Product launch

Thrive Games early access release of Dragon of Legends


HAMILTON, Canada – (December 5th, 2017) Thrive Games, a small indie startup based in Hamilton, Ontario, has announced that their flagship product Dragon of Legends, a 2D Online Action RPG, will be ready for Early Access release on December 15th, 2017 (find it here:

After three years of development at The Forge, McMaster University’s Incubator space, co-founders Nathan Dworzak, Michael Huynh, and Parker Martin are now prepared to show the fruits of their labour on Steam Early Access. We are pleased to announce that Dragon of Legends will be available for purchase in an early state of game capacity on Steam’s platform on Friday, December 15th 2017.

The game’s setting and subject matter are centered around the mythical Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok. Players will team up online to complete quests and explore the world of Manheimr, the realm of mortal men and women, in order to thwart the trickster Loki from unleashing Nidhogg, whose destiny includes immolating the world tree called Yggdrasil, that which binds the fabric of the universe together.

The early access program allows us to get the game in the hands of early adopters, so we can incrementally add more content as time goes on. The world of Manheimr and the group dungeons we have planned for you will span the Nine Norse Worlds, in addition to the many territories of the two main continents.

Lead Designer Nathan Dworzak adds, “This Early Access version contains 60% of the first episode to play through, which takes around 4-6 hours to complete, and offers players the chance to experience the first three playable classes – Warrior, Ranger, and Wizard in a single player capacity. Online play is actively being worked on, and should be ready early 2018.”

For further information about Thrive Games and its upcoming title Dragon of Legends, follow us on Facebook and Twitter


About Thrive Games ( or Twitter @Thrive905)

Thrive Games is an independent digital game studio based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Nathan Dworzak
Lead Designer

Parker Martin
Creative Director

Learn WordPress Plugin Development course released

Brian Hogg (@brianhogg) organizer of Hamilton’s WordPress meetup amongst other projects has just released a Learn WordPress Plugin Development online course for early access:

There’s a lot of WordPress plugins out there you can use, but what if you (or your paying client or employer) wants something that doesn’t exist, or maybe works a bit differently? Where do you start?

This course will teach you the fundamentals of building WordPress plugins. I’ll save you hours of googling around the internet trying to find what you need, and hopefully stop you from hacking things together.

Brian has released several WordPress plugins and previously released a WordPress and JavaScript course, early access to this course is only $57.


Debris by Moonray arrives October 2nd


Moonray Studios (@moonraystudios) has announced the release of Debris for October 2nd, 2017!

Check out the trailer below and check out the game on Steam!



Description: Debris is an atmospheric single-player/co-op adventure game set in a surreal frozen ocean. Trapped in the depths, you must reach the surface to survive. Power is scarce, your team is lost and unusual creatures lurk in the darkness. Escape together or die alone.


  • Deep storylines dramatically impacted by the choices you make
  • Single-player and co-op modes
  • A unique underwater setting like nothing you’ve ever seen
  • Stunning graphics with dynamic ice and alien bioluminescence
  • Living creatures with their own domains, desires and attitudes
  • Futuristic weapons and a robotic squid



Star Pirates Infinity launched by SHG studios


Star Pirates Infinity, the next-gen CCG from SHG studios is live for limited release. You can play on PC or Mac, or if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here:

Star Pirates Infinity (SPI) is a free to play, Collectible Card Game, set within SHG’s dystopian space-opera known as the Starcrash Universe.

“Star Pirates Infinity focuses on competitive PvP, deck building, and completing missions”, says SHG’s Managing Director Colin Ferguson, “SPI contains SHG’s signature social features coupled with active moderating to keep the game about the game. We’ve been creating great communities for 9 years, with the original, and other SHG titles.”

“9 years later, some of those original players, are now enjoying SPI. People tend to come for the game, and stay for the community”, adds Greg Ferguson, CEO of SHG Studios. “This was, by far, our biggest project to date, and we think it’s the best. Hopefully the new players agree!”

Almost 2 years in the making, with dozens of contributors, SPI marks a monumental accomplishment for SHG Studios and we are extremely thankful for the support we have received from ODMC’s IDMF Production and CMF’s Experimental Fund.

SPI is available on PC or Mac and if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here:

The Game Trailer for Star Pirates Infinity can be found here:



Questions about the game, including media requests, can be directed to:


About SHG

SHG Studios is an independent casual game developer. We create casual games focused on social interaction. Players come for the games, and stay for the community. Our focus since day one has been on engaging social and community mechanics with our games. Players who joined us over 9 years ago, and still play, will attest to this. Our community development dynamics allows us to punch beyond our size and battle it out with the big players in the casual gaming world. We are very cognizant this is why players choose us over our competitors, and we build our games and communities accordingly.


About IDMF

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.


About CMF

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships.


Happy Hippo Games releases Coin Bulldozer


New Hamilton indie gaming firm Happy Hippo Games (@happyhippogames) just released their first game Coin Bulldozer on the Android App Store.



Coin Bulldozer – tap to drop coins from the hopper onto the play area. The coin bulldozer shoves them into a pile – be careful not to let them fall off the sides into the water.

Use boosters for walls, quakes and coin showers to push the prizes into the hopper. Level up for fun!

Over 30 collectable prizes! Family safe – fun for all!

Note: we do offer ads if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait for coins to replenish, if you want to use that option please ensure you accept the two permissions at game start so the game can give you the boosts and coins!



Obie accepted in 500 startups


Very exciting news for the Tasytt (@tasytt) team – their AI edtech / virtual assistant Slackbot Obie (@AskObie) was accepted into the newest cohort of 500 startups!

500 startups is one of the world’s leading startups accelerators… staying true to the name the program really has funded 500+ startups, many of them going on to very successful exists. For example 500 startups alumni MakerBot sold for $403 million. The seed program takes 6 equity in exchange for $150k in funding. The batch of startups Obie was accepted into will be the 20th for 500 startups.

On top of that great news, Obie released a 2.0 version was listed on Product Hunt today! Wow – congrats, Tasytt!


Joe Crozier releases Sensor Logger iOS app

Hamilton-area developer Joe Crozier (@joe_crozier) released the Sensor Logger on the iOS app store today.

Check out the details below, and if you’re interested in seeing how it works some docs are available on his website.



Sensor Logger is the easiest way to stream sensor data from your iOS device straight to a locally hosted server in the form of or HTTP requests. With a stripped down, minimal interface, Sensor Logger provides exactly what you need and nothing that you don’t.

– Track your device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.
– Adjustable streaming period with a maximum speed of roughly 3 polls/second.
– Two protocols to use, HTTP or (WebSocket library)
– Sample node.js server with JSON and CSV exporting is available from the developer’s website,

Please note – this app is meant for developers who wish to use their iOS device to monitor the world around them. If you’re not comfortable writing code it’s recommended you use a different application for this task.


Chipsetter kickstarter launches


Hamilton, ON, September 27, 2016 – After more than two years of development, Chipsetter is excited to announce the launch of the Chipsetter ONETM, the first industrial grade desktop pick and place machine designed for today’s innovators. Robotic pick and place machines automatically place surface mount devices (SMDs) onto printed circuit boards to make the modules that are used in nearly all electronic products. Offering features previously found only on factory floor pick and place machines costing tens of thousands of dollars, the Chipsetter ONE makes rapid hardware prototyping an affordable reality. Electronics developers will no longer be forced to choose between tedious manual assembly or costly contract service providers.




By enabling automated in­house assembly, the Chipsetter ONE desktop pick and place machine provides complete control over assembly cost, turnaround time and quality. The idea for Chipsetter ONE was born when Chipsetter founder Alan Sawula was an undergraduate Mechatronics Engineering student at McMaster University. As an active member of the maker community, Sawula was familiar with the challenges inherent in prototype circuit board assembly. Inspired by how desktop 3D printers were empowering designers by turning their ideas into objects quickly and inexpensively, he imagined a similar solution for electronics. After earning his Master’s degree, Sawula’s work on the project accelerated. By 2015, he had recruited a small team of engineers, incorporated the company, and been awarded a development grant by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Having honed the design of Chipsetter ONE through three generations of prototypes, the team is now turning to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to finance full production.




“The Chipsetter ONE is the tool we’ve always wanted.” says Sawula. “As makers ourselves, we know that great ideas come from everyone, but without access to the right tools those ideas will never exist. Fast and affordable assembly of small batches of electronics is the last remaining barrier to unlocking the next era of electronics development. We hope that those who share our excitement about this next stage in the desktop manufacturing revolution will support our Kickstarter campaign.”

Highlights of Chipsetter ONE:

● Placement speed: Up to 1250 component placements per hour.

● Minimal Setup time: Control software uses built­in cameras to automate system setup.

● Placement accuracy: 30 microns repeatability.

● Vision System: Board fiducial and Component alignment.

● Part sizes: Handles components down to 0402.

● Board sizes: Up to 13.5” x 10”.

● Pickup Heads: Two pickup heads for increased placement speed.

● Nozzle rack: 8­position auto tool changer eliminates operator intervention.

● Tape and Reel Feeders: Removable electronic feeders enable pickup of tape and reel packaged components in 8mm, 12mm and 16mm reel widths.

● Feeder capacity: Up to 40 8mm Tape and Reel Feeders.

● Trays: Accepts JEDEC and custom trays.

● Cut Tape Trays: Accepts components in sections of cut tape.

● Tube Feeder: Accepts components in tube packages.

● Machine size: 34” wide x 28” deep x 21 1⁄2” high.

● Assembly Data: Control software reads BOM and centroid data from CSV format files, and communicates with the machine via standard USB interface.

The Chipsetter ONE desktop pick and place system, including ten feeders and eight assorted vacuum nozzles, can be pre­ordered directly from Chipsetter for US$5999. Additional reel feeders are available for pre­order at US$99 each. Starting September 27, a limited number of units will be offered through Chipsetter’s Kickstarter campaign starting at US$3499.




About Chipsetter:

Chipsetter Inc., based in Hamilton Ontario Canada, designs and manufactures electronics assembly equipment. Its products help circuit designers and low volume manufacturers build high quality assemblies quickly and affordably. In September 2016, Chipsetter launched its first product, the Chipsetter ONE desktop pick and place machine. Learn more at



For more information about Chipsetter and Chipsetter ONE, please contact

David A. Gilmour
Business Development Manager, Chipsetter Inc
Office: +1(289)768­2270
Press kit:


BattleGoat announces Supreme Ruler: Trump Rising



Ancaster, Canada – BattleGoat Studios has answered the call to make available new DLC, TRUMP RISING, for its Geopolitical Game Supreme Ruler Ultimate.  Commented Lead Designer, David Thompson, “It is with incredible anguish that we feel obligated to provide our players with a new option to our game.  We have prided ourselves with our games’ realistic approach to the world but absolutely nothing prepared us for this…”  Lead Programmer, George Geczy added, “”Our games have  always excelled at creating a real world simulation with a chaotic future storyline.  Now the chaos can feel even more real!”

Availability: Supreme Ruler Trump Rising (FREE DLC for Supreme Ruler Ultimate) will be available for download from Steam on Tuesday July 26th.

“Make America Great Again!”

At first he was dismissed as comic relief and a game show host in a country whose election cycles were long, arduous, and boring.  With his bombastic style, he brought entertainment to a process that had long since lost its lustre to a jaded population.  However, as the election progressed from Party Primaries to National Conventions and into the General Election, the international community started to take notice, and in some cases, make plans.

“I, Donald J. Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

And with those words, the world changed…




Within the United States, civil unrest fueled by racial tensions reaches even higher than in the 1960’s.  To China and Russia, the new US President seems so unpredictable and reckless that it seems logical to make a pre-emptive strike rather than wait for him to have a ‘bad hair day’ and launch a strike against them.  In Western Europe, leaders are shaken by their new reality and realize they may have to make concessions to Russia now that America can no longer be relied upon.  In Mexico, and even in Canada, militaries are brought to an unprecedented level of readiness over concern of Trump’s ambitions.




How will this play out?  Will you assume Trump’s role as the new US leader and guide America to renewed Greatness?  Or will you instead lead another nation and take advantage of a potentially dysfunctional America to further your own ambition?   Supreme Ruler Ultimate: Trump Rising will allow you to take control of a nation in 2020 as the world is engulfed in chaos, or start on inauguration day in January 2017 as Donald Trump takes control of the most powerful nation on earth.  Manage economic, diplomatic, and military policies, take on ISIS and North Korea, defend the South China Sea, or just build a wall instead.

Link to Steam Store:

Link directly to DLC:

BattleGoat Studios is pleased to provide Supreme Ruler – Trump Rising as FREE DLC to owners ofSupreme Ruler Ultimate!

About Supreme Ruler Ultimate

The pinnacle of fourteen years of development on the Supreme Ruler series of Real Time Geo-Political Strategy Games for PC and Mac.   Supreme Ruler Ultimate incorporates the stories, campaigns, scenarios, and features from our previous releases and expands on them in our improved game engine.  Take control of any nation in the world from World War II through the Cold War and into the near future as our world lurches from one crisis to the next!  Play historical or modern campaigns with specific objectives, attempt one of the many Set-Piece Scenarios for a shorter game, or customize your gaming experience by picking any nation in the various era sandboxes and choosing your own preferred Victory Condition.  With so many options to choose from, Supreme Ruler Ultimate provides virtually unlimited replayability!

– Play Historical or Futuristic Campaigns and Maps.

– Take Control of any Nation in Sandbox Mode and impact the outcome of an era.

– Epic game-play – start in 1936 and play well into the 21st century.  Start in 1936 and progress well into the 21st century for an Epic Game-play experience.

– Challenge yourself with Set-Piece Scenarios for a faster-paced game.

– The butterfly effect… Influence the timeline and outcome of thousands of historical events.

– Use Diplomacy, Trade, Espionage, and Intimidation to influence the policies of other nations.

– Guide your Nation through an era of unprecedented Scientific Advancement.

– Modernize your economy to support whatever social and military policies you choose.

– Sophisticated Real-Time Strategic and Tactical Control of your Military Forces.

– Detailed historically-accurate armies down to the Battalion level.

– Choose your level of control.  Make all decisions or use your Cabinet Ministers to help.

– Battle the elements! Fully integrated weather model influences battlefield outcomes.

– Up to 16 players in Multiplayer over local network or Internet

About BattleGoat Studios

BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian Software Developer committed to developing leading edge “Intelligent Strategy Games”. BattleGoat’s game design history dates back to the first text-based Supreme Rulergame in 1982, making Supreme Ruler one of the oldest computer gaming franchises still in development.  The design team firmly believes that Strategy Gamers are looking for more sophisticated games that also remain fun to play. BattleGoat insists that their approach to development will always emphasize an accurate, heavily researched environment assuring players an entertaining and immersive gameplay experience.  Their previous PC releases are Supreme Ruler 2010, Supreme Ruler 2020, Supreme Ruler Cold War, and Supreme Ruler 1936.

Fun Fact

After President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, IGN named Supreme Ruler the #1 game on their list of computer games the new President should play to help learn his job.

Marketing Kit Link:


Twitter: @battlegoat  /  @TrumpRising



Contact Info:  For additional information, feel free to contact David Thompson, Lead Designer and Co Founder of BattleGoat Studios by email: