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September 11th, 2013, 03:22
Stardock announced today that Fallen Enchantress Producer/Designer Derek Paxton will take over as Vice President of Games Development and Production.

A modder-turned-studio-leader, Paxton was most recognized for his work on the Fall from Heaven mod for the popular Civilizations IV strategy game prior to joining Stardock as lead designer in 2010. Derek joined Stardock after a decade-long career working with Fortune 500 company Novell in the technology sector. Since joining Stardock in 2010, Paxton successfully brought to market the last two titles in the Elemental franchise – both of which earned positive critical receptions from top international games media and fans.

"Derek has really transformed the game studio," said Brad Wardell, President & CEO of Stardock. "His experience at managing multiple projects combined with his amazing design skills has resulted in not just better games but a better working environment for our teams."

As part of the company’s 20th anniversary this October, Paxton and Stardock Entertainment will announce a series of new projects from the studio which will include new titles and more.

"I'm looking forward to the incredible opportunity to lead a studio with a legacy of creating award-winning strategy games," said Paxton. "Games are a passion for everyone who works at Stardock Entertainment and it's an honor to be able to work with such talented developers, artists and designers. I look forward to continuing the tradition of creating incredible games with the amazing team at Stardock."
PC Gamer has a interview with Derek Paxton to talk about the promotion.

Stardock has gone through ups and downs, in terms of publicity. What do you think the studio represents to the PC gaming community right now?

DP: I think that Stardock is in a unique position. We’re bigger than you’re typical indie. We’re smaller than a triple-A. We are privately owned. We self-publish everything. We’re not on store shelves. What that allows us to do is to create games that we love and that we’re passionate about. They may be more niche-y. We see lots of games that we could make, and some of them would frankly make more money than the games that we make. But we love the kind of games that we make.

So I feel like we can appeal to an audience that isn’t necessarily getting addressed in the marketplace, by and large. That’s not to say that there’s no other company out there like Stardock. There is. There’s a wide variety. But I like that variety. I know where the business tends to go. You see the games that have $20 million, $50 million budgets. If you’re going to make a game of that size, you have to sell 2 – 5 million copies to break even. If you’re going to sell 2 million or 5 million copies of your game, there are certain things you have to do to appeal to that wide audience.

We make games with more reasonable budgets, and because of that, we don’t have to sell millions of copies. We can sell 200,000 copies of our games, and that means that we don’t have to go for that mainstream appeal. We can create more niche-y games that have more minutiae or details, the kind of games that we love. We fully understand that not everybody loves them, but we do think that there is an audience out there that loves that and is looking for it, and it isn’t necessarily being addressed by some of the bigger releases out there. I don’t think that we shouldn’t have those bigger releases. I play games like that too. I just think we should have a mix. That’s the beauty of the PC community.
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Yeah yeah yeah, now shut up and give me my Gal Civ 3 already!!
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Yeah yeah yeah, now shut up and give me my Gal Civ 3 already!!
I second that motion. Instead there working on that F2P fantasy game.

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What shocks me about this article is that it makes the Elemental games seem like a successful and highly praised series when in fact they have yet to complete an acceptable release candidate. Each and every update reveals a lack of QC. While the bugs have become more or less negligible by now the games continue to suffer from a pitifully primitive AI and continued blatant lack of balance.
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What shocks me about this article is that it makes the Elemental games seem like a successful and highly praised series when in fact they have yet to complete an acceptable release candidate. Each and every update reveals a lack of QC. While the bugs have become more or less negligible by now the games continue to suffer from a pitifully primitive AI and continued blatant lack of balance.
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September 11th, 2013, 16:08
Honestly, I think LH is a pretty solid fantasy 4x game, though I need to spend more time with it.

"Instead there working on that F2P fantasy game"
What game of theirs is F2P?
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Originally Posted by mikloy View Post
What shocks me about this article is that it makes the Elemental games seem like a successful and highly praised series when in fact they have yet to complete an acceptable release candidate. Each and every update reveals a lack of QC. While the bugs have become more or less negligible by now the games continue to suffer from a pitifully primitive AI and continued blatant lack of balance.
I disagree. I feel they've turned the Elemental debacle around with Fallen Enchantress, and then improved the game even more with Legendary heroes. Pitifully primitive AI? I can only name one game where the AI is challenging on the same terms as the player, and that is Gal Civ II. That took a couple of years of development, and I suspect it will be the same for FE, but it's already good enough for me, although I prefer to let the AI play with bonuses.
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"Instead there working on that F2P fantasy game"
What game of theirs is F2P?
Oh it was nothing but a little sarcasm about the state of strategy games lately. Half of them are F2P in some form lately. At least Stardock hasn't fallen to the dark side yet.

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Originally Posted by mikloy View Post
What shocks me about this article is that it makes the Elemental games seem like a successful and highly praised series when in fact they have yet to complete an acceptable release candidate. Each and every update reveals a lack of QC. While the bugs have become more or less negligible by now the games continue to suffer from a pitifully primitive AI and continued blatant lack of balance.
Hmm, that seems like BS since the new ones have been really good. Maybe try fallen enchantress.

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Hmm, that seems like BS since the new ones have been really good. Maybe try fallen enchantress.
Yeah BS as far as Fallen Enchantress anyway, I'm playing Legendary Heroes with the new patch and it's challenging, and I'm not half bad at strategy games.
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Yeah BS as far as Fallen Enchantress anyway, I'm playing Legendary Heroes with the new patch and it's challenging, and I'm not half bad at strategy games.
It's weird how people get it in their head a game is bad then nothing changes that opinion. Lazy.

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