Wallpaper of the Week #6

March 26, 2012 in Dev Blog, Media, News

It was only a matter of time before I drew the hoverbike!

This week, we’re taking a look at a forest made up of crystal trees!

Wallpaper of the Week #6

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The Monster Monster contest Winners!

March 23, 2012 in Dev Blog, News

It’s been a long and hard road, but after spending days examining all the wonderful entries, the dev team have finally settled on a winner.
We’d like to congratulate TomServo for his awesome creature, the Poptop.  A mysterious creature that hides its true form behind a cute illusion.


We were really impressed both with TomServo’s concept and presentation, many of the team were desperate to catch a Poptop to keep as a pet!

We think the Poptop will fit perfectly into Starbound and we plan to implement both the young and adult versions of the Poptop.



TomServo has won a free copy of Starbound at Launch and we’ve already begun implementing his creation.


But there were so many great entries that we couldn’t limit ourselves to just one winner.

Our first runner up, at #2 was thefluvirus with his variety of Virorbs. We particularly liked the range of abilities and the gameplay involved in the way the Orbs attack.

In 3rd place is Cyan the Red and her Mindwurms, aside from the great presentation, we loved the idea of a creature that feeds on information. As well as its ability to inflict Amnesia on the player.

In 4th place is Yen with her incredibly creative Bad Moon, we were blown away by the creativity here and Yens great spritework.

Each of the runners up will have their creatures implemented :)

We’ve also selected a number of entries as honorable mentions. Click read the rest to see them!

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Wallpaper of the Week #5

March 18, 2012 in Dev Blog, Media, News

It’s pretty impossible to ever top last week’s wallpaper. But the show must go on!

This week, we’re exploring an alien reef full of trilobites, squids, and giant enemy crabs!


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Lighting Demo

March 13, 2012 in News

Kyren implemented directional torches today

Wallpaper of the Week #4

March 11, 2012 in Media, News

Hey guys!

I’m really excited about the wallpaper this week, because it’s my favorite out of all of the ones I’ve already done!

As for the wallpaper itself… well… just look at how happy he is! He’s gonna get you!

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Combat Part 1: Shields

March 9, 2012 in News

One of the things we wanted to do with Starbound was give the combat a lot of depth and flow. We’re aiming to rival the depth of combat you’re used to seeing in huge modern RPGs like Skyrim or Amalur.

Weapons in Starbound can be placed in either the left or right hand (which correspond with the left and right mouse button). Some weapons are two handed, others (like shields) are one handed. Picking two weapons or tools that compliment each other is a big part of being combat effective. Will you choose two daggers? A sword and a shield? An axe and a gun? It’s up to you.




The combat system in Starbound spans many different tools and weapons, far too many to mention in a single post. So I thought I’d start with one we haven’t really discussed yet. And that’s shields.

Touching (most) enemies in Starbound won’t damage the player directly, instead enemies must go through an attack animation to damage the player. This opens up the gameplay massively to blocking and counter attacks. And that’s where shields come in.





Once equipped to the left or right hand, shields are brought out by holding the corresponding mouse button. If the player is attacked during this period they take a small percentage (depending on the level of the shield) of regular damage that’s applied to the players health bar as white “recoverable” health.



Once combat is over this health will regenerate, however if the player is hit they’ll lose all of their white health. If the player strikes an enemy shortly after blocking an attack the player gets a “counter attack” which is a guaranteed critical hit. We’re experimenting with increasing the counter attack damage further based on the amount of white health the player currently has. Block many attacks and your next counter attack will be devastating.. but slip up and lose it all. Major risk/reward gameplay.






On top of all of this, it won’t just be you making use of shields. Humanoid enemies will use them too and some creatures may have natural shields.

More on combat later!


Let me know what you think




Wallpaper of the Week #3

March 3, 2012 in Media, News

Not too much to say this week, because it doesn’t need much explaining!

Have the Mechanic Girl NPC chilling with a mech! YEAH!

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Happy birthday Kyren!

March 1, 2012 in News

Waz everyone!

Today is a very special day, as it’s the birthday of our very lovely coder Kyren! On behalf of the team, we wish her a very happy birthday and many more for the future!