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Lords of the Black Sun

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Lords of the Black Sun is an epic, complex, dense, turn-based 4X PC strategy game, set in deep space.

Take command of one race to join the struggle for supremacy in the galaxy. As the leader of your empire you are tasked with exploring the stars, colonizing new worlds, managing your empire and conquering whoever dares to oppose you.

The galaxy is full of secrets and dangers: Discover ancient ruins and artifacts, repel or befriend pirates, promote a general to guide your fleets to victory. Concoct complex plots with your allies or use your intelligence services to uncover weak spots on that threatening empire whose leader has vowed to destroy you.

Make sure to keep your population happy or be prepared to face protests against your rule, or in a worst case scenario, rebel factions within your empire.

Only the mightiest rulers can prevail in the depths of space. Are you up to the task of becoming a Lord of the Black Sun?Key features:
  • 8 major races each with their own ship designs, technologies, unique traits and unique abilities, meaning playing with each race is a different challenge and offers new ways to approach the game.
  • Big, living universe: In addition to the major powers, independent races and pirate clans also claim the galaxy as their residence; their existence can be an annoyance, or a blessing if you can take advantage of them.
  • Deep economical and political layer: War isn’t the only way to weaken your rivals. Diplomacy, inteligence and trade can be one of many powerful tools that, if used properly, can be very effective as well.
  • Tactical Turn based combat.
  • Create and customize your own ship designs.
  • Generals: These unique and powerful units evolve as they battle and if used well can be the difference between defeat and victory.
  • Randomly generated universe, tech tree and units: You will never play the same game twice.
  • Empire shattering: Unrest might lead rebels to start a civil war which in turn might lead to the creation of a new, independent empire that might grow to rival your own.
  • Plotting: Secretly finance a war against your rivals in order to weaken them or prepare a surprise joint war along with your allies in a bid to destroy that frighteningly fast growing empire.
  • Human-like AI that doesn’t cheat and plays by the same rules as human players, while presenting a constant challenge.
  • Play Multiplayer and Hotseat online via LAN or IP/internet.
Release date
Arkavi Studios
Iceberg Interactive
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB graphics card
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1150 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated
  • Additional Notes: There is a known issue with people using ATI cards on Vista so if you are one of those we recommend you skip the game until a fix is found
  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
  • Processor: Quad Core 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB graphics card
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1150 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated
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Delegate Situation
Accomplish a succesfully negotiation with an opponent race.
Launch Party
Manufacture your first ship.
Chief Architect
Manufacture your first building.
Colonize your first planet.
Complete your first research project.
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Lords of the Black Sun reviews and comments

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I can't start the Game. Right after the Start-> Crash. It Seems that the Problem has been going on for a long time. So I ask myself again whether the Developers are Idiots or do it on purpose. You know so many People have Problems and that absolutely doesn't matter. The main Thing they got Money. If I could have the Money back, immediately! Unfortunately, Steam does not support there, it is also clear, with so many Problems. Starpoint Genimi 2 is also fully buggated. At least you could start the Game though. I'm not going to buy a Game from these Manufacturers anymore. And I will always convince everyone else not to do that either, so that they End up going bust. -----I can't start the game. Immediately after the start-> crash. No way to see anything. It looks like the problem exists longer. Accordingly, I ask myself again, whether the developers are idiots or do it on purpose. they know very well that so many people have problems, but they ignore that. The main thing they've got money. If I could have the money back-immediately! Unfortunately Steam Does not support because so many problems with this game. Only third party support. Starpoint Gemini 2 is also fully bugged. -you could start the game. From this manufacturer I'm not going to buy any more games. And I will always convince all others not to do that, so they go finally broke. I pray! ------------------------------------------So after 3 Months the Game is ready to start. It is still very confused, but now at least it is going on. The Game is Half in English. Will then probably be translated part for Part. Some Buttons don't go, but the most important one is achievable. What really annoys is that you don't recognize the Cost. But With some Math (if you give the Day up and Costs are attracted by the Sum above) you know at some point what the Things cost. The Game itself ... So I don't think it's great. I've played this 5 times before and I still can't get clear. It's similar to Endless Space. ONLY that somehow everything is worse here: Graphics (only 2D), Gameplay ... Just everything. Perhaps a short Process for a better Understanding:-Game begins, at some point you realize that Research stands still. Even later you will not be reminded of this, so always be careful when it comes To a Message that what is finished-I first started to colonize colonies. In the case of Buildings, it is sometimes not clear how and when which is needed. Research Lab, okay clear. But Defensive Tower, I still don't know. Have lost my Planets, with and without a Tower-After Building position, you can't use Button, so either you remember everything that happened the Round and then go to the respective Planets or you go through all The planets now and then. Since Construction costs money (no matter what), it is anyway that you can't always build something and have to wait until you have so much money-Already strangely populated Planets you have to take with Troops, the Ship is only empty after that, so it can continue to be used. If he stays on Planets, Troops are charged again per Round-If you attack an Enemy and take over his Planet, then you see that he has completed everything. I don't get behind that, I don't have that much Coal-from time to time, messages come along that sound serious, but I didn't understand and ignore At first. Is also doof, I always have to remember Planetary Names, jump to the Planet is not going. After 3 Reports in a row, I personally find it difficult to remember where. One Event was that a Planet became criminal and rebelled-I then had to recapture with Troops. Much more often you are attacked by Pirates, which in turn costs the Planet. Only patience helps and if you want to be good, it is best to write down the Events or something. -Battles are played classically on a Map where turn-based fight is fighted. Each Ship is allowed to do something per Round. -You have to design ships yourself, which is also cool. Unfortunately, the Weight is really weak. Colonial Module, and the largest ship is full. The further the Modules and Weapons, deso cost more Weight. But Ship Classes always carry the same Weight-Politics depends on what Population wants. Man can hire Ministers who can steer politics. alleged. I meant everything well at the first Game and my People ended up wanting dictatorship with Child labour, I couldn't change their Opinion and became more and more unpopular-In addition, you can get Generals who then have a Battleship and pull along well in the Fight okay, I Hope that's enough, much more doesn't happen Honestly, buy Endless Space and the Game can be spared.
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