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Aug 23, 2015 Astraea Dedicated Server Released!

We are pleased to announce that today we have released the Astraea Dedicated server file for players to use! This will allow you to run your very own custom Astraea server.

The dedicated server .zip file is available for download on your Norwind account page (top right -> click Login). The server .zip is available to all users who own Astraea.

The server is also available via the Norwind Client, which will allow you to ensure your server is always up to date. We don't update the server files often (once a month, if that), but when we do you will need to update your copy. If you don't, the lobby server will reject your game server and it will not be listed to other players. So don't worry if we update Astraea and don't update the dedicated server. That will happen!

The server can be run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Right now the available customization options are fairly slim, however we plan on adding more in the future. For now though, running a dedicated server will list your server in the dedicated server pool in the main menu. You can also directly connect to your server by selecting "Host via IP" on the main menu.

If you have any questions or run into any problems - simply send us an email!

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Aug 06, 2015 Updates Since June

Hello again everyone! It's been a busy two months since the last update. We've been hard at work on a number of things, including Astraea updates. So let's go over what's changed ..

- A whole bunch of Astraea updates. As usual we release updates every week!

- We quietly released a free program called the "Norwind Client". This is a handy utility that allows you to download and update all owned games on your account (you can still download the .zips from your account page). This is an easier way to update Astraea (and other games) instead of manually checking your account page. Right now this is only available on Windows, however a Mac client is planned. We would love to hear any and all feedback about this tool so feel free to reach out. This program can be downloaded from your account page.

- We have moved our download server and Astraea server to a new host. We've added a "Download Server Status" label to the account page. This reflects in real time the current status of our new server. If it is down for maintenance it will say so (and download links will temporarily be down). While download speeds are slightly slower than before - our costs have been reduced significantly (and we can serve an unlimited amount of downloads without worrying about bandwidth costs). Even with the reduced download speeds, it will only take around 10 minutes to download Astraea. We are also running the Astraea Lobby server (and a handful of game servers) on our new host. This is on a separate internet line, so customer downloads will not slow down any Astraea game sessions.

- We released an early version of Super Kart Mania for sale on our site (Windows, Mac, and Linux) for $1.99. With PSM shut down as of July 15, 2015 we would like to offer all players who purchased the game through PSM a copy of the game on our site (and all future updates). If you have purchased the game on PSM, simply send us an email with proof of purchase (PSM receipt works).

So lots of new updates! Let us know what you think or if you have any suggestions!

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Jun 13, 2015 Astraea 1.0.8.7 Released!

Hello everyone! Today we rolled out version 1.0.8.7. Here are the changes ..

FIXED You can now see the fish that another player catches.
FIXED Fixed issues where game objects would not be destroyed on connected clients.
FIXED Fixed an issue where the weather wouldn't show properly.
FIXED Fixed an issue where you could purchase more than one boat.
FIXED Fish are now parented to the player.
ADDED Fish are now swimming in the lake.
ADDED Added the ability to host your town on a specific server. This will be useful later when players can run their own servers.

We submitted this to Desura as well, but we are not sure if it will be released.

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Jun 09, 2015 Astraea No Longer For Sale On Desura

Hello everyone! Before reading this, please check out our previous post below if you haven't read it already.

Since we have not been paid out by Desura for over 6 months, we are locking down purchases on the Desura site. We have set the game to "Invite Only" which should prevent new players from purchasing the game. Existing players should still be able to download it (please let us know if this is not the case).

If new players want to participate in the alpha, you can do so by heading over to our site. We strongly recommend you wait until the game is finished however (for the best experience)! In the meantime we will continue to push alpha builds regularly, though we have no idea if they will go live on Desura (as each update needs to be approved).

Lastly, as we have mentioned before - please reach out to us if you own the game on Desura. While the game is 100% DRM free and you can keep the game if Desura shuts down, we would like to set up all players with an account on our site so you can continue receiving updates.

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Jun 05, 2015 Desura Bankruptcy & Astraea Owners

Hi Everyone!

In case you haven't heard the news ( Gamasutra.com ), it appears Desura has filed for bankruptcy. At this time we haven't heard anything from Desura themselves, however we wanted to reach out to all Astraea players immediately.

If you own the game on Desura, please reach out to us and we will set you up with an account on our website with a copy of the game. By doing this you can guarantee that you will receive regular updates for the game, as well as a Steam key when Astraea launches (not for a while).

If something happens to Desura before Astraea launches and you haven't reached out to us by then, there is a high possibility you will lose access to the game and will be unable to receive a Steam key.

We know as much as everyone else at this point - so we will continue posting game updates as usual until further notice.

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