|Strategic Studies Group|
|Founder(s)||Ian Trout, Roger Keating|
Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG, is an Australian software development company that makes strategy wargames. The company was founded by strategy game enthusiasts Ian Trout and Roger Keating. The game that launched the company was Reach for the Stars (1983). This game is credited for having "effectively launched the genre of 4-X space games - explore, expand, exploit, exterminate." Its success was followed by a string of other, mostly historical military games published throughout the 1980s for Apple II, Atari, Commodore 64, and IBM PC series of computers.
From the outset SSG titles were characterised by a challenging level of intelligence (AI) in the computer opponents provided in the games. Many of the games included scenario editors. For a time SSG published a tie-in magazine, Run 5, that included articles on historical background of the games, game design, game play and data for setting up new or variant scenarios. Subscribers received a disk with the scenario files already created. Published mostly quarterly, it ran for 25 issues.
They also made the Warlords series of fantasy turn-based games. In a mutually friendly decision in 2003, Warlords designer Steve Fawkner broke away from Strategic Studies Group and started Infinite Interactive to publish further Warlords games.