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Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Mon, 06 November 2006 19:24 Go to next message
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I've noticed that an awful many old great Stars!-websites aren't available anymore. It has even become difficult to find such fundamental works like the Stars! Official Strategy Guide. And on http://www.starsfaq.com/ the link to the Guide is broken, too.

Thus I have created a site from where it can be viewed online or downloaded for cozy offline reading:

http://stars.arglos.net/

Or to go directly for the Stars! Official Strategy Guide:

online: http://stars.arglos.net/articles/ssg/ssg.htm
zipped: http://stars.arglos.net/download/ssg.zip (as ssg.zip, 1314 kb)

I can guarantee that the link will be valid for several years and if the mods or admin want to include it to the link listings of ah or wherever you feel it convenient, feel free to do so. And if one is indeed updating the list of links on http://starsautohost.org/epsilon42.htm, well, what about updating all the other links as well? Most aren't existing anymore, others have changed. While all this links are already on my site above, ah would be a much better place. Alternatively we could make a sticky thread for uptodate links. My suggestion would be the following:

Stars-R-Us Article Database: still the best collection of Stars! strat&tact articles
http://www.starsfaq.com/articles/stars-r-us_article.htm

The Stars! FAQ: Home of FAQs and a huge collection of articles. A must to read
http://www.starsfaq.com/

rec.games.computer.stars: The old and still alive Usenet group, now hosted at Google.
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.computer.stars

The Stars! Directory: The directory of Stars! websites (not updated since years)
http://aaedesigns.com/stars/

Small Collection of Strat & Tact, among other things: the Stars! Official Strategy Guide
http://stars.arglos.net/

Stars! Strategist: home of the Strategist mapping tool
http://www.stars-strategist.com

Pirates Retreat: home of the Xtreme Borders mapping tool
http://www.pirates.retreat.btinternet.co.uk/indexpr.htm

Lots of player tools, Stars!-versions and patches on autohost itself:
http://starsautohost.org/kn2050.htm

Finally new serial codes are given out and hopefully this leads to some new players... who need to get a grip on the game and we should offer them to make use of the great wealth of information the Stars!-community has collected in the past. For getting a serial number to play Stars!, see: http://starsautohost.org/sahforum/index.php?t=msg&th=115 8&rid=1&S=61fac869d52c83dced0186aa5dfbe475&pl_vi ew=&start=0#msg_29817

{mod edit: made this a sticky}


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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Tue, 07 November 2006 03:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Laughing Making such a sticky with updated links etc was what I had planned as my job for today! (Idea came yesterday when I was updating the Must Know subforum and noticed Roberts link to his chaff page was gone as well as link to the VML site in the same chaff thread.)

I was thinking of dividing them in categories:
- online and updated
- online, no longer updated
- dead

I was also planning to include links to the online utilities that Wumpus made, like his race checker and arbitrary tech testbed ...
craebild's hab calculator ...
(the links to these are spread all over the Academy/Bar, no easy reference)

If anyone has some more sites please add them to this thread, I'll make a sticky with the list and add sites on the way.

Others that come to my mind right now are PricklyPea's site, gible's, ForceUser's ...

mch


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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Tue, 07 November 2006 04:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Theres a bunch listed here you can add Smile

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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Tue, 07 November 2006 04:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Micha wrote on Tue, 07 November 2006 09:05

I was thinking of dividing them in categories:
- online and updated
- online, no longer updated
- dead

I was also planning to include links to the online utilities that Wumpus made, like his race checker and arbitrary tech testbed ...
craebild's hab calculator ...
(the links to these are spread all over the Academy/Bar, no easy reference)



Well, still enough work to do...

I wouldn't really differ between "updated" and "no longer updated", most likely new players will interprete it as "important" and "skip it". But some stuff like the Strategy Guide or the Stars-R-Us Article Database can be called almost ancient, isn't updated anylonger and still I would rate them as the most superb articles written about Stars!.

A small comment might be necessary here and there like for the Stars Directory, though.

Perhaps it would be better to sort sites by:
- General
- Strat & Tact
- Tools
- Games (no sites in English besides ah but I think there might be some Polish, Russian, French...)


On a sidenote:
If people have problems finding a place or have only temporary/wacky webspace for their articles or whatever about Stars!, feel free to contact me and I'll upload it on my site. Same if you plan to give up your Stars!-related Domain and you want to transfere some treasures into safety to keep them availabe for the community.

contact: altruist at arglos dot net

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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Tue, 07 November 2006 15:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Gathered from the forum so far:
(also listing sahforum user name)

craebild
Stars! Overall Planet Habitability and Race Econ Calculator
(and link to thread on this forum)


Alan.Kolaga
Stars! Habitability and Mineral Charts


Wumpus
M-File splitter
(link to thread on this forum)

BattleSim with arbitrary tech
(link to thread on this forum)

Race file checker / repairer - web service
(link to thread on this forum)


LEit
Map2XY
(link to thread on this forum)


PricklyPea
StarsGutsandMods Yahoo Group for discussing the internal workings of stars and producing tools/mods for the game.
http://darkcluster.com
http://darkcluster.com/starpedia.php

mch


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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Wed, 08 November 2006 05:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks gible!

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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Wed, 08 November 2006 05:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Altruist wrote on Tue, 07 November 2006 10:17

Well, still enough work to do...

I wouldn't really differ between "updated" and "no longer updated", most likely new players will interprete it as "important" and "skip it". But some stuff like the Strategy Guide or the Stars-R-Us Article Database can be called almost ancient, isn't updated anylonger and still I would rate them as the most superb articles written about Stars!.

A small comment might be necessary here and there like for the Stars Directory, though.

... right, "no longer updated" indeed doesn't mean they can be skipped!

Quote:

Perhaps it would be better to sort sites by:
- General
- Strat & Tact
- Tools
- Games (no sites in English besides ah but I think there might be some Polish, Russian, French...)

Some sites cover "all the above". Wink

mch


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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Wed, 08 November 2006 20:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm curious to know how many sites have a mirror of the Official Strategy Guide. More than a few I suspect.

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gible wrote on Wed, 08 November 2006 20:43

I'm curious to know how many sites have a mirror of the Official Strategy Guide. More than a few I suspect.


Another mirror-site of the startegy guide will be found at

http://www.anrokima.de/Strategie_Handbuch/strategie_handbuch .html

Special there is, that the chapters one, two and appendix A and E as well were translated from english to german by Andreas Nieke.

The german version of Andreas' translation of appendix E you will also find at

http://stars.arglos.net/articles/ssg/ssgefrm.htm

- unfortunately without telling the author/origin of translation.


Taka Tuka

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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Mon, 20 November 2006 16:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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An unexpected (but VERY welcome) workload a my job (company I work for is not doing very well Sad ) kept me busy and will keep me busy for at least another week, so this is all pushed a bit down at my "to do" list ...

Still thinking about the "categories" ...

mch


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Re: Stars! Official Strategy Guide - uptodate links to other sites Wed, 10 January 2007 03:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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<sigh> Still haven't had the time to look this through ...
I made the original post a sticky before it drops down too much (too good to go to waste Wink ).

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Wumpus' Stars! Battlesim generator Wed, 20 June 2007 14:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Micha wrote on Tue, 07 November 2006 21:30

Wumpus
BattleSim with arbitrary tech
(link to thread on this forum)

mch


Has the URL changed or is the website down?

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Re: Wumpus' Stars! Battlesim generator Wed, 20 June 2007 15:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Micha

 

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Altruist wrote on Wed, 20 June 2007 20:00

Micha wrote on Tue, 07 November 2006 21:30

Wumpus
BattleSim with arbitrary tech
(link to thread on this forum)

mch


Has the URL changed or is the website down?


You can check at:
http://das.wumpus.googlepages.com/battlesimgeneratorstatus
Though not sure how often it gets updated ...

You can use this instead, made by PaulCr:
http://stars.atlantissoftware.co.uk/data/custom/TechLevels.h tml
Allows you to upload your *own* .hst file, so no need to mess with player numbers, PRTs, LRTs ...

mch

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For nerds and those who want to play around with an old version of Stars! in which it was still needed to mine fuel, there are also some neat weird area weapons:
* Stars 2.0b (1.330 kb)
(by courtesy of mlaub who still had the old version)

It's the shareware version limited to tech 10. Just unzip it in an own directory and it comes with an own help-file.

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Altruist wrote on Sun, 21 December 2008 04:06

For nerds and those who want to play around with an old version of Stars! in which it was still needed to mine fuel, there are also some neat weird area weapons:
* Stars 2.0b (1.330 kb)
(by courtesy of mlaub who still had the old version)

It's the shareware version limited to tech 10. Just unzip it in an own directory and it comes with an own help-file.


I'll rummage around my old hard drives. I could have sworn I had the original files for the purchased version. IIRC it shipped on disk, which has long since decayed.

-Matt



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mlaub wrote on Sun, 21 December 2008 10:42

Altruist wrote on Sun, 21 December 2008 04:06

For nerds and those who want to play around with an old version of Stars! in which it was still needed to mine fuel, there are also some neat weird area weapons:
* Stars 2.0b (1.330 kb)
(by courtesy of mlaub who still had the old version)

It's the shareware version limited to tech 10. Just unzip it in an own directory and it comes with an own help-file.


I'll rummage around my old hard drives. I could have sworn I had the original files for the purchased version. IIRC it shipped on disk, which has long since decayed.

-Matt



Cripes! am I a dunce sometimes. I wondered why I had 2 zips of 2.0b...

I renamed both, and am sending the registered version to Altruist, so he can post it.

****BE very careful with the registered version. It includes a exe to convert your files to the registered version!****

Read the docs, cause I don't remember the implications. I can fire up the standalone stars exe with the converter, so it may not be needed.

-Matt



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Re: Old Stars!-version: Stars 2.0b (mining fuel) Sun, 21 December 2008 14:33 Go to previous message
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mlaub wrote on Sun, 21 December 2008 17:56


****BE very careful with the registered version. It includes a exe to convert your files to the registered version!****

Read the docs, cause I don't remember the implications. I can fire up the standalone stars exe with the converter, so it may not be needed.

-Matt



No need to be careful, the "weird" exe you are probably refering to, is just the usual selfextracting file which unpacks into Stars, hlp and several txt-files.

Stars! 2.0b
For nerds and those who want to play around with an old version of Stars! in which it was still needed to mine fuel, there are also some neat weird area weapons...

Both versions, shareware and registered are uploaded now, see:
* Old Stuff (at the bottom of the page)
(by courtesy of mlaub who still had the old version)

(to keep this thread clean: my above 1st post about 2.0b can be deleted)


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