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Stardock Plans "At Least" Two Game Announcements

This document (Adobe Acrobat format) offers Stardock's 2012 Consumer Report, an annual look behind the curtain at the company's business, offered as a goodwill gesture, since they are not publically traded and thus not subject to quarterly public financial reports. They outline a very successful year, noting this was spurred by them releasing three titles when they would typically release one. They then proceed to indicate they plan on announcing "at least" two games this year and also announce that Derek Paxton is now in charge of their development studio:

I suspect we will have at least, two new game announcements in 2013.

We have continued to follow-up on bringing in top-tier game designers to evaluate, tweak and enhance future titles. This process started with Derek “Kael” Paxton who developed the popular Civilization IV mod “Fall from Heaven”. His work has been transformative both in terms of how games get designed here but in how they get produced. As a result, I’m pleased to announce that Derek Paxton is VP of Stardock Entertainment and in charge of the studio.

After Derek Paxton joined us, Jon Shafer joined us to help on Fallen Enchantress and help design an unannounced game. After Fallen Enchantress was completed, he founded his own company (Conifer) to work on a new strategy game called At the Gates.

This year, with the “next generation” of Stardock games in pre-production, we’ve brought Soren Johnson (designer of Civilization IV) to work on the designs for our new titles for the next few months. The emphasis on dedicated game design has resulted in greater confidence that new franchises will not have to go through the rocky experience that Elemental: War of Magic went through.

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55. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 14, 2013, 13:14 Dev
 
draginol wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 10:34:
I hope you've had a chance to read the report:

http://www.stardock.com/press/CustomerReports/Stardock2012.pdf

There is a lot of good data in there
I'm reading it now, thanks for reminding me about the link (I didn't click it earlier even though blue linked it). I agree, lots of good info in there.

Here's a couple bits that caught my eye:

The part about 64bit gaming. I think another dimension of that has been consoles holding back game development when developers focus on developing for the lowest common denominator (the 512 megs of consoles). I know that stardock doesn't focus on consoles, for which I'm thankful, but I think in general console focus effects the entire industry.

it’ll be tougher going for the games group since its new stuff won’t start to show up until 2014.
I'm a little sad that it appears that while the games might be announced this year, they won't be released until next year I'm sure the wait will be worth it though!

Less than 1 out of 5 people want to buy their software in a box.
Steam alone accounts for 90% of our non-direct game revenue.

My own personal guesstimate previously has been that 66%-75% of all PC game sales are digital, and that steam has a majority of those digital PC sales (I was guessing 75% of them). My guesstimate numbers aren't terribly far off from stardock's survey.

I also appreciate the expenses breakdown in the chart. I personally like that the advertising isn't a huge percentage, so when I buy a game from stardock it feels like my money is going to be used for working on games, and not just TV ads.

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54. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 23:07 NegaDeath
 
So after 3 pages of comments I think the summary is, Galciv 3? Yes? Ok people that's a wrap, meeting adjourned.  
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53. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 18:51 Beelzebud
 
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 17:16:
Flatline wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 16:50:
Sweet "at least" two games I can completely and utterly skip.

I hope White Knighting Glenn Beck was worth it.

I'd rather people White Knight Glenn Beck than call anyone who disagrees with the Obmessiah's policies racist.

That's rich considering Glenn Beck once said of the president: "I really think he has a deep seated hatred of white people."
 
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52. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 18:43 nin
 
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51. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 18:25 Verno
 
Falaffel wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 17:12:
Drama or no drama, Brad brings insights and information that would otherwise be unavailable to us. How many Studio CEOs posts on blue? If blue posters would focus on the news at hand instead of old news, the drama would be less dramatic.

No, the idea that we can't have one without the other is a flawed assumption and pretty much ties into exactly what I was talking about. Blaming internet forum posters and the media is silly when the common denominator here is pretty obvious. Anyways it was exasperated advice, nothing more and you haven't changed my opinion so *shrug*.

What do you want to bet that public opinion would change overnight on brad if he just delivered GalCiv3 and SoaSE2

Depending on the quality of the games and if there is no silly drama surrounds their release, sure I can see that. I think it's a combination of the lawsuit, the state of Elemental's release and the politicking but its nothing a few solid games and a lack of the aforementioned can't cure.
 
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50. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 17:12 Falaffel
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 14:33:

Nah, you are using hyperbole and misrepresenting what I said. If a developers personal dramarama keeps following them around like a stink, yes I suggest getting a professional to do that aspect for them or better yet just ignore it entirely and promote the work. There are many devs who are capable of separating work and personal matters, deal with the public well and that don't need it but obviously there are some that do. I don't know much or particularly care about brad personally so *shrug* to that.

I think you meant the gamers bill of rights by the way and it was a puff piece that was never realistic, I don't really begrudge them for not following through on it. Even if they wanted to the industry at large won't cooperate on many of those things.

Drama or no drama, Brad brings insights and information that would otherwise be unavailable to us. How many Studio CEOs posts on blue? If blue posters would focus on the news at hand instead of old news, the drama would be less dramatic.

I think the written document was genuine when created but fell for what i guess would be called "business realities". The demands of backers for kickstarter shows that the ideas are still in demand. One can just wish that Stardock start abiding by them again.
 
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49. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 16:17 dj LiTh
 
What do you want to bet that public opinion would change overnight on brad if he just delivered GalCiv3 and SoaSE2  
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48. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 14:33 Verno
 
Falaffel wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 13:56:
What a bizarre approach. Have you seen any of the new kickstarter project lately? People are demanding more participation and communication from game makers and here you are advocating for the opposite.

Nah, you are using hyperbole and misrepresenting what I said. If a developers personal dramarama keeps following them around like a stink, yes I suggest getting a professional to do that aspect for them or better yet just ignore it entirely and promote the work. There are many devs who are capable of separating work and personal matters, deal with the public well and that don't need it but obviously there are some that do. I don't know much or particularly care about brad personally so *shrug* to that.

I think you meant the gamers bill of rights by the way and it was a puff piece that was never realistic, I don't really begrudge them for not following through on it. Even if they wanted to the industry at large won't cooperate on many of those things.
 
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47. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 13:56 Falaffel
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 10:19:
People don't need to cherry pick anything, you give plenty of ammunition away for free it seems. Hence being quiet and letting professionals handle your public relations as they are actually qualified to defuse the drama that seems to consistently follow you around. There are many developers who can speak for themselves and avoid these things, you don't seem to be one of them though so I don't think we're "losing anything" either.

If you want issues to be about your games then ignore drama and talk about the games alone. Whenever I see you responding to something about other "drama" it strikes me as someone a bit vain or immature trying to shift blame or assuage their own ego.

What a bizarre approach. Have you seen any of the new kickstarter project lately? People are demanding more participation and communication from game makers and here you are advocating for the opposite.

And what a crappy argument for it, the more brad explains, the more he is creating the crises? Are you by any chance a political advisor? Because thats the kind of crap that has made people cynical of politicians. Some of us believe in creating solutions and results by dialog. Honestly your comments seem to indicate you having a personal grudge against stardock/brad than anythind else.

That aside, i do think brads political opinions are out in farright loony land, but stardock is a diamond in a haystack of crappy publishers and they are exactly what we pc gamer entusiasts need to support. The discussion here IMO should not be about lawsuits or non-game politics. It should be about why the 10 gamer demands are not followed anymore by stardock or why stardock is not releasing on gog or other drm free options.

 
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46. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 13:14 Creston
 
All the bullshit aside, I'm glad Brad still takes the time to talk to gamers, especially here.

If your next game is awesome, I will gladly buy it. Your personal beliefs and opinions have no standing on me enjoying a game.

Galciv 3. PLEEEZE?

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45. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 11:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
draginol wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 19:59:
Beamer wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 19:39:

Though it amuses me that UPS said they were boycotting Fox News, and, annoyed at this censorship, Brad had his corporation boycott UPS.
Isn't that just a tiny bit hypocritical?

"Your corporation is practicing censorship with its boycott, so my corporation has to boycott yours!"

I tend to think of boycotts as being about giving something up. If I have two shippers to choose from and one of them is using their advertising dollars to try to influence someone else's speech then I'll pick the one that doesn't. UPS was trying to use their ad dollars to influence speech. I don't like that.

I'm not trying to stop a company or a person from saying whatever they want. That was my point. The answer to speech you don't like is more speech. At the time, I time, I hadn't really heard of Glenn Beck. I don't watch much TV. Why people think I'm a fan of Glenn Beck is beyond me.

While I agree the whole thing was overblown, I'm really failing to see how this approach is any different than what UPS was doing. They didn't want their money being used to support a racist jackass saying all kinds of retarded things on TV. How is it not their absolute right to redirect those dollars to someplace where they won't have to be associated with the kind of toxic craziness promoted by Beck?
 
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44. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 10:44 Verno
 
Normally I would just be observing and shaking my head at your latest press faux pas as I didn't enjoy Elemental and haven't revisited any of your company's products since. This time though I actually clicked on the thread to read about what games were coming up, irony.  
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43. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 10:34 draginol
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 10:19:
People don't need to cherry pick anything, you give plenty of ammunition away for free it seems. Hence being quiet and letting professionals handle your public relations as they are actually qualified to defuse the drama that seems to consistently follow you around. There are many developers who can speak for themselves and avoid these things, you don't seem to be one of them though so I don't think we're "losing anything" either.

If you want issues to be about your games then ignore drama and talk about the games alone. Whenever I see you responding to something about other "drama" it strikes me as someone a bit vain or immature trying to shift blame or assuage their own ego.

While I concur that my participation in this thread has been mostly about trying to dispel the whole "glen beck" thing, which seems to come up in most Stardock related posts here whether I respond or not, I think you'd find that it is rare that my discussions aren't about our games (if on a game related forum) or software (on a software related forum).

I hope you've had a chance to read the report:

http://www.stardock.com/press/CustomerReports/Stardock2012.pdf

There is a lot of good data in there and I assume your criticism of my posts in this thread are because you'd rather return to the topic which is the contents in the report which I am eager to participate in.
 
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42. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 10:19 Verno
 
People don't need to cherry pick anything, you give plenty of ammunition away for free it seems. Hence being quiet and letting professionals handle your public relations as they are actually qualified to defuse the drama that seems to consistently follow you around. There are many developers who can speak for themselves and avoid these things, you don't seem to be one of them though so I don't think we're "losing anything" either.

If you want issues to be about your games then ignore drama and talk about the games alone. Whenever I see you responding to something about other "drama" it strikes me as someone a bit vain or immature trying to shift blame or assuage their own ego.
 
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41. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 10:01 draginol
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 09:11:
Hire a PR manager and be quiet, if not for your own sake then the potential livelihood of your employees. Between this and the sexual harassment lawsuit it's obvious that you handle it badly and it just comes off as someone vain trying to respond to every perceived internet "attack" on their character. This thread is a great example of why.

I appreciate your concern. However, what I think you're missing is the artificial nature of much of the drama you're referring to.

For example, earlier in this thread I made mention that we allow dogs at work and commented that if someone demanded that we not allow dogs we'd tell them to find another job.

Now, imagine a Kotaku or RPS swooping in, cherry picking that one comment and doing a story entitled "Stardock CEO tells employees to put up with dogs in the office or get out"

That's how this sort of thing happens.

I could, as you suggest, "be quiet", which is precisely why you don't see developers participating online anymore. I think we all lose something when that happens.
 
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40. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 09:11 Verno
 
Hire a PR manager and be quiet, if not for your own sake then the potential livelihood of your employees. Between this and the sexual harassment lawsuit it's obvious that you handle it badly and it just comes off as someone vain trying to respond to every perceived internet "attack" on their character. This thread is a great example of why.  
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39. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 09:05  Island Dog 
 
Im not aware of the whole Beck drama, presonally I couldnt care less because its about the games and the companies that make them and Stardock is one of the few out there that do good for gamers. I do agree with the above post 100%. I think a lot of developers simply ignore a lot of their fan base and their suggestions because they somehow think that fans shouldnt influence their decisions regarding game design and ideas. What a lot of them forget is that they started out as gamers themselves who wanted to make a game that they themselves wanted to play...

+1. There's so much good stuff currently and coming that this comment "drama" is silly.

Lets focus on the games.
 
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38. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 06:20 dj LiTh
 
GalCiv3 and SoaSE2 or GTFO  
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37. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 04:34 InBlack
 
Orogogus wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 21:16:
That's not conclusive; there are horrific stories about working in the games industry, stories which wouldn't exist if people were able to jump ship whenever they wanted. And I've worked with people who've been at companies carrying on with wildly inappropriate policies, tacit or not, regarding religion or ethnicity. Usually most people don't want to rock the boat, and people who actually work on projects are generally less likely than most to become disgruntled (apparently unless that project was Bioshock: Infinite).

Whatever happened to innocent before proven guilty? Today it seems like all that it takes is for someone to point a finger at you and scream Rape/Hatemonger/Racist/Homophobe/Terrorist/Socialist/Whatever and bam thats it. Your reputation and life go down the tubes. Its a fucked up world we live in, and the 'entitled' generation is just about to come of age and I can already hear the internet scream, moan, and throw tantrums over every little fucking thing...
 
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36. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 11, 2013, 04:31 Orogogus
 
draginol wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 21:29:
I'd say that different people have different preferences. Say you joined Stardock and hated dogs and demanded that we stop allowing dogs at work. You'd get told to find another job probably. In that case you might find the environment hostile.

On the other hand, if you asked that we keep dogs away from your area then we'd make sure dogs were kept away from your area.

That's not really analogous. The reason there are workplace harassment laws is more like if there's one Polish employees and all day long everyone is telling Polish jokes behind his back. Or if word gets around that the CEO of a company regularly makes jabs at Mormons in upper management meetings; it's a hostile environment for any Mormons at the company regardless of whether anything is said to them directly.
 
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