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UPDATE March 31, 2006: see next post

You can buy legal serial numbers from http://stars.lelv30.net/ Currently out of stock!

and buy Stars! from here No longer being sold
http://uk.store.empireinteractive.com/default.aspx?MID=82A07 BE0AEB0&PID=7B550F5D-2BED-4D5A-8ADE-78B9D6528995
(link updated May, 2005)

Crying or Very Sad Shocked 3 To the best of my knowledge, Stars! is not being sold anywhere anymore. I'm working with Jeff McBride on a possible solution.


[Updated on: Fri, 31 March 2006 16:51]




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Re: Purchasing Stars Fri, 31 March 2006 16:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have been informed of the following:

1. Someone has posted a URL on the RGCS newsgroup to the hacker tool that generates Stars! serial numbers.

2. I have heard that someone talked with someone at Empire Interactive who said that they will re-release Stars! 'in a few months'. Confirmed: Empire plans on re-releasing Stars! "in the first half of 2006"

Based on the above, it is not appropriate for me to offer serial numbers to players.

I have contacted those who have made donations for serial numbers, and informed them of the above. I also offered to refund their donations.

Also, I have contacted other people who have asked for serials and let them know the above information.

My decision to offer serial numbers for donations was based on the following:

1. On Empire Interactive's support website here:
http://support.empireinteractive.com/default.aspx?MID=605684 95217F&PID=7B550F5D-2BED-4D5A-8ADE-78B9D6528995
the last item reads (as of April 6, 9pm GMT-5) :
"Q: I would like to buy a copy of the game.


A: This software is no longer avaiable from our store as the item has now been delisted and we do not produce or distribute the software anymore."

2. Stars! was delisted sometime (as I recall) around the middle of Feb. 2006, and many people were wondering if the game would die as there was no legal source from which to purchase serial numbers.

3. Someone used an 'throw-away' Yahoo email account to send me the URL to a serial number generator for Stars! which had been created in 1997 by a hacker.

4. I contacted one of Stars! authors, who said that given that Empire wasn't selling it anymore, he had no problem with the serial number generator being used.

5. Of the two plans to allow new players to play Stars!, using the serial number generator was the easiest.

6. Just giving out serials for free might encourage a few less-ethical players to get a bunch of serials and use them to cheat in games. (Stars! AutoHost tracks serial number use and can ban individual serials from playing in any game hosted on SAH if the player using that serial has willfully cheated in a game.)



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Confirmed: Empire plans on re-releasing Stars! "in the first half of 2006".


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I don't want Stars! to die for lack of serial numbers. When I first asked Empire Interactive about when they would sell Stars! again, I believed them that it would be 'in the first half of 2006' as they said. Since they are still not selling Stars!, I am again offering serial numbers on a donation basis.

When Empire starts selling Stars! again, I will stop offering serial numbers, period.


If anyone needs a serial number for Stars!, send a donation of upto US$6 to my PayPal account listed on http://starsautohost.org/postcards.htm or on http://starsautohost.org/stars.htm



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Re: Purchasing Stars Mon, 21 June 2010 19:47 Go to previous message
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Empire Interactive is no more. To the best of my knowledge there is no retail way to purchase serial numbers.

As I've mentioned, I offer serial numbers for donations to Stars! AutoHost. Pick any amount between $2 and $6 per serial and use the yellow PayPal link on the http://starsautohost.org/stars.htmStars! AutoHost website.

edit: I check my Stars! AutoHost email every few days usually, so don't get upset if you don't receive a serial number immediately after donating. It's not an automatic process.


[Updated on: Tue, 14 February 2012 12:42]




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