Gratuitous Patch Battles
Positech games just released patch 28 for Gratuitous Space Battles. (Yes, that is the twenty-eighth time the game has been patched. Will we ever get it right? Actually, the majority of the patches are introducing shiny new features and responding to user feedback rather than fixing those little niggly bugs that always shoehorn their way into PC game code...)

Anyway, patch 28 is worthy of an email (maybe even worthy of a loud shouty space-opera) because it introduces two big fat new things to the game (as well as bug fixes):

This is a big deal. If you go to the challenges screen, there is a new ‘custom challenge’ map, which opens up a whole new screen showing stuff to fiddle with to basically create your own map, from existing backdrops, plus settings for pilot limits, budget, and the supply limits or spatial anomalies present. You want a battle with a 10,00CR budget, 4 pilots, no shields and no missile modules? You got it kiddo!

I hope people really investigate this as an option for the game, because it gives a lot more creative control to the player. If you thing fighter rockets are overpowered, you can issue a challenge where there aren’t any, and see what other methods people use to beat you. if you like a certain map but wished it had a ‘must have engines’ requirement, you can do that too.

The game now maintains an on-line ‘inbox’ for everyone, and auto-sends you a message when your challenges are beaten or played, or when someone sends you a challenge. It also gives you the option of sending post-challenge feedback to the issuer. This means less wondering how the hell they beat your invincible fleet, and more reading the gloating from your nemesis, which is of course, all in the spirit of GSB.

The game will auto-update if you have registered it on-line, but I’ll be getting updated patches to the distributors like steam and impulse and the others right away.
I'm now working on patch twenty nine. Who knows what wonders it will contain?

What is GSB? It's Gratuitous Space Battles, the tower-defense/RTS?simulation hybrid indie space game from UK developer Positech Games (cliff). It's on sale through Steam, Impulse, GamersGate, Direct2Drive and Positech's own site: