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Welcome to the IndieDB page for Marvin's 'Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend' project. This project is a new modern fan remake of the original 1987 PC game loved by many back in the day. Marvin is a veteran professional software and game developer who has worked for multiple well known companies such as Bethesda Softworks and Rainbow Studios, on popular games such as 'Elder Scrolls Redguard' and 'Cars: The Video Game'. As a fun side project, Marvin has decided to use his years of experience to remake his favorite childhood game with modern graphics via Unity. This game is open-source and freely available on GitHub, should anyone wish to help. Playable builds are being released on the project website and occasionally here too.

Project Websites/Feeds:
Marvin's Project Blog - Your first stop for latest downloads, news and updates!
Facebook Group - For our 'new-school' fans
Project Forum - For our 'old-school' fans
Twitter Feed
Project Youtube Channel
Github Page - Project Source Files

Programmer & Project Lead:
Marvin Herbold

Build Master & Quality Assurance:
Michael Gams

Social Media:
Daniel Blakeley (Blake)

Starflight Universe & Lore Consultant:
Stephen Rogers

Planet Map Project:
Michael Gams (676)
Daniel Blakeley (72)
Stephen Rogers (52)
Marvin Herbold (11)

Blake's Personal Comments:
Like so many great fan projects I've tributed on my Starflight website Marvin had sadly abandoned his work in 2017 due to believing no one cared about his awesome project but in reality the problem was that no one knew about it! Well now people do and after finally getting the fan feedback he wanted in 2017 Marvin is now back working on this awesome project again in 2018! In the second half of 2018 since Marvin's project finally went public the response has been amazing and the project has grown so much. The speed in which Marvin completes parts of the game is incredible. He's implemented a full galaxy of stars and planets, created weather effects for the planets, flux wormholes, alien ship encounters and the very difficult alien comms portraits.

It is our hope that in the future some amazing mods will be able to be done using Marvin's completed opensource Unity based Starflight engine such as a Sega Genesis style mod (as Marvin's work is purely a PC version remake), a Starflight 2 remake, and maybe even a remake of the Starflight 3 Fan Project or Starflight The Lost Colony Project. In the meantime we now have a dedicated IndieDB page here, a Facebook group, a Twitter feed and even an oldschool Forum. So make sure you visit them along with Marvin's blog to check out all the amazing work he's been doing!

If you have any questions, comments, or you just wanna discuss this new fan project feel free to comment here or on one of our other sites!

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The Awakening

(Originally posted by Marvin 09/06/2017 HERE)

Welcome to my Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend project blog!

Allow me to start off by giving you a little background about me [Marvin Herbold]. I used to be a game programmer. Starting in 1996 and ending in 2010, I was a game programmer for much of that time frame. The first company I worked for was Bethesda Softworks. While I was there, I worked on several games, including Battlespire, Redguard, PBA Bowling 2, X-Car: Experimental Racing, and Burnout: Championship Drag Racing. The last game company I worked for was Rainbow Studios, which was a division of THQ. At Rainbow, I worked on Cars: The Video Game, Cars: Mater-National, Deadly Creatures, Dood’s Big Adventure, and several other unreleased games.

So now you know I am a bona fide game developer with many published games under my belt. My specialty is the game engine which includes graphics, artificial intelligence, physics, sound, music, networking, and so on.

It’s been 7 years since I have done any real game programming. Recently, I discovered that Unity Technologies have made their game engine available to hobbyists for free. I decided that it might be fun to get back into game programming by learning Unity. What better way to learn Unity than to remake one of my favorite childhood PC game: Starflight.

Starflight Box Art


Starflight came out in 1987. I was just entering high school. I was quickly amazed and enthralled by the planet generator that this game uses, and it was the source of much fantasizing and inspiration for me. This game is deceptively simple – after all, it shipped on only two 5 1/4″ floppy disks. I spent many man-weeks exploring the Starflight universe and wondering at the technical aspects of it. I never did beat the game.

So, now that brings us to today and this website. I intend to chronicle my journey remaking Starflight with Unity, and sharing my experiences here. Hopefully, someone will get a kick out of this.

I fully intend to give credit where credit is due for all the things that I find on the Internet that I can use either in the game or on this website. For example, I found the box art image, that is displayed here in this post, at Otherelectricities.com – an interesting web page. This is the exact box art for the version of Starflight that I have sitting on my desk, which I have had in my possession for 30 years.

If you would like to contact me, send me email at bravearmygames@gmail.com .


Next article Marvin begins work on his new Starflight remake project starting with the intro sequence:
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Dev Diary 14 - Creating More Alien Comms (Part 1) in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

Dev Diary 14 - Creating More Alien Comms (Part 1) in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

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Time for another post! This time Marvin brings to life the Spemin and the Gazurtoid via their communications screens and dialogue in his Starflight: The...

Dev Diary 13 - Creating the Mechan 9 Comms in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

Dev Diary 13 - Creating the Mechan 9 Comms in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

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We're back! This time Marvin creates the awesome and spooky Mechan 9 communications screen and alien dialogue in his Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend...

Dev Diary 12 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

Dev Diary 12 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

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Greetings pilots! This time Marvin implements radar, builds his first alien ship model and brings us a close encounter of the third kind in his Starflight...

Dev Diary 11 – Orbiting Planets in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

Dev Diary 11 – Orbiting Planets in Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend

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We're back for more news! This time Marvin creates HUNDREDS OF PLANETS for us to orbit with accurate surface maps (1:1 with original game) and beautiful...

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Starflight-1.20.zip

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Starflight-1.19.zip

Starflight-1.19.zip

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Starflight-1.17.1.zip

Starflight-1.17.1.zip

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Starflight-1.16.zip

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Starflight-1.13.zip

Starflight-1.13.zip

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Starflight-1.12.zip

Starflight-1.12.zip

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For those of you that do not want to build the game yourself using Unity and Github, you can download the game from this page.

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ulrasor
ulrasor

This seems very far in development! I'm kind of excited for when its feature complete.

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Blake00 Creator
Blake00

Yup Marvin's speed is incredible. 6mths ago there was nothing but a half finished starport. Now there's a whole galaxy of solar systems, planets to orbit & land on, aliens to talk to etc.

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Guest

Explorer needed

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Blake00 Creator
Blake00

Explorer?

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Guest
Guest

Have you been in contact with the original developers and copyright owner?
I know they are working on a Starflight 3 at the moment.

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Blake00 Creator
Blake00

Greg Johnson and Anthony (behind SF3) are aware of our project and we've been posting our videos in the official SF3 discord channel without issue too. We're actually using this project to help rebuild the Starflight community (feel free to sign up to either the FB group or the forum listed in the summary) in preparation for when Greg tries another crowdfund (next to no one heard about it last time sadly).

I'm not sure if the actual license holder Rod McConnell (it reverted back from EA to him years ago) knows about us but he has always been very supportive of the fan projects even going so far as to help the old SF3 fan project and SF-The Lost Colony so hopefully he's cool with it too (as long as we don't try to make any money of it, which we certainly won't!).

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mazioman
mazioman

I don't get why there aren't more comments on here, I only ever played Starflight: The Lost Colony, but this looks even better. Consider me excited.

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Blake00 Creator
Blake00

Well we only put this indiedb page up around a week ago so we're not too worried. ;) Congrats on being our first comment on here haha! :)

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