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Sunday, Aug 18, 2013

  

SolForge Open Beta

The SolForge website has word that SolForge entered open beta testing last week, offering a sample of this collectible card-based strategy game from Stone Blade Entertainment. Here's word:

In SolForge, players build and customize decks of cards to compete with other players online or against AI opponents. SolForge is free to play, and players can earn new cards to improve their decks through gameplay. Over 180 cards are included in the initial release, providing challenges for players and collectors alike, and additional cards are planned for inclusion in future updates.

SolForge is a digital collectible game designed by Stone Blade Entertainment in a partnership with Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: the Gathering. SolForge was successfully funded via a Kickstarter campaign last year, resulting in more than 7,000 backers who contributed $429,000, or 171 percent of the project's funding goal. Until now, SolForge has only been available as a limited demo on iPad and in closed beta on PC.

Hero of the Kingdom and Demo Released

Hero of the Kingdom is a new adventure/RPG from Lonely Troops, and there's a playable demo to check out to see if it's for you. Here's a gameplay trailer and here's word: "You were living a calm life on your small farm together with your father. One sunny day your life completely changed. Malicious bandits raided your house and burnt it to ashes. Your father is missing. A darkness is falling over the whole country and you are setting off on a dangerous journey to places unknown. You must overcome your fear and find your father. You won't hesitate to take the road. This is going to be the greatest adventure of your life." Continue here to read the full story.

Eschalon: Book III Teaser

This teaser trailer promotes Eschalon: Book III, the upcoming climactic third installment in Basilisk Games' RPG trilogy (though they are quick to note that it can be fully enjoyed as a standalone game as well). Here's the description that accompanies the video: "Eschalon: Book III is the third and final game in the Eschalon series, scheduled for release this 2013 holiday season. Eschalon: Book III brings the trilogy to a climatic end as you seek to uncover the mystery of your past, the secrets of the Crux stones, and who the Orakur really are. You'll traverse miles of virtual wilderness and dungeons, filled with secrets and danger, in an unparalleled role-playing experience designed to feel like a true pen-and-paper RPG." Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Here's this week's list of the 10 bestselling games in Valve's Steam service:

  1. PAYDAY 2
  2. Saints Row IV
  3. Total War: ROME II
  4. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  5. Europa Universalis IV
  6. Civilization V: Brave New World
  7. Space Hulk
  8. Gone Home
  9. Papers Please
  10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance.

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
  • MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr Gaming OC on Vortez.

etc.

Thanks Ant.

Out of the Blue

Our horribly overgrown backyard situation came to a head yesterday when I outfitted myself with a weed whacker and took to whacking weeds out there. We have an electric trimmer, but whenever I try to use it, I end up like one of those "as seen on TV" ads with the string all tangled around everything. This made the obvious solution to get an "as seen on TV" head, which also required getting a gas trimmer, as the electric guys don't have the horsepower to drive all that extra inertia. Properly outfitted, the gimmicky head certainly works, and I managed to get close to half the yard done in pretty short order, and should be able to finish it today. I do hate how those little motors churn out so much pollution, but I got a trimmer with a four-stroke engine, so at least its not nearly as smoky and noisy as one of those two-stroke jobbies.

R.I.P.: David C. Anderson, Assistant Director on Three James Bond Films, Dies at 72.

Overgrown Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Spectromancer: Gathering of Power.
Links: 'Breaking Bad's' Aaron Paul Was a Contestant on 'The Price Is Right'.
You Won't Believe How Insanely Detailed This Guy's Fictional Maps Are. Seriously.
Science: The First Quantum Teleportation In A Computer Chip.
Scientist invents rehydrating beer. Thanks Cutter.
Images: Beautifully Sad Photos of a Dying Airline.
Media: Raffaello D'Andrea: The athletic power of quadcopters.
10 Minutes of Captain Falcon Insanity.
Laughing Cameraman Compilation. NSFW.
The Funnies: To better days… « EXTRALIFE.



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