Univeral Shipyards (USy) has for over 4 years been an important site for showcasing new graphics for the game Space Empires IV (SE4) produced by Malfador Machinations. The main content are Shipsets, or Racestyles - a set of graphics representing an alien race or empire that can be downloaded and added to games of SE4.
Shipsets add huge depth to a game, personalising a great deal of the in-game graphics. At USy you can find many custom shipsets designed either by myself or by otehr artists from the SE community.
John Beech aka Markavian
I'm the founder, maintainer, developer, shipset designer, news poster and all round practical guy. USy has been a publishing tool for my 3D space ship art for a long time. Originally I began to collect together many different shipsets from all artists, but this soon became difficult to maintain as multiple versions of SE4 began to make shipset AI obselete. Of course, graphics are timeless, but the downloads would not run without suitable AI.
The past few years have seen a substantial dip in interest. Rise of the NeoStandard image has meant races are now shipping with more then the standard set of graphics to support various mod, something I've decided not to get involved with.
A Big Thank you
Thanks goes to the people who have helped me out in the past with USy.