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By Robert Basler on 2017-05-24 23:14:05
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
Imperial forces have been quietly encircling the map over the last few days, but the Imperials' attempt to wrest complete control of Miranda suffered a setback tonight with the loss of a single critical southern border sector to the Independents.

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[A clever strategy unfolds.]


Fortunately for the Independents, capture of a single southern border sector allowed them to recapture most of the south east of Miranda.

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[The Independents strike.


The danger for the Independents is far from over though. The Imperials' relentless advance continues.

Version 0.0.14.1

A new build is now live on the server with 13 client bugs and one server bug fixed. With luck, this will improve stability enough that it can be the last update for a little while.


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By Robert Basler on 2017-05-17 19:42:05
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
It has been a super busy few weeks for me, but it is really wonderful to see players playing Miranda every day. With everything running now, I'll be working hard to keep development progressing as well as promoting the game to gain new players. I did an interview earlier this week, and I have another upcoming. I was really pleased to see a number of players choose the Co-Op editions since I started this whole project primarily so I could play this game with my friends.

So far the Empire seems to be slacking a bit in their desire for conquest, with the Independents already controlling 12% of the map compared to the Empire's measly 1%. I was very surprised to discover that one player is well on his way to obtaining the most expensive item in the game.

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[Thought it would take ages for someone to buy this]


The new server hardware seems to be working well, and game stability has been overall alright - it's not perfect yet, but it is getting there. Players have been reporting bugs. Thank you, I will be looking into those. I've been working on server bugs and now I'm getting started on client bugs.

Version 0.0.13.1

Version 0.0.13.1 is now live on the server. All of the changes in this release are to fix server crash bugs. I believe all of them are fixed but one which I need more info about. I spent a bit of time looking into the dwindling resources problem, but everything seems to be working correctly with that, so I'm waiting for that to recur again so I can log in with the debug client and do some more digging.

  • Added code signing to client and LairCrashReporter. Maybe that will make some of the antivirus programs lighten up.
  • Fixed problem for players who selected ATV health bonus perk not being able to log in with that force.
  • Fixed bug where player could sell already sold building which resulted in server crash.
  • Fixed bug where harvester could ask server to harvest when it was already harvesting.
  • Misc other server bugs fixed.

What's Next

I'm going to continue working on crashes for the next couple days, then next week I'll be starting work on Nemesis Mode. I feel strongly that players need tools to help them find things to do in-game so I'm tackling that problem first. The target is for the next update to go live Tuesday June 13.

If you haven't gotten your Early Access package yet, they are available from itch.io.
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By Robert Basler on 2017-05-10 12:58:43
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
Secret Lair Games will be holding a celebration play test weekend May 12-14 for all of its earliest Early Access supporters. The test weekend will run from Friday at 8pm to Sunday at midnight (GMT) and will be open to anyone who buys any Early Access Edition, even the $5 one.

Early Access Editions are available from itch.io.

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[The Battle of Carter Burke]

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By Robert Basler on 2017-05-09 14:18:18
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
When World of Warcraft came out in 2004 and I thought "it would be so cool to play an RTS in a giant seamless open world like that" I never imagined it would take so long, nor that I would be the one to make it happen.

Miranda goes into Early Access today, and to celebrate, here is the new gameplay trailer:



You can check out all of the Editions of The Imperial Realm::Miranda available during Early Access at theimperialrealm.com.

If you think a huge open world multiplayer RTS sounds like something you would like to play, I hope you will support The Imperial Realm::Miranda.
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By Robert Basler on 2017-05-02 17:22:37
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
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There will also be a new gameplay trailer and all the details on the available packages.

If you think a huge open world multiplayer RTS sounds like something you'd like to play, I hope you will support The Imperial Realm::Miranda.
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By Robert Basler on 2017-04-03 00:05:02
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
Wooooooo! The first edit of the Early Access Trailer went off to the composer on Friday. It's been a very long time coming so I'm really looking forward to hearing what music he creates for it. As for me, I spent the week watching the trailer over and over, tweaking things, adding the last few things it needed. I haven't changed anything since Friday, so I think I might be happy with it. It will come out in a few weeks.

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[April Fools!]


I did a little work on the website for April Fools. Turns out it was super-annoying so I took it down after just a couple hours. I cannot imagine what possible use the ability to invert a web page has (other than pranks.) The funniest part was that when I came back to my office, my daughter had taken the magnet and comic collection on my filing cabinet and inverted the entire thing.
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By Robert Basler on 2017-03-26 02:13:55
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
I spent a little time this week reimagining Miranda's in-game HUD. The current HUD has some technical and aesthetic limitations that prevent it from being what it needs to be. There's not a lot to say yet because so far its only a design.

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[Teaser mockup of the new in-game HUD.]


With so many RTS games featuring gigantic HUDs, I'm aiming for minimalism. I want to be able to see the action so everything is invisible unless it is needed. As an example, the menu buttons only appear if you hover the mouse over the menu icon in the top left.
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By Robert Basler on 2017-03-12 15:02:39
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
I've been playing open world games a bit this week. Playing on the test weekend with the spectre of constant crashes behind me, I was able to worry less about keeping the game running and focus more on how I and the other players were playing the game. People were mostly making it through selecting a location and building their first base. Eventually they would run out of things to build and the question became "what do I do now?" Playing other open world games this week for inspiration, I was looking at how they address this problem of direction.

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[Miranda could make finding a vendor a little easier.]

By Robert Basler on 2017-02-27 00:14:52
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
I had a really great time this weekend playing Miranda with everyone. I also got a lot of very encouraging and super helpful feedback. Combined with my own impressions playing over the weekend, I have a lot of very exciting ideas to think about over the next few days.

If you played The Imperial Realm::Miranda this weekend, it would really help me out if you would fill out this short anonymous survey.

Here are a few screenshots from this weekend.

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All those bug reports sent in during the last test weekend and all the work the last few weeks fixing bugs really paid off. There were just three server crashes all weekend, and one of those recovered without anyone even noticing the failure. Overall, 12 bugs produced just 26 crashes including the 3 server crashes. 17 of the crashes were from just 3 bugs, 2 of which are ones I thought I had fixed. (It turns out I had missed a spot.)
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By Robert Basler on 2017-02-23 13:08:23
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com
Test Weekend 3 runs from Friday February 24 noon to Sunday February 26 midnight (Pacific Time.)

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[That is an ATV at the centre of that fireball.]


If you are playing The Imperial Realm::Miranda this weekend, please fill out this short anonymous survey when you're done. It should only take a couple of minutes and your feedback really helps.

The game database has been wiped. If you played previous test weekends you will need a new Secret Lair Code and to create a new account. Previous players must also run miranda_setup.exe to install the new version, the game cannot update to the current build.

If you're wondering how people got to take part in this weekend's playtest, they signed up here.

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[Shop the unique wares at Imperial Vendor Your Name Here (34).]


If you experience a crash, please let the Lair Crash Reporter submit the crash report. Like last time, we will be playing what is affectionately known as a Crash Build so if even the slightest thing goes wrong, the game crashes and sends a report. Crashes are to be expected, sorry if they mess up what you were doing.

There is also an in-game bug reporting tool, just hit Ctrl-B at any time or choose Feedback from the main menu. If you prefer, you can email me (that's my email at the top of this post) or add a commment below. I'll be doing my best to keep an eye on things this weekend.

Release Notes

  • The Terrain has been extensively changed and now perfectly matches the map.
  • The Base Layout Map has been changed from a contour map to a heatmap to make it more intuitive where players should place their base. "Blue is Best!"
  • There are 100 new vendors across Miranda. The vendors will be named by some of the supporters of Miranda's upcoming Early Access program.
  • Explosions have been improved and a few new ones added.
  • Audio has been added in a few places, my favourites are when opening loot crates and when pathfinding fails.
  • Right mouse click now deselects the currently selected units. That was a bit of an oversight.
  • The AI and effects for harvesters received quite a bit of work. They're still not perfect harvesting on rough or blocked terrain, but they are much better.
  • The Shroud had a number of small problems which have been resolved. The shroud may still appear "blocky" - I'm tweaking that.
  • The Settings screen has been reworked including video and audio setup.
  • Players now start with E10,000. The game was accidentally doubling players' startup cash. Sorry.
  • 19 other additions, 37 changes, 97 bug fixes.


After install the game should display Version 0.0.8.7.

Welcome back, Commander.
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Recent Comments

Early Bird Test Weekend - 2017-05-14 17:15:54 (1 comments)
The Early Bird Test Weekend is "officially" over, however I won't be updating the server until tomorrow, so all supporters will be able to continue to play until then.

Everyone seemed to have a good time. Play time for some users is much higher than ...
The Imperial Realm::Miranda Early Access Trailer - 2017-05-10 10:47:11 (2 comments)
Ultimate Edition, Co-Op Ultimate Edition, Collectors Edition, Limited Edition.

Look at where it says "Start Playing"

I'm having an early-bird playtest weekend this weekend so anyone who has purchased any edition can try it out over the weekend. ...
The Imperial Realm::Miranda Early Access Trailer - 2017-05-09 23:30:43 (2 comments)
Hi, looked on itch.io and im a bit confused ? which edition allows me to play now ? the standard says available may 2018 ?
The Imperial Realm::Miranda Early Access - 2017-05-09 10:04:25 (9 comments)
Awesome cant w8 you gonna post here when its done my wallet is burning a hole in my pocket lol
The Imperial Realm::Miranda Early Access - 2017-05-09 07:22:03 (9 comments)
I'll be excited to play when I get money on my card. shouldn't be long.
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