Spellforce 3 Open Beta Weekend Impressions

I try to stay abreast of what’s coming up in the strategy game space, but miss out on them far more often than I’d like. Thankfully “cataclaw,” an RTS player who I met thanks to our mutual appreciation of the Company of Heroes series, pointed out to me last week that Spellforce 3, an RTS/RPG…

Some Inspired Designs in Relic’s RTS Titles

I’m not going to mince words here. Relic’s games are a breath of fresh air in the real-time strategy space. They always have been. Their inaugural title, Homeworld, was a breathtaking testament to what strategy games could be, and remains one of the iconic and noteworthy pillars of the real-time strategy space. In terms of both storytelling…

RTS Design Thought – Control of Economic Processes

I mentioned this briefly in a previous article and will open again with it here: having played my fair share of strategy and tactics games, I’ve come to this conclusion: if your game removes a facet of the core RTS experience (like base building) it must include additional mechanics/game systems of at least comparable complexity and depth…