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Weird videogame find of the week: Minimum

I had a promotional sheet on this game drop into my email and try to hide under a pile of spam, and I feel good about having gone in to see if the spam folder was being overaggressive because if I hadn't I wouldn't have seen this. Ignore all the people in the comments talking about how it's a rip off of Titanfall. Absolutely not, and looking at the actual gameplay and poking at the website would make that immediately obvious.

No, what it seems to be reaching for is actually a 3rd person shooter/MOBA, with a block style aesthetic that tosses aside detailed texture in order to focus on lighting and particle effects. That does have the great advantage of giving it a much different feel than a lot of the games that are competitive with it in the same space.

Weird, weird game, however. I'll keep an eye out and tell you if anything new pops up.

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Could it be that SyFy, the cable channel with the world's worst name, is going back to producing something that might possibly pass as science fiction? Or maybe at least urban fantasy?

Let's see: Angels have descended from heaven and have created a post-apocalyptic wasteland on earth while humanity have holed-up in fortress-cities. Angels seem to be pretty heavily into power armor.

This looks absolutely awesome. It will probably last all of 5 episodes.
 
Hey, +Rafael Chandler, did you see the SyFy angels vs. humanity apocalyptic series?
Set in the year 25 "A.E.", Earth's post-apocalyptic future is run by an angel army, and the Angels are super pissed at mankind. Watch the very first trailer now.
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Turn-based orbital artillery? #Interplanetary brings the boom – and at $5, it was impossible to avoid supporting independent videogame developers like that.

Mac, Linux, and PC, so everybody can get in on the highly explosive action. In theory. Early access alpha, etc. etc. etc. – you know the drill.
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Speaking of RPGs: Watch the World Die (http://asifproductions.com/watch-the-world-die) slithered across my radar earlier this week, sourced by the +Story Games community, and it's one of the rare few things that I've hit lately that immediately made me want to play it.

Still in beta, free as the day it was born, and tasting like a wonderful mix of Microscope (in terms of building a dynamic history with other people; http://www.lamemage.com/microscope/), and a hint of Two-Hour Wargames' Chain Reaction (in terms of a d6-based set of tables which chain to one another; http://www.twohourwargames.com/chrefive.html), I think we might actually have to do this someday this week or next for posterity, and then link the original author to our results.

There are also some similarities to games in the +Bundle of Holding specifically Dog Eat Dog and Mars Colony – which just makes it that much more interesting.

Don't say I never gave you anything.
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This might be the best Bundle of Holding collection as yet, if you're looking to buy up some of the RPGs I've raved about in the past and endorsed by such crazy behaviours as actually playing them. In public, even.

The high points:

- Dust Devils (retail $10): Matt Snyder's acclaimed Old West game of frontier people driven by dark pasts.

- God-King (retail $10): A beautifully presented storygame by Daniel Cruz Chan of five explorers seeking Otugari, the lost continent. (Not played yet, but the design is keen as all get out.)

- Mars Colony (retail $6): Tim Koppang's two-player political struggle for the salvation of an isolated planetary outpost. (Rare enough to have a designed two-player game, but you can get into some really ... interesting ... territory with this one if you don't start with the assumption that Authority == Evil ...)

And that's just at the $8 tier. If you want to drop the Threshold (currently $19), you'll get these extra goodies:

- 3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars (retail $10): Gregor Hutton's high-octane SFRPG of Space Troopers rendering the cosmos safe for humanity. (One of the games we've truly worked hard, both at conventions and in old-style audio liveplay with The Hellworlds Sagahttp://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=23290 )

- Dog Eat Dog (retail $10): Last year's Diana Jones Award-nominated RPG by Liam Liwanag Burke that examines colonial domination. (Fun for the whole family if you go in without the inherent assumption that Colonialism/Authority does not necessarily mean Evil. Which might not be what the creator intended, but ... When have I ever let that stop me?)

- Our Last Best Hope (retail $10): Mark Diaz Truman's roll-your-own disaster-movie simulator, popular on Kickstarter. (End the world? Almost every game I play these days ends the world. Might as well put it right up front.)

- Sorcerer (Annotated Upgrade) (retail $25): Another Kickstarter success, this is the fully annotated version of the pioneering indie story game by Ron Edwards of demons and their ambitious summoners. (I backed the Annotated Sorcerer on KS, and I never regretted it a moment. Edwards may be a pretentious, cranio-recto-inverted ass with fewer social skills than I have, but he has some design chops and he truly loves his designs, which goes a long, long way.)

And that's not all that's in there, nor all they intend to add, it seems. $20 for a shedload of good, solid games? It'd only get better if they added Universalis, Capes, or Fiasco to it.

Go spend some money, people!

http://bundleofholding.com/index/current
 
The Bundle of Holding's first big success was the September 2013 Indie Treasure Trove, a star-class collection of ten RPGs by leading indie designers. We're happy to bring back this trove of treasures for the site's newly increased audience. All the same games are back -- and more.

For just US$7.95 you get our core collection of five indie RPGs as DRM-free .PDFs:

- Annalise (retail price $10): Nathan Paoletta's Gothic story engine about a Vampire -- literal or metaphorical -- around whom your characters develop.
- The Agency (retail $10): Matt Machell casts you as stylish London superspies in the Swinging '60s battling sinister supernatural forces.
- Dust Devils (retail $10): Matt Snyder's acclaimed Old West game of frontier people driven by dark pasts.
- God-King (retail $10): A beautifully presented storygame by Daniel Cruz Chan of five explorers seeking Otugari, the lost continent.
- Mars Colony (retail $6): Tim Koppang's two-player political struggle for the salvation of an isolated planetary outpost.

And if you pay more than the threshold price (starting at $17.95), you'll level up and also get our entire collection of five outstanding bonus games:

- 3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars (retail $10): Gregor Hutton's high-octane SFRPG of Space Troopers rendering the cosmos safe for humanity.
- Dog Eat Dog (retail $10): Last year's Diana Jones Award-nominated RPG by Liam Liwanag Burke that examines colonial domination.
- Heroine (retail $8): Josh T. Jordan's storytelling game of a young girl and her companions facing heroic challenges in another world.
- Our Last Best Hope (retail $10): Mark Diaz Truman's roll-your-own disaster-movie simulator, popular on Kickstarter.
- Sorcerer (Annotated Upgrade) (retail $25): Another Kickstarter success, this is the fully annotated version of the pioneering indie story game by Ron Edwards of demons and their ambitious summoners.

That's not all. During this resurrection, the Indie Treasure Trove will grow still richer -- we're adding more games. Whether you bought this offer last September or right now, any new treasures we add after your purchase will appear automatically on your Wizard's Cabinet download page. Buy now -- or if you already bought, give a gift!

If you paid full price for all these .PDFs, you'd spend nearly $109. Ten percent of your payment is split evenly between two charities selected by our designers, Heifer International and War Child International.

The starting threshold price of this Indie Treasure Trove will be weighted to keep it from rising too fast. The sooner you buy, the lower the threshold is, and the cheaper it is to get the bonus games.

This resurrected Indie Treasure Trove offer ends Monday, April 28.

   http://bundleofholding.com
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"We're not pretty, but we sure know how to run things."

You know what? Screw Lorde. Make mine Sad Clown, who has produced a version of this song that's actually listenable.

(HT to +Eric Thompson )

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Amusingly, even seven weeks into an extremely early insight into alpha, Citybound is still better than what EA provided us with SimCity on release. A sad, sad state of affairs.

I like the developers' attitude as expressed in these blog posts that update everyone on his progress. He's enthusiastic about the underlying ideas, he has an idea of where he wants to end up at, and he understands the limits of the systems as implemented. Very nice. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to buy into the development of this game.
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Looks like some of my personal concerns about the game Salvaged that I referred to the other day, the dual monitor/mobile/PC squad control game, have been reflected in their most recent Kickstarter update. They have now revealed that the game can be played on a single PC with a single monitor with a sort of dual monitor virtual interface which looks pretty cool.

They've also announced support for the Oculus Rift, but who has one of those, anyway?

So if you were on the fence because it looked like you would need a mobile device/tablet to play Salvaged, fear not – you can get in on some of this juicy action too. And you want to.

Now, if they'll just get some form of multiplayer in, everything will be golden.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/opposablegames/salvaged/posts/817796
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No news lately? No problem! Alcoholic pixie sticks, headed your way in short order.

Seriously. No lecherous beer grip required, only a little bit of warm water to break down the sugary cellulose surrounding that alcoholic payload. +Michael Leneski will be sorely disappointed. (Maybe we can combine this with +AeroShots somehow ...)

The original wording of the website is actually hilarious, since it puts its finger directly on why and where people might actually want to use such a thing – getting around the ridiculous drink prices in stadiums and other closed venues. Why pay $14 for a margarita when you can sneak one in inside a small tube and rehydrate on site? No good reason. Technology to the rescue!

How many cool uses can you come up with? Reply below!

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Alcohol is primarily known as a liquid, but it can also be whipped, solidified, and practically vaporized. But now it's available in powdered form — a product called "Palcohol" that was just approved by the U.S. government.
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Game of Thrones? I think the unofficial name here at the Satellite of Hate is Murder and Titties, which is actually an even more appealing show, and probably explains why I tune in every Sunday to enjoy my weekly dose.

And, just in case anybody missed that part – spoilers aplenty. Spoilers everywhere. Don't pretend you missed the warning; there is no way to miss this warning: Spoilers. Everywhere.

(+Dawn Jones ought to particularly be amused by this. And obviously +rebecca bunny flower needs to cover it.)
 
Let It Go....Game of Thrones style.   

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Eh. If I wanted to watch despicable people doing despicable things, I'd watch C-SPAN. Admittedly, if they took off their clothes and stabbed each other, even C-SPAN would hold my interest for a while.
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Writer and critic of role-playing games, voice over artist, audio engineer, truly lousy electronic musician, materialist philosopher, indulger in decadence, host of Operation BSU and head-panelist on The Media Outsiders, raconteur and all-around ironic fellow. Assessor of Disability Services at Dragon*Con and AnachroCon.
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A little bit of a hole in the wall, I'm not going to lie, but you'd have to be living _in_ India to be able to get this much really good food for so low a price. We ordered enough food that the crew on duty were mildly concerned that we might have simply popped over from alternate universe of starvation, but it was simple the "I need to review this" lot. Four not-ungenerous eaters came out to a total of $60 for two chicken kebab, two beef kebab, an order of chicken korma, one order of garlic naan, two of plain (we like naan where I'm from), four samosas quite a bit larger than two babies' fists put together, an order of palak paneer, and ... some kind of goat thing. That's not an insignificant haul. The kebabs were fantastic; spicy, good ground texture, very nicely grilled. The beef was slightly better in my opinion. The korma was incredible, though probably could have used a bit more heat; the chicken itself fell apart with just a little attention from the fork. The samosas had a flaky, crispy exterior filled (packed to the gills) with ground meat and pea which ran _considerably_ hotter than the rest of the meal. I'm a burgeoning lover of the spicy, but these things ... wonderful, but slow-going. Naan's in the name of the place. The naan deserved to be. On the down-side, the goat curry wasn't all it could have been. Goat is notoriously hard to capture just right for every eater -- or even most -- so it's hard to fault overmuch. And they had no keema naan, which is a sad realization for folks like myself who can't get enough. A solid chicken keema naan will drag me in to a restaurant from half a state away. Overall, this is a very, very solid win for Indian in the Gwinnett Place area. While the decor isn't a place you'll want to throw your next baby shower, if you're looking for the food and nothing but the food, you want it fast, good, and cheap -- this is the place. Order a kebab and an order of naan, strip the stick, make a sandwich, and you'll be having some of the best food in town clenched in one fist and at a very reasonable investment.
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