March 18, 2014
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February 1, 2014
I have released the long-awaited update to Stranded Without A Phone! Technically it's a new app, but it's the same game with new enhancements and improved graphics. And best of all, it's FREE! So get it from the app store now and start surviving!
April 29, 2013
Sorry for the long time between updates. I've been working full time with the team at Spooky Cool Labs for the last two years. I've continued to support users of Gilligames games, and will continue to do so. Our iOS games continue to work perfectly on the newer iOS devices.

However, due to general compatibility issues that a lot of people are having with Shady O'Grady's Rising Star, I have stopped selling it from the online store. I don't feel right about selling a game that probably won't work on someone's new PC. I am considering releasing it for free, but need to do a little more thinking about the best way to approach that.
Jan. 19, 2011
"The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect" is now available in the app store. Early feedback from players is very good! See the "User Feedback" page to see what they're saying.
Nov. 19, 2010
We are very proud to announce our latest game, "The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect". With four years in the making, this turn-based strategy game will finally be released for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in January 2011.
Oct. 5, 2010
The iPad-native version of Stranded Without A Phone has been released. Gameplay is identical to the original version, except you have much more screen space to see farther on the island, and more room for a cleaner interface. In addition, the 1.32 version for both platforms introduces a higher chance to find random items on the beach, making it easier to get rescued.
Oct. 3, 2010
The 1.32 update of Stranded Without A Phone has been released. This only fixes a couple of minor bugs in the full version, but the Lite version was also updated with more features to be closer to the full version. Also, we are awaiting Apple's approval for the HD version of SWAP. "HD" is what people are typically calling their iPad native versions of games that are also available for iPhone. I assume it will be available later this week.
May 22, 2010
I am VERY happy to annouce that "Stranded Without A Phone" has shot to #1 in the Japanese App Store within a week of releasing the Japanese and German language update. I had no idea it would be so popular over there.
May 13, 2010
The 1.31 update for "Stranded Without A Phone" has been released, adding Japanese and German language. No new features were added since the 1.3 update, which I forgot to post an announcement about a few months ago. More new features are still planned.
January 21, 2010
I have posted a complete item guide for "Stranded Without A Phone".
December 18, 2009
The 1.2 update for "Stranded Without A Phone" has finally been released, adding new features and improving others. Click here for details.
November 23, 2009
The "Stranded Without A Phone" contest has ended. Thank you to everyone that participated! The winner is Corey Tooke with 32 days. Most entries were in the high 40's-50's.

Click here to see the final screenshot from the winning entry. Corey will receive a $50 gift certificate for the iTunes store. Congratulations, Corey!
November 4, 2009
Two days ago "Stranded Without A Phone" reached #1 in the Roleplaying Games category in the App Store, and #8 in Simulations. Today the 1.1 update is available, and to celebrate both of these events we're going to have a contest to give away a $50 gift certificate for the iTunes store.

The prize will go to the player that wins the game in the least number of game days. To prove that you have won the game, make a screenshot showing the Space Phone in your inventory (before you use it to call for the rescue). To make a screenshot, hold down the power button and press the home button at the same time. The screenshot is saved to your device's camera roll. Send screenshot entries to . Entries must be received by November 21, 12:00 AM Eastern time (Friday night at midnight). Gilligames employees and relatives are not eligible.
October 21, 2009
Our new game "Stranded Without A Phone", is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Click here for more information.
October 19, 2009
We are proud to officially announce our new game "Stranded Without A Phone", available for iPhone and iPod Touch. Stranded Without A Phone is a desert island survival game set in the Space HoRSE universe. We are still waiting for Apple's final approval before Stranded Without A Phone is available for sale in the app store. We expect it to be available sometime this week. Click here for more information.
September 25, 2009
Sorry for the long time between news postings. In March I decided to put my next PC game on hold and try my hand at a game on the iPhone. I am now looking for beta testers for the iPhone game. You must own an iPhone. I'm not sure if iPod Touch devices work too, but that may be an option. If interested, please send me an e-mail: toddg at gilligames dot com (replace "at" and "dot" with @ and . respectively). I will add you to the new beta test forum where I will keep you updated with further information.
April 1, 2009
Version 1.12 of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been released. This version fixes a crash bug. Click here for more information.
May 15, 2008
Version 1.11 of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been released. This version addresses Vista compatibility issues. Click here for more information.
April 10, 2008
Due to stupid amounts of spam, we've slightly changed our e-mail addresses. Be sure to check the Contact, Support, or About Us pages to see the current addresses (which are somewhat spam-proofed on the web site by using "at" and "dot" instead of the @ and . characters).
January 4, 2008
All of us at Gilligames would like to wish everyone a happy new year! We're looking forward to telling you about a new game from Gilligames this year.
November 28, 2007
Christmas season is upon us, and we're celebrating by offering the boxed CD version of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star for the price of the download version until the end of 2007. The DVD box should fit nicely into most stockings, and will definitely fit under the tree. Click here to visit the store.

In conjunction with this sale, we have changed our online store provider to offer increased uptime reliability, security, additional forms of payment, and better international support.
September 11, 2007
We're happy to bring some good news today for fans of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Version 1.10 has been released, which primarily addresses issues with user-created mods. Pure black clothing will no longer show as transparent in the mini-avatar image of your musicians, and more.

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
August 9, 2007
The 1.09 update for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been released. This time around, we have introduced online statistics tracking! Now you can upload your bands' statistics directly from the game and view them online here. World records are automatically tracked among all bands' statistics. See how many world records you can hold!

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
July 3, 2007
Review snippets and player comments have been added here. Also, links to player experience stories (AAR's) have been compiled into a single list. Check it out!
June 22, 2007
Out of Eight has posted a review of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star (7/8 score).
"A comprehensive simulation, Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is a remarkable title that will appeal to anyone interested in forming their own band without the need for musical talent."
Read the entire review here.
June 4, 2007
A bug slipped through the cracks in yesterday's 1.07 update, so the 1.08 has been released today.

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
June 3, 2007
Summer is here, and with it comes an update for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Update version 1.07 addresses a few minor issues, but the big enhancement is the ability to have three equipment configurations, eliminating a lot of the tedious equipment micromanagement. Once you set up each configuration, the appropriate equipment is automatically used for the right situation.

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
May 23, 2007
As promised, we have developed an online mod library for users to organize their mods for easy lookup and downloading from a central location. If you're a modder, please add your content as soon as possible. Remember to use the Update Maker program to create sup files for the library. If you're a casual player looking to expand on the base game, keep checking back for new mods.
May 21, 2007
By popular demand, we have created an easier way for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star players to share their own content with other players. Now available is the SOGRS Update Maker, which provides modders a way to turn their own files into the standard SOGRS update format (.sup). By being able to create this file, distributing new content will be as easy as distributing one file. Click here to download now, or find it on the downloads page.

As the second part to this effort, we will soon be offering a web page for users to upload their content to a central server to make it easy for other users to find all mod content in a single place.
May 7, 2007
We have released "Hair Pack 1" for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Hair Pack 1 includes 11 new hairstyles, including a beehive, a couple of mullets, and a bob. If you have the full version of SOGRS with automatic updates enabled, you will be able to download this free pack immediately.
April 22, 2007
Gilligames has completed its move to Traverse City, Michigan (from Birmingham, Michigan). The new location also brings a renewed focus on customer service and future game development. Our new schedule will allow us to get more done in less time. We are working on web site features that will more easily allow Shady O'Grady's Rising Star players to share custom content.
March 14, 2007
This week's PC Gamer Podcast (Episode 73) mentions Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. The entire Podcast is about 64 minutes long, but you can jump straight to the SOGRS mention by sliding up to the 54 minute mark.
Listen here!
March 11, 2007
The demo version of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been updated to 1.04. This fixes compatibility issues with some video cards. If you had issues running the demo with a previous version, please give it another try with the new version. The demo can be downloaded from the downloads page.

The full version of SOGRS has also been updated to version 1.04, and is now available from the auto-updater or by manually downloading it from the support page.
March 1, 2007
Shady O'Grady's Rising Star CD-ROM's are now shipping! If you pre-ordered, you should receive your CD in the mail within a few business days. International orders will take a little longer.
February 27, 2007
MTV News has published an interview with Todd Gillissie covering Shady O'Grady's Rising Star and more.
February 26, 2007
A playable demo of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is now available on the downloads page. Your save game files from the demo version can be used in the full version when you're ready to continue your career!
February 19, 2007
Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is now available as a download for $29 at the Gilligames store. The CD-ROM version is also available for pre-order and will be shipping on March 1.
February 14, 2007
Eric Barnes published an interview with Todd Gillissie today regarding the development and upcoming release of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Click here to read it.

Don't forget to check out the gameplay movies in the Downloads area.
February 7, 2007
Here is a picture of the actual CD-ROM, packaging and full-color 32 page manual for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. For only $7 more than the downloadable version, you will get all of this and free shipping. Guitar not included! Click the image for a larger view.
Click here to order now.
February 1, 2007
The entire list of equipment that will ship with Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is now available for public viewing! All 801 items can be inspected here. Enjoy!
January 24, 2007
After a month of waiting, we are finally able to announce that Gilligames will be publishing Shady O'Grady's Rising Star internally. We have developed a schedule to promote the game for several weeks before the CD-ROM ship date of March 1, 2007. A downloadable version and a demo will also be made available immediately after the game has gone gold, sometime in February. Both versions will be available to buy directly from our online store. If you order the CD-ROM version before Feb. 19, you will save $5. The CD-ROM version comes in a DVD safebox and includes a 32-page full-color manual for only $7 more than the downloadable version, and free priority mail shipping!
January 12, 2007
We are happy to announce that Gilligames has partnered with American Musical Supply to provide the in-game equipment images for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. AMS sells top-name music equipment and supplies, and is where I buy much of my personal band equipment.
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