Shipyard is BWG’s first (and only, so far) game project. It first saw the light of day in August 2013, when I released an early version of the ship editor as a “tech demo.” Since then, I have been developing and expanding it. Though it is still far from complete, it has come a long way since that initial version.
Shipyard is a turn-based strategy game in a science fiction universe. The core mechanic is the ability to build your spaceship from individual systems. Though not yet implemented, combat will involve strategically destroying enemy systems. The world is randomly generated and, though it is thinly populated at the moment, I have plans to fill it with NPC ships and stations; asteroids to mine and planets to explore; and all that good stuff.
You can either download the complete game archive: Shipyard Pre-Alpha 0.7.4
Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can try the new launcher: Shipyard Launcher v2.1 (BETA)
Shipyard requires the latest version of Java to run. If you get an error on your first attempt at running the game, try updating your Java first.
If you downloaded the game archive, extract all of the game files to a location of your choosing, then run the file called shipyard.jar to start the game. Running the game this way will not notify you of new game versions.
If you downloaded the launcher, simply open it with Java and click Download Latest. The Launcher will automatically download and extract the game for you. When that is finished, click Start Game. The launcher checks for updates when you first run it, and will give you the option of downloading the latest version. Doing so will remove the old game files from your computer, but will leave your saves intact.
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