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September 26, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Desert Stormfront – a Real-Time Adaption of the “Classic Empire” Game

Filed under: Announcement,Business — noblemaster @ 10:33

Desert Stormfront – a Real-Time Adaption of the “Classic Empire” Game (for PC, Mac, Linux and Android)

Tokyo, Japan – September 26, 2012 — Noble Master releases “Desert Stormfront”, a real-time strategy game inspired by the turn-based “Classic Empire” wargame by Walter Bright. Units and structures are modeled after the original following a rock-paper-scissors system. Unit movement is in real-time similar to the classic “Command & Conquer” albeit simplified aiming at a game that is easy to learn but difficult to master.

Desert Stormfront takes place in present-time Middle East. The player assumes command of the Western coalition and fights real-time battles for control of cities and oil fields in Iran, Iraq, Saudia Arabia and Afghanistan. Game play modes include Survival, Elimination, Defense, Capture the Flag and Convoy Missions. The game is available for PC, Mac, Linux as well as Android and supports cross-platform multiplayer matches over LAN and internet including co-op multiplayer.

Features of Desert Stormfront:
– Real-Time Strategy (RTS) in the Middle East
– Single Player and Multiplayer (over the LAN and Internet)
– 30 Campaign Missions incl. Scoring/Rating
– Random Map Generator + Skirmish Maps
– Modes: Attack, Defense, Capture the Flag & Convoy Missions
– Ground Units: Humvees, Tanks, Artillery, 4×4, Mechanic
– Naval Units: Gunboat, Submarine, Cruiser and Carrier
– Air Units: Fighter Planes, Chinook, Apache Helicopter
– Special Unit: Super-Hovercraft
– Land Structures: Base Station, Shipyard, Airfield and Oil Field
– Nations: USA, England, France, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan
– Team-Play (included in multiplayer)
– High Score and Playing Statistics
– Challenging AI with 4 Difficulty Settings
– Engaging Music and Sound Effects

“The dev. team behind Desert Stormfront is a truly global affair with contributors from Europe, Asia and North America.”, said Christoph Aschwanden, owner of Noble Master. “The whole team is looking forward to finally release the game.”

Desert Stormfront is available in the English, Japanese, Korean and Russian language. The game is priced at USD 9.99/EUR 7.99 for PC, Mac, Linux (via game’s website) and USD 4.99/EUR 3.99 for Android (on GooglePlay). A free demo version is available for try out before purchase. For additional information on “Desert Stormfront” such as press kit and review copy contact Christoph Aschwanden via chris@noblemaster.com.

Noble Master is an indie game company with focus on real-time and turn-based strategy games for desktop and mobile devices.

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Press Kit (logo, screenshots, trailers, links, platforms, features etc.):
http://www.noblemaster.com/press/sheet.php?p=desert_stormfront

 

September 17, 2012

tiicoon – Multiplayer City Simulation – Narrated Demo

Filed under: Development — noblemaster @ 01:25

Although tiicoon (pronounced: /taɪˈkuːn/) is currently abandoned, I figured it would be nice to create a trailer. Arvid Wessman (Arvid Wessman Productions) did all the art. I did all the programming. Both art & programming are about 50% done.

August 28, 2012

Desert Stormfront: Official Game Trailer

Filed under: Announcement,Business — noblemaster @ 20:10

Desert Stormfront is now in beta-testing stage. If everything goes as planned, it is scheduled for release next month (September 2012) on PC, Mac, Linux & Android. The iOS version will be available once the libgdx backend supports porting to iOS.

August 22, 2012

How to Convert a .pfx/.p12 File to a Java Keystore (.jks) with the Java “keytool”

Filed under: Development — noblemaster @ 20:27

I managed to acquire a code signing certificate in .pfx format from Comodo. There are a couple solutions in the internet suggesting to download jetty or install OpenSSL to convert the .pfx to a Java Keystore (.jks). However, the solution is much simpler and only requires the keytool included in the Java Development Kit. The whole procedure requires 2 steps and allows creation of a custom alias for the Java Keystore.

For Step 1, we need to find the alias stored in the .pfx file. Copy your key file (e.g. keyfile.pfx) into the same folder as the Java keytool. Then run the following command in the console to create a listing of all the certificates in your keyfile.

keytool -v -list -storetype pkcs12 -keystore keyfile.pfx > keyfile.txt

Look for “Alias name:” in the outputted keyfile.txt. Your alias name should be called something like the following: “company name llc’s comodo ca limited id“.

For Step 2, we convert the keyfile.pfx to a Java Keystore. Make sure you enter the [PFX ALIAS] exactly as found in Step 1. The [JKS ALIAS] can be freely chosen and is your Java Keystore alias.

keytool
-importkeystore -srckeystore keyfile.pfx -srcstoretype pkcs12 -srcalias “[PFX ALIAS]”
-destkeystore keyfile.jks -deststoretype jks -destalias “[JKS ALIAS]”

That’s all that’s there too it; the keyfile.jks is your new Java Keystore.

August 11, 2012

Desert Stormfront – Alpha Screenshots

Filed under: Announcement,Development — noblemaster @ 01:33

I am currently trying to wrap development of Desert Stormfront. Nick sent in all the graphics a while ago. It’s all integrated and ready to go. Travis is currently working out the 30 campaign missions planned. Will hopefully be done by the end of the month and ready for beta-testing. Contact me via email (“Beta-Testing”) if you are interested in becoming a beta-tester for the game (Android, PC, Mac or Linux). Testing involves play-testing the 30 campaign missions (no technical testing required). No money paid, but you’ll receive a copy of the game for free and will have your name in the game credits.

Here is the lowdown for the game:

  • Real-Time Strategy (RTS) in the Middle East (desert)
  • single player & multiplayer
  • 30 Single Player Campaign missions
  • Random Skirmish scenario generator
  • Factions: USA, England, France, Italy, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan plus a rebel faction.
  • Team-Play (included in multiplayer too)
  • 17 mobile units including: Humvees, Tanks, Artillery, 4×4, Mechanic, Trucks, Fighter Plane, Helicopter, Gunboat, Submarine, Cruiser, Aircraft Carrier, Super-Hovercraft.
  • 4 land structures: Base Station, Shipyard, Airfield, Oilfield
  • Occupy oilfields to receive income.
  • Fog of War
  • High Score & Playing Statistics
  • …and obviously Music and Sound FX

Release is planned for end of September/beginning of October. Below are some current alpha screenshots.

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 1 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 1 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 2 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 2 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 3 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 3 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 4 (Alpha)

Desert Stormfront: Screenshot 4 (Alpha)

May 16, 2012

Age of Conquest – 11 Year Anniversary

Filed under: Announcement — noblemaster @ 14:44

Tokyo, May 17 2012. To celebrate today’s 11-year anniversary of Age of Conquest, the game will be 50% off in Desura till the end of the week!

Please also join our May of Conquest ONLINE tournaments (you need to download the multiplayer version from our website). The tournaments are free to join and feature a variety of prizes.Visit AgeOfConquest.com for details.

April 25, 2012

May of Conquest – It’s Here!

Filed under: Announcement,Business — Tags: , , , — Travis @ 14:06

Age of Conquest is a Risk-like turn-based strategy game with players from all over the world. Playable on maps such as Europe, Asia, the Americas, the World, fantasy maps and many more! The game is available for all major operating systems including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android and iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).

Age of Conquest started 11 years ago on May 17, 2001 and has come a long way since. To celebrate the anniversary, May of Conquest was created which is a series of tournaments allowing players to compete for various prizes. The tournaments will be starting April 29, and before long we will announce the 34 happy winners! Let’s look at some last minute statistics…

Most amount of players in one tournament: 43 in the 1st May Day Tournament

Least amount of players in one tournament: Tied at 10 in the 2nd Eastern Blitz Tournament and 2nd Western Blitz Tournament

Average amount of participants in each tournament: 19

Map most being played on: tied between World Map, Europe, and North America maps

Best prize (based solely on my opinion): A Stein (mug) of course!

There is still time to join! Whether you are a veteran or a new player, we urge you to join and fight to claim your prize. The tournaments are free to join, so you have nothing to lose but all to gain.

We give thanks again to our organizers, King_HowardII, fodder, and ImLagging. Also to our sponsors, Droid Review Central, Droid Gamers, ImLagging, Mercer, KievRus, KingHowardII, and the Kingslayers Clan.

Good Luck to All!

Festival Details

March 24, 2012

Tropical Stormfront: Multiplayer BETA-Test!

Filed under: Announcement,Development — noblemaster @ 03:07

Nick & me just spent a few hours alpha-testing the new multiplayer port for Tropical Stormfront. We have fixed all the bugs, so it’s running all smoothly over both LAN and internet. Nick beat me a few times, so it wasn’t going so well for me in that sense :-D

Next on the list is a beta-test 3 vs. 3 or even 4 vs. 4 (2 teams). Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux & Android. Open dates are next week Tuesday-Thursday, March 27.-29., from 09:00-17:00 (1h) next week. We will conduct a conference call via Skype (voice) while we play. I’ll host the Skype call. Someone in the group will host the game. Please enter your availability in the Doodle Poll and email me at contact [at] noblemaster.com to participate. I’ll send the download link & Skype call information.

It’s first-come first-server – Register early!!!

March 9, 2012

May Of Conquest – Ready To Go (May 2012)

Filed under: Announcement,Business — Tags: , , , — Travis @ 07:35

Age of Conquest is a Risk-like turn-based strategy game that players from all over the world compete in. Playable on various maps including Europe, Asia, North America, even The World! The game is available for all major operating systems including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android and iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).

Age of Conquest started many years ago and has come a long way. To celebrate each year, May of Conquest has been created which is a series of tournaments allowing players to compete for various prizes. With our final sponsors added, the tournament is ready to commence. But we are a long way from finding out our many victors. We have a grand total of 33 tournaments and prizes ranging from extended account membership to your very own Noble Master Games apparel and more. The tournaments are free to join. The tournaments start April 29.

There are many people to thank, let’s start with those who set it up. KingHowardII (aka KH), fodder, and ImLagging all worked on defining and setting up the entire festival. Over the course of several months they discussed every aspect in how things should be run, and the final result is excellent.

We also like to Thank our Sponsors

Age of Conquest has become widely popular on Android devices. Droid Gamers and Droid Review Central have each sponsored a 6 month extended membership tournament. We are happy to have them on board!

Droid Gamers

Droid Review Central

But we also have some players who have sponsored tournaments. ImLagging introduced me to Age of Conquest long ago! Mercer is a well-known and long time player of Age of Conquest. KievRus, honorable and fierce player. KingHoward has been active and helpful in the community for many years.

KingSlayers Clan has many strong and capable players in it’s ranks. Also of course, our very own Noble Master Games!

King Slayers

Noble Master Games

Don’t forget, the tournaments are absolutely free to join, so it is a good opportunity to gain a membership upgrade. Don’t want to join every tournament? Unsure which tournaments give which prizes? Check out the full details here http://www.ageofconquest.com/festival.html

March 6, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Real-Time Strategy Game *Tropical Stormfront* for PC, Mac, Linux

Filed under: Announcement,Business — Tags: , , , , — noblemaster @ 00:59

Noble Master Games Releases Real-Time Strategy Game “Tropical Stormfront” for PC, Macintosh and Linux.

Tokyo, Japan – March 6, 2012 — Noble Master Games releases their strategy game title “Tropical Stormfront” for PC, Macintosh and Linux computers. The game is a real-time strategy (RTS) similar to the classic “Command & Conquer”, and modern warfare played out over lush tropical archipelagos. The game includes 25 pre-defined campaign missions as well as unlimited randomly generated skirmish scenarios with a multitude of game options.

Tropical Stormfront features various game play modes including Survival, Elimination, Capture the Flag, Hold the flag, Defend, and Capture the Enemy General. The battles are fought over land, sea and air. The maps and storyline are based on real world locations including Hawaii, Fiji, Midway, the Philippines, the Falkland Islands, Taiwan and China to name a few.

Features included are:

  • 25 Campaign Missions
  • Unlimited Skirmish Games (Random Setup)
  • Challenging AI with 4 difficulty settings
  • Ground units: Battle Tank, Missile Tank, Artillery, General/Commando Unit
  • Naval units: Aircraft Carrier, Cruiser, Destroyer, Submarine, Transporter
  • Air units: Fighter Plane, Apache Helicopter, Airship
  • Nations Included: USA, England, Russia, China, Japan, India and Brazil
  • Maps based on real-world locations in the Pacific.
  • Team-Play (join forces with AI controlled support)
  • Fog of War/Exploration Fog
  • High Score and Playing Statistics
  • Engaging Music and Sound Effects

“The dev team behind Tropical Stormfront is a truly global affair, with contributors from Tokyo, London, Ohio, Boston, Cyprus, Korea, Honolulu and Mongolia!” said Christoph Aschwanden, owner of Noble Master Games. “The whole team is looking forward to the release after a year of development”.

Tropical Stormfront is available via Desura and GamersGate in the English, Japanese and Korean language. The game is priced at USD 19.99 (EUR 14.99, AUD 18.99, GBP 12.99). A free demo version is available for try out before purchase. For additional information on “Tropical Stormfront” such as screenshots, promo graphics, trailer videos and review copy contact Christoph Aschwanden. Also download our press kit with logos, screenshots, box shots, promo graphics and official game description.

Noble Master Games is a professionally established indie company to serve as a resource for the gaming community at large. Our focus lies on developing and publishing real-time and turn-based strategy games. We have been creating games for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and Atari since 1988.

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