For a bit over a year I’ve been playing an online strategy game from a company called Kixeye.
Founded in 2007, KIXEYE (formerly Casual Collective) is an independent game developer that
makes games for gamers by gamers. Responsible for popular titles like Backyard Monsters,
Battle Pirates and Desktop Defender, KIXEYE is the first to deliver proper game play experiences
on social networks. The company is based in San Francisco and backed by Trinity Ventures and
Lightspeed Venture Partners.
The game is called Battle Pirates and is a multiplayer online strategy game and kind of addicting! I started playing the game through Facebook but you can play from their own site as well, it’s a Flash based game but I think really well done.
They officially launched on Facebook back in 2011, and the press release describes the game as such:
Battle Pirates is set in the year 2067 and Earth is covered in water. Due to a terrorist-sparked
world war, only a small amount of Earth’s original landmass remains. With a 95% extinction
level, the only remaining survivors are split into two factions: the Foresaken, impoverished
survivors who rely on engineering hacks, guerilla warfare and piracy, and the oppressive
Draconian Empire, the once elite citizens who’ve now become a giant military complex.
Like most games it has it’s ups and downs and large community following and like most it has it’s fanatics, crazies and die hard fans as well as those who just hate it (but always seem to keep playing).
So the game is such that it runs in 5 worlds broken into sectors of 100 and you can travel throughout those sectors in the world where your base resides, however to move your base you must “relocate” it via a friend. You can relocate within your world or sector or to a completely new world or sector. I’ve moved to several of these worlds and sectors in my time since playing but the only differences you find are of course the players, the game elements are the same.
You can attack other players, or game elements (Draconian or Reaver targets) you can create an alliance or even join an alliance and thus attack players in other alliances or just put around attacking the game elements all the time. Each week they have a “Forsaken Mission” often called the “weekly” and once you start it you have 72 hours to complete Tier 1 through 4 where you get a prize randomly from each tier you complete. Tiers are based on points and targets are different levels paying out different point amounts.
For example here is a video of me attacking a level 65 Outpost with my Barracuda subs, the entire outpost pays out 923K points and each ship pays out 15K. Tier one is 150K, Tier 2 is 500K, Tier 3 is 2.5 million and Tier 4 is 4.5 million points.
Now once a month they give us a “monthly raid” which has bigger targets, more points and you can choose your prizes based on the points you earn; usually you get 4 to 6 days for those raids and everyone starts and stops at the same time.
The last raid was also the newest format:
This format eliminate the ability for you to work together to take out targets but added in different aspects which made the raid more compelling to try. The previous formats were similar to this one:
It’s a strategy game where different hulls have different modifiers and bonuses and different weapons, advanced items and armors can make or break your fleet (up to 5 ships per fleet – up to 14 fleets) so in theory two players all with the same items could end up with two completely different fleets.
The game is free to play but you can also purchase game to make repairs quicker, build faster, etc. For the most part you can do quite well without spending a penny but at the same time you can do really really well with coins. Those who are quick to open their wallets are called “coiners”, those who cheat are called “hackers” and yes several hacks exist but usually you end up banned at some point. The numbers of those whining and complaining is rather large depending on the areas you are looking, reading and active but yet still plenty playing the game. Gamers always get sensitive to change in their games so you take it all as you see it.
Personally I’m a level 67, some nice ships a decent base and do well for myself. If you want to play and want some tips you can find me in the game or through Facebook.
The game does play in real time so when you have an 8 day build or 6 hour repair then you really have that time to wait! Lower levels you can usually get some great stuff build and that very quickly so you work your way up into the bigger and longer times.
Battle Pirates will be performing an extended maintenance period Monday, September 8th at 9pm PDT. Battle Pirates will be unavailable until the maintenance is complete.
Recently Apple announces Swift, a new programming language.
Apple today announced a new programming language called Swift at WWDC, which will replace Objective C as the language developers use for building iOS and OS X apps.
Craig Federighi announced the new language on stage saying, “We’ve used Objective-C for 20 years, and we love it. But we wondered what we could do without the baggage of C.”
Federighi confirmed that Swift code and C can live in the same app together, too, so developers can upgrade their code as they go, rather than replacing it in one go.
Apple has published an eBook on Swift, which can be downloaded for free, here.
I’ve been hunting for more on the language or a way to try it out but the best I’ve gotten is their free download of the eBook. I’ll post more as I find it!
I finally got fed up with the VPS I was using and we’ve moved the entire site – it’ll take a few days to relink podcasts, images, etc so hang in there.
Tom, Rich and Craig wrapping up an interesting Amsterdam trip with everything from 85″ tv’s to meat pudding.
Tom and Rich hit the show floor, have some lunch, sign some autographs and bring a crowd to talk about the first days of the event.
So this year at the SAP TechEd events in both Las Vegas and Amsterdam we are bringing the event that I created, SAP CodeJam, to the show floor in a “mini” version – you’ll be able to come by and actually in short bursts see how to get started in the world of SAP development but also why you would even want to. Everything will be hands on from seeing how to install the tools and integrate various tools together – like SAP HANA Studio with ABAP in Eclipse. We’ll have systems there for you to try it yourself or bring your own laptop and we’ll help you get things on there and show you how to get your own developer server to play around with.
Already have the tools but not sure what to do next, not a problem we’ll also show you how to connect to the various platforms and help you understand which one might work best for your current skill set and help you get started with learning new skill sets as well!
Tools in place, connections in place then of course it’s time to create something and to see how it works!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
|10 AM – 12 PM||Stop by if you are interested in exploring any of the following topics:
|12 PM – 1 PM||Featured Session: My first XS app for the SAP HANA platform(With Thomas Jung and Rich Heilman)|
|1 PM – 6 PMMEET SAP HANA DEVELOPERS||Let’s have fun with SAP HANA! SAP HANA experts will be on hand to answer your app development questions, help you install the tools, help you connect to a HANA system, guide you through the process of building your first SAP HANA app, and more. SAP HANA experts will be available all afternoon so just visit us when you get a chance!|
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
|10 AM – 12 PM||Stop by if you are interested in exploring any of the following topics:
|12:30 PM – 1:30 PM||Featured Session: My first app for the SAP HANA Cloud Platform(With Matthias Steiner and Rui Nogueira)|
|1 PM – 6 PMMEET SAP HANA CLOUD PLATFORM DEVELOPERS||Let’s have fun with SAP HANA Cloud Platform! SAP HANA Cloud Platform experts will be on hand to answer questions about building apps on SAP’s cloud platform, help you install the tools, help you connect to SAP HANA Cloud Platform, guide you through the process of building your first cloud app, and more. SAP HANA Cloud Platform experts will be available all afternoon so just visit us when you get a chance!|
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
|10 AM – 12 PM||Stop by if you are interested in exploring any of the following:
|12 PM – 1 PM||Featured Session: My first HTML5 Mobile app(With Mark Wright)|
|1 PM – 6 PMMEET SAP MOBILE DEVELOPERS||Let’s have fun with SAP Mobile! SAP Mobile experts will be on hand to answer questions about building SAP Mobile apps, help you install the tools, help you connect to a mobile system, guide you through the process of building your first SAP mobile app on Android, and more. SAP Mobile experts will be available all afternoon so just visit us when you get a chance!|
We’ll even have the experts on site to help you understand the various systems, technology and of course to share end to end scenarios and real live customer examples of these technologies so you won’t be left wondering “but why”
You’ll find us on the Show Floor every day from 10 AM to 6 PM. It’s like having our beloved Hacker Night every single day, all day :-)