TV Manager 2 major update

December 2, 2011

TV Manager 2 has received a major update to version 1.6. Beside bug fixes it features a german language version of the game.

You can download a patch from:


Smugglers 4 and TV Manager 2 – 50% off with Show Me The Games

November 14, 2011

Show Me The Games – the indie portal – runs a discount for Smugglers 4 and TV Manager 2 where you can get both games (together or individually) for 50% off. Also there are over a dozen indie games participating. There is something for everyone! Best is though that 100% of the sales money goes direct to the developer. Nobody is taking a cut from the sales.

You can find the sales web page here:

Offer is valid for 14 days.

Smugglers 4 and Empires & Dungeons news!

June 3, 2011

**** Smugglers included in the “ShowMeTheGames” bundle!

There is an indie game bundle called “ShowMeTheGames”, which features the games Gratuitous Space Battles, Castle Vox, Evochron, Fate of The World and Smugglers IV for just $ 28.50 (you save terrific $81.33!). The offer ends on 12th June 2011, at midnight.

Check it out:

What´s included?

Gratuitous Space Battles:

A space strategy game, where you design spaceships and put together big space fleets. Then lean back and watch a gigantic space battle unfold!

Castle Vox:

From the developers of Lux. It’s influenced by games like Risk. It’s a conquer the world strategy game, and great fun.

Evochron: Mercenary:

A space-trading game reminding me of Elite.

Fate Of The World:

This is a climate-change game. Save the world or (alternatively and easier) buy this game instead.

Smugglers IV

Be a trader, a mercenary or a pirate in this highly addictive space trading game. In this open-ended game you can even board enemy ships and conquer star systems.

You can watch a trailer of all games at:

**** Want to save even more (like $ 166,13)? Read this…

I am even going to TOP this OFF with a SUPER OFFER: If you buy the “ShowMeTheGames” bundle AND another game from my website (it really does not matter which one), you get ALL my games currently available on my website for FREE. To claim this offer just email me with your “ShowMeTheGames” bundle order ID and the order ID of the game from my website.

All together you could save up to $ 166,13!!!

But remember: The offer ends on 12th June 2011, at midnight.

**** Empires & Dungeons news!

I have updated Empires & Dungeons to version 1.1c. There still was some speed bug slowing the game in 1.1b. This has been fixed now and it should run as smoothly as the prequel.

TV Manager 2 update to V. 1.5

May 9, 2011

There is a new update for TV Manager 2 available. It brings the game to version 1.5. It features:

V. 1.5:
– Bug fixed where the max. number of viewers was 50 millions.
– Bug fixed where after the end of the game “USA Normal” highscore list was shown as default

You can download the patch here:

The patch works for all TV Manager 2 versions out there regardless of where you bought it or whether it´s a standard or premium edition.

We are thinking about making an expansion featuring the creation of your own movies in the game. We need more sales of TV Manager 2 though to do this. Please go and buy the game!


Hammer (on behalf of Niels)

TV Manager 2 freeze bug fix?

May 6, 2011

A customer found a fix for the problem where the game froze after starting:

Right-click on the icon of TV Manager 2 (either on your desktop or Start -> Program Files -> TV Manager 2 -> Play TV Manager 2). In the popup menu choose “Properties”. In the next popup choose “Compatibility” from the top menu. Then click the box where it says something along the lines of: “Run in 640×480 pixels mode”. Afterwards click on the same icon (if you click on a different icon, you might have to repeat those settings before) and run the game. The game now switches to the game´s 1024×768 pixels screen resolution and you should be able to play fine.

This might work for people having problems with other games from Niels Bauer Games too.


Hammer (on behalf of Niels)

Empires & Dungeons 2 news!

May 2, 2011

Niels is ill, but I am writing this on his behalf. The recent Empires & Dungeons 2 update from Friday to version 1.1. had a problem where the game was massively slowed down. This has been fixed and there is a new version (1.1b) available.

Download the patch here:

Please buy the game here:



TV Manager 2 available from Gamersgate, Impulse and BigFishGames

February 11, 2011

TV Manager 2 is now available on Gamersgate, Impulse and BigFishGames. However you would support me even more, if you would by the game directly from my website.


Thank you. 🙂

Empires & Dungeons 2: The Sultanate (Press Release)

February 10, 2011

Empires & Dungeons 2: The Sultanate

In the mystical Eastern deserts, a struggle for power is taking place. Sultans battle for the crown, raising mighty armies in their quest for supremacy. One of these great leaders must succeed. Could it be you?

A unique blend of turn based strategy and real-time roleplaying, Empires & Dungeons 2 is a highly addictive game from the makers of the Smugglers series. Build a mighty castle. Hire an army. Conquer the towns and defences of your enemies. And explore monster-infested dungeons in search of wealth, honour and experience.

A complete revision of the original Empires & Dungeons, now in an oriental setting, Empires & Dungeons 2 includes such features as:

* Improved interface design and tweaks to game balance
* New artwork – desert heroes, castles, villages and so on
* New oriental soundtrack and completely new sound effects
* New, bigger, desert-themed strategy maps
* Two new monsters to fit the desert setting, along with all the best monsters from Empires & Dungeons 1
* New equipment system – decide which weapon to use in combat depending on weapon type, attack style and the enemy’s weaknesses
* Eight different and addictive scenarios – some new ones along with the best from Empires & Dungeons 1
* Randomly generated dungeons – every adventure is different
* Helpful in-game tutorial and in-game help
* Up to three computer opponents at once
* Comprehensive game editors allowing you to create your own maps, monsters and items
* 14-day money back guarantee

Find out more at:

About the Developer:
Niels Bauer Games is a one-man company based in Freiburg in Germany, developing games along with a couple of independent freelance artists. Neils has been creating addictive PC games since 1998, including the Smugglers and TV Manager series.
Find out more about Neils Bauer Games at:

Empires & Dungeons 2: The Sultanate – released!

January 27, 2011

Today I have released “Empires & Dungeons 2: The Sultanate”!! The game offers an exciting new desert scenario with new artwork and new challenges. Mind you it is not a complete new game, but improves the original game idea just at the right spots. Do not expect something radically new, but instead a proven and fun game engine in a new setting.

Get more info & the newest demoversion here:

Buy the game for just 14.95$ here:

And remember: If you want to play Empires & Dungeons 2 in a cool ice scenario, please immediately order Empires & Dungeons 2: Ice Queen right away, here:


Empires & Dungeons 2: Item system (revised)

January 8, 2011

The game is currently being tested and it appears my item ideas didn´t work out. You can forget everything I wrote in the previous post. Right now this are the differences to the Empires & Dungeons 1 item system:

  • You can carry more than one weapon.
  • There are no primary and secondary weapons anymore. There is a new attribute called “Slash/Smash weapons” and “Thrust/Shoot” (literally “Pierce”) weapons. To use one of the three combat attacks (Thrust [meaning “shooting” when having a bow], Slash, Smash) you should use the corresponding weapons for best effect. It doesn´t make sense to smash with a dagger or thrust with a club?
  • You have to “equip” a weapon to use it and you can only “equip” one weapon at a time. You can change the weapon you use during combat.
  • Some monsters are invulnerable to certain kinds of attack. For example you shouldn´t try to stab a skeleton.
  • You can carry more than one magic ring and ALL of them will effect your ratings (despite what I wrote in the earlier post)
  • The game still measures the items strengths in “lesser”, “greater” etc., but there is a number rating displayed showing it´s total strength. Like “lesser” [3].
  • You cannot sell items from your backpack. I want you to make the decision at the moment you find the treasure whether to use or sell an item.
  • No weapon breaking.