DescriptionBefore there was a game called Master of Orion, SimTex head Steve Barcia presented a prototype to MicroProse Software and gaming journalists Alan Emrich and Tom Hughes.
This game is called Star Lords. It is much like Master of Orion, only rather unpolished (even by the humble production standards of the almighty MOO). The basics are there, though: you start out with one planet in one star system and are charged with building a galactic empire. This means researching techs, building ships and colonies, and confronting alien civilizations. Several randomly generated opponents will do their best to stop you from realizing your goal.
Released as freeware in 2001, Star Lords is an artifact for those interested in the history of MOO and game design in general.
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TriviaThe guys from SimTex have been trying to get a game with the name "Lords" in it published (commercially) for many years now, but have never been successful. Star Lords was renamed Master of Orion, and a game called Mech Lords and then renamed Metal Lords was never published by New World Computing, since SimTex had been bought out by MicroProse. Not to be discouraged, SimTex alum Ken Burd was working on a game called Mage Lords as of 2001!
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- Master of Orion: The History of a Game Series Star Lords (The official website of Master of Orion 3. Follow this link to the page devoted to the proto-MOO, Star Lords. You'll find info on the game and a link to the download site.)
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