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Friday, August 4, 2000
Star Conquest Seeks Testers
9:56 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Dark Shadow Software has sent out a call for beta testers for their upcoming turn-based game, Star Conquest. This game looks to be a great Mac-only networkable space strategy title which will support up to ten players over Appletalk, TCP-IP and even e-mail. Here is a list of game features from their web site:

  • Support for email/ara "off-line" games.
  • Large monitor support. Star Conquest can be played at any size resolution and bit depth. Minimum screen size is 640*480. However 832*624 is recommended.
  • Up to 1000 Star Systems with up to 10 Planets per Star System.
  • 11 Star Ship types including: Freighters, Scouts, Colony Ships, Defense Satellites, Star Cruisers, Star Destroyers, Battle Cruisers, Battle Stars, Food Ships,Research Ships and Mining Ships.
  • 4 different Planet types: Agricultural, Resource, Industrial, and Technological.
  • 5 different Races to play.
  • Trading and Banking options.
  • 8 Technological research areas. Weapons, Shields, ECM, Speed, Intercept, Class, Espionage and Military,
  • Planets can be captured, blockaded or destroyed.
  • Revolutions on newly conquered planets.
  • Star Base and Star Ship orders for easy automation of common missions.
  • Optional time limit on turn duration.
  • Mission based games, very similar to the board game risk.
  • Auto-Play option for up to the first fifteen years.
  • For more details on the game, head to the web site. The authors are looking for 50 dedicated beta testers, so if you're interested, be sure to send them an email. Here are details on their future test:
    To apply to join the beta test - please send an email to beta@darkshadowsw.com. Please include your full postal address. To improve your chances of being accepted give some brief information about you, your Macintosh and why you think you would be a good beta tester. If I get a lot of replies this information may be used to determine who gets added to the beta test list. There are only 50 places available and I will inform people by Friday 11th August whether they are on the beta test.

    I am traveling back to the UK this weekend so replies to any emails may be delayed.

    For those new to the term, Beta tester does not mean "I get free games before they are released." Testers are a valuable addition to the development team, and must provide technical information and feedback as well as bug reports and comments on gameplay issues.

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