KAG Review

November 19th, 2013 by Crusader

The esteemed Rock, Paper, Shotgun has reviewed King Arthur’s Gold, a 2D multiplayer mine-build-fight-fest:

A typical game of King Arthur’s Gold for you may go like this: Wake up. Chop down a tree. Mine some rocks. Build a tower. Swap class to archer. Fire some arrows. Launch a fire arrow. Burn down a parapet. Smile. Jump off the tower. Grappling hook! Fire a volley of three arrows in quick Legolas-like succession, while still hanging from the walls. Swap class to knight. Get into catapult. Launch yourself from catapult. Weeeee! Hover to the map’s central lake using your shield as a glider. Meet a shark. Ride the shark across the lake. The enemy lines! Slice up an archer. Slice up a knight. Plant a mine outside the enemy’s front door. Escape! Don’t escape. You have been killed by a falling longboat.

Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham

November 19th, 2013 by Crusader

There’s a new expansion pack for Crusader Kings II, Sons of Abraham:

Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham is the fifth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG , focusing on the Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Get your bishops appointed cardinals and tap the might of the Papacy, borrow money from the Knights Templar and send troublesome relatives off to live out their days in a monastery. Sons of Abraham also introduces the Jewish religion and allows you to recreate the Kingdom of Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.

The expansion for Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

  • Control the Papacy through the College of Cardinals
  • Ask the Pope for money and favors
  • Play as a Jewish lord and restore the kingdom of Israel
  • Interact with the Holy Orders and see their influence grow
  • Pick sides in Islam as a rationalist Mutazili or an opposing Ashari
  • Retire troublesome courtiers to a monastery
  • Go on a pilgrimage to one of the holy places
  • Experience hundreds of new religious events

It’s available from Steeeeam.

Weekend Catchup

November 16th, 2013 by Crusader

Hey hey.

Someday soon I’ll get the hang of this again; in the meantime, here’s things that have caught my eye(s):

Wine 1.7.6

November 11th, 2013 by Marv

A new version of Wine has been announced. Changes in this version include:

  • Rewrite of the BiDi algorithm for full Unicode 6.3 support.
  • Support for Video Mixing Renderer version 7.
  • Better handling of window resizes in the Mac driver.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.7.6 ]

Timothy Zahn’s Parallax Interview @ GOL

October 23rd, 2013 by Crusader

GamingOnLinux has an interview with Abram Jablonski of the Parallax project, a Kickstarter-funded effort to develop a strategy game with the creative guidance of Timothy Zahn (of Star Wars Expanded Universe novel fame).

More Sales!

October 23rd, 2013 by Crusader

Polygon pointed out that both Gone Home and Sir, You Are Being Hunted are on sale until the end of this week on Steam.

Steal all you want when Monaco is on sale!

October 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, a co-operative multiplayer heist game that looks rad and has glowing reviews, is on sale for 1 of your human days courtesy of Humble Bundle.

Monaco will be available for 60% of the regular purchase price for the remainder of the day.

Married to the Octodad Sequel

October 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

There’s a new gameplay trailer for Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which shows the protagonist having a difficult time preparing for his impending nuptials:

More on the game:

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the sequel to the splash hit, Octodad! This time, our cephaloprotagonist has gotten himself in a bind between his wife’s mounting mistrust, and a disastrous trip to the local aquarium! Are you dad enough to control the titular octopus father as he strives to hide his nautical nature from his family while keeping his tangled tentacles intact?

Gamasutra on Frictional Games’ Soma

October 21st, 2013 by Crusader

Gamasutra has interviewed the developers at Frictional Games, creators of the Amnesia series, about their recently announced upcoming title Soma:

With Soma, Frictional continues its horror focus almost in spite of itself. “The theme we wanted was ‘probing the depths of the mind,'” says Grip. Presently, the trailer shows a brain being stabbed with actual probes. 

You can find said brain-stabbing trailer below:

Monday /dev/random

October 21st, 2013 by Crusader

Welp. Hi there. Things that have caught my eye in the last week or so:

So… whatcha been playin?

Tetrobot and Co. Released

October 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Tetrobot and co

SwingSwingSubmarine, the developer behind Blocks That Matter has released their follow-up puzzler, Tetrobot & Co:

Tetrobot is the world’s most popular and reliable robot, but he’s not perfect. That’s why I, Maya, have built him a microscopic little brother, Psychobot.

Help me guide Psy through Tetrobot’s cogs and circuits: by swallowing blocks of matter and spitting them out, we can repair anything. Learn how pipes, lasers, fans and other electronic devices work, learn how to alter the chemical properties of slime, and collect all the memory blocks that you find on the way.

The owners of damaged Tetrobots all around the world rely on us because we are the only people who can repair their precious robots.

If you purchase Tetrobot & Co. this week you’ll also receive a copy of Blocks that Matter on Steam.

Tetrobot & Co. on Steam.

Spacebase DF-9 Launches Alpha

October 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Spacebase df9

Can we agree that everything is better when you prefix it with “Space?”

Space Kitchen sounds like a way cooler place than just your regular terrestrial Kitchen.

SpaceDouble Fine spaceagrees with me and has spacereleased a spacealpha spaceversion of their spacespin on the base-building concept from Dwarf Fortress. You’ll note that Dwarf Fortress is an ASCII dwarf base building game. This spacegame is called Spacebase DF-9 and is considerably more spacey.

Rock Paper Shotgun has an interview with spacebase spacedeveloper Space JP SpaceLebreton.

Here’s a tutorial video for Spacebase DF-9:

That video is made with the first alpha release which you can purchase directly from Double Fine or on Steam at a reduced price if you’ve purchased other Double Fine games. Either way you get to play it on Steam. 

Escape Goat Released

October 9th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Escape goat

If you’ve ever wondered what goats daydream about, this platformer released today on Steam from Magical Time Bean will let you know all about goat dreams in over 50 puzzling rooms. Escape Goat also includes a level editor so you can share your baaa-listic goat dreams with your friends.

Escape Goat on Steam.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! Released

October 8th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Cook serve delicious

Are you disappointed with your 10-7 startup job? Do you want to return to the days when your parents made you work to have access to your trust fund? Maybe you’re already working in fast food and wish your work days would never end. Look no further, Cook, Serve, Delicious from Vertigo Gaming has been released. I’d encourage you to check out the late Ryan Davis playing it in this quick look from Giant Bomb.

Cook, Serve, Delicious on Steam.

Bionic Dues Released

October 8th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Bionic duesRoguelike-like Bionic Dues has been released from Arcen Games. It’s their first Linux release and it has customizable bots called Exos that you take into turn-based battle against a robot rebellion. This post is up so late because I was busy causing robots pain in a roguelike fashion. If you’d like robots to eat your homework, too, then I mechanically recommend Bionic Dues.

Please submit your robot-based puns in the comments below.

Bionic Dues on Steam.

Valve Releases Steam Machine Specifications

October 4th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Steam MachinesFollowing Valve’s announcement of third party Steam Machines, Valve’s Greg Coomer has released details into the Steam Universe community group about what their 300 prototypes will have inside.

GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

It’s notable that all of the GPUs are nvidia, Valve will release the CAD files for the case itself so that anyone can build their own, and that Coomer also specifies that Steam Machines from other vendors can vary wildly in specifications from these.

If you’re interested in receiving one of these Valve prototypes before other manufacturers start producing commercially available units next year you’ll need to follow the instructions in our previous post on the subject.

Coomer’s post to the group ends with a note that more information regarding the Steam Controller will be coming shortly.

Game Dev Tycoon Linux Update Issued for Steam Users

October 1st, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Game dev tycoon

As predicted by Crusader way back in May, Linux support has finally hit the Steam version of Game Dev Tycoon. My flight simulator/midnight movie watching game is now in development. If you bought it through the developer’s website, you should have already received a Steam key along with your digital download.

In celebration of this update, the developers of Game Dev Tycoon are hocking it at 20% off on Steam until October 8th. Solid.

Game Dev Tycoon on Steam.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos Released

September 30th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Dysfunctional systems

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos, a visual novel by Dischan has been released. In which you play Winter Harrison, a mediator who travels between worlds to resolve issues. Sounds like a QA Engineer.

If you’re not sure about it, the same developer has a visual novel available called Juniper’s Knot that you can try for free to get a look into this style of gameplay and writing.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos on Steam.

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Released

September 30th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Raven legacy of a master thief

Chapter-based adventure game, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief has unlocked all three chapters on Steam. The game’s story depicts both the criminal and the law so you can steal and catch a criminal.

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief on Steam.

Planetary Annihilation in Beta

September 28th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Planetary annihilation

Want to colonize an asteroid, and then smash it into your foes? Planetary Annihilation, available in beta now, from developer Uber Entertainment features just that in addition to other RTS elements in the style of Total Annihilation. Which is coincidentally what some of the development worked on before.

It’s important to note that the game’s early access comes at a price, you’ll be paying more now than if you wait for the finished product when it is expected to be released this December. They’re also pretty serious about this being a beta, large portions of the game are still in heavy development.

You can pre-order Planetary Annihilation from the developer’s store if you’d rather pay less and play when the game’s fully-baked. Either way, you’ll get the game’s pre-order bonuses.

Planetary Annihilation on Steam.