Toaster Hunt

Pirates! There be a treasure, rare and mythical, that ranks among the greatest in the Galaxy. Few echo its words, and those that do speak with reverence and hushed tones. Be warned, this treasure has made it’s way to our corner of the galactic community. It is, none other than… Space Toast. 😮 (<—shocked face)

What is the Toaster Hunt?

As the metaphorical dust settles after an invasion only one pirate finds the Mythical Toaster that the invaders left behind. Other pirates may steal or otherwise find this toaster by attacking the player who currently has it.

If you have the toaster:
– Stay out of the shipyard! If you are in the shipyard you will drop the toaster and a random online player (who is not in the shipyard, lost, in ascension, or frozen) will pick it up.
– Move around! If someone attacks you and wins they get the toaster instantly. If they attack you and lose they can still knock it loose and you will drop it! It will then be picked up by a random online pirate
– Use cloak + SSC! If you are hard to hit you may be able to hold on to the toaster for longer. It also makes it slightly harder to pin down your location
– Do not use a Letter of Marque, as it offers no protection to you from attacks
– Do not Ascend. Choosing to ascend makes you instantly drop the toaster, and it gets picked up by a random online player.
– You are not immune. Normal attacking immunity does not apply if you are currently holding the toaster

If you do not have the toaster:
– Use the “Hunt” hints to track your prey. These appear in the same location as invasion notices
– Attack the person who has the toaster even if you are too weak to win, if you manage to dislodge it (50% chance) it still counts as a find/claim for you. There is a prize for doing this! Also you help to diminish their chance of winning.
– Stay out of the shipyard! If the toaster is dropped you can find it if you are online but not if you are in the shipyard, lost, in ascension or frozen. Remember chatting alone does not count for activity
– Use cloak+SSC! If you attack the person who has the toaster and win their event log will tell them who took it from them. They can instantly attack you and take it back. But if you are cloaked this can help to cover your tracks.
– Check player profiles! You may see a hint to indicate that they have the toaster.

In the end the pirate who has the toaster will win a prize. There are equivalent prizes for finding the toaster the most, and holding the toaster the longest. One pirate can win multiple (or all of the) prizes. The prize is 1,000,000 in item credits for your Save for Ship fund, unless you have the best ship in which case you receive it to your Galactic Credit account.

 

 

Star Crash: Tales of Dystopian Spies and Star Pirates

 

 

Available now in print and e-book!

 

StarCrash

The long awaited anthology is finally available! In digital download or Pocketbook paper back!

Set in the cyber-punk worlds of Snakehead Game’s Spybattle 2165, Star Pirates and Zombie Moon, Star Crash is an exploration of human nature in a world without illness or injury. 

Featuring 11 short stories, this Anthology is a testament to the community that Snakehead Games has created in their games. Each one of these stories was submitted by the community, and selected from dozens of applicants. 
The Earth is uninhabitable – A result of a catastrophic accident known as the Star Crash. StarPorts throughout the system have become the life stations of what remains of humanity. The StarPorts and asteroids are humanity’s only home – and these have become a war ground, where the odds of survival are grim. Without the Regenabots, machines which heal all injury, and cure all disease, humanity would already be extinguished. Gangs of Star Pirates rule the stars – fighting each other, looting old space hulks and mining resources wherever they can be found for trade to improve their star vessels and ensure their survival. 
Star Crash is an anthology of incredible depth. Drawing on over six years of collective storytelling and narrative, it combines the stories of 11 different authors and a setting created by thousands. 
It also features the Short Story: Below the Crimson Ice, a glimpse into the history and narrative of Snakehead Game’s Latest Mobile Release, Zombie Moon: Marines vs. Zombies. 

Want your own copy? Here are all the links you could possibly need!

 

Paper Back:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/snakehead-games/star-crash/paperback/product-21402751.html

AMAZON E-Book

 

Todaybour Day…

As the month draws to a close, Snakehead Fans, so does the Writing Contest enter its last month! And, in fact, the early bird special ends tomorrow! (There’s still time if you’ve got just a little bit more to do…remember, it’s 1000 points in the game of your choice if your submission is in and valid by September 1st – and an additional 4000 to one lucky entrant into the bargain – all awarded at the end of the long weekend! Not bad, eh?)

Oh, and have you checked out our latest interview? It’s all the buzz, hehehe OW! Ow, alright, I apologize for that pun, stop throwing bricks at me! Just… ;_; Just have the latest levelling news and enjoy the long weekend, Snakehead Fans…

Spybattle 2165
Level 50: Medon
Level 60: Deputy Laszer
Level 70: Lilyblack

Special Commendations: ZeddWhyte for the latest Space Lab…this one financed by the sale of – if not actually entirely MADE of – Bulletproof Vests!

Star Pirates
Level 50: Belai, Zip Cypher, Omniplex
Level 60: Captain Fletch
Level 70: Notin Theface
Level 80: Pyre Light, Dread Pirate Roberts

Free Captain’s Log #2

Free Captain’s Log (Space Date – August 24, 2198)
(Captain Athena’s Personal Log)

Writing Contest!

Have you heard the word, pirates? Snakehead’s Writing Contest is in full swing – not only that, but there’s now an early bird special as well!

They’ve pledged 1000 points for everyone who gets a submission in before September 1st – more if enough people are in by that time. I don’t know about you, but I can feel my writing fingers getting itchy just thinking about it…

Mobile Games

It’s not like racing from one end of the system to the other and blowing anything in my path up ever gets BORING, dear Journal, don’t get me wrong. But there ARE a few boring stretches in between the explosions, and the hold can only carry so much rum. So the shipboard AI said I ought to look at some “mobile games”.

And wouldn’t you know it, Snakehead Games has come through for us there! Their debut app “Word Nerds: Tap & Spell Words” is the most fun I’ve ever had without a laser pistol in each hand. Lets me feel smart, those ants are just SO adorable, and just to top it all off, it didn’t cost the crew – I mean, ah, it didn’t cost ME a dime!

I also checked out ZipZap as well – from Industry Corporation, friends of Snakehead Games. I can appreciate some asteroid exploding hijinx, lemme tell ya.

Coliseum

Speaking of feeling smart, I learned something else today. Seems you don’t need plasma cannons to beat up your friends – virtually, of course! – and have fun doing it. Coliseum has seen some HUGE updates recently, with their soon-to-be-famous Foederati system finally being implemented.

Hmm…recruiting my friends to help me take revenge on those who wronged me, and all to the delighted roars of a ferocious crowd of ancient romans, huh? Sign me up!

Revenge, you ask? Oh yes. The first parts of the tutorials, backstory and additional questing is being activated too. Is it a good time to be a Lanista or what?

Snakehead Roster

And how did all this happen? Well, thanks to this nice Taerdin fellow, who was recently added to the Snakehead stable of employees after a sterling internship. Why can’t MY swabbies work half this hard? Well, I suppose if I actually bothered to pay them any better that’d be an incentive…

Star Pirates Updates

Of course, we Free Captains haven’t been forgotten either. Lots of little upgrades here and there to make our lives easier and more interesting, as well as more and better commissions piling up. They certainly seem to be getting ominous. I wonder if there’s something big coming around the corner?

Well, at least ONE big thing definitely will be. You didn’t hear it from me, dear Journal, but the scuttlebutt is a second Ascension story might finally be on the table, with work starting in early September. I can hardly wait!

Now, let’s see…was there more? Lasers, rum, explosions…heh, sounds fine to me. Don’t mind if I do~

This is Captain Athena, signing off for now!

Words, Swords and the Weird

Plenty more big announcements for Friday, Snakehead fans.

First of all, Word Nerds is back with a vengeance, available here for the Android. iPhone version updates are in the pipeline, and we’re aiming for an iPhone version around August 1st.

Next, Foederati! Our big update to Coliseum is ready at last! Make allies and build your hidden, private army as you plan for revenge against those who betrayed you and your family. And how does that story, you ask? Well, check Coliseum out, and Phase 2 will be there sooner than you think~

Finally, you haven’t forgotten about our writing contest, have you? Fangoria certainly hasn’t!

Winners, Winners Everywhere

We’re already receiving submissions for our super awesome Writing Contest. Are you entering? Are you telling all your friends, family and co-workers? Are these rhetorical questions?

Well, it’s not the only contest we’ve got on the go. Just recently I was tapped to judge a lovely little do on the Star Pirates forums. The question was asked “Why do you like Star Pirates?”

For fun! It’s a relaxing sort of fun with a lot of good conversations on the side. After a time, you recognize names in the shoutbox and it is as if old friends walk into the room. And there are no necessary fees; you can have all the fun without cost. For us on a budget, that really helps us keep playing. The richly developed universe doesn’t hurt either; it gives you a chance at creating a character, or an entire fleet, with a back story that fits into the game ‘verse. (Alis Keene)

This is the only game I’ve found where the development staff are active players; they talk–and listen–to their player base. And you can shoot them! (Soylent)

I like the blastin’ of th’other pirates…
And the ongoing social experiment of what moral rules do we impose on a system that has no need of them. When death does not matter (6-9 minutes and then they’re back to playing), what becomes the undoable crime?
(pothocboots)

I play Star Pirates because it fits easily into my schedule. If I need to just drop in quickly, do a couple actions, and then log off I can. If I want to hang out for several hours, get into conversations with other players, immerse myself in a Role-Play or other side game, I can. Wherever I find myself on a given day, it’s always an enjoyable experience.
The camaraderie of my fleet and getting to know a small group of players even better is a real bonus. My fleet were some of the first folks to know I was engaged. And now my wife plays too!
(Elias Ravyn)

Because they found a way to turn anti-social behavior into social interaction. Explore strange worlds! Meet cool, crazy people! Use energy weapons on them! Repeat as necessary. (kronan)

Fair warms the heart, doesn’t it?
Speaking of warming, the winners will find a little extra something in their stockings as soon as I get this post up…

And as for the leveling? As lively as ever, Snakehead Fans…

Spybattle 2165
Level 50: Nomad
Level 60: Packerchu, Fool In Orange

Star Pirates
Level 50: Swerdna, Astroth, Belial, Nebulon
Level 60: Lafeel, Cpl Nameless
Level 80: Chuck Anumia

2012 Snakehead Writing Contest : $1000 top prize!

So you want to write a cyberpunk story, eh? And be paid for it (if it’s good enough?)

Then read on!

HOW TO ENTER: Email your story to info@snakeheadgames.com. The contest is open from July 11th, 2012 through September 30th, 2012. Stories will be reviewed with semi-finalists selected by panel, and finalist selected by voting.

PRIZES: The Grand Prize winner will be awarded the following: $1000 (CAN), all semi-finalists will be awarded $100 (CAN). In addition, the Grand Prize winner and all semi-finalists will have their stories published in the StarCrash short story book by Snakehead Games.

WHAT TO ENTER: The short story will be a Sci-Fi story based in the StarCrash Universe. It is open to anyone, whether you’re a player or not. It will be between 3000 and 6000 words long.
IMPORTANT! If you were in the early bird submission, you may resubmit your story one more time by the end of the month. Only the latest submission will count.

INFORMATION FOR ENTRANTS: Snakehead Games offers the following resources for those interested in entering. These are particularly useful for non-players who are interested in writing.
– Information Packages (Star Pirates, Spybattle 2165)
– Setting Timeline (Starcrash Universe)
– Example Stories (Blame, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?)
Those entrants wishing the review/editorial assistance of a veteran player of either of our games can contact Snakehead Games, and a partner can be found from volunteers amongst the player base.

There is also a forum thread collating relevant questions and answers, archived here.

There are clauses and details, so please review the Rules and Regulations.

Ceci N’Est Pas Du Spam (Writing Contest!)

Do you hear that, Snakehead fans? Something BIG is coming. A contest. A very big deal of a contest. A contest for writers, with actual cash prizes!

Details will be coming on Monday…for now, we’ve attached the relevant background files and a couple example stories. Why not take a look and start thinking?
Star Pirates Background
SpyBattle Background
Blame (Story)
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Story)

In other news, a Star Pirates meetup at a North Texas BBQ went swimmingly for all involved.

Finally, not at all in honour of the 75th anniversary of Spam, we present…the week’s levels and achievements.

Spybattle 2165
Level 60: Irving Maselv
Level 70: Michael Samuelle
Level 110: Maxwell Smart

Special Commendation: Medon, the 12th person to launch a Space Lab, and at a mere Level 47 to boot!

Star Pirates
Level 60: Shinobi