Stars in Shadow


[quote=“BrianRubin, post:90, topic:125369, full:true”]
Your loss man. Out of the recent glut of space 4X games, this one is my favorite.[/quote]

Do you have a review out there on it? SiS is on my wish list but l have not yet pulled the trigger because the reviews are not great and the game play looks fairly basic. It also appears to be missing more modern 4x conventions like territories and things like that.


Ok bought. 40% off. Any good starter tips?


I do!

Not that I recall personally, I just dove in and had a great time my first time.


I’m liking this a lot so far. Playing on easy to get my feet wet and test out a few mechanics, so far I’m building up a sizeable fleet of attack ships and that seems to be making everyone wanting to be my friend.

There is one annoying mechanic which is "your fleet can not venture outside of a range of your planets which severely limits your ability in early game to do scouting.

Battles give you the option of autoresolving or doing the turn-by-turn and I find that I suck so bad that I’m using autoresolve as it’s going to do far, far better than whatever I try to do. Most of this is because the weapon range really doesn’t show very well. My ships seem severely limited whereas the pirates are able to move 1/2 the galaxy (I exaggerate) and fire all their weapons where I can only move a paltry few squares and even though my lasers & missiles say I have a range of 9 & 10 respectively, on the screen it looks like 3 squares. Any advice / learning here?

Once I release a transport to auto-mode, not sure how I can get them to show back up to use for colonist transport?

The build times on planet are atrocious. It can take a lot of turns to get a planet somewhat functional. I keep wanting production on a planet to be tied to factories and population, but I’m not detecting anything like that unless it’s really subtle. I am using my old Stars! strategy of colonizing followed by 3-4 transports to drop colonists and it isn’t boosting production like I would have thought.

But this is only 6 hours into the game, so a lot more learning to go.


Anyone going to pick up the DLC for this?

I saw it was 40% off on steam and I was debating picking up the base game.


I’ll be picking it up, hopefully later today (OzTime). The base game is certainly worth the $15 sale price imho


Seriously considering it myself as well, was just curious what anyone made of the DLC, but no matter, like you said, this feels like it’s easily worth 15 bucks.


Enjoyed the base game, just picked up the DLC. This is kind of an underrated game imho. Not sure if the art style is the issue for some but it’s a pity.


Agreed. Out of the sheer glut of space 4Xs to come out recently, this has been my favorite.


I managed to put a bit of time into this game the last few evenings. I kind of like not knowing what the heck I am doing, and making a bunch of mistakes, but playing on normal difficulty so I can hopefully recover.

Blowing stuff up is pretty fun.

Edit: It’s interesting to me how differently some things play out than my last game of Stellaris.

So I established a colony at the southern end of my space. Nearby, I discovered a pirate base, but they were too far away to reach with my current technology. Oh well. I had a pretty decent fleet concentrated on my homeworld and another fleet reasonably close by. I sunk a lot of resources into the developing that planet, getting them past the point of slow growth and building up a decent population and mining industry.

Then the pirates attacked. They were faster than I expected, and only needed three turns to reach the colony. My fleet was four turns away. Oops. I had some fixed defenses at the colony (more sunk costs) but they weren’t enough to take out the pirate fleet, which also stronger than I thought due to some of the ships being stealthed. In tactical combat, I managed to snipe their assault transport with my defenses and celebrated. Hah, you won’t be taking my colony today, pirate scum! My fleet is only one turn away!

So they nuked the colony. Oh, everyone is dead now. Most of their fleet flies away before I get there. Oops.

I think about how that scenario would play out the last time I played Stellaris. I would actually be able to reach the pirate base, since there is no range concept. A spaceport at the reasonably developed colony would have been able to fight off some measly pirates in the early going. If it fell, the pirate would probably have limited themselves to blowing up some space mines. If they’d attacked the planet, it wouldn’t have been wiped out. My centrally-located fleet would have been able to get there before too much damage was done.

It’s a nice “you’re not in Kansas anymore” moment. Sometimes the old ways are the best.


I’ve been playing the hell out of this one too. Interesting, but not as deep as others, but does that really matter in a game?


So, 60% off right now. I’m thinking of this as a replacement for the sadly aged (and, in parts, annoying nowadays) SotS. Any comments on that?


I’d say it’s more toward the MoO1/SotS1 side of the slider than MoO2 and its ilk. Out of the recent deluge of space 4X games, it’s one of my faves.


I guess they are both space 4x games where they try to keep the economic aspects fairly simple. However, I don’t think anything in SiS couldn’t have been done in the SotS era. So if SotS hasn’t aged well, then I don’t see SiS as a glitzy update. SiS is very much not glitzy. SiS colonies still require a bit more attention than SotS colonies, though less than most space 4x games.

Also, SiS combat is MoO2-style turn-based. I find it has a very different feel than SotS. More Moo2 with quality of life improvements.


I agree with this. The planetary management is very streamlined. It seems like a more logical progression from MOO1 than MOO2 was. It’s my favourite of all the space 4Xs released since, well, MOO1.


Fair! Maybe SotS with different design choices?

An updated MOO sounds good too. I preferred MOO2 as a kid but as I’ve got older, the elegance of the original is starting to win out.


Interesting, this sale caught my eye as well and I was mulling over a purchase, sounds like a thumbs up then?


Most definitely.


I like MoO1 and I really like SiS. IMHO SiS is more fun than MoO2.


I haven’t got far into this yet, but so far I like it. There are a number of nice design features that reduce micro-management tedium (limited planet building slots; automatic building ugprades; decoupling metal production from industrial production) as well as increase strategy.

I need to experiment more with the tactical combat to see if it’s all that deep, but so far it reminds me a lot of SotS (in terms of design principles, not implementation). I’m hoping it does have good depth while still being playable by the AI, but we’ll see.

It also seems a somewhat half-way house between MOO and MOO2, but I too would rate it more like the former than the latter.

It’s obviously not as deep as many other recent games, but I appreciate the focus things game has and brings to the table.