Simutronics Timeline

1987

GemStone (I) demoed to GEnie under Simutronics' pre-incorporation name "Crystal Blade"

October 23, 1987

Simutronics incorporated in Virginia

April 1988

GemStone ][ opens on GEnie

September 1988

Orb Wars contract with GEnie signed

1989 Imagi*Nation chat environment opens on GEnie, using Simutronics Interactive Fiction Engine (same engine that runs GemStone)

December 1, 1989

GemStone III Open Beta on GEnie

February 1, 1990

GemStone III officially launches on GEnie

August, 1990

GemCon (I) in St. Louis

August, 1992

CyberStrike demoed to GEnie

February, 1993

CyberStrike opens on GEnie

June, 1993

(related news) GEnie drops prices

1993

CyberStrike wins award for first "Online Game of the Year" from Computer Gaming World magazine

 

Simutronics signs with Time Warner for Modus Operandii

 

Development of GSIV (later renamed to DragonRealms) begins

June, 1993

GEnie's peak as online service (115K total customers, 2000 simultaneous users)

March, 1994

Simutronics moves into new office at 800 First Capitol Drive

1994

GemStone III converted from Mark III to UNIX

 

Simutronics signs contract with Microprose to do online version of Magic: The Gathering

November, 1994

CyberStrike offered retail via Microprose

June 1, 1995

Modus Operandi goes into beta on GEnie

Fall 1995

Magic contract with Microprose goes *poof*

 

GemStone III De-ICEd, opens on AOL

February 1, 1996

DragonRealms opens on Genie

May 1, 1996

Simutronics moves to new office: 1500 Wall Street

June 3, 1996

DragonRealms Open Beta on AOL

July 2, 1996

Simutronics signs contract with CompuServe

July 25, 1996

DragonRealms live on AOL

October 15, 1996

DragonRealms opens on Prodigy

December 1, 1996

AOL switches to flat-rate pricing

 

Simutronics customers' hours per month go from 750,000 -> 2 Million!

December, 1996

GemStone III and DragonRealms are the top two titles (hours/month) in industry

 

GemStone III does over 1.4 Million hours in one month, with over 2000 simultaneous users

May 29, 1997

SimuCon ][ convention takes place near St. Louis airport

July 3, 1997

Simutronics website opens: http://www.play.net

September 4, 1997

Simutronics & Universal announce Hercules & Xena game

November 1997

Sony & Simutronics announce CyberStrike 2

April 1998

Hercules & Xena: Alliance of Heroes goes live

July 1998

SimuCon 98 at Adam's Mark Hotel

December 1998

CyberStrike 2 opens

January 25, 1999

DragonRealms Province IV released (Maritime Expansion)

September 1999

SimuCon 99 at King Henry VIII Hotel

September 25, 1999

First GS3 Radio Broadcast

October 1, 1999

(related news) Prodigy Classic online service shuts down

Fall 99

GS3 portal on CompuServe shut down

October 15, 1999

Simutronics listed as #295 on Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the country

December 27, 1999

(related news) Genie closes its doors

January 2000

First GS3 character portrait pack goes into the game (Werlin, Thuunk, Crenshaw, Dazee, Declanne, Dorren, Miah, Witcheaven, Jadow, Iscikella)

February 1, 2000

GemStone III's 10-year anniversary

February 3, 2000

First DragonRealms character portrait goes into the game

June 15, 2000

SimuCon 2000, King Henry VIII Hotel

August 28, 2000

Simutronics opens Stratics IRC chat rooms

September 1, 2000

BloodLust opens in DR Platinum

October 23, 2000

(related news) ex-partner Iron Crown Enterprises files for bankruptcy

January 20, 2001

VegasCon 2001. Fan-organized, about 400 attendees!

June 7-10, 2001

SimuCon 2001 at St. Louis Airport Hilton

September 5, 2001

eScape Web FE goes beta in all IFE games

September 11, 2001

WTC & Pentagon Attacks

September 12, 2001

Simutronics Crisis Center Launched

October 1, 2001

Web 2.0 & eScape go live

October 18, 2001

Platinum prices drop from $50 to $10 extra

February 25, 2002

DragonRealms Fallen goes live ($5 added subscription, or free for Platinum)

February 28, 2002

Announcement goes out that base price will go up from $9.95 to $12.95 in April. (affects all games except CyberStrike Classic)

June 2002

SimuCon 2002 at the Hilton, first year with a live band and dancing

June 5-8, 2003

SimuCon 2003 at the Westport Sheraton, first year with karaoke, Radio Free SimuCon and wireless access. New and improved Hero's Journey engine is demoed to the attendees, and betatest applications distributed

June 10, 2003

GemStone IV goes into alpha testing

July 23, 2003

Hercules & Xena: Alliance of Heroes game officially changes name to Alliance of Heroes

September 15, 2003

GemStone IV begins first phase of beta testing

October 6, 2003

GemStone IV goes into open beta

November 21, 2003

GemStone IV officially launches, along with new version of play.net website and new StormFront Front End.

June 2004

SimuCon 2004 at the Westport Sheraton

November 2004

GemStone IV Paladin Expansion

June 2005

SimuCon 2005 at Westport Sheraton

March 2006

New HeroEngine product announced at GDC

May 2006

Hero's Journey demo-ed at E-3

June 2006

"UnofficialCon" aka SimuCon-Lite, at Westport Sheraton

August 2006

Bioware becomes first licensee for HeroEngine

March 2007

Three more HeroEngine licensees: Virgin/Trianit, Colony Studios, and Stray Bullet Games

July 26-29, 2007

SimuCon 2007 at Doubletree St. Louis Westport

February 2008

IT Territory licenses HeroEngine for new MMORPG

August 8-10, 2008

SimuCon 2008 at Westport Sheraton

June 23-28, 2009

SimuCon 2009, Westport Plaza Chalet

May 28, 2010

Simutronics moves from St. Charles Wall Street office to Maryland Heights Millwell Drive office (different parts of St. Louis)

May/June 2010

Simutronics sells its HeroEngine division to European company Idea Fabrik

July 7-11, 2010

SimuCon 2010, Westport Plaza Chalet

October 19, 2010

Fantasy University opens on Facebook

February 2011

Fantasy University opens on Kongregate

July 2011

Simutronics hosts St. Louis Game Jam

August 3-7, 2011

SimuCon 2011 at Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel

September 2011

Tiny Heroes released on iOS

April 2012

Simutronics hosts St. Louis Game Jam

April 30, 2012

Fantasy University closes its doors

August 1-5, 2012

SimuCon 2012 at Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet

August 2012

Simutronics hosts St. Louis Game Jam

August 2012

One Epic Knight released on iOS

April 2013

Spring 2013 St. Louis Game Jam hosted at Simutronics offices

May 2013

One Epic Knight released on Android

September 2013

Fall 2013 St. Louis Game Jam

September 27-29, 2013

SimuCon/UnCon, Sheraton Westport Chalet


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