Dark Galaxy lives again...
Firstly, thank you FrostyCoolSlug, Zedd & Scan for making DG and restarting it at a time when we all needed some distraction in our day-to-day lives. A project such as this must have taken many 1000s of hours to build, test, debug, administer and police. No easy task even for a team of paid people, let alone a single dev coding in spare time, to keep us as a community happy and entertained.
Over the last few weeks, Frosty has put yet more of his precious time into working on the codebase to make it shareable. He's also gone out of his way to 'hand-hold' us in setting up, running and developing he game/code. He's also been gracious enough to let us continue using his server for hosting (for the short-term), to allow us to get something off the ground faster.
Alongside this, we have been familiarising ourselves with the project, as well as making some changes to the code to make it more sharable by moving previously hard-coded credentials to config.
Our current focus is on building new tooling for the running and administration of the game; with the aim of making it easier to delegate administration to other users so devs can focus on 'developing'. We will be hoping to run some speed games within the next few weeks, and all going well some longer rounds shortly after.
Once again, thanks to the creators for making this all possible. I'm leaving Frosty's original note below as it serves as a poignant reminder of how we got to this point, and what we need to focus on as a community to move things forward.
The 'Save DG' Cooperative
Ingus, GosuYuri, Muffinman et al.
It's been a few years since I attempted to take up the mantle of Dark Galaxy, and during that time I've spent many, many hours working on the game. Unfortunately as time has gone on, and the betas have happened, my desire (for various reasons, including the player base, and my time) to continue work on this project have diminished substantially, So I'm gonna call it here, and end the revival.
I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in this effort as it's gone on, but Dark Galaxy is ultimately a game from a different time that really doesn't fit into the modern era, from a gameplay perspective, and a community perspective. I tried to take this on as a passion project, but my passion, desire and hope was snubbed out incredibly quickly after a single 'round', and I honestly can't see a way to come back from that.
So as of now, the web components of Dark Galaxy have been shut down, the forums will be shut down in around a month, and the discord server after that. If you've been able to reconnect with friends and people from the 'old days', I'm hoping you'll have the opportunity to get contact information. I'm certainly not going to prevent that from happening!
So I wish you all farewell, and hope you do well in your lives, it's been fun!
Craig "FrostyCoolSlug" McLure