. A seed.

And then comes the water of hard work, the soil of daily progress, and the occasional bugs of failure. But what happens when you finally have a sturdy little plant that can more or less stand on its own, without the help of the soil or a frame?

You want more. More plant, bigger plant, more everything.

And that is where Imperia stands. As of .311a, it’s a complete computer game in the sense of a game. It has a start, a win condition, a lose condition, an AI presence, a way to save and load, and it is pretty much stable.

What it does not have is the totality of my original vision.

What I envisioned with Imperia is the awesome responsibility of running an star empire.  The majesty and awe that such a persona must engender! And how could I, with my very limited art skills, every bring across that feeling?

Well, someone with vastly more talent in this department than I has asked to help with the art direction and has already started to contribute.  You can already see their work in the revised title screen and UI; over the next several months you will see much more.

For example:

A throne room, where your new month will start – what will you do? How will you rule?

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Soon, there will be mighty ships of war for you to command and defeat your enemies… or cow your own people:

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And there will be new faces – your characters, your viceroys will come to life!

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There will be more varieties of planets:

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There’s a lot coming down the pike, and I’m excited to bring you a small preview. Stay tuned!!!

 

-Steve

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Written by texashawk76

Gamer, designer, manager, dreamer, writer, believer, doer.

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