• Register
A real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. The aim is to have pretty chaotic explodey fights and interesting ship design choices.
ForumsTwitterSite


Purchase includes future versions up to 1.0!


At its core, the game is about designing airships and fighting with them. Ships are put together out of modules, and the layout of modules matters a great deal: everything on board is done by individual airsailors who need to run around, ferrying coal, ammunition, water and repair tools - and sometimes their fallen comrades.

You can command fleets of airships both against the computer and against other players across the Internet.

In addition, there is a single-player strategic mode, where you use your fleet to conquer city after city, unlocking new modules and bonuses with each of them.

The game has an authentic-ish system of heraldry where you can create your own coat of arms, and register it with the game forums as unique to you.

  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
Post article RSS Articles

I've written a lot about the upcoming diplomacy update for Airships, but have so far refused to commit to a release date. Estimating how long software takes to write is hard, and I didn't want to produce a string of broken promises. Now I'm finally close enough to everything being ready that I can do so:

The diplomacy update will come out in August 2022. It's tentatively called "Airships: Conquer Together".

So that's in about five months, nicely two years after the 1.0 release. It will be a free update revamping conquest mode and adding a large number of features. A more financially savvy person would be selling this as an expansion pack or calling it "Airships 2". But it's free, because it's where I want the game to be at. After the release, any future major features will come in the form of expansion packs.

Why another five months? I want to make sure I have enough time to test, polish, and balance the game.

map


What does the update contain?

Co-op combat and conquest: You will be able to fight with any number of players and AIs to each side, each controlling your own ships. You can set up individual multiplayer combats with multiple players on both sides. And if you're allied in multiplayer conquest mode, you can fight alongside each other.

Full diplomatic system: You can conduct diplomacy to determine war, peace, and a number of levels of alliance and cooperation. You can send ultimatums to demand diplomatic concessions. And the AI is able to do all of this too, including a detailed numerical explanation for why it accepts or rejects a deal.

City upgrades: You can now upgrade your towns and cities with shipyards, factories, police stations, pleasure palaces, labs, and more. Balance your expenditures between building up your empire and conquering more of it.

World ages: As the game progresses, the world enters different ages that change the rules and balance of the game. An age of storms can make it harder for airships to navigate. An age of piety will see empires racing to control holy sites. An age of exploration lets you send out your ships to seek out strange new lifeforms to study and, er, plunder.

Fleet supply system: Logistics are a very important part of warfare. Yes, you can still assemble a doom stack of dozens of ships, but it will be a lot more cumbersome than a careful deployment of forces.

Reputation system: Breaking treaties and committing atrocities will decrease your standing, while defeating pirates and slaughtering monsters increases it.

New additional victory conditions: Instead of conquering every city, you can also amass enough power and reputation to have yourself declared emperor - though other players may interfere with your coronation going ahead. Or you can forge an alliance strong enough to dominate the world. Or, if you're a cultist, you can make worms erupt from everyone's eyes. That's a kind of victory, too.

New espionage system: An entirely new set of spy actions and mechanics that reward long-term planning and produce more interesting results.

A prettier map: Inspired by renaissance maps, featuring landmarks and marginalia drawings, and a clearer presentation of information.

Revamped tech tree: Based on player feedback, and adding in new technologies for city upgrades.

Revamped coat of arms bonuses: Also based on player feedback, and taking advantage of the new features in the game.

Various other balance and user interface improvements: Too many to number here individually.

madness


So what's left to do in those five months?

Networking: This is the big show-stopper right now. Multiplayer games still have weird lag problems and failures. I really really really want to fix those before releasing an update that's about co-op combat and diplomacy. So right now, I'm doing regular test games and updates to figure out those problems and fix them. If you have had network problems with the game such as crashes or failed reconnects, please get in touch and volunteer for those test games, so I can figure out what's wrong.

Refining AI logic and performance: The new AI code for diplomacy is mostly complete now, but it simply needs more testing as well as some performance enhancements. Turns out that considering every single treaty you could sign with every single other empire in the game is kind of time-consuming!

Updating tutorials: Because the game - and especially conquest - has changed, I need to update the tutorials. As an existing player, you may not care about this, but the game needs to be accessible to new players as well.

User experience polish: With all those new features come a lot more user interfaces that have to be made usable.

Testing and balancing: Finally, an update this big simply requires a lot of testing to make sure it actually works and is reasonably balanced! There will probably be a closed beta followed by an open beta in the months leading up to the release.

And a hundred other small things. :)

diplomacy

On Diplomacy

On Diplomacy

News 4 comments

Diplomacy in most strategy games is kind of... meh. Here's how I hope to do better.

Bug Hunt: Fixing Combat AI

Bug Hunt: Fixing Combat AI

News 1 comment

Rundown of a weird and stupid bug I found and fixed in the game's combat AI.

Airships: Conquer the Skies is complete!

Airships: Conquer the Skies is complete!

News 3 comments

After five years of dev, my steampunk shipbuilding RTS has launched.

Strategic Multiplayer Dev Log 2

Strategic Multiplayer Dev Log 2

News

Work on multiplayer strategic conquest continues, fixing desync issues and working on setup and resume GUI.

Add file RSS Related Files
PsyPsyche Designs v2.00

PsyPsyche Designs v2.00

PsyPsyche Designs Full Version

PsyPsyche Designs Version 2.00 | Airships 1472 (+20) | Landships 264 (+21) | Buildings 275 (+133) | Missions: Arena Levels 01-05 | ConstructionAffinities...

The Free Kit v1.04

The Free Kit v1.04

The Free Kit Full Version

The Free Kit v1.04 | A:CTS v9.0.3 | Free Modules | Free Armour | Bonus Modules | No Maintenance Costs | No Bonus Restrictions | v1.04 General update...

Conquer The Future v0.03 Pre-Alpha

Conquer The Future v0.03 Pre-Alpha

Conquer The Future Demo

Conquer The Future v0.03 Pre-Alpha doesn't add much, well, other than; Balanced Audio, Laser Cannon, Auto Cannon, Plasma Cannon, Satellite Communications...

Conquer The Future v0.01 Pre-Alpha [OLD]

Conquer The Future v0.01 Pre-Alpha [OLD]

Conquer The Future Demo

The future has finally arrived. Conquer The Future v0.01 Pre-Alpha doesn't provide much, but enough to take a look; including Audio, Visual, Photoshopual...

PsyPsyche Designs v1.99 [OLD]

PsyPsyche Designs v1.99 [OLD]

PsyPsyche Designs Full Version 1 comment

PsyPsyche Designs Version 1.99 | Airships 290 | Landships 43 | Buildings 204

The Module Kit v005 Alpha | 1x1 - 1x3

The Module Kit v005 Alpha | 1x1 - 1x3

The Module Kit Demo

The Module Kit for Airships: Conquer The Skies. | Alpha Demo contains 1x1 through 3x1 module iterations. || v005 - Updated Categories, removed ConstructionAffinity...

Comments  (0 - 10 of 63)
ouchies12
ouchies12

hey guys sorry... im new here...so....
how do you run the game?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+3 votes
Guest
Guest

best

Reply Good karma Bad karma+3 votes
Guest
Guest

somebody should make a lets play where its one city defence get money and build defences only i want to see how that will play out.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+4 votes
Guest
Guest

Great game

Reply Good karma Bad karma+6 votes
martyra2j
martyra2j

I did a Let's Play/First impressions on this game! Come check it out if ya like!
Big thanks to the developer for this great game!
Hope you enjoy.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+6 votes
SkyBreack
SkyBreack

Wow! what a nice and original idea. Looks very fun! follow! =D

Reply Good karma Bad karma+4 votes
Zillvr
Zillvr

Looks like a whole lot of fun...and chaos. Definitely tracking this!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+4 votes
TheManWhoFlewAway
TheManWhoFlewAway

Great idea - keeping an eye on this :)

Reply Good karma Bad karma+4 votes
DonleyTimeFoundation
DonleyTimeFoundation

I love this game soooo much! HAHAHAH!

-Tim

Reply Good karma Bad karma+6 votes
Propagandawar
Propagandawar

Are you planning on adding a map for Multiplayer? I have friends getting the game. Although it looks like they are waiting for another option besides paypal to pay with. .

Reply Good karma Bad karma+4 votes
Zarkonnen Creator
Zarkonnen

The issue with making a MP map is that combats and strategy work at different timescales, so you'd spend a lot of time waiting for other peoples' fights. Not sure how to fix that.

Re: PayPal - what kind of payment method would they like? I totally understand that it's not exactly everyone's first choice. Am up for anything, including stuffing money into an envelope. :P

Reply Good karma+7 votes
Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.

Twitter

Latest tweets from @zarkonnen_com

I made the Nine Houses from @tazmuir's Locked Tomb series in @StellarisGame. It let me model them pretty precisely… T.co

May 11 2022

RT @getsthegoods: Happy birthday to John Brown T.co

May 10 2022

RT @zarkonnen_com: Dear Carmilla, My vampiric sire insists that I do something special for her for mothers day. I think this is weird… T.co

May 9 2022

Dear Carmilla, My vampiric sire insists that I do something special for her for mothers day. I think this is weird… T.co

May 8 2022

RT @johnayliff: Beyond the Chiron Gate is out now on @itchio and is 20% off this weekend! #screenshotsaturday T.co

May 7 2022

Working on a GUI editor for airship fleets, so people can easily create mods that add their ship designs to the gam… T.co

May 7 2022

Industrial history thought experiment: Imagine that one day in Bronze Age Mesopotamia, devices that provide tireles… T.co

May 7 2022