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Blood Bowl 2 Expansion Preorders Include Beta Access

Steam is now offering pre-purchases of the official expansion for Blood Bowl 2, an add-on which seems to be creatively titled Official Expansion. It seems safe to say this will officially expand the fantasy-inspired tackle football game when it's released in September for Windows and macOS. Pre-purchasing involves risks, so they incentivize your advance commitment with a 10% discount and guaranteed entry into the add-on's upcoming beta test. Here's word on what to expect:

The Blood Bowl®2: Official Expansion features 8 new races: Halflings, Ogres, Goblins, Vampires, Amazon, Elven Union, Underworld Denizens, as well as a new race to the Blood Bowl world, the Kislev Circus and their ferocious Tame Bears! These races bring with them their unique Star Players and a new Khemri stadium, located at the base of their imposing pyramids.

Experience new game modes such as the new solo Eternal League, or the new Challenge mode. For the first time in the history of Blood Bowl, spice up your matches with teams made up from a combination of different races, or go wild and lead a team of All-Star Players!

A wealth of new features and options for multiplayer will expand the possibilities offered to communicate with other players, create, set up and customize your online leagues and competitions.

Steam Top 10

Here's the new report on last week's bestselling titles on Steam. Remember, this is for entertainment purposes only, please, no wagering:

  2. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
  3. Dark and Light
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Total War: WARHAMMER II
  6. DOOM
  7. PGL 2017 Krakow CS:GO Major Championship Mega Bundle
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  10. Kingdoms and Castles

On Sale

  • Dreamfall Chapters on Steam. Save 40%.

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Out of the Blue

Went out to dinner last night with MrsBlue and her sister, as it was sissy's chance to wish my better half a belated happy birthday. This is actually about five weeks overdue, but better late than never, and a fine time was had by all. And a fine steak too. It was so good I'm starting to look for other excuses to celebrate... seems to me we didn't go out last November to celebrate the Gunnar-man's birthday. Hmmmm.

Delicious Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: ZomboiZ.
Story: "Archer" S9 Heads To "Danger Island."
Science: He thought he just had blisters from a hike. He had flesh-eating bacteria and nearly died.
Media: WowCraft Ep 38 Aggro Pro.
Westworld Season 2: Comic-Con Trailer (HBO).
First Trailer- Spielberg's "Ready Player One."
Justice League - Comic-Con Sneak Peek. Thanks RedEye9.
Auctions: 1989 Classic FBI Surveillance Van - Super low miles-1owner. Thanks Devicer.
The Funnies: How Shotguns Work (According to Game Designers).

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Saturday, Jul 22, 2017

Mirage: Arcane Warfare Gladiator Update

This Steam announcement covers the release of the Gladiator update for Mirage: Arcane Warfare, adding new content to the multiplayer first-person shooter. This is a content update which adds bot-assisted servers, two new arena maps, as well as new abilities and other changes. Here's a trailer illustrating the news, and here are more details:

Mirage: Arcane Warfare, the skill-based multiplayer FPS from the creators of the popular first-person medieval melee slasher Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, is receiving its first big addition of new content since launching on Steam May 23. The Gladiator Update includes new weapons and new Arenas, and the addition of language localization, adding 10 new languages to bring the total up to 12. In addition to English and Russian, Mirage: Arcane Warfare is now also fully localized in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Portuguese Brazilian.

The Gladiator Update will also add a much-requested new feature with the implementation of bot-assisted servers. On select 6v6 and 3v3 maps and modes, AI opponents will be added or removed as players join or leave to keep the teams populated and even throughout the match.

The powerful Taurant class will have a new double-handed Greatsword to hack enemies to gibs with, with dozens of art variants to keep the visuals fresh. Other characters will receive new magic abilities to punish their enemies in battle with including:

  • Alchemancer – Depth Charge: Release a flurry of explosions along the ground in front of you
  • Vypress – Pincer: A brutal melee attack with a long wind-up that leads to a crushing blow on a single rival
  • Vigilist – Surround Parry: Put up a magical armor barrier around you that stops all incoming attacks for the time it is active

Players can explore these new tools of chaos in two new Arena maps. Both Arena maps feature smaller areas for more intense 3 on 3 combat action:

  • The Pit: Beware of the exploding geyser in the center of this map, a sunken pit under the blaze of a hot desert sun. Prisoners are thrown into this arena to fight to the death, for the entertainment of their captors
  • Old Arena: Located high in remote mountains, battle in this crumbling, forsaken gladiatorial arena with a twist. Avoid falling through the collapsed floor or risk losing your limbs in a death trap of painful wooden scaffolding

Veteran players of Mirage: Arcane Warfare who have achieved higher rankings will also get their own special new content in The Gladiator Update. New armor variant unlocks will be available to those high-ranking players, with exclusive color gradients per team.

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Planet Ancyra Chronicles Launches

Steam now offers Planet Ancyra Chronicles, a new Windows action/adventure set in space, where no one can hear you humming along to Justin Bieber. Word is this relates to the prior two games from Pulsetense Games, and owners of both Solarix and De-Void can get a copy of the new game for free. This trailer offers a look at gameplay, and here's an outline:

Planet Ancyra Chronicles concludes the stories behind the previous PulseTense games Solarix and De-Void. As a bonus, owners of both these game will be offered Planet Ancyra Chronicles completely free of charge.

Planet Ancyra – a planet too far and the graveyard of a humanity that became lost in the depths of space. A planet where the human mind became overwhelmed by fears of conspiracy, betrayal, and madness. As the game evolves, unravel the mysterious events surrounding the Planet Ancyra interstellar research base, investigate the enigmas discovered and tie up clues about the lives of colony workers.

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Lone Echo Launches

The Oculus store now offers Lone Echo, a single player puzzle/exploration game set in space, where games are set (thanks Chad). This requires Oculus Touch controllers as well as a Rift HMD, and the page also mentions multiplayer support, but does not detail what's involved in that. Here's the description of the game:

In Lone Echo’s single player story, you’ll be transported to an advanced mining facility within the rings of Saturn, complete with a detailed space station, expansive outer-space environments, and interactive space equipment. Taking on the role of Jack—an advanced artificial intelligence with a state-of-the-art synthetic body—you’ll help Captain Olivia Rhodes solve an increasingly threatening mystery as you use futuristic tools, clever problem solving, and interactive dialogue to engage with the world around you. Taking advantage of the Oculus Touch controllers and full 360° gameplay, Lone Echo lets you take a hands-on approach to exploring space unlike anything you’ve ever played before.

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Hardware Reviews

  • Antec Cube Designed By Razer Mini-ITX Case on Nikk Tech.
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 GTX 1080 Max-Q Gaming Notebook on PC Perspective.
  • Bloody AL90 Blazing Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
  • Focal Spark Earbuds on APH Networks.
  • Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 11Gbps Graphics Card on eTechnix.
  • Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Custom PC Review.
  • Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z Graphics Card on TweakTown.
  • VisionTek SoundTube Pro Wireless Speaker on LanOC Reviews.


Out of the Blue

Well, we lasted a month into the summer, but last night I gave in an hauled the air conditioner up from the basement. This came after a few days of a heat wave that completely overwhelmed our home's natural coolness, and I got to pay the price, as I was drenched by the time I was done lugging that thing around. Timing is key to many things, and I definitely blew it here, as it's apparently supposed to be cooler starting tomorrow. But it will help today, and we're now prepared for the next scorcher.

R.I.P.: John Heard Dead: Home Alone Star Dies at 71 or 72.
R.I.P.: NBC Washington anchor Jim Vance dies at 75.

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Play: The Spear Stickman.
Stories: Teens may now face charges after recording, taunting drowning Florida man.
The Genius Reason You Should Take a Photo of Your Stove Before You Travel. Genius bar lowered.
Media: Marvel’s The Defenders - Official Trailer 2.
Golf shot of the Year.
Overwatch: Omnileaks.


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