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#BotE

#####Birth of the Empires (a turn-based 4X strategy game set in space)


Hello

The current version reflects the current progress of the project. Features of the current version may be changed in the final version. We highly appreciate your suggestions for improvement. If you find a bug, please let us know. In the following text, this project/application will be abbreviated by "BotE".

Have fun, the BotE-crew Homepage: http://www.birth-of-the-empires.de


BotE is a turn-based 4X strategy game set in space in the style of classics such as Microprose's Master of Orion 2 or ST: Birth of the Federation, playable in single- or multiplayer mode (LAN, Internet). Goal is to gain control and supremacy over the galaxy, either by diplomatic or military means. Divergent victory conditions can be set before starting.

People having played the mentioned Microprose games above will find BotE very familiar in terms of gameplay and controls. Choose one of six major empires and lead it up its way from a single star system in the beginnings of space flight to a full-blown galactic power challenged to keep either peace or its power in the galaxy. Opponents can either be taken by human players or a challenging AI. Main features are a complete resource management and trading on a planetary system level, aliens and random events, diplomatic interactions, intel actions like espionage and sabotage, ship battles and invasions, bribery and intergalactic warfare.

Installation hints: You can choose setup language which will also determine game language after installation. So if you choose German in setup the game will be german version, the same with English which it should auto-detect when you are using an english Windows version. So to sum it up, the installer is multi-language.

Important game hints: To get to the in-game options menu, you need to move the mouse at the top corner of the screen above the "End turn"-button. This will activate a menu bar where you can save a game or open in-game chat with other players. Via GameSettings some options are available e.g. start options like difficulty levels like BABY, EASY, NORMAL, HARD and IMPOSSIBLE. If any problems appear just run BotE as an admin.

Playing BotE will get much fun to you, completely free and for many hours, alone or with your friends online or in local LAN matches.

The upshot: A well-done game for turn-based strategy fans.


##System requirements

CPU with at least 1 GHz at least 256 MB RAM 200 MB of free diskspace Soundcard WindowsXP(tm), Windows Vista(tm), Windows 7(tm), Windows 8(tm), Windows 10(tm) operating system or Linux with WINE


##Copyright

§1 - Birth of the Empires (BotE) represents a software which can be used freely for PRIVATE USE and by private citizens only. All other uses, including COMMERCIAL USE by members of any type of corporation, are strictly forbidden. PUBLIC USE is also not allowed unless specifically approved by the copyright holder.

§2 - As copyright holder my person always has to be mentioned explicitly and no other person may be mentioned additionally except for copyrighted content which is owned by the respective copyright holders. Their Terms of Use are fully applied here in this context.

§3 - BotE source code is under "Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL)" license.

§4 - Changes to the source code are permitted as long as my person is mentioned as the author of the project (see §2) and the changes made are not violating §3.

§5 - Any modifications of this application are permitted, if they do not violate §2-3 or the copyright terms of third parties.

§6 - It is not permitted to use BotE to enrich yourself financially by any means.

§7 - It is not permitted to use BotE for any commercial purposes.

§8 - It is forbidden to use any of the pictures, graphics and designs depicted in BotE for commercial projects or to distribute them. Exceptions need the permission of the copyright holders.

§9 - This software may not be offered by third parties (for example freeware/shareware sites) on the Internet on their own, i.e. without the knowledge or consent of the copyright holders. Doing so neglecting this rule means those persons take full responsibility for the provision of the download. The author of this software reserves the right to the sole dissemination to other sources (for example: download portals).

Derived and non-derived images from external authors and websites inherit the copyright license given by those authors on their websites. Do not use anything provided with the BotE download without checking its copyright license on the respective original author's website beforehand. In case of doubt whether the image is from an external author and in case of no explicit copyright information given to a specific image in our release, please ask for copyright clarification or search the author for yourself and do not use the picture until copyright has been cleared for your intended use BEFORE reusing it for example uploading it on a website. In this readme.txt, you will find the Internet addresses for all images (sometimes only for groups of images, not each specific image file). Some images are Creative Commons or even public domain so please check the given author's homepage for the latest copyright details.

All graphics and multimedia contents are protected by their respective copyright holders.

Parts of the Heyoun race skin menus feature design elements rebuilt from scratch from artwork of the Star Trek Customizable Card Game (ST-CCG) TM by Decipher, Inc. No copyright infringement intended.

Some race images contain background artwork not done by the artists themselves but edited by us without the artists' knowing. These background images were googled on the web. Also, no copyright infringement intended.

For playback of music and sound effects, the FMOD Sound System is used in BotE. FMOD Sound System, copyright © Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd., 1994-2010

© 2004-2016 Sir Pustekuchen


##Terms of use

Neither copyright holders, nor someone else can be made responsible for any damage to your system caused or possibly caused by BotE. You are only allowed to use BotE, if you accept this point and all other points mentioned in the copyright.


##Credits

####Producer:

  • Sir Pustekuchen

####Idea

  • Sir Pustekuchen

####Programming

  • Sir Pustekuchen
  • CBot
  • Anonymissimus
  • Revisor
  • chrisfirefox
  • plotnik01

####Design & Graphics

  • Sir Pustekuchen
  • Malle
  • Zunder
  • magicmot
  • nemesis5
  • pd
  • rainer
  • YOT-Project
  • other contributors (see further down below)

####Text

  • Malle
  • Topper
  • Homeros
  • Sir Pustekuchen
  • Luther Sloan
  • Data
  • master130686
  • Grammaton Cleric
  • Kyle Katarn73
  • rainer
  • Amun

####Data

  • Sir Pustekuchen
  • rainer
  • Scav
  • Malle
  • Alamar

####Balancing & Testing

  • master130686
  • Dennis0078
  • Andi47
  • Grammaton Cleric
  • Sir Pustekuchen
  • rainer

####Music

  • Eric James
  • Sandman
  • reel2
  • George R Powell
  • Edgen
  • MarkySpark
  • Kevin MacLeod

####Voices

  • Kenneth_of_Borg
  • Kate Flanagan
  • Krista Flanagan
  • Mike Strobel

####English Translation

  • Malle
  • Matress of Evil
  • denzil85

####Manual (german)

  • Gottesanbeter
  • rainer
  • Xenox
  • Malle
  • Sir Pustekuchen

####Wiki

  • rainer
  • Dennis0078
  • Amun

| special thanks go to the following persons |

####Ship graphics

#####Major race ships

  • Atrocities
  • magicmot

#####Minor race ships

  • Kevin Williams
  • Dieter Ludmann
  • and other artists (see corresponding credits file in ../Graphics/Ships/ folder)

####Background music

####other music

####Fonts

####Character artwork #####Major Races

#####Minor Races

####User Interface menu design

  • Coalition of Planets: Zunder
  • Heyoun Trade Union: Zunder (build menu and general design), Malle (finished remaining menus from that build menu design pattern)
  • Khaoron Empire: pd http://www.optisch-edel.de/fo/hbk/back2.jpg (general design and main style element), Malle (created all menus using pd's design element)
  • Rotharian Star Network: Zunder
  • Cartare Union: nemesis5
  • Omega Alliance: magicmot

####Buildings graphics

####Troop graphics

  • Aaron (sharecg.com)
  • Andrew Kincaid
  • Arild Anfinnsen http://www.arildwiro.com/
  • Artur Grzegorczyn
  • Daniel Doerksen (deviantart.com)
  • Dennis0078 (BotE)
  • eRe4s3r (deviantart.com)
  • FeroxX-Gosu (deviantart.com)
  • Henry Baptiste
  • Kandzaemon (deviantart.com/)
  • Keith Thompson (deviantart.com)
  • magicmot (BotE)
  • Magneto1969_Stock (deviantart.com)
  • Nikolay Yeliseyev
  • Taehoon Oh
  • Till Maginot (http://blog.maginot.eu)
  • and other contributors, see complete list in separate credits file in folder ../Graphics/Troops/

####Planet graphics #####Textures and renders

Edited and adapted for the game by: Malle

####Sun graphics (in system panel)

  • Star Trek Supremacy

####Race logos

####Event screens

####Galaxy backgrounds

####Anomalies (some of the following were created by Sir Pustekuchen using Paint.NET out of the radioactive nebula image)

####Symbols and other small graphics

####Some race descriptions


Copyright by Sir Pustekuchen ©2004-2016