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Steam Summer Sale = Space game time!

Well, spring sprung a while ago now. Summer has finally arrived (no kidding Sherlock, it’s hot out here!). Time for beaches, family picnics, ball games, fireworks, traffic (!) and, beginning today, the spectrum of groovy games on sale from Steam, including Digital Eel’s fantabulous space roguelikes. Get ready to engage!

(You know the phrase: Get ’em all! Hey, there’s only two, and at prices so low–66% off!–that you’ll actually want to give Digital Eel more money for them! Unfortunately the system doesn’t work that way, so just feel free to take the games and run.)

So, from today (June 22) until the 5th of July, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space and its sequel, Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars, are fast-food cheap for your summer purchasing pleasure. Also note that Digital Eel’s award-winning Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity and Data Jammers: FastForward are now free and available from Steam as well.

Meanwhile, stay cool. Play a great game in air-conditioned comfort.*

Ripcord out.

*Air-conditioning unit not included in price.

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It’s Springtime for Space Games!

Spring has sprung, the Humble Store is open and the sale is on! For the next two weeks you can get Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space and its sequel, Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars, for only $2.49 each. (You won’t find a better deal this side of the Kuiper Belt!) Also note that 10% of all Humble Store proceeds go to charity*.

Sea of Stars continues the space roguelike series that started it all. Weird Worlds, its precursor, is the IGF award-winning space roguelike that pioneered the category. (Its progenitor, Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, itself an IGF finalist, was the first hybrid space roguelike game.)

In an Infinite Space roguelike, stars, planets, alien homeworlds, fleets, space stations, creatures, passengers, allies, equipment, artifacts, and special events and quests, are randomized each time the game is played. There’s more “stuff” than can be seen in a single game, so it takes several times through to experience it all. This adds up to immense replayability.

Another noteable feature is that these games are designed to be played to completion in one sitting. A full session of Weird Worlds might take only 30 minutes to finish. This prevents the frustration felt in old school roguelikes when a beloved character dies suddenly after 15 hours of play. In Sea of Stars, if your fleet perishes, you want to try again right away!

If SF space adventure is your bag, and you want to experience a heroic star-spanning saga–but you only have the lunch hour, Weird Worlds and Sea of Stars are sure to provide the quick fix you need. That and dual-mounted particle vortex cannons too, of course. Zzzzap!

Ripcord out.

*If you’d like to contribute directly to our favorite charity, RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), please visit the RIF website here.

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All Quiet in the Purple Void

Quiet for now, even as Digital Eel readies new facilities. Nothing special just new workspaces and workstations as well as room for VR research and development. Strange new worlds to explore and all that. Look for announcements of at least two new Digital Eel projects very soon.

Ripcord out.

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And Lo! ‘Tis the Steam holiday sale!

Seasons Greetings from Digital Eel!

When there’s a nip in the air, snowflakes are dancing happily on the tip of your nose and you hear the jingling sound of Santa’s sleighbells, you know it’s either time to check in to the local nuthouse, or it’s time for the Steam holiday sale. Fortunately, you are not insane.

Beginning today, Thursday, December 22nd, and continuing until Wednesday, January 4th, INFINITE SPACE III: SEA OF STARS (fully patched and updated) and WEIRD WORLDS: RETURN TO INFINITE SPACE (the hybrid space roguelike that started it all) have been joyfully discounted (Ho ho ho!) and are available for your holiday bemazement from Steam.

Pro tip: Digital Eel games are the perfect relaxation activity for the inevitable after-meal digestive torpor.

Please note that Digital Eel games are alien-tested and approved for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS and all reasonably intelligent LIFEFORMS across the galaxy.

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It’s a November Surprise! Infinite Space Battle Poker is here!

Digital Eel is pleased to announce the release of Infinite Space Battle Poker, a new hybrid cardgame that plays like poker but fights like a clash between alien starships. Want to know more?

Choose any poker variant that ends with a five card showdown, like five card draw, or stud, or our favorite, Anaconda (a point scoring system is also included). Then vie for control of Infinite Space–well, the card table, anyway–with an array of starships, alien leaders, mercenaries, enemies–even alien artifacts, like the ship-shattering Chromium Gong.

Obviously, these aren’t merely space-themed ordinary cards. Infinite Space Battle Poker is a whole new, unique deck.

Infinite Space Battle Poker features starships, characters and items drawn from the universe of the Infinite Space computer games: Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space and, particularly, Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars.

You can order Infinite Space Battle Poker for $9.99 HERE. (Add $1.00 for a clear plastic deckbox.) Remember, if it worked for Prince Arcturus, it can work for you!

Infinite Space Battle Poker card artwork and layout are by Iikka Keranen, JP Farquar and Denis Loubet. The cards are manufactured by DriveThruCards.

Please note: Special eel hugs and heartfelt thanks go out to all of the fine folks who supported the ISBP Kickstarter campaign!

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Infinite Space Sells Out and Stays Humble

The Humble Store is open and the sale is on! For the next two weeks you can get Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space for $1.69 and its sequel Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars, for $3.49. This is a pretty cool deal. Consider: given the “infinite” nature of roguelike play, these prices are negligible–next to nothing–and yet, Digital Eel still gets paid. Additionally, 10% of proceeds go to charity. How cool is that?!

Sea of Stars continues the space roguelike series that started it all. Weird Worlds, its precursor, is the IGF award-winning space roguelike that pioneered the category. (Its precursor, Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, itself an IGF finalist, was the first hybrid space roguelike game.)

In an Infinite Space roguelike, stars, planets, alien homeworlds, fleets, space stations, creatures, passengers, allies, equipment, artifacts, and special events and quests, are randomized each time the game is played. There’s more “stuff” than can be seen in a single session, so it takes several games to see it all. This all adds up to immense replayability.

Another noteable feature is that these games are designed to be played to completion in one sitting. A full session of Weird Worlds might take only 30 minutes to finish. This prevents the frustration felt in old school roguelikes when a beloved character dies suddenly after 15 hours of play. In Sea of Stars, if your fleet perishes, you want to try again right away!

If SF space adventure is your thing, and you want to imagine, to feel, the experience of a heroic star spanning saga–but you only have the lunch hour, Weird Worlds and Sea of Stars are sure to provide the quick fix you need. That, and dual-mounted particle vortex cannons, of course.

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PAIRS: Infinite Space is here!

Time for all moon mutants and interstellar aliens to party! PAIRS: Infinite Space, the first of two new Digital Eel card game releases, just warped in!

If you haven’t heard of it, you’re in for some fun– PAIRS is a pub game created by James Ernest and Paul Peterson of Cheapass Games. It uses a simple triangular deck of cards: that’s 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, and so on all the way to 10×10. PAIRS is lightweight, entertaining, and a perfect way to decide who pays for the next round of Tiberian Moonshine.

PAIRS: Infinite Space joins the growing family of PAIRS decks, and features starships from the universe of Digital Eel’s space roguelikes, a series that began with Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, originally published by Cheapass Games in 2002. PAIRS: Infinite Space also adds the unique Damocles rule.

PAIRS: Infinite Space is fast, fun and legal in most sectors, and you need a copy today!

Note: All rules are included on card #56. To see how the basic game works, check out this quick demo video by James Ernest.

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Digital Eel presents Infinite Space Battle Poker (Kickstarter campaign)

The best of both worlds, Infinite Space Battle Poker plays like Poker and fights like a starship combat game. Choose any Poker variant you wish; five card draw, seven card stud, even Texas Hold ‘Em or our favorite, Anaconda. Then vie for control of the tabletop, er, Infinite Space, with an array of starship types, alien races, mercenaries, leaders and rare artifacts, like the ship-shattering Chromium Gong!

Infinite Space Battle Poker is drawn from the universe of the Infinite Space computer games: Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space and Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars.

The game features card artwork by Iikka Keranen, JP Farquar and Denis Loubet. The cards will be manufactured by USPCC, the maker of Bicycle brand playing cards, and will feature their famous Air-Cushion finish.

Please join our Kickstarter campaign to help make Infinite Space Battle Poker happen in an excellent way. We’ve had a blast with the playtest decks but now we want to let everyone in on the fun with quality cards and decks made to last.

The Infinite Space Battle Poker Kickstarter campaign begins today and continues for one month. Check out the pledge page for more information and splendid rewards!

Check updates HERE. (Final, August 16)

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Digital Eel’s Brainpipe and Data Jammers games are now FREE

As part of our celebrating Digital Eel’s 15 year anniversary on Sunday, we’ve decided to make our games Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity and Data Jammers: FastForward absolutely FREE!

Brainpipe is an award-winning arcade game described as being a “zen-inducing trip that will blow your mind” and “like having sex with Yog Sothoth.” Kewl.
Get Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity FREE from Steam, IndieGameStand (DRM-free) and itch.io (DRM-free).

Jammers is what could happen if Hot Wheels met Tron: twisty racing and destruction in a retro wireframe world. A short and sweet arcade BLaST. Watch out for those gliding eyeballs!
Get “Data Jammers: FastForward” FREE from Steam, IndieGameStand (DRM-free) and itch.io (DRM-free).

More celebrating to come, so watch the skies!

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