Sol Trader is a wonderfully immersive top-down open-ended space game. Trade for profit, buy and sell ships, run missions, explore distant asteroids, be a pirate or a property magnate.

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Beautiful backgrounds and parallax stars

Posted Mon 26 May 2014 16:23

I’ve just added a new background, mist and stars. Amazing how much it lifts the game:

1 And another:

2 Jumpgates:

3 What do you think?


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Starting a Storium game: who's in?

Posted Tue 20 May 2014 13:39

I’d love to flesh out the backstory for Sol Trader a bit more, and stories seems the perfect way to do it. Telling a story is also great way to provide my with fresh development ideas: if the story allows you to do something cool, I want to be able to make it happen in the game!

I’m looking for one (or perhaps two) more players to join me in creating some stories for the Sol Trader universe with Storium. It’s a fascinating online storytelling game which is the perfect vehicle to allow me to flesh out some of the history behind the universe, and to give me some more development ideas.

If you’d like to join in, then email me at with your email address and I’ll invite you. If you don’t hear from me I’ve already got enough players: sorry!

Here’s the preamble for the first game:

Since the Great Solar War six decades ago, the Sol system has been held in an uneasy peace. There is enough enmity in the older ruling classes of Jupiter’s moons and Earth’s ruling elite to fuel frosty relations and strong words, but a new generation has grown up largely ignorant of the pain and suffering the war caused. This generation are keen to put the past behind them and to move on, remembering the spirit of endeavour that caused humanity to reach for the outer system in the first place. You were born into this generation, eager to regain your ancestors’ thirst for exploration and conquest, and determined not to let politics and history stand in the way of your career. The entire Solar System beckons: what will you do?

Are you up for it?


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Power to Shields! First UI prototype imag...

Posted Thu 15 May 2014 16:34

Quick prototype shot of the power distribution mechanic I’ve been working on:

ui-prototype-of-power #news

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Reddit devlog: live streaming, refuelling...

Posted Thu 01 May 2014 14:13

Check it out on reddit here


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Live streaming development

Posted Tue 22 Apr 2014 01:28

I’ve been doing a bit of development live streaming in the last few days:

Here’s the latest stream (20m)

Slightly longer: TDDing a set of C++ classes to manage the selling of ship equipment (56m)


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